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Ah hah hah hah. A man is leaving his family to get a drink that tastes "keen". Well done, 1937. You're killing me. Okay, so White Rock
Well turns out there actually can be an imbalance of acids and bases in the fluids of the body: "acidosis". But there's a different kind of acidosis for a number of illnesses that can result in too much acid in your inside regions - metabolic acidosis, respiratory acidosis, lactic acidosis, MELAS syndrome, Cytochrome C Oxidase Deficiency, etc. Just about the only one you've ever encountered is a temporary lactic acidosis after you work out. It's what makes your muscles sore, and it goes away in a day or so unless there's something really wrong.
So why would a basically normal guy be running off to get an alkaline drink? Because "alkaline" things like sodium bicarbonate counteract the effects of acid. It can help with indigestion and stuff like that. So, in 1937 or thereabouts, it was a bit of a thing to use the phrase "on the alkaline side" when choosing what to drink, as if there was a constant war in your body between acids and bases, and if you didn't keep them in balance by carefully drinking the right beverage, you would die and your corpse would melt a hole to the center of the Earth with all its acidy guts and stuff. Strange that you don't hear people talking about whether they "feel alkaline" or "acidy" these days. It;s also worth noting that you don't hear of people dropping dead in the street from a sudden assault of acidosis. Yes, it's a real illness, but if you have it, you'll know it, and you probably don't.
Ha ha, what a bunch of suckers those nineteen-thirty-seveners were. They would believe anything. Want a modern analog? Let's see. Which to choose? "Carbs versus protein" was so 2001. What's more current? I know. Gluten. A very tiny minority of people have a metabolic propblem called "celiac disease". If they eat gluten (commonly found in grains), it messes up their digestion and causes intestinal irritation. This leads to malnutrition, pain, and other illnesses. Celiac is hard to diagnose, but once you do, a drastic change in diet keeps symptoms under control. It's a tough diet to stay with but as my celiac-suffering brother says "it beats the alternative".
|If your dog had celiac disease, your carpet|
would definitely tell you.
I predict that, in the future, so many bored stupid people will convince themselves they are amputees that it will lead to a boom in the prosthetics industry, making sophisticated cybernetic limb replacement affordable for everyone, including people who actually are missing a limb.