Alkaline Diet Slows Down CancerFebruary 15, 2016
Alkaline Diets Slow Down Cancer
Reference: Science Daily Feb 2016
The pH of your cells is normally ever so slightly alkaline on the outside, and ever so slightly acidic on the outside. Absolutely neutral pH is 7.0, and 7.2-7.6 is what you find on the outside of normal cells. Cancer cells have a pH roughly 0.4 units below that on the outside. And what is so interesting is that the opposite occurs on the inside. Normal cells are every so slightly acidic on the inside, and cancer cells are more so.
Now, rapidly growing cells have a transient reversal of their alkaline, acidic pH gradient. And cancer cells even more so. In fact, it is a hallmark of cancer that they are persistent in their reverse gradient of pH. Very acidic environments are toxic to normal cells, and are quite happily tolerated by cancer cells, giving cancer cells an advantage to grow and spread. That acidity up-regulates proteolysis, genomic instability, immunosuppression, therapeutic resistance, and angiogenesis – all hallmarks of what cancer does to destroy tissue.
This reversal happens quite early in the life of a cancer, and may, in fact be essential for cancer so get started. Cancers have a more alkaline internal pH and this turns on glucose burning, giving them energy. Normally, if you have broken DNA, you naturally go into cell death. Well, if you are alkaline internally, and acidic externally (like with cancer) you don’t. The extra changes also encourage cells to bypass their G2-M transition, which is the last checkpoint before doubling. Without that checkpoint, cells multiple faster.
Ok, so to summarize it and make it simpler: just about everything that makes cancer succeed comes about because of this reversal of their alkaline acidic gradient. And the reason we are writing about it is because of its implications for the care of cancer. A diet rich in alkaline foods will thereby make it harder for cancer to get started, and to succeed. What is that diet? Rich in vegetables. Or, let’s get to the heart of it. Rich in alkaline substances. That basically comes down to magnesium and potassium, and less sodium.
Now, in Western society, our food supply has changed rather dramatically in the last two hundred years. What once was a diet with potassium to sodium of 8:1 is now a diet of potassium to sodium of 1:4, roughly a 32 fold shift, with sodium now dominating. There are all sorts of research articles documenting risk reduction in mortality with shifting your potassium sodium ratio to more potassium and less sodium. More veges, less breast cancer. And it’s not the food so much as the processing that makes it bad. 100 gram of pork, for example, has 61 mg of sodium, and 340 of potassium. That's a good ratio. Ham, however, has 921 mg of sodium and only 240 of potassium.
There have been numerous cancer programs that have talked about this in the past. The Kelly Protocol makes an art of it by juicing vegetables (that gets all the potassium and magnesium salts out of the veges). There are other ways you can alkalinize yourself. The difference between an acidic diet and an alkaline diet is only some 20 meq. That comes down to a tsp or two of sodium bicarb. Add bicarb to your diet every day, and you accomplish much of the same effect.
www.What Will Work for me. We now have attention to this being paid by the formal world of oncology. Us regular folks ought to take heed. Eat more vegetables. You can have animal, just not processed with extra salt. Or else you better have some bicarb. Did I mention more vegetables? Fresh, steamed. (Why steaming? – because all that green water you pour off is all the alkalizing salts.)
- Cancer cells normally have a more acidic environment on the outside of them, meaning a lower pH. T or F Answer: That’s it in a nutshell.
- Normal cells live in a world of slightly alkaline external pH. T or F Answer: Again, bingo.
- The American diet has switched from alkaline to acidic by our modern processing, which essentially comes down to a whole lot more salt. T or F Answer: True
- Meat is naturally abundant in potassium, compared to sodium. T or F Answer: True
- The difference between an acidic diet and an alkaline diet is two tsps of bicarb. T or F Answer: True