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Bicarbonate Bicarbonate is a truly strong universal concentrated nutritional medicine that works effectively in many clinical situations that we would not normally think of. It is a prime emergency room and intensive care medicine that can save a person’s life in a heartbeat and it is also a supermarket item that you can take right off the shelf and use for more things than one can imagine – including diaper rash. An emergency room doctor, when one of his patient’s blood is boiling with acidity, will push bicarbonate into the bloodstream to save his patient’s life. Doctors who reject the use of sodium bicarbonate are actually doctors who do not know much about medicine. Many prominent physicians have suggested that great benefits would result if the men and women of America were shown that Bicarbonate of Soda (baking soda) could be used in the home as a therapeutic agent. Fire has an insatiable appetite; it grows as it feeds; a glass of water may extinguish it in the early moments of its life, but it may grow beyond human power or skill to check when it becomes half an hour old. Sickness resembles fire; it grows as it feeds; the right remedy may extinguish it in the first few hours of this life, but if it once “grips” the system it may grow beyond human power or skill to master. An essential characteristic of an illness is its tendency to spread from one point to another in the human body and for single symptoms to rapidly develop a group of symptoms. Bicarbonate of Soda is not a cure-all. Its field of usefulness as a home remedy is limited to well-defined ailments. But, it has been proven by time and experience as a most effective preventive and remedy for a surprisingly large percentage of the ailments most common among the civilized races. BAKING SODA, (Bicarbonate of Soda), is a white crystalline substance, less soluble than sodium carbonate and having only a slight alkaline taste, used in cookery, in baking powders and in medicine. Sodium Bicarbonate is used in medicine as an antacid (an alkaline remedy for stomach acidity), and, on account of the large amount of carbon dioxide that is readily set free from it by acids or by heating, it is an important component of powders and effervescing mixtures, and of baking powders. Sodium bicarbonate alkalinizes the blood and secretions, and is used as a corrective in functional diseases of the stomach. With appropriately monitored administration through baths and oral intake, one easily gets the urine up to the ideal cancer-treating pH of eight. It is the sweet spot to get the greatest therapeutic effect against cancer and other serious diseases including the flu. In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the ‘Flu’ it was found that rarely anyone who had been thoroughly alkalinized with Bicarbonate of Soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks. Bicarbonate of Soda is of inestimable value in treating Alimentary Intoxication, Pyelitis (inflammation of the pelvis), Hyper-Acidity of urine, uric acid disturbance, rheumatism and burns. An occasional three-day course of Bicarbonate of Soda increases the resisting power of the body to all Infectious Diseases. The value of the World’s famous Spas and Health Springs in largely in the Alkalinity of the water. The great advantage to using oral bicarbonate (reinforced by strong magnesium and bicarbonate baths) is that one can dose during waking hours and receive a full course of treatment in about ten days. Anyone can drive up their pH and saturate all their cells to a much higher extent through these methods. This is in contrast to Dr. Simoncini’s method that uses the blood for delivery and thus changing the pH is strictly limited by enforced blood parameters. Exactly how high the pH is driven up using bicarbonate orally can be controlled simply by using pH test strips. One can do this continuously for up to ten days keeping the optimal anti-cancer pH level constant. Using sodium and potassium bicarbonates (seawater offers a parallel reinforcing treatment) involves increasing carbon dioxide levels, which increases oxygen levels as well as cell voltage—something not generally known or understood. The effect of an alkali in the stomach will vary according to the nature of the stomach contents at the time of its administration. In the resting period (after food is digested) sodium bicarbonate merely dissolves mucus and is absorbed as bicarbonate into the blood, to increase its alkalinity directly. In the digestive period it reduces the secretion of gastric juice, neutralizes a portion of the hydrochloric acid, liberates the carminative carbon dioxide gas, and is absorbed as sodium chloride. In cases of fermentative indigestion, it can neutralize organic acids and open a spasmodically-closed pyloric valve; while at the same time overcoming flatulence (accumulation of gas in the stomach and bowels). The time of administration must be chosen with a definite purpose; for fermentative indigestion, one or two hours after meals will be the period of harmful excess of acid. In first-aid for continuous hyperacidity and fermentative indigestion, a dose an hour before meals will prepare the stomach for the next meal; or sometimes a dose may be necessary immediately after eating, because of fermentative acid present at commencement of the meal from a previous undigested meal. For the average person one-half hour after meals is recommended. A dose at bedtime tends to check the early morning acidity, or a dose on arising cleans the stomach of acid and mucus before breakfast. Whenever taking a bicarbonate solution internally the soda should be dissolved in cold water. CANCER The medical community continues to remain in ignorance about the most basic substances and how they might affect the outcome of cancer. The bicarbonate ion is amphoteric, meaning that it can behave as either an acid or a base, depending on what it reacts with. If a bicarbonate ion is combined with an acid, then it behaves as a base. H+ + HCO3- <==> H2O + CO2 …and carbon dioxide is liberated. If bicarbonate is combined with a base, then it behaves as an acid. OH- + HCO3- <==> HOH + CO3 We normally think of it as a base because it raises the pH of water by accepting a proton: HCO3- + H2O <==> H2CO3 + OH- But if you add bicarbonate to a strongly basic solution, it actually lowers the pH by donating a proton. HCO3- + OH- <==> CO3 (2-) + H2O The best combination is to take sodium bicarbonate with potassium bicarbonate because it not only makes it easy to take your bicarbonate but you also get the needed potassium, which is very helpful for cancer patients and everyone else. High levels of potassium can cause muscle weakness, numbness and tingling, abnormal heart rhythm, muscle paralysis, trouble breathing, and even heart failure and death. Very high white blood cell or blood platelet counts can cause an artificial increase in potassium in a test sample after the blood is drawn. When a patient raises CO2 levels by using bicarbonate or breath retraining, they raise O2 levels as well as pH and cell voltage. Sodium bicarbonate is very easy to use in baths, orally or when nebulizing into the lungs when treating lung cancer. It goes right for the jugular of tumors as well as individual cancer cells because it pulls the rug right out from under them. Sodium bicarbonate aims for the heart of cancer by almost instantly increasing cell pH, cell voltage, cell oxygen as well as CO2 levels. It’s the CO2 that creates the ideal medical effect of sodium bicarbonate. It’s CO2 that dilates the vessels so more O2 is delivered and that is just one effect of increased CO2 levels. Cancer hates oxygen as well as disliking an alkaline pH, so to dismiss baking soda as a treatment for cancer is ludicrous. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is as common as aspirin in pharmacies world over but even the most intelligent doctors fail to see it as the powerhouse medicine that it is. Tumor cells 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. A number of studies have shown that the extracellular pH in cancers is typically lower than that in normal tissue and that an acidic pH promotes invasive tumor growth in primary and metastatic cancers. The external pH of solid tumors is acidic as a consequence of increased metabolism of glucose and poor perfusion. Acid pH has been shown to stimulate tumor cell invasion and metastasis in vitro and in cells before tail vein injection in vivo. Increased systemic concentrations of pH buffers lead to reduced intratumoral and peritumoral acidosis and, as a result, inhibit malignant growth. Increased serum concentrations of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) can be achieved via oral intake. Reduction of tumor acid concentrations significantly reduces tumor growth and invasion without altering the pH of blood or normal tissues. 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 reduces the rate of lymph node involvement and significantly reduces the formation of hepatic metastases. Acid pH is shown to increase the release of active cathepsin B, an important matrix remodeling protease. Bicarbonate turns to CO2 easily when dissolved in water as it enters the stomach but few know that cancerous tissue turns bicarbonate into carbon dioxide. All cancer has a lower pH, meaning it is more acidic than surrounding tissue. In more acidic tumors, more bicarbonate is converted into carbon dioxide. KIDNEYS Sodium bicarbonate is not only an excellent agent for natural chemotherapy, bringing higher O2 levels through increased alkalinity to the cells, it is also one of the most basic medicines we have for kidney disease. Sodium bicarbonate can dramatically slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. Bicarbonate acts to stimulate the ATPase by acting directly on it. The simple household product used for baking, cleaning, bee stings, treating asthma, cancer and acid indigestion is so effective in treating kidney disease that it prevents patients from having to be put on kidney machines. The findings have been published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. A dialysis technician at the Renal Hypertension Unit in Tampa Florida, who was on dialysis himself for 2 years as a result of kidney failure, had his kidneys miraculously start functioning to the point where dialysis was no longer needed. He took oral doses of sodium bicarbonate throughout his treatment, and still takes it daily to prevent recurrences of kidney failure. Not everyone will be helped by taking bicarbonate, but those patients who have difficulty excreting acids, even with dialysis using a bicarbonate dialysate bath, oral bicarbonate makes all the difference. The exocrine section of the pancreas has been greatly ignored in the treatment of diabetes even though its impairment is a well documented condition. The pancreas is primarily responsible for the production of enzymes and bicarbonate necessary for normal digestion of food. Bicarbonate is so important for protecting the kidneys that even the kidneys get into the act of producing bicarbonate and now we know the common denominator between diabetes and kidney disease. The kidneys alone produce about two hundred and fifty grams (about half a pound) of bicarbonate per day in an attempt to neutralize acid in the body. When the body is hit with reductions in bicarbonate output by these two organs, acid conditions build and the entire body physiology begins to suffer. Likewise, when acid buildup outstrips these organs’ normal bicarbonate capacity, cellular deterioration begins. The kidneys monitor and control the acidity or “acid- base” (pH) balance of the blood. If the blood is too acidic, the kidney makes bicarbonate to restore blood pH balance. If the blood is too alkaline, then the kidney excretes bicarbonate into the urine to restore balance. Acid-base balance is the net result of two processes, first, the removal of bicarbonate subsequent to hydrogen ion production from the metabolism of dietary constituents; second, the synthesis of “new” bicarbonate by the kidney. Normal adults, eating ordinary Western diets, have chronic, low-grade acidosis which increases with age. This excess acid, or acidosis, contributes to many diseases and contributes to the aging process. Acidosis occurs often when the body cannot produce enough bicarbonate ions (or other alkaline compounds) to neutralize the acids in the body, formed from metabolism and drinking highly acid drinks like Coke, Pepsi, and even some bottled mineral water are way too acidic. Acid-buffering by means of base supplementation is one of the major roles of dialysis. Bicarbonate concentration in the dialysate (electrolyte bath) that passes through the artificial kidney to remove excess fluids and wastes from the blood, should be personalized in order to reach a midweek pre-dialysis serum bicarbonate concentration of 22 mmol/l. Use of sodium bicarbonate in dialysate has been shown in studies to better control some metabolic aspects and to improve both treatment tolerance and patients’ life quality. Bicarbonate dialysis, unlike acetate-free biofiltration, triggers mediators of inflammation and apoptosis. One of the main reasons we become acid is from over- consumption of protein. Mineral deficiencies are another reason and when you combine high protein intake with decreasing intake of minerals you have a disease in the making, through lowering of pH into highly acidic conditions. When protein breaks down in our bodies they break into strong acids. Unless a treatment actually removes acid toxins from the body and increases oxygen, water, and nutrients most medical interventions come to naught. These acids must be excreted by the kidneys because they contain sulfur, phosphorus or nitrogen which cannot break down into water and carbon dioxide to be eliminated as the weak acids are. In their passage through the kidneys, these strong acids take a basic mineral with them, because in this way they are converted into their neutral salts, and don’t burn the kidneys on their way out. This would happen if these acids were excreted in their free acid form. Bicarbonate ions neutralize the acid conditions required for chronic inflammatory reactions. Sodium bicarbonate is of benefit in the treatment of a range of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Sodium bicarbonate is a well-studied and used medicine, with known effects. Sodium bicarbonate is effective in treating poisonings or overdoses from many chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs by negating their cardiotoxic and neurotoxic effects. It is the main reason it is used by orthodox oncology – to mitigate the highly toxic effects of chemotherapy. Sodium bicarbonate possesses the property of absorbing heavy metals, dioxins and furans. Comparison of cancer tissue with healthy tissue from the same person shows that the cancer tissue has a much higher concentration of toxic chemicals, pesticides, etc. Sodium bicarbonate injection is indicated in the treatment of metabolic acidosis, which may occur in severe renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes, and circulatory insufficiency due to shock or severe dehydration, extracorporeal circulation of blood, cardiac arrest and severe primary lactic acidosis. The acid/alkaline balance is one of the most overlooked aspects of allopathic medicine. In general, the American public is heavily acid, excepting vegetarians, and even their bodies have to face increasing levels of toxic exposure, which help turn the body to acidic pH conditions. DIABETES Rather than focusing on the tissues or organs, we concentrate on the fluids that surround the tissues and organs. The cells or organs are only as healthy as the fluids in which they are bathed in. A highly acidic pH level (created by all the above) puts the pancreas, liver, and all the body’s organs at risk. Because of the important role played by the liver in removing acid waste from the body, liver function is particularly at risk when acids accumulate. When acidity prevents the liver and pancreas from regulating blood sugar, the risk of diabetes will increase. From prevention to treatment, and to part of a cure, common Baking Soda is an essential tool in working with diabetic and metabolic syndromes. It does not take the place of an alkaline diet and water but bicarbonate is a front line medicine that doctors and patients can employ orally and transdermally in baths. Low grade chronic metabolic acidosis exists normally in humans eating ordinary diets, and the degree of acidosis increases with age. Sodium bicarbonate injections are already indicated in the treatment of metabolic acidosis, which may occur in severe renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes, and circulatory insufficiency due to shock or severe dehydration, extracorporeal circulation of blood, cardiac arrest and severe primary lactic acidosis. But sodium bicarbonate can be used safely at home orally and transdermally (and should always be used with magnesium chloride for greatest effect) in all stages of diabetes. We have been forced to turn an evolutionary corner. Our bodies are so overwhelmed with cellular acid- waste that we simply do not handle acid waste the way we used to. Excess acidity is a condition that weakens all body systems. Excess acidity forces the body to borrow minerals – including sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium – from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and to safely remove it from the body. As a result, the body can suffer severe and prolonged ‘corrosion’ due to high acidity – a condition that may go undetected for years. Over-acidity affects virtually every person in Western societies because of our dietary and lifestyle choices and ecological exposure –creating our own “internal environment” where dis-ease can easily manifest, as opposed to a pH-balanced environment which allows for normal body functions – necessary for the body to resist dis-ease. The pancreas is one of our body’s organs charged with the awesome responsibility to “alkalinize” us … can you start to see how our serious acidosis has overwhelmed our pancreas’ ability to operate effectively, that then results in a state called “diabetes.” Not only does high acidity make you vulnerable to diabetes. The impact of diabetes on the body increases the level of acid waste. Therefore improper pH balance puts diabetics at greater risk for complications such as kidney failure, gangrene and blindness. A diabetic suffers from an excess of glucose in the bloodstream, glucose that cannot be delivered properly to the body’s cells due to lack of insulin. As the liver absorbs more and more of the excess glucose, its ability to remove toxins from the body becomes impaired. As the toxins multiply, the acid level in the body increases. Because glucose is not delivered properly to the body’s cells, the cells start to malfunction. They expel increasing amounts of acid waste. Some of the excess acid filters through the kidneys, causing damage that can lead to kidney failure. Some of the acid accumulates in the liver, further damaging the liver’s ability to remove toxins. Acid that is not filtered out or stored can attach to and harden the cell walls, further preventing the cells from absorbing nutrients. Eventually the cells die, starting with the glucose- dependent eyes and the extremities where it’s more difficult for nutrients to reach. Blindness and gangrene can result. Many different causes exist for the disease called Renal Tubular Acidosis which also causes the blood to become too acidic and leads to kidney failure if not treated early. Without proper treatment, chronic acidity of the blood leads to growth retardation, kidney stones, bone disease, chronic kidney disease, and possibly total kidney failure. In all cases, the first goal of therapy is to neutralize acid in the blood, and this is done with IV and oral sodium bicarbonate, though different treatments may be needed to address the different underlying causes of acidosis. A significant reduction of acids in your body can lead to organ regeneration and improved health. A diet that’s more alkaline can help you reverse the damage caused by acidity and diabetes. The right combination of fresh vegetable juices, for example, can help your body break down and destroy excessive acid waste. For a doubly-positive impact, eliminate refined carbohydrates from your diet. Not only do refined carbohydrates make it difficult to control your blood sugar balance, but they also increase your body’s acidity. Vitamin and mineral supplements specially formulated to balance pH are an important part of your strategy with spirulina, wheatgrass and barley juice on top of the list in this regard. These are actually the best full spectrum vitamin and mineral supplements. Real food, not synthetic supplements, are hugely more effective.
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