I’m with you in that the role of stomach in relation to the acids is probably not properly understood and that the attempts to correct its acid level with antacids or with the opposite (HCL) –in case of low acid level– are not real solutions but just measures that will hit back with time or will not address the root cause of the problem.
“I know from experience that being low on minerals can actually cause your stomach to become more and more acidic."
Here an explanation to your experience and observation that makes sense to me:
The intestines become acid with a base deficiency because, the stomach is pushed to make more base (and as a byproduct more acid). At first, the excess acid made in response to the need for bicarbonate, is actually stored as the deposit-hydrochloric acid in the stomach, causing ulcers, gastritis and the like. Again and more importantly, if the stomach doesn't make acid it doesn't make the base, sodium bicarbonate, which is the more important of the two for digestion.
From Friedrich Sander:
"The real problem here is that of a one sided scenario where regular medicine only views the stomach as a digestive organ, not a depot or deposit organ (for excess acid from the body itself) or as a regulation organ for the Acid-Base Household."
"As soon as one sees the stomach cells also as a deposit-organ, not only a digestive organ, for those hydrochloric acids which are being formed in the cover cells because those cover cells are being forced to produce sodium bicarbonate as a consequence of the base-deficiency of the organism."
When one sees this and then sees that the stomach cells store the excess acid of the body (as do all cells of the body) so that the bicarbonate produced when the HCl was produced, can be used to make up for the bicarb used up in its passage through the body in the blood stream, cleaning up and neutralizing acid 'sludge' all along the way.
Also there must be some difference in the quality of CALCIUM HYDROXIDE. I see that normal pickling lime cost aprox. $ 3.50 ½ kg. And when I asked in the pharmacy for 100 grams of CALCIUM HYDROXIDE (food grade, of course) they wanted Euro 20.00 for it (25.50 $), that will make 127.50$ ½ Kg. I don’t understand otherwise the huge price difference.
As for the suggestion somebody made of buying cheap lime in a construction place.
Lime is not calcium hydroxide but calcium oxide. To see the differences please view the post below from #36.
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