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Even though there has been a lot of information on the internet that cancer is triggered by acidity and that we can avert it by boosting the alkalinity in the body, this is nothing more than a medical myth and spreading of fake news.
Cancerous cells are unable to survive in a high alkaline surrounding; however, neither can all of our bodily cells. And, if we’re able to increase the blood pH to that extent to make it able to fight off cancer, we would actually be dead before the cancerous cells are destroyed, writes Alan Duke from Lead Stories.
Our body has mechanisms that manage the pH levels and avert its spike, regardless of how many alkaline drinks of foods we consume.
Eat Alkaline Foods to Fight Off Cancer?
As a result of this fake knowledge being shared, a lot of articles appeared on the internet saying that if we eat more of foods such as carrots, berries, broccolis, grapes, avocados, etc. we can help improve the body’s alkalinity that will further help in the destruction of the cancer cells.
The readers of such articles are led to think that green smoothies, drinking more water, and taking wheatgrass powder can help avert cancer. But, for Dr. Mike Condron, a pathologist from Houston, Texas, cancer isn’t that easy to prevent.
He also gives medical explanation to as why consuming some foods and drinks cannot avert cancer. Namely, the blood has a regulated alkaline level which we can’t change by what we ingest.
And, we’re alkaline to start with so the notion that an alkaline surrounding is that bad for diseases isn’t correct and the boost in alkalinity can actually bad for the individual.
In fact, there are a lot of things which can destroy cancer or other illnesses; however, they will also harm the patient, for example, oxygen deprivation, glucose, heat, acidity, etc.
Dr. Condron advises readers to always read stuff on the internet with a dose of reservation and to always see if certain claims are actually backed up by scientific research.
The MD Anderson Cancer Centre from the University of Texas also breaks this myth and tells that there’s no way foods can change our blood’s pH.
If we eat these foods, we may notice changes in saliva or urine pH as these are waste products; but there’s no way we could eat sufficient amounts to change the pH of the blood.
For News Guard, a company that works with trained journalists to rank website reliability considers the website Global Remedy House which began with the spread of such claims to be a ‘site that offers health related advice which has distorted published research and made unfounded claims to promote natural remedies’.
They add that this website hasn’t been holding onto basic accuracy and accountability standards.