Oral Dosages of Bicarbonate
Many people write to me asking about dosages for sodium
bicarbonate and I tell them to read
Sodium Bicarbonate - Rich Man's Poor Man's Cancer Treatment.
Below is some information from that chapter with some additional
information that I hope people will find useful. I have resisted
responding to many people in this regard for there are many
variables one has to consider when addressing the issue of
dosages and this type of question is best answered by ones
personal healthcare provider.
The best guidance for dosages for sodium bicarbonate is
provided by one's own urinary and salivary pH, which one takes
in the morning or several times during the day when doing a
heavy course of dosages for cancer or other serious diseases.
One needs to buy inexpensive pH paper strips for this. Because
Natural Allopathic Medicine is designed for self
administration I include as much information in my books as
possible so people can find their way without having to depend
on physicians but again it is always helpful to have good
support when treating serious conditions.
There is no question that
plasma bicarbonate concentrations are shown to increase after
oral ingestion. The most important effect of bicarbonate
ingestion is the change in acid-base balance as well as blood pH
and bicarbonate concentration in biological fluids.1
In Europe, spa-goers drink bicarbonate-rich water to heal
ulcers, colitis and other gastric disorders. Ingesting
bicarbonate by way of bathing stimulates circulation, possibly
benefiting those with high blood pressure and moderate
While the body does have a homeostatic mechanism which
maintains a constant pH 7.4 in the blood, this mechanism works
by depositing and withdrawing acid and alkaline minerals from
other locations including the bones, soft tissues, body fluids
and saliva. Therefore, the pH of these other tissues can
fluctuate greatly. Some believe the pH of urine remains at the
acidic end of the scale because it is a reflection of the body
eliminating unwanted acids, and therefore is not an accurate
measure of the body's pH. The pH of saliva offers us a window
through which we can see the overall pH balance in our bodies.
When healthy, the pH of blood is 7.4, the pH of spinal
fluid is 7.4, and the pH of saliva is 7.4. Thus the pH of saliva
parallels the extra cellular fluid. The pH of the non-deficient
and healthy person is in the 7.5 to 7.1 slightly alkaline range.
The range from 6.5, which is weakly acidic to 4.5, which is
strongly acidic represents states from mildly deficient to
strongly deficient, respectively. Most children are at a pH of
7.5. If the saliva pH is too high, the body may suffer from
excess gas, constipation and production of yeast, mold and
The following testimonies from the bicarbonate book
highlight bicarbonate's use as a pain reliever: "After suffering
from a 4 hour long blinding headache for which nothing I took
brought any relief, I tried the sodium bicarbonate, 1 tsp mixed
in a glass of water. Within a few short minutes I could feel
the headache abating and within the hour it was completely
relieved! I tried this again when another headache occurred,
and it worked just as miraculously." "This is the best pain
reliever of all the ones I have been trying. I am amazed that
something so simple would be so potent! I haven't exceeded 7 a
day; but wish I could. It takes the pain away for about 2
hours. Nothing seems to work more then 2 hours at a time."
Sodium bicarbonate can be used orally in doses of 1/2 tsp
in 4 oz of water every two hours for pain relief as well as
gastrointestinal upset, not to
exceed 7 doses per day. That's basically
the recipe on every box of Arm and Hammers sold in every
supermarket in the country.
Here are the exact instructions for oral use from the Arm
and Hammer baking soda package. Directions:
Add 1/2 teaspoon to 1/2 glass (4 fl. oz.) of water every 2
hours, or as directed by physician.
Dissolve completely in water. Accurately measure 1/2
Do not take more than the following amounts in 24 hours:
--Seven 1/2 teaspoons.
--Three 1/2 teaspoons if you are over 60 years.
Do not use the maximum dosage
for more than 2 weeks.
Each 1/2 teaspoon contains 616 mg sodium.
Dr. Parhatsathid Nabadalung, "The best time to take it is
whenever your pH is most acidic, which is during the night. It
is best used when pH is around 5.6-5.9 (urinary). However if the
pH is below that then somewhat stronger alkalinity is needed. In
which case, I turn to potassium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate
and sodium bicarbonate mixture. So if you take these, then both
your salivary and urinary pH optimum should aligned close to
each other. The usual dosage for me is 1/2 teaspoon (of
potassium bicarbonate), 1/2-1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate,
now if my pH is very acid, I add 1/8 teaspoon of potassium
Dr. Napatalung began using baking soda as far back as 1969
to relieve colds and various ailments including cancer. Dr.
Reams began using lemon formula with bicarbonate to treat in the
70s thousands of cancer patients to effect changes in the basic
biological terrain. As to the alkalization formula Dr.
Napatalung has used citrates, carbonates, bicarbonates,
potassium, sodium, and magnesium. One can read many comments
apple cider vinegar
with bicarbonate as well as some people's
personal struggles at the Earth Clinic site.
One of the great questions for cancer patients when
considering oral intake of bicarbonate is whether or not to take
it with maple syrup, molasses, honey, just water or even with
lemon. This question is important for patients with cancer for
often their cells are starving for glucose and perhaps because
the sugar acts as a kind of Trojan horse getting the cancer
cells to open their mouths wide. Then the increased O2 enters
more easily. This topic is presented in depth in my book.
Though I have published about the folk formula using maple
syrup I do not recommend that. I recommend either black strap
molasses (because you don't have to cook it and because of its
rich mineral status) or just with mineral or distilled water.
Bicarbonate with molasses fulfills the role of the glucose,
which Dr. Simoncini always used when giving bicarbonate
intravenously. Distilled water is excellent for treating disease
"if" one adds bicarbonate and some pure magnesium chloride to it
to enrich and harden it. One could even add a bit of sodium
thiosulfate. When our water becomes a medicine benefits flow
that are retarded when ones air and water supplies are tainted.
Many ask what a maintenance dosage would be or a cancer
prevention dosage. Again this would vary widely but one teaspoon
split into two dosages could be a standard but one still has to
measure ones pH for guidance. Sodium bicarbonate is not a
substitute for an alkaline diet nor is it a substitute for
exercise and proper breathing which both increase a persons CO2
levels and thus O2 levels.
One practices strong medicine if one is in tune with ones
own pH levels and use that as a guiding light in terms of
dosages. Such a simple method can compete with so many tests
that allopaths are obligated to do at great expense to the
patient or society that pays for them. And still all these
official tests ignore something so basic to human health.
My recommendation is to always use bicarbonate in one way
or another because our world is acidic, our food, air and water
and even emotions tend to be acidic. I brush my teeth and load
up my water pick with bicarbonate and use it as a deodorant as
well as take perhaps a half teaspoon a day when I am paying
attention to my health. Whenever there is a health problem I
always include it in my protocols for one can hardly go wrong
with it. That said it is important to realize that there can be
side effects and that one has to monitor with applied
sensitivity their feelings and reactions to whatever one takes.
A major point I make in the book is that bicarbonate is
best taken in conjunction with other medical and healing
substances. The primary substance we need to think about, when
taking bicarbonate, is magnesium chloride. The two together
offer tremendous returns for they cooperate together right down
to the mitochondrial level meaning they make the perfect
Important Notes and pH
What ph level should we get the urine or saliva up to?
Your ph can go too high, which also invites certain illnesses
and imbalances in the body, and this is the purpose of the
monitoring with the pH paper - to keep ph in a proper, healthy
range. For our purposes with my protocol we will measure urine
and saliva pH and depending on how closely you want to monitor,
this can be more than several times a day. In Sodium
Bicarbonate, Rich Man's Poor Man's Cancer Treatment there
is a model provided by a gentleman who used bicarbonate and
black strap molasses. His testimony tracks his pH testing and
bicarbonate dosage with the attempt and success of reaching
urinary pH readings of over 8. The idea though is not to keep it
there nor maintain proper pH through the use of bicarbonate
alone. There is no compensation for a lack of exercise, improper
breathing and bad dietary choices. Using bicarbonate
indefinitely as compensation will not yield desirable results.
That said, in our toxic polluted acidic world sodium bicarbonate
should be held close by and used in a variety of different ways
for oral and overall body care.
When you take your saliva pH, take it at least one hour
before or 2 hours after you eat. Take measurements 2-3
times a day so you can get a feel for what your average is.
pH levels in your saliva can be affected by bacteria in
your mouth as well as food you recently ate. In a perfect world
with all other health parameters in place, the "averaged" pH of
both urine and saliva will be right around what? That's a good
question and is best answered perhaps not by a pH strip but by
ones optimum feelings and state of being. Some people think
that a pH as low as 6.4 is a good urinary target but there are
some large assumptions that can put us into doubt about this.
Getting this one right is important because Oxygen levels in the
body are directly related to pH. Increasing pH from 4 pH to 5 pH
increases oxygen to the cells by ten fold. From a 4 to a 6
increases oxygen by 100 times and raising pH from 4 pH to 7 pH
increases oxygen levels by 1,000 times.
When body pH drops below 6.4, enzymes are deactivated,
digestion does not work properly; vitamins, minerals
and food supplements cannot effectively assimilate.
Understand that pH can move all over the place.2
This is so because most individuals "total alkalinity" is not
very strong and that is exactly what bicarbonate therapy as well
as exercise, dietary sanity and good breathing promote, total
alkalinity. So for instance two hours after a meal you may find
the urine going acid as it is a reflection of the meals acid
components pushing the pH. Now really, with life threatening
situations especially, we don't want to be eating meals with
large acid components so our urinary drift into the acidic with
meals can be very mild if one is eating and even fasting
The food we consume stores the flame of the sun. The more
perfect our body's biological terrain, the more capacity we have
to extract that flame to give us vibrant health and energy.
Likewise we can eat close to the sun. Spirulina, for instance,
from a esoteric energetic perspective can be viewed as
practically crystallized sunlight that is most easy for the body
to extract from. Its one of the reasons it makes a perfect
survival food but as a mono fasting food it practically becomes
the perfect medicine. When we eat this way or raw food our
intake is highly alkaline so the acids being cleared in the
urine would be more from the detoxification of the tissues than
from the food.
Sustained high urine pH is not what we are looking for
though we do want to maintain "total alkalinity." One does not
want to go over the deep edge with an alkaline urinary
obsession. Some practitioners say you do not want to see urine
above 6.5 for long periods of time and we should expect urinary
changes up and down strongly depending on ones diet. We should
not be surprised or disturbed when we see urinary pH getting
down into the 5 range sometimes as this is a reflection of
kidney capacity and it shows metabolic acids can and are being
removed from the system. You want your urine able to move acid,
and to essentially be acid when appropriate. If you are keeping
urine above 6.5 and day to day are into neutral pH (7) or above
numbers, this is actually not normal unless one is eating very
purely. But for cancer treatment we want to break past this and
establish a pH of around 8 for two weeks and then take a break
letting urinary pH fall. The chapter on pH in the bicarbonate
book deals in depth with this very important indicator of
Correct Magnesium Levels:
Highly absorbable magnesium chloride (magnesium oil) helps to
build necessary acid buffers. Magnesium is often lost in urine
as a consequence of too much acid in the body. If your urine is
too acid you are losing magnesium. Soak in a tub of warm water
with one cup or more of Magnesium (oil or flakes) and one cup of
baking soda. Use warm, not hot water especially for diabetic
patients, as the soak will cause vasodilation of all of the
surface blood vessels and they might faint when they stand up.
This soak will pull the acidic toxins out of the body and put
magnesium into the body (thus putting buffering alkaline
magnesium into the body's circulation) through the process of
Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
Director International Medical Veritas
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The average of the five days of saliva pH will give you
an idea whether your physiology is being dominated by
emotions. If emotional overload is a factor, this also
needs to be addressed to prevent the patient from being
disillusioned after trying to raise his/her urine pH and
not getting anywhere. A simple key is when the pH
readings vary greatly on arising each morning, It is
almost certain that anxiety is influencing the
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