(Note: During this time of the pandemic, I have been using many home remedies that have been sitting on my “save for a rainy day” shelves, so I was happy to find that an easy-to-find household item can be used as a home remedy.)

Who would have thought that the little box of baking soda in my refrigerator that absorbs odors would be “Nature’s Unique First Aid Remedy”? This is the subtitle to Dr. Mark Sircus’ book, SODIUM BICARBONATE, otherwise known as baking soda.

Baking Soda as Medicine

In the Introduction, the author notes that sodium bicarbonate/baking soda is “a world class emergency room and intensive care medicine used every day to save lives.”

Throughout the book, he returns to this unique use of baking soda, especially in the area of diagnosing cancer with bicarbonate physiology and its use in natural chemotherapy, claiming and demonstrating its use in killing cancerous tumors.

The Importance of pH Balance

Early in the book he discusses The Four Bicarbonate Sisters: sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium, all of which form bicarbonates, which the body uses to alkalize itself.  From this basic information, Dr. Sircus explains the importance of pH and the need to lower the acidic foods in our systems and introduce more alkalizing foods  to keeping the healthy body in balance. On pages 26 and 27 is a list of Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Symptoms that develop as a result of over-acidity in the body. Beginning Symptoms (28) include food allergies and hyperactivity; Intermediate Symptoms (28) include asthma and fungal infections, and Advanced Symptoms (13) include cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. The list is long!

“An alkaline-rich diet is the perfect diet program because an alkaline body can help reduce toxins and strengthen the immune system.” Unfortunately, our Western diet of meat, dairy, and processed foods keeps our bodies acidic, so we need to introduce more alkalizing fruits and vegetables to offset the imbalance.

Common & Uncommon Uses of Baking Soda

Before delving into the more serious uses of baking soda, the author has another interesting list of all the common usages of this ubiquitous natural remedy: 1) for your food (ex. baking), 2) for cleaning and laundry (ex. laundry booster);3)  for kids (ex. bath fizzes), 4) for health and beauty (no-shampoo for hair), and 5) around the house (ex. natural pesticide).

This list is priceless, especially during this time of not leaving the house because of COVID-19. It clearly demonstrates that a concentrate of this natural substance can be applied safely in many everyday uses, which I plan to do.

On a more serious level, we learn that sodium bicarbonate can help: in cardiac arrest by being administered intravenously, in severe diabetic ketoacidosis, and in treating poisons from overdosing chemicals and drugs. He devotes many pages to the serious health conditions that can be helped with sodium bicarbonate.

The book goes into great detail about the many ailments and conditions that can be helped with sodium bicarbonate. However, near the end of the book, the good doctor does give the reader  warnings and contraindications about using baking soda, so reading to the end is important. In Resources, Dr. Sircus provides information on the different protocols discussed in the book with the name, address, website, email, etc.  of each resource, a helpful inclusion.


The book is written for the lay person, although some chapters do become a little more technical because the author discusses chemical components and formulas. But the basic information is readily understood and his enthusiasm for “plain old baking soda” is contagious and his research is compelling!

SODIUM BICARBONATE has 179 pages of good information for anyone wishing to investigate natural alternatives to many major and minor health conditions. After reading this book, I am convinced that we need to keep baking soda not only in the refrigerator, but also in our medicine cabinets. This soft-cover book is published by Square One publishers and costs $16.95.


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