Treating Lung Cancer With Hydrogen, Bicarbonates, Glutathione, and Iodine

Published on June 9, 2021

No matter how they spin the statistics, over 50% of lung cancer patients die from their disease or from the treatment they receive from oncologists. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for lung cancer in the United States for 2021 are:

  • About 235,760 new cases of lung cancer (119,100 in men and 116,660 in women)
  • About 131,880 deaths from lung cancer (69,410 in men and 62,470 in women)

The National Foundation For Cancer Research tells us that only 16% of lung cancers are identified at an early stage, making treatment and survival much more difficult.Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer. Tragically, lung cancer is amongst the deadliest form of cancer, claiming more lives each year than breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined.

Because most lung cancer cases are diagnosed in the metastatic stage, chemotherapy is the standard treatment option. Unfortunately, chemotherapy is not very effective. Some lung cancer cells are intrinsically resistant to chemotherapy, while others develop resistance and then multiply.

What the National Foundation for Cancer Research says is, “The lack of other treatment options greatly contributes to lung cancer’s shocking death toll.” This is not true or stated incorrectly. It is the narrow-minded stubbornness of oncologists who refuse to look at other options that exist that causes lung cancer’s shocking death toll. In modern medicine in general and especially for oncologists, if they do not know about alternative treatments, it means they do not exist—naked hubris or, in terms of cancer, deadly arrogance.

The best way of treating lung cancer is to treat the lungs themselves, though because most lung cancer patients are suffering from metastasis, systemic treatments are also required. Direct treatments to the lungs can be considered topical/transdermal treatments because the lungs are the inner skin that separates the body from the environment.

The main focus of this presentation will be split between hydrogen and oxygen gas, which can be administered many hours a day, or continuously in the later most deadly stages, and the nebulization (getting medicines directly into lung tissues) using sodium bicarbonate, glutathione, iodine, and magnesium chloride. Though it is too early to provide statistics, such a treatment combination is backed by logical medical science. Therefore, one cannot go wrong with such treatments.

The most revolutionary treatment for lung cancer is hydrogen gas. Hydrogen therapy can control tumor progression and alleviate the adverse events of medications in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer, medical scientists in China have concluded.

Dr. Ji-Bing Chen et al. of Fuda Cancer Hospital of Jinan University administered p inhalation for 4–5 hours per day. “During the first five months of treatment, the control group’s prevalence increased gradually, whereas that of the four treatment groups decreased gradually. After 16 months of follow-up, progression-free survival of the control group was lower than that of the p-only group and significantly lower than that of p + chemotherapy, p + targeted therapy, and p + immunotherapy groups. In the combined therapy groups, most drug-associated adverse events decreased gradually or even disappeared. p inhalation can be used to control tumor progression and alleviate the adverse events of medications for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer.”[1]

Dr. Jinghong Meng et al. found that hydrogen gas represses the progression of lung cancer. Their study concluded that p inhibits lung cancer progression via down-regulating CD47, which might be a powerful method for lung cancer treatment.[2]

Dr. Dongchang Wang et al. showed that p inhibited cancer cell viability, migration, and invasion and catalyzed cell apoptosis. “All data suggested that p inhibited lung cancer progression through down-regulating SMC3, a regulator for chromosome condensation, which provided a new method for the treatment of lung cancer.”[3]

“In addition, inhibition of the proliferation, migration, invasion, and promotion of the apoptosis of cancer cells was found when hydrogen gas was administered. The experimental animal assay demonstrated that the tumor weight in the p group was significantly smaller than that in the control group.”

Dr. Sai Li et al. found that hydrogen possesses multiple bioactivities, including anti-inflammation, anti-reactive oxygen species, and anti-cancer. In addition, growing evidence has shown that hydrogen gas can alleviate the side effects caused by conventional chemotherapeutics or suppress the growth of cancer cells and xenograft tumors, suggesting its broad potent application in clinical therapy.[4]

As the lightest molecule in nature, hydrogen gas exhibits appealing penetration property, as it can rapidly diffuse through cell membranes. Although hydrogen gas was studied as a therapy in a skin squamous carcinoma mouse model back in 1975,[5] its potential in medical application was not explored until 2007. Hydrogen Medicine is new, but that is no excuse for it not being recognized as the ideal and most essential foundational treatment for lung cancer.


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Back in 1975, mice with squamous cell carcinoma were exposed for periods up to 2 weeks to hydrogen in order to see if this free radical decay catalyzer would cause regression of the skin tumors. “After a first 10-day period of exposure of the mice to the hydrogen-oxygen therapy, it was found qualitatively that the tumors had turned black, that some had dropped off, that some seemed to be shrunk at their base and to be in the process of being “pinched off,” and that the mice appeared to suffer no deleterious consequences.” This effect was not observed when the mice were exposed to other gases such as helium and oxygen. At the end of their article, the authors predicted that this anti-cancer activity might be due to the reaction of hydrogen with the most potent oxidant known to humankind, i.e.,  the OH radical.

It’s hard to talk about what to anticipate at the end of life with lung cancer. Yet many people wish for some idea of what to expect at the final stage of the journey for their loved ones or themselves. How any person experiences the end of life will be different if hydrogen is administered along with the other natural substances and therapies listed below. Hydrogen inhalation therapy is ideal for all stages of lung cancer, not only because of its efficacy but because it is easily administered.

Oxygen pulls the rug out from under cancer cells and tumors by removing
the fundamental condition that makes them virulent. Bicarbonates do the
same thing so, using
oxygen and bicarbonate together is lethal to cancer cells.

In addition, for the most severe cases, hydrogen and oxygen gases (Brown’s Gas) can be administered around the clock. Hydrogen Inhalation machines have proven themselves in ICU departments for a variety of life-threatening situations. Hydrogen, for the dying, is like a wind that blows a person away from death’s door. Hydrogen can cheat the angel of death, so for lung cancer patients, it is crucial.

The scientific literature and the rapidly emerging science indicate a great potential of Hydrogen gas inhalation in oncology. Hydrogen Medicine has already shown itself to be effective for brain cancer—which is especially important for lung cancer patients and breast cancer patients for metastasis often goes to the brain.

Nebulization – Transdermal Treatments Into the Lungs

In some countries, nebulizers are given to people by prescription only because they provide direct access to the bloodstream. This is an indication that this is serious medicine we are dealing with, so caution is advised. With nebulizers, we, in part, get the same effect as with injections; medications quickly diffuse directly into the bloodstream. Thus a nebulizer can be a lifesaver.

People with a lung ailment do better when taking drugs by nebulization instead of orally because then the embattled system doesn’t need to go through breaking down the medications in the stomach and then delivering them to the lungs through the bloodstream. Instead, nebulization medicines get sprayed directly onto the lung tissues to be absorbed locally by the lung and brachial cells.

Dr. Shallenberger says, “A nebulizer is able to convert a liquid into tiny bubbles that are so tiny that they can only be seen under a microscope. When these bubbles come out of the nebulizer, they are so small that they look just like smoke. And that’s the magic of a nebulizer. The bubbles are so small that they can be inhaled deep down into the deepest regions of the lungs without any discomfort or irritation. It’s a great way for asthmatics to get the medication they need to open up their lungs.”


Dr. Michelle Alpert says, “Because oral glutathione is not well absorbed, I have also begun to experiment with nebulized glutathione, which patients can take at home between detox drips. According to a study in Alternative Medicine Review in 2000, nebulized glutathione has had remarkable success in emphysema and other lung disorders such as asthma and bronchitis. It appears that inhalation may have a systemic effect. Some patients are having even greater success with this combination.”

I have been nebulizing glutathione with baking soda for my chronic bronchitis. I was astounded the first time I used it. I did not have any problems coughing up mucus for 24 hours, and I had a lot less discharge over the next few days.

N. Goodfellow

Glutathione, the most critical antioxidant in the body, is the place where sulfur and selenium meet up to protect us from cancer. The immune system cannot function properly without it, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E rely on it to work appropriately within the body. The glutathione cancer connection is well established. Patients with cancer, chronic severe illness, AIDS, and over 60 other diseases have reduced glutathione levels. Glutathione plays a specific role in the detoxification of many well-known cancer-causing and cell-damaging substances in our environment.

Over 98,000 scientific studies and articles on glutathione are recorded in PubMed, the official U.S. Government library of medical research. Those articles reveal the remarkable role glutathione plays in every cell’s protection and function in the human body and optimal health and function support. However, they also show the terrible consequences of low glutathione levels and how those lower levels accelerate the aging process.

Magnesium and Glutathione

Pure magnesium oil can be used in a nebulizer. Glutathione requires magnesium for its synthesis. Glutathione synthetase requires a-glutamyl cysteine, glycine, ATP, and magnesium ions. Data demonstrates glutathione’s direct action in vivo and in vitro to enhance intracellular magnesium and a clinical linkage between cellular magnesium, GSH/GSSG ratios, and tissue glucose metabolism.

According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, low magnesium is associated with dramatic increases in free radical generation and glutathione depletion, which is vital since glutathione is one of the few antioxidant molecules known to neutralize mercury.

L-Glutathione Plus

I recommend L-Glutathione Plus for nebulization because it is specifically engineered for enhanced absorption using pharmaceutical grade (OPITAC) reduced L-glutathione and sodium bicarbonate. When mixed with distilled or DI  water or saline solution, Reduced L-Glutathione Plus™ becomes isotonic, making it comfortably ideal for lung, nasal, and other soft tissue contacts. No fillers, excipients, preservatives, or additives.


Now we have more reason than ever to focus on bicarbonate therapy for cancer. A new Ludwig Cancer Research study said, If you want to clean cancer’s clock—that is, defeat it decisively—you may want to really clean it—that is, restore it to proper working order. Only cancer cells that remain active, in sympathy with the tick-tock of their internal circadian mechanisms, remain susceptible to cancer therapies. So, how might these circadian mechanisms be kept in motion? Sodium bicarbonate now promises to awaken cancer cells that have gone to sleep deep inside tumors, where oxygen deprivation and acidic conditions go hand in hand. By buffering against acidification, sodium bicarbonate rescues circadian oscillation.”

Virtually every cancer patient will benefit from the use of sodium bicarbonate because it treats the low oxygen acid conditions universally found in cancer patients. Sodium bicarbonate shrinks tumors. (Bicarbonate inhibits spontaneous metastases (Robey 2009). ‘Bicarbonate Increases Tumor pH and Inhibits Spontaneous Metastases’ according to medical scientists. NaHCO3 therapy significantly reduced the formation of hepatic metastases following intrasplenic injection, suggesting that it did inhibit extravasation and colonization.

“Studies conducted at the University of Bari in Italy clearly demonstrated that a hallmark of all tumors, regardless of their origin or background, is their acidic environment. In fact, tumor progression increased with an acidic pH and hypoxia, or a low oxygen level,” writes Dr. Veronique Desaulniers. The perturbation in pH dynamics rises very early in carcinogenesis and is one of the most common pathophysiological hallmarks of tumors.”

“The results of a study suggest that tumor cells do, indeed, perform niche engineering by creating an acidic environment that is non-toxic to the malignant cells but, through its negative effects on normal cells and tissue, promotes local invasion.”

Tumor invasion did not occur in regions with normal or near-normal pH. Immunohistochemical analyses revealed that cells in the invasive edges expressed the glucose transporter GLUT-1 and the sodium-hydrogen exchanger NHE-1, both of which were associated with peritumoral acidosis. In support of the functional importance of our findings, oral administration of sodium bicarbonate was sufficient to increase peritumoral pH and inhibit tumor growth and local invasion in a preclinical model, supporting the acid-mediated invasion hypothesis.

Increased systemic concentrations of pH buffers lead to reduced intratumoral and peritumoral acidosis. Oral NaHCO3 selectively increased the pH of tumors and reduced the formation of spontaneous metastases in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer. NaHCO3 therapy also reduced the rate of lymph node involvement and significantly reduced the formation of hepatic metastases. Acid pH was shown to increase the release of active cathepsin B, an important matrix remodeling protease.

The more alkaline you are, the more oxygen your fluids can hold and keep. Oxygen also buffers/oxidizes metabolic waste acids helping to keep you more alkaline. The quickest way to increase oxygen and pH is through sodium bicarbonate administration, which is why bicarbonate has always been a mainstay in emergency rooms and intensive care medicine. But, of course, when we increase oxygen and pH levels, we simultaneously increase cellular voltage.

“The Secret of Life is both to feed and nourish the cells and let them flush their waste and toxins,” according to Dr. Alexis Carrell, Nobel Prize recipient in 1912. Dr. Otto Warburg, also a Nobel Prize recipient, in 1931 & 1944, said, “If our internal environment was changed from an acidic oxygen-deprived environment to an alkaline environment full of oxygen, viruses, bacteria, and fungus cannot live.”

Published in the journal Cell, the above Ludwig study details how in response to acidity, cells turn off a critical molecular switch known as mTORC1 that, in ordinary conditions, gauges the availability of nutrients before giving cells the green light to grow and divide. That shuts down the cell’s production of proteins, disrupting their metabolic activity and circadian clocks, pushing them into a quiescent state. “But if you add baking soda to the drinking water given to those mice, the entire tumor lights up with mTOR activity. The prediction would be that by reawakening these cells, you could make the tumor far more sensitive to therapy.”

It Makes Perfect Sense to Nebulize Iodine

In concert with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions, iodine affects several molecular pathways that are part of differentiation and apoptosis in cells. Ongoing epidemiological evidence points to iodine’s role in the prevention and treatment of cancers through these effects.

High rates of goiter (iodine deficiency) correlate with higher rates of cancer mortality. This has been known for over a hundred years, especially for breast and stomach cancer. Other cancers associated with low iodine goiter conditions include prostate cancer, endometrial, ovarian, colorectal, and thyroid cancer.

Cancer starts with iodine deficiencies, just as it does with low oxygenation of tissues. Dr. Brownstein lays out what we would expect to find in iodine-deficient individuals.

When iodine is deficient, nodules form in essential organs leading to pre-cancerous conditions and eventually leading to full-blown cancer. Brownstein says, “Iodine’s main job is to maintain a normal architecture of those tissues. With iodine deficiency, the first thing that happens is you get cystic formation in the breasts, the ovaries, uterus, thyroid, prostate, and, let’s throw in the pancreas in here as well, which is also increasing at epidemic rates – pancreatic cancer. Cysts start to form when iodine deficiency is there. If it goes on longer, they become nodular and hard. If it goes on longer, they become hyperplastic tissue, which is the precursor to cancer. I say that’s the iodine deficiency continuum.”

Brownstein continues, “The good thing about iodine is that iodine has apoptotic properties, meaning it can stop a cancer cell from just continually dividing, dividing, dividing until it kills somebody. So iodine can stop this continuum wherever it catches it and hopefully reverse it, but at least put the brakes on what is happening.


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General Instructions

Procedure: The primary aim of a nebulizer is to facilitate faster and more effective absorption of the medicine. This is achieved by breaking down the liquid medication into very fine particles inhaled by the patient. The first step is to add the liquid medicine to the cup attached to the device. It is essential to understand that these devices accept medicine in the liquid form only, and medication should be added at the time of usage and not before that. If the doctor has prescribed more than one medicine for nebulization, make sure if they can be mixed or whether they should be taken separately. Once the medicine is put in the cup, close the cup and connect its tube to the air compressor. Turn the compressor on, and when the compressed air reaches the nebulizer cup, it will vaporize the medicine, creating a mist. The mist is inhaled by the patient through the mouthpiece or face mask.

Take deep breaths and inhale the vapor completely. Tap the cup regularly to ensure the correct dispensation of medicine, and don’t remove the mask until the mixture is used up completely. It will take about 10 to 20 minutes to finish nebulization. Turn on the air pump, and a mist will come from the mouthpiece. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and breathe in slowly. At full inhalation, hold your breath for a 2-4 count to allow absorption in the lungs. If you are treating colds or sinus problems, you can also alternate breathing through your nose.

[1] Med Gas Res. 2020 Apr-Jun; 10(2): 75–80. Ji-Bing Chen,1,2 Xiao-Feng KongFeng MuTian-Yu LuYou-Yong Lu, and Ke-Cheng Xu.

[2] Biosci Rep. 2020 Apr 30;40(4):BSR20192761. Hydrogen gas represses the progression of lung cancer via down-regulating CD47 Jinghong MengLeyuan LiuDongchang WangZhenfeng YanGang Chen.

[3] Biomed Pharmacother. 2018 Aug;104:788-797. Hydrogen gas inhibits lung cancer progression through targeting SMC3. Dongchang Wang , Lifei Wang , Yu Zhang , Yunxia ZhaoGang Chen

[4] Front. Oncol., 06 August 2019 Hydrogen Gas in Cancer Treatment. Sai Li, Rongrong Liao, Xiaoyan Sheng, Xiaojun Luo, Xin Zhang, Xiaomin Wen, Jin Zhou and Kang Peng.

[5] Dole M, Wilson FR, Fife WP. Hyperbaric hydrogen therapy: a possible treatment for cancer. Science. (1975) 190:152–4. doi: 10.1126/science.1166304

Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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