Why baking soda fights cancer

Volume 6    |    Issue 30

There was an interesting discussion on the Advanced Bionutritionals Facebook page a couple weeks ago. If you’ve ever visited the page, you probably know about the great health tips posted there every week. One of them said, “Did you know that managing cancer with low doses of chemotherapy can be more effective than attempting to kill the disease in one massive attack? A new study shows promising results. Here’s what you need to know: http://bit.ly/1UFUTD8."

That link takes you to a great article by my friend and colleague Frank Shallenberger, MD. Well, one great response to the tip came from Dieter S. He wrote, “Drink a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of clean water three times a day and cure most cancers in weeks.” We’ve known about baking soda’s ability to fight cancer for years. I first heard about it 20 years ago. So it’s nothing new. But the reason baking soda works is just now coming out.

For years, experts thought baking soda’s cancer-fighting ability came from its ability to alkalinize an acidic body. Many cancers thrive when the body has a pH that’s more acidic than alkaline, so this makes sense. But it’s not the only reason it works.

This came out when Jeanie D. responded to Dieter’s tip by asking, “Would that create a sodium imbalance?” Great question, Jeanie. The scientific name for baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. So it would make sense that the sodium might be too much for some people. However, sodium is an acid-neutralizer. In other words, if your pH is acidic, then you’re probably low on sodium already. Taking some sodium bicarbonate wouldn’t create an imbalance, it would fix it.

But there’s more to the sodium story than just pH.

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It’s common to find low sodium blood levels in patients who have cancer and are undergoing cancer treatments. However, there’s some debate as to whether the cancer and its treatment causes the low levels of sodium or if the low levels of sodium caused the cancer.

We know that low sodium can lead to cancer, including lung cancer. So it’s quite possible that low sodium levels make you more susceptible to cancer. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers today. Its occurrence is growing rapidly. Is it possible low sodium levels are to blame?

But regardless of whether the low sodium level caused the cancer or the other way around, it’s clear that fixing a low sodium condition can fight the cancer. This is one reason baking soda can have such a profound impact on cancer.

What’s concerning is that low blood sodium is common in older adults. It’s especially common for anyone who is hospitalized or living in a long-term care facility. So you need to stay on top of your sodium levels. Most adults should have a sodium blood level of 136-145 mEq/L. If it’s low, you’ll need to take steps to raise it. Most doctors will give you water pills or an IV to raise the levels.

If you have cancer and want to try baking soda, find a doctor familiar with its use and who can tell you how much you should use. If you don’t have cancer, but know you’re acidic, you can try one-half teaspoon of baking soda in your water. You can drink this every two hours, but don’t take more than seven doses in a day. If you’re over 60, keep the dose to three per day unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

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