Baking soda, sodium bicarbonate or NaHCO3 can do a lot more than freshen the refrigerator, neutralize pet odors, quiet sunburn pain and raise bread. The boxed white powder that has been marketed as a household product for decades also can kill cancer.
Safer than chemotherapy and radiation, which kills all cells (in addition to those linked to cancer) and could compromise organ function, baking soda is a nontoxic compound safe to use around animals, children and the kitchen.
“It is really very difficult for anyone to wrap their head around the idea that a substance as common as sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can offer much more benefits than most of the pharmaceutical drugs that cost so much,” according to a story on The Open Mind blog site. “There is however fascinating evidence that proves that sodium bicarbonate can indeed cure a lot of serious diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. Medical practitioners have also been advised to use it since it offers amazing benefits.”
There is some science behind the phenomenon. Baking soda possesses alkalinity and is salty in form. As a result, it can boost pH levels in the body. The tendency of our human physiology – emphasized by the modern American diet – is for our overall pH levels to decrease, causing an acidic affect that impedes cellular activity.
“The external pH of solid tumors is acidic as a consequence of increased metabolism of glucose and poor perfusion,” the American Association for Cancer Research reports in an abstract.
Authors of the abstract concluded that, by inhibiting acidity in tumors, incidences of metastases will be reduced.
“Here, we show that oral NaHCO3 selectively increased the pH of tumors and reduced the formation of spontaneous metastases in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer,” according to the abstract.
The American Cancer Society partially agrees.
“Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is promoted by some alternative practitioners as a cancer treatment,” the agency’s Web site reads. “This treatment is based on the theory that cancer is caused by a form of yeast infection and that sodium bicarbonate can kill the yeast. This claim is not supported by science or clinical evidence and is contrary to widely-accepted basic facts of oncology and microbiology.”
Still, it acknowledges several doctors administer baking soda to cancer patients orally, intravenously and intra-arterially, as well as directly into the windpipe in cases of lung cancer.
Examiner.com takes the cancer-killing theory a step further by saying baking soda mixed with lemon is an even stronger cocktail.
“Lemon also has a strong antimicrobial effect in treating bacterial and fungal infections, and studies have been looking at cancer as a form of fungus,” reads a story titled “Baking soda and lemon proven 10,000 times more powerful than chemotherapy.” “The baking soda is thrown in to keep our bodies’ pH level alkaline.”
It backs up the story by sourcing the National Center for Biotechnology.
“Evaluation of the biological activity of citrus limonoids has indicated the potential of these compounds to improve human health as anticancer, cholesterol-lowering, and antiviral agents,” according to a story footnote. “This review chronicles the evolution of citrus limonoid research from defining their participation in citrus bitterness to their potential utilization as important contributors to improving human health and well-being.”
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