How to Measure Your Terrain

You will need to get pH test paper that measures from 5.5 to 8, with a resolution of 0.2 pH. I suggest "pHydrion Vivid 5.5 to 8.0" manufactured by Micro Essential Laboratory. You can get it here.

There are different systems for measuring your pH. Most suggest taking a measurement twice a day. I prefer the system promoted by Dr. Stephen Stadtler www.terrainmed.com. Measure your urine upon rising (use as a guide, but discard the reading), and again between 1 and 3 hours later (use this to control your diet). Your 2nd urine pH will generally be a few tenths more alkaline than the first. Keep a daily record. If you get up at 3:00 in the morning, don't count it as your first urine.

When measuring urine, use a cup and dip the test paper in it, shake off excess, and read immediately. Don't place the pH test paper in the stream as it tends to wash out the color.

If you want to measure saliva
, first swallow, then draw up new saliva. Do this three times and measure the third. Spit into a spoon, insert the paper in the saliva, shake off excess, and read immediately. (Measuring the initial saliva can be different from the third by several tenths of pH.) Read immediately. The manufacturer does not recommend placing the test paper in your mouth, even though it is not toxic.

Note: The pHydrion test paper was designed for immediate reading. If you wait 30 seconds, the value will change due to evaporation. Don't even wait 5 seconds; read immediately.

The normal value for urine pH is 6.5 to 6.8 according to Vincent; Dr. Stadtler places it at 6.0 to 6.4. You will find your measurements will vary considerably, so if you are in the 6.4 arena you are probably doing ok. Vincent places saliva at 6.5 to 6.75; you can see these normal values listed on the Bioelectronic Vincent chart. Of the charts that I have seen, your saliva tends to move in the same direction as the blood. If your saliva pH is rising, your blood pH is probably rising also, which may put you in the pre-cancer zone ("Pracancerose" on the chart). Blood value is more stable than saliva; when you try to correct your values using diet or supplements, the saliva will change sooner than the blood. Normally, urine should be more alkaline (have a higher pH) than saliva. If the saliva becomes more alkaline, the urine compensates by becoming more acid. Acid urine is a sign of an overacid system which is trying to throw off excess acids.


Note: There is disagreement from site to site about what the normal values for pH are. The values of the nine parameters of Biological Terrain Analysis (BTA) used by Flannegan are different from the original Bioelectronic Vincent (BEV) parameters. BTA is a modern version of BEV; they are from the same school, so the values that Flannegan uses may be more accurate.