Brain Cancer Healed with an Alkaline Diet (Josie Nunez)


Josie Nunez

“As the pH goes up, the lactic acid goes down which means the cancer activity is going down. The body repairs itself once it is given the stuff that it needs. Most doctors have no idea that nutrition has anything to do with cancer.”  Dr Bernardo Majalca

After months of experiencing a variety of symptoms and illnesses, Josie Nunez was diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma of the brain and spine in February of 2008.  She immediately underwent surgery to remove the massive tumor that was pressing against her brain stem, but a second tumor that was located on her spine could not be operated on due to its sensitive location and the high probability of complications that the removal might cause her.
After having a 6 week post-operative recovery period, Josie began six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy which was followed by a one month break and then a second round of chemotherapy which her doctors said would last for an additional 6 months.  It wasn’t long before the second round of  treatments began taking a toll on her little body and her parents reported that she suffered from nausea, constipation, abdominal pain, severe anemia, leg paralysis, constant infections, fever, hair loss, burned skin and weight loss.
By the fourth month of treatments, the doctors said that her spinal tumor had disappeared, however she then relapsed with a second brain tumor. At this point, doctors recommended that her family make arrangements for hospice care and that they should make the best of their final days together.
Upon hearing the devastating news,  Josie’s parents began frantically searching the internet for anything that could help their daughter and through a mutual friend they found Bernardo Majalca, a naturopathic doctor practicing out of San Deigo, CA, who offered them hope as well as a natural cure for Josie.

When Josie first met with Dr Majalca she weighed only 40 pounds and was very weak.  After assessing Josie he determined that she wasn’t dying from the cancer but was actually dying from acidosis, and that only by addressing this issue would her body finally be able to heal.  He then prescribed an alkalizing diet which included drinking 4 freshly made juices per day which would help her body to detoxify and then rebuild her immune system.  He describes more about his treatment plans in the video links below, and in the 16 page E-Book that is also linked at the bottom of the page.

Alkalizing Diet

The diet prescribed for Josie-  She could not eat any conventionally raised meat or dairy products, as well as anything that was man-made. That meant no fast foods, soda, candy, fries, sugars,  regular pasta, regular bread, or processed foods of any kind.

1st juicing recipe (taken 2 x per day):

1/2 mashed avocado mixed together with 8 oz of freshly made carrot juice, both are mixed together with a wooden spoon because metal can destroy some of the beneficial enzymes. They show how to make this recipe in the video that is linked below.

2nd juicing recipe (taken 2 x per day):

  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 cup of raw broccoli
  • 1/2 inch slice of fresh pineapple (not canned)
  • 1/2 of a beet
  • handful of cilantro
  • 1/4 inch slice of ginger
  • 1/2 inch slice of Daikon radish
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 5 asparagus spears
  • run all items through a juicer

Testing pH

Measuring Josie’s saliva pH-  Josie’s family started each day by measuring her pH before she ate or drank anything using Ph Test Strips.   Test strips can be purchased online or from a health food store. The range for saliva pH is considered to be 5.6 to 7.9 according to the International Journal of Drug Testing.  The first test of the day is taken immediately upon waking before eating or drinking anything, otherwise wait at least two hours after eating or drinking to ensure that the food consumed does not alter the test results.  To test you should cleanse the mouth by filling it with saliva and then swallow or spit it out.  Fill the mouth a second time with saliva and place the test strip on the tongue for 10 seconds.

The strip will change colors based on the results.  Use the insert from the package to determine the corresponding pH and monitor this 4 times per day to get a clear picture of what is going on inside of your body.  You will find that your pH will fluctuate throughout the day, this is normal.  Also it takes time to raise the pH, sometimes up to 12 weeks to become alkaline. 

Dr Majalca said that cancer thrives in a pH of 5.5 or lower.  When Josie’s family first started testing her saliva it wasn’t even registering on the strip because the lowest mark was 5.5 and she was well below that.  It took at least 3 weeks before Josie was able to register above the 5.5 mark and then she slowly moved her way upwards. Dr Majalca says that when your saliva pH reaches 6.8 the cancer will stop growing, anything above that and the cancer begins to die.  Their goal was to lift Josie’s pH to at least 7.2 – 7.4.  It took a total of 8 weeks of being on a strict alkaline diet before Josie actually reached the 7.2 mark, she then had to hold herself at the level until she was confirmed to be cancer free.


Your goal is to reach 7.2 – 7.4.

Fresh air and sunlight-  Her family reports that she also had access to plenty of fresh air and sunlight everyday.  This means that her body was producing vitamin D from the sun exposure.  Spending a short time in the mid-day sun (20- 30 minutes) can produce the equivalent of 10,000 IU or more of vitamin D.   People looking to use the sun for vitamin D manufacturing should have at least 20 minutes of high noon sun exposure, per day, without the use of sunscreens as they will reduce the bodies ability to produce vitamin D by 95%, and most contain harmful chemicals which are absorbed into the skin.  The key here is sensible sun exposure, you don’t want to burn.   Read more about vitamin D.

Fresh water and alkaline water-  Josie drank about 30 ounces of  *spring water daily.   For for an adult that would be equivalent to 10 glasses of water per day.  *Spring water does not contain added fluoride or chlorine compounds and it has the natural minerals in it which makes this water more alkaline that regular tap water. Check out Find A Spring which is a national database to locate public access springs near you, or you can purchase bottled spring water at your local store.

Another option would be to drink water that has been filtered with a reverse osmosis mechanism with the minerals added back into it.  Reverse osmosis water is acidic unless it has a mineral filter stage such as this one.   Regular maintenance is required on this type of filtration system as the filters needing to be changed regularly.  If you are not a mechanically inclined individual, many companies offer to rent the system for a monthly fee and then they come to your home and do all of the maintenance for you.  Check your business pages for more information.

Other ways to add minerals back into reverse osmosis water would be to slice up a organic lemon along with a tsp of Himalayan Sea Salt to one gallon of water, or by adding Minerals Drops into filtered water and storing this in the refrigerator.  Additionally, water can be made alkaline by adding 1/2 tsp of baking soda to an 8 ounce glass of water.  This should be taken away from mealtimes as it will disrupt digestion, or taken at bedtime when you don’t have to worry about food intake. This should be limited to 3 tsp per day.

Josie’s cancer is healed-  Josie’s family reports that they had previously scheduled an MRI for Josie when she was released from care, and to everyone’s astonishment the results of the MRI showed that the tumor had shrunk by 75%.   Josie continued on with the fresh vegetable juices and diet program until the results from a second MRI confirmed that the tumor was completely gone.  Her family received the amazing news on February 3, 2009, approximately one year after her original diagnosis.

Dr Bernardo Majalca-  Dr Bernardo passed away in 2010. Please watch the video links that are posted below of Dr Bernardo discussing the treatment plans that he would prescribe for his patients, and then read the 16 page E-Book detailing more of his treatment plan.

An introduction to Josie’s diagnosis as seen on ‘The Incurables’ television series


How Josie’s family made the avocado and carrot juice mixture which she had twice per day.


Dr. Bernardo Majalca N.D. describes how he treats cancer by reversing the acidosis of the body and by addressing emotional issues.


Part 2 of Dr Majalca’s lecture on acidosis.

Additional Resources:

Dr. Bernardo’s Basic Diet:  According to Dr Bernardo you can eat as many organic green vegetables as possible (except for green peas), as well red skinned potatoes (eaten with the skins).  Include juicing and blending of the fruits and vegetables because this is an easy way to get many servings into your diet, especially when working with sick children.  Raw vegetables are better than cooked, and if you do cook them they should be lightly steamed only.  80% of your diet should be vegetables with only 20% meats, and that meat is only allowed if one needs to regain weight.   Acceptable meats include wild caught fish, organic venison, buffalo, lamb, or small amounts of turkey.  A drink that will also help a person to put weight on if this is an issue: organic whipping cream, coconut milk, almond milk and a little Stevia Extract, this will taste like a vanilla shake.   If you bake anything you must use stevia in place of sugar and use a gluten free mix instead of wheat flour.  For example:  pancakes can be made with buckwheat flour.  Ezekiel sprouted bread is the only one allowed by Dr Bernardo, or bread that is homemade without gluten or preservatives.  Only organic eggs and organic butter are allowed and should be raw (unpasteurized) if possible.   The only oil allowed is extra virgin olive oil. The only dressing you can have is olive oil and vinegar, or olive oil with a squeeze of fresh lemon on it.    Drink lots of water with freshly squeezed lemon, with a little Stevia to sweeten if needed.  Nothing can be packaged or processed.   Link to Dr Majalca’s e-book for more on the diet and other therapies he prescribed to heal cancer

Read an article on pH and cancer

Read an article on juicing

Read an article on sugar and cancer

Read Jessica’s story of healing terminal breast cancer with an alkaline diet

Megan Sherow heals brain cancer with a simplified raw vegan diet

Access the library of testimonials

Link to the website set up by Josie’s parents to share the therapies their daughter used


Dr Judy Seeger on pH and cancer


Ph Test Strips Dispenser – .2 Intervals for Accurate Saliva or Urine PH Testing – Immediate Results

The Ultimate pH Solution: Balance Your Body Chemistry to Prevent Disease and Lose Weight

The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet, Second Edition : An Innovative Program that Detoxifies Your Body’s Acidic Waste to Prevent Disease and Restore Overall Health

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    • Yes, Josie is alive and doing well. She is 15, and the health problems that she deals with now are due to the chemotherapy and radiation that she was exposed to. You can find contact information listed on the last page of the parents website. Link is in the post. You can contact them by email.

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