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Acids (General)
Collective Characteristics

Definition
An acid (from the Latin acidicum meaning sour) is traditionally considered any chemical compound that, when dissolved in water produces a hydrogen.ion activity grerater than water i.e. a pH less than 7.0.
In simpler terms acids are any of a class of substances whose aqueous solutions are characterized by a sour taste, the ability to turn blue litmus red, and react with bases and certain metals to form salts.

Background
Many biologically important functions depend upon acid molecules including:-

Nucleic acids such as  DNA and RNA which contain the genetic code that determines much of an organism's characteristics, and is passed from parents to offspring. Hundreds of thousands of proteins exist inside each one of us to help carry out our daily functions. These proteins are produced locally, assembled piece-by-piece to exact specifications. An enormous amount of information is required to manage this complex system correctly. This information, detailing the specific structure of the proteins inside of our bodies, is stored in a set of molecules called nucleic acids.

Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins. The 20 amino acids that are found within proteins in the human convey a vast array of chemical information predetermined by the encoded DNA molecule.  The precise content, sequencing and arrangement of each amino acid determines the biological activity of the protein. 

Humans can metabolise 10 of the 20 amino acids. The other 10 which the body is unable to metabolise are termed Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) and need to be supplied via the food. Essential amino acids must be supplied in the diet on a continuous daily basis as they are not stored in the body for later use like fats and starch..

Fatty acids are acids produced from metabolised fat or oil. They are considered good fats, are insoluble in water and contain both carbon and hydrogen molecules. They are an important part of a healthy diet in that they provide a source of energy and in particular facilitate the transport of oxygen through the bloodstream to all parts of the body. Additionally they aid cell membrane development, strength, and function, and are necessary for strong organs and tissue.

Essentail Fatty Acids refer to the two fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) which cannot be metabolized by the body from the diet and are consequently called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). They are required to support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune and nervous systems, cell membranes maintenance, the production of prostaglandins, regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, fertility, conception andimmune function. It is worth noting that most Western diets are deficient in Omega-3 and consequently supplementation is necessary.

Gastric acid In humans and many other animals contains hydrochloric acid (secreted within the stomach) the functiuon of which is to help hydrolyze proteins and polysaccharides as well as facilitate pepsin production.

Acid-Base Equilibrium 
This refers to the pH balance (ie the degree of acidity/ alkalinity) of the body. This is measured on a pH scale which ranges from 1.0 to 14.0 such that an acid solution has a pH value below 7.0 whilst values above 7.0 are alkaline. Solutions with a pH value in the middle of the scale (ie pH 7.0) are considered neutral.

Body fluid concentration must be maintained in conditions of mild alkalinity (ie a pH of 7.35 to 7.4) for optimal function. A deviation from the level of mild alkalinity whether higher (alkalosis) or lower (acidosis) will result in severe malfunctions. When due to acidic conditions these malfunctions are manifested by slower enzyme reactions and reduced vitamin/ protein/ ATP/ energy synthesis. The major effect of acidosis is thus depression of the central nervous system. Conversely the major effect of alkalosis is extreme nervousness and over-excitability of the central nervous system leading to convulsions, spasms, and tetany.

Classification of Acids
The classification of acids depends upon whether they are derived from either of the respective organic or mineral kingdoms. There are many acids in nature but only a few of them have impacted homeopathy. Some of them are listed below.

Organic Acids

Mineral Acids 

Acetic

Fluoric

Benzoic

Muriatic

Citric

Nitric

Gallic

Phosphoric

Hydrocyanic

 

Lactic

 

Oxalic

 

Picric

 

Difference between
Mineral and Organic acids
Mineral acids produce an irritability of fibre together with weakness and prostration or what might be termed an irritable weakness whereas
Organic acids produce weakness without irritability.

Acid Characteristics
A] Mentals & Generals
(1.) Acid weakness

This is not a simple muscular weakness as a result of strain or such as might result from a loss of body fluids following a bout of acute diarrhoea or a general tiredness as a result of overwork. Rather acid weakness is a debility of the mind, emotions and body which arises from a disease situation in which blood poisoning and/ or organ affectation feature prominently such as the exhaustion which follows a prolonged indulgence in drink or drugs or the prostration of a chronic convalescent or the malaise associated with intense emotional trauma.

(2.) Depression
Mental collapse, inertia, dullness, lethargy, listless, wistfulness.

(3.) Restlessness
Physically overactive. Exhausted yet wants to do a lot. In turn this only exacerbates weakness.

(4.) Extrovert
Emotionally aware, extrovert, optimistic with an aura of freshness, talkative

(5.) Frustration
The depressed mental symptoms contrast with those of the emotional and physical resulting in acute frustration and on occasions displays of anger.

(6.) Isolation, Apathy
The net result is that people and friends stay their distance not understanding the vagaries of the patients moods. In turn the patient feels isolated, separated and unloved.

(7.) Generalities:
Location: right side
Temperature: cold
Physique: fair, thin

Acid Characteristics
B] Particulars
(1.) Anti dyspeptic

Acids decrease acid secretions. Citric and Hydrocyanic acids will diminish symptoms of excess gastric juice and reduce the feeling of sourness, nausea, acid reflux and heartburn.

(2.) Saliva Enhancement
At the same time Citric acid will increase alkalinity by increasing saliva secretion. For example at times of fever the mouth is parched and dry the tongue cleaves to the palate. In such cases an acidulated drink will increase saliva and provide great relief.

(3.) Anti Haemorrhagic
Haemorrhage resolution is a quality that belongs to nearly all acids. Acetic acid is useful in checking haemorrhages especially after child birth. A cloth dipped in vinegar and placed over the pubes will in many cases be successful. Citric acid will both produce and cure haemorrhage as also do Phosphoric, Sulphuric and Arsenious acids.

(4.) Respiratory Conditions
Inflammatory conditions of lungs. Hoarseness, dryness of mucus membranes, in spite of profuse mucus discharge.

(5.) Other Physical Chasracteristics include
Gouty conditions, with inflammation of synovial membranes.
Anemic conditions.
Increased sexual desire.
Complaints of a Sycotic or Tubercular nature.

The Hydrogen Connection
During the 21st centuary we are clearly about to witness one of the most crucial changes in the history of man.

Traditional fossil fuels will be replaced by renewable ones like Hydrogen.. Hydrogen has already been harnessed as a source of powering the automotive industry where millions have been invested in devopment of Hydrogen powered vehicles.

There is also a parallel with Hydrogen and Homeopathy which has been the subject of recent provings by Jeremy Sheer and the Dynamis team providing us with a finger print for this first of all elements.

Our definition of an acid has already established the connection of Hydrogen in that an acid is considered any chemical compound that when dissolved in water produces a hydrogen.ion activity grater than water.

Samuel Hahnemann the founder of Homeopathy some 200 years ago established the principle of potentised remedies based on dilution with water. The Hydrogern molecule contained in these Homeopathic dilutions provides the vitality and energy for each remedys healing function. This principle of Hahnemann remains valid today just as much as it did 200 years ago and forms the bed rock of modern Homeopathy.

It will become evident as we compare Homeopathic acids with reference to the Materia Medica of Hydrogen that this prime element has left its own indelible but distinct imprint on each acid.. 

Hydrogen
Materia Medica
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MENTALS
Sensations
Strangeness, isolation, unreal situations, separation, out of reality, changed perceptions
Spacey, out of body, lighter, clearer, airy, numbness, released-catharsis, "left myself behind," nothing is normal, "life doesn't fit."
Extraordinary awareness as well as emotional numbness
Sympathetic, generous, being relaxed and peaceful, calmness

Thoughts
Confused, difficult concentration, poor focus, forgetful, mislaying things, irresolution, absent-minded, mistakes left and right, mistakes in writing, mistakes with names, mathematical mistakes, messy, clumsy, accident prone,
Confusion over sexual identity
Of death - dead things / killing / suicide/ particularly of throwing oneself from a height/ cut wrists/ old age and death.
Of irritable, anger, quarrelsome nature
Of fear - in stomach / insanity,
Of anxiety about money
Of both exhilaration, as well as lack of self-confidence, vulnerability, self doubt, insecurity.
Of everything being fun, laughs at ordinary, serious things, "everything seems ridiculous,"
Of conflict between the unreal and the real world.
Of a need for greater unity and oneness and to work to that end.
Of loving the whole wide world in oneness.
Of a belief that everything is good and wholesome.

Depression
Despair, no way out, inability to cope.
Lack of direction, purpose, focus
Mood swings, suicide thoughts,
Panic/ paranoia
Talks to oneself
Affectations of the full moon

Delusions
Feels too large or too small
Distance seems further or nearer than it is
Distortion of time too long or too short

GENERALS
Worse from wet weather, better from fresh air, better from warmth.
There are sensations of heat, hot flushes, or chilliness.
Also, a tendency to take cold is common.
Weakness, fatigue or lethargy are strong characteristics of the remedy.
There is trembling, pulsating pains and a predominance of right-sided complaints.
Many local complaints are characterised by a "sensation of pepper" (eg in the nose, mouth, and throat).

SUMMARY
In short there are 2 conflicting symptom sets. One of intense joy and loving oneness and the other of suffering/ loss/ separation and fall from grace.

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Trippy Acid
Pictures 

Background 
These 9 drawings were done by an artist under the influence of LSD -- part of a test conducted by the US government during it's dalliance with psychotomimetic drugs in the late 1950's. The artist was given a dose of LSD 25 and free access to an activity box full of crayons and pencils. His subject is the medico that jabbed him.

Picture 1
Picture 1
20 mins after dose
Doctor 
Patient chooses to start drawing with charcoal.
Artist 
Condition normal... no effect from the drug yet.

Picture 2
Picture 2
85 mins after dose
Doctor
The patient seems euphoric.
Artist 
I can see you clearly, so clearly. This... you... it's all ... I'm having a little trouble controlling this pencil. It seems to want to keep going.'

Picture 3
Picture 3
21/4 hrs after dose
Doctor 
Patient appears very focused on the business of drawing.
Artist 
Outlines seem normal, but very vivid - everything is changing colour. My hand must follow the bold sweep of the lines. I feel as if my consciousness is situated in the part of my body that's now active - my hand, my elbow... my tongue'

Picture 4
Picture 4
21/2 hrs after dose
Doctor
Patient seems gripped by his pad of paper.
Artist
'I'm trying another drawing. The outlines of the model are normal, but now those of my drawing are not. The outline of my hand is going weird too. It's not a very good drawing is it? I give up - I'll try again...

Picture 5
Picture 5
23/4 hrs after dose
Doctor
Patient follows quickly with another drawing.
Artist
'I'll do a drawing in one flourish... without stopping... one line, no break!'

Picture 6
Picture 6
3 hrs after dose
Doctor
Patient tries to climb into activity box, and is generally agitated - responds slowly to the suggestion he might like to draw some more. He has become largely non verbal.
Artist
'I am... everything is... changed... they're calling... your face... interwoven... who is...' Patient mumbles inaudibly to a tune (sounds like 'Thanks for the memory). He changes medium to Tempera.

Picture 7
Picture 7
41/2 hrs after dose
Doctor
Patient retreated to the bunk, spending approximately 2 hours lying, waving his hands in the air. His return to the activity box is sudden and deliberate, changing media to pen and water colour.
Artist 
'This will be the best drawing, Like the first one, only better. If I'm not careful I'll lose control of my movements, but I won't, because I know. I know' - (this saying is then repeated many times).

Picture 8
Picture 8
53/4 hrs after dose
Doctor
Patient continues to move about the room, intersecting the space in complex variations. It's an hour and a half before he settles down to draw again - he appears over the effects of the drug.
Artist
'I can feel my knees again, I think it's starting to wear off. This is a pretty good drawing - this pencil is mighty hard to hold' -

Picture 9
Picture 9
8 hrs after dose
Doctor
Patient sits on bunk bed. He reports the intoxication has worn off except for the occational distorting of our faces. We ask for a final drawing which he performs with little enthusiasm.
Artist
'I have nothing to say about this last drawing, it is bad and uninteresting, I want to go home now.'
 

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