Steve Kroening sent out an interesting newsletter about how to help prevent cancer with baking soda. Though I usually write about beauty, this is a health tip that I think would interest most individuals. He mentioned a posting from Advanced Bionutritionals on Facebook which referred to Dr. Frank Shallenberger’s tip, “Drink a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of clean water three times a day and cure most cancers in weeks.”

As an educated consumer and ingredients sleuth, I have long known about how baking soda can help balance the pH of the body to help it become more alkaline. Tumors tend to thrive when the body’s pH is more acidic and baking soda can help alkalize the pH in the body to help fight cancer!  But recently, we’ve come to find out that this is not the only reason baking soda works!

Here’s what Steve Kroening writes: The scientific name for baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. Steve reports that though some individuals watch their sodium intake, sodium is an acid-neutralizer. In other words, if your pH is acidic, then you’re probably low on sodium. Taking some sodium bicarbonate wouldn’t create a salt imbalance. It would fix it. But Steve says that there’s more to the sodium story than just pH. 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. 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. 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.