“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, eight year old 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 that complications could arise during its surgical removal.
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 was suffering from nausea, constipation, abdominal pain, severe anemia, leg paralysis, constant infections, fever, hair loss, burned skin and weight loss.
By the fourth month of treatment, Josie’s 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 said 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 Dr Bernardo Majalca, a naturopath practicing out of San Deigo, CA, who offered them hope as well as a natural cure for Josie.
An introduction to Josie’s diagnosis as seen on ‘The Incurables’ television series
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 also rebuild her immune system. He describes more about his treatment plans in the video links below, and in his 16 page E-Book, which is also linked at the bottom of the page.
Josie could not eat any conventionally raised meat or dairy products, as well as nothing that is man-made. That meant no fast foods, soda, candy, fries, sugars, regular pasta, regular bread, or packaged/processed foods of any kind.
- According to Dr Majalca you can eat as many organic green vegetables as possible (except for green peas), as well red skinned potatoes (these are eaten with the skins on).
- The diet should include juicing and blending of fruits and vegetables because this is an easy way to get many servings into your diet, this is especially true when working with sick children.
- Raw vegetables are better than cooked, and if cooked, they should be lightly steamed only.
- 80% of your diet should be vegetables with only 20% meats, and that meat is allowed only if one needs to regain weight. Acceptable meats include wild caught fish, organic meats such as venison, buffalo, lamb, or a small amount of turkey.
- A drink that will help a person to put weight on (only if this is an issue): blend together organic whipping cream, coconut milk, almond milk and a little stevia; 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 store-bought item that is allowed, or you can make your own bread (gluten-free only). You can find Ezekiel bread in most grocery stores, Trader Joe’s, or at health food stores.
- Only organic eggs, and organic butter which is preferably made from raw milk (unpasteurized), if possible.
- The only oil that is allowed is extra virgin olive oil.
- The only salad dressing allowed is olive oil with vinegar, or olive oil with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
- You should drink lots of water with freshly squeezed lemon, with a little Stevia to sweeten, if needed.
1st juicing recipe (this was taken 2 x per day): this recipe should be increased for an adult using this therapy
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.
How Josie’s family made the avocado and carrot juice mixture which she had twice per day.
2nd juicing recipe (taken 2 x per day): this recipe should be increased for an adult using this therapy
- 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 her pH
Josie’s family started each day by measuring her saliva 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 you must wait at least two hours after eating or drinking to ensure that the food that was consumed does not alter the test results. To test you should first cleanse the mouth by filling it with saliva and then either swallowing or spitting it out. Then fill the mouth a second time with saliva and place the test strip on the tongue for 10 seconds.
The testing strip will change colors based on the results. Use the insert from the package to determine the corresponding pH and continue to 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 may fluctuate throughout the day, this is normal. Additionally, it takes time to raise the pH, sometimes taking up to 12 weeks to move into an alkaline state.
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. Dr Bernardo mentions an liquid supplement on page 2 of his e-book called Asea which he says can help to bring the pH up to 7.5 within 7-10 days, something to think about if time is a concern for you.
Your goal is to reach 7.2 – 7.4 and then hold that level until the cancer is gone.
Fresh air and sunlight- Her family reports that Josie had access to plenty of fresh air and sunlight everyday. This means that her body was naturally producing vitamin D from that sun exposure. Spending a short time in the mid-day sun (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- 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 its natural minerals intact which makes this water more alkaline than standard tap water. Check out Find A Spring which is a national database to locate public access springs near you, or you can find spring water from your local store.
Alkaline water recipes- Another option would be to drink water that has been filtered with a reverse osmosis mechanism and has the minerals added back into it. Reverse osmosis water is acidic unless it is equipped with a final mineralization filter 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 similar systems 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 2 organic lemons along with a tsp of Himalayan Sea Salt to one gallon of water, or by adding Minerals Drops into 1 gallon of the filtered water and storing this in the refrigerator. Mineral drops don’t taste very good so you may need to add Stevia Extract or lemons to flavor this water to make it more palatable.
Water can also be made alkaline by adding 1/2 tsp of sodium bicarbonate (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. Limit sodium bicarbonate to 3 tsp per day.
Josie’s cancer is healed- Josie’s family reports that they had scheduled Josie to have an MRI when she was released from care and they decided to keep that appointment. To everyone’s astonishment the MRI showed that the tumor had shrunk by 75%. Josie continued on with the fresh vegetable juices and the rest of her diet program until the results from an additional 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 his 16 page E-Book which details the diet that he would prescribe. You will find to that link at the bottom of the page.
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.
Dr Judy Seeger on pH and cancer
Link to Dr Majalca’s e-book for more information on diet and other therapies
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
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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