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The Myth of Curing Cancer Solely With an Alkaline pH
by Tony Isaacs
(The Best Years in Life)
I have seen many internet posts, reports
articles which say that cancer can be
cured, perhaps in a little as 4 days, if
a person simply reaches and maintains a
body pH of 8.0. This "cure" apparently
originated from Parhatsathid Nabadalunga,
better known as "Ted from Bangkok", who
has been a major contributor at the
Earth Clinic folk medicine site.
Though "Ted" has certainly contributed
some good information and advice at the
Earth Clinic, I find a "four day
alkaline cure" more than a little bit
dubious. It is a "cure" which has
been spread widely and, in my opinion,
one which has been much misused since it
was first posted. In addition to a
great many internet forums and advice
sites, it has also been used on many internet
sites which are selling or promoting
alkalizing products, books or test kits
which measure the pH of either urine or
The fact is that there has never been a single study which has shown that an alkaline pH alone - no matter what the pH level may be - can cure cancer. Despite a few anecdotal reports, neither this author nor anyone in my extensive list of people who write about cancer, research cancer and/or help people beat cancer have ever seen a serious case of cancer completely cured in just 4 days from an alkaline pH or any other method. Cancer does not arrive in an advanced state overnight and is it usually "cured" overnight - especially not if one considers a cure to be getting rid of all of the cancer throughout the body, eliminating the underlying root causes and keeping cancer at bay in the future.
The "four day alkaline cancer cure" recommends testing the pH of urine and that of saliva and averaging the two - and then endeavoring to keep the average at 8.0 or above for four days - something that "Ted" concedes takes "quite an effort". Perhaps it can be done and even done safely, but it is questionable whether or not one could use an average of urine and saliva pH's to accurately tell their body pH. The fact is that neither urine pH nor saliva pH are foolproof indicators of what a person's actual body pH may be and an average of the two may or may not give an accurate indication of body pH since the pH of both urine and saliva can vary widely from one hour to the next due to a number of circumstances.
The most important pH
measurement to use for overall body pH is the pH of the blood. That is what most people refer to when talking about body pH. Even that measurement does not tell what the pH is throughout the body since different
parts or systems of the body have a wide
pH range - some of which are almost
impossible to adjust to 8.0 - at least
not do so in a healthy manner. For
example, the stomach has a normal pH
range of 1.35-3.5. It is pretty much
impossible to raise that and other low
pH parts of the body to a pH of 8.0
without the body being in an acute state
Another claim made in the "alkaline cancer cure" is that cancer will not grow if the body's pH is maintained between 7.0 and 7.5. Again, this is a very dubious claim which has not been backed up by studies or actual observation. Though an acidic body is more prone to getting cancer, cancer can also gain a foothold and grow in people whose pH is within the normal 7.35 and 7.45 range. As cancer develops it does turn the body pH more acidic thanks to the lactic acid produced by glucose fermentation in the cancer cells, generally dropping initially to around 7.0 and then falling to 6.5 and even to 6.0 and below as the cancer reaches advanced stages. Thus, while it is important to try to increase pH when one has cancer, that does not mean that it cannot grow when the pH is above 7.0.
An alkaline diet and alkalizing CAN be valuable tools to help beat cancer
Note that I am not saying that cancer cannot be cured with a healthy alkaline diet or that alkalizing is not a useful tool against cancer. Studies have shown that people who eat alkaline diets consisting mostly of vegetables have a lower incidence of cancer, whereas people who have a more acidic diet including processed meats have a higher incidence. Cancer cells themselves are generally acidic and cancer tends to turn a body more acidic as it progresses, running the risk of potentially fatal acidosis. Thus it is important for people who are fighting cancer to eat a more alkaline diet and taking other alkalizing measures could also be helpful.
Though I do not recommend beating cancer
by diet alone, cancer has indisputably
been beaten with healthy diet programs a
great many times - and I do highly recommend a healthy alkaline diet. The question is
whether it is the cancer-fighting and
immune-boosting nutrients and other
compounds found in a healthy alkaline diet
which beat the cancer or simply an
alkaline pH. As cancer is being cured, there are fewer and fewer cancer cells producing less and less lactic acid and thus the act of curing the cancer results in higher more alkaline pH levels. Thus one could more accurately say that curing cancer is a cure for acidic pH rather than saying alkaline pH levels alone are a cure for cancer.
About the author
Tony Isaacs is a member of the National Health Federation and the American Botanical Council. He is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including "Cancer's Natural Enemy." Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at The Truth About Cancer, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador, Health Secrets, the Cancer Tutor, the Silver Bulletin, the New Zealand Journal of Natural Health, and several other venues. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella Isaacs forum. He is also the local moderator of the CureZone Cancer Alternatives forum. Tony and his partner Luella Isaacs host The Best Years in Life natural health website where their motto is "It's never too late or too early to begin living longer, healthier and happier lives."
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