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Reich, M.D. F.R.C.P

Carl Reich, M.D. F.R.C.P. (1917-1996) was a Canadian doctor and pioneer in
nutritional medicine using high doses of Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Calcium, and
Magnesium to cure asthma or other chronic diseases. (orthomolecular medicine).

I (Morley Evans) suffered from asthma and allergies for the first 26 years of my life.
I saw Dr Carl John Reich only once after my health had collapsed. He prescribed
Vitamins A & D along with some probiotics to aid digestion. After taking them that
night I felt like a plant dying of drought being brought back to life with rain. My
asthma disappeared and never returned as long as I took Vitamin D. Yes, doctors, I
grew out of asthma in one night. Dr Reich changed my life! Thank you. Morley Evans
- July 17, 2018 | Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Dr. Bob L. Owen’s (Author of the book 'The Pure Cure for Arthritis and other Auto-
Immune and Inflammatory Diseases Paperback – 1997' - and proprietor of said the following about Dr. Carl Reich.

Dr. Bob L Owen's ( Personal Note:
At my (Bob Owen, Phd) present age of 91, my professional conclusions agree with
Dr. Carl Reich, and for me, my continuing good health confirms it. It is also worth
noting that Dr. Carl J. Reich’s detractors were not patients, but colleagues.

Carl Reich MD (Carl John Reich MD)

Dr Carl Reich's formula for curing chronic disease:
. Take 25,000 IU Vitamin A daily
. Take 10,000 IU Vitamin D3 daily
. Take 600 mg Calcium daily
. Take 600 mg Magnesium daily
. Take 200 mcg (micrograms) of Selenium daily
. Take 50 mg of Zinc daily

Carl J. Reich, M.D. - Nutritional Medicine Pioneer

Dr. Carl Reich, Canadian physician, was one of the first to associate a stress-adapted
state with a nutrient-deficient condition. From the very beginning, he intuitively felt
a doctor’s primary area of concern should be the nutritional concerns of his patients.
However, after several years he was able to confirm his stated hypothesis – “the
stress of biochemical deficiency enforced by faulty diet is essential to disease;
together they undermine the body’s potential to withstand additional stress.

Carl Reich MD's Background

I began my medical training from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario,” said Reich,
and was licensed as an M.D., C.M. in 1943; immediately following which I served as
Captain and Medical Officer in medical units and hospitals in Canada, England and
Germany from 1943 to 1950. I did post graduate studies in Internal Medicine in
London, Vancouver, B.C., and UCLA Medical Center San Francisco. And in 1950 I was
licensed as an M.D. in California and a specialist in Internal Medicine in Canada. I
started my medical practice first in British Columbia where I spent 15 years before
moving to Calgary in 1983. From the beginning I practiced as a General Practitioner
and Specialist in Internal Medicine, with emphasis on nutritional aspects of health,
which was later redefined as Preventive-Alternative Medicine.

Reich’s plain-and-simple approach proved to be beneficial, eventually resulting in
twenty-some thousand “healed and happy” patients across his lifetime; without a
single complaint among them. At the same time, Reich’s successes, compared with
the seeming apparent failures of half a dozen or so of his peers’ traditional therapies
triggered their antagonism.

Dr. Carl Reich's Research
Between the years of 1950 to 1983, Reich continued I conducted clinical research in
practice; resulting in my redefining symptoms of allergy and auto immunity as
“ionic calcium deficiency reactions.” These reactions, I concluded, were caused by
defects of lifestyle, maladaption, “biochemical inheritance,” and other important
concepts. These concepts and related nutritional therapies were applied to
approximately 20,000 patients, the beneficial results of which far exceeded those
obtainable by orthodox patient management. Significantly, this evaluation process
was accomplished without a single patient complaint to a College of Physicians and
Surgeons! As early as 1954, after only four years of clinical research in office
practice, I made a rather astounding discovery that seemed to point to a single
causative factor for such apparently unrelated disease conditions as:

chronic asthma,
Crohn’s disease, or ileitis,
arthritis, and other “diseases of civilization.”
The causative factors in the above conditions were determined to be the deficiency
of dietary calcium and sun-generated vitamins A and D. These two vitamins, Dr.
Reich believes, are essential to provide dietary calcium with biological activity
through the process of ionization, by which calcium becomes C++, or ionic;
rendering it capable of entering into an immediate chemical reaction whenever
required by the body. After checking and rechecking my data, I proposed that the
above deficiency conditions could well be the basis for most symptoms and disease
that afflict civilized societies.

Finding a Solution
By 1958 my continued research had further led me to believe that chronic asthma
and related disease was not the direct result of the hitherto suspected deficiency
state, but rather representative of the self-controlling function of the lung
attempting to compensate for calcium deficiency. In this, respiratory disease and
intestinal diseases characterized by chronic diarrhea, I suggested that the adaptive
device was either . . .

a lowering of body fluids pH by the retention of carbon dioxide, or the
excessive production and rapid evacuation of alkaline intestinal contents.
Continuing his intense clinical in-practice research, by 1985 Reich had finalized his
study of chronic ionic calcium deficiency syndrome arising from insufficient sun-
generated A & D. Summarizing his findings in arthritic patients, he concluded that
the two major forms of the disease represented calcium demineralization of the
skeleton, and similar adaptive functions for nerve and muscle tissue, all having high
priorities for this mineral.

The Problem
Not everyone was happy or accepting of Reich’s findings. Four conventional
physicians ruled that Reich’s nutritional approach represented quackery and
reported such to the College of Physicians and Surgeons. As a result his practice was
examined and considered by them to be “reprehensible and dangerous” to the
public. Coincident with this ruling, Reich and seven other physicians were
reprimanded for the “overuse of pain-relieving drugs” and relieved of practice for
six months. Although court recordings have apparently not survived, the charges
were apparently upheld by the court and Reich was forbidden to practice. Appeals
were costly and time consuming. By 1985 his finances were depleted as were his
sources of income, making it impossible to continue writing his findings for
publication. So regardless of their unproven charges, his detractors achieved their

Dr. Carl Reich: The Existence of the Ionic Calcium Ion
During the last few years of his life, Dr. Reich and I communicated a number of times
by letter and telephone. Through those exchanges, Dr. Reich shared a great deal
with me of his scientific adventures and breakthroughs. Listening to him was a
privilege; his ups and downs, his brilliant clinical discoveries, as well as the almost
total rejection by members of his profession. At his untimely death I realized he had
bequeathed to me an accumulated treasure trove of priceless correspondence. Yet,
not until the advent of web sites and blogging, did I have a means by which to share
his genius with others. Now I do . . .

According to Dr. Reich, A calcium ion is said to be in ionic form or “ionized” (Ca++)
when it is capable of being absorbed and entering into an immediate chemical
reaction whenever required by the body. Almost 60 percent of the blood serum is in
the ionic form, which is of great importance in . . .

blood coagulation, in
the function of the heart muscles and nerves, and
permeability of membranes.
It is important to note that an Inadequate gastric acidity may lead to a lack of
calcium uptake.

The Functions of the Ionic Calcium Ion
Scores of scientists have proven the following amazing functions of the ionized
calcium ion, which acts as a transporting agent to move needed nutrients, such as
glucose, water, oxygen and phosphates into the cell via ion channels or pores in the
cell membrane; and also forms a vital ingredient of valves in these channels. These
functions control the breathing-in of the ions laden with nutrients and their load of
nutrients, and their transport-out metabolites, as they return to pick up another
load of polar-stacked nutrients on the surface.

The ionized calcium ion concentration of the extracellular fluid also serves to
maintain the pH of that fluid at a near constant, slightly alkaline pH of 7.4. They are
also an important ingredient as a buffering compound within the intracellular fluid,
which maintains that fluid at a pH in the optimum range of 6.6 to 6.9. These pH
levels of these fluids are essential for the generation of the -70 to-90 millivolt
electrical potential between the outer and inner surfaces of the cell membrane,
which is periodically discharged into the cell to excite the activity of many
biochemical mechanisms of the cell.

These are mechanisms which, when integrated, create cell function, whether it be
the production of secretion, motion, support, or the production of nerve stimuli and
the conduction of these stimuli along the nerve fibers.

-Dr. Bob Owen, Ph.D., D, Sc.

Dr. Carl Reich: Development of an Ionic Calcium Deficiency

Spelled out in Part One, an ionic calcium deficiency would result in serious
consequences. Namely: the body would be unable to maintain a constant, slightly
alkaline pH of 7.4, or manifest other evidences of a state of “perfect health,” as
evidenced by:

no deficiencies
no symptoms of physical changes
no disease conditions
Note: The regular exposure of skin to sunshine-producing, person-specific vitamin D
may be an important ingredient of this state; conversely, lack of the same may result
in a downward spiral chain reaction.

A poor diet and excessive indoor living that gives rise to chronic deficiency of
dietary calcium and chronic deficiency of sun-on-skin vitamin D will lower the ionic
calcium concentration of tissue fluids. In turn, this will result in lowering the pH of
the exterior surface of the cell membrane. In order to maintain the required -70 to –
90 millivolt potential difference across the cell membrane, a substitute buffer is
produced within the cell that is far more acidic, and which will lower the pH range of
the intracellular fluid to a dangerously low of 4.5 to 3.5.

The resultant chemical change produces increased acidity in the lungs, intestines,
and elsewhere by the autonomic or automatic nerve stimulation of the bronchial
tree and intestinal tract that will alter their physical state, and so their function. The
physical alterations thus produced in those tubular structures amount to

increased secretion of bronchial mucous, or
alkaline intestinal secretions, and
the increased contractility of the smooth muscles
which will result in either the retention of acidic carbon dioxide, or the more rapid
production and excretion of alkaline intestinal secretions.
Therefore, while the net calcium concentration of the trillions of cells in a person’s
body may be decreased by reason of their lifestyle, including diet,
the ionization of the residual cellular molecular calcium is enhanced by increased
acidity to the degree that the concentration of ionic or “free calcium” is maintained.
At this juncture

the mitochondria or “furnaces” of the cell are possibly the site of the greatest
concentration of calcium,
whether in inert molecular form, or
ionized by vitamin D, or by
increase in acidity to gain biological activity.
So, you see, the downward trend from ionic calcium normalcy to ionic calcium
deficiency is a gradual progression; although, at this point, it is possible to reverse.

Dr. Carl Reich created several terms to help clarify his understanding of ionic
calcium deficiency and the complex role it plays in attaining and maintaining one’s
health. Two of them in particular are “adaptive functions” and “mal-adaptive”
diseases. As the body becomes increasingly more ionic calcium deficient, as
indicated by pH levels, in an effort to protect it from self-destruction, it may modify
or adapt the functions of certain tissues and organs.

In other words, if insufficient ionic calcium is available to produce symptom-free or
pain-free operation of all tissues and organs, in its wisdom the body rations the
available supply on a priority basis. When ionic calcium deficiencies are detected by
their destructive impact upon the body, certain tissues – nerve, secretory, skeletal
and smooth muscle tissues – may cause several symptoms and/or physical changes
– to occur, which should be recognized and serve as red flags. Dr. Reich labeled
these adaptive functions.

poor fingernails
coated tongue
tenderness of trapezius (shoulder) muscles under moderate pressure
increased tendon (patella) reflexes
acid saliva, and or other physical changes
chronic headache
biochemical anxiety-tension
muscle aches and pains
abdominal pains and constipation
enuresis (nocturnal bed-wetting)
lowered resistance to infection
tendency toward obesity
According to Dr. Reich the above named physical changes and symptoms describe
the ionic calcium deficiency syndrome. A syndrome is a symptom complex arising
from a common cause; in this case, a lack of ionized calcium.

Adaptive functions, which are excited by autonomic or automatic nerve stimulation
and by adrenal adaptive hormone secretion, may be gradually broken down through
exhaustion created by persisting deficiency and direct effect of the same, will give
rise to mal-adaptive disease.

Dr Bob Owen

Dr. Carl Reich: The Direct Ionic Calcium Deficiency Diseases

Believing as he did, that most illness and disease is caused by stress and dietary
deficiencies, Dr. Reich called the below-listed and described diseases, the “modern
plague.” “In my opinion,” he wrote, “the benefit to the public by gaining an
understanding of this plague will surpass the combined benefits that it has received
from the discoveries of penicillin, insulin, mind-altering drugs and all the other

Reich’s insistence upon the above principle, and that the fact and progression of
such a condition could be determined by the acidity of one’s saliva, eventually cost
him his right to practice medicine. Reich’s Universal Disease Principle, briefly stated,
is the inability of the following organs and tissues to resist and overcome the
increased acidity caused and compounded by continued stress and dietary
deficiencies, which would eventually result in one or more, or the progression of the
following disease conditions:

chronic rhinitis-sinusitis, and or
chronic asthma-emphysema, inflammation of the lungs
ileitis-Crohn’s disease and colitis
hypertension and corresponding heart disease
osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, and or osteoporosis (which indicate calcium
demineralization of the skeletal system)
malfunction of carbohydrate metabolism (diabetes)
All of the above organ and tissue ionic calcium deficiency conditions lead to “cell
energy starvation.” As a consequence, each of them is accompanied by an
increasingly lower pH level, from 7.5 – the highest, denoting excellent acid-alkaline
balance – to 4.5, denoting the rise of ionic deficiency disease conditions; defined by
Dr. Reich as “Diseases of Civilization.” He stated unequivocally, “It’s our ‘modern
lifestyle’ that’s basically responsible for our deadly plague of ionic calcium
deficiencies!” He came to that conclusion through a professional lifetime of
meticulous, accurately-detailed clinical office studies of 20+ thousands of patients.

Dr. Bob Owen Ph.D.,D, Sc.

Nutritional Medical Pioneer
Carl J. Reich, M.D.
As told to Bob L. Owen, Ph.D., D.Sc.

The Urgency of Attaining a Normal pH Level

In the last article (Part Four) we gave a brief overview of disease “conditions”
resulting from an ionic calcium deficiency. Listed in some detail below are the body
systems along with the diseases, organs and primary functions of each:

Spastic Tube and Vessels Diseases
Diseases Organ Purpose of Organ
constipation colon fecal storage
enuresis bladder urine storage
dysmennorhea uterus reproduction
migraine cerebral artery cerebral circulation
Skeletal Muscle Diseases
chronic myositis muscle motion
Brain and Nerve Tissue Degenerations
Alzheimer’s disease cortex mental function
Parkinson’s disease lenticular coordination
Lou Gehrig’s nerve tract stimuli conduct
Functional defects of brain and nerve tissue degenerations: hyperactivity, learning
disability, anxiety, depression, anti-social behavior, drug addictions.

Dr. Carl Reich's on Metabolic Diseases
Diabetes: The pancreas and its target cells are extremely important organs in the
body’s efforts to produce organic acids and the ionization of Ca++ by normalizing
the body’s systemic pH.

Dr. Carl Reich’s understanding of the body’s “adaption” to the disease processes are
caused by the inability of a body’s organs and tissues to resist and overcome
increased acidity caused and compounded by continued stress and dietary
deficiencies; which indicates increased acidity of the body’s saliva (hyper-acidity).
This may be sufficient to generate an ionic calcium deficient mal-adaptive disease
condition as described in Part Four.

The question then becomes: How are we to determine, achieve and maintain a
salivary pH level that will produce the required alkaline balance? Dr. Reich puzzled
over this question for years, finally arriving at satisfactory answers for him. To his
detractors it was quite another thing. His solution was to adjust the body’s
nutritional alkaline input, including – what was in that day, especially for
conventional medical practitioners – mega-doses of sun-on-skin vitamins D and A.
This regime also incorporated reduction of stress levels; all with the intent of
bringing the saliva pH up to the optimum level of 7.5.

The results were astounding and proved his thesis: Given proper nutrients and
lifestyle, one’s body will heal itself! So a normal pH is actually not optional. The
health of every fluid, tissue, organ and system in the body is able to function
effectively only when our saliva pH level is alkaline.

Nutritional Medical Pioneer

Dr. Carl Reich: The Key Element in Ionic Calcium Sufficiency

By the mid-1970s Dr. Carl Reich had recognized an acidic saliva pH as being the
most common and easily-identified verification of the ionic calcium deficiency
syndrome. As a result that indicator became the backbone of his study. “This was
especially good news,” he said, “because the key to such study is the salivary pH test,
which can be administered and accurately read by untrained personnel.” The
minimal cost at that time was a mere half a cent per test. It is still inexpensive and
relatively accurate, thus helpful to a “not seriously ill” person as it is a prime
indicator of those who are most likely to develop such a condition.

Recognition of lifestyle defects responsible for the diagnosis was important. But
equally so was the cellular hyperacidity reflected by the pH of simple secretions of
saliva. This test of saliva represents the most physical-chemical characteristic that
serves to identify a disease or condition, and in this case an ionic calcium deficiency.

The pH of saliva is best tested with litmus paper in the range of 5.5 to 8.0 such as the
pH test paper available from this web site, or most health food stores. The test
requires a very small piece of the paper, perhaps an inch or so. Performance of the
test is very simple and requires only a few minutes. These basic instructions are
important: The test should be conducted early in the morning before putting
anything in your mouth, even water, or brushing your teeth; or at least one to two
hours after eating, drinking or chewing gum. Therefore, for many people the best
times are about 11 a.m. or before lunch, or 4 p.m. before dinner.

Doing the test: Clean the mouth of old saliva then produce fresh saliva and dip the
paper in it for a couple of seconds. Do not lick or suck the paper. Within 10-15
seconds compare the color of the strip with the color chart furnished with the paper.
Interpret as follows:

7.5 slightly alkaline (excellent)
7 neutral (neither alkaline nor acid; but preferable to acidic)
6.5 slightly acid (concern)
6.0 mildly acid (very concerned)
5.5 and lower, moderate to strongly acid (danger zone)
Remember: The result of this simple-and-easy-to-perform test is not an absolute
proof of ionic calcium deficiency. But, if an acidic reading is or becomes consistent
over a period of days or weeks, Dr. Reich’s many years of clinical testing indicated
that such low or lowering pH is a very strong indication that one’s body is at least
becoming seriously deprived of ionic calcium and sun-on-skin or supplemental
vitamin D. It further indicates that time is of the essence to correct such a situation.

Dr. Carl Reich’s Effective Healing Plan

Repeated over and over and running through everything Dr. Carl Reich taught and
put into practice was the principle: an over-acidic and under-alkalinized system will
always produce fatigue and eventual illness. And, if not brought to normality will
continue to spiral downward . . .

It cannot be otherwise, Dr. Carl Reich insisted that our bodies function precisely as
our Maker intended: self-perpetuating, self-regenerating and self-healing. Which a
body will always accomplish when provided with a healing environment. When
treated according to Reich’s Health Manifesto, the results were predictable. His
ailing patients became well – even those who had been treated by – and failed to
respond to – the System’s so-called acceptable medical methods! Many of Reich’s
peers vocally derided his protocol (see below) even though it was demonstrably

Dr Carl Reich’s Revolutionary Plan

Much of what Dr. Carl Reich taught was generally unknown 50-60 years ago. He told
his patients they should check their pH. And that their salivary pH must be brought
into mild alkalinity: 7.0 to 7.5. Startling advice! Furthermore, Reich told his patients
that all their other efforts would fail unless they accomplished this goal. He taught
them that at least 80% of all their foods and liquids must be alkaline. He even went
so far as to list the alkaline diets they should pursue.

Reich warned his patients about their usual lifestyles. He taught them to stop
abusing their bodies with harmful diets and lifestyles . . . to stop depriving their
bodies of sufficient rest and sleep. He told how to get sufficient sun-on-skin vitamins
A and D and ionized calcium instead of synthetic supplements and manufactured
“non-foods.” He told them how to return themselves to health.

What did Dr. Carl Reich’s patients do? The thousands who listened to him got well!

How did Dr. Carl Reich’s colleagues react? A numberof them reported` to the
Canadian Medical Association that he was practicing medicine in an unprofessional
manner. But today, the nutritional medicine he pioneered is frequently accepted as
“standard fare” and is now backed by increasing amounts of scientific evidence.

Dr. Carl Reich: Ionic Calcium Deficiency Syndrome and Cancer

Author’s note: Uppermost in Dr. Carl Reich’s mind was his stated goal: to isolate and
eliminate “the ultimate cause of ALL disease” including the most feared disease of
them all. He had much to say concerning cancer and ionic calcium deficiency.

In Dr. Carl Reich’s view, which he states in different ways, “it is the chronic
deficiency of ionic calcium that’s ultimately responsible for the over-acidic pH
condition . . . always present in cancer.”
“Symptoms of the ionic calcium deficiency arise for reason of the direct effect (such
condition) has on nerve, muscle support and other tissues,” the most common of
which are the following:

aches, pains and cramps, caused by
skeletal, and/or intestinal muscle over-activity, and
nervousness, headache, irritability and sleeplessness, arising by reason of
central and peripheral nerve-tissue over-activity (these may not always be
An overlay of these complaints with chronic fatigue and depression may indicate
that the sum total of these two major nerve and muscle tissues may be on the verge
of becoming exhausted. Moreover, by a “domino effect,” the deficiency (ionic
calcium) may have led to a deficient or defective production of vitamin B12, thyroid,
adrenal, adaptive and other hormones to further depress cell function.

The as yet unidentified cause of the “chronic-fatigue-anxiety-headache-depression-
syndrome” may be easily verified by a simple acidic-salivary pH test. This test can
also identify the lifestyle defects responsible for the deficiency, the results of specific
therapies; as well as the deficiency itself and its domino effects.”

See Part Six, The Key Element in Ionic Calcium Sufficiency for details concerning this
inexpensive, easily administered and read test that should be obtained and used by
all persons exhibiting the above symptoms.