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Some of them are suitable for direct consumption, others can be used to grow your own little psychedelic garden!
All these seeds are good for growing in your own garden or in a pot or plant container. This pack contains 6 different seeds. A nice pack to enjoy a bit of gardening. Besides that we included detailed growing instructions. This way you can grow your own psychedelic garden.
Please note that sometimes a certain seed is out of stock. In that case we replace it with an other kinds of seeds (for example cactus seeds)...
The South American jungle vine Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) has a rich history of medicinal and entheogenic use. The word Ayahuasca means "vine of the spirits" in Quechan. In fact many tribes of the Amazon rainforest regarded the vine as a snake that can bear humans into the world of spirits.
The Banisteriopsis caapi vine is the foremost ingredient of Ayahuasca, a traditional psychoactive drink which was used in various religious and healing ceremonies for centuries.
Please note that Ayahuasca is difficult to cultivate from seed and takes a very long time to grow to sufficient size. It's recommended only for the professional cultivator or entheogenic collector.
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Growing Banisteriopsis caapi
Place the seeds in humus-rich, moist soil (free draining) with the wing end of the seed facing up and uncovered. Water profusely to ensure the soil stays moist. Being from the Amazon, B. caapi only really thrives in moist, tropical climates and does not tolerate any frost, but otherwise it's quite a tough plant.
Sprouting takes between 3 to 4 weeks.
Khat (Catha edulis), also called Qat or Chat, comes from an evergreen tree which grows at high altitudes extending from East to Southern Africa. It's a large shrub which can grow to tree size. It reaches heights from 10 feet to 20 feet and its scrawny leaves resemble withered basil. Fresh khat leaves are crimson-brown and glossy but become yellow- green and leathery as they age. They also emit a strong smell.
The ancient Egyptians considered Catha edulis to be a most sacred plant, a "divine food" like royal jelly to bees, capable of releasing humanities nascent divinity. This plant was so important to the ancients that is was called "the plant" or "the shrub", although its specific name is lost to time. Nowadays khat is used throughout eastern Africa, from the Middle East all the way south, and especially in Yemen, Somalia and Ethiopia it is still popular.
These Khat seeds come from the Nigerian Catha edulis variety and is considered to be of higher quality compared to other sources. With some care the seeds can be cultivated into your very own thriving garden of Khat plants.
Yopo, Anadenanthera peregrina and Piptadenia peregrina are different names for the same plant, which has a rich ethnobotanical history. Not to be mistaken with A. colubrina, or cebil, its use is well documented and covers at least 55 indigenous tribes. The snuff made from the seeds is called cohoba, which has been used in ritual contexts in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Many artifacts and administration paraphernalia have been discovered, the long tube, used for blowing cohoba into the nostril of another person, being the most familiar object.
Tripping effects of Yopo seeds
It should be noted that user reports on both yopo and cebil are only rarely precise and correct in describing their ingredients. Most people are not aware of the difference in chemical make up of the two species’ seeds.
Although yopo is taken orally or sometimes even rectally, most people use it parenterally, or through the nose. When snorted, yopo causes a heavy body load in most users. Dizziness, vomiting and headache are common, especially with doses over 3 seeds. Most users also report a dreamlike state of mind or a psychedelic experience, lasting around 15 minutes, with a 30 to 45 minute afterglow.
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Preparing Yopo for consumption
In order to be absorbed by the body, the seeds must be prepared prior to use:
use 1-4 seeds per person
heat seeds on low heat until they pop
separate the outer seed from the inner seed
the inner part of the seed is used
discard the outer seed shell
heat the remaining inner seed on low
stop heating when it is hard and crunchy
crush the seed (use a coffee grinder, mortar and pestle, etc.)
mix the following: 2 parts seed, 1 part lime or shell, and 1 part baking soda
add a few drops of water to form a paste
mix well and heat on low until material dries
crush dry material into a fine powder (use a coffee grinder, mortar and pestle, etc.)
Fresh seeds will puff up and pop (revealing the inner part of the seed) when lightly heated (may take up to 20-30 minutes). A small pot or pan works well, a lid will help retain heat. After the seed pops, separate the outer seed from the inner seed and discard the outer seed.
The inner part of the seed is then crushed into a powder and mixed with lime (or shells) and baking soda. A small amount of water is added to the mixture to form a paste. Mix the paste well, so that all ingredients are combined together.
Then put it in a pot or pan and supply low heat to evaporate the water from the paste. When the paste dries into a powder, use a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle to crush the mixture into a fine powder that can be snorted.
It may take a while for the mixture to dry, a fan can help speed things up. Edible lime or shell (containing lime) must be added to the mixture in order to be absorbed by the human body effectively. Baking soda added to the mixture will also improve bodily absorption.
The reason cebil or yopo snuff is sometimes blown by a fellow shaman into the nose of the user (see image) is because it is unpleasant. A helper can force a larger amount of the drug into the recipients nasal cavity, than the user would be able to consume alone.
You can make your own inhalation tube with some hollow plant stem or something else that will allow you to inhale the powder you have produced. Most people report a pleasant experience, if the user can overcome the nasal discomfort and nausea.
There will most likely be some degree of an uneasy feeling in the stomach. If you can not force yourself to ingest enough powder to produce the desired effect, a helper can force-blow a large amount of cebil or yopo into your nasal passage. Experienced users say 1-2 seeds worth of powder will have a stimulating effect.
The inhalation of 3-4 seeds worth of cebil or yopo is said to produce a period of stimulation lasting about 20-40 minutes followed by a sedative period where hallucinations will probably be experienced. The first time you try, start with 1 seed (mild) to 4 seeds (wild) worth of snuff and see what you think. A sitter who is not using the drug is a good idea.
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Dosages between 3-5 seeds have shown to be psychedelic for many users. Dosages over 5 seeds are very high and uncomfortable for most people. One bag contains approximately 40 to 50 seeds.
The seeds of A. peregrina contain N,N-DMT, 5-MeO-DMT and 5-HO-DMT (= bufotenine) (Raetsch 2005).
This is one of the more experimental herbs available. People who are interested in a DMT experience rather than trying out a certain shamanic method (snorting), are better off with any of the established sources, such as Psychotria viridis or Mimosa hostilis.
Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
This plant is also called reed canary grass and is one of the few DMT sources that you can find growing outside in the Netherlands and in other places in- and outside Europe. There is, however, no evidence that this plant has been used as a shamanistic tool or similar. Little research has been done as to how exactly this plant can be used as the DMT source for an ayahuasca analogue.
Nevertheless, there are several positive reports published for this species, most notably by Jim DeKorne. The psychonautic community, judging by Erowid’s Phalaris experience archives, is gradually starting to get involved.
Nowadays Phalaris arundinacea is primarily used in combination with Peganum harmala to make anahuasca, which is a psychedelic infusion similar to ayahuasca. The effects can best be described as a physical and mental purge, combined with a 4 hour connection with the otherwise imperceptible. The purge is typically not as strong as with ayahuasca, although canary grass apparently causes a lot more nausea and strong discomfort in many users.
The intensity depends on many factors, so many drinkers have to build up some experience and have weak effects in the beginning. When the effects are weak, most drinkers experience something similar to a low dose of psilocybin mushrooms or LSD, combined with stomach cramps in the first 2 hours.
In the case of strong effects, most people experience a drastic change in the interpretation of reality or even some kind of transport of all the senses to another dimension. Anahuasca is known for its strong visions of the bright side and the dark side. The visions tell stories about the drinker and everything else in the universe. Many people don't get visions, however, and experience anahuasca through the other senses. Some people get diarrhoea and have to vomit.
Using an extract of this plant as an incense induces a 15 minute psychedelic experience, borrowing elements from the anahuasca experience, most notably the drastic change in the interpretation of reality or transport of all the senses to another dimension.
There is only a very small number of recipes available. A safe one would take 15 gr fresh weight for a low dose, 30 for a normal dose and 45 for a high dose. Don't underestimate how overwhelming the experience can be and start with a low dose if you're new to anahuasca. If you are not yet familiar with making the brew, you should know that hardly anyone who makes it for the first time is successful. For most people, making good anahuasca is a result of trial and error and several years of practice. You should read about making anahuasca in books and on the internet (check the links below) and decide on a recipe.
For the purpose of anahuasca, canary grass is run through a wheat grass juicer and its sap is drunk 15 to 60 minutes after taking a 3 to 4 gr P. harmala or 50 to 150 gr Banisteriopsis caapi preparation. A hot water infusion can also be made. Common boiling methods are yet to be established, but simmering the finely cut grass twice on a low fire for 60 minutes in 200 ml of water with 100 ml of lemon juice or vinegar might work. The two infusions are added together and the liquid is boiled down. This extract can also be taken 15 to 60 minutes after taking P. harmala.
P. arundinacea juice from a wheatgrass juicer can also be made into an incense, by boiling the sap down to a tarlike mass.
Cultivation data of this plant for psychoactive purposes is rare. For detailed ordinary growing information, go to PFAF's Phalaris arundinacea page.
For most psychonautic purposes, the seeds can be sprinkled on a layer of soil that is at least 10cm deep. As an indication, keep around 5-10mm distance between the seeds. Gently press the seeds against soil after spreading them evenly. Keep the soil wet, especially in the first couple of weeks after sowing. This plant is easy to germinate, and after a couple months the seedlings are big enough to harvest.
We sell the seeds of P. arundinacea, which are not psychoactive. Once grown, the primary active ingredients in this plant are N,N-DMT and 5-MeO-DMT. It can also have high concentrations of gramine, which is a very toxic alkaloid (C. Raetsch, 2005).
Take notice of the fact that many Phalaris users report highly unpleasant, uncomfortable experiences and prefer other DMT sources.
When making anahuasca, be aware of the fact that you'll be using canary grass in conjunction with an MAO-inhibiting plant, like P. harmala or B. caapi. MAO-inhibitors can be very dangerous when combined with certain foods or other psychoactives that are totally harmless when taken by themselves.
Don't take P. arundinacea by yourself and please take notice of the historical fact that anahuasca has been used safely in a ritual setting under guidance of trained shamans.
These herbs are known for their energizing effects. If caffeine is giving you the jitters and you're looking for a replacement, this is the place to be. Several energy herbs can be used to lose weight.
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Cha de Bugre (Cordia salicifolia)
Cha de Bugre, or Cordia salicifolia, is used in Brazil for appetite suppression and weight loss. Rather than cutting off appetite altogether, Cha de Bugre gives one a sense of being full and satiated after eating only a few bites of food.
These herbs and extracts are all known for promoting a sensual state of mind and invigorating the body.
Catuaba (Erythroxylum catuaba)
Catuaba is the most famous of all Brazilian aphrodisiacs. Improves potency, enhances sexual excitement and gives more powerful orgasms.
Red Kwao Krua (Butea superba) extract 25x
Butea superba is a herb from Thailand which enhances the male libido and improves the erection. According to user experiences, this natural herb rivals the effects of big brand aphrodisiacs.
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Damiana Especial (Turnera diffusa)
Damiana Especial is a finer quality of Damiana harvested earlier. This not only makes the herb a lot fresher, it also ensures a younger, more flavourful herb.
A selection of herbs renowned for their hallucinogenic effects. Wormwood, for example, is the basic ingredient for the famous drink absinthe. These herbs can be consumed in different ways, for example by making tea from them or by chewing them well.
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A professional kit to make yourself one litre of absinthe. The absinthe will have the same taste as the original drink from the 19th and early 20th century.
Sinicuichi (Heimia salicifolia) extract 10x
Extract of the sacred, shamanistic Sinicuichi plant from South America. Gives euphoria, relaxation and (auditory) hallucinations.
It stimulates the body and increases activity.
In general, the effects are stimulating and euphoric at a lower doses and more calming and narcotic at higher doses. These effects are noticeable after 5 to 10 minutes and can last for several hours.
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You can buy kratom in the form of herbs (cut or powder), standardized herbal extracts and resin extract. Some forms are more expensive but will require less to achieve the same effect.
Long live Vivazen! This natural drink, derived from natural sources, is formulated from a unique blend of powerful, natural herbs that combat stress to provide long-lasting relaxation and enjoyment.
Kratom Malaysia (Mitragyna speciosa)
The effects of Kratom leaves from Malaysia can be stimulating or sedative, depending on the quantity.
Kra Thum Khok (Mitragyna hirsuta) extract 50x
A highly concentrated Kra Thum Khok (Mitragyna hirsuta) extract. Kra Thum Khok is closely related to Mitragyna speciosa and has a similar effects. This extract has a particularly strong soporific effect.
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Fly High Amsterdam e-liquid
If there's one thing the Dutch are known for, it's the legend of the Flying Dutchman. Fly High e-liquid for electronic cigarettes lets you create an entirely new myth thanks to the stimulating & relaxing effects from kratom. Fly as high as a Dutchman!
For thousands of years human beings have used mushrooms to transcend ordinary waking consciousness and contact the gods. Nowadays shrooms are amongst the most popular items sold in smartshops.
Here you will find different magic mushroom grow kits for home growing. You don't need a lot of space or special lighting equipment. There are ready-to-grow kits for beginners to which just need to add a little water, and kits for experienced growers which allow you to choose the mushroom spore strain yourself. All our grow kits include detailed instructions so you can start growing your own shrooms at home in no time!
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Mushroom Grow Kit 'Master'
For bumper harvests! The Grow Kit Master is based on a simple and proven cultivation method. Contains all necessary materials to grow 1 kilo of fresh magic mushrooms, except for the spores. This kit can be used to grow almost any cubensis variety.
Mushroom Grow Kit 'Ready-To-Grow' XL
The XL version of the Ready To Grow kits is just as easy to use as other grow kits based on the same method, but it yields up to a massive 1 kilo in magic mushrooms. All that's required is water and a little bit of patience.
The XL mushroom grow kit contains mycelium from the Psilocybe cubensis mushroom. The mycelium in this box has been developed on a rye-based substrate with a layer of vermiculite on top.
XL mushroom grow kit features
Extra large 2100 cc cultivation box
Produces multiple harvests
Yield: up to 1000 g
From start to harvest: 3 weeks
Mushroom Grow kit 'Easy' Cambodian
Ready-to-grow in 3 x 5 minutes. This cubensis grow kit contains all necessary materials to grow your own magic mushrooms. Included: spore syringe, Mushbag with sterilized rye, vermiculite, perlite, filterbag, filterbox and growing instructions.
Mushroom Grow Kit 'Easy' Ecuador
Magic mushroom growing made easy. Contains all materials to prepare a ready-to-grow cultivation box in 3 easy steps. Requires minimum care once set-up. All you need to do is water the kit once and wait for the mushrooms to grow.
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Magic Mushroom Grow kit 'Easy' Thai
Go from spores to a ready-to-grow cultivation box in just 3 steps. From then on your work is almost done. Just add water to the growbox and wait until the magic mushrooms start growing. It’s that easy!
Mushroom Grow kit 'Easy' B+
This magic mushroom grow kit provides all necessary materials to grow your own shrooms in three steps. Requires very little maintenance once set-up. Add water once, put the kit in the grow bag and wait for the shrooms to pop-up.
As you noticed already, in Windows 8 you did not find IE in the Programs and Features so you can downgrade it like you did in Windows 7 and still test and use websites and interfaces that in IE8 won't work...
What do I do to still use Internet Explorer 8 instead of IE 11? Our blog, for example, requires IE8 for the citizen journalists that post their original articles free of charge on our dBlog Open Source CMS. If you have any other version of the Microsoft Corporation's browser like IE 9 or 10, the HTML Editor (visual WYSIWYG) just will not load.
So, you want to know how to emulate any other older version of the IE browser?
First, you have to open Internet Explorer in desktop mode and press F12 to bring up the Developer Tools at the bottom of the page.
How to open Internet Explorer 11 in Desktop Mode on Windows8? Well, the desktop mode gives you visible tabs, the address bar and easy access to the IE options. Contrary to the Desktop mode is the New User interface (Metro mode), called a Chromeless mode because it uses all the screen and is without borders. From within the New User Interface, to pass to the Desktop Mode, go to Control Panel (just start typing it), and select Internet Options. Go to the Program tab, and from the drop down box, choose how you open links: Let Internet Explorer decide, Always in Internet Explorer or Always in IE on the desktop.
In the Developer Tools, after pressing F 12, down on the left you will search for the Emulation (Ctrl+8) Tab. Just select Document mode: 8 and the USer agent string: Internet Explorer 8.
Of course, you can emulate as a User agent string: Internet Explorer 10, 9, 7 and 6, IE10 - Windows Phone 8, IE9 - Windows Phone 7, IE - Xbox One, IE - Xbox 360, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Apple Safari (iPad) and Big Bot. As Document mode you can choose: Edge, 10, 9, 8, 7 and 5.
That's all folks!
Arturo Find for TurismoAssociati.it
Researchers at the Medicinal Chemistry Institute of the Spanish National Council for Research (CSIC) believe a class of chemicals found in marijuana, called cannabinoids, hold promise in improving the lives of Alzheimer's patients.
The team, led by Concepción Pérez, PhD, explained last month in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry why cannabinoids are "very attractive candidates" for new treatments.
Cannabinoids act on specific pathways in the brain called cannabinoid receptors, which are responsible for the effects of marijuana. According to the team, previous studies on the role of cannabinoids in Alzheimer's suggest a number of benefits.
Between the two cannabinoid pathways, CB1 activity seems to preserve cognitive function while CB2 activity may help protect and repair the brain.
"Taken together, these results suggest that CB1 receptor agonists may interrupt the mechanism of excitotoxicity and CB2 receptor agonists may suppress neuroinflammation and lead to plaque removal."
Cannabinoids can target not only the endocannabinoid system, they note, but other disease-related systems as well.
The most widely prescribed drugs today help boost levels of acetylcholine, with the assumption that a lack of acetylcholine underlies Alzheimer's. However, these drugs have proven to be ineffective.
More current research instead points to chronic inflammation as the cause of Alzheimer's.
The team is currently working on developing CB2 agonists that can prevent the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain – a key marker of the disease.
The build-up of plaque is believed to block neuron signaling and trigger cell death through inflammation.
Likewise, researchers in the U.S. have identified cannabinoids as promising candidates for preventing inflammation in Alzheimer's.
Gary Wenk, PhD, a professor of neuroscience, immunology and medical genetics at Ohio State University, told TIME that in his 25 years of researching ways to combat brain inflammation, "cannabinoids are the first and only class of drugs that have ever been effective."
Published in the American Journal of Public Health, a group of economics researchers found that medical marijuana laws led to a sharp drop in suicide rates among young men.
The results seem to support the belief that marijuana can be used to cope with stressful life events, says study co-author Daniel Rees, PhD, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver.
"In keeping with what advocates of medical marijuana would argue, that is, if you're depressed, if you have to cope with a stressful situation, marijuana actually helps."
Rees notes that some research suggests marijuana works as an anti-depressant, but the evidence isn't conclusive. On the other hand, medical marijuana laws have also been linked to less alcohol consumption – particularly among young men.
Less alcohol consumption following medical marijuana legalization could also explain the drop in suicide rates, he says.
But the study was the first time researchers have looked at medical marijuana laws and suicide rates. Rees believes more research needs to be done to be sure.
"The relationship really does seem to exist. But we don't have a lot to say about mechanism."
Rees, along with co-authors D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University and Joseph Sabia of San Diego State University, compared changes in annual suicide rates between 1990-2007 of states that legalized medical marijuana and states that did not.
Suicide rates seemed to decline overall among the 12 states that passed laws during this period. But the only statistically significant decrease was in men 20-39 years old.
The team's previous research has also shown a strong correlation between medical marijuana laws and reduced traffic fatalities.
No sources of funding were reported
The use of marijuana as a medicine remains controversial, yet marijuana's active ingredient is regularly prescribed in both Canada and the U.S.
In fact, pills that contain THC, like Marinol (dronabinol) and Cesamet (nabilone), are often recommended as substitutes for marijuana.
But while it's easy to think of the treatments as equal, research highlights some important differences.
Time of Onset
A study conducted last year at the New York State Psychiatric Institute was the first ever to compare a THC pill, dronabinol, with smoked marijuana for managing pain.
In the study, smoking a joint took full effect within 15 minutes. Dronabinol, on the other hand, took 60-90 minutes to reach its peak.
As Florida physician Dr. Heather Auld points out in a recent article, a shorter time of onset is better for pain patients.
Duration of Effect
While marijuana and dronabinol performed about the same in pain reduction, the study found dronabinol's effect to last longer.
In this case, experts say a longer-acting treatment is preferable.
The biggest advantage of smoking marijuana is the ability for patients to self-adjust dose. Due to the shorter time of onset, patients can easily adjust dosing by taking additional puffs when necessary.
On the other hand, the delay in onset of THC pills, combined with their extended action, makes it difficult and dangerous for patients to self-adjust dose.
Studies show that both smoked marijuana and dronabinol suffer from inconsistent bioavailability, which also makes it difficult for doctors to predict dosing. This makes the flexibility offered by smoking even more beneficial.
Also, while it might be inconvenient to roll a joint every couple hours, vaporizers are widely preferred by doctors, and provide an easier way for patients to take marijuana throughout the day.
A study concluded that patients get just as high from taking dronabinol as they do from smoking a joint.
On the other hand, some believe dronabinol's delay in onset could make it less subject to abuse.
Marijuana's active ingredient is a chemical called THC, which is thought to trigger psychosis in certain individuals. However, research shows that another compound in marijuana called CBD (cannabidiol) may counteract THC's effect, and could even have antipsychotic properties of its own.
In the latest study, published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology (second LINK HERE - TA note), Dutch and British researchers reviewed more than 66 past studies on CBD and psychosis, and concluded that the compound offers a number of advantages over current drugs.
"Given the high tolerability and superior cost-effectiveness, CBD may prove to be an attractive alternative to current antipsychotic treatment."
The authors point out that CBD, unlike a vast majority of medicines, appears to have no noticeable side effects and no lethal dose. Several lines of evidence, including animal and human studies, also support its effectiveness as an antipsychotic medicine.
One of the most promising studies was published in 2012. The study involved 39 people with schizophrenia, 20 who were given CBD and 19 who were given the antipsychotic drug amisulpride.
At the end of the four-week trial,
those who received CBD showed the same levels of improvement as those who received amisulpride. But more importantly, CBD did not cause the hormonal and weight imbalances that amisulpride did.
"The results were amazing," said Daniel Piomelli, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology at the University of California-Irvine who co-authored the study.
"Not only was (CBD) as effective as standard antipsychotics, but it was also essentially free of the typical side effects seen with antipsychotic drugs."
Unfortunately, despite raising excitement among others in the field, Dr. Piomelli's findings have yet to be followed up. According to PsychCentral, barriers include CBD's relationship to marijuana and the fact that it is a naturally-occurring compound, which makes it harder to patent as a new drug.
The authors of the latest study say that larger trials are necessary in order to bring the medicine to patients.
On the other hand, to get around the patenting issue, they note that identifying the source of CBD's antipsychotic properties "could also lead to the design of new synthetic agents" that mimic its benefits.
The study received funding from the Netherlands Organization for Scientiﬁc Research
University of Arizona Cancer Center member Dr. Mark Pagel will receive a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effectiveness of personalized baking soda cancer treatment for breast cancer. In other words, clinical trials on the use of oral baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) for breast cancer treatments are about to start! Obviously there are people in the know who have understood that sodium bicarbonate, that same stuff that can save a person’s life in the emergency room in a heartbeat, is a primary cancer treatment option of the safest and most effective kind.
Of course I feel vindicated for everything I wrote in Sodium Bicarbonate – Rich Man's Poor Man's Cancer Treatment, which still stands as the only full medical review on the subject of using simple baking soda in the practice of medicine. When taken orally with water, especially water with high magnesium content, and when used transdermally in medicinal baths, sodium bicarbonate becomes a first-line medicinal for the treatment of cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, influenza and even the common cold. It is also a powerful buffer against radiation exposure, so everyone should be up to speed on its use. Everybody’s physiology is under heavy nuclear attack from strong radioactive winds that are circling the northern hemisphere.
Actually it is no surprise that a University of Arizona researcher received this grant because there has been cancer research going on for years there. Dr. Robert J. Gillies and his colleagues have already demonstrated that pre-treatment of mice with baking soda results in the alkalinization of the area around tumors. The same researchers reported that bicarbonate increases tumor pH and also inhibits spontaneous metastases in mice with breast cancer. It also reduces the rate of lymph node involvement.
I recently published about fungal infections, and breast cancer has been found to be associated with increased frequency of mold-fermented cheese consumption. Fungi produce toxic metabolites called mycotoxins that can cause cancer. Aflatoxin is a mycotoxin with carcinogenic potency that is found in inferior peanut butter and other nut and dairy products. Researchers in 1993 examined human breast cancer tissue and found significant carcinogenic aflatoxin within the cancer tissue implicating aflatoxin and thus fungus as a cause of breast cancer.
The pH level of our internal fluids affects every cell in our body. Chronic over-acidity corrodes body tissue, and if left unchecked will interrupt all cellular activities and functions. In other words, over-acidity interferes with life itself. It is at the root of cancer.
Sodium bicarbonate medical treatments are the time honored method to "speed up" the return of the body’s bicarbonate levels to normal. Sodium bicarbonate happens to be one of our most useful medicines as it treats the basic acid-alkaline axis of human physiology.
Baking Soda and PH Medicine
The pH of our tissues and body fluids is crucial and central because it affects and mirrors the state of our health or our inner cleanliness. The closer the pH is to 7.35-7.45, the higher our level of health and wellbeing. Staying within this range dramatically increases our ability to resist acute illnesses like colds and flues as well as the onset of cancer and other diseases. Keeping our pH within a healthy range also involves necessary lifestyle and dietary changes that will protect us over the long term while the use of sodium bicarbonate gives us a jump-start toward increased alkalinity.
The pH scale is like a thermometer showing increases and decreases in the acid and alkaline content of fluids. Deviations above or below a 7.35-7.45 pH range in the tightly controlled blood can signal potentially serious and dangerous symptoms or states of disease. When the body can no longer effectively neutralize and eliminate the acids, it relocates them within the body's extra-cellular fluids and connective tissue cells directly compromising cellular integrity. Conversely when the body becomes too alkaline from too much bicarbonate in the blood, metabolic alkalosis occurs, which can lead to severe consequences if not corrected quickly.
Jon Barron presents a way of looking at pH that opens up one of the major benefits of alkaline water:
Hydrogen ions tie up oxygen. That means that the more acid a liquid is, the less available the oxygen in it. Every cell in our body requires oxygen for life and to maintain optimum health. Combine that with what we know about hydrogen ions and we see that the more acid the blood (the lower its pH), the less oxygen is available for use by the cells. Without going into a discussion of the chemistry involved, just understand that it's the same mechanism involved when acid rain "kills" a lake. The fish literally suffocate to death because the acid in the lake "binds up" all of the available oxygen. It’s not that the oxygen has gone anywhere; it's just no longer available. Conversely, if you raise the pH of the lake (make it more alkaline), oxygen is now available and the lake comes back to life. Incidentally, it's worth noting that cancer is related to an acid environment (lack of oxygen)—the higher the pH (the more oxygen present in the cells of the body), the harder it is for cancer to thrive.
Understanding this is important for two reasons: (1) it reveals one of the primary benefits of alkaline water—more "available" oxygen in the system and (2) it explains why alkaline water helps fight cancer.
The ocean, the mother of all life, has an average pH of about 8.1. The ideal pH for blood sits at about 7.4, slightly alkaline—not acidic.
- Jon Barron
If you’re eating well and living cleanly, then yes, you want to drink water with a naturally occurring pH only slightly above neutral. However, if you are eating the typical Western diet, high in meat, grains, sodas, and sugars that acidify the body, then you have a different problem. Your pH balance is now so far out of normal that you must go beyond normal in the other direction to counter it. My recommendation for daily drinking water pH is about 7.5-8—depending on how acid forming your diet is. Long-term consumption of higher pH water should be reserved for special circumstances. The most famous mountain waters in the world, waters renowned for their healing properties, are highly alkaline. I’m referring to the waters coming down from the Himalayas, and specifically to the waters of the Hunza Valley, which have a pH that runs between 9 and 11.
One does not have to be a doctor to practice pH medicine. Every practitioner of the healing arts and every mother and father needs to understand how to use sodium bicarbonate. Bicarbonate deficiency is a real problem that deepens with age so it really does pay to understand and appreciate what baking soda is all about.
 Baking Soda Might Have Potential Against Cancer: http://digitaljournal.com/article/323645
 One sample study is by Le, et al. (1986), in a French case-control study of 1,010 breast cancer cases and 1,950 controls with nonmalignant diseases, found that breast cancer was found to be associated with increased frequency of mold fermented cheese consumption.
 Going, et al. (1990) found that weddellite (calcium oxalate) crystals are present in calcifications found in the breast tissue of patients with breast cancer. Calcium oxalate crystals are formed when calcium binds with oxalic acid. Oxalic acid is a mycotoxin that can be produced by a number of different fungal species. Some fungi produce such large amounts of oxalic acid that they are used for commercial production of chemicals. Aspergillus niger fungal infection in human lungs produces large amounts of oxalic acid.
 Researchers examined human DNA from a variety of tissues and organs to identify and quantify aflatoxin DNA-adducts. Such adducts are considered to be proof of the mycotoxin’s presence in a particular tissue.Their finding? "Tumor tissues had higher aflatoxin-adduct levels than did normal tissue from the same individual."