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HOMEMEDICINESodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)

Product Quality and Cost – Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)

Published on March 8, 2010

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Though I have been using Bob’s Red Mill sodium bicarbonate I have recently received two boxes of Arm and Hammers and I sat for quite a while admiring their boxes and all the information on them. I have been in touch directly with the company and have been reassured of its absolute purity meaning there is no aluminum in it. Arm and Hammers is as aluminum free as Bob’s Red Mill, which advertizes itself specifically to be aluminum free, and in the process has convinced most people I know that Arm and Hammers has aluminum when it does not.

The proper mixing of bicarbonate concentrate is an issue and certainly this is a major safety concern at every dialysis facility in the world, which use sodium bicarbonate every day. Oral sodium bicarbonate is used to treat metabolic acidosis in patients with renal tubular acidosis. Since infants and young children are unable to swallow tablets, those affected must ingest sodium bicarbonate in a powder or liquid form. Pharmacy-weighed sodium bicarbonate is expensive and inconvenient to obtain; some pharmacists are reluctant to provide it.

We determined that the sodium bicarbonate contained in 8-oz boxes of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda® was sufficiently constant in weight that dissolved in water to a given volume, it yielded a quantitatively acceptable therapeutic solution of sodium bicarbonate at a cost of approximately 3 percent of that of pharmacy- weighed sodium bicarbonate. Grocery store baking soda can be a safe, economical, and convenient source of sodium bicarbonate for the treatment of chronic metabolic acidosis in infants and young children.[1]

The Church & Dwight name may not be familiar to many people, but their ARM & HAMMER® brand is recognized and respected by just about everyone. That’s because Church & Dwight has been producing ARM & HAMMER brand products for almost 160 years, ever since Austin Church, a physician, and John Dwight, his brother-in-law, began selling their high-quality sodium bicarbonate to grocers in New York City. The most demanding applications are in the area of healthcare, with hemodialysis in particular requiring exceptional purity and consistency. A leading force in modern bicarbonate hemodialysis Church & Dwight’s contribution to modern dialysis dates back to the early 1980s, when medical literature about the benefits of bicarbonate-buffered dialysate over acetate began to appear.

Anecdotal reports, and then clinical studies, showed an improved response when patients were dialyzed with bicarbonate instead of acetate. Beginning in 1982, Church & Dwight applied their technological expertise to the task of establishing exacting standards for hemodialysis grade sodium bicarbonate. Within two years, they were meeting those standards in full-scale production. When  USP specifications for sodium bicarbonate used in hemodialysis were published in 1987 and formally issued in 1988, Church & Dwight hemodialysis grade sodium bicarbonate not only met the specifications, it exceeded them.

Bob’s Red Mill costs $2.61 a pound and Arm and Hammers costs less making it the least expensive medicine in the world. Personally I could not tell a difference between the consistencies in the two, both are equally fine. Sodium bicarbonate is widely available in most supermarkets and discount chains across the country at a cost of just over $2 per pound. Many different sizes are available depending on your needs ranging from 1 lb packages up to 14 lb packages. (normally used by people with pools to adjust pool water pH).

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Do not confuse baking soda with baking powder which does or may contain aluminum. These are two very different products with baking powder having a mix of baking soda with various acidic ingredients. Make sure you are purchasing pure 100% baking soda or sodium bicarbonate.

Special Note: For perfect therapeutic bath add one pound or more of sodium bicarbonate with one pound or more of magnesium bath flakes.

[1] Clinical Pediatrics, Vol. 23, No. 2, 94-96 (1984) DOI: 10.1177/000992288402300205

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  • Taunjia Chandler

    Bob’s red mill baking soda is made in a factory with nuts. I know because I have a nut allergy and called them! Arm and hammer produces their baking soda using a chemical process to turn Trona ore into soda ash and then uses carbon dioxide on it to change it to baking soda. How our food is processed is just as important as how it is grown and what fillers are put in it! I hear frontier get their baking soda straight from the earth with not chemical processes. I’m off to research that now.

  • ThoughtfulFool

    From my readings, aluminum isn’t the issue. It isn’t present in ANY baking soda product. The issue is a non-issue, having arose with the marketing strategy of Bob’s Red Mill adding “aluminum free” to their label. However, the difference between Bob’s and Arm/Hammer is the way in which the product is procurred. Arm & Hammer baking soda uses a chemical reaction process through which trona ore is mined, then heated until it turns into soda ash. Then the soda ash is treated with carbon dioxide, and baking soda pours forth through the glorious brilliance of science. Bob’s (and other natural brands) is mined directly from the ground in their natural sodium bicarbonate state (also known as nahcolite). Nothing is added. It’s just pure unprocessed sodium bicarbonate, the way the earth made it.

  • Andrea

    Hi there, any idea about where to get pharmaceutical baking soda?

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Andrea,
      You should check with the pharmacies or chemical supply houses. Possibly medical supply houses but we don’t know of a specific source. I saw that someonne on EBAY was offering it but can’t guarantee the purity.

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/baking-soda

      Best Regards,
      Maurice Guggisberg
      IMVA Support Team
      http://drsircus.com/books

  • Andrea

    Hi guys, i wonder if anybody knows where to get pharmaceutical grade of baking soda?

  • Chad

    Hello..first time reading and responding. Very happy to see people sharing in the topic which has taken humanity, in certain demographics, by storm. Question, what treatment for cancer of the uterin area..i believe endometrial area, sorry if i’m mistaken, and also prostate cancer. Would the daily mitochondria cocktail be some thing efficient to positively effect the cancer to leave?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Chad,

      Dr. Sircus beleieves that his protocol with sodium bicarbonate will affect any type of cancer.

  • Chad

    Hello..first time reading and responding. Very happy to see people sharing in the topic which has taken humanity, in certain demographics, by storm. Question, what treatment for cancer of the uterin area..i believe endometrial area, sorry if i’m mistaken, and also prostate cancer. Would the daily mitochondria cocktail be some thing efficient to positively effect the cancer to leave?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Chad,

      Dr. Sircus beleieves that his protocol with sodium bicarbonate will affect any type of cancer.

  • Carol

    My husband suffers from Dyspepsia, which in his case means it is hard for him to swollow. His food feels like it is stuck and won’t go down his throat. He has no other symptoms of illness, no fever or anything else.

    But he has all but lost his voice because of the irritation of his esopagus from his food backing up.

    This only happens after he has eaten and that brings up a lot of mucous.

    Would the Baking Soda help in a situation like this? Thank you.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Carol,

      Its hard to say. this could be caused by a number of things and should be evaluated by a qualified health care worker. It could be an obstruction. You can certainly try bicarbonate to see if there is any improvement, but please see someone about this. There are also things that can be done to help make foods more liquified that might make swallowing easier. A consultation with Dr. Sircus might help.

      http://naturalallopathicclinic.com/

    • Rene

      Several years ago, I had whooping cough/ B.Pertussis infection. Several visits to the ER, and consultation with over seven board certified MDs failed had failed to diagnose it. I went through the entire 9 months without any treatment. During this time I developed a type of acid reflux which was filled with microscopic food particles. This went up right up to my nasal passages. I slept on very high pillows for a year. The gastroenterologist wanted me to go through massive invasive procedures. I refused, opting for a digestive enzyme instead. I used the one from Source Naturals, for around nine dollars. Shortly after using it, I began to see a difference and the healing of my oesophagus began. Acid reflux/gerd can cause Barrett’s oesophagus, potential cancer and a host of other problems. Try digestive enzymes.

    • Rene

      The acid reflux decreased considerably over the next few months and finally vanished.
      if food isn’t getting digested completely fats, proteins, starch etc. it comes up!

    • Taunjia Chandler

      Use a parasite zapper and start easy a little at a time and really research it. Read Hulda Clarks book, that’ll be a good start.

  • Carol

    My husband suffers from Dyspepsia, which in his case means it is hard for him to swollow. His food feels like it is stuck and won’t go down his throat. He has no other symptoms of illness, no fever or anything else.

    But he has all but lost his voice because of the irritation of his esopagus from his food backing up.

    This only happens after he has eaten and that brings up a lot of mucous.

    Would the Baking Soda help in a situation like this? Thank you.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Carol,

      Its hard to say. this could be caused by a number of things and should be evaluated by a qualified health care worker. It could be an obstruction. You can certainly try bicarbonate to see if there is any improvement, but please see someone about this. There are also things that can be done to help make foods more liquified that might make swallowing easier. A consultation with Dr. Sircus might help.

      http://naturalallopathicclinic.com/

  • Barry

    I am beginning to mix a little of sodium bicarbonate with magnesium chloride flakes to my 800ml water bottle, but I do not know what the best ratio is to mix? Can someone share their wisdom…?
    Thanks Barry

  • Barry

    I am beginning to mix a little of sodium bicarbonate with magnesium chloride flakes to my 800ml water bottle, but I do not know what the best ratio is to mix? Can someone share their wisdom…?
    Thanks Barry

  • Thomas

    I see that you have said Arm and Hammer is a good product please can you tell us if you have looked into the statement posted earlier claiming that A&H purchases byproduct from Alcoa Aluminum? Thanks for all your kind work.

    Thomas

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Thomas,

      We have had communications with the company making Arm and Hammer Baking Soda and they assure us that thier product is 100% sodium bicarbonate with no aluminum. This miisconception has been around a long time, and some people confuse baking soda with baking powdfer which has additives in it and in fact used to add aluminum. These are two different products. Arm and Hammer is mining their baking soda from a natural trona mine source… Make sure any baking soda you buy states on the package 100% sodium bicarbonate!

      So yes, we have done research on this and feel confident that the byproducts you mention from Alcoa are not being added to Arm and Hammer Baking Soda.

  • Thomas

    I see that you have said Arm and Hammer is a good product please can you tell us if you have looked into the statement posted earlier claiming that A&H purchases byproduct from Alcoa Aluminum? Thanks for all your kind work.

    Thomas

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Thomas,

      We have had communications with the company making Arm and Hammer Baking Soda and they assure us that thier product is 100% sodium bicarbonate with no aluminum. This miisconception has been around a long time, and some people confuse baking soda with baking powdfer which has additives in it and in fact used to add aluminum. These are two different products. Arm and Hammer is mining their baking soda from a natural trona mine source… Make sure any baking soda you buy states on the package 100% sodium bicarbonate!

      So yes, we have done research on this and feel confident that the byproducts you mention from Alcoa are not being added to Arm and Hammer Baking Soda.

  • Hanna

    Hi, I wonder what baking soda is safe. I have understood that there is both pure, natural sodium bicarbonate from a mined source and synthetically produced. Which is the rihgt one to use for medical purposes? Which brands are good?
    I found from iherb Frontier Natural Products’s baking soda. Are there other god ones?
    Wondering what to buy and where. I live in Finland and can use some netshops and local shops.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Hanna,

      The natural sodium bicarbonate from mined trona is the best….you are so right to ask because now they are “making ” baking soda from the byproducts of scrubbing coal towers!!

      Arm and Hammer and Bob’s Red Mill are good brands. There may be others out there too.

  • Hanna

    Hi, I wonder what baking soda is safe. I have understood that there is both pure, natural sodium bicarbonate from a mined source and synthetically produced. Which is the rihgt one to use for medical purposes? Which brands are good?
    I found from iherb Frontier Natural Products’s baking soda. Are there other god ones?
    Wondering what to buy and where. I live in Finland and can use some netshops and local shops.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Hanna,

      The natural sodium bicarbonate from mined trona is the best….you are so right to ask because now they are “making ” baking soda from the byproducts of scrubbing coal towers!!

      Arm and Hammer and Bob’s Red Mill are good brands. There may be others out there too.

  • Jamie

    Allot of the symptoms people are having that they are treating with bicarb are symptoms of systemic candida problems(even cancer)….for people that have external fungal problems you might want to do a candida spit test (google that for explanation) and if results are positive then a internal cleanse might be in order?

  • Jamie

    Allot of the symptoms people are having that they are treating with bicarb are symptoms of systemic candida problems(even cancer)….for people that have external fungal problems you might want to do a candida spit test (google that for explanation) and if results are positive then a internal cleanse might be in order?

  • Joyce Gasser

    Sirs:
    What do I take orally for fungus dandruff – and for fungus on my toe nails?
    Give me the name to take, the amount, and how often?
    I have a good diet of lots of raw vegetabes and fruit
    I do not drink or smoke.
    I will appreciate your advice – I’ve given my email address.

    Thanks.
    Joyce Gasser
    pajoygas@gmail.com

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Joyce,

      Try rinsing your hair after washing with sodium bicarbonate mixed in water. You can also soak your toes in a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and water, about 1-2 tsp in a foot bath or pail.

  • Joyce Gasser

    Sirs:
    What do I take orally for fungus dandruff – and for fungus on my toe nails?
    Give me the name to take, the amount, and how often?
    I have a good diet of lots of raw vegetabes and fruit
    I do not drink or smoke.
    I will appreciate your advice – I’ve given my email address.

    Thanks.
    Joyce Gasser
    pajoygas@gmail.com

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Joyce,

      Try rinsing your hair after washing with sodium bicarbonate mixed in water. You can also soak your toes in a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and water, about 1-2 tsp in a foot bath or pail.

  • Mark

    Hi,

    I have read that the proper amount of sodium bicarbonate to consume is 0.3 gms per kilogramme of bodyweight. Fine, but how much liquid should accompany that amount of sodium bicarbonate? I don’t know if I should mix it with one gallon of water, one liter, one quart, etc?

    Thanks.

    Mark

  • Mark

    Hi,

    I have read that the proper amount of sodium bicarbonate to consume is 0.3 gms per kilogramme of bodyweight. Fine, but how much liquid should accompany that amount of sodium bicarbonate? I don’t know if I should mix it with one gallon of water, one liter, one quart, etc?

    Thanks.

    Mark

  • Dale

    I have been diagnosed with (A.L.L.) Acute Lymphatic Leukaemia I started to take Arm and Hammer Baking soda. I am taking 1 tsp. in 1 cup of water every two hours and have eliminated most of the symptoms withing 3 days. it has been almost a month now and I feel I am gaining strength. I have fond some warnings about the pancreas if taken high doses to frequently. They told me I have 6 months or less but I feel I will be around much longer. I am not a Dr. and am not recommending this to you , I am only sharing what I am doing.

  • Dale

    I have been diagnosed with (A.L.L.) Acute Lymphatic Leukaemia I started to take Arm and Hammer Baking soda. I am taking 1 tsp. in 1 cup of water every two hours and have eliminated most of the symptoms withing 3 days. it has been almost a month now and I feel I am gaining strength. I have fond some warnings about the pancreas if taken high doses to frequently. They told me I have 6 months or less but I feel I will be around much longer. I am not a Dr. and am not recommending this to you , I am only sharing what I am doing.

  • Nessie

    I found the following information on altmedsales.com:

    “A byproduct of Aluminium smelting/processing is Bicarbonate of soda ( baking soda). Do not use baking soda which has had aluminum added to it, such as Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Today Arm & Hammer company produces almost all the baking soda that is used in the United States. Alcoa sells its Baking Soda byproduct to Arm & Hammer. Buy a product which specifically states it does not include aluminum or other chemicals”.

    There are a lot of people out there who do believe it has aluminum in it. I really wish it could say “aluminum free” on the box.

  • Nessie

    I found the following information on altmedsales.com:

    “A byproduct of Aluminium smelting/processing is Bicarbonate of soda ( baking soda). Do not use baking soda which has had aluminum added to it, such as Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Today Arm & Hammer company produces almost all the baking soda that is used in the United States. Alcoa sells its Baking Soda byproduct to Arm & Hammer. Buy a product which specifically states it does not include aluminum or other chemicals”.

    There are a lot of people out there who do believe it has aluminum in it. I really wish it could say “aluminum free” on the box.

  • Ruth

    I’ve treated dandruff, fungal infection, dry skin and acne with baking soda mixed with virgin coconut oil. I’ve used the same mixture as underarm odor control. I can’t be without baking soda at home anymore. It’s be very useful and economical.

  • Ruth

    I’ve treated dandruff, fungal infection, dry skin and acne with baking soda mixed with virgin coconut oil. I’ve used the same mixture as underarm odor control. I can’t be without baking soda at home anymore. It’s be very useful and economical.

  • Marie

    Wow. Baking soda is the ONLY thing that gets rid of my heartburn i
    inherited from my moms side of the family as all my aunts, uncles and
    cousins have heartburn too. I’ve tried tum, rolaids, prilosec, etc
    and nothing helped. I make a sweet concoction of the baking soda. I
    mix the powder with half soda water and half water, some Stevia, and
    maybe a flavor. It foams up and tastes great.

  • Marie

    Wow. Baking soda is the ONLY thing that gets rid of my heartburn i
    inherited from my moms side of the family as all my aunts, uncles and
    cousins have heartburn too. I’ve tried tum, rolaids, prilosec, etc
    and nothing helped. I make a sweet concoction of the baking soda. I
    mix the powder with half soda water and half water, some Stevia, and
    maybe a flavor. It foams up and tastes great.

  • I am looking for aluminium free Bicarb of soda in the U/K
    BEST REGARDS STEVE HOWELLS

  • I am looking for aluminium free Bicarb of soda in the U/K
    BEST REGARDS STEVE HOWELLS

  • ash thorneth

    The leading brand, possibly the only brand, of baking soda in the eastern Australian states, is McKenzies.In response to my email, they indicated that their product can contain traces of aluminium.

  • ash thorneth

    The leading brand, possibly the only brand, of baking soda in the eastern Australian states, is McKenzies.In response to my email, they indicated that their product can contain traces of aluminium.

  • Mary Marston

    I have renal tubular acidosis, most likely acquired, in part, from the heavy metals in patent Chinese herbs. I have found most Arm and Hammer baking soda tastes like detergent. I suspect it is shipped in trucks along with detergent. I often have to pour it into a plate to “air” it out. And yes, I do have a super-sensitive nose. Thank you for you very helpful articles.

  • Mary Marston

    I have renal tubular acidosis, most likely acquired, in part, from the heavy metals in patent Chinese herbs. I have found most Arm and Hammer baking soda tastes like detergent. I suspect it is shipped in trucks along with detergent. I often have to pour it into a plate to “air” it out. And yes, I do have a super-sensitive nose. Thank you for you very helpful articles.