Baking Soda Bubbles
Re: What about baking soda for heartburn?
It’s counterproductive. It can even cause a heart attack.
Add some baking soda to vinegar to see why.
Mixing an acid (vinegar) and a base (baking soda) creates salty water and carbon dioxide gas.
The phase transition from carbonic acid to carbon dioxide gas causes gaseous pressure — the primary cause of heartburn in the first place.
“Gas pressure is caused by the collisions of the gas particles (carbon dioxide) with the inside of the container (stomach and intestinal tract) as they collide with and exert a force on the container walls (stomach lining and intestinal epithelium).”
According to “N.J. Jury Riles Man Whose Stomach Exploded Isn’t Entitled to Damages,” Desert Sun, Oct. 5, 1991 …
“A man whose stomach exploded after he took Arm & Hammer baking soda for indigestion is not entitled to damages, but the product label should have warned of the danger, a jury decided Friday.
“Both sides claimed victory in the lawsuit, brought by William Graves, editor of National Geographic magazine, against Church & Dwight Inc. of Princeton, makers of Arm & Hammer.’This puts the country on notice that they can get hurt or can die with this product,’ said Adrian I. Karp, Graves’ attorney.”
What else do we know about carbon dioxide?
It’s chemically inert and non-flammable.
Chemical reactions require heat — a comfy warm stomach, ideally 101° Fahrenheit.
No heat, no metabolism. No metabolism, no digestion.
Duh! Thank you, Captain Obvious!