There has been much debate about making the body alkaline in the battle against cancer. This has particularly become an area of interest because cancer rates have skyrocket. Some believe it is because people’s bodies have become more acidic due to poor diet. The scientific research about the benefits of alkaline water is not conclusive. However, pH levels appear to have a significant influence on cell mitochondria.
Normal cells die when they are under extremely alkaline conditions. A study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry discovered that rising cellular pH causes alkaline-induced cell death as a result of the altering mitochondrial function. Another study conducted at Cornell University showed that antioxidants have not proven to be effective against many neurodegenerative diseases.
Scientist state that it may be the result of how the mitochondria operate within the cell in specific pH conditions.
There are some scientific studies that argue against alkalinity with respect to preventing or treating cancer. Robert Gillies has studied tumor formation and acidity. According to Gillies, tumors make themselves acidic – even in an alkaline cellular structure. There are scientists who are in the process of developing prototypes for potential new anticancer agents that selectively kill tumor cells by interfering with the regulation of the intracellular pH. These scientists have learned that alkaline treatments do NOT have the desired effect, however, strongly acidic treatments do.
A study conducted by the National Cancer Institute in 2005. The study revisited the use of vitamin C to treat cancer. They discovered that in intravenously administered pharmacological doses, vitamin C successfully killed cancer cells and did not harm healthy cells. This is another example of cancer cells being vulnerable to acidity, not alkalinity.
By Jeanette Smith
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