Aug 30, 2011 - 6:49 pm
I love my PCP – she is a DO and takes lots of time with me. At my physical today I had an interesting discussion about diet and cancer. My question was about keeping the body alkaline. A belief for many here has been that we need to keep the body alkaline with foods that promote this in the body in order to be successful in fighting cancer.
My doc explained that “the body self-corrects” for swings in ph. The norm is 7.4 and the body will automatically adjust level using whatever organ it needs to accomplish this - even if we eat acid foods. She also said that if it was that simple, that there would be someone who would have come up with this as a “cure” for cancer with diet or a medication to make body alkaline. She said that cancer varies so much – some are caused by virus, etc.
Bottom line: while she did not discourage the anti-cancer diet, or alkaline foods. The issue of self-correcting was very interesting since we really shouldn’t ONLY credit FOODS as the reason for the healthy PH in our bodies but realize that the BODY ITSELF will CORRECT imbalances.