The most important thing to remember, when Interpreting the condition of a Patient’s first stage of digestion, from the results of a Heidelberg pH diagnostic test graph, is the TIMING. The time it takes for the parietal Cells to reacidify the stomach, once the alkali challenge is observed on the graph, will determine if a patient is producing normally, Hypochlorhydric, Achlorhydric, or Hyperchlorhydric. Patients will show various fasting stomach acid levels.
In the above graph, the capsule is administered to the patient, and indicates the fasting acid in the stomach is 1.5 pH. The alkaline challenge is orally administered to the patient, elevating the pH to an average of 7.2 for approximately 18 minutes. This curve shows normal parietal cell function.
According to Noeller’s 1000 patient study, a 20 to 22 minute re-acidification time is normal for the parietal cell function, in young healthy adults. This curve does not continue to duodenal and small intestine phases. In some instances, the pH of patients may only rise to 3.5, 4.0, 6.0 or higher. The reason for this is that different people exhibit different fasting volumes! The more fasting juice volume, the less of a climb toward neutral after a measured 5cc. alkaline dose. Please remember this when you study patient pH curves. The reacidification time results will be the same.