“If one has cancer, chances are pretty good that one also has a fungal infection to one degree or another.” Doug Kaufmann, author of the book The Fungus Link; Know the Cause.
The similarities between cancer and fungal infections
Cancer and fungal infections have many things in common: They both have anaerobic metabolism (without the presence of oxygen), they both feed on glucose, and they both respond to the same treatments. Because of these similarities, some people have come to believe that cancer may actually be a form of a fungal infection of the body.
According to The Home Medical Encyclopedia, in 1963 about one-half of all Americans suffered from an “unrecognized” systemic fungal condition. Far more Americans are suffering from fungal infections today as a result of antibiotic use, hormone replacement therapies and birth control pills which will all have detrimental side effects on the immune system. Additionally, more and more children are becoming infected with candidal meningitis or viral meningitis, which may be a sign that their immune systems are suffering under the weight of fungi infections.
With increasing frequency, more and more medical professionals are recognizing the presence of severe fungal infections in patients with cancer, and most of these fungal infections are caused by the opportunistic fungi known as Candida, Aspergillus, and the pathogenic fungi Cryptococcus neoformans. It is known that intensive Care Units are always on alert for immuno-compromised and oncology patients for the development of fungal infections. “Patients with brain tumors used to have a life expectancy of 3-12 months, but better treatment has allowed them to live a bit longer,” said Brenda Shelton, clinical nurse specialist at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. “The last two brain tumor ICU patients we treated died of infection, not of their disease. One patient had a rare fungus, and the other had candidemia. Years ago, you would not see most of these fungal infections in patients with brain tumors because they would not live long enough.”
“The biggest misconception is the belief that fungal infections are rare,” Shelton said. “Another misconception is that fungal infections are like every other severe infection. They are harder to manage, harder to eradicate and more frequent than people realize.” One of the most common complications involved in treating patients with hematoligic (blood) cancer is fungal infections. Author and researcher, Doug Kaufmann theorizes that a systemic fungal infection of the blood can closely resemble that of a leukemic condition and doctors who are not trained in this can easily confuse the two. He claims that when children with documented cases of leukemia changed their diets to eliminate fungal-containing foods, they were able to reverse the symptoms of their leukemic disease. Other doctors who have studied the connection between the two have come to similar conclusions including Dr Marc Bielski, who stated that ‘leukemia, whether acute or chronic, is intimately associated with the candida albicans yeast, which mutates into a fungal form when it overgrows.’ Another doctor, Meinolf Karthaus, observed three children suddenly go into remission upon receiving a triple anti-fungal drug cocktail that was prescribed to treat their “secondary” fungal infections. You can also read this article about a woman diagnosed with leukemia, but a 2nd opinion reveals that it was a systemic fungal infection. You can read more about Kaufmann’s work with diet and fungal infections with this link
Dr. Wang and Dr. Groopman, from the Environmental Health Sciences Department at Johns Hopkins University, recently published a paper on the effects of mold toxins on DNA in the cancer journal, Mutation Research. They said mycotoxins with carcinogenic potency include aflatoxins, sterigmatocystin, ochratoxin, fumonisins, zearalenone, and some Penicillium toxins. Aflatoxin is a mold that is commonly found growing on peanuts and other grains and is considered one of the most carcinogenic substances. Studies have shown that aflatoxin exposure has been demonstrated to be a culprit in the development of liver cancer, and research now indicates that samples taken from breast tumors may have higher levels of aflatoxin-adduct levels than normal tissue taken from the same individuals.
Dr Robert Young, the author of The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health states that, “Bacteria, yeast/fungi, and mold are not the cause of a cancerous condition, but are the result and the evidence of cells and tissues biologically transforming from a healthy state and into an unhealthy state.” Dr. Young astutely observed that, “Over-acidification of the body leads to the development of chronic yeast and fungal infections and ultimately a cancerous condition of the cells and tissues.”
Dr. Simoncini does not say that cancer is caused by yeast; but that the cancer is actually the overgrowth of the yeast.
Bicarbonate of Soda, or baking soda as it is more commonly known, is a simple low-cost substance that can be used as remedy for a variety of ailments and chronic diseases. It is widely used in emergency rooms and intensive care wards in its injectable form, and more recently has been recommended by doctors such as Tullio Simoncini and Mark Sircus for the treatment of cancer.
Dr. Simoncini, an oncologist from Rome, has pioneered the use of using an injectable form of sodium bicarbonate therapy as a means to treat cancer. The fundamental theory behind this treatment lies in the fact that despite a number of variable factors, the formation and spreading of tumors is simply the result of the presence of a simple fungal infection. Sodium bicarbonate, unlike other anti-fungal remedies to which the fungus can become immune, is extremely diffusible and retains its ability to penetrate the tumor. Furthermore, due to the speed at which the sodium bicarbonate disintegrates the tumor, it is quickly rendered defenseless.
Although the use of sodium bicarbonate in oncology might be relatively new, perhaps its success is due to the fact that it is able to flood the cancer cell with alkalinity and oxygen, thus reversing the hypoxia (which is a lack of oxygen) that is always associated with cancerous tissue. Another theory is that it cancerous tissue always has a much higher concentration of acids than normal tissue, and sodium bicarbonate possesses the ability to neutralize this acid.
How sodium bicarbonate reacts around cancer
Malignant tumors represent masses of rapidly growing cells. The rapid growth rate experienced by these cells means that cellular metabolism proceeds at a very high rate. To fuel this growth, cancer cells are using a lot more glucose to generate their energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Some of the compounds that are formed from this high rate of energy production include lactic acid and pyruvic acid.
Under normal circumstances, these compounds are cleared and utilized as soon as they are produced. But cancer cells are experiencing metabolism at a much faster rate, therefore, these organic acids accumulate in the immediate surroundings of the tumor. The high level of extracellular acidity around the tumor is one of the chief driving forces behind the metastasis of cancer tumors as the cancerous cells prefer an acidic environment which allows them to grow and spread rapidly. Some alternative cancer experts believe that buffering the micro-environment around the tumor with an alkalizing compound then the pH of tumors can be raised enough to begin to starve them, therefore stopping their growth and spread.
Using baking soda and lemons to relieve cancer pain:
Cancer pain can be related to the buildup of lactic acid around cancerous tumors, therefore neutralizing this acid can offer relief from cancer related pain. Even though lemons are acidic, they will cause an alkaline reaction in the body following digestion. You can neutralize the lactic acid buildup by drinking 2 cups of filtered water combined with 1/2 tsp of baking soda and the juice of one lemon and a little stevia (if needed). This will cause an alkaline tide (which is a natural release of sodium bicarbonate within the body) which will neutralize the lactic acid build up and relieve cancer related pain.
Anyone using sodium bicarbonate for any reason should be monitoring their saliva and urine pH to make sure that they do not go overboard. The goal for saliva pH is 7.2- 7.4 and urine balanced point is 6.2. This is explained more below.
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is high in meats, dairy, soda, processed foods, fast foods, poor quality fats, sugars, chemical additives, sodium, and is generally very low in nutrients. When we consume the SAD diet, we are setting ourselves up for disease by creating an ideal low-oxygen, acidic environment for cancer to grow.
Dr Otto Warburg stated this in the 1920’s regarding the respiration of normal cells vs cancerous. “The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. All normal body cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation.”
Normal, healthy cells respirate by burning oxygen with a small amount of glucose in order to produce their energy; this is aerobic respiration, or “with oxygen.” Warburg found that cancerous cells acquire their energy by breaking down large amounts of glucose through a process known as fermentation; this is anaerobically, or “without oxygen.” This change in energy production occurs when the cellular oxygen levels drop below 60%, and the respiration process of energy production is forced to make the switch over to the fermentation process in order for the cells to survive. How can we create a healthy environment for our cells? By changing the cellular environment to one that is alkaline and oxygenated.
pH refers to “potential of hydrogen” and is a measurement of whether your body is in an acidic, balanced or alkaline state. The pH scale runs from 1-14, with 7 being in the middle (or neutral). Anything lower than 7 would be within the acidic range, anything above 7 is within the alkaline range. Acidic foods will add hydrogen molecules to the body, therefore making your body more acidic, alkaline foods will remove hydrogen molecules from the body, thus making you more alkaline. When you ingest foods and liquids, the end product after digestion and assimilation of nutrients will result in either an acid or an alkaline-forming effect. These end products are often referred to as an acid-ash or alkaline-ash. All foods and beverages can then be considered either alkaline or acidic based on the ash that is created following digestion.
Acidic cells create an acidic body and an acidic body is a precursor for disease- A diet composed primarily of acid-forming foods inhibits nerve function, damages cells, and creates a low-oxygen environment for disease to thrive. Some signs of excess acidity will include fatigue with general aches and pains. Acidosis is especially problematic because it interferes with normal cell function. An example of this is in the production of white blood cells which are essential for a strong immune system. Poor functioning white blood cells are produced in acidic environments, thus making it easy for infections and diseases to take hold. People with a balanced pH are able to resist sickness and diseases because their body is naturally able to fight them off, while those who are overly acidic or overly alkaline will be more prone to illness.
Most of the foods that people are eating today fall into the acid-forming category. One way to begin to normalize your pH score would be to stop your consumption of the standard American diet and start eating a diet rich in fresh organic fruits and vegetables and by juicing a variety of raw leafy greens such as kale, chard, spinach, watercress, and wheatgrass, along with other vegetables and fruits. In addition to juicing you can drink plenty of spring water with fresh squeezed lemon juice which leaves behind an alkaline ash following digestion. Make it your goal to eat 80% alkaline foods, with only 20% acidic.
It is possible to test the pH of your saliva, and you will find instructions below on how to do so. Your goal when testing your pH is to be around 7.2- 7.4, this is the range where cellular oxygen is plentiful and you are slightly more alkaline than acidic. At this range you are naturally able to resist illness and disease, whereas people who are overly acidic or overly alkaline are more prone to sickness and disease. A common statement in regards to cancer and pH is that “most people who have cancer have an overly-acidic pH,” often measuring around 5.0.
Testing the pH
You can test your pH level using pH testing paper that are made for saliva and urine, they can be purchased from health food stores or online, and can be used to give you a measure of what is going on inside of your body. The proper strip to purchase is a narrow or short range strip, which will measure from 5.0 to 9.5 or so.
To test: The first test of the day is upon waking before eating or drinking anything, otherwise wait at least two hours after eating or drinking to ensure that the food that you have consumed does not alter your test results. Cleanse the mouth by filling it with saliva and then swallowing or spitting it out. Fill the mouth again with saliva and spit in onto a spoon. Then insert the test strip into the saliva for 10-15 seconds. The strip will change colors based on the results. Use the insert from the package to determine pH. Test 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 . Your goal is to register slightly more alkaline than acidic, around 7.2 to 7.4, it is at this level oxygen levels are plentiful.
How to test urine and saliva with litmus strip
Those with cancer are generally acidic, registering around a 5.5 or lower. If you are extremely acidic, you may not even be registering at all depending on how low the calibration of the strip is compared to your level of acidity. Additionally, it takes time to raise the pH from an acidic state to an alkaline range, sometimes taking weeks to even begin to register on the tape and then up to 12 weeks before you can reach your goal of 7.2- 7.4. It is at this level that oxygen is plentiful and cancer cells become inactive and begin to die. Once this level is reached, you must hold yourself there until the cancer is completely gone. It is important not to over-alkalize your body either as this can be just as detrimental to your health as being overly acidic. Also, please be aware that you cannot return to your old habits after having cancer. Make changes to your diet and lifestyle and plan on sticking with them for the long term.
Anyone using sodium bicarbonate to adjust their pH should be monitoring their saliva and urine pH to make sure that they do not over-alkalize. The goal for saliva is 7.2- 7.4 as discussed above, and for urine the balanced point is 6.2, although it is normal for the urine to be in the acidic range when it is tested in the morning and the body will become more alkaline as the day progresses.
Sodium bicarbonate is not appropriate for certain cancers and situations:
In general, most people who eat the standard American diet that is heavy in meats, dairy, refined wheat, sugar, processed foods, fast foods, soda, coffee, alcohol, etc. are going to be suffering from an acidic imbalance. Additionally, certain tumors are acidic in their makeup, these include the solid tumors such as those found in the breast, lung, stomach, pancreas, colon, liver, uterus, ovary, prostate, as well as skin cancers. People with solid tumors tend to do better when they adhere to eating an plant-based diet that consists of fresh or lightly cooked vegetables, juicing fresh vegetables, raw fruits, making fresh fruit smoothies, including a variety of nuts and seeds, along with complex carbohydrates. No red meats are allowed on this diet but it can include limited amounts of pastured eggs and wild caught fish, if animal proteins are needed. There may be some benefit by taking 1 tsp of sodium bicarbonate per day on an empty stomach to alleviate this excess acids, however if you read the link below the next paragraph you will see that the people who suffer from an acidic imbalance have weak stomach acids, so the harm of taking oral doses of sodium bicarbonate may be that it further weakens their stomach acids.
Other cancers are alkaline in their makeup, these include myeloma, leukemia, lymphoma, and soft tissue sarcomas. A person with an alkaline-based cancer should not use an overly alkaline diet or overly-alkaline therapy such as sodium bicarbonate as these may worsen their situation. People with these types of cancers tend to do better when they follow a diet that is more acidic, so they can include a moderate amount of clean animal proteins (higher fat red meats such as grass-fed beef, venison, and bison, along with organic chicken, wild-caught fish, and organic eggs), moderate amounts of healthy fats, fresh or cooked vegetables, fresh vegetable juices, fruits, nuts, seeds, with limited complex carbohydrates. You can read more details about specific diets and supplementation plans for specific cancers with this link.
Additionally, sometimes people may have an overly-alkaline imbalance that is due to something else. If your cancer-related pain worsens after taking sodium bicarbonate, or if you are experiencing a steady increase in your cancer-related pain as the day progresses, these may all be indications that your body is suffering from an alkaline imbalance. You can read more about how to remedy this situation with supplements and lipids this post.
Dosage and precautions:
- Do not use this protocol if you have leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, brain cancer, or soft tissue sarcomas as these are all alkaline-based tumors. Further alkalizing the body is not what you want to do with these cancers. You can read more about these cancers and how to treat them with this post.
- It is important to note that sodium bicarbonate depletes potassium, folate, and b12 levels so be sure to supplement with both if you are going to take sodium bicarbonate as part of your protocol.
- Only use sodium bicarbonate for the short term to make an adjustment to the pH and then discontinue use. You want strong stomach acids to properly break down foods and absorb their nutrients, baking soda has the potential to alter the stomach pH and this can cause more health problems for you. There are better ways to alkalize the body such as drinking lemon water, juicing fresh veggies, juicing wheatgrass, supplementing with trace minerals, and deep breathing to expel excess acids. You can read more about them with this post: Acid/alkaline balance.
- It is important not to drink the baking soda mixture with food or within 2 hours of eating food or taking supplements as it will interfere with digestion and your ability to break down nutrients. Perhaps taking this 1 hour before bed or in the early morning hours would be the most appropriate times to avoid that problem.
- Limit intake to only 1 tsp per day, always on an empty stomach.
- Excessive intake of baking soda can cause high sodium levels in the body (hypernatremia) and hypertension, metabolic alkalosis, congestive heart failure and edema triggered by high blood levels of sodium. Read more contradictions with this link.
- Do not combine baking soda with graviola, paw paw, MMS, DMSO, and some other protocols as it will render them ineffective
- Do not use if you are on a sodium restricted diet or if you have high blood pressure
- Do not combine with the use of antacids
- Ideally, you should consult a doctor before taking this.
- If sodium bicarbonate does not offer you relief from pain but only intensifies it, then please read this post.
Look for Natural Sodium Bicarbonate
Arm & Hammer and other commercial brands use a chemical process that turns mined trona ore into the soda ash, therefore look for natural brands that are mined directly and remain in an unprocessed state. Look for Bob’s Red Mill or something similar.
Combine this therapy with a healing diet and lifestyle changes