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Sodium Bicarbonate and Precautions When Treating Cancer Tumors

Published on December 14, 2012

In May I published that University of Arizona Cancer Center member Dr. Mark Pagel will receive a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effectiveness of baking soda therapy to treat breast cancer. He wrote me recently saying that his NIH grant award will NOT fund a clinical trial:

Instead, my research focuses on pre-clinical studies in a laboratory setting. More importantly, my research primarily focuses on the refinement of my method for measuring tumor acidosis using non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging methods. One application of this method is to monitor changes in acid content (pH) in tumors and normal tissues following baking soda treatment. But there are other applications as well. For example, tumor acidosis causes chemoresistance to common anti-cancer drugs such as doxorubicin and paclitaxel. Determining whether an individual’s tumor is acidic can aid in selecting the appropriate chemotherapy for that individual patient, leading to “personalized medicine.”

He also said:

Second, baking soda is NOT necessarily safe as your article claims. It is known from pre-clinical studies and mathematical oncology modeling that too much baking soda, and/or baking soda treatment that is continued for too long, will be harmful to normal tissues, especially kidney and bladder tissues. The problem is that the level that is “too much” and the time that is “too long” is unknown, and probably differs for different people (for example, older patients with limited kidney function are likely more sensitive to baking soda treatment). Therefore, there is a real concern that too much baking soda applied for too long may harm a patient.

The good doctor is absolutely correct and that is one of the reasons to not jump into serious bicarbonate therapy without studying the subject in depth. In my book Sodium Bicarbonate—Rich Man’s Poor Man’s Cancer Treatment these issues are raised along with the absolute need to use daily pH testing as a guide to determine dosages.

The key to safe use of sodium bicarbonate is the monitoring and testing of both urinary and saliva pH with pH test paper or an electronic tester. I recommend people do this every morning and chart their results, and whenever taking strong baking soda baths, do the same thing soon after getting out of the tub. We do not want the urinary pH to go over 8.0, and Arm & Hammer suggests right on the box to stop therapy to let the pH drop back down after a week of high use.

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One can overdo anything! When I say baking soda is safe, I mean it is exceptionally safe if you compare it with overly strong poisons found in chemotherapies. Sodium bicarbonate is a strong medicinal, one of the strongest, and it will drive pH levels up quickly throughout most of the tissues, and that is why it is so effective.

Dr. Pagel also said:

Furthermore, there is some evidence that pH-neutral tumors do NOT respond well to baking soda treatment. This is plausible because tumors that are not acidic don’t need to be neutralized by baking soda (however, this preliminary evidence is not yet proof that pH-neutral tumors will not respond to baking soda treatment). Thus, a patient may have a pH-neutral tumor and experience no benefit from baking soda, and yet take too much baking soda for too long and cause damage to normal tissues. That would be unacceptable. This concern that normal tissues may become alkalinized provides additional justification for developing a non-invasive imaging method to monitor pH throughout the body.

The first point to address here is that the justification for using bicarbonate does not center solely on its tumor controlling or reducing role. If a person is bicarbonate deficient, which means too acid, if the deficiency is addressed, the entire body including the immune system will work better and this can only help in cancer treatment. Every physiological process in the body is pH sensitive. Doctors should know by now (unfortunately they don’t) that patients will always do better with cancer treatments of all kinds when they are slightly alkaline.

Everyone’s bicarbonate level declines with age and it would be quite unusual to find a cancer patient without a generalized bicarbonate deficiency no matter what the pH of the tumors are. If there are tumors that are actually alkaline it would indeed be a rare condition because the respiration of cancer cells creates acid conditions.

Dr. Pagel is studying a personalized approach to cancer treatment that involves the use of toxic chemotherapy agents. The context of Natural Allopathic Medicine’s cancer protocol is all-natural and if the bicarbonate does not get the cancer, other natural heavyweight medicinals will.

There is no hiding the fact that baking soda, the same stuff that can save a person’s life in the emergency room in a heartbeat, is a primary cancer treatment option of the safest most effective kind. I never suggest it should be used out of the context of a full cancer protocol of medicinals that support bicarbonate’s cancer eliminating role.

To depend on baking soda or anything else as a sole cancer cure is misguided and risky. But when used as a primary anti-cancer agent with other anti-cancer agents is intelligent.

When taken orally with water, especially water with high magnesium content, and when used transdermally in medicinal baths, baking soda becomes a first-line medicinal for the treatment of cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, influenza and even the common cold. One hundred years of clinical use and research support this statement and even the Arm & Hammer Company promoted its medical use in a small booklet published by them in 1926.

Dr. Robert J. Gillies and his colleagues have already demonstrated that pre-treatment of mice with sodium bicarbonate results in the alkalinization of the area around tumors. The same researchers reported that bicarbonate increases tumor pH and also inhibits spontaneous metastases in mice with breast cancer.[1] It also reduces the rate of lymph node involvement.

One does not have to be a doctor to practice pH medicine. Every practitioner of the healing arts and every mother and father needs to understand how to use sodium bicarbonate. Bicarbonate deficiency is a real problem that deepens with age so it really does pay to understand and appreciate what baking soda is all about.

Doctors of course would disagree that they are not needed for this but in the case of using baking soda, it is the pH testing paper that is needed, not them. I always hope that people will read my book so that they completely understand what they are dealing with, especially the possible side effects when using too much for too long a period.

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  • dorothy uwekoolani

    I am being diagnosed for possible fistula vesicovaginal taken 3 day antibiotic to remove yeast infection read that there have been reversals if surrounding tissue is removed or debrided giving it a chance to heal on its own 6-8 wks can definitely say things are very improved with b/s now doing lemon fresh sweezed in am every time to pee new lemonade this until after lunch trying to balance my ph lost a few pounds feel much better there are no physicians on maui to do any progressive treatments like laporoscopy -skin glues etc all heads to major surgery again this may not end it could return is there anything that might let me heal myself for now willing to try anything reasonable

  • MichaelCrackMonkey

    Why would you put forth this these lies about Baking Soda and about the supposed study if it’s not true? You have lost all credibility.

  • Chrismagistus

    Had a skin problem for twenty years. Spent thousands ob doctors to just get the same old suppresuve stearoids. Then after a week of baking soda treatments its gone and has not returned. was diagnosed with dermatitus by one doctor,eczema by another doctor, alergies by immunologists, scabies by another doctor. All that. I never really knew what it was exactly but they all pretended they knew with such confidence. I know one thing. I dont need any of them for this priblem ever again

  • SteveGood

    If baking soda cured cancer we would take baking soda. Nobody could hide it if it worked because anybody could take it. After they did the cancer would be cured. No trails no data because it’s an everyday substance cheapand easy to use. There is no conspiracy because it would be impossible to hide the cure.John Doe could use it anybody could use it .Conclusion no conspiracy it doesn’t work. Yes i have cancer but it doesn’t make me an idiot prepared to believe silly claims.

    • Shabby Whammy

      The FDA Doesn’t approve it because it works. Just like the RIFE Machine that is illegal in the US but cures cancer.

    • Gonzalo Conde

      I agree, My dad had a glass of water with Baking soda every night for 10yrs and he died of lung cancer.

      • IMVAUser

        Dr. Sircus’ protocol includes much more than sodium bicarbonate alone for treating cancers.
        Magnesium chloride used transdermally, and iodine definitely both need to be added. There are also other things that Dr. Sircus would utilize for a full-out attack such as vitamin C in high doses and even cannabinoid treatments.

  • jude

    There are ‘Ph neutral’ tumors? I thought that all cancers couldn’t live without an acidic environment.

  • David

    Alkalosis is just as undesirable as acidity! Great article Dr S.

    • Julius Loren Devere

      have you had alkalosis? do you know anyone who has?

      i have yet to see a true case of it.

      also – if you use pH strips to keep yourself below pH 10.0, i dont think you will have any issues.

      it all comes down to being responsible…on either extreme – acid or alkaline.

      • gawdsgrace

        My wife has a tumor and is growing near her vagina. Her urine ph has never come below 7 in the last one year, i have seen it to be in the 7.5 range all the time and occasionally go to 8.5.

  • Chris Hunt

    Thank you for your article, and rebuttal of Dr. Mark Pagels ridiculous statements. Fancy that, he gets 2 millon “bucks” to try and prop up the “Big Lie”- science for profit. I thank God for people like you, courageous enough to stand up to these seemingly loveless, misguided people. You have given me so much inspiration, just reading your newsletters and articles. We are starting magnesium treatments, and already notice many beneficial effects, notably, more rapid healing of skin problems.