In recent weeks, social media and news feeds alike have been bubbling over with the benefits of baking soda. With all the hypnotizing hype, I felt it was time to share a word of caution about this wonderful little "bicarb".
A familiar kitchen staple, baking soda (aka: sodium bicarbonate) has benefited humanity with unnumbered applications over the past century - external, internal and industrial alike. However, the latest and most concerning topic (the reason I am writing this post to begin with) revolves around the idea that baking soda (whether alone or mixed with some other natural "miracle" ingredient) can cure cancer. Now, just to clear things up a bit, I'm not a doctor, nor do I pretend to be; however, I feel I have been fairly well educated in regards to natural and alternative health and wellness topics of many kinds over the past several decades - at least compared to the average Joe. And so, the reason I am disturbed by such claims over baking soda and cancer is not because I believe that they are untrue, but because I believe that the information is being skewed a bit - sometimes a lot - and could cause potential harm to individuals who are ignorant of the methodology used. So please take a moment to read on if you are someone you love has been raving about this new miracle cure involving baking soda and cancer treatment, it might just save your life.
The History Behind the Craze
Tullio Simoncini was a practicing Italian physician before his license to practice medicine was revoked in 2006 after having a patient die following his "unorthodox" practices of treating cancer (although he apparently had saved many other lives using the same procedure!). My understanding is that his method utilized the internal application of sodium bicarbonate solution (a highly alkalizing agent) by port-a-cath into cancerous tumors and that this approach would effectively alkalize the tumor (tumors being acidic in nature) with the after-effect being "spontaneous regression/remission/apoptosis" of the cancer. So, the main principle behind Simoncini's work was that he believed cancer was caused by Candida albicans, that it is a very "acidic" disease, and therefore the application of a highly alkaline substance would stop and even reverse the progression of the disease. All of this theory appears to hold water. So then, what's the big deal about baking soda?
The Insidious Illusion
Most of the posts and related articles that have claimed cancer can be cured with baking soda have been written with the implication that the sodium bicarbonate should be consumed or applied internally to treat the cancer. Although most people generally don't take in large amounts of baking soda internally, and thus the accounts of acute toxicity from baking soda ingestion are rare, those who might be facing stage-four cancer could theoretically be in a position where they might be led to believe that more is better and this could potentially be a terrible mistake. Ingesting moderate amounts of baking soda (a high sodium compound) can pose potential threats to the health and wellbeing of healthy persons, but especially for those who suffer from high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, edema or those who are pregnant. Ingestion of larger amounts of sodium bicarbonate have been shown to result in "metabolic alkalosis, hypernatremia, hypertension, gastric rupture, hyporeninemia, hypokalemia, hypochloremia, intravascular volume depletion, and urinary alkalinization (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8285975)."
The Appetizing Alternative
While baking soda does not seem to be the best option due to its potential negative effects on the body, the GREAT NEWS is that there is an alternative option for alkalizing the body and thereby causing a similar regression affect on cancer. There is a great deal of information from experts like Dr. T. Baroody, Max Gersen, T. Collin Cambell, and others which indicate that the BEST WAY TO ALKALIZE OUR BODIES IS THROUGH A WHOLE-FOOD PLANT-BASED DIET and regular exercise. If you'd like more information, we'd be happy to visit with you and share information on further resources.
Jerri W., LMT, CWC
Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Wellness Coach with over 23 years of experience in pain management, relaxation techniques and lifestyle education.
Heather R., LMT, CWC
Certified Wellness Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist with a passion for helping others achieve optimal wellness through healthier living.
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