so i was just reading doctor mercola's blog this morning and he was suggesting sodium bicarbonate, (aka baking soda, a simple mineral) as a remedy for the swine flu. his basic theory is that baking soda alkalinizes the body by helping to maintain the ph in the bloodstream. if the body has the right ph, the immune system can function properly, thus warding off potential viral attacks. this makes total sense to me as through my studies of acid and alkaline/ph balance i understand that the body, when too highly acid, becomes like a welcome mat to not only viral attacks, but cancers and all sorts of other diseases. the recommended doses are as follows:
* Day 1 -- Take six doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals * Day 2 -- Take four doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals * Day 3 -- Take two doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter ½ teaspoon in glass of cool water each morning until cold symptoms are gone
certainly it doesn't hurt to try this remedy, as baking soda is harmless. dr. mercola cautions to use bob's red mill baking soda, as it does not contain aluminum. arm and hammer does!
a book published by arm and hammer in 1924 states:
“In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the ‘Flu’ with the U. S. Public Health Service it was brought to my attention that rarely any one who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks.”
dr. mercola also goes on to reference the work done by dr. tullio simonici in treating cancers with injections of sodium bicarbonate. i am familiar with dr. simonici's work and if indeed baking soda diffuses tumors within a week, the medical community better start paying attention. unfortunately medicine is a big business and there isn't a lot of money to be made in cancer treatment if all it takes is a shot of baking soda. . .
anyway, this is all food for thought and if you're interested in reading dr. mercola's full post it can be found here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/15/Baking-Soda-Used-to-Treat-Swine-Flu-85-Years-Ago.aspx?sms_ss=google
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