In Love with CO2 and Bicarbonates - By Dr. Mark Sircus
Our life and health depend on having enough CO2 in the blood and tissues. Carbon dioxide is both an essential a nutrient and a product of respiration. Its lack or deficiency is a starting point for disturbances in the body up to and including cancer. The last thing a person wants is to be bicarbonate deficient, which is the same thing as saying CO2 deficient. Bicarbonae is a miracle medicine based on solid physiology. No home, no healthclinic and certainly no hospital should be without a large supply.
It is extremely important to note that CO2 is bicarbonate’s twin sister. They are two forms of the same thing. When we take bicarbonate, the acid in the stomach or lemon in the glass turns bicarbonates into CO2. In the blood, we see a constant and ultra-fast interaction between bicarbonate and CO2. To understand bicarbonate medicine and why it is as powerful and important as it is, one must appreciate CO2 physiology.
Catalyzed by carbonic anhydrase, carbon dioxide (CO2) reacts with water (H2O) to form carbonic acid (H2CO3), which in turn rapidly dissociates to form a bicarbonate ion (HCO−) and a hydrogen ion (H+).
Public opinion tends to think of carbon dioxide as a waste product or even as a poison to our precious planet. (It is sometimes confused with carbon monoxide, which is a poison). In the 19th century, Zuntz, in Berlin, recognized that carbon dioxide, unlike oxygen, is not carried by hemoglobin. He showed that carbon dioxide is combined with bases, chiefly as sodium bicarbonate, which plays a part in acid-alkaline balance in the blood. Most of the carbon dioxide is dissolved in the plasma, both in simple solution and that combined with alkali into the bicarbonates.
In medicine, up to 5% carbon dioxide is added to pure oxygen for stimulation of breathing after apnea and to stabilize the O2/CO2 balance in blood.
Carbon dioxide is transported in the blood in three forms: dissolved in plasma, as bicarbonate, and coupled to proteins in the form of carbamino compounds. Bicarbonate represents the largest fraction of the CO2 in the blood (~88%). The bicarbonate buffer system is an acid-base homeostatic mechanism involving the balance of carbonic acid (H2CO3), bicarbonate ion (HCO−), and carbon dioxide (CO2) to maintain pH in the blood and duodenum, among other tissues, to support proper metabolic function.
The Important Point
Under clinical conditions, low oxygen and low carbon dioxide generally occur together. Therapeutic increase of carbon dioxide, by inhalation of this gas diluted in air, is often an effective means of improving the oxygenation of the blood and tissues. In the presence of a large amount of carbon dioxide, the hemoglobin molecule changes its shape slightly in a way that favors the release of oxygen.
Carbon dioxide is one of the most important gases for life. It is healthy and extremely necessary. CO2 is good, and without enough of it, we get sick. CO2, the waste product of cell metabolism, is not waste at all. Plants thrive on it, and our lives depend on it. Without CO2 there would be little to no oxygen on our planet.
Dr. Konstantin Buteyko said, “CO2 is the main source of nutrition for any living matter on Earth. Plants obtain CO2 from the air and provide the main source of nourishment for animals, while both plants and animals are nourishment for us. The great resource of CO2 in the air was formed in pre-historical times when the amount was about 10%.”
CO2 – Alkalinity – Bicarbonate
Life on Earth depends on appropriate pH levels in and around living organisms and cells. Human life requires a tightly controlled pH level in the serum of about 7.4 (a slightly alkaline range of 7.35 to 7.45) to survive. “When your body fluids contain too much acid, it is known as acidosis. Acidosis occurs when your kidneys and lungs cannot keep your body’s pH in balance. The body has to produce bicarbonates to neutralize acids, but as we get older, live in toxic environments, take too many medications and eat the wrong foods, we fall behind. Many of the body’s processes produce acid.
Sodium bicarbonate is indicated in the treatment of metabolic acidosis, which may occur in severe renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes, circulatory insufficiency due to shock or severe dehydration, extracorporeal circulation of blood, cardiac arrest, and severe primary lactic acidosis. Sodium bicarbonate is also indicated in treating certain drug intoxications, including barbiturates. Sodium bicarbonate treats severe diarrhea, which is often accompanied by a significant loss of bicarbonate.
Drs. Sandra Sabatini and Neil A. Kurtzman say, “A fall in extracellular and intracellular pH can affect cellular function via different mechanisms, and treatment should be directed at improving both parameters. In addition to supportive measures, treatment has included administration of base, primarily in the form of sodium bicarbonate.” So it is more than sad that bicarbonate administration’s utility to patients with severe metabolic acidosis remains controversial even though that is exactly what bicarbonates do, neutralize acids.
Since our body is about 80 to 99% water (depending on how you count), consuming bicarbonates and magnesium will directly affect the vast majority of our bodies. Dr. Gerald Pollack is a Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. He says that the previous 60 to 70 percent estimate of the human body’s water content was based on the volume of water in the body as a percentage of the body’s total volume. Pollack made his revised estimate based on the percentage of individual water molecules in the body, compared to the total number of molecules.
So treating water makes sense and the absolute best way is to drink magnesium bicarbonate water. The second best way is with an inexpensive product called pH Adjust, which is a combination of sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, and magnesium carbonate. Ingesting bicarbonates and magnesium with water is the simplest way to achieve an ideal pH balance in the body. It is important to note that adding these minerals will make your water alkaline in a far better way than any alkaline water machine will that create high pH water with little alkalinity.
When we take bicarbonates:
Increases elimination of toxins and wastes
Increases absorption of nutrients
Acts as a scavenger of free radicals
Helpful with skin conditions
Increases CO2 and bicarbonate concentrations in the blood.
Increases Oxygen Carrying Capacity and Delivery
Excellent Kidney Health
Preventive Cancer Treatment
Drinking high alkaline magnesium/bicarbonate water increases digestion, nutrient absorption, and energy levels and detoxifies the cells. One of the main functions of water is to carry harmful acidic waste products; but, with the accumulation of acidic waste from polluted air, water, and food, combined with the everyday toxins created by the metabolic processes of the human body, we are finding it harder and harder to maintain the proper pH balance for health.
However, none of this matters to most doctors, health officials, or even social media organizations who have gone insane over COVID vaccines. It is all they can see or want to see. A perfect example of the insanity is Twitter slapping an “unsafe link” warning on a study from the American Heart Association, which found that mRNA vaccines dramatically increase the risk of developing heart diseases from 11% to 25%. The new Twitter CEO should be slapped with practicing medicine without a license warrant.
That goes for the top staff of Facebook and most politicians. We have a new world full of doctors, without any training whatsoever, playing doctor. The world of appropriate medicine does not exist anymore, and perhaps it never did since the lovely people from the Rockefeller family took over medical education almost 120 years ago.
Bicarbonates are the right way to go. Vaccines, masks, lockdowns, which are coming again in full force, are without doubt the wrong way to go unless you are a trained politician, social, or mainstream media executive. With their complete medical training, they know better than the rest of us.
 Henderson, Y. Carbon Dioxide. Article in Encyclopedia of Medicine. 1940
Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P) (acupuncturist, doctor of oriental and pastoral medicine) is a prolific writer and author of some astounding medical and health-related books. Dr. Sircus’s methods are based on medical science and long years of clinical experience, not only his own but experiences of doctors from around the world who have been practicing brilliant medicine.