Introduction to Baking Soda Cancer Treatment Basics


The simplicity of the baking soda cancer treatment is deceptive. How can something that’s so widely available and affordable actually work to cure cancer? When my husband got melanoma, it was the first thing we used and at first I was also skeptical. But 3 days later, a spot that was bigger than the end of a pencil, dark blue/black and deeply penetrating lower levels of his skin at his temple literally dried up and fell off. This is how alkalinity affects cancer cells.

NOTE: This article focuses primarily on the treatment of cancer using sodium bicarbonate, but the sodium bicarbonate protocol can be used to treat a number of different health issues including:

Quick Summary

Sodium bicarbonate is widely available and extremely affordable. It can be used to increase the cancer patient’s pH to make the body more alkaline. A highly alkaline environment kills cancer cells.

Detailed Information

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate is a surprisingly useful tool for curing cancer. It’s not a protocol to be used alone as the sole treatment for cancer, but that’s true of all but a few cancer treatments in this book (Entelev, for example, should only be used alone). Still, sodium bicarbonate can quickly and safely turn the tide on a cancer diagnosis. It’s widely available, affordable, and effective and it works under the same basic principles of Cesium and High pH Therapy.  


According to Mark Sircus (an M.D. who wrote an entire book on Sodium Bicarbonate), sodium bicarbonate solutions are regularly used to lower the toxicity of chemotherapy treatments. Without the sodium bicarbonate solution to mitigate the toxicity of chemotherapy, most chemotherapy agents wouldn’t even be useful as “treatments” because they would kill patients right away. Chemotherapy has a remarkably low cure rate when used as a stand-alone treatment for cancer. It’s effectiveness at causing cancer remissions ranges from 2.1 to 2.3%. But in reality, this effectiveness rate statistically portrays not just chemo but chemo + sodium bicarbonate. Without sodium bicarbonate, the chemotherapy cure rate would be 0% [1][2].


Cesium is another substance that can be used to raise a person’s overall pH. By raising pH levels in the body, cancer cells are unable to continue fermenting glucose (their sole source of energy) and they die or revert back into normal, healthy cells. Cesium is a powerful tool for increasing human pH levels, but so is sodium bicarbonate. And sodium bicarbonate is widely available in grocery stores and pharmacies all over the world. Sodium bicarbonate and its cousins, magnesium bicarbonate, calcium bicarbonate, and potassium bicarbonate all have the ability to release bicarbonate ions in the blood thereby raising pH. These bicarbonate ions can create an alkaline environment throughout the body within 2 to 3 days which quickly leads to the death of cancer cells [1][9].

Dr. Brewer, the man who developed Cesium Therapy, noted the Warburg Effect when he developed his cancer treatment plan. In the 1920’s, Otto Warburg and his colleagues had noticed that cancer cells take up a tremendous amount of glucose in comparison with healthy cells. The Warburg Effect is a cancer cell phenomenon that involves an altered cellular metabolism where cancer cells increase their glucose uptake and ferment it to produce lactate even though there’s plenty of oxygen present for them to “breathe”. Though there’s plenty of oxygen present for the cell to produce as much energy as normal, healthy cells do, cancer cells opt to ferment glucose. All cancer cells ferment glucose, though some still breathe a little bit of oxygen. Normal cells do not ferment glucose but rather breathe oxygen as an integral part of the process of changing glucose into energy. The altered cancer cell metabolism creates an acidic environment inside and around the cancer cells which leads to the degradation of the cancer cell DNA in the nucleus of the cell. The loss of DNA controls, in turn leads to uncontrolled cell growth [3][4].


By alkalizing the environment surrounding cancer cells, the fermentation of glucose is brought to a screeching halt. An acidic environment is absolutely essential for the fermentation process to continue in cancer cells. Without fermentation, a cancer cell is not a cancer cell. That’s one reason why restoring alkalinity to the body and the interstitial fluids surrounding cancer cells causes them to stop metastasizing, die, or revert back to a normal cellular metabolism [1][4][5][12].


Baking soda is one of the biggest threats to the pharmaceutical industry because it’s affordable, accessible, and effective. But it’s also widely used in baking, as a deodorizer, and as an all-purpose cleaner. A Google search for “sodium bicarbonate cancer” provides a quick blip from Science Blog proclaiming that high doses of sodium bicarbonate can kill you. Indeed, this is true, but even water can kill you in high enough doses. “Science Blog” is inflating the situation to deter patients from giving Sodium Bicarbonate Therapy a try. Whenever The Cancer Industry poses the argument that a particular, potentially curative substance will kill a cancer patient in high doses, one has to consider how lethal chemo, radiation are in even the most minute doses. All substances have a lethal dose. Sodium bicarbonate is no different [12].  


Information about sodium bicarbonate as a cancer cure is actively suppressed by the mainstream media and medical establishment [12].


Safety and Effectiveness

A study published in Cancer Research, demonstrated that by alkalizing the pH of fluids surrounding cancer cells, metastases and tumor growth can be curtailed. In the study, every tumor stopped growing and metastasizing when the fluids surrounding it were alkalinized. According to the researchers, alkalinizing the fluids surrounding cancer cells can easily be accomplished through oral administration of sodium bicarbonate [10].


When you do the sodium bicarbonate protocol, bicarbonate ions detach from the sodium bicarbonate to facilitate glucose transport into cancer cells. This process helps magnesium reach the mitochondria and it creates alkaline conditions inside the cell, which can stop cancer cell growth. In addition, the presence of bicarbonate in the digestive system helps the pancreatic enzymes work more efficiently in the intestines. It also raises the pH of acidic inflammatory reactions in the body to reduce pain and swelling [1][12].

Sodium bicarbonate is naturally produced in the kidneys as a form of self-protection. Taking sodium bicarbonate helps protect the kidneys by neutralizing acids as they get ready to exit from the body [1].

Sodium bicarbonate is a non-toxic substance that can be used to raise the pH of the body within 2 to 3 days. A raw food, highly alkaline diet, in contrast, can take several weeks to raise the pH of the body [1]. To keep the body from becoming too alkaline, it’s important to use pH strips to test the body’s pH. If the pH of the body goes higher than 8.0, the patient should stop using the baking soda to allow the pH levels to go back down to 8.0 or lower [12].

The normal pH of the human body is 7.4 which is slightly alkaline. Cancer cells thrive at a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Patients doing the sodium bicarbonate protocol aim to raise their body’s urinary pH level to 8.0 and keep it there for 5 to 7 days in order to kill cancer cells. It’s usually recommended that patients do 2 weeks of the sodium bicarbonate protocol followed by a week off from the treatment to allow the body to rest at its normal pH and prevent symptoms of alkalosis (a blood pH that’s too high) [1].


In a study published in the Journal of Palliative Care, researchers used an infusion of Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) and sodium bicarbonate along with oral supplementation with ademethionine (S-adenosyl-L-methionine, also known as SAMe) to treat 9 patients with advanced biliary adenocarcinoma. All nine patients experienced 6-months of progression-free survival, improved pain control, improved quality of life, and no adverse reactions. Using conventional medical treatment, advanced non-resectable biliary tract carcinomas have a poor prognosis with poor response to chemotherapy so the results from this study demonstrate the potential power of sodium bicarbonate as well as DMSO in treating cancer [5].


Another study used a DMSO and sodium bicarbonate infusion to treat 18 patients with metastatic prostate cancer. After 90 days of treatment with the infusion, all the patients showed significant improvement in terms of their symptoms, blood and biochemistry tests, and quality of life. And they experienced no major side effects from the treatment. Given that orthodox medicine would recommend hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation and/or radioisotopes with only the hope that these treatments would improve the prostate cancer patients quality of life, the DMSO-sodium bicarbonate infusion is, according to the authors of the study, a rational alternative to conventional treatment [6] Consuming sodium bicarbonate orally (1 level tsp with 1 tsp. of honey 2 times per day), can have a significant impact on the progression of stage IV prostate cancer [1].


Another, separate study showed that DMSO and sodium bicarbonate infusions can greatly reduce the pain associated with cancers [7].


How Sodium Bicarbonate Is Administered

Sodium bicarbonate should always be used with magnesium and iodine supplements (use Iodoral or Lugol’s iodine) for the greatest effect [1][13].

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There are a variety of sodium bicarbonate protocols. Dr. Mark Sircus offers a discussion of the various treatment protocols in his book Sodium Bicarbonate: Nature’s Unique First Aid Remedy. The cancer treatment that he offers patients includes sodium bicarbonate along with glutathione, iodine, selenium, vitamin C, light, and heat [1].

Sodium bicarbonate can be administered:

  • Orally
  • Nasal rinse
  • Sore throat gargle
  • Mouth rinse/gargle (toothpaste replacer)
  • Douche
  • Enema
  • Transdermally
  • Intravenously
  • Injection
  • Nebulization [1].


Sodium Bicarbonate Protocol Basics

Below is a recommended protocol for adult patients. Other valuable sodium bicarbonate protocols are provided in Dr. Sircus’ book [1]:


1 level teaspoon of baking soda

1 glass of water


another glass of water


Mix the baking soda in an 8 ounce glass of water. Drink. Then drink another glass of water.


Week 1 – Drink this mixture 3 times a day

Week 2 – Drink this mixture 2 times a day

Week 3- Drink this mixture 1 time a day


Do this protocol once a month with at least one week off before cycling through it again [1].

Possible Negative Effects

Patients may experience alkalosis if their pH gets too high. Below are the symptoms of alkalosis:


  1. Nausea
  2. Numbness
  3. Muscle spasms and twitching
  4. Hand tremors [8].


Other Important Information

Avoid consuming baking soda within 30 minutes of a meal to avoid digestive issues [12].


There’s evidence that pH neutral tumors won’t respond to treatment with sodium bicarbonate because their neutral pH does not need to be neutralized by baking soda. However, more research is still being done to find out whether neutral pH tumors respond differently to sodium bicarbonate [1].


Using pH strips can help patients determine when they’ve achieved the desired pH level in the body.


Below are cancer treatment centers that offer sodium bicarbonate cancer therapy as part of a cancer protocol that also includes ozone therapy and intravenous vitamin C treatments [9]:


Oasis of Hope

Fraccionamiento Playas de Tijuana


22504 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico




Important Update:

A client with mycosis fungoides recently discovered that the use of baking soda and coconut oil (in a 50-50 ratio) can be used to get rid of the lymphoma rash known as Sezary Syndrome. This “miracle ointment” as some have called it, is also able to get rid of the steroid cream addiction rash as well. Read more about how to cure steroid cream addiction here. As a Sezary Syndrome cure, or as a cure for mycosis fungoides, be sure to follow the Baking Soda Protocol as outlined above in addition to applying the baking soda plus coconut oil at home remedy for lymphoma rash. Other cancer related rashes may also be similarly treated with the baking soda plus coconut oil recipe. Natural pain relief for lymphoma rash using baking soda and coconut oil often occurs within 24 to 48 hours of beginning treatment.


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