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Drinking baking soda - it really IS a thing

Well now, I'm not one for "this one amazing trick will cure cancer!" and all that. But this one seems to have some scientific basis.

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is now sometimes given routinely to some people with severe kidney failure (see here nhs.uk/news/medication/baki... ). Even more interesting for us lot, there is some recent suggestion that it might damp auto-immune inflammatory responses. See here: medicalxpress.com/news/2018...

Obvious drawbacks include a risk of raising blood pressure, alkalosis and prompting extra stomach acid production. Does anyone have any experience or advice from their clinicians about this?

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Wow, how about that.

I remember my late mother used to put a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in her orange squash. There wasn't any medical reason for it, she just liked the taste. She said it was refreshing and helped settle her upset stomachs.

Apparantly her mother did the same thing swearing blind it was good for her "rheumatism".

Maybe there is something in these old wives tales after all.

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Bicarb has an alkalising effect. Alkalised water is more in tune with what the body naturally needs hence the recommendation for it. I know lots more about the whole issue. I have SLE and Fibromyalgia amongst other illnesses and found massive relief from products I found from a company but I mentioned it on a forum once and became the victim of vicious abuse and accused of trying to prey on vulnerable people so I’m not going there. I’m a firm believer that you are what you eat, or drink though.

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Excuse me for asking, but how old was your late mother when she died and did she die of old age or a specific illness or condition?

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Interesting, but a strange idea. If anyone tries it, please report back.

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I have PMR and I started taking bicarbonate of soda 3days ago. My pain is reduced anmy BP has gone down to135 over80. Normally 170over85 ish. It’s definitely worth a try.

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Thanks for testing it out. Maybe I'll give it a shot if I can figure out a way to take it that isn't unpleasnt.

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I'm going to try it.

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👍😆 VVVVV interesting & intriguing, and new to me: am looking firward to following your discussion, mike!

how many more traditional remedies are waiting to be more widely acknowledged & appreciated....or synthesised into enhanced more effective med - as quinine was via chloroquine in hydroxychloroquine sulphate, which so many of us with AIDs benefit from, and which science still doesn’t fully understand:

Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial drug. It is derived from quinine and cinchonine, which were originally taken from the bark of the cinchona tree found in Peru. Antimalarials modulate or change the way your immune system works. The exact mechanism of action for hydroxychloroquine and another antimalarial drug chloroquine in RA is not known, but we think that these drugs decrease production of a number of different chemicals that are important to the immune response.

rheumatoidarthritis.net/tre...

🍀🍀🍀🍀 coco

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My mum always added soda to veg whilst they were cooking , that was frownded on by modern cooks, could it be why more illness . It was common practice then . My nan used honey on a breast cancer , would never have anything done and lived til 82 . Salt in a bath after childbirth , now back in ' fashion' . leaches also are used again. I am sure there is a lot of knowledge we have lost in favour of pharmaceutical giants wanting our money .

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Fascinating! I've heard that baking soda can be used for all sorts of tips and tricks, but mostly as a stomach settler. i've very keen on seeing more research on this. Thanks Mike x

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Such interesting reading when I couldn't sleep last night! Thank you for posting this, Mike. Makes you think...

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Well I had my review this morning and asked my rheumy about this. He said he's never heard of it, but would be interested to hear more. I'll be seeing him again in a few weeks, so will do some more research

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I asked my Rheumy about legal medicinal maryjane....she said she doesn't know if it would help and it would make me over eat.... I'll be watching for your research answer about baking soda

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bicarbonate of soda been used for cystitis for many moons. Acts to alkanize the urine so that bacteria cannot thrive as well. all the itis issues seem to love bacteria and inflammation. Lou x

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Hello whisperit,

I have Fibromyalgia, SLE and have had a Kidney Transplant and due to all the pain killers I am on at the moment, I take Andrews to help with certain movements which seems to work for me! Really the ingredients are sodium bicarbonate poshed up a bit, but it really does help with any stomach pains or problems I have, so it’s a 👍 from me!

Wolf_1🐺🦋😴💤

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I don't know about bicarb but I use arrowroot powder a teaspoon in water for sickness and it works , I was told about it years ago by an elderly neighbour . If you take it when you feel like you are going to be sick it can stop you being sick , if you have been vomitting and you are going through the wretching stage it really helps stop that , it's great for heartburn aswell .

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yes - you've reminded me that was one of my nana's remedies too. I should try it! x

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I've got low adrenal function and discovered the adrenal cocktail (think I've mentioned it before) - orange juice, himalayan salt and cream of tarter (recipe online). It helped stop a lot of muscle aching I was getting.

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yep, I ordered my Himalayan salt last week, thanks! x

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Let me know how it goes. Of course I'm also on DHEA supplements and LDN now, alongside conventional meds. Fingers crossed we both see some change! x

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