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Fasting with Bicarbonates a New Approach to Treating Cancer

Published on April 26, 2019


This would have to be the least expensive cancer treatment in the world. The foundation of this approach is to combine two extraordinarily powerful therapies, a combination of fasting, intermittent fasting, Ketogenic diet as one leg of the treatment and the second is to flood the body with different forms of bicarbonate—taken orally and administered trasndermally. This would add up to a shoot out at the OK Corral, massacre take no prisoners type of approach to cancer. The object—quick death of cancer cells through starvation.

There has already been a growing body of evidence supporting the role of fasting in both cancer treatment and prevention. Fasting using bicarbonates in all ones water intake to wipe out cancer is a new therapy that is a game changer. In the last chapter we saw why bicarbonate should be used by all cancer patients. Now we add an ancient practice like fasting, or new ones, intermittent fasting or or what are called Nutrition and Fast-Mimicking Diet (FMD). All forms of fasting or dietary restriction are strong weapons in our arsenal to fight, and  defeat, cancer.

One of the downsides of multi-day water fasting is the detox symptoms, which is an indication a person’s detox pathways are impaired. KetoFasting. a term and book by Dr. Joseph Mercola, offers a complete system that starts out with intermittent fasting and a cyclical ketogenic diet, and then goes on to a partial fast instead of a water fast.

The minimum one needs to do is is stop eating (at least 13 to 16 hours a day) and start regulating one’s dosage of bicarbonate by constantly maintaining one’s urine pH at eight for ten days. For some patients prolonged fasts might be necessary, and for still others, some liquid form of super-food needs to be used.

The Gerson Method floods the body with fruit and vegetable juices that maintain many of the dynamics of fasting, but as we will see in later chapter, water fasting cuts to the bone in terms of what it will do to cancer. The Gerson Method is completely against the use of sodium bicarbonate so as we shall see directly below it is magnesium bicarbonate that is our first choice. 

Researchers have found that intermittent fasting inhibits the development and progression of the most common type of childhood leukemia. At the end of seven weeks, the fasted mice had virtually no detectable cancerous cells compared to an average of nearly 68 per cent of cells found to be cancerous in the test areas of the non-fasted mice, showed the findings published online in the journal Nature Medicine. ‘Mice in the ALL model group that ate normally died within 59 days, while 75 percent of the fasted mice survived more than 120 days without signs of leukemia,’ according to Chengcheng (Alec) Zhang, Associate Professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

The most logical, effective, safe, necessary and inexpensive way to treat cancer is to cut off the supply of food to tumors and cancer cells, starving them with a lack of glucose. Sugar feeds tumors and creates general inflammation that is pro-cancer so glucose starvation—that is, depriving cancer cells of glucose—activates a metabolic and signaling amplification loop that leads to cancer cell death.

Research published in June 2013 by researchers from the University of South Florida and Boston College using mice models reported that a “Ketogenic Diet alone significantly decreased blood glucose, slowed tumor progression and increased mean survival time by 56.7% in mice with systemic metastatic cancer. While Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy alone did not influence cancer progression, combining the Ketogenic Diet with Hyperbaric Oxygen elicited a significant decrease in blood glucose, tumor growth rate and a 77% increase in mean survival times compared to the controls.

Ketogenic diets are a good option if one needs a long term fast but finds that too difficult. One can still stop eating for the 13 to 16 hours a day but when one eats its with a low sugar high fat diet that Ketogenic diets provide. Evidence leads us to believe that tumors of non-hepatic tissues may be unable to metabolize ketone-bodies and suggest a therapeutic strategy for selective starvation of tumors by dietary modification.

Combine bicarbonate with fasting hits cancer cells where it hurts. Through manipulation of the circadian oscillation with bicarbonate, and shutting down the glucose metabolism of cancer cells with fasting, we can kick cancer cells down the block.

The best bicarbonate is magnesium bicarbonate, a magical mineral formula. If that is not available taking one’s bicarbonate with lemon is ideal because the lemon turns bicarbonate into CO2. Scientists at Ludwig Cancer Center were able to measure the changes in cancer cells by seeing how much bicarbonate was changed into CO2 in the most hypoxic cancer cells. As bicarbonate is transformed into CO2 inside cancer cells their pH rises making them easier targets for other cancer therapies. This is a demonstration how CO2 is also a medicine and a measure of health when present in the blood in sufficient quantities. When carbon dioxide levels fall in the blood so does oxygen and it is impossible to stay healthy for long when this happens.

Sodium Bicarbonate can rapidly Alkalize your body far more effectively than diet, but it can’t be continued long term because of the excess sodium. Magnesium Bicarbonate has no such problems and can be used long term. The truth is that magnesium is difficult to absorb into the body unless its attached to a bicarbonate ion. In the general population between 80 to 90 percent of people are magnesium deficient. Among cancer patients its more like 100 percent so flooding the body with an absorbable magnesium is necessary.

Best-Bottled Waters in the World are High in Magnesium Bicarbonate

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Donat Mg from Europe, Unique Water from Australia and Noah’s from California get my votes as the three best-bottled waters in the world because of the large concentration of magnesium bicarbonate present. Nothing will do more to overcome mitochondrial decay and general low levels of cell energy than jacking in high levels of magnesium bicarbonate into the cells. If one does not live in Europe, California or Australia then one can buy a magnesium bicarbonate concentrate in the States.


Knowing More About Bicarbonates

Disease prefers the body to be in an acid state and fighting that acidity is not easy unless bicarbonates are employed. The body’s own natural solution to excess acid is to buffer with bicarbonates. The stomach, pancreas and kidneys all produce bicarbonate. With the onslaught of acidity from foods, stress and a host of toxins including prescription drugs our bodies often cannot keep up adequately with sufficient production of bicarbonates. This is where magnesium bicarbonate comes in, providing the body with a form of bicarbonate that is taken directly into the cells at therapeutic levels. It would not be a great exaggeration to look at magnesium bicarbonate as rocked fuel for the cells, especially for the mitochondria.

Bicarbonates are the primary transporters of oxygen in the body and are used to buffer acidity, while magnesium is known as the master mineral because it’s vital for most bodily functions. Usually magnesium and bicarbonates come attached to something our bodies do not need any more of, like sodium for the most common form of bicarbonate or the many things attached to common magnesium formulas. Part of the genius of magnesium bicarbonate is that these two necessary substances come packaged together.

Magnesium Bicarbonate is unique in that both minerals are desperately needed by the body but rarely found together in nature except in some natural spring waters.

Hitting Cancer where it will Really Hurt

In all cases, cancer cells, when deprived of nutrients, starve to death faster than healthy cells. The reason cancer is such an insidious enemy is that its cells divide uncontrollably, leading to the formation of tumors that keep growing, impair bodily functions, and in a worst-case scenario, metastasize—they spread from their original site, wreaking havoc around the body.

One test-tube study actually showed that exposing cancer cells to several cycles of fasting was as effective as chemotherapy in delaying tumor growth and increased the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs on cancer formation.

Ludwig Cancer Researchs said that bicarbonate cleans cells, helping them return to proper working order with normal circadian oscillations. This forces cancer cells to restrict the hours the cells can intake nutrition putting them into a partial starvation mode. In order to keep dividing indefinitely, cancer cells cannot afford the periodic fasting imposed by the circadian rhythm; before they can divide, they need to grow, and in order to grow, they need nutrients. That is why the most aggressive cancers have to take down the circadian oscillation.

We can think of the circadian cycle as a sort of internal clock that regulates many different mechanisms. The cycle starts over about every 24 hours (hence the term “circadian”, coming from Latin circa “about” and dies “day”). Among its many functions, it tells cells when they’re supposed to produce and consume nutrients. Healthy cells are normally allowed to do so for about 12 hours a day, in order to prevent them from being overwhelmed by a flood of excessive nutrients. Cancer cells need to eat 24 hours a day.

That’s one reason why cancer and acidity are related. Acidity is what forces cancer cells to shut down the oscillation allowing it to eat their hosts out of house and home. When we combine fasting with bicarbonates we open the cancer cells circadian oscillation and deny them food when it is time to eat, which is all the time for them. We starve the cancer cells. This prevents cancer cell division and growth.

Furiously paced division requires furious nutrient intake so if we open the oscillation with bicarbonate and we fast we hit them day and night 24/7. That’s a brutal condition for cancer cells. What we are doing is violently pulling the rug out from under cancer cells survival strategies.

              Fasting Cycles Retard Growth of Tumors and Sensitize a Range of Cancer Cell Types to Chemotherapy 2012 Feb 8. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3003293

Hi, I'm Dr. Mark Sircus, AC., OMD, DM (P), a doctor and writer of more than 23 books that have sold over 80,000 copies all over the world. My best-selling book is "Sodium Bicarbonate: Rich Man's Poor Man's Cancer Treatment" which has been translated into Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

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