Week 1 Discussion Forum

Complete your Week 1 discussion prompt by Wednesday, 11:59pm with a minimum of 250 words and minimum 1 reference in APA format. TWO replies are required by Sunday, 11:59pm. Each reply should have a minimum of 50 words and have 1 reference in APA format.


A depressed person attempts to commit suicide by taking a whole bottle of sleeping pills. The pills cause a drastic decrease in the pH. The patient starts having breathing difficulties because the thick and thin filaments within the respiratory muscles are breaking down.

[1] What is pH? Make sure to define what is an acid, base, acidosis, alkalosis, and buffer.

[2] What is the carbonic acid buffering system and how does it affect pH?

[3] Explain in depth the correlation between the person’s pH and why their respiratory muscles are breaking down. Is this acidosis or alkalosis?


Provide details in your explanation and support your answer with facts from your textbook, research, and articles from scholarly journals. Remember to add a MINIMUM of 1 reference in APA format at the end of your post to avoid plagiarism.