I am a critical care (certified) RN with 24 years experience. During that time I have seen several patients admitted for a high alkalosis condition brought on by regular (daily) ingestion of Himalayan mineral salt or baking soda. The mineral salts have a pH around 8.4. These patients required immediate placement of a breathing tube and mechanical breathing support. The normal pH of the blood is a very narrow 7.35 to 7.45. This balance is necessary for the proper functioning of all organs (think heart! , brain!), furthermore this balance is delicately managed by the lungs and kidneys and it takes the body far longer to respond to and correct high alkolosis than it does high acidosis. Proper pH testing and monitoring should be performed while using this type of therapy.