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Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 02/20/2010

An Old Baking Soda Flu Cure

Hi Everyone...I found an old letter, written by a prominent physician in 1924 -- a Dr Volney S. Cheney -- to Church and Dwight concerning the use of a certain well-known brand of Baking Soda that we all know. Here is his letter which is shown for historic interest only:

"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. I have since that time treated all cases of 'Cold,' Influenza and LaGripe by first giving generous doses of Bicarbonate of Soda, and in many, many instances within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely abated. Further, within my own household, before Woman's Clubs and Parent-Teachers' Associations, I have advocated the use of Bicarbonate of Soda as a preventive for "Colds," with the result that now many reports are coming in stating that those who took "Soda" were not affected, while nearly every one around them had the "Flu."

Recommended dosages from the A & H Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:

During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of A & H Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals.

During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of A and H Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals.

During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of A and H Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each morning until cold is cured."

That's the way they alkalized in the old days...!!

The letter is taken from the WellSphere(discussion forum) website here:

EC: Hi Bill,

That Arm & Hammer for the swine flu baking soda remedy was originally posted in one of Mark Sircus's newsletter a few months ago. The link attached to Mark's article no longer works, so I am trying to find a workable one.


Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines)

Hi Deidre...Your absolutely right, I saw the article by Mark Sircus too some months ago, and I tried to find it again on the LifeEnthusiast and IMVA websites but no go. The link to Wellsphere that I have provided is an exact copy of the advert, I think.


EC: Hi Bill,

Here's the link to the article.

I skyped Mark this morning to let him know that it was down, but it appears to be working again this evening. Oddly the link was working for him in Brazil, but not for us!



Posted by Angela (Ottawa, Ontario) on 12/23/2010

Hello Ted,
I had been researching cures for cancer.. A scientist told me the bakingsoda/maple syrup cure would be problematic.. & I quote his e-mail exactly below: (please help me know what is true.. The bsoda cure sounded quite hopeful.. I don't have cancer but I like answers & prevention)

"1. Maple Syrup, especially grade c or b is definitely a high nutrition product, however, the volume of sugar still has to be considered and as a short term blood cleansing like the cayenne pepper and lemon / lime and maple syrup cool aid drink, which is commonly known as the Mexican blood cleanser is a fantastically good formula. On the other hand, baking soda to chemically force the body to become alkaline is not at all the same as using lemons or limes, which go in acid and covert into alkaline. The baking soda technology is bunk, junk science. This is the typical, vicious medical powers to be who make money on cancer would suggest such a formula because initially, the baking soda would dilute the stomach acids, make the person less acid and then of course, they don't want you to look at what else happens, which is because the stomach acids have been diluted, the body now utilizes fungus to create sulfuric acid in the lower intestines to complete the digestion that should have been done in the stomach. As a result, the entire body becomes severely acid, the problems of asthma, mucus, and a variety of other lung issues will also develop from this problem, so in the long and short, I think this maple syrup baking soda is a harmful therapy. "

So what do you think Ted?
Angela.. Thank you :)


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Posted by April (Southeast, GA) on 09/05/2008
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I tried a couple teaspoons of baking soda mixed in about one-half to three-quarters cup of water to relieve debilitating gas pains. Within about five minutes, the relief was setting in. After about 15 minutes, the gas pains were gone. It did cause me to expel some gas, too, which I was unable to do beforehand.

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Posted by Cyber Pony (Miami, Fl) on 04/09/2013

be careful when buying Arm Hammer baking soda. The box got recently, same orange color as before, said for household use, refrigerator etc but could not find ingredients listed on it. Small print said not for cooking on it. I kept turning the box over and over and in a very inconspicuous area, it said conditioner added for easy flow!!!! Now how much harder is the flow in regular, untainted Baking Soda - Sodium Bicarbonate? I am appalled at Arm & Hammer for pulling this stunt. Seriously? please EC, post this conspicuously so our community will know to buy another brand, like me. thanks.

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Posted by Susan (New York) on 12/15/2012

Bill from San Fernando, can you clarify this statement on E/C. Maybe this is for legal purpose to protect E/C from lawsuit. I know B/S is needed by everyone, is there any reason or under what health condition one should not take baking soda ? As you have mentioned table salt is much more deadly.


Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Susan... BS should not be taken if the body is in a state of alkalosis (too alkaline) as occurs in many end stage autoimmune diseases such as cancer, hepatitis, HIV AIDS. BS should also not be taken if you have a malfunctioning kidney.

As Paracelsus, a famous medievil Swiss physician said: "Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy."

For a reasonable account of warnings and contraindications for BS, see this link.

For further evidence of the usefulness of BS to the body (other than just for alkalizing) see this link.

I've been using SB against candida in high dosages and on a regular basis since then for many years and have noticed no adverse effects.

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Posted by Charlotte (Houston, Texas) on 12/06/2012

I can't find a doctor or therapist in Houston Texas to administer sodium/baking soda iv.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn Usa)

HI U CHORLETTE, , , , , , , , Why do you want to do baking soda as an I.V. ? I have done that and it's a zero. Just add a teaspoon of baking soda to hot glass of water and your urine pH will be 8. I have done all the I.V. things for the last 5 years. Some are good and some you can just take orally or by a nebulazor. I once took Hydrogen Peroxide by I.V. , now I do it with a nebulazor. My doctor has been into this alternative stuff since 1995 and he is good. Dr Frank Shellenbegger has been into this natural stuff since the 1970's and he can teach the class.

Myself, I am now into Ozone and do flushing Nician FIR saunas for detox and alkalizine with baking soda. Do liver flush with lemon juice and olive oil. Clean my liver with coffee enemas. Tested positive for Lymphoma and am going after it naturally with Capsol T. Will let you know in two more months if I have whipped it. ====ROBERT HENRY======

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Posted by Suzanne (La, Ca, Usa) on 11/20/2012

Hi Ted, I've been taking 1 tbsp baking soda in 8 oz of distilled or spring water every morning for at least 6 months. It's help clear me out in the morning and I read about in online for a cancer cure. I don't have cancer but developed adult onset asthma about 14 mths ago and then candida for over 6 mths now due to 3 weeks of antibiotics for a severe sinus infection from advair that I was on for one month last Feb. I have never been sick like this before in my entire life. I'm 54, had chronic hives for 7 years like 15 years ago but that went away. though I need claritin occasionally for itchiness I've had generally very good health til a year ago when I developed the asthma. Last night I started a 6th or 7th round of 5 days of Prednisone for severe asthma attack.

My question is if you could please tell me if taking the baking soda every morning like that okay long term??? I also take it occsionally 1/2 tspn with juice from one lemon or lime for the candida (which really helps it) is okay. I know the prednisone is very dangerous and am hoping to go to a chiropractor I know soon to do an adjustment since I read how that can cure asthma and the one I've gone to is really superb.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Suzanne... The asthma and allergies you have may well be caused by candida in your body.

You should alkalize your blood 3 times a day with Ted's BS and water remedy. This should be taken 1/2 hr to 1 hour after all meals -- 1/4 to 1/2 tspn in a half glass of water.

You should also alkalize your body cells using Ted's lemon/lime, water and BS remedy. Do this at least 2 times a day outside mealtimes.

To get off the prednisone -- try taking between 900 mgs each of pantethine and pantothenic acid and take B complex vitamns once a day. Pantethine and pantothenic acid have been found to give the same beneficial effects as prednisone -- without the dangerous side-effects. As well, you should take between 300 micrograms and 900 micrograms of molybdenum daily to both neutralize the candida poisons and hydrcarbon poisons in your body. Molybdenum also acts to kill candida.

Read this piece of research:

The Candida/Aldehyde Connection

To discover how to kill the candida using other natural nutrients like virgin coconut oil, borax and lugols iodine, see this EC link:

Natural Candida Cures on EC

Replied by Lisa
(Boise, ID)

I have a lot of the same symptoms you have I. E. Skin and breathing issues. I find that if I'm drinking a couple of quarts of water each day it subsides. I'm curious to know if you have had success with the baking soda with any of your ailments.

Replied by Jean C.
(New York)

I investigated and found that oregano oil will help asthma.

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Posted by Susan (Vancouver, Canada) on 09/29/2012

"Bill from San Fernando, can you clarify this. What if I go to bed before 12 PM, when should I take the B/S since Ted's post does not recommend taken before 12 pm. Thanks Bill.

Per Ted's Post

Baking soda is ideally taken before bedtime, but also ideally after lunch one to two hours, and after dinner one hours. It is never to be taken before 12 pm or early morning, although it can be used as a toothpaste substitute for most fluoridated toothpastes. Ted""

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Susan... The reason Ted advises that you alkalize after 12 pm is because, during the night, the body's homeostasis works hard to readjust your body's pH to correct and healthy levels again -- and so in the morning your body should be reasonably alkaline anyway. But, after you have eaten breakfast and lunch -- the acid food that you have eaten will have acidified your body to some degree -- since 80% of the food we eat is acid-forming anyway -- so taking the alkalizing remedies after lunch will better assist in keeping the body alkalized and healthy.

Your post was a little unclear so I will assume that you are a night worker(you didn't mention this) and that you go to bed for eight hours in the morning when you get back from your night work. When you go to sleep for 8 hrs in the morning then this is when your body goes into repair mode(which is exactly what occurs if you go to sleep for 8 hours at night) -- this is when your body tries to readjust your pH to healthy levels again. So, in this instance, taking sodium bicabonate and water an hour before your 8 hours sleep(in the morning) actually aids the body in the alkalizing readjustment process.

But if you were talking about going to sleep for just a quick hour's nap -- then no, this is not the same as 8 hours rem sleep that I've described above.

Replied by Diana
(White Mountains, Nh, USA)

Bill, I am taking baking soda in the empty stomach everyday and its helping me. I have chronic constipation. I take little ACV and Baking Soda with lots of water. You just advised that it is not good to take baking soda before 12pm. Please advice it is ok to take baking soda for constipation in the empty stomach.

Replied by Susan
(New York)

Hi Bill from San Fernando, sorry I did not make myself clear. So it is ok to take sodium bicabonate and water an hour before my 8 hours sleep? Thanks.

Replied by Love
(Louisville, Ky)

I don't recommend baking soda daily. I would recommend going on a organic juice fast for 30 days and embrace an organic raw vegan lifestyle.

Daily, I drink 5 cups of organic juice that I make and within 20 minutes, everything comes out of me! I juice: 1 head of Kale, 3 collard green leaves, 1 large locally grown apple, 1/2 lemon... This is yummmmmmy! Taste like lemonaide. You will never have constipation again. I would also recommend 1/3 cup of minerial oil daily for three days and really get rid of your issue. Hope this helps!

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Diana... When I had candida in the past and I first started to alkalize, I always took both Ted's bicarb and water and lemon/ lime bicarb and water remedies about 2 hours after eating -- outside mealtimes in other words. This greatly helped against my candida, constipation and bloating issues. In those days, I usually started to alkalize in late morning.

Later, I understood that taking sodium bicarb and water outside mealtimes was good for alkalizing both the intestines and the body. However now, I take sodium bicarb and water about 1/2 hr to 1 hour after meals -- because taking it this way helps to alkalize the intestines, alkalize the blood AND helps digestion issues because it supports main stage digestion in the upper intestines which should always occur in an alkaline to neutral medium(not acid).

Normally, during sleep at night, the body's homeostsis mechanism comes into play to re-adjust the body's pH(and electrochemistry) back to a healthy levels again. Since 90% of the food we eat now is acidic -- taking sodium bicarb in this way, an hour or so before sleep, actually helps the homeostasis mechanism to re-adjust the body's pH to healthy levels again.

What I have also noticed is that taking sodium bicarb at night also helps people with slow digestion ussues caused by GERD and other problems. Similarly, slow or poor digestion can also be caused by too little bicarbonates from the pancreatic juices -- so taking sodium bicarbonate an hour before you sleep actually helps to make digestion more efficient and helps to avoid acid intestines, reflux etc at night.

To keep it simple -- the only times when I would never take the sodium bicarb and water remedy would be directly before a meal, during a meal and directly after a meal ie while stomach acid digestion is still working and doing its job -- because taking thos remedy incorrectly like this during meals would adversely affect and interfere with both stomach acid digestion and main stage digestion in the duodenum.

Therefore Sodium bicarb is OK to take for constipation. But I've also found that if you add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt(once a day) to the sodium bicarb and water and take it that way as Ted advises -- then this tend to work much better to help loosen up the constipation than just sodium bicarb and water alone.

Replied by Meenu
(Vancouver, Canada)

i suffer from high cholestrol and blood pressure. do you recommend this for me? till now i've never tried baking soda, but I used to take ACV but rather then lowering or controlling my HBP it increased it. your opinion is highly appreciated and valued. thanks

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Posted by Eddie (Fort Lauderdale, Fl) on 02/03/2012
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After reading these posts and not having health insurance, I tried the baking soda and it's no less than amazing! Thank you folks.

Replied by Francisca
(Zug, Switzerland)

What did you try it for?

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Posted by Terry Dee (London, Essex England) on 11/05/2011

I have high blood pressure and am avoiding salt . On tasting a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water it tastes like salt. Is there a high salt content in it?

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, USA)

Dear Terry Dee from London, UK: Baking soda is sodium bicarbinate (bicarbinate of soda, bicarb), so you may be tasting or perceiving the sodium as is part of the bicarb.

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Posted by Eve (Liverpool, Uk) on 10/12/2011

Hello, I've heard that using too much bicarbonate of soda can affect bones. Any views on this please? Eve

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Posted by Maggie (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 07/07/2011

I called the makers of Arm & Hammer So Clean! Super Washing Soda. They gave me a list of ingredients:

Sodium Carbonate



They couldn't give me an exact percentage for the sodium carbonate but said it is very high (over 90%) and it has a pH of 11. Is this safe to ingest?

Replied by Kaylove
(Laguna, Ca)

No! Why on earth would you consider ingesting something with fragrance and surfactants in it?! ?! ?!

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Posted by Captain Kirk (Hartsburg, Missouri) on 06/07/2011

Couldn't find a cheap source until I was helping a buddy get ready for his daughter's wedding. We were at his dad's vet supply warehouse picking up flowers and I noticed pallets of baking soda; 50 pound bags of it. He said oh sure just grab one. I threw it in the trunk and asked him how much and he said oh, 3, 4 dollars....

I looked the bag over carefully. The soda comes from a mine in Rifle, Colorado. The color and consistency is the same as A&H and other brands I have seen.

It is used in veterinary medicine to mitigate rumin problems in animals. This is food grade, so I figure if it's good enough for goats and sheep and what have you, it's good enough for me and my laundry. The bag will likely last me a year.

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Posted by Birdy (Ankeny, Iowa, Usa) on 05/30/2011
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I just want you to know I tried taking small amounts of this to see if I would have any benefits. I took it and every time which is probably 4 or 5 times I wake up the next day extremely depressed. It is enough so that I feel more than blue more than yucky. I feel depressed. I dont use this anymore. Also, I dont have a need as drinking lemonade helps my stomach. Just wanted to let ya know this cuz feeling that depressed is not good. I know it was from the baking soda.

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Posted by Jordan (Imlay City, Mi) on 04/20/2011
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Better But With Side Effects

I have eaten way too much sugar for too long. Coke, candy, takeout food during the day.. Beer, wine, or liquor with juice at night (i understand these are essentially sugar) Well for obvious reasons I have been feeling like.. Well.. Poop. It got to the point were I felt I needed an alcahoiic drink to feel better at night (essentially a sugar craving). Well the past couple days the alcoholic drink, far from making me feel any better as it has in the past, has made me feel much worse. I realized it's gotta be too much acid in my stomach from the unhealthy eating habits I developed mostly a result of just not having fresh healthy food in the house and plenty of delicious but very unhealthy snack foods, sugar foods, alcahol, and juices (often sugary).

The other night I was feeling terrible and decided to drink some baking soda (sodium bicarbonate food grade). It most certainly worked and amazingly so. However the quantities stated in this thread were far far far lower than the quantity I took (also many times in the past). I would estimate my dose at 8 tablespoons. Now don't get me wrong I'm not encouraging this dosage, cause one thing for sure is I would expect some kind of a blowout (lol). Not like a Super Sale where you get good deals on stuff, but the kind that may give you quite a stomachache followed by amazing relief (hopefully - I understand this could be potentially dangerous and I'm only telling a truthful experience) Well as good as it worked for me most of the times I've tried this, there was once when I woke up with very bad stomach pain which went away after the obvious need. I have only taken this remedy on occasion and realize too much of anything can be bad. I have a feeling that taking larger doses regularly would be a bad idea, but I have to say that personally I think a higher dose is for me when its really bad like the other night (perhaps 1 or 2 tablespoons - 8 was admittedly a bit too much)Is it possible that 1 or 2 tablespoons is beneficial in cases where the cause is certainly known (high level of acidity from sugar) as in my case. I am absolutely not a doctor though and I'm sure there will be people who say what I did was very dangerous and would be happy to hear your thoughts.