Hydration, Alkalizing and Health


Poor hydration together with an over acidic body can underlie low energy levels, chronic fatigue, poor digestion, excess weight, foggy thinking, aches and pains as well as major disorders (1). Other associated factor includes unhealthy eating, intestinal dysbiosis (unhealthy intestinal micro flora) and environmental pollution. (2).


The Biological Terrain

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) established the germ theory of infection during the 1880s. At about the same time also in France, Claude Barnard (1813-78), the father of modern physiology, introduced a rival ‘milieu intérieur’ (biological terrain) theory of infection. He proposed that the biological terrain is of greater significance than contact or airborne transmitted infection. Pasteur eventually conceded to Barnard, with the remark, “La bactérie n'est rien. C'est le terrain qui fait tout!" (Germs are unimportant. It is the biological terrain that really matters!”). Another Frenchman, Antoine Béchamp (1816-1908) was the first scientist to demonstrate the biological terrain theory of infection in a laboratory. He studied sterile living red blood cells on a slide under a microscope and observed that acidifying the preparation caused spontaneous development of pathogenic microforms. That is to say harmless microforms changed into pathogenic ones in response to acidifying the preparation. Béchamp’s finding was later confirmed with dark ground microscopy: when live blood is examined under a high-powered microscope, pathogenic microforms are observed in blood preparations of unhealthy people, particularly in in blood samples of cancer sufferers. Alkalizing the subjects causes subsequent blood samples to appear healthy and free of pathogenic microforms. This research provided a scientific rationale for alkalizing treatment in the management of chronic illness. 


Rehydration And Alkalizing

Drinking insufficient water and unhealthy eating can cause a build-up of toxic acidic waste products in the body tissues. The body’s acidity can be checked with pH sticks. A first and second morning urine pH of below 6.5 is unhealthily acidic. The aim of alkalizing treatment is to alkalise the body so that the first (and second) morning urine have a pH of between 7 and 7.5 (1). Dietary recommendations include drinking at least 1.5 litres (50kg) and 2.0L (70Kg) of bottled or filtered and possibly alkalised (2) water daily, cutting down on acid forming foods, eating an alkalizing diet and taking alkalizing medication. Ceramic alkalising water filters and under the sink alkalising cartridges are available commercially (2). Water should mostly be drunk about half an hour before a meal (e.g. soon after waking up in the morning) and about two hours after meals so as not to interfere with digestion.


Alkalizing and nutrition

Any form of prolonged stress has an acidifying effect on the body as a side effect of increased stress hormone (corticosteroid) output. In view of this, alkalising may also involve stress reducing lifestyle changes. Unhealthy eating is liable to lead to dysbiosis with unhealthy intestinal micro flora producing acidifying metabolic waste. Other factors, which contribute to an acidic biological terrain, include dental mercury (which causes dysbiosis), traffic fumes (which contain cadmium as well as petrochemical pollutants) and general environmental toxicity from chemicals and hormones in drinking water and food. 


Alkalising therefore can entail taking selected probiotic (healthy intestinal micro flora) supplements, stress reduction and dietary changes, as well as taking selected alkalising supplements.

Acid forming foods to be avoided include meat, processed meat products, wheat, oats, rice, dairy products (cheese is particularly acidifying), sugar, artificial sweeteners (e.g. aspartate and saccharin), coffee, and alcoholic drinks. Raw honey, xylitol and stevia are acceptable substitutes for sugar. Once the pH is under reasonable control or if alkalising supplements are being taken, whole meal, sour dough and gluten free bread and modest portions of fish (not shellfish), organic chicken and organic lamb can be included in the diet. Alkalising foods should be fresh and organic (if possible) with plenty of fruit, salads (in summer) and raw or lightly cooked vegetables. Fresh fruits, possibly with coconut yoghurt and gluten free muesli make an ideal alkalising breakfast (3). Hot drinks can include green, mint and fruit teas. Quinoa, wholegrain pasta, brown rice, lentils, chickpeas dried beans, nuts and seeds, hummus, oatcakes and rice cakes are fine. Sweet potato is preferable to potato (which is OK and only slightly alkaline). Coconut and almond drinks are alternatives to cow’s milk. Coconut oil and olive oil are suitable for frying. Eggs (provided they are well-tolerated) should be organic.


Himalayan Mountain Salt

This has many health promoting properties (2,3). It can be used as table salt and for cooking. Crystals can be put in a jar of water and dissolved to saturation. Most people would benefit from half a teaspoon daily. Some people with chronic health problem may need more (subject to vegatesting or muscle testing).


Essential Fatty Acids

These should be included in a healthy diet. Coconut oil and olive oil are suitable for frying, and flax and hemp seed and olive oil are suitable for salad dressing. Salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring are good fish sources. Walnuts, ground up flax seeds and chia seeds are good vegetarian sources.


Concentrated Green Super Foods

Raw powdered super foods supplements help with nutrition, alkalising and with detoxification. In particular, the high chlorophyll content helps with haemoglobin (blood) production (2). One teaspoon of the green powder is taken in water up to three times a day. They are generally taken in conjunction with alkalising supplements.



Roddy MacDonald, the founder of Water For Health used to be a scientist working in industrial water purification. He subsequently used his scientific background to develop and market state of the art alkalising supplements, alkalising water purification systems and freeze dried green food supplements. Additional information is available on his website (2).

1. The pH Miracle. Robert Young. Sphere 2007.

2. Roddy MacDonald. Simple Steps To Optimum Health Through Body Acid-Alkaline Balance. Water For Health Ltd (www.water-for-health.co.uk).

3. WATER & SALT: THE ESSENCE OF LIFE By Peter Ferreira and Dr Barbara Hendel. Naturel Resources. 2005.



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1. If you have a runny nose with catarrh, you only have a common cold.

If you are coughing up yellowish phlegm, you are likely to have a bacterial chest infection rather than coronavirus.
2. Coronavirus pneumonia presents with a dry cough, no runny nose, no sputum and difficulty breathing. There may also be chest pain.
3. Coronavirus does not survive in hot sunny climates with temperatures of above about 26 degrees. 

4. Good hydration and hot drinks are beneficial. 
5. If someone with coronavirus sneezes, there is a risk of spreading the infection within a radius of about ten feet. 
6. If the virus lands on a metal surface, it will survive for at least twelve hours - so if you come into contact with a metal surface - wash your hands as soon as possible. 
7. The virus can survive on fabric for 6-12 hours. Normal hot washing with detergent will destroy it.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can survive on hands for 5-10 minutes. Hand washing also reduces the risk of transferring the virus from one's hands to one's eyes, nose and mouth. 

9. Support your immune system with vitamin D3 (the sunshine vitamin).

E.g. Vitamin D3, High Strength (5000 i.u.) 60 tablets,

from Nutri Advanced (0800 043 5777). Take one tablet daily.

Initially, there is a sore throat lasting 3-4 days. After 5-6 days, there is high fever with difficulty in breathing, chest pain and a dry cough with no phlegm. There may be other atypical signs and symptoms so that Covid19 can be  difficult to diagnose from symptoms. 



A recent article in the World Foundation for Natural Science concluded that although 5G radio transmissions are unlikely to be the direct cause of coronavirus, they are, nevertheless, an environmental pollutant and that environmental pollution predisposes to infectious diseases. See:


During March 2020, Switzerland became the first country to ban 5G radio transmissions because of health concerns. See:





These are small discs that prevent the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation. The technology is supported by scientific research: for example, plants exposed to harmful electromagnetic radiation grow better when protected with smart energy dot technology.


Energy dots are available from

www.energydots.com  and  https://www.healthy-house.co.uk/

Dr Bourne wears a Biodot in a small wallet in his back trouser pocket and has a Smartdot stuck onto the back of his wrist watch. His wife, Valerie, has confirmed with muscle testing (kinesiology), that these reduce the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation from a smartphone and from a computer router. 


Infections are less likely to affect people, who are slightly alkaline with a pH of above 7 (see below). An alkalising diet contains plenty of fruit and vegetables, organic meat (does not contain antibiotics) and organic fish. Sourdough bread and organic eggs are OK.  Processed foods that contain colourings and preservatives (particularly processed meat) and sugary foods should be kept to a minimum. Alkalising supplements can also be taken if necessary.


Alkalising supplements should be taken at least an hour before or after meals so as not to interfere with digestion. ​

Initially, one teaspoonful of baking powder (sodium bicarbonate) in about half a glass of water should be taken three times a day until a balanced alkalising preparation and pH test strips can be obtained.

A balanced alkalising preparation + pH test strips is available as Alkamax powder from Water for Health (01764 662111)


A first morning urine pH should be routinely tested with the pH test strips and the dose of alkalising salts adjusted to maintain a first morning urine pH of between 7 and 7.4 (slightly alkaline). ​ 


The spray can be used about four times a day to spray nano silver into the nose and throat. It is suggested that a litre of nano silver is bought at the same time as the spray to be used to top up the spray and as a standby for treatment of subsequent acute infections that have not responded to conventional antibiotics.  



Nano silver is a naturopathic antibiotic that looks and tastes like water. The recommended oral dose for acute infections is 15 ml (one tablespoonful) to be taken four times a day. The liquid should be held in the mouth for as long as possible before swallowing – ideally for about one minute.

Nano silver from a nano silver spray should also be sprayed into the nose and throat at least four times a day.


It is suggested that two litres of Nano silver and a nano silver spray are purchased initially.

Nano silver preparations are available from the Natural Dispensary (01453 757 792) and from Noble Naturals Ltd (01342 457 170).


Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) introduced the germ theory of infection during 1880s. At about the same time, another French scientist, Claude Bernard (1813-78), who is regarded as the father of modern physiology, introduced a rival ‘milieu intérieur’ (biological terrain) theory of infection. Bernard proposed that the biological terrain is of greater importance in causing infectious disease than the microbe. ​

Shortly before he died in 1895, Pasteur conceded to Bernard, with the remark, ​


“La bactérie n’est rien. C’est le terrain qui fait tout!”


​Since then, it has become evident that both schools of thought are relevant to the spread of infection.


With dark ground microscopy, it has been shown that alkalising the body (biological terrain) significantly reduces the number of pathogenic microbes in infected subjects' blood samples. In view of this finding, it is standard practice in naturopathic medicine to include alkalising salts in the treatment of microbial illnesses.


Environmental pollution from industrial chemicals, exhaust fumes and electromagnetic radiation impairs healthy global ecosystems predisposing  to epidemic infectious diseases.