Well, here is what I observed.
After activating the sodium chlorite solution with ascorbic acid, I added some additional ascorbic acid and the PPM of free ClO2 dropped to 0.
It took about 10 hours before I was able to once again measure free ClO2.
I then added 5 ml of 50% citric acid
to the solution, and it quickly turned yellow and the PPM of free ClO2 quickly rose.
I would think that this would make ascorbic acid a poor activator. When it encounters additional acid (like in stomach acid) it quickly becomes unstable and releases a lot of ClO2.
I then added additional ascorbic acid to the solution. It immediately cleared up and it took a couple of hours to turn yellow again. A second addition of ascorbic acid cleared the solution up and it did not register free ClO2 again, even after letting it sit overnight.
Thank you for the interesting information on ascorbic acid. I have noticed that a solution of it does not store well. I get more consistent results if I mix it fresh for each use. I am not sure what the shelf life is for a mixed solution, but I generally set a 4 hour timer and toss it after that.
I do think there was some ClO2 in the solution even though the test strips indicated that there was none. After testing for ClO2, I let the test strip sit on the counter and it eventually had a slight color change. Since this doesn't happen with water, there must be something in the solution causing the change. It took around 4 hours to observe the color change of the strip after it had indicated 0 PPM free ClO2.
I understand why the food industry would use ascorbic acid, but I don't understand why they would use it with ASC. Initially, it looks like citric acid
gives better results. Is there some kind of synergistic effect when the two are used together?
It also occurs to me that I was using a 1:1 activation ratio. Do you happen to know what the ratio should be when using ascorbic acid?
While we are on the subject of activation...
I have noticed that you think the Miracle-Mineral-Supplement
protocol is wrong. I have noticed a difference in the solution response to my "load" testing when it is activated differently. The Miracle-Mineral-Supplement
protocol calls for a 1:5 ratio of activation. One part 28% sodium chlorite to 5 parts 10% citric acid
. I have noticed that I get better results if I use a 1:1 activation ratio. On the surface, it seems that a 1:5 activation would be more effective, but that does not seem to be how it works. What is going on with this? Am I doing something wrong, or is this the way it actually is?