Baking soda seems to have been a hot topic on many forums while I was off at a convention and then out trysting with nature.
I first heard about the "new" baking soda cancer cure back in May on my oleandersoup Yahoo forum. In the interim, I did a bit of checking and decided that taking baking soda, while hardly new or a "cure", did make good sense, but that the initial reports of 90 plus percent cure rates were far overblown. Maybe such success rates are accurate for candida, but certainly not for cancer.
Regardless of the success rates, when the treatment does eliminate existing cancer it still does little to address the underlying causes that led to the cancer. And, in my opinion, there are better ways of oxygenating the cells and body and raising pH - such as liquid ionic cesium chloride. Or H202.
The "new" the baking soda treatment has been reported to have been pioneered by Dr. Tullio Simoncini of Italy, although baking soda has been used before to help raise pH and oxygenate. As far as I can tell, the "pioneer" part comes from Dr. Simoncini's contention that ALL cancer is caused by candida and his use of administering the baking soda intravenously in liquid form (5%) via strategically located catheters placed into the closest veins that feed the cancer or body cavities.
I am not sold on the Candida theory and the intravenous delivery method is not one you want to try at home. If you take a look at the descriptions of the actual cases (listed under "SOME OF THE MANY CASES TREATED" on the webpage of http://www.curenaturalicancro.com/) you will see that the actual cure rates, even the cases they decided to use as examples, fall far short of the reported success rates seen in forum posts and on websites lately - and, since they all do involve intravenous delivery, it is not likely to be the same as simply dissolving a tablespoon or two in water, or taking a baking soda or epsom salts bath.
Regarding the maple syrup and baking soda "bomb" (aka The Jim Kelmun Protocol http://www.cancertutor.com/Cancer02/Kelmun.html), if one takes a look at the Cancertutor site, you will find that the protocol is not rated among the strongest treatments.
The bottom line for me: I like it, and baking soda is no doubt a good tool to add, along with other oxygenating minerals, into an overall protocol of anti-cancer and immune boosting supplements, diet and lifestyle choices - but would never be something I would choose as the only, or even as a primary, tool to beat cancer.
If I were taking both, I would take them separately and perhaps up my normal amount of vitamin C. Even though Linus Pauling used to add baking soda to vitamin C to make an effervescent beverage, baking soda destroys vitamin C that has not been absorbed into the body. That means that the old wives tale of adding baking soda to boiling vegetables is NOT a good idea, since it destroys the vitamin C. Of course, we shouldn't be boiling our vegetables anyway for the most part, should we?
Per Gerson sodium uptake should be greatly minimized for those with cancer. He noticed that it contributes to the inflammation ring around cancer which helps cancer to spread. Sodium bicirbonate is apparently a quick fix of an overacidity problem, and it makes sense more or less just from knowing that our body uses the bicarbonate buffer system. Here's an encyclopedia extract explaining how that works:
bicarbonate buffer (first line of defense) which is present in all body fluids is a mixture of carbonic acid H2CO3 and bicarbonate ion (HC03). When a strong acid is added to the bicarbonate ion it combines with it and forms a very weak form of acid - carbonic acid. So basically it's a change from strong acid to the weak. It works the opposite way too. When a strong base is added to the mixture it'll combine with carbonic acid producing water and neutral bicarbonate salt
If anything Potassium Bicarbonate would seem a more reasonable choice to me. And I think I've seen someone talking about it. It's also used with vitamin C. Once again it's a quick fix for overacidity problem, there is no way around doing the whole thing of fixing your immune system and the whole body.
I know this is a very old post Tony but do you still believe baking soda destroys vitamin C? I haven't found any evidence that it does. What it does seem to do is to convert ascorbic acid it to sodium ascorbate, which of course is highly useable by the body as an antoxidant.
If you know any sources that disagree with this please let me know. I'm no expert chemist but I don't think Linus Pauling would have added baking soda to ascorbic acid without some thought as to whether it made the viatmin C useless or not
Baking soda doesn't destroy Vitamin C, and if it does, Tony should provide evidence that it does.
In fact, sodium bicarbonate helps one RETAIN Vitamin C.
"In two normal young adults the rate of urinary excretion of ascorbic acid, during controlled conditions of vitamin C [ascorbic acid] depletion and saturation, was consistently lower during periods of administration of NaHCO3 to produce an alkaline urine, than when NH4C1 was given to produce an acid urine.'
Sodium bicarbonate lowered the excretion of vitamin C in the urine, it didn't increase it.
I have personally experienced this. I got Vaginal Odor when I was supplementing liberally with Baking Soda..
After some research, I found that Baking Soda can deplete B-vitamins in the body. I supplemented with B-vitamins and 1 mg of Folic acid. The Vaginal odor was gone gone gone!
Now I use Baking Soda carfully and not by heaping teaspoonfuls. I dont want the Folic Acid deficiency anymore.
Folic acid is needed by the body to utilize vitamin B12. Antacids, including sodium bicarbonate, inhibit folic acid absorption.1 People taking antacids are advised to supplement with folic acid.
Potassium Bicarbonate may be more dangerous than sodium bicarbonate, as a potassium overdose is far more dangerous than a sodium overdose, despite the fact that most people get too much sodium and not enough potassium in their diet. It is therefore better to get more potassium from natural sources by eating more potassium rich fruit and vegetables (eg. bananas, apricots, etc.) Potassium is much easier to overdose on when taking it in supplemental form and dosage is highly regulated in this form. Potassium and sodium together make up the potassium-sodium pump which the body uses to regulate blood pressure and electrical activity of the heart and other muscles.
Magnesium bicarbonate in solution may be a better form of bicarbonate than sodium, or potassium bicarbonate as you get no sodium and some magnesium in the mix.
As far I know there is no evidence that any alkaline (basic) substances can increase tissue, blood, or water oxygenation levels, despite the fact that it will still inhibit the rate of metastasis of tumors by increasing alkalinity (and thus also PH.)
Bicarbonate, from what I know, cannot reduce tumor size and can only reduce the rate of metastasis (spread of cancer to other parts of the body). This has been proven in mouse models by in clinical trials where metastasis was reduced by 50 percent. This may be due to the fact that Bicarbonate can only increase EXTRACELLULAR PH of tumours.
Cesium in the form of cesium chloride can penetrate cancer cell walls (membranes) and increase INTRACELLULAR PH until the cells dies and therefore is able to actually reduce tumour size through tumor cell apoptosis (cell death).
Cesium chloride is relatively low toxic, but must be taken with potassium supplements as cesium chloride causes a potassium deficiency, which is increased with higher doses.
Liquid cesium chloride is more bioavalable (absorpable in the body) than the powdered, or tablet forms.
Also be careful when taking more than on type of alkaline mineral to increase PH when treating chronic diseases such as cancer as, when used together, there is obviously a cumulative effect in increasing PH too much.
For healthy individuals a diet high in fruit and vegetables is sufficient to alkalise the body to optimal levels. Although fruits are acidic, their byproducts (after digestion) help to alkalize the body. Vegetables tend to be more alkaline - even from the start.
Meats, grains and sugars should be eaten in moderation since they acidify the body.
Search curezone.com forums for the term "cesium chloride".
PS. According to Dr Mark Sircus (www.drsircus.com) dilute sodium bicarbonate taken orally can increase tissue PH just as much as dilute intravenous sodium bicarbonate, and it's less dangerous, less expensive and less complicated.