OK, you might get tired of my incessant Q's, but what about your PH level, does that affect UC?

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   Posted 12/20/2008 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's another question, what do you guys think about PH levels? That would probably be affected by diet for sure, but also to the acid in your stomach?
I'm think I'm hip to whatever would agree with "guts".
44 yrs old, only 3rd experience with flare-up start oct29.08, Ont.Canada. was 140lbs now 118
current: asacol 400 mg - 2 4x/day
last flare in 2004 with c-diff, went into shock, hospitalized 2 wks, rec'd transfusion
prednisone, asacol, metronidazole
in 2000 rec'd antibiotics(sinuses),c-diff,ulcerative colitis 

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   Posted 12/20/2008 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
     Seems I read something awhile ago about ph levels but can't remember the article.  How would they test for that?  I do remember testing urine for ph levels but I suppose there is a blood test for it too.  Don't know of any relationship between ph levels and UC though.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

Charlotte Gilman
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   Posted 12/20/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
What are you asking about pH? Here's why I ask:

The more communication there is between any given body part in its natural state and the world outside the body, the more variability there is in a pH that will sustain life. The pH levels of the skin, the mouth, and the vagina, for instance, can swing quite a bit even in a state of health. But closer to the inside, the body naturally regulates pH much more tightly. The pH level of your blood, for example, if you're not in a health crisis so acute that you are hospitalized because you're having organ failure, is between 7.39 and 7.41. Absolutely nothing you eat or drink within normal limits (i.e. you haven't swallowed antifreeze--and there again, you're on the way to the hospital) will change that.

You can have very severe acid reflux without that having anything to do with the pH level of your blood or even of your stomach contents--the problem there is that your stomach acid is where it doesn't belong. Some acid foods will aggravate it, but some alkaline ones will, too. Things you eat don't have much impact on the pH of your intestines, because whatever effect they have is overwhelmed by the effect of the acids and enzymes your own body makes no matter what. Intestinal pH doesn't cause UC, and altering it won't treat or cure it.

Body pH is a topic for an awful lot of quackery. Some of the products sold to attempt "regulation" of the body's pH (which is unnecessary outside of a hospital--see above) can make you very sick. They are not regulated by the FDA, are never required to prove their claims, and their manufacturers are rarely held accountable for the effects of the products, even when people have been hurt by them. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a wild, wild west for quacks in the US right now. There are no contolled clinical studies showing that these things work. It's nonsense, a giant waste of money, and it's very angering to see their makers and marketers prosper on the backs of sick people.

Sorry, bit of a rant. But if that's what you're asking about, that's what I think!

Post Edited (Charlotte Gilman) : 12/20/2008 11:03:16 PM (GMT-7)

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