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Baking Soda

Baking Soda, Sodium Bicarbonate or NaHCO3

History of Baking Soda
The development of baking powders began with the discovery of carbonate materials. One of the first carbonates was potash (potassium carbonate, K2CO3), a material that was extracted from wood ashes. During the eighteenth century, potash production had become a major commercial industry. American colonies exported huge amounts to England where it was used by glass factories and soap manufacturers.

Potash's usefulness to the baking industry was discovered during the 1760s. Prior to this time bakers had to hand knead dough for long periods to get the proper amount of air mixed throughout. For recipes which called for sourdough, pearlash (concentrated potash) was added to offset the sour taste. By chance, bakers found that these types of dough rose quickly. Evidently, the pearlash reacted with the natural acids in the sour-dough to produce carbon dioxide gas. This discovery revolutionized the baking industry.

Over time, wood sources became scarce in England and other sources of carbonates were sought. In 1783 the French Academy of Sciences ran a contest for inventors who could develop a process for converting salt (sodium chloride, NaCI) to soda ash (sodium carbonate, Na2CO3). This contest was won by Nicolas LeBlanc in 1791. In his process, salt was reacted with sulfuric acid, coal, and limestone to produce soda ash. The soda ash was tried by bakeries as a leavening agent and found to be equivalent to potash. Baking soda was soon after extracted from soda ash and used to sooth stomach acids. The superior leavening properties of this material were discovered by American bakeries by the 1830s.

In 1834, Dr. Austin Church developed a different process for making baking soda from soda ash. This product is still sold today under the Arm & Hammer name.

Production of raw materials
1 The manufacture of baking powder begins with the production of sodium carbonate. Known as the Solvay ammonia process, it was first developed in 1861. In this process ammonia and carbon dioxide are passed through a saltwater (NaClH2) solution in an absorption tower. This results in a compound called ammonium bicarbonate (CH5NO3) which reacts with the salt to produce crude sodium bicarbonate crystals and ammonium chloride (ClH4N).

2 The bicarbonate crystals are filtered out using vacuum filters or centrifuges. They are then washed with water to remove any residual chloride. The resulting solid is then conveyed to the calcining operation. Here, the material is heated and reacted with carbon dioxide to produce sodium carbonate, or soda ash.

3 The soda ash is dissolved, carbonated, and cooled which results in crystallized sodium bicarbonate. This solid bicarbonate material is of a purer concentrate than the intermediate bicarbonate formed earlier in the process. It is then laid out on driers to remove most of the moisture. The product is passed through metal screens to produce the desired particle size and filled into drums for storage.

Baking soda comes from several sources, but the bulk of it is derived from an ore called "trona" which is mined in the Green River Basin in Wyoming. (Technology is being developed now to produce baking soda from sea water.) Baking Soda, Sodium Bicarbonate or NaHCO3 is very alkaline.

Hulda Clark says some Baking Soda is polluted with Benzene and most brands contain aluminum even if it does not mention this in the ingredients. Do not use Baking Powder as most Baking Powder does contain aluminum. Baking Powder is just 1:1 Baking Soda and Tartaric acid aka Cream of Tartar.

A byproduct of Aluminium smelting/processing is Bicarbonate of soda ( baking soda). Do not use baking soda which has had aluminum added to it, such as Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Today Arm & Hammer company produces almost all the baking soda that is used in the United States. Alcoa sells its Baking Soda byproduct to Arm & Hammer. Buy a product which specifically states it does not include aluminum or other chemicals.

Alzheimer's and cancer have both been linked to aluminum. 
Also most deodorants contain aluminum!

 Natural Deodorants

 Baking soda as a deodorant
Take a wet washcloth and dip it in baking soda, then apply under your arms. It does not stop you from sweating, but it stops you from smelling.
 Milk of magnesia as an underarm deodorant. Use about a fourth of a teaspoon under each arm and it dries right away and does not stain your clothes.
Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal
apple cider vinegar 50/50 with water

Caution: Any alkaline product, such as baking soda, will change the pH of the skin and can cause fungal problems especially when taking antibiotics. Skin should be acidic so don't use baking soda if you have to take an antibiotic. If fungus becomes a problem try applying tea tree oil to the fungal and the fungal problem should disappear.

pH is the concentration of free Hydrogen ions in a solution. A low pH is a high concentraion of hydrogen ions. So acids, which give away hydrogen have a low pH. A lack of free hydrogens is a high pH or alkaline. The neutral or balanced pH is 7. Anything lower is acidic and anything higher is basic. Each number change in pH s a tenfold change from the number before it. For example, a pH of 4 has 10 times more hydrogen than a pH of 5 and 10 times more again than 6. The reason 7 is used as a neutral is because pH cannot exceed 14 or go below 0.

Natural Toothpastes

1/4 cup of baking soda
1/8 cup of water
Edible flavoring such as mint (optional) Not sugar! 
Do not use too much flavoring - this could cause numbness of the tongue.
Mix the baking soda and water in a container.
Add flavoring such as mint (optional). Sugar is not a flavoring!
Shake the container rapidly.
Slowly pour a small portion onto your tooth brush and start to brush.
Do not brush too vigorously or too  hard as this can scratch the enamel although most toothpastes are more abrasive than baking soda.
Do not swallow it after brushing it contains the waste products from your teeth and can neutralize the stomach's pH.
Rinse well afterwards.

You might be surprised to know that this method whitens your teeth just as well as using a brand name toothpaste and it will still prevent cavities.
Warning: Baking soda can and actually does dissolve orthodonthic glue. Don't use this recipe if you wear braces or any other kind of permanent/fixed dental correctors!

Baking Soda is gentle—it has significantly lower enamel and dentin abrasivity than the cleaning agents (i.e. silica) used in conventional toothpastes.

Baking Soda freshens—it imparts a distinct freshness and clean-mouth feel (which has proven itself to help promote compliance with a sound oral hygiene regimen, i.e., brushing after meals).

Baking Soda deodorizes—it provides superiority compared to conventional toothpastes in deodorancy control due to its unique ability to reduce acids in the mouth.

If you've swallowed a lot of the "toothpaste" mixture, drink water and seek medical assistance if needed; too much baking soda may make you vomit.

After brushing your teeth, brush your tongue with your favorite toothpaste and/or use a tongue scraper. Bad breath is related to teeth only when they house food debris and plaque. The main cause of bad breath is bacteria growing on the tongue. 


 Other Alternative Toothpastes

Mix with Sea Salt for the added minerals.

Rinse with colloidal Silver. Take 10 drops a day of the 50 ppm).

An alternative method involves putting baking soda on the toothbrush and wetting it with a little bit of hydrogen peroxide.

Gargle with hydrogen peroxide. Gargle with hydrogen peroxide, and not only will you kill bacteria in your mouth,
but you will also help to whiten your teeth. But you have to be careful.
Hydrogen peroxide is an acid, and it can damage the tissues in your mouth if you
are not careful. Here are some suggestions on how to gargle hydrogen peroxide safely.

      Put one cap-full of hydrogen peroxide into a cup.
      Dilute the hydrogen peroxide with one cap-full of warm water.
      Pour the mixture into your mouth, but do not swallow.
      Swish the liquid around so that it is moved between your teeth. This will kill bacteria on the gums.
      Gargle the liquid by tilting your head back, opening your mouth and exhaling out of your throat. This will help to kill the bacteria that cause sore throats.
      Prevent swallowing by closing your mouth and continuing to exhale out of your throat as you lower your head over a sink.
      7.      Spit all of the liquid into the sink.

Fluoride is a horrible toxin to the body. For more information about fluoride go to

To be really sure you’re getting your teeth clean, invest in an electric toothbrush.


For Alkalizing Baking Soda Formulations Click Here


Other uses of Baking Soda

 Treating Cancer
This treatment was developed by Dr. Simoncini who is an oncologist in Italy and uses Baking Soda. He uses the following protocol:

For mouth, stomach, intestinal, rectal, oral cancers (if not infiltrated), they should take 1 TEAspoon with glass of water in the morning and 1 in the evening every day for one month. Cancer should be cleared.

NOTE: In most cases the Simoncini treatment requires medical help in the form of injections or IVs. However, in the case of mouth, stomach, intestinal, rectal and oral cancer (which may include throat cancer) this highly effective treatment can be used by simply putting baking soda (without aluminum) in a glass of water.

For most other types of cancer, an infustion of 500CC with 5% bicarbonate of soda in the vein, every day for 6 days, then 6 days with nothing, and so on until 24 total infusions. After that check with a scan whether cancer is cleared.

See this website: 




Bicarbonate Maple Cancer Treatment

 International Medical Veritas Association


      The bicarbonate maple syrup cancer treatment focuses on delivering natural chemotherapy in a way that effectively kills cancer cells but significantly reduces the brutal side effects experienced with most standard chemotherapy treatments. In fact so great is the reduction that the dangers are brought down to zero. Costs, which are a factor for the majority of people, of this particular treatment are nil. Though this cancer treatment is very inexpensive, do not assume it is not effective. The bicarbonate maple syrup cancer treatment is a very significant cancer treatment every cancer patient should be familiar with and it can easily be combined with other safe and effective natural treatments.


      This cancer treatment is similar in principle to Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT). IPT treatment consists of giving doses of insulin to a fasting patient sufficient to lower blood sugar into the 50 mg/dl. In a normal person, when you take in sugar the insulin levels go up to meet the need of getting that sugar into the cells. In IPT they are artificially injecting insulin to deplete the blood of all sugar then injecting the lower doses of toxic chemo drugs when the blood sugar is driven down to the lowest possible value. During the low peak, it is said that the receptors are more sensitive and take on medications more rapidly and in higher amounts. 




     The bicarbonate maple syrup treatment works in reverse to IPT. Dr. Tullio Simoncini acknowledges that cancer cells gobbles up sugar so when you encourage the intake of sugar it’s like sending in a Trojan horse. The sugar is not going to end up encouraging the further growth of the cancer colonies because the baking soda is going to kill the cells before they have a chance to grow. Instead of artificially manipulating insulin and thus forcefully driving down blood sugar levels to then inject toxic chemo agents we combine the sugar with the bicarbonate and present it to the cancer cells, which at first are going to love the present. But not for long!

      This treatment is a combination of pure, 100% maple syrup and baking soda and was first reported on the Cancer Tutor site. When mixed and heated together, the maple syrup and baking soda bind together. The maple syrup targets cancer cells (which consume 15 times more glucose than normal cells) and the baking soda, which is dragged into the cancer cell by the maple syrup, being very alkaline forces a rapid shift in pH killing the cell. The actual formula is to mix   one part baking soda with three parts (pure, 100%) maple syrup in a small saucepan. Stir briskly and heat the mixture for 5 minutes. Take 1 teaspoon daily, is what is suggested by Cancer Tutor but one could probably do this several times a day.

      “There is not a tumor on God’s green earth that cannot be licked with a little baking soda and maple syrup.” That is the astonishing claim of controversial folk healer Jim Kelmun who says that this simple home remedy can stop and reverse the deadly growth of cancers. His loyal patients swear by the man they fondly call Dr. Jim and say he is a miracle worker. “Dr. Jim cured me of lung cancer,” said farmer Ian Roadhouse. “Those other doctors told me that I was a goner and had less then six months to live. But the doc put me on his mixture and in a couple of months the cancer was gone. It did not even show up on the x-rays.”

      Dr. Jim discovered this treatment accidentally somewhere in the middle of the last century when he was treating a family plagued by breast cancer. There were five sisters in the family and four of them had died of breast cancer. He asked the remaining sister if there was anything different in her diet and she told him that she was partial to sipping maple syrup and baking soda. Since then, reported by a newspaper in Ashville, North Carolina, Dr. Jim dispensed this remedy to over 200 people diagnosed with terminal cancer and amazingly he claims of that number 185 lived at least 15 more years and nearly half enjoyed a complete remission of their disease. When combined with other safe and effective treatments like transdermal magnesium therapy, iodine, vitamin C, probiotics and other items like plenty of good sun exposure, pure water and clay treatments we should expect even higher remission rates.


      It is very important not to use baking soda which has had aluminum added to it. The Cancer Tutor site reports that Arm and Hammer does have aluminum but the company insists that is not true. One can buy a product which specifically states it does not include aluminum or other chemicals. Sodium bicarbonate is safe, extremely inexpensive and unstopably effective when it comes to cancer tissues. It’s an irresistible chemical, cyanide to cancer cells for it hits the cancer cells with a shock wave of alkalinity, which allows much more oxygen into the cancer cells than they can tolerate. Cancer cells cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen. Studies have already shown how manipulation of tumor pH with sodium bicarbonate enhances some forms of chemotherapy.[iii]

    “The therapeutic treatment of bicarbonate salts can be administered orally, through aerosol, intravenously and through catheter for direct targeting of tumors,” says oncologist Dr. Tullio Simoncini. “ Sodium bicarbonate administered orally, via aerosol or intravenously can achieve positive results only in some tumors, while others – such as the serious ones of the brain or the bones - remain unaffected by the treatment.”

        The maple syrup apparently enables and increases penetration of bicarbonate into all compartments of body, even those which are difficult or impossible to penetrate by other means. These compartments include the central nervous system (CNS), through the blood-brain barrier, joints, solid tumors, and perhaps even the eyes. IPT makes cell membranes more permeable, and increases uptake of drugs into cells.  The maple syrup will make tissues more permeable, too.  It will transport the bicarbonate across the blood-brain barrier and every other barrier in the body for sugar is universally needed by all cells in the body. The essence of IPT is that it allows cancer drugs to be given in a smaller dose, far less toxic to normal cells, while building up lethally toxic concentrations in cancer cells.  Both IPT and bicarbonate maple syrup treatments use the rabid growth mechanisms of the cancer cell against them.

     Dr. Jim did not have contact with Dr. Simoncini and did not know that he is the only oncologist in the world who would sustain the combining of sugar with bicarbonate. Dr. Simoncini always directs his patients to dramatically increase sugar intake with his treatments but has never thought to mix the two directly by cooking them together. Because his treatments depend on interventionist radiologists who insert catheters to direct the bicarbonate as close to the affected area as possible, or physicians willing to do expensive intravenous treatments, I pushed bicarbonate up into the number six slot in the IMVA cancer protocol. With the discovery of Dr. Jim’s work bicarbonate comes back into our number three spot right behind magnesium chloride and iodine.  

        That number three slot for a brief time was held by hemp oil containing THC. The great advantage that maple syrup and bicarbonate treatment has over this type hemp oil is that it is legal thus easily obtainable. The two together, backed by a solid protocol of other nutritional substances makes winning the war on cancer almost a certainty. When using these substances it is safer to change one’s vocabulary and not say one is treating and curing cancer. Far better to conceptualize that one is treating the infectious aspect of cancer, the fungus and yeast colonies and the yeast like bacteria that are the cause of TB.


      Dr. Simoncini says that, “In some cases, the aggressive power of fungi is so great as to allow it, with only a cellular ring made up of three units, to tighten in its grip, capture and kill its prey in a short time notwithstanding the prey's desperate struggling. Fungus, which is the most powerful and the most organized micro-organism known, seems to be an extremely logical candidate as a cause of neoplastic proliferation.”


pH of the blood is the most important factor to 
determine the state of the microorganisms in the blood.

     “Sodium bicarbonate therapy is harmless, fast and effective because it is extremely diffusible. A therapy with bicarbonate for cancer should be set up with strong dosage, continuously, and with pauseless cycles in a destruction work which should proceed from the beginning to the end without interruption for at least 7-8 days. In general a mass of 2-3-4 centimeters will begin to consistently regress from the third to the fourth day, and collapses from the fourth to the fifth,” says Dr. Simoncini.

      There are many ways to use sodium bicarbonate and it is a universal drug like iodine and magnesium chloride. Raising pH increases the immune system's ability to kill bacteria, concludes a study conducted at The Royal Free Hospital and School of Medicine in London. Viruses and bacteria that cause bronchitis and colds thrive in an acidic environment. To fight a respiratory infection and dampen symptoms such as a runny nose and sore throat, taking an alkalizing mixture of sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate will certainly help.

      The apple cider vinegar 1/4 teaspoon and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda taken 2 times or more a day is another treatment as is lemon and baking soda, or lime and baking soda formulas. Perhaps honey could be substituted for maple syrup for those who live in parts of the world where maple syrup is not available but to my knowledge no one has experimented with this.


Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
Director International Medical Veritas Association 


 [i] The breakdown of glucose or glycogen produces lactate and hydrogen ions - for each lactate molecule, one hydrogen ion is formed. The presence of hydrogen ions, not lactate, makes the muscle acidic that will eventually halt muscle function. As hydrogen ion concentrations increase the blood and muscle become acidic. This acidic environment will slow down enzyme activity and ultimately the breakdown of glucose itself. Acidic muscles will aggravate associated nerve endings causing pain and increase irritation of the central nervous system. The athlete may become disorientated and feel nauseous.


 ii] By buffering acidity in the blood, bicarbonate draws more of the acid produced within the muscle cells out into the blood and thus reduce the level of acidity within the muscle cells themselves.

 ii] Enhancement of chemotherapy by manipulation of tumour pH. Raghunand N, He X, van Sluis R, Mahoney B, Baggett B, Taylor CW, Paine-Murrieta G, Roe D, Bhujwalla ZM, Gillies RJ. Arizona Cancer Center.


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