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Is the Alkaline Diet an Effective Cancer Treatment? July 6, 2015

Posted by Dreamhealer in Alkaline Diet, Health, Naturopathy.
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Every day I see cancer patients who are drinking alkaline water and focusing a significant amount of their time and energy on alkaline foods. Is this an effective cure for cancer? The short answer is no and any observed positive effects have nothing to do with the foods being alkaline. Let me explain why this is.

In the early 20th century it was observed that cancer cells could not grow in alkaline environments. There are a number of metabolic reasons why this is and this principle is very effective in a petri dish. The problem is that this theory simply does not apply to our bodies. The pH is a measure of how acid or basic a liquid is. You cannot change the pH of your blood enough to influence cancer. To understand why, you need to look at the biochemistry of the blood.

Our blood is buffered which means that it is absolutely full of molecules that make sure there are no variations in the pH of the blood. The body spends a substantial amount of energy keeping the pH of the blood with in a very narrow range. Every single protein in your entire body is designed to work at a very specific pH. If there is any deviation from this optimal pH then the protein ceases to function properly. In other words, if you were able to make your blood significantly more basic it would very quickly result in kidney failure, respiratory failure and ultimately death. Our cells have been adapting to a very narrow pH range for millions of years and there are many metabolic reasons for this. When you drink alkaline water and eat alkaline foods it does not make your blood alkaline.

Any positive studies relating to the alkaline diet have nothing to do with the foods being alkaline. When you look at the list of “alkaline foods” it consists mostly of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and legumes with very small amounts of meat. These are all very healthy foods that are rich in nutrients. The high nutrient content is completely unrelated to the alkaline nature of these foods.

When designing an ideal diet plan for cancer patients the first goal is making sure they are getting adequate nutrients because the cells will have increased metabolic demands while fighting cancer. The second goal is making sure that they are avoiding foods that are rich in sugar. Very often this diet will consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. No one disputes that these foods are helpful when combating cancer but it is clear that this positive effect from these foods is not due to them being alkaline.

If you are fighting cancer it is essential that you have professional guidance with your diet. Before you make any dramatic changes contact a Naturopathic physician that works with oncology. A Naturopathic doctor that works with oncology will take the time to look at your case and will design a specific diet plan for you.

Dr. Adam McLeod is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), BSc. (Hon) Molecular biology, First Nations Healer, Motivational Speaker and International Best Selling Author. He currently practices at his clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia where he focuses on integrative oncology. Visit Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic for more information.

Written by: Dr. Adam McLeod, ND, BSc

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1. Susan - July 6, 2015

Adam

You are the most gifted healer on The planet … Why are you only focused on cancer? I am your student , why limit ourselves?

Love to tour family

Susan cohen

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Dreamhealer - August 28, 2015

Dr. McLeod has chosen to focus exclusively on oncology for a number of reasons. He has extensively studied cancer from both a molecular biology perspective and from a natural perspective. There are so many natural therapies that can be used to help cancer patients and this is his field of expertise. He describes many of these therapies here:
http://yaletownnaturopathic.com/integrative-oncology/

Cancer is a very complex disease and it requires a Naturopathic doctor to exclusively focus on it for the benefit of these patients. Energy healing can be applied to any disease but Adam has chosen to focus on cancer as that is his true passion. He discusses this in his most recent book “Integrative Oncology: The Power of Being Informed”.


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