How an Alkaline Diet Can Prevent Cancer

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Alkaline Versus Acidity

The big picture.

Can an alkaline diet keep your pH level high enough to prevent cancer cells from living and thriving in your body and keep you cancer free? Will certain foods help you with this?

Food enzymes are very much affected by the pH levels in the blood and body tissue. Their enzymatic functions or lack of determine the state of health or disease that your blood and body tissue can possess.

The acidic state has been linked to many health-related challenges and the body’s rapid aging. Slightly alkaline is a healthy; acidic is unhealthy. If the pH in the blood and urine are too acidic the body will not be able to absorb nutrition; being one reason so many have weight problems. After eating; the nutrition in the blood cannot be absorbed into the cells so there is hunger with no energy.

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An alkaline diet

An Alkaline Diet is a type of diet that emphasizes on the consumption of citrus fruits, fresh vegetables, tubers, legumes, and nuts.

The diet discourages the use of grains, excess salt, dairy, and meat. The diet promotes healthy alkalinity in the blood (pH 7.35 – pH 7.45), and prevents acidity (pH 5.0 – pH 7.0).

The diet maintains this balance, which is essential for the body to sustain itself. Alkaline Diets are known for their ability to counter and prevent various diseases, which include cancer. http://thealkalinediet.org/how-can-alkaline-diets-prevent-cancer

The human body needs to sustain an alkaline environment of 7.36 to 7.44 on pH scale for every cell to function the very best within this pH range. When we eat the micro-nutrients show themselves to our kidneys as acid or alkaline forming compounds. The amount we eat then can be evaluated as one or the other; net acid or net alkaline load to the body.

If we do not see to it our body has the numbers right then our body takes it upon itself to do it for us; many times robbing our body in places to cause new problems. Our body begins to leach alkaline in order to maintain homeostasis by robbing from the cells. Health conditions can begin to develop when this occurs.


Acid Can Be a Killer.

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General symptoms of acidosis. These usually accompany symptoms of another primary defect (respiratory or metabolic).
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Signs of an Acidic Body affecting Health

All acids are created through the body’s breakdown of foods to create energy.

In other words, acids are created via metabolism, respiration, digestion, and cellular breakdown and regeneration. Excess acid is the expression of sickness and disease. Gout, diabetes and cancer:

You can’t have a specific symptom without a specific acid. Body odor is another sign of excessive acidity, as is bad breath, acid reflux, indigestion, low blood sugars, high blood sugars, low energy and fatigue.

All are expressions of the body’s inability to remove acids sufficiently. Skin blemishes, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, are acids that the body is not eliminating properly.


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Acidity progresses


Hypercalciuria - Is caused from high concentration of calcium in the urine.

Osteoporosis - Is caused from leaching of the bones neutralizing a highly acid environment; thus having the bones weakened.

Acidosis – Is leading to muscle breakdown caused by glutamine (the most plentiful amino acid in the muscles) becoming leached out neutralizing the acidity in the body just as the calcium was from the bones.

Arthritis When calcium robbed from the joints can cause them to lock up and crack and in time the immune system will start to attack the acidic cells leading to arthritis.

Heartburn - Sodium; also an alkaline mineral that is leached can be leached from the esophagus causing heartburn.

Acid reflux – Is where you go next as heartburn progresses.

Cancer - As the body gets to the point where is can no longer rob the body of alkaline minerals, it will start leaching acid from the bowels, kidneys, skin and respiratory system. With no more minerals to rob, the cells themselves become very acidic.


This will be a problem because the enzymes used to break down cells cannot work properly in an acidic environment.


So then; the enzymes cannot remove the growth of abnormal cancer causing cells and will become protected from the immune system.

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So Here You Go!

Foods to eat and ones to avoid!

Clemson University defines low-acid foods as those with a pH greater than 4.6, where a pH of 7 is considered neutral. Even some of the more acidic fruits such as peaches, apples, oranges and orange juice only have a pH of around 4.96 or higher. Beef, pork, lamb, chicken and dairy fall below 4.6. There are a few mildly acidic vegetables, such as basil, bell peppers, cauliflower, chives, onions, peas, squash and zucchini. Vegetables and grains that are not on the low-acid food list include canned vegetables, corn tortillas, pancakes, sourdough bread and white bread.According to registered dietician Rebecca Slayton, a diet low in acidic food has many health benefits. A review published in the "Journal of Environmental and Public Health" in 2012 states that an alkaline diet reduces the risk of chronic disease and premature death among the elderly. In addition to disease prevention, most low-acid diets are also low in sodium.

* Salad greens, green vegetable juices, lemon-infused water, raisins, spinach, banana, carrots, celery, potato, cauliflower and apricot are a few of alkaline-promoting foods.

* Some foods that contain the most alkaline include honey, butter, asparagus, white and red wine, mineral water, watermelon, broccoli, apples, zucchini, marmalade, hazelnuts, radishes, cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, green beans, cherries, celery, tomatoes, apricots, bananas and spinach. Raisins are highly recommended.

* To make food more alkaline-promoting, cook with alkaline spices and herbs such as paprika, chili powder, parsley leaves, ground ginger and curry.

* Cut out foods with alcohol, gluten and caffeine on the alkaline diet.

The American diet is full of foods like meat and dairy products that tend to increase acidity of your blood. Research suggests eating too many acid-promoting foods can potentially damage your kidney and your liver and potentially even raise diabetes risk.

* Alkaline has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

* All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.


Maintain pH Through Drinks and Food.

The idea of an alkaline diet is based on eating foods high in alkaline to help the body neutralize acid in the body. Meats and diary products in our diet contain very high levels of acid and we can only process this in small amounts. By adding high alkaline foods our body uses this to help break down the bad acid. An added benefit is that high alkaline foods are loaded with vitamins and minerals to satisfy our body's needs.

How do Alkaline Diets avert the development of cancer?


Alkaline Diets maintain healthy levels of alkalinity in the body.

When the cells are highly alkaline, they absorb more oxygen.

Alkalized cells hold up to twenty times more oxygen, as compared to acidic cells.

Cancer cells cannot survive in oxygen rich environments.

If the cells in the body contain high levels of oxygen, consequently, cancer cells remain in a dormant state, and the chances of developing cancer narrows down.

Therefore, high levels of acidity are the ideal conditions for cancer cells to thrive, and maintaining high levels of Alkalinity are vital in preventing or eliminating the spread of cancer.

Not only do Alkaline Diets prevent disease, they also maintain vigor and health.


alkaline water and benefits

Alkaline water (also known as ionized water) is water with a pH level greater than seven. It is normally made with the help of a faucet-based water ionizer and marks a number of health benefits.

Many claim that drinking alkaline water on a regular basis will slow down the aging process, help fight tooth decay and prevent bone loss. Because most people eat a highly acidic diet, subsequently causing their bodies to have lower pH levels taking vital minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, from their bones, tissue and teeth. So this water is said to help balance those levels. Also it is said that regular alkaline water consumption can help prevent diseases associated with the bone and cellular degeneration, like arthritis, osteoporosis and different types of kidney disorders.

It has said too that alkaline water is also thought to stabilize blood flow as a result of normalizing blood pH levels. Also; because of the efficient way it penetrates cells, there are claims that ionized water is better at hydrating your body than regular water.

Litmus Testing

Start out knowing your numbers.

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Know where you are by testing yourself. This can be done at home and strips can be ordered right online from many places.

Testing your pH Level with Saliva or Urine

It is good practice to either test 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating. If testing your saliva, it is a good idea to try to fill your mouth with saliva and then swallow. This helps remove any acidic bacteria that might be lurking. Do not try to wash your mouth out with anything else as this will simply record the alkalinity of the water/liquid you have just used.

For testing urine, let some urine flow before testing as this will give more of an average reading.

It is also a good idea to test 2-3 times in a day in order to get an average, as first thing in the morning the body has retained fluids over a long period of time and it will engage in different processes to remove acid wastes from the body throughout the day (depending on activity and diet).

Disclaimer

* Alkaline diet has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

* All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.

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Sources

http://www.energiseforlife.com/wordpress/2006/04/12/alkaline-test-how-to-test-your-ph-levels-saliva-urine/

http://www.healthalkaline.com/dr-robert-young-on-alkaline-foods-and-water/

http://www.rosemjohnson.com/acid-reflux-acidosis/

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bradmasterOCcal 23 months ago from Orange County California

My father in law died over four years ago, and his body was acidic, and yet the doctors were unable to make it alkaline. They said it was the something that the body determines.

Well, I didn't think these doctors were that smart in the first place.


Kathleen Kerswig 23 months ago

Great information - I believe that our food can be considered our most important medicine. It would not surprise me if this diet did help to reduce the risk of cancer. I've been watching various lectures on the importance of food choices as it pertains to all disease including cardiovascular disease, arthritis, etc. Thanks so much for sharing this. I believe it is time for me to review my food choices and make better choices in the future. Blessings!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Maybe your father-in-law waited too late if he was old and had never eaten the right foods. I can't say of course but I would think the earlier we get on this the better. We can test ourselves and go to the lists of foods to avoid and those that are good. I sure think it is worth a try. Thank you Brad for stopping by and commenting and sharing about your family member.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Kathleen; I totally agree with you and one of the first things I plan to start doing is find that alkaline water and or add lemon to all water I drink. That would have to be a big starting boost!


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Ericdierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

This sure makes a lot of sense to me. I think I will try to be more conscious in this regard. So, thank you very much for the "alert". By the way, can you buy the water somewhere I have never seen it for sale with other waters?


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Hi Eric; I am looking into that. You can buy the bottled water but some places are warning against that because of the plastic bottles. I hope to have some answers before the day is over and will add it to this article. Thanks for reading!


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

I have never heard of our bodies and alkaline, just remember having to keep the water in our pool in the city with the proper Ph levels and alkaline lol ... but now I can see the great benefits here you have presented in staying on top of our levels! I believe I need to do this no doubt. Thanks for this insight hub here, Jackie.

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I believe you missed your calling and should have looked into nutrition as a field of study, along with medicine. I recently saw a program where this poor man suffered his entire life with all sorts of terrible sickness until he decided to go gluten free and his whole life changed. He is now in such great shape and running marathons and such. His doctor was amazed as he was never able to help him and now the doctor is trying to get the medical field to include nutrition as part of their medical studies in becoming doctors, as nutrition is the key to maintaining good health.

Hope you are enjoying the weekend. It was beautiful and sunny, but cold here yesterday, now overcast and dreary today.

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mary615 23 months ago from Florida

As a former Lab Tech who tested many urine samples, I know the importance of keeping the urine neutral. I never thought about the importance of keeping our bodies balanced in general.

Very interesting and informative Hub. Voted UP, etc. and shared.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

This naturally helps with gluten Theresa! I was so amazed doing this study and right now am looking for the best way to get alkaline water. There are machines we can buy but they are expensive or ones I have seen so far. Lemon water is great and I am going to stick with that until I can find an easy way on the water. I read that if you buy it in bottles the shelf life is very short; the plastic in the bottles is toxic and way too expensive there too so I have my work cut out for me finding the best thing there.

Sun is bright here but still very cold! I think hugs would be the only way to stay warm outside so hugs back to you!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

How very interesting Mary! We think we know so much and then things like this pop up and you have to wonder why it hasn't been a bigger issue in all these years. Surely someone in the medical profession had a clue! Sounds like you could have an interesting hub there Mary on your knowledge! Thanks so much for adding it here. Many thanks for your share!


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

I really knew nothing about the alkaline levels, so thanks for this information, Jackie. Very interesting read on this rainy Sunday morn.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Sunshine here with the cold air Bill; so sorry for your rain; but makes a great day for writing!

This is interesting stuff and I knew as soon as I started learning about it I would have to share it! Hope everyone gives it a try!


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word55 23 months ago from Chicago

Hi Jackie, I believe an alkaline diet can prevent much. This was superb information that you provided. I had seen similar information before. That's why I enjoy being a vegetarian. You explained it very well for people to understand how to avoid chronic illness and diseases. Very good research. Thank you! Voted way up!


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Randall Guinn 23 months ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

I have the lithmus strips and have been checking mine for several years. I used to take a little baking soda if it was high, the kind without the aluminum in it. Great article Jackie!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you so much word! I am so pleased you can second this emotion on how good it is! Appreciate the support.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I want to get those Randall and plan to leave more info on those too as soon as I get it. I am so pleased to see some already have this message and are working on it!


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bradmasterOCcal 23 months ago from Orange County California

Jackie

My point was that if foods or chemicals could change the body ph, then they could have given him something to change it.

My conclusion from the doctors is that they don't know how to get the body to go alkaline when it is acidic.


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LisaMarieGabriel 23 months ago from United Kingdom

I have read in the past about the value of an alkaline diet with arthritis. This is all very interesting and certainly relevant. :)


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Man from Modesto 23 months ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

I have heard from medical professionals that ALL cancer patients have low pH, typically below 3.

That is one of many reasons to quit drinking soda. It has a very low pH, and lowers your body pH. One can drops it for a week. Without any other drinks, the body requires a full week to recover.


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Romanian 23 months ago from Oradea, Romania

After reading your post I understand which are alkaline foods and which are acid foods.


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janderson99 23 months ago from Australia on Planet Water

Quick answer => No!


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poetryman6969 23 months ago

Though I have my doubts about whether principle, I do like some of the foods you recommend.


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janderson99 23 months ago from Australia on Planet Water

"These results suggest that only a third of the variation in cancer risk among tissues is attributable to environmental factors or inherited predispositions. The majority is due to “bad luck,” that is, random mutations arising during DNA replication in normal, noncancerous stem cells" see http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6217/78.abst...


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

My thoughts Brad are that if we pay enough attention to this we may not need doctors; or rarely, and they know that.

I readily admit I have the gift of suspicion! lol


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Honestly Lisa it could be a blueprint for many of our lives and ailments. I am so thrilled to have found out so much and will continue looking into it and trying it!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Man I do believe you; I have always heard sodas are bad for the bones with acid eating at them and it sure makes sense. I had gone off soda for a couple years but back to drinking a little every day nearly. So now it is off my list for good and lemon is in big time!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Glad to hear that Romanian; I wish I could have put the list here but it is so big...which is very good for us!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Jan- what does that mean?


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

That is certainly your right poetryman and I sometimes disagree with a majority so I respect your decision.


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Randall Guinn 23 months ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

Sugar also feeds cancer.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

As I have said Jan we each have our right to opinion and I have even admitted my gift of suspicion and I suspect the cancer society denies this because they are big business just like MS people who will not entertain the idea of bee sting therapy which has helped many overcome and walk again. I also have an experience with the bee stings to make a believer out of me.

I will see what this can do...what can it possibly hurt?


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks for adding that Randall; I did read that and that is so bad with so many of us so attached to sweets. To regain health though there has to be a way to give it up or replace it somehow. That is why learning the alkaline choices is so important.


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LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

I have been aware of this for many years, Jackie. It is partly responsible for my husband's ability to fully recover from a brain tumor - and stay free and well for 20 years.

Now you need to research about foods and herbs that oxygenate your blood. Plus avoid sugar (other than naturally sweet unprocessed foods).

The very worst gift you can give someone with cancer is a box of chocolates.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you so much LongTimeMother! You are just what we need; testimony to prove it really does work which of course I had no doubt but some still will. I know sweets will be hard for me to give up but I am sure nature has some great treats I can trade it off for! Again; thank you!


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tobusiness 23 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Jackie an excellent and useful article. Under normal condition the body does a remarkable job of stabilizing and balancing the internal environment to maintain homeostasis, but there are times when it needs a little help. Interesting and well done.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Jo; I have never had my numbers checked to my knowledge so it will be good to find out where I stand at least. The older we get the harder it is to keep things healthy it seems.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

There is a link definitely between what we eat and our health. ..no doubt about it.

However and I am not quite certain that I will say this clearly but I think some are prone to cancer more so than others. My daughter had not eaten 'poorly' when she was first diagnosed with cancer at age 33.

My parents for example ate high fiber diets, many veggies and fruits, but they also ate meat. And my Daddy had not eaten if he did not have dessert.

He lived to be 93 and my Mother to 87 and neither of them had great health issues till the last few years of their lives.

That being said, I do exercise caution in what I eat because our environment has become so toxic and growing your own food is almost the only way to know what is in it.

Well said, Jackie, and such important information.

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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you ps and I understand what you are saying and if you get into this there is probably an answer for that. Perhaps your dad who had to have sweets had other foods that cancelled those out. (I have a hub about lentils and barley preventing diabetes and I go by that for my dad died from diabetes; a horrible death.) LongTimeMother commented just above you and very much believes this saved her husband with cancer.

No matter who is right or wrong though I can see we both see the common sense in taking care and I certainly wish I had gotten a much earlier start. Yet I will do all that I can with what time I have left and I would have anyone I knew with cancer to at least try these foods and the water for I see no way on earth they can hurt.


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LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

I need to remind you I said 'partly responsible' for my husband's recovery and on-going good health, Jackie. Keeping his body alkaline was only one part of our strategy. I don't know if he'd still be alive if we'd relied only on alkaline foods ... but it was definitely a key factor. It's a bit of a stretch to say I very much believe it 'saved' him.

'Helped to save him', yes. :)


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

You are right LongTomeMother I should have gone back up to see exactly what you said instead of letting my excitement talk. I just know from what I read how acidity just slowly takes us through so many stages from bone deterioration, to organs including kidneys and heart to actual cancer which of course we can none prove but once we are shown something like this it makes perfect sense and that if caught in time could be such an improvement.

After doing this study I thought about an aunt of mine who had cancer and her bones just fell apart; like her hands from her wrists and reading this made me think of her and this sounds so much like it could be from the acidity in her body.

But I stand corrected and will not put those words in your mouth, I apologize.


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LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

I understand your excitement, Jackie. However a lot of people die from cancer - particularly brain tumors, and I am always very careful not to imply the solution was simple. If I thought for one moment that people would be willing to follow the kind of regime we did, I would write about it. In my experience, however, most people wouldn't bother making such dramatic changes.

Anyone who wants to maintain good health, however, would be well advised to pay attention to what you wrote in your hub. It is certainly very valid. :)


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Allison Loker 23 months ago from Brooklyn

I tend to be very skeptical when it comes to simple solutions to widespread issues, especially those that have teams of scientists and doctors working with considerable funding to produce a solution (like cancer, MS, etc.) and that's probably due, in part, to the fact that my husband is an MD. I doubt that I'll ever refer to a diet with the same level of respect that I would a trained oncologist, but I can at least applaud advocating a healthier lifestyle with a diet rich in vegetables and grains.


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Allison Loker 23 months ago from Brooklyn

I tend to be very skeptical when it comes to simple solutions to widespread issues, especially those that have teams of scientists and doctors working with considerable funding to produce a solution (like cancer, MS, etc.) and that's probably due, in part, to the fact that my husband is an MD. I doubt that I'll ever refer to a diet with the same level of respect that I would a trained oncologist, but I can at least applaud advocating a healthier lifestyle with a diet rich in vegetables and grains.


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LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

Alison, you might change your level of respect for diet if you watch this documentary - just one in a series. It features highly esteemed doctors and scientists saying that doctors are not taught anything about nutrition in medical school ... but they should be.

I suspect your husband will also find it fascinating viewing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed...

Jackie, you and anyone else who is interested in cancer should also take the time to watch it. This is my gift to you. :)


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Lady Guinevere 23 months ago from West Virginia

I have seen all this before. We must understand though everything in moderation. I find this all odd because one year it will be this and another it will be that. I have a very acidic body...period. I have had Ulcerative Colitis since I was 18...now neat 60. I take Prevacid. for Acid Reflux and it has helped keep my Ulcerative Colitis in remission. It has also calmed down my Rosacea considerably. Each body is different and will act differently form another's body. The key to a healthy life is to listen to your own body. We are all taught that everything is cured in a pill and not to listen to our own body but that of a doctor.

Nice hub and voted up.


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Allison Loker 23 months ago from Brooklyn

LongTimeMother, I can assure you that medical students are absolutely taught about nutrition in medical school, especially given the epidemic of weight-related health concerns in the U.S. Doctors have to be able to guide their patients toward healthier choices, including exercise and proper diet!

Also, I applauded the author for advocating healthy food choices. I totally respect and follow a healthy diet! But a diet will never have the same level of respect from me as an oncologist will if it's in reference to treating or preventing cancer.


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LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

Allison, this is not my opinion but the opinion of other doctors. A growing number of doctors are disenchanted with the medical system and I was very interested by the 'history lesson' about medical schools.

Please watch the video. I suspect you'll be particularly interested by what the oncologist has to say at about 47:35 and beyond.

Are you aware that 86% of oncologists would not take the drugs they prescribe to their patients if they had cancer (and would not give them to their wife and child)?

If your husband was an oncologist, it seems you'd be advised to rely on diet, traditional medicinal herbs and lifestyle changes to stimulate your immune system instead of using the chemo etc recommended to everyone else.

The documentary series features doctors. At no time is it disrespectful towards MDs like your husband. It simply explains and explores what doctors should have been taught to help make them more effective.


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AudreyHowitt 23 months ago from California

Very interesting Jackie!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I agree and disagree LongTimeMother; I don't for a minute mean to imply there is a quick solution and for one thing I am not really sure we can back up. If we haven't been doing the right things with our health we could be past a certain point (thinking of myself here) but we should be looking into things like this that whether I can prove it will prevent or improve cancer or not we can see that acid does attack bones etc and I think we all really know our body robs from itself and we can feed it to prevent that with non acid foods. Such as soda pop I read about and you know I heard that years ago but I really didn't know the things it was really doing...and now I do. If I can get any started on a path before they experience bad then I will be so happy.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

If we all got healthy we wouldn't need doctors Allison or very little and I would believe in a diet now rather than chemo later. Oncologist are not allowed to recommend foods for health to my knowledge and that is something we should all look into. There is at least one cancer patient here if not more that talk about that very thing.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you LongTimeMother I certainly will watch it the first chance I get today!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Debra and I got rid of acid reflux with an Amish remedy which is vinegar, garlic and ginger. I was taking it for horrible cramps and noticed my acid reflux was gone and then looking further into it found out they recommend it for that. I have a hub on it; if you try it you will love it. Well actually it tastes awful but in orange juice you don't notice. FaithReaper got me started on it.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

As I say Allison I just think diet beats chemo if we can get ahead of the problem them we should try. Many people have no idea what is alkaline and what is acid and that is what this hub is about. Maybe you are agreeing with me on that?


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

LongTimeMother; there does seem to be two sides when it comes to things like this and I hate to imply anyone would try to hide the truth from us and I do not think it is ones like Allison's husband. I just think they have never taken the time to look into other possibilities. Cancer is really big business and the medicines very expensive and well...I see many things I never saw before. Will get to that video shortly!


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Lady Guinevere 23 months ago from West Virginia

Allison, Diet does beat anything on earth. I had a neighbor that was dying of cancer and he wanted to try other alternatives and was told NO. He got so fed up with all the chemicals that he stopped taking anything. He died and he didn't tell his wife that he stopped taking the meds until he went into the hosptial before he died. Other countries treat cancer differently and more humanely then the USA. It is all about MONEY in the USA, not the people.


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Allison Loker 23 months ago from Brooklyn

Hmm... It can be a slippery slope to suggest food as a preventative measure for all maladies. A healthy diet didn't stop me from being diagnosed with MS 11 years ago. But it has made me a very healthy person who has had almost no need to visit my doctor. If nothing else, a healthy diet can only do good, even if it isn't a cure.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

You can put it in something besides OJ; but I wouldn't recommend soda and I did that myself for awhile and once I stopped it worked better. I took all those medicines and then they started causing side-effects and as I say I had no idea the cramp remedy would heal up my acid but it did from day one. I will never bee without it. I ordered five bottles to get it for $10 a bottle and a bottle lasts forever; you only use a cap full in 24 hours. I gave a bottle to my son for cramps he gets working. It helps with restless leg syndrome too! I have never seen anything like it.


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Lady Guinevere 23 months ago from West Virginia

hmmm that slippery slope....hmmm There are some things that certain people will get so that they can overcome them or so that they can help others through it or even so that docotors and scientist can find cure for.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Well I plan to purchase the strips to test my alkaline and get it to the right numbers with diet and go from there. On the MS I am so glad that your medicine worked for you. My best friend died from MS and my sister-in-law has it now and having a terrible time. I would recommend bee sting therapy for anyone not having success because I have heard way too many say it got them back on their feet and to their jobs. MS people will not even consider looking into it and I can tell you personally when I was about 30 I had some horrible trouble with my ankles and could hardly walk and then one day my daughter and I got caught in a hornets nest (not even the bees recommended!) and we got stung all over and I never had a pain in my ankles after that until recently. Not that I recommend my accidental cure! I think it just proved to me these people saying this know what they are talking about but no one will listen! I would have begged my friend to have tried that if we hadn't lost touch with each other. She went into shock and died leaving behind a daughter and two beautiful little grandchildren.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

It never hurts anyone to try nature ingredients; they can't kill you and they are just replacing one type food for another so shouldn't cost you more either.


Randall Guinn 23 months ago

It isn't so much that big medicine does not truly believe in natural remedies, it's just that they can't make billions of dollars off of it. It is actually a threat to them. That's why you often hear about some crooked politician pushing to control natural remedies like medicine. How often have we heard about how close science is to a cure for something, or actually have a cure, and then suddenly you never hear about it again? That's not to say that some natural cures are not scams, or that most of medicine does not provide us benefits. I honestly believe that we could have cured most of the diseases by now if profits were not standing in the way. Wiping out a disease for a pharmceutical company is not something they want to see happen. They are in the business for making money just like any other business.


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

Thank you for this excellent presentation on the importance of alkaline versus acidic inputs to our bodies. We cannot be reminded too often. Voted Up!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Exactly Randall; I couldn't have said it better.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Dora for taking a look and glad you agree!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I watched the video LongTimeMother; it was a great video and I have read and heard much of it before so it is not at all surprising. I hope everyone will have a look at it! Thank you!


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LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

lol. But had you ever heard it from doctors, Jackie?

The second episode is also available free on youtube. Others were up for a while but I think they've been removed. One of my daughters (with MS and following her own healing path) very recently bought the series. It goes into brilliant detail about how the body heals itself ... given the right environment. :)

This documentary series was made 20 years after my husband really needed it. Fortunately I managed to put the pieces of the puzzle together myself back then.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Glad to hear it LongTimeMother and I will find more and in fact will leave your link in the body of my hub for those who may not spot it here. Again...thank you!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Glad to hear it LongTimeMother and I will find more and in fact will leave your link in the body of my hub for those who may not spot it here. Again...thank you!


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LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

You are welcome, Jackie.

On the subject of doctors, I believe we will always need doctors. Doctors train for many years to effectively diagnose issues- and they currently prescribe what they are taught is 'best' for the condition.

The diagnosis part will always be hugely valuable. Hopefully the focus will soon shift from prescribing medicines that mask symptoms ... to suggesting remedies that actually resolve problems and restore health.

Doctors will never be out of work. It is pharmaceutical companies that would suffer. If drugs are not needed for chronic conditions because bodies are encouraged to heal (instead of remaining diseased), the drug companies will be out of business.

Doctors would be restored to their status of healers - instead of being viewed by many as puppets of drug companies. Someone needs to interpret what our bodies are telling us ... and who better than a qualified doctor?


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Allison Loker 23 months ago from Brooklyn

Jackie, I actually don't take any medicine for my MS. I've been in remission for a decade. Though, when I did take medicine, I also looked into additional supplements to help, like B12 and primrose oil. I never heard of bee stings as therapy.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

LongTimeMother; I guess I do have more than a bit against doctors because it took me more than a couple of decades of doctors telling me nothing was wrong with me to finally less than a year ago finding out I have Cervical Myelopathy and at a very very bad point right now (waiting for surgery). One of the symptoms of this is exaggerated reflex which many of these doctors noticed and laughed at...then sent me home to try another doctor for another slap in the face. So I don't have much confidence and I wonder how many women especially are considered hypochondriacs when they have serious issues as I did, and waiting so long for treatment that it could be too late.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I hope you will google the bee therapy Allison and read testimonies of many who do it in case yours should ever become active again; it doesn't hurt to get information. I have no idea what was wrong with my ankles because I hadn't been to a doctor but I knew it was time when this happened to me with the hornet stings. It was really miraculous. I went from needing crutches to perfectly normal and it was all accidental. (Or a miracle.)


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DDE 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great hub! I did not give this a thought in a good way. You certainly got me thinking. Informative and very useful indeed. Sounds a helpful way. Voted up, useful and interesting.


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LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

Jackie, I suggest you do some research into New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels ... natural anti-inflammatory, good for joints and muscle injuries, and helps rebuild cartilage between bones. I wrote a hub about how I used it for arthritis and I'm sure there's lots more to be found on the internet. On my hub there's a video you'll find fascinating. (Much shorter than the last video I sent you to. lol.)

Don't know if it will help, but it is certainly worth a look.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks DDE; I hope you will look into it; everyone really should.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I will do that LongTimeMother; there is no way I can get out of the surgery to have artificial cartilage put in but of course that will not fix the rest of me and I do anything I can find to help myself. The sooner people get started on a good thing the better. I will be over sometime today and have a look. Thanks!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Audrey!


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aviannovice 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Nice work! Let's face it, if our government allows GMOs and other poisons in our foods like growth hormones, they certainly don't care about our well being, just padding the coffers of the wealthy for a kickback.


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I totally agree Deb; our FDA is worthless if anyone asked me!


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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

Interesting information, Jackie. Thanks for passing it along.


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

You are welcome FA; thanks for stopping by.


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Glenn Stok 22 months ago from Long Island, NY

I was glad to read this hub Jackie. You have confirmed that I am doing all the right things to raise my alkaline level. I already eat legumes, celery, broccoli, green peppers, and the other things you mentioned. I do this mainly to reduce my intake of saturated fats, but it's good to know that it can help prevent cancer too. It would be interesting to test my alkaline level to see where I stand.


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you. It would Glen and I have meant to do that very thing; the strips can be ordered online, I haven't looked anywhere else but of course we should all find out this I believe!


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

I love starting out each morning with a tall glass of filtered water and a couple of key limes squeezed into it or some lemon. I have been hearing of the benefits of keeping our bodies in a more alkaline state and what you wrote in your hub lends it greater credence. It is at the least natural and cannot hurt, but if it helps...so much the better! Up votes and sharing.


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Author Cheryl 22 months ago

Please don't feel I am being negative. Working in oncology I would have to ask where is the scientific proof. I have seen total health nuts die and were the most healthy any one person could be. Cancer patients will grasp anything they can to live. Some in early stages and lived after treatment and some in end stages that lived because of treatment. I don't doubt that these things could help because we are what we eat but total prevention of cancer I would have to question. Everyone has cancer cells in their body waiting to multiply but they don't know what triggers the cells.


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

That is right Peggy, thank you. What can it possible hurt to give this some credence? From other references I have looked at too it seems an excellent thing to work on and I truly believe in it myself.


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Cheryl; I cannot prove it to you, if I could we would definitely have the cure for cancer. All I can go on is what I have here and testimonies of those who claim to have tried it and had it work. To me personally it makes perfect sense after studying it. Look at soda pop how acidic it is and how very much of it many people put in their body. Could that alone bring on cancer? Well it would take a very long study to prove that wouldn't it? One we would not have time for and I have read about its bad stuff for years what it does to the teeth and stomach and kidneys...so that is just one example that makes sense to me and everyone has to just decide for themselves. I for one believe cancer is big business and there is much they know they are not telling so we are on our own right now. I will definitely be living by this and already putting it to practice. What can it possible hurt?


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Author Cheryl 22 months ago

Oh I wasn't saying it would hurt not to do it because I fully believe that disease is a big part of health issues.


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

No problem; I do see what you mean about such healthy looking people that succumb to horrible diseases. It is a real mystery that must have an answer...we just don't know it.


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida

Thank you Jackie for this important information. I am bookmarking this to come back to in order to reread and take notes.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Jackie Lynnley 17 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Great ps and thank you! The more educated we become about these things the healthier we get!


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Astralrose 15 months ago from India

You just written a detailed, can be easily understood by people, article. Many don't understand how important the things you mentioned in over all health. My mother herself is suffering from osteoarthritis and I kept suggesting to stop meat, eggs, and dairy in her diet and consume more fruits, vegetables (especially green leaves), and nuts. I really believe the power of real, nature's best food. Great hub!


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Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Astralrose; it pleases me you understood and I hope all do. I think we all know we need a better diet and it sometimes takes something drastic to do that but better late than never!

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