Baking soda works for me.
I was diagnosed with CLL in 2006. A few years later the fatigue, which for me included mental fog, kicked in. It was at its worst during my months in treatment. Even in remission I would fold at about 4:00 in the afternoon, after which I was down for the count, making exceptions only for early dinners out. Fatigue seemed to be what was normal for me. I lived that way for a full year after treatment.
Last summer I saw a study from the University of Georgia demonstrating that baking soda taken daily can prevent the spleen from harboring inflammatories. I have osteo arthritis, so I began taking a teaspoon of baking soda each day, mixed in water with a bit of sweetener.
I didn’t notice an effect on my arthritis pain. Rats. But what I did start to notice was greater energy. The worst of the fatigue left me within the first two weeks of use. I no longer had to have a full day of stretch-on-the-couch relaxation each weekend to allow me to work for a living during the week. And my workdays were longer.
After only a few weeks I was feeling pretty much like a normal person.
Then I started to notice my baking soda lapses. I would forget to take it for a couple of days, and back would come that urge to fling myself on my couch mid-afternoon and stay there until bedtime. And I would feel the old brain fog return.
Why is this happening? It could be many things. Let’s not rule out coincidence/placebo. Maybe it was simply time I got better after all. And perhaps the fatigue I was experiencing was directly related to the inflammation that my spleen had been harboring.
But CLL is a splenetic disease. If the spleen responds to baking soda in one of its functions, perhaps the soda is more broadly effective on the various functions of the organ that affect the disease we share. Who knows?
Even a mind daily does of baking soda should not be used by people with high blood pressure without a doctor’s consent. But here’s the deal. In the States, a box sells for about a buck. And it seems to me one dollar would be worth a try.
I would love to have others here give this a test and let me know—let all of us know—whether what is working for me works for you. And if anyone has posted about this before.