In 1949, Detroit surgeon Harry
G. Clark formulated a hypothesis concerning allergic reactions. He
reasoned that since the end-products of digestion were acids and
since the allergic inflammation process
accelerated intracellular breakdown, it must be bringing
about an acidic state.
Theoretically then, therapy with bi-carbonate salts of sodium and
potassium might be helpful in treating an acute allergic reaction.
On this basis they were tried and found to be extremely
beneficial. The earlier they are administered the better Ė after
the first 24 hours they may tend to make things worse.
mixture of two parts sodium bicarbonate to one part potassium
bicarbonate is normally recommended. These can be mixed in advance
and, indeed, a number of proprietary products are now available
with these two salts. Malic acid may
be added, merely as a flavour enhancer
(otherwise the taste is rather bitter).
usual dose is a heaped teaspoon in half a tumbler of water. This
can be repeated two or three times a day but should not be used
excessively, as this can be dangerous.
donít forget that it makes good sense to take Epsom Salts or some
other simple vegetable purge (such as Senokot)
if you have swallowed something that has caused a severe reaction.
The faster it is cleared from the body, the better.