Friday, March 7, 2014

Addressing the Misconception that Cancer is Caused by Consuming Acidic Foods

There is the popular misconception that cancer is caused or promoted with acidic foods but this is untrue. If cancer is really caused by mere acidic environments then everybody's stomach would have become cancerous. Cancer is more likely caused by the consumption of toxin-containing foods that can promote the mutation of cells that would lead to cancer.

The acidity or alkalinity of the foods consumed into the body are not able to affect the body's acidity except the urine.


Here are the main points I want to make in this article—

1) Cancerous cells are not caused by acidity or alkalinity of the foods consumed but more likely due to the toxins contained in them that cause cells to mutate and turn cancerous.
2) It is not possible to change the blood's pH level to become more overly-alkaline or overly-acidic from diet. The pH level in the stomach(based on digestion acid and food) does not affect the pH level in the rest of the body such as the blood.
3) One should manage the pH level of the stomach with diet for optimal digestion and overall health.


Acidity of the Stomach and Acidity of the Body/Blood

People need to distinguish the difference between the acidity that is present in the stomach and the acidity that is present in the body/blood. The stomach has to be very acidic to function optimally to digest food. However, if the blood's pH becomes too overly-acidic(or overly-alkaline) for some reason then serious consequences will occur due to the disruption of the pH level. But the body is already well-equipped to automatically manage the blood's pH level to prevent it from becoming too acidic or too alkaline. Therefore, people don't have to worry too excessively about the blood turning acidic by overly consuming alkaline-causing foods and drinking things like alkaline/mineral water, which could more likely hinder the stomach's proper digestion of foods.


Healthy and Cancerous Cells Both Require Acidic Environment to Function

The body(area outside of the stomach) is slightly acidic and its healthy cells require an acidic environment to survive. Cancer cells also create a more acidic environment themselves. Both healthy and cancerous cells are not able to survive in an alkaline environment. To eliminate cancer is therefore not by attempting to change the body's pH to be overly-alkaline which is impossible anyway, but to refrain from consuming toxin-containing foods.


Stomach's Acidity

Even though cancer is not caused by food acidity, it would be wise to manage the pH level of the stomach for proper digestion and well-being. If the stomach becomes too acidic due to the consumption of overly acidic-causing foods, it could lead to stomach discomfort. If it is too alkaline such as due to the consumption of alkaline/mineral water then digestion cannot occur optimally. This is why a stomach that cannot digest food properly would do better by consuming vinegar or acidic fruits. And a stomach that is too acidic would do well with consuming alkaline-causing foods such as fruits and vegetables that are alkaline.


Lemons are Alkaline-Causing, Oranges are Acidic-Causing

Lemons has overall more negative ions compared to positive ions so this makes lemons to have an alkalizing effect, and they are very efficient to neutralize an overly-acidic stomach. Other citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit have more positive ions compared to negative ions so those are acidic.


To reiterate the main points—

1) Cancerous cells are not caused by acidity or alkalinity of the foods consumed but more likely due to the toxins contained in them that causes cells to mutate and turn cancerous.
2) It is not possible to make the blood's pH level to become more alkaline or acidic from diet. The pH level in the stomach(based on digestion acid and food) does not affect the pH level in the rest of the body such as the blood.
3) One should manage the pH level of the stomach with diet for optimal digestion and overall health.


References:

Acid/Alkaline Theory of Disease Is Nonsense
http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/DSH/coral2.html

Acid Balance in the Body and Cancer
https://www.caring4cancer.com/go/cancer/nutrition/questions/acid-balance-in-the-body-and-cancer.htm

The Alkaline Myth & Hype- The Acid-Alkaline Truth Exposed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O6GhVCvVgE&sns=fb

FORGET ALKALINE WATER
http://www.markusrothkranz.com/alkalinewater/alkalinewater.html