Sodium Bicarbonate Side Effects and Contraindications


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Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is generally well tolerated. However, high doses may cause headache, nausea or irritability. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: muscle weakness, slow reflexes and confusion, swelling of the feet or ankles, black tar-like stools, coffee-ground vomit. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not use if you are on a sodium restricted diet unless directed by a doctor. Ask a doctor or a pharmacist before use if you are taking a prescription drug. Antacids may interact with certain prescription drugs. Do not administer to children under age 5 without careful consideration. To avoid injury do not take sodium bicarbonate until the powder is completely dissolved and it is very important not to take baking soda when overly full from food or drink. Consult a doctor if severe stomach pain occurs after taking this product.

“I nearly died after taking this stuff,” said William Graves, who suffered a rupture through the wall of his stomach in 1979 after taking baking soda mixed in water for indigestion after a big meal. The 64-year-old resident of Bethesda,Md., who is editor of National Geographic Magazine, said that only emergency surgery saved his life and that six more operations were needed to repair the damage. Though there are only a few documented cases users need to know of the dangers.

Sodium bicarbonate side effects can include metabolic alkalosis, edema due to sodium overload, congestive heart failure, hyperosmolar syndrome, hypervolemic hypernatremia, and hypertension due to increased sodium. In patients who consume a high calcium or dairy-rich diet, calcium supplements, or calcium-containing antacids such as calcium carbonate (e.g., Tums), the use of sodium bicarbonate can cause milk-alkali syndrome, which can result in metastatic calcification, kidney stones, and kidney failure.

In rare cases, metabolic alkalosis develops in a person who has ingested too much base from substances such as baking soda (bicarbonate of soda).  Severe metabolic alkalosis (ie, blood pH >7.55) is a serious medical problem. Mortality rates have been reported as 45% in patients with an arterial blood pH of 7.55 and 80% when the pH was greater than 7.65.

Administration of sodium bicarbonate in amounts that exceed the capacity of the kidneys to excrete this excess bicarbonate may cause metabolic alkalosis. This capacity is reduced when a reduction in filtered bicarbonate occurs, as observed in renal failure, or when enhanced tubular reabsorption of bicarbonate occurs, as observed in volume depletion.[1]

Metabolic alkalosis is the most common acid-base disturbance observed in hospitalized patients, accounting for approximately 50% of all acid-base disorders.

• Severe alkalosis causes diffuse arteriolar constriction with reduction in tissue perfusion. By decreasing cerebral blood flow, alkalosis may lead to tetany, seizures, and decreased mental status. Metabolic alkalosis also decreases coronary blood flow and predisposes persons to refractory arrhythmias.

• Metabolic alkalosis causes hypoventilation, which may cause hypoxemia, especially in patients with poor respiratory reserve, and it may impair weaning from mechanical ventilation.

• Alkalosis decreases the serum concentration of ionized calcium by increasing calcium ion binding to albumin. In addition, metabolic alkalosis is almost always associated with hypokalemia (low potassium levels), which can cause neuromuscular weakness and arrhythmias, and, by increasing ammonia production, it can precipitate hepatic encephalopathy in susceptible individuals

The physical signs of metabolic alkalosis are not specific and depend on the severity of the alkalosis. Because metabolic alkalosis decreases ionized calcium concentration, signs of hypocalcemia (eg, tetany, Chvostek sign, Trousseau sign), change in mental status, or seizures may be present.

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Symptoms of Alkalosis

• Confusion(can progress to stupor or coma)
• Hand tremor
• Light-headedness
• Muscle twitching
• Nausea, vomiting
• Numbness or tingling in the face or extremities
• Prolonged muscle spasms (tetany)

Tell your doctor if you have: pre-existing heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, or any allergies. Because this medication contains a large amount of sodium, remind your doctor if you are on a low sodium diet. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Small amounts of sodium bicarbonate have been found to be present in breast milk.  Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor even though he or she probably will not be fully aware of the benefits since they have never tried using it as a systemic medicine for chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take and ask him about dangers and side effects that are common with such drugs. This medication has the potential to interact with many medications. Do not take any other medication within 1 to 2 hours of taking an antacid. If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222 Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include irritability, muscle rigidity, and seizures.

Before taking sodium bicarbonate, tell your doctor if you are taking

• Mecamylamine (Inversine)
• Methenamine (Mandelamine)
• Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
• Antacids
• A tetracycline antibiotic such as tetracycline (Sumycin, Achromycin V, and others), demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Vibramycin, Monodox, Doxy, and others), minocycline (Minocin, Dynacin, and others), or oxytetracycline (Terramycin, and others)

You may not be able to take sodium bicarbonate, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not “double-up” the dose to catch up. Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat, light and moisture.

Make sure you only take a small amount of baking soda solution at any given time, since alkaline substances can neutralize most if not all acids in the stomach, causing the stomach to create more acid. This can, in turn, lead to more heartburn, which will cause you to ingest more baking soda solution and start a dangerous cycle.

Folic acid is needed by the body to utilize Vitamin B12.[2] Antacids, including sodium bicarbonate, inhibit folic acid absorption.1 People taking antacids are advised to supplement with folic acid.

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[2] Russell RM, Golner BB, Krasinski SD, et al. Effect of antacid and H2 receptor antagonists on the intestinal absorption of folic acid. J Lab Clin Med 1988;112:458–63.

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246 thoughts on “Sodium Bicarbonate Side Effects and Contraindications

  1. I had a question about 1tsp baking soda, juice from one lemon, and water to equal 200ml daily as a way to stabilize ph. The use of a base (baking soda) and lemon (acidic) can help achieve more balance as a maintenance regimen

  2. Be careful with folic acid as it is not the same as methylfolate. Many of us have a messed up gene with mthfr and cannot have folic acid which, by the way, is the sythetic form of methylfolate.

  3. Hi! My mom has pulmonary embolism because of blood clots and is now on wafarin. She has also a strange thing in her abdomen and the ca125 marker is 1500 which makew the doctors suspect an ovarian cancer. She is preparing for the surgery, which will happen in a month or so when the blood clots problem has been solved.
    Question: she started drinking a cup of lukewarm water with 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp baking soda daily. Does it somehow interact with wafarin? How long should she be taking soda, on and off? Can it harm her somehow, considering the amount of 1 tsp soda per day?
    Thank you.

  4. I don’t know much about this but I was told to try it because my ph keeps going off im not shure if my ph is still doing this but ive been getting burning when I pee so for the last three days I habe done hafe a teaspoon one a day and it helps with the burning I didn’t not take it today which is day four and its late at night and out of nowhere my skin is getting a burning felling a little and all im doing is sitting and laying around I also take nortriptyline for pain so if someone knows anything I would love to hear

    • Its tough to say what might be causing this…could be the meds. You need to get some pH paper and test at least twice a day for awhile. It could also be due to infection and you may need some iodine.
      Please get a consultation with Dr. Sircus for suggestions.

      Claudia French

  5. I am not ill. But recently I decided to embark on a very simple 10-day Sodium Bicarbonate cleanse. I have been fasting & cleansing for over 40 years so I know my body responses quite well, however I had never before done a Sodium Bicarb cleanse. It was a thrilling 10 days.

    4 days drinking 2 tsp Sod Bi with 1 tsp molasses 3 times a day. 5 days drinking 2 tsp Sod Bi with 1 tsp molasses 2 times a day. 1 day drinking 2 tsp Sod Bi with 1 tsp molasses 4 times that last day. I ate lightly, drank juices for the 9 days, then only drank juices & water (along with Sod Bi concoction) on the last day. My only measurement was that I maintained my urine Ph at 8 throughout. I felt quite well, slight headaches from time-to-time; no problem sleeping; maintained elimination using herbs; lots of urination; overall lightness in body, mind and feeling realm.

    Last day: drank lots of water & juice; urinated 25 times; copious elimination. Went to bed & slept well even though i was up hourly to urinate. Every cell felt like it was being wrung out like a sponge & fluids moving like a river to be eliminated. Every cell felt vibrantly alive & vital, throughout the whole body; even while, at the same time it was all incredibly uncomfortably all through the night, it was ECSTATIC. Quite an array of contradictory feeling & sensations.

    Also, on the last 3 days I was reading, writing & meditating for may hours through the day, and on the last day it was an intensive spiritual journey of study, quiet, & meditation. So, these concentrated Spiritual components to the physical cleanse allowed for a profound purification and release at all levels of substance and consciousness.

    In the days immediately afterward,my body, mind and heart feel light, free, serene, relaxed, at ease, joyful, grateful and astonished at what was accomplished.

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I am so profoundly thankful for the book on Sodium Bicarbonate that Dr. Sircus recently published. What a glorious journey! db December 11, 2014

  6. If I eat cheese yogurt and cottage cheese should I not take a calcium supplements if I’m taking baking soda or how much baking soda and what dose

  7. Dear Casper,

    Thank you for writing to us on this topic. Research shows us that for some people daily intake of sodium bicarbonate can inactivate digestive enzymes. The time frame is not known, unfortunately.
    Since you are taking a relatively small dose of sodium bicarbonate in your water each day this may not happen for you. We are all different and react differently. The one thing you can do is to do a daily check of your pH and make sure it is staying no higher than 7.3. Any higher and it could cause problems for you.
    We have found research showing that it is not the sodium in sodium bicarbonate that is a problem in our bodies and to our bloodpressure, it is the sodium chloride in the table salt we use. Your sodium level may be going down due to a lower ph and better functioning of your body.
    Just keep an eye on pH and also on your blood pressure and cut back on the amount you use if either gets too high. Also be sure to abide by the lifestyle changes and dietary changes that will keep you body alkaline over the long term without concerns.
    Claudia French

    • Dear Claudia,
      Thank you very much for your answer. I try to keep my pH between 7.00 and 7.50. It is unbelievable when I start drinking Coffee, my pH drop to 6.00. I am stopping with the Bicarbonate of Soda for 1 month and replace it with 1 Lemon in 500 ml. water first thing in the morning. Will let you know what the pH results will be. Thanks.

  8. They said it was safe after I did my own research before trying it. Once I took a taste. I did some more research and found out it wasn’t something that I should have done.

  9. I took a couple of sips of baking soda I only used a little just sprinkle some on and stir it in a cup of water and it made me sick. I couldn’t stand the tasted. It made feel like vomiting. It was the first time I ever tried it. They say that it the best thing to do if you think you might uti and can’t get the medicine or to the doctor. I tried it and will never try it again. Any advised?

  10. If I hv been taking high dosage of calcium + magnesium supplements (about 1000mg calcium a day) a few months ago, is it safe to now take baking soda to eliminate flu n cold symptoms? I shd be taking it about half teaspoon 3x a day for max 3 days. Appreciate yr views.

  11. One other question: how does Dr Sircus respond to the idea that the bicarbonate would simply neutralize acid already in the stomach, before it ever reaches the intestine to be absorbed into serum. The sodium in sodium bicarbonate becomes salt = sodium chloride, and the bicarbonate neutralizes acid in stomach and becomes CO2 (which you burp out) and water.

    I don’t deny that taking sodium bicarbonate seems to make the body more alkaline, but what is the mechanism for that given that most of the bicarbonate can never be absorbed in the intestine?

  12. Why not preserve a healthier 10-to-1 ratio of potassium to sodium by mixing potassium bicarbonate with sodium bicarbonate into drinking water? That allows a much lower dose of sodium, while simultaneously addressing the potassium deficiency that many of us have.

  13. I have been putting Baking soda in my shoes for my stinky feet. I have noticed these symptoms! I must be absorbing it through my feet.

  14. This article never states how much this guy took that had the near death experience. 1/4 teaspoon in a quart of water can actually be quite refreshing. 5 tablespoons in a glass of water can cause major problems.

    • Aleks,

      Using baking soda and molasses should not cause this out of range urine protein value., This is a sign of kidney dysfunction but probably from another cause unless you are using way too much. Protein should not spill into the urine and when it does it can be caused by infection cancer, diabetes, injury, or kidney or sometimes heart disease. This needs to be evaluated by your health care provider.
      Claudia French

    • Larry this website (IMVA or advocates for the use of Baking Soda ( sodium bicarbonate) in various conditions for numerous health reasons, but we also present all the cautions that you can use to determine what is best for you to follow. This is called informed choice……..many readers have found baking soda use to be beneficial to them in treating various conditions from cancer to gout to diabetes to heartburn to kidney disease. There are some long term effects that can be experienced if baking soda is used long term at high doses and people need to be aware of these. Dr. Sircus has written the book on Sodium Bicarbonate and you should read that to learn more. This site is devoted to presenting this information in as truthful a manner as possible with what we have found in our research to date.
      As Dr. Sircus states

      “Sodium bicarbonate happens to be one of our most useful medicines because bicarbonate physiology is fundamental to life and health.”

      This book is also currently being edited for publishing in hard copy and should be available in a few months.
      Claudia French

  15. can you take sodium bicarbonate if you use apple cider vinegar for benefits and use lansoprazol medication for acid and heartburn

    • Dear Alex,
      Thank you for your interest in our work.
      For that kind of advice, you need to have a consultation with Dr. Sircus.
      Best regards,
      Maurice G
      IMVA Support Team

  16. So i believe i have been doing my regimine incorrectly by not mixing the bicarbonate properly i have a bowel movement pratically after each dose and would like to start over how long should i wait?… Also I’m starting full body radiation April 1 should i not do this protocol during that period?

  17. Dear Crystal,
    I’m sorry to hear about your father’s situation.
    Dr. Sircus has an entire protocol of a number of things that may help you. You can read about his protocol and about dosages in the ebook Treatment Essentials:

    Or you can choose a consultation with Dr. Sircus for an in depth recommendation for you. He is available to take patients via his online clinic.

    Please let me know if I can be of further help.
    Best Regards,
    Maurice Guggisberg
    IMVA Support Team

  18. My dad is suffering from scirosis of the liver. He is jandised and has asietis in his abdomen along with swelling in his feet and ankles. He is on a no added salt diet. And has multiple cancer spots on his liver. His blood is too thin for a biopsy. He is on two different water pills and a medication to relieve his high amonia levels. We have had multiple doctors tell us that they probably can’t do anything for him. He wants to try this maple syrup concoction because we may be out of options. Plin your opinion, is he even a candidate due to his salt restrictions? Please help, I can’t find precedent for his condition anywhere.

  19. I just find out tha I have a tumor on one of ky kidneys the doctor is going to remove the tumor from my kidney the surgery is goin tombe on jun I like totry bakins soda will any body tell me how mucho daily

  20. Claudia I am under the impression that cancer goes dormant at 7.0 and
    starts to die at 7.3. I attempt to keep my ph around 7.5 to 8.0. I
    have been over 8.0 a few times and find that it slows my urine flow at
    night when i have been sleeping a few hours.

    I am 70, was a heavy smoker till June of 95, heavy meaning three
    packs a day. My mother died of cancer of the pancreas. Those are my
    primary reasons for staying between 7.5 and 8. I am sing it as a
    preventive, I also eat 7 or 8 apricot kernels a day and two to three
    apricots with them.

    My wife who never smoked, but has breast cancer in her family and
    worked at Jack Elementary in Portland, ME for ten years, does likewise.


    Pastor Bob Celeste

    • Hello Pastor Bob,

      You need to read about the contraindications to keeping pH over 7.4. And watch for any other problems you may have. We don’t yet know that sodium bicarbonate on a daily basis is a good preventative for cancer and its not generally recommended. Just keep good track of your pH as you’ve already seen that problems start in your body once it goes up over the accepted normal.
      There’s other ways to impact our ph and Dr. Sircus is now sharing newfound information on how oxygen has a great deal to do with our pH levels. This too can be preventative of cancers and even can affect the course if already diagnosed.
      Please read: just published today to see more about this oxygen therapy that anyone can take part in.
      Claudia French

      • Thanks Claudia,

        I am going to it now. But, after reading and rereading World Without Cancer, I am convinced on B17. I am convinced that prayer and herbs are the way to cure all disease. Oxygen is another of my interested based upon Scripture that says that God breathed on Adam. Ge 2: 7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the
        breath of life; and man became a living soul.

        Thanks again Claudia, and may the Lord make something good out of obamacare, such as forcing folks to look to alternative less expensive and less destructive chemical drugs and treatments.


  21. Dear Claudia,
    My mother has Squamous cell carcinoma stage IV of mouth palate. I was giving her baking soda + molasses mixture (1 to 3 ratio), 1 tsp 3 times a day, half hour before breakfast, lunch and dinner. It worked like a miracle, within days, the tumor started to shrink and we were all so happy. But sadly, after 1 week plus, she started getting stomach cramps and at times diarrhea. I reduced the dosage to 1/2 tsp of the mixture 2 times a day and she still had the side effects. Do you have any advice…I have tried other things such as wheatgrass juice and Budwig FOCC but the tumor started growing again. What can she take to overcome the stomach cramps and occasional purging? She’s 78 and now weighs only 85 lbs.

  22. I saw your article and did some research on baking soda and found that it also can relieve cold and flu symptoms. I was actually experiencing these flu symptoms for a couple of days. After taking 1/2 tsp every 2 hours 6 times a day, to 1/2 a tsp every 2 hours 4 times a day, and lastly 1/2 a tsp for the third day my symptoms were completely resolved. Baking soda is a miracle worker for the flu!

  23. what age do you have to be to use Bicarbonate of Soda in your teeth with a toothbrush if you want to remove stains plz tell me

    • Hi Anna,

      Generally it won’t cause thyroid problems if taken according to instruction and observing the maximum doses. Many things, however can interfere with thyroid activity but more information would be needed to determine this.
      Claudia French

  24. I have high White Blood Cell counts (over 30000). I took hot baths with two cups of bicarbonate of Soda for four days (about 20 minutes each).
    I go a severe pain in my pelvis for a few days. Now my WBC is over 40000.
    Is there a connection? (73 yo male)

    • What!

      No, please do not do that. There is no way that sodium bicarbonate can treat benign tumors, it makes no biological sense to start with, and it can be potentially dangerous to inject strong basics into any part of the body, especially sensitive areas where the local chemistry is tightly regulated. You could upset the microfauna in the vagina, and this could lead to thrush, or bacterial infection, and in the most severe case, lead to a toxic shock syndrome which can be fatal. The solution will unlikely be sterile, and you are untrained in doing such complex procedures.

      Please please please do not inject liquids into your vagina or cervix, and especially not your uterus.

      I wish the government would start regulating complementary medicine, this is becoming absurd and dangerous.

    • Alexander it totally depends on what you are treating or trying to do. We have discussed this numerous times and you should please read through the other comments here and on Dr. Sircus’ other bicarbonate essay sites as well as in the Sodium Bicarbonate e-book. And please read the warnings. On the box of Arm and Hammer brand it states the maximum amounts to take depending on your age. No more than 3 half teaspoons if you are over age 60 and no more than 7 half teaspoons if under age 60. Be wary of long term use as that causes problems.

      For cancer treatments the dosages are higher and you need to take breaks from it every two weeks or so. Its all individual.
      Claudia French

  25. I am wondering if my husband’s three week use of 1 tsp sodium bicarbonate three times a day is the reason he’s suddenly seeing blood-tinged urine for three days now..and even clots now.

    Quick history: just over five months ago, he used 2 tsp a day of baking soda to completely remove bladder tumors! But the tumors came back even worse–we didn’t understand that we needed to watch his pH all this time!! So we started back up on baking soda, but have been using one teaspoon THREE times a day instead of two, with iodine, magnesium, etc. And we have religiously used the pH strips to achieve a pH of 8 most of the time. .

    Last week, as he was entering his 3rd week of using baking soda, he saw tiny scabs pass out via his urine. To me, that implied healing! But it then moved into red colored urine, and today, clots. And all I can conclude is perhaps it’s too much sodium bicarbonate, which has somehow irritated the newly-healed skin?? Just not sure. But tomorrow, we are moving OFF sodium bicarbonate and onto potassium bicarbonate. Surgery is in five days.

    • I’m only replying because I’ve done a good bit of research into this. Three teaspoons per day is a LOT to be taking over a long period of time. Sodium Bicarb alkalises the body, and with our Western diet which does a lot of harm, it’s good to alkalise, within reason. If your husband is taking that much, his blood levels will probably be or be becoming dangerously high. The recommendation if you’re taking such high doses is to take them for 4-5 days, then take a complete break for 4-5 days. And you can buy pH testing strips online for pennies to keep an eye on his pH levels. Good luck!

      • Hi Touch of sanity. We were simply doing that for 3 1/2 weeks before his surgery to keep him at a pH of 8. Sure enough, it shrunk the tumor, but wasn’t enough time to fully get rid of it. He did the surgery to finally remove it. Now, we keep him on up to 2 tsp a day to maintain a pH of 7.25ish. Sometimes he’ll do one tsp sodium bicarbonate and 1 tsp potassium bicarbonate…

        • Oh, I’m so glad the surgery went well. Thanks for replying, and for sharing – it’s good to see people’s anecdotal evidence on forums like this. Hopefully it won’t be too long before mainstream is forced to help people who want to use bicarb. We shouldn’t have to feel our way around these effective remedies, docs should be helping us use them and stay safe with them. Glad your hubby’s doing well. :D

          • “Anecdotal evidence” can be gold. There’s a website called Stop the Thyroid Madness that proves that. Those patients got well not by going strictly what their doctors were saying (which was keeping them sick, by the way) by sharing their experiences with each other about what was working, what was not.

          • I totally agree, I honestly wasn’t knocking anecdotal evidence – I meant it should be taken seriously; what other evidence shows repeated success over and again yet still isn’t adopted? My dad’s had amazing recovery from his COPD by inhaling it via his nebuliser, and further increase in his health by using magnesium oil supplements and plain old vit c..

        • Look into noni, you can by it at Walmart in the vitamin section, it is good for cyst,or cancer. I started using it as a anti aging,within two months it had cleaned out all the fibrosic cyst I had in my breast. I have told others epically women who have used it, and had the same benefit. You can also use it on animals, for cyst or cancer

    • There is no evidence, nor any plausible biological reason that baking soda would effect a bladder tumor, so I believe your method here is flawed and you are certainly wasting time. I would strongly recommend seeing your family doctor about the urine. Scabs in the urine do not necessarily mean any healing has taken place. Scabs in the urine is not normal and should be taken as a health problem. Are these tumors cancerous?

      • Sorry Mark, but baking soda took them completely away earlier this year, and shrunk the latest one last month. The evidence is right there and confirmed by the surgeons who went in. They were stymied by what happened the first time, as everyone saw them a month before. And with the second occurrence, which was even worse, the surgeon confirmed it had shrunk. And yes, they were called slow growing cancerous tumors.

        • Well correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation

          Well as long as you seeing professional surgeons as well as using complementary/alternative methods I see no harm.

          I hope he recovers.

          • And neither can I discount the correlation I’ve seen twice in him…and in others who report the same positive outcome, with the proper use of sodium bicarbonate. It goes both ways. :)

  26. Dr Sircus, a week ago I intake a grass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda and next morning the same and at night (I didnt take the precaution of mixing very well). After three days I start feeling a metal taste in my mouth and feeling any food with the taste of bicarbonate and vomiting if I take some type of food. It has been 5 days and nothing change.

    • Eu, if you are experiencing persistent vomiting after 5 days you need to be evaluated locally by a qualified health care determine what is going on and to take measures to prevent dehydration.
      It may be coincidence that this occurred after using SB or it may be some other problems that need to be sorted out. Vomiting is not ususally seen with sodium bicarbonate use when directions are followed.
      Claudia French

  27. Hi, Can anyone help me? I took 1 teaspoon of this with plenty of water. I developed the worst headache later that day which lasted a couple of days. I could also taste it in my mouth for a least five days after. Has anyone else experienced this. Also my teeth have been hurting ever since and they feel week now. Appreciate any replays, thanks.

  28. Hello..

    My name is pedragon am from Italy, My husband does nothing but sit on his ass in front of TV and drink. He thinks because he only drinks beer it’s not a problem but he can drink like 4 six packs in a day. Sometimes more. He ruined his health so bad he’s now on disability. He’s so lazy! And he’s crabby and foul mouthed. We can only afford one car and he complains that he has to get up to drive me to work when he needs the car. I live 2 miles from work. 5 minutes of his time and he’s back sitting on his ass but yet he complains. Really all he does is complain. Nothing is ever good enough for this b@st@rd. The house is never clean enough. there’s too much laundry piling up. The neighborhood stinks. The car doesn’t move fast enough. Complain complain complain all day! All this drunken SOB has to do is sit on his lazy ass watching TV and waiting for his check and he thinks he’s got it so dang bad. And then he has the nerve to put down any neighbors who don’t work. i was totally confuse and lazy, when i discuss it with my Facebook friend she said this kind of problem also happen to her sister, then i asked her how did she stop it? she told me that it was q powerful spell caster called Dr Oyekpen who cast a spell on him, then she gave me his email address, when i contacted him he told me to that my problem is very easy for him to handle that my problem will be solve, then he asked me to give him 3days, After 3days my husband was not longer drink anything hardly to drink water, an now we are now happily in marriage with my 2kits, email him if you are also sicking in this same problem today. here is via email address ( all thanks to Dr Oyekpen
    Good Luck.

    Kind Regard…

    • What??

      Not sure why you would do this and baking soda is vastly different than baking soda…..baking powder is a mixture of baking soda and other things, and may include aluminum which of course can give plenty of adverse effects. If you are using this as a meat tenderizer this is not advised.
      Claudia French

  29. Hello,
    I started using a thick mixture of baking soda and water 25 years ago to throw up, and stop my heartburn. I think I have developed a serious problem after all these years because now it’s a three or four times a day event! About an hour after eating – almost anything, or amount I start getting a very sick feeling, bloating, really bad heartburn. So I mix up another batch and drink it up. I know this isn’t good. I’m so tired after all these years of throwing up! Night and day I have horrible muscle twitches and cramps, and other stomach problems. Is there hope for me? This is a really good website.
    Thank you Doc!

  30. Dear Dr.

    before about 5 days my friend has been drinked baking powder 1/4 tsp and 1 lemon in one glass water after that she is suffer with vomiting and loose motion from two days after that bloody stool.So plz tell me what i do?

    • There”s no way to be sure what caused your friends difficulty. More information would be needed and you should get a consultation with a qualified health care provider if he’s not better soon. It is very unusual for 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to cause anything like this.
      Claudia French

  31. I took i think ~4 table spoons of baking soda once(don’t ask) it made me have extreme burping for hours and thirst for days. Since then i have the bowels of a 90 year old man(im 24) I dont seem to be able to digest things very well at all, sometimes i eat something and i see it in the toilet 2 hours later(broccoli heads). I try to eat high fibre foods thinking it’d help my digestive system but oh god it hurts my stomach if i eat more then 1 serving of fruit at a time, vege’s arn’t as bad but if i eat too much i find out the next day it wasn’t broken down like in the least. Sometimes my stool has very blotchy coloring, nearly orange in some spots dark dark brown in others.

    Anything you can think of that would explain this, i am constantly getting signals from my stomach that it’s uncomfortable i’ve learnt to just ignore it.

    Gone for a bunch of tests (barium rays etc) but i found doctors can’t really help you unless there is something physically visible that they can definitely say yes this is the problem, can’t do much against plain body chemistry.

    • Justin,

      Sounds like you took well over the the maximum amount recommended and took in too much sodium causing your thrist and possibly encountered some interference with digestive enzymes. What you can do is seek out an alternative medicine doctor to help you with these digestive problems and/or get onto a program of a good probiotic along with digestive enzymes to try to put your system into better functioning. Allopathic doctors don’t seem to know much about this kind of problem.
      The maximum amount of sodium bicarbonate is 7 half teaspoons (per day….not at one time) which is equal to just over 2 tablestpoons per day for a person your age or anyone under age 60. Over age 60 the maximum daily amount is less at 3 half teaspo mayyons per day. If any more is needed such as in cancer treatment… need to be watchful of digestive problems and pH should be checked daily and amounts used should be adjusted accordingly. There may be other things going on as well. Hope you start feeling better soon!
      You may also get a consultation with Dr. Sircus:
      Claudia French

  32. What is the difference between Alkapowder and Alkapure? I want to start on the Alkapure but want to know how they differ before I start. Thank You!

    • We have not and cannot investigate every single alkalinizing product out there so we cannot advise on this. There’s a lot of things that could be purchased and used if you want to drink alkalinized water but the amount of minerals that it will hold in the final product (for instance in a glass of water made with these products) is what’s important in our health.
      Claudia French

  33. I want to say thank you very much for this article I love it, it was extremely informative for my research on bicarbonate sodium.

    I would like to know exactly what is a small amount of bicarbonate sodium is exactly for body weight.

    Personally I am treating my dog and myself and I see now that I have to be very careful. Both of us have strong hearts, and he is an extremely fit and never had any other health issues until this acute abdominal pain came on. Which no doubt was from his diet of high calcium and protein intake of fresh bones and beef mince meat without the fat. It lacked badly fat and carbohydrates, so I fear I did have his system too acidic for a dog which I think is in the range of 6.2 and 6….. something, regardless him and I had more like a 5 with our first morning urine, so no wonder he isn’t well.

    He is a worry wart, and does have some warts on his body that grew when he was on tin food diet two years ago, that is why I changed him off and no extra ones have grown, but I just wonder what grew on the inside if they grew on the outside.

    I do not want to hear from people telling me to see a vet, I already did that and we aren’t going to go down the track where they charge me another 660 bucks to still diagnose incorrectly and have no money left for treatment.

    I am quiet excited and a little scared of what I might hear, but we are going to get healing from kinesiology today! That can not be worse than the vet they have do nothing thus far but send us home with ample tests that didn’t show the problem so they guessed a slipped disc and told me to be sure we need more xrays, the boy runs and jumps if he has a slipped disc I am certain he wouldn’t be doing any of that plus the xray they did do showed it was perfect, and the area of concern just happened to be directly over his kidney area. I was told to feed him potato and white rice which if he has a tumor are going to encourage it’s growth. Oh and chicken fat, how bad is that with all the added toxins in it when she says his kidney’s have just started to cause him problems as they are in the red…. thus the change of diet, I’m not stupid fat is where all the toxins are why would anyone tell you to do that.

    I don’t know where the problem is just atm, but alternative medicine is the key to our cure, or real quality of a prolonged life. Not told he needs the drugs and sent on a death sentence like they did his mum at 9 years old from cancer. What a cruel way to die, from a curable disease if only I knew than what I know now. They aren’t getting my money anymore, I totally and completely lack respect for the Australian Government by the way that they let these practices be legal and even force treatments such as chemo onto parents of children….when simple old bicarbonate sodium could possible fix you right up and back on track!

    • You can try a couple of things……I don’t know the dosage for dogs, the dosage for humans was found to be @600 mg. sodium bicarbonate in water 2-3 times per day…….as found in research….but I don’t know if they went by weight or not. You can find some info online about using sodium bicarbonate for dogs but yes with caution…….
      Dr. Sircus has advised some people on treating their pets, but you would need to get a consultation with him about this.
      Also, there is a program of pet health offered by one of Dr. Sircus’ trusted associates who brings us the Rejuvenate products from HPDI. You can read about it on his website at:
      Also people in previous posts have stated that medical marijuana either with or without THC works on dogs as it does in humans .
      Claudia French

    • Hi Stacey,

      Hard to say without more information…but could be you are sensitive to the sodium……raising up your blood pressure which could cxause a headache. Best thing to do is to cut back on the amount you are using until symptoms subside. Also, check your blood pressure and pH daily.

  34. Hi, I definitely believe the Warning should be displayed first as a part of the article. Mom is 90 yrs young and I started her on the 1/2 tp in full glass of water. This is our 3rd day and I am just finding this page. We are now up to 5 glasses of bicarbonate a day. We began this treatment along with taking more magnesium, due to severe pain in her left buttock muscle. As of this time the pain has not lessen and due to her having swelling in her feet from time to time this may not be the best treatment for her after reading this information. It would certainly appear this is not as simple, cut & dried as one may think. As usual one should be under the care of a Dr. before trying any therapy.

  35. Hello. Does taking enteric coated sodium bicarbonate tablets instead of diluted baking soda better for people with diverticula or diverticulitis? Thanks

    • Hello Mynette,

      Dr. Sircus is not a fan of any medication that is enteric coated due to the chemicals involved in creating these. In several studies (though not related to diverticulitis) its been shown that the enteric coated tables are absorbed at an inconsistent rate, sometimes depending on pH.
      Claudia French

  36. and by the way, is it okay to take the baking soda mix as he was given a prescription of levothyrosine thydin as medication?

  37. My husband is diagnosed with thyroid goiter and the doctor said his right goiter is cancerous, what formula/ dose of baking soda would work well for him? please help.

    • Hi Claire,

      Sorry but there is no set dosage or formula recommended. That depends on many things, such as his age, current pH, etc. In general you need to follow some guidelines to get his pH up to 8 for a week to 10 days, take a break off the bicarb, and then do it again. Other things on Dr. Sircus protocol may be very helpful also. Suggest you read the Treatment Essentials book which gives directions for use of most of the protocol items for cancer.

      If you feel you need more specific guidance you will need to arrange for a consultation with Dr. Sircus so he can have a full picture of your husband’s problem and advise you appropriately.

  38. I tried 1 tsp bicarbonate with 2 tsp of honey followed by a glass of cool water. before taking this my urine ph was 5.5 A couple of hours later it was 7.0 then a couple more hours 6.0. I just took it again and was concerned to see it was under 4.5. Shouldn’t i be dead or really ill with that value? Actually, i haven’t been feeling well in weeks and this may by why. Does anyone else have a urine PH lower than 4.5? What does this mean?

    • Your urine is used to excrete any excess alkali in you body. Your urine also has no bearing on your blood PH, so you don’t need to worry.

      Testing your urine’s PH has very little purpose.

      • does raw apple cider vinegar balance ph or lower it? it does have an effect to lower ph and preserve good intestinal flora

  39. one lat question: I have been bathing in magnesium sulfate to raise mag. levels, feet and full body. Will this work the same way as magnesium citrate? I find it relaxes the muscles.

    • Anstria, magnesium sulfate is a good product that provides some needed sulfur to our bodies, but when compared to magnesium chloride its been shown that the absorption of the sulfate is not as great as with the chloride and the benefits don’t last nearly as long….since magnesium sulfate is excreted by our bodies much faster than magnesium chloride is. So if you want to bring up your magnesium levels its best to use a form of magnesium chloride like the Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil or the Bath flakes which are much more economical. Sulfur can be procided separately if needed.
      You asked if magnesium sulfate will work the same as magnesium citrate, which is an oral preparation and the answer is yes, in the short term it will help to relax the body and muscles….magnesium is great for this…..but in raising magnesium levels the magnesium chloride is best. Magnesium baths are one of my most favorite things do for relaxation and stress….I alternate baths with topical applications at least 2-3 times per week. Nothing compares!

  40. I’m a transplant recipient and a diabetic (2); I am on Prograf, Metformin (itself beneficial in tumor prevention) and insulin and wonder if the bicarb self treatment is contraindicated. No way would any of my allopathic medical team support this treatment, but no way would I ever agree to chemo or radiation. I can’t get chemo anyway due to my situation and I’ve never seen it help anyone, not for long and either prolongs a bit or even hastens the inevitable while destroying quality of life. My urine PH is 5.5.

    • Anstria, I am also a diabetic (type 1) and a kidney transplant patient (2 years ago). I do not have cancer but I use much of Dr. Sircus” protocol. Metformin also has some nasty side effects despite the recent news about it helping to prevent cancer. I wouldn’t put too much faith in that. Dr. Sircus has some wonderful ways to utilize more natural substances. For myself, Magnesium has saved my own life, when I had little chance while in renal failure. You can get on Dr. Sircus protocol and possibly reduce your need for any diabetic meds especially if you are type 2. Your pH is way too low and is preventing the proper absorption of nutrients and you need to raise it up. Sodium bicarbonate is not contraindicated in either renal failure nor in transplant patients. But if not treating cancer it shouldn’t need to be used long-term. The entire protocol will be very helpful but especially magnesium and Vit. D . for cancer prevention. just fyi, some of my anti-rejection meds are similar to yours and I find sodium bicarbonate to be especially useful to utilize for the stomach upsets caused by them. I have even talked this over with my transplant doctors who do not object at all. Long -term use has more possible adverse effects however.
      Please read Dr. Sircus book: and consider a consultation to discuss your sodium bicarbonate need and the possibility of getting magnesium bicarbonate water which is even better than sodium bicarbonate alone.
      Claudia French

      • thank you Claudia, for your reply. I took 1 tsp bicarbonate in 2 tsp organic honey (took insulin to compensate) and my urine ph went from 5.5 to 7.0 a few hours later. Thing is, how does that translate to blood ph/? isn’t it so that the body self-regulates its own blood ph? So how does the bicarbonate get into the blood and tissues and how do we know what the blood ph is – isn’t already around 7 no matter what we eat? this is all new to me, and i deeply appreciate your input. It’s my first day looking at all this. I am definitely buying the book, but wonder how to read it on my PC after it’s downloaded and what version to buy strictly for PC without a kindle or i-pad or other reading device.- this isn’t addressed

        I am certainly going to investigate the magnesium angle – i am using magnesium sulfate for bathing right now – might not be the right thing, but oral mag is destroyed by the stomach acid isn’t it; also does it not also have to be taken with calcium to prevent imbalance?

        • Yes Anstria, there is an awfully lot to learn! Generally oral magnesium is not well absorbed from the stomach/intestines due to numerous factors. Dr. Sircus recommends transdermal application and this works to replenish magnesium levels much faster than oral products which are only absorbed at about 30-40%.
          There’s a lot that plays into our pH levels and once you start reading Dr. Sircus’ writings you will gain a better understanding of how the sodium bicarbonate works to adjust the pH of our entire body. The levels in our tissues are affected though blood pH is closely regulated by our own body system. So what our levels in our blood serum are does not always indicate a true picture of what our tissues have…..same goes for magnesium. If blood levels get too low in our serum, that means a person is in imminent danger of heart attack……the magnesium in our tissues will become depleted first just to keep the serum levels up. only 1% of magnesium is carried in our blood serum, the rest is in the tissues. It is complicated an too much to explain here, so you must start reading as soon as you can. Dr. Sircus is also available for consultations at various rates to help you and to explain more if you need that. Certain things on Dr. Sircus protocol need to be practiced with greater caution due to transplant status….we do need to be careful not to negatively alter our graft status.
          A lot of Dr. Sircus’ essays are online and for a start you can look at sodium bicarbonate here:

          and you can use the search box on the right top of the page to find other topics such as magnesium, cancer etc. which are online.
          In terms of the books… can get an e-pub version that will open on your computer without using a specific reader. Another book that will help you is New Paradigms in Diabetic Care which I co-authored with Dr. Sircus. It needs updating now but will give you a loot of information that will help you now.

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          thank you Claudia, for your reply. I took 1 tsp bicarbonate in 2 tsp organic honey (took insulin to compensate) and my urine ph went from 5.5 to 7.0 a few hours later. Thing is, how does that translate to blood ph/? isn’t it so that the body self-regulates its own blood ph? So how does the bicarbonate get into the blood and tissues and how do we know what the blood ph is – isn’t already around 7 no matter what we eat? this is all new to me, and i deeply appreciate your input. It’s my first day looking at all this. I am definitely buying the book, but wonder how to read it on my PC after it’s downloaded and what version to buy strictly for PC without a kindle or i-pad or other reading device.- this isn’t addressed
          I am certainly going to investigate the magnesium angle – i am using magnesium sulfate for bathing right now – might not be the right thing, but oral mag is destroyed by the stomach acid isn’t it; also does it not also have to be taken with calcium to prevent imbalance?
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  41. My husband has been using the Baking Soda and Molasses since he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He has developed gout like symptoms in his ankles. First one, then the other. His uric acid levels are high. Does he have gout or a reaction to the Mol Ass, ass he calls it.

        • Fructose can only really cause problems if ingested in very large quantities. A balanced diet would not cause any problems. Bare in mind fructose is a naturally occuring sugar in lots of fruits and vegetables, yet eating a lot of fruit is good for you overall.

          But yes added sugars to things like soda is a huge problem, as often these drinks are just naked calories, in that they provide zero nourishment. I try to only injest fructose if I’m eating fruit, although I do add sugar yo my drinks.

          ‘fructose’ as a molecule is not inherently harmful, just like vegetable oils.. but when you eat too much, it causes problems.

          We have to get energy form somewhere, and fructose is a good source of calories to drive our bodies, but in the context of a society where calories are an abundance we must focus on over consumption.

          In a poor country this would not even be an issue.

    • Dear Davees

      I only just have seen your message. I cannot answer you about Baking Soda, but I know about the connection between uric acid and gout. 6-8 cherries a day did help a lot of people against gout. The main cause for getting uric acid is fructose and beer. Fructose can be from sugar and/or fructose corn syrops like from maize, but also fruitjuices. So beware of what you drink, and avoid food with sugar and fructose.

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      • meats and beer are typical. also oncology pts on chemo have what is known as tumor lysis syndrome, which causes a drastic rise in uric acid, which can lead to gout and mess up your kidneys.

    • You want to take unsweetened cherry juice concentrate for the uric crystal buildup of Gout… works on most of us within hours!!!

    • Cathyaz, there is something that can be a big help to your husband with all that you mentioned in your posts. I can’t discuss it here. I will explain why if you contact me. Email me a >> L9info at yahoo com if you wish.

  42. My husband has been using the Baking Soda and Molasses since he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He has developed gout like symptoms in his ankles. First one, then the other. His uric acid levels are high. Does he have gout or a reaction to the Mol Ass, ass he calls it.

    • Dear Cathy,

      Some health care activists recommend molasses for gout, but sweet drinks should be avoided in general if gout is a problem.
      Best thing to do is stop using the molasses and see if the levels go down. (use water instead of molasses) Make sure not to use baking soda for more than 10 days without taking a break for a week …Check pH daily and keep it in range.

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      My husband has been using the Baking Soda and Molasses since he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He has developed gout like symptoms in his ankles. First one, then the other. His uric acid levels are high. Does he have gout or a reaction to the Mol Ass, ass he calls it.
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      • What about lemon water and Sodium bicarb.? Would that help keep the PH levels in a higher range and help with the gout? The range should be over 7 right or more like 8?

        • You can use lemon in water with bicarbonate. Lemon itself is alkalizing. pH should be kept as close to 7.3 as possible. Only when treating cancer should people attempt to get pH up to 8. —– Original Message —–
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    • To Deep in the Heart of Texas: It would depend on how much baking soda you put in the bath daily and what your pH reads… sure to keep track of your pH and to keep it at the proper level. Most times a bath with about a pound or two of sodium bicarbonate is recommended twice or maybe three times if radiation exposure has been strong in your area. If exposure to radiation is low and to pollutants and drugs is low you can probably do well with using bicarbonate once a week in your bath , using about a pound.
      So a lot depends on what you intend to accomplish with this method. But you should check your ph daily and even an hour after a bicarbonate bath to see the effects of the amount you used. —– Original Message —–
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      • I don’t have cancer but I wondered if it was safe for me to use 60 grams of Bicarbonate of Soda in my bath on a daily basis? I use it because it soothes my skin irritations but am worried about doing more harm than good. Also, what should my Ph level be and how do I go about testing it? Many thanks.

        • Claire,

          you can get some pH paper at any health food store and you run it through your urine or check your saliva and then compare colors to a chart which will give a close estimation of your pH.

          • Thank you Claudia. Also, I take it that the amount of Bicarbonate of Soda I plan to use in my bath on a daily basis, as mentioned in my previous post, will be ok? Providing that my pH levels are fine, of course.

        • Claire you can get pH testing strips at most any health store or online. You run a strip through your urine stream or mucous in your mouth and then compare the colors the strip turns to a chart which is included for your pH level. Ideally your pH level should be around 7.3……but not below 6. You can search on the Internet for pH testing and you will see sites that explain and show demos.

          Sixty gm is around 1/4 -1/2 cup and so its not too much daily soaking and won’t harm you.
          Claudia French

          • I’ve been reading your replies to people with interest. Can you clarify what you men by ‘your PH’ as I’m not sure what you are refferring to.

            The PH of urine would have no bearing on you blood P.H. If you have alkaline urine, it would indicate your body is excreting an excess of alkali.

          • Mark,

            While blood pH is very tightly controlled the acidity or alkalinity of urine and saliva can often indicate useful information. For example if urine or saliva is consistently showing too much acidity (under 6 or 5 pH ) this may indicate an inability to absorb adequate nutrients. Please read the full book on Sodium Bicarbonate to understand Dr. Sircus’ philosophy on this and how our lack of bicarbonates can affect our health. In fact he will be explaining more on this in his book on water medicine which hopefully will be published very soon, so please watch for this.
            Claudia French

          • Hmmm… From what I know about the human body, this doesn’t seem to make very much biological sense. I also done some digging in the literature and the scientific community seems to reject this theory based on a lack of evidence, as well as lack of plausibility. The PH of saliva would not tell you very much about the body as a whole. Saliva PH is determined in large part by the amount of bicarbonate present, which increases as a result of normal cell metabolism, and would not be useful in indicating anything else about overall health. Urine PH does fluctuate with diet, but there is no evidence this is useful in diagnosing any diseases, nor evidence that intentionally changing it could yield and health benefits.

            A doctor should never have a ‘philosophy’ on medicine. Medicine is an empirical venture based on the scientific method. If you’re suggesting theories based on a philosophy, then this is not science.

            I do however worry that these unverified claims make people ignore effective therapies, which can lead to deadly consequences. I noticed some people where discussing using sodium bicarbonate to treat cancer! This is very worrying, and I would urge you to tell users of this forum to always seek professional medical advice if they have any serious symptoms.

          • Mark you are entitled to believe in something other than what is what is published on the website. Freedom of Medical Choice is a freedom we are quickly losing and we must hold on to it. Everyone is encouraged to learn all they can about cancer and the various treatments so they can truly make an informed choice about which way they want to go in treatment of their body’s problems. Our mainstream doctors are not always right about what they want to do or about what might help people. Chemotherapy and radiation often do not “cure” cancer. In fact often the treatments are worse or do more damage than finding a natural solution. Dr. Sircus believes in a more natural way, a method that involves fewer adverse events than pharmaceutical drugs or chemicals do and that builds the immune system up instead of taking it down as so many chemotherapy drugs do. Thanks for your opinions however. Are you aware that most doctors themselves state that they would not undergo chemotherapy for cancer?
            Claudia French

          • I agree in large part. Of course we should be free to use any medicine we wish to use, but some are simply ore effective than others. If bicarb cured cancer, it would be used in oncology wards all over the world. And I also agree doctors are not always right, but they are the best people to make decisions about health, as they have studied the body using science better than anyone else. A engineer isn’t equipped to give health tips, and neither are people on the Internet with no scientific training. The human body is a vastly complex entity and requires systematic study to understand it. Reading wikipedia or a few holistic books and hearing a story about someone who rubbed grass on their wound and it healed isn’t going to do that.

            Did you know the first eve chemo drug came from a Chinese plant?.Did you know aspirin comes from the willow bark tree?

            Do you define that as natural?

            And, HIV is natural, and cars are not…. But I’d rather have a car.

            Whatever works, works and whatever doesn’t work, doesn’t work, I see no other useful distinction. If a drug comes from a tree, or whether made in a lab, It has little relevance when actually put into the human body. The physiological action will occur regardless. Chemicals from plants, or from the lab, are collections of atoms that can modify the body in some way to treat disease, or get rid of pain or whatever. And by the way, many drugs are produced by bacteria in the lab, which I think we can all agree are ‘natural’ entities.

            Sodium bicarb has some useful functions, however it is not a ‘drug’ in any sense. Drugs often bind to cell receptors, to block their action or to increase it. THC for example, IS a drug as it binds to cannabinoid receptors in the body. Ibuprofen, is a drug as it blocks an enzyme that creates the pain response.

            Treating cancer requires drugs, that is just a fact of biology. Whether these drugs come from ‘nature’ as you put it, or from a lab is not really important to me. But sodium bicarb by it’s sheer inherent nature as NOT a drug cannot treat cancer, it is a simple molecule that can cause the dissociation of Hydrogen ions. This CANNOT treat cancer. To stop cancer, you must block certain signals or pathways from taking place within the cells which is a hugely complex process. Cancer can be caused by around 200 different proteins that are inappropriately turned ‘on’ due to a genetic mutation, but in a lot of cases the same receptor types are activated causing unregulated cell growth. Chemo drugs can block these receptors (such as Ras inhibitors which is very common)

            The very tragic downside is that most of these proteins are essential for normal cell functionality, and therefore giving a Ras inhibitor is extremely toxic to human beings, therefore only small doses can be given… Of course, if you gave enough, you would kill the cancer, but you would also kill your patient.

            Cancer is an industrial disease, and requires an industrial response. Bicarb is not going to do anything to it.

            Sorry to say, but this whole alkali theory is quackery. It is just another made up theory, the same as which has been going on for thousands of years whether it’s leech therapy, blood letting, magic crystals, angel therapies. Of course, people will have ‘anecdotal’ evidence, which is fraught with problems. I mean, I drank a coke earlier and my heartburn has gone.. should I profess coke to be the magical heartburn cure?

            Personally, I want to see the government clamp down on this stuff. Did you see that story that showed that most herbal remedies sod did not even contain the herbs it was supposed to. This is what happens when you let people function without regulations.

          • Mark, you seem to have a skewed view of our present state of affairs regarding cancer cures and medicine in general. Mainstream medicine and the pharmaceutical companies do not work to see cancer cured. Open your eyes. And this statement about doctors being the “best people to make decisions about health, as they have studied the body using science better than anyone else” is ludicrous. They are coached by the pharmaceutical companies who themselves have very different motives………and certainly that’s not “cure”. .
            “A engineer isn’t equipped to give health tips, and neither are people on the Internet with no scientific training.”
            Perhaps you could share with us what your scientific training is since you seem so aggressive in telling people here that both they and Dr. Sircus are wrong in his recommendations or experience with sodium bicarbonate???
            You need to open up to the realities of the way things are today…….not what the mainstream wants you to believe. Do you know how many scientist themselves have been removed from their prestigious jobs when they blew the whistle on their universities, pharmaceutical companies, and funding sources?? Read up Mark…..even our scientists doing research today are controlled to come up with trial or research results that favor the drugs they are testing despite the adverse events that can be caused by these drugs and new theories. You have a choice like everyone else……..and it appears you do not want to open your mind or heart to any other possibilities. You buy into the genetic theories of cancer and illness to the expense of other explanations. Read some of Dr. Sircus essays on his site on how fungi and fungal infections are being mistaken for cancer today. And how sodium bicarbonate can cause the deaths of these fungi. We have plenty of resources cited to back up Dr. Sircus’ claims.
            Claudia French

          • I really do not know how to reply.

            Your brainwashing has been completed.

            Just please don’t tell people to avoid seeking professional proven treatments. If you want to go down, fine, but don’t let your ignorance take others with you. Science has had to deal with the quacks, and their supporters for thousands of years, and will continue to do so well into the future. The advantage we have, is that our methods WORK and yours do not, so your fad will die out in time, like all the others.

            Cancer as fungus?!… please don’t insult my intelligence. Go read a book.

          • Claudia,
            Your last sentence is absolutly rubbish.You have made this up please be honest that is what this site is about


          • I find your comment to be extremely disrespectful. I am not making this up. You can read our books for the references to this fact.
            Claudia French

          • Hi Claudia

            You can read our books?
            I`m in this industry your comment was opinionated
            To be honest with you a blatant lie.
            I like the site and a lot of your comments but I will not sit back and listen to something you read/wrote in a book and then try to claim it as fact particularly from a person who is was also in the industry
            It is not fact and you know this.


            Phil Ede
            Lachlan Developments P/L
            0407 789994

  43. anyways, ive od’ed on popping sodium bicarbonate capsules trying to potentiate amphetamines, didnt go to the hosptial but forced myself to throw up over ten times till i saw all the baking sodium out of my vomit (when your stomachs filled with it you throw up crystals)

  44. I love these reports of people dying and stuff..what a’s like people dying from soda consumption because they drank 5 two liter bottles a day..take it easy people!

  45. Hi Claudia,

    Thank YOU for your work.

    After taking bicarbonate the patient’s stomach “burns” …i.e. heartburn appears… Is it bad, should we suspend the procedure?
    God bless you!!!

  46. I have a 5 yo Boxer that has T Cell Thymus Lymphoma and also hypercalcemia. I have tried the vitamins, the diets and even apricot seeds. I heard that BiCarb soda can help eliminate calcium from the blood and maybe slow the tumour down. I don’t want to give him maple syrup (as I heard sugars can fuel the tumours in dogs) so I am going to dissolve BiCarb in water and syringe it orally. Is it safe for a dog with hypercalcemia? I have just purchased some magnesium supplements for him also.

    If you could give me any information that my dog’s vet cannot… would mean a lot to me and my best friend.

  47. i have heard of using a mixture of 1 tsp of bicarb and juice of 1 lemon, stir and wait for the fizz to stop, as a cancer cure, taken 2x per day.
    I assume that the reaction produces primarily sodium citrate, plus other constituents.
    what is your take on this?
    also hear of an italian doctor who recommends the combination of pot bicar and ascorbic acid mixed in a glass of water take 2x per day, 300 mg of pot bicarb and 300 mg of ascorbic acid, what is your take on this, as well

    • Hi Liz,

      Dr. Sircus is aware of and has written much about Dr. Simoncini in Rome who has cured cancer with sodium bicarbonate IV and Dr. Sircus’ protocol recommends using sodium bicarbonate with water, mmolasses or maple syrup. You can read about this in his sodium bicarbonate e-book. We are not familiar with the combinations you are stating.

      Sodium Bicarbonate, Rich Man’s Poor Man’s Cancer Treatment:

      Please send us the information or links you have to the treatments you are asking about. Sodium bicarbonate and lemon is a common remedy for many stomach ailments and to help to become more alkaline in general.

    • Hi Liz.

      The overall reaction would produce water, carbon dioxide (which cause the fizzing), sodium citrate, and carbonic acid.

      Not sure where you got this information, but there is no evidence whatsoever that this could work as a cancer treatment, nor any plausible biological reason why. cancer is caused by genetic damage, which cannot be cured by any known food stuff. The only current way to attack cancer is to target rapidly dividing cells, as cancer cells have lost control of it’s cell cycle and replicate uncontrollably. Of course, the unfortunate side effect of this strategy, is ALL dividing cells are targeted, such as in the digestive system, and the hair, leading to the common symptoms we see in Chemotherapy treatments. But, one positive we can take is that the symptoms we see demonstrate that the drug is working as intended, and attacking he tumor. In a ideal world, we would develop drugs that attack cancer cells only, but this is very difficult thing to do as cancer cells are the same as normal cells in most regards, although there is progress in this field. One interesting development is in gene therapy. 50% of cancer is associated with the failure of the p53 gene, known as the ‘Guardian of the genome’ – Cancer can only happen in a substantial number of cases if this gene is deactivated. If we could replace p53 using gene therapy, that would be a brilliant advance in cancer treatment.

      Again, of course, cancer cells can evolve (just like how animals evolve generally) to evade the drug as new mutations in the DNA enables the cancer cells to develop new methods of cell division. Chemo has been known to put people in life long remmision (cure… although I would be very wary to use that word as it is impossible to 100% eliminate cancerous cells)

    • LIZ,

      Dr. Sircus definitely recommends a baking soda paste alternating with iodine applications for skin cancers. We
      have not used baking soda with castor oil to make a paste….tell us your experience with this. Thanks

    • What?

      I’m started to get confused by some of these posts.

      Baking soda nor castor oil would have no effect on cancer. Cancer is a complex disease caused by genetic instability and damage.

    • By the way Liz, my husband has a tendency to have skin cancer, and we have twice removed it by putting iodine on it. One was forming on his nose. Two weeks of iodine, it was nearly gone. One week later, you couldn’t tell it was ever there. That was a year ago and It’s never come back. Another was on the side of his temple. Same story. Often, we get to the doctor in time to freeze them off, but when we couldn’t, the iodine did the trick. Lugol’s liquid iodine. I am not writing this to say it will work for everyone, nor implying you shouldn’t work with a doctor. But it did wonders for my husband twice.

  48. Hi Claudia,
    A few days ago I decided to experiment with the molasses and baking soda mixture because my stomach was very bloated and felt very strange. I warmed the mixture as indicated and drank it slowly. I did it twice the first day. After the second time I had an amazing cleanse that made me feel great. I did it again but only once the following day and after dinner (I had meat) I took a Idrolitina which is a baking soda digestive powder. This morning I woke up very light-headed and after I had my morning coffee I suddenly had a serious sugar drop and rushed to eat something sweet. After that, during the day I felt nauseous, I have had a stomach ache and I have had a terrible headache all day long. I feel like I have the flu. I am clearly not going to continue the experiment as I think that although it helped me the first day, thereafter, my body was telling me it was too much.
    Is it possible that I may have unknowingly, done some damage?

    • Dear Chiara,

      I doubt you have done serious damage, but definitely suggest you give your body some time to readjust and get back to normal. Its hard to tell what you are doing this experiment for? You didn’t mention cancer as being a problem so there’s really no need to take this much sodium bicarbonate with molasses.

      For now stay off sodium bicarbonate and drink lots of fluids and eat well. Check your pH daily and keep track of where it is and what its doing. If it goes too far out of range then some medical remedy might be warranted.

  49. Hi.i recently was diagnosed with growth on my liver I am 52 years young lots of energy very athletic and active But so concerned now after recently seeing red urine blood in the urine.also had same symptoms 2.75 years ago prior to this where I had back pain followed by red urine 1-2 days later, treated with antibiotics to cure blood in urine.this last time in july they found a growth on my liver unlike 2.75 years ago they say the mri showed nothing. i prefer an alternative remedy such as biocarbonate maple syrup have been using 2 weeks now after the 1 tsp of baking soda with maple syrup first thing in the morning then I have oatmeal with almond non sweet natural silk milk.then green tea and I eat one half lemon with this. through the day I eat bananas apples i slice wheat almond natural.juicing apples carrots tomatoes celery onions pepper,s through the day no meat for 2 weeks now.My saliva ph is around 6.5 sometimes close to 7 but my urine ph is a dark color of the chart alkaline using about 3 tsp a day total including the maple syrup in the morning.I do not understand why such a variation in the two readings is this good or bad? Thank you for any info please help.Sincerely,Terry

    • Terry,

      Urinary and salivary pH are often very different from each other. When following an alkalinizing diet it ususally takes a few months for the salivary pH to get more even with the urinary pH.

      Check your pH and take the averages over about a week to more clearly understand the level your body is at. You should also check out the blood you are seeing in your urine. This can be caused by such things as injury and infection and is not always indicative of cancer.

  50. Hi, i have had a long history of acidosis 10 years or more . Recently i discovered how to adjust my ph with diet and bi carb. For two months now i have been 80% vegeterian and taken half teaspoon of bi carb in water, finally my ph during the day goes up to 8 but overnight when i check in the morn it is 5. What could cause this ? and also how long can we take bi carb ?

    • Hi Peter,

      Generally bicarbonate is not recommended long term unless you have specific medical conditions like kidney failure and are under a doctor’s supervision. Bicarbonate doses must be adjusted according to the daily checking of your pH.

      Overnight pH levels can go up for a number of reasons, including removal of acids accumulated in the body during the previous day or night, and many other things. The important thing to remember is to always take an average of the pH readings and not just gear your treatment to one reading. Check the average over a number of days…or a week…this will give a better picture.

      Unless you are treating a cancer, you should not be having pH of over 7.3 as this can lead to alkalosis which can be harmful. This is also one reason why long term use of bicarbonate is not always a good idea. Long term use can also cause folic acid deficiencies. Follow the recommendations for maximum doses for your age.

  51. No we did not check his pH levels. It is a week since he stopped it, but he almost no appetite and energy now. His urine frequency has increased. I told him to take his Lasix after two days or more instead of alternate days. (he only took half a pill) Will let you know how he feels in a few days.

  52. My 89 yr. old father started to take 500mg baking soda pills 2 times a day on the advice of his doctor. He has kidney failure creatinine was 10. In a few days he lost his appetite. Reduced the baking soda to only one. Further on he started having hand tremors, and in less than two weeks creatinine jumped over 12 for the first time, potassium also increased and can barely walk. He has stopped the baking soda pill now. I think once he has all this baking soda removed from his system, we will start with only a pinch of soda once a week like we did before.

    • This sounds like a good plan. Some people cannot tolerate nor do they need the amount your father was taking of sodium bicarbonate.
      Were you checking his pH levels? if you start again on the bicarbonate be sure to check his pH levels daily so it doesn’t go over 7.3. Seems when we have kidney failure….nothing works the way it does for more healthy people. I truly hope he’s better soon.

  53. Thank you for the response Claudia. I’ll start by adding 1/2 teaspoon per day of sodium bicarbonate to the bottled water that I drink and see how it goes. I’m already testing my pH level with testing strips, and it says that I’m somewhere between 6.5 and 7.0. However, determining the exact level by reading the colors on the strip seems pretty subjective. The colors never seem to match up precisely with the provided chart, and I always feel like I’m trying to divine chicken entrails… Hopefully my color perception isn’t deteriorating as fast as my close-up vision is!!! :-)

    • Hi Roger,

      If you want to spend more money you can purchase more sophisticated pH strips that might give you a better idea….but its really not necessary as the general indication on regular pH strips is enough to know if you are getting too alkaline or acidic. And know that it takes an average of a number of readings (about two weeks worth) to really see a clear picture or pattern of your pH status.

    • David,

      If you are taking 1 tsp. of bicarbonate in water in a single daily dose the side effects may very well show up.immediately. It depends on your own personal tolerance and everyone’s is different.

      Generally we recommend much smaller doses taken at one time, and the maxium recommended is no more than 7 half tsp. in a 24 hour period if under age 60 but only 3 half tsp, if over age 60.

      Though bicarbonate is generally used for soothing upset stomachs, if you take it when overfull it can cause severe bloating, and for others it can cause gas. This may or may not happen right away after taking the dosage.and may or may not happen immediately.

  54. I read the following on a different website, and was wondering whether this would be a good way to take baking soda for general health and disease prevention?

    “If you want to get started with a more alkaline diet, you can make your own alkaline water simply and inexpensively at home, using items you probably already have on hand. A glass jug with a tight screw-on lid can make a perfect container for your water. Fill the container with drinking water. You can use water from your tap, bottled drinking water, or even distilled water if desired. Leave enough space in the jug to allow it to be easily shaken and mixed. Then, add a half teaspoon of ordinary baking soda to the jug, and shake thoroughly to mix. Then, test the water with a pH test strip, which you can usually find anywhere that sells water testing supplies, such as a pool store. The goal is to achieve about a 8.5 to 9.0 pH level. If testing shows the water has not yet reached this alkaline level, add just a bit more baking soda and retest. Keep track of how much baking soda you need to use, to make the process easier when you make your next batch. You can now store your jug of alkaline water in the refrigerator, just as you would any ordinary drinking water. Shaking the jug before serving is always a good idea.”

    What do you think? I’m assuming that one could also add some lemon juice to the water in order to improve the pH level and taste without using as much baking soda. As long as the water pH level stays between 8.5 to 9.0, is there any danger of causing your body to become too alkaline? Thank you…

    • Roger,

      There are a number of questions that you should be asking about this formula. It does not state the amount of water … it a quart jug, a gallon or some other size? Generally 1/2 tsp added to your drinking water per day will not harm anyone….but I have to question how much more is needed to get the pH up higher? And I note that this recipe states right up front, that you can use it to “get started on a more alkaline diet”….or as we have said here, as a “jump-start” to becoming more alkaline. Its best to change dietary habits and move toward more alkaline foods and not stay on bicarbonate forever….but only when needed.

      Also you should always check your pH daily when using bicarbonate. Adjust the amount used according to your pH.

      • Claudia I am under the impression that cancer goes dormant at 7.0 and starts to die at 7.3. I attempt to keep my ph around 7.5 to 8.0. I have been over 8.0 a few times and find that it slows my urine flow at night when i have been sleeping a few hours.

        I am 70, was a heavy smoker till June of 95, heavy meaning three packs a day. My mother died of cancer opf the pancreas. Those are my primary reasons for staying between 7.5 and 8. I am sing it as a preventive, I also eat 7 or 8 apricot kernels a day and two to three apricots with them.

        My wife who never smoked, but ahs breast cancer in her family and worked at Jack Elementary in Portland, ME for ten years, does likewise.


      • I’ve dabbled with the soda and syrup. I’ve noted the PH in my urine is almost always high, (over 7.5) while my saliva is very low. (Taking 1 teaspoon twice daily.) As my kidneys are eliminating the soda from the blood, I can see it would be high in the urine. Question: Should I increase the amounts I am consuming until my saliva reaches 7.5..?

  55. I likes ur website.
    Am having using Sodium Bicarbonate to maintaining my PH 7.1/–>7.4. Since 3 months. (urine & saliva too ,PH) MY personal EXPERIENCE.

    Formerly, I had Diabetes-PP was 265 ,3 month ago.
    Last week my PP sugar was 93. NO medicines *******************
    Skin Problems.
    Weight was 8kg/81.3 kg over my BMI/calculated(should be 70-73Kg.
    Bad Breath.
    Muscle pain in the body, every where.
    Eye was burning. I thought that was due to pollution-but was not.

    Use this Sodium Bicarbonate.
    It will change ur life,———>make u efficient,slimmer,and Healthy.
    Foremost,————> 99% of health problems has gone with this , and with the “GRACE OF God”.

    Thanking You,

    Sunny Harjani

  56. Thank you for your quick response, I have let his doctor know what has been going on and they are very concerned for him now. No he was not adjusting his diet. He was periodically doing the ph test but not before every dose he took. The amylase level in him on sat it was 40, mon it was 74, tues it was 172, today it is 242. Thank fully he has been admitted and they are doing everything they can to find out why this is happening and he has discontinued the Baking soda. I don’t knock natural treatments as I am a certified Herbologist but I do find conern in the fact that the baking soda that some use may not be as pure or natural as they may think as such more harm then good if chemically treated and bleached when trying to balance your body.

  57. One of my friends did a bunch on ON-LINE research and is now using baking soda to clean her teeth and drinks it in water everyday. However her and my son are both doing it as well and her son has been in the hospital twice with Kidney inflamation and my son is in the hospital with inflammed pancreas and high amalyse levels. Can this be due to the over ingestion of Baking soda. I do not use this and have been leary of him doing it but he won’t listen to me when i tell him his body is not re-acting well. Please help me I am a scared and desperate Mother with a very sick 20 year old son.

    • Dear Christine,

      While we haven’t heard of too much baking soda causing kidney dysfunction or pancreatic probelms, over-alkalinization can be harmful and each person may be different in how thier body expresses this.

      Were these friends checking their pH daily and changing their diets and lifestyles to a more alkaline diet so they could reduce the amount of sodium ingested? Please be sure that their doctors are aware aof this. I hope they feel better soon. According to our present laws on confidentiality, you can always call his doctor and tell him about your son’s bicarbonate use. Laws prevent the doctor from acknowledging anything about your son or his treatment or duscussing it with you but at least he will be aware of some of the things that might play into your son’s illness.

  58. I am so happy to have stumbled upon this . I have Pseudotumor Cerebri and must take Diamox 750mg per day. I also am prescribed 10mg of Lasix and 30Meqs of Potassium Chloride.
    The Diamox causes me to be in an acidotic state with co2 (serum) around 18. I do not like this as I have shortness of breath at times but acidosis is a common and expected side effect of the Diamox treatment. How much Sodium Bicarbonate can I safely take without being monitored just to help a wee bit ?

  59. someone has suggested me to drink soda and milk in same quantity to reduce ur weight. is that effective for reducing weight. also tel if any side effect.

  60. Hi, My father who is 89 years old has chronic kidney failure. His creatinine is over 10 and urea is high too. Other than that all his blood reports are fine. In the last 6 months his creatinine has suddenly started soaring. Do you think Baking soda would help him? Thanks.

  61. I have read several articles by Mark Sircus regarding sodium bicarbonate and have used this regularly for several years to improve alkalinity, and also as a cancer preventive. I only use natural medicine and NO DRUGS, so I am trying to reduce my high blood pressure, and in the process of investigation, tried Apple Cider Vinegar with 1/4 tsp. baking soda. After taking baking soda off and on for the past 5 years with no negative side effects whatsoever, I was shocked when this combination caused an immediate reaction of low blood sugar and then ankle swelling. I am trying to figure this out, but it seems to me that for some reason this produced an “adrenal shock” which then affected my kidneys resulting in the edema, since other natural therapies have caused this before, although usually from a detox reaction. The other possibility could be that I am perhaps overdosing since I have been using lemon juice and lemon oil to soften the stones in my gallbladder, which works great, but perhaps this has contributed to becoming overly alkaline? I am ordering the test strips now so that I can keep track of this, but I am just wondering if you have any recommendations?

    • Dear Evelyn,

      What you describe could be the result of a lot of different things and more information would be needed in order to make recommendations . You don’t mention having used magnesium and that’s the first thing that comes to mind. It supports blood sugars, reduces insulin resistance, can help reduce blood pressures and much more. You can learn more about this on our Magnesium For Life website which has a wealth of information. See:

      Dr. Sircus is also available for consultations where you can discuss your situation in more depth and obtain recommendations :

      n-depth discussion of your particular situation:

    • Most drugs come from nature.. Easy examples are THC from cannabis, or acetylsalicylic acid from willow bark, so I think you may have set up a false distinction. A ‘drug’ is simply any molecule that can change physiological behaviour, normally by binding to cellular receptors, but can perform other functions such as kill microbes. Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, THC, acetylsalicylic acid, penicillin are all naturally occurring compounds that act as drugs.

      Sodium bicarbonate contains high amounts of sodium, which is directly correlated with high blood pressure. If you are ingesting large amounts of sodium, this will cause water retention, which could cause edema. Sodium has powerful effects on the kidneys, do not forget that. It is not wise to play around with your electrolytes too much and I would not recommend taking baking soda or bicarb.. although of course people on this page believe it to be the miracle cure and will tell you otherwise.

      I myself have hypertension, and also don’t want to take drugs.. because once you start them you must take for life. But the proven ways to reduce blood pressure are actually very simple: diet and exercise. I reduced mine significantly when I lost weight thanks to a rowing machine that I used regularly. Perhaps get a indoor bike, or go for runs if you can.

      A big help would be cutting sodium (salt) out as often as you can. I know it taste’s good, but once you get used to it, you find you need less and less in food. If you normally sprinkle salt on food… just stop. Don’t take bicarb either.

  62. Hello,
    I have a friend with chronic kidney stones all her life. She now faces the largest one. She is in her 60’s and has been doing 1/2 tsp with lemon and sodium bicarb morning and night for about a month. She also is doing the Mag. Chloride daily rub downs and foot baths. Is there something you can suggest for her?

    • Hi Jacquelyn,

      It all depends on what kind of kidney stones she has……there are a number of different types. Some are calcium some are struvite and some are uric acid stones. They most likely will all benefit from magnesium , which should at least help the pain, Some dietary changes might be necessary. Tell her to drink a half glass of water with half a lemon in it twice a day…this will help to alkalinie and also help prevent certain types of kidney stones. Dr. Sircus would have other suggestions but you or she would need a consultation with him to provide more information etc.


  64. My friends father has osaphogeal cancer. He was not able to have chemotherapy due to low kidney functioning. His kidneys were functioning on 15% and now he is now on dialysis.

    Can he take bicarb maple syrup treatment?

    Kind regards

    • Dear Christine,

      Your friend’s father should only act under medical supervision at this time. With kidneys functioning at near 0 levels there is potential for a lot of complications. Renal dialysis now utilizes sodium bicarbonate in the dialysate fluid that acts to take toxins out of his blood. This is common procedure. During dialysis he is getting regular blood testing of all his electrolytes and other important functions on a very regular basis… this would be able to show if he were getting into alkalosis pretty quickly. The bicarbonate may also be helping to keep his acidity in check. Its been my experience that some dialysis patients need additional bicarbonate taken by mouth and some do not need or tolerate it well. The bicarbonate could work very well for his cancer, but he must do this only under medical supervision. Magnesium must also be used with caution with this low level of kidney functioning. There are other things that he can do to help to reverse some of the kidney problems and bicarbonate is also one of those along with CoQ10 . All fluoride must be omitted from his diet….ALL fluoride, as this pushes people over the edge to dialysis.

      Personally I was able to drink sodium bicarbonate when on dialysis with no problem, but on a limited basis and not for too long at any one time. I was not combatting cancer however which requires that you intensively use bicarbonate daily till pH reaches 8 or 8.5 which is quite a bit different from what most people need to do.

  65. I have etarted on a baking soda maple syrup treatment for skin cancer on my right arm, quite bad. Will this work? I had 30 radiation treatments that did not work

    • Dear IVO,

      You should use topical iodine ….Lugol’s 7%if you can get this, or a lesser % if you can’t….with more frequent applications. You can alternate with a paste made of sodium bicarbonate and water. Oral dosing of bicarb and maple syrup in addition would help. Dr. Sircus would likely recommend other treatments for you….like topical cannabis oil.

  66. Hi,
    I’ve had small tumor less than 2 cm in my right breast before one week, and didn’t do till now any thing because I’m waiting the surgery, once I read about Sodium Bicarbonate with maple I’ve become very interested since I believe that should different treatment than the typical expensively one. pls is that be ok to take 1/2 teaspoon with marple twice daily for a week.

  67. Thank you Claudia for your advice. Yes you are right it is sold mostly in Europe but I get my supply from Asian stores that sell the stuff too. I go through 100g bottle easily within 3 days. I am also getting very dry mouth. I will go to the pharmacy and pick up the pH papers. What is the safe range on the Ph paper?

  68. Help I am addicted to a substance called ENO which contains sodium bicarbonate 50% and sodium citrate mixture. What should I do about this I dont know if my blood has high PH but I do have some of the symtoms stated above. I just can stop myself eating this stuff.

    • Rebecca,

      You don’t mention how “addicted” you are to ENO……it is used for baking and for digestive problems and sold mostly in Europe.

      We are not familiar with ENO and when I looked it up the pkg. stated that there was a 30g limit per 24 hours.

      If you are using this too often and feeling symptoms you need to go to your local pharmacy and get some pH papers and check that.

      If you are indeed overloading with sodium bicarbonate you need to cut down on using this product.

  69. Hi,

    I think the Warnings and Contraindications should be the first article on your website, because some people could easily think that seeing this product is sooo good, there could be no side effects!

    Its not as simple as it reads & some people could damage their health by taking it!

    • Thanks Leonardo,

      Even the least toxic substances can have ill effects on a person…..for example, too much water can ause problems for some. Dr. Sircus uses very natural products , nurtitional medicine if you will ….and there is little chance that these will cause a problem. Of course that always depends on how well a person’s system is functioning in general. Are there digestive problems or kidney problems that might render something more risky to take???? Yes there are and when we come upon any new treatment or substance, you should all research that substance as you know your body best, before you make a decision. Warnings and Contraindications are always included in Dr. Sircus’ books and we encourage everyone to read those chapters carefully. Thanks!

      • Water has also proven to have a corrosive effect on boats. Too much water can also be the leading cause of drowning.
        All people who die have been known to have had contact with water, so yes, it would appear that contact with water should be approached with extreme caution!
        Consider all the dangers!

    • WHEN you have confirmed the presence of DEADLY Cancer, in balance, it would be deadly NOT to use Baking Soda for 15 consecutive days, along with Real Maple Syrup.
      Especially if you are in stage 3 or stage 4.
      (There is no stage 5)

      • This is a great post… The trick or theory is this on what you posted CANCER loves sugar so you trick the cells into eat the maple sugar and in the back door is the baking soda you mixed and BOILED into it. the cancer can not stop eating the sugar it loves and the baking soda destories the Cells and your body finally wakes up and helps kill off the cancer THIS IS A NATURAL CURE like Cemo…. only instead of killing off other parts of the body… the Big Hospitals and Pharm… companies will do whatever it takes to not let people believe this cure WORKS…. But my wife has zero cancer cells floating around and all test prove NEGATIVE NOW why? cause we did the lemon, baking soda water trick until her Piss was a 8 ph she drank it for 15 days straight one real lemon, a 1/8 of baking soda in a glass of pure filtered tap water… we used maple syrup and baking soda as the killer at night about 2 ounces for 10 straight days… the day they tested a lymph note next to the breast cancer not even a hint of a racial cell NOTHING in all tests NOTHING… yet the doctors won’t except the fact we went over board on a natural cure we also made smoothies with peaches and plums for seven days and added a pinch of baking soda along with banana and kiwi and a tease spoon of pure cherry juice from the health food store…. I had her body so damn pure the cancer didn’t have a chance to grow or survive…. ha!!!!

          • And doctors feed their patients Ensure which is mostly sugar with nutrients added. Sad!

        • jvz, you should give here the entire clear receipt and administration. it would be very useful. thank you!

          • you boil 1/4 ounce baking soda (non-alumium kind) per two ounce of maple syrup if you can drink 8 or higher PH filter water as a chaser.

        • I love it. Your a good husband. I did the same for myself. I will never forget how mad those Doctors were when I refused to take chemo treatments. When They realized they couldn’t change my mind with all there tricks from Acting like there was a personal concern to throwing scare tactics on me. My body and I said no chemo. One Dr replays with. It sounds like someone has been reading and researching way too much. Thank God I did. I have been Cancer free for 11 years.

  70. Hello,
    I was using the maple syrup and baking soda for about 3 weeks and it made me feel so much better. I am now in thailand and Maple syrup is hard to find is there a substitute? I tried sugar and a half teaspoon Baking soda and had a bad reaction (hand shakes, lightheadedness, panic attacks…)and spent 1 hour sucking limes to get acid back into my body. Is this a reaction to the baking soda or is there maybe aluminum in the baking soda. Is lime juice a good treatment for this side effect?

    • Steve,

      Dr. Sircus’ recommends molasses as a substitute for maple syrup….it has many more nutrients. Never heard of the reaction you are talking about….limes cause the body to become MORE alkaline despite the thought that these are acidic…in the body they caluse alkalinity. Could your blood sugar have gotten too low? reactions to this are similar to your description.

      Who knows what kind of sodium bicarb is sold in Thailand? Whatever you get, it should say only 100% sodium bicarbonate on the package………no additives whatsoever. Then there should be no aluminum in it.

  71. Hello,
    I have been taking something called ALKA POWDER CAPSULES. They contain 1200 mg Sodium Bicarbonate, also Potassium Bicarbonate and Tri-sodium Citrate. Does that sound good to you? Why the extra ingredients? My Naturopathic doctor has had me taking this for cancer treatment. He started me on a very high dose…4 caps every morning. Now I only take one because it was giving me stomach pain. Please let me know what you think of this supplement.

    • Hi Olga,

      We generally don’t like to comment on other products, especially when we are not familiar with them. And we don’t know about this one you have been advised to take. I can tell you that we do know of products that combine the various salts together and they can be very useful in some cases. They tend to balance each other out when needed. Dr. Sircus is familiar with Robert Young’s pHour salts Phour salts contain four different carbonate salts: sodium bicarbonate (the active ingredient in baking soda), magnesium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate and calcium bicarbonate. I can only assume the product your naturopath recommended is similar. This type of product acts to alkalinize in a similar manner to sodium bicarbonate, but with the additiion of the other mineral salts. They should only be used under a doctors supervision to prevent the possibility of overdoing the potassium etc.

  72. i used using 10 days protocol baking soda last month but still no improvement, can i repeat the process again and how long will it take?

    • Victor,

      After taking a break for about a week you can begin using sodium bicarbonate again. How much were you using? Did you also alter your diet to more alkaline foods? Cut down on meat and sugars? Did you drink two glasses of water with i/2 of a squeezed fresh lemon per day? Did you increase your intake of green leafy vegetables?

  73. Dear Claudia
    Please advise – my niece of 4 years of age has a tumor growing on top of her adrenal glands. It is too big for surgery. We have bought all the ingredients for the maple syrup bicard remedy – as the cancer is aggressive and at stage 3 we need to know what dose we are looking at and how often. please can you help us. Also how long before we see anything work? I have heard it is pretty fast. We only heard about this Wednesday and are very stressed please help please!

    • Dear Overwhelmed,

      You must contact Dr. Sircus for a personal consultation to get the dosages necessary to treat your niece’s tumor. He will need a complete history in order to give you dosages. You will also have to check her pH levels daily and aim for pH of 8 which should be held for a week or so and then a pause in treatment is necessary….I hope you have read the sodium bicarbonate book available at IMVA publications.

      Please conact Luciana : to arrange a consultation with Dr. Sircus about your neice’s condition and the treatment options.

  74. Dear Claudia, thank you so much for advice! It help me convince my husband to get pH tests, and I guess you are right, I was getting overzealous, so I’ll be careful. All the best,V.

  75. Dear Claudia, Kindly throw in some light–What minimum dose of sodium bicarbonate, a prof. training body-builder, with a high protein diet ( I know it’s not healthy, but sport demands…) should take? I know pH test should be done first, but I can’t convince my husband about it, so I think if I give him 1/2 tsp bicarb twice a day won’t do any harm…after all, body-builders eat up to 80 egg whites a day+ lots of whey powder (must be very acidic!). How long is it safe to continue with bicarb? Thank you!

    • Dear Victoria,

      Do not become overzealous with dosages of sodium bicarbonate. Only under special circumstances can bicarb be used liberally. (cancer treatment and even then with breaks in treatment needed Please read this essay again on the contraindications for sodium bicarbonate use. Not only should pH be checked at the beginning of treatment, but it should be checked daily to make sure your partner does not go above 7.4. While your partner may indeed be acidic due to his diet it is much safer to alter his diet to keep an alkaline pH. When our partners do not agree it is so much more difficult to provide safe care. Perhaps you can convince him to read the Bicarbonate book by Dr. Sircus. Over alkalinization can lead to very serious problems including heart attack!

      Having said that, the recommendations on the box of Arm and Hammer sodium bicarbonate state that no more than 7 half tsp. should be taken in a 24 hour period, and no more than 3 half tsp if over age 50.

  76. My wife is taking oxycodone and oxycontin for pain due to a tumor, which I know many other cancer patients take. Both our Doctor and Pharmicist said that ingesting sodium bicarbonate along with these meds could negatively affect their respitory system and told us not to do it. Is this more suppresion of alternative methods or could this really be dangerous?

    • Dear Ed,

      Sodium Bicarbonate , if it raises the pH too fast and you become too alkaline too fast, can affect the respiratory system.
      Respiratory side effects have included suppressed respiratory drive, due to increased venous CO2 concentraation, especially if given too rapidly

      Oxycontin/Oxycodone is an opioid and one of the side effects of this pain killer is often slowed breathing….so a combination of the two may not be a good idea.

  77. Hello, i have been experimenting with taking baking soda with water to help with various issues, which i think it is helping. However, since i began doing this, i missed my period. I am always regular, and i am wondering if the baking soda could possibly be the cause.

    Thank you,

  78. When I take magnesium or use bicarb as a buffer with my vit c or if I take a bath with Epsom salts, I get a sudden & often severe wave of all over fatigue & muscle weakness.
    Any idea why this might happen?
    My blood pH (in ABG) is always slightly alkalotic eg 7.47. Could this mean when I take bicarb etc my body/blood becomes too alkaline?
    I take digestive enzymes daily due to poor digestion.
    I also have Chronic Fatigue & shortness of breath.

    Thank you very much for your feedback/opinion … It is greatly appreciated.

    • Not sure about the bicarbonate, but magnesium is well known for its muscle relaxing effects and this could be why you feel the wave of all over fatigue after taking it. It is often recommended for assisting in better sleep at night.

      Claudia French

    • Dear Lois,

      Dr. Tulio Simoncini believes that baking soda will help in Leukemia, so should the maple syrup and baking soda.

      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  79. Apparently sodium bicarbonate should not be used with aluminium.
    Are there any possible negative interactions between sodium bicarbonate or magnesium chloride and titanium implants?

    I had to have hip replacements because I had a congenital hip deformity and the joints wore down much earlier than usual. The operations were very successful and I consider myself to be ‘normal’ again. However,I like to be sure what I take is safe.



    • Carla,
      Glad you had successful surgery!
      We are not aware of any problem using magnesium or sodium bicvarbonate with titanium implants, but please check with your primary care doctor.

      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  80. I seem to have problems getting the maple syrup and bicarbonate of soda to bind. How long should it be cooked and how hot?

  81. I was under the impression that Baking soda was very very safe ?
    This e-mail indicates some very serious reactions if not having
    the right information.
    I have bought the book ” Poor Mans Cancer cure ” I guess I better read it again.


    Bill Sangster

  82. Would not a sensible thing be to take one’s saliva ph before taking baking soda and if already above 7 ph, not to take it?

    Thank you,

    • Hi Lucretia,

      Yes it is always a good idea to check pH before taking bicarbonate, and we recommend everyone get some pH strips and do this. Let your pH be your guide to taking bicarbonate, and if it is 7 use bicarbonate with reservation. It may be that your diet is keeping you alkaline!!!

      Claudia French RN, LPHA
      Assistant Director, IMVA

  83. the use of sodium BiCarbonate suggess the use of Alkaseltzer…. Is this a good version, as it contains aspirin.

    • Harry,
      Aspirin should never be taken on a regular basis. We do not recommend this. There are many possible side effects from aspirin including bleeding ulcers. Take the sodium bicarbonate by itself.
      Claudia French RN, LPHA
      Assistant Director, IMVA

  84. I have a question with ref to this sentence in the article:
    “””Get two amps of bicarbonate,” I say to the intern. The jugular line takes seconds, and I flush it with sodium bicarbonate. This probably will correct the blood’s extreme acidity, which I suspect is driving up the potassium…..”””
    I have a friend who is diabetic and also has Parkinson’s (for 17 yrs). He is presently in hospital with multiple fractures from being hit by a car. I was visiting him when the nurse arrived to give him some pills. They are giving him potassium. A diabetic has acid blood so is this a good idea giving him potassium? Seems to me from reading your article they should be trying to alkalize his body, why potassium?
    Also, you should have seen the food they were feeding to a diabetic… This man, prior to his accident had changed his diet to include a ton of vegetables & some fruit, fish no meat or cheese, and had in 2 months reduced his fasting blood sugar from 350 to 150, only thru a dietary change….in addition to that, he had his Parkinson’s tremblings so under control from spending time body building that his doctor said that if he didn’t know he had Parkinson’s he would never be able to guess it…he had made the tremors totally disappear and had changed his life….Poor guy, he is now back to square one, but he is very courageous….

  85. Thanks for the handy hints doc:-)
    Its a pity the general medical gurus refuse to accept anything But drugs and to do No reading outside of the regimented Pharma issues.
    The too busy excuse ,is a sad cop out.

  86. Dr. Sircus – I agree with your article above. However, you must do homework on Scalar Electromagnetic Technology which was developed/ perfected by Nikola Tesla, the greatest scientist/inventor of all time.

    He invented Scalar Electromagnetic technology which can be used to produce horrible weather modifications such as hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, mudslides. What a coincidence the world is experiencing so many catastrophes! Scalar technology can also be used for catastrophic weaponry across continents. Many nations have this technology – US, Russia, China, Brazil, Japan, etc.

    The weather patterns around the world are also being modified by the long-patterned chemtrails across the skies not the short-tailed vapors emitted by jets. Various chemicals are being sprayed on the populace all around the world, constantly, with the result many people have gotten/are getting various symptoms of asthma, lung problems and numerous physical ailments.

    Read up on Nikola Tesla (and his inventions), scalar technology and CHEMTRAILS not contrails.

  87. I am rather confused as to your obvious knowledge of what is going on, and your not bringing up the obvious cause, notably chemtrails. If you really haven’t a clue, then perhaps the following will help to enlighten you:
    This video has some information, but there is a lot more information out there.
    Even the history channel did a piece on the chemtrails and weather modification projects. The latter link is part one of four, but each should link you to the next segment.

  88. dr. sircus, as a farmer in iowa, i believe mr de carbonel is wrong. yes there have numerous disaster declarations(as with every other year). these are localised disasters. i am only speaking of the usa. we piled corn on the ground because there was no inside space left for all the bushels. i have contacts from colorado to pennsylvania and north dakota to texas. and some individual horror stories with the weather(as also happens every year somewhere) but overall a big crop of corn, soybeans and wheat. there will be no food shortages overall in the usa. eric also predicted 09 would be the mother of all famines. now its 2010. it will have to wait until 2011 at the earliest. there are other voices out there. i have followed your work for many years, please keep up your important work! ps, looks like a monster crop coming from your neck of the woods as well. dave

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