by Mark Sircus
23 November 2009
Though we know by now that
sodium bicarbonate is a most useful medicine for the treatment
of cancer and kidney disease and have always known its good for
stomach acid imbalances and for cleaning our pools and refrigerators
it is not likely we have thought about it to help resolve our common
colds nor to alleviate they symptoms and dangers of influenza.
Medicine does not have to be complicated
and mysterious nor do we have to lay still and be run over by the
Hun Hordes of Influenza viruses that the health authorities want us
to be so frightened of.
Dr. Volney S. Cheney
reported long ago 
“A number of cases of colds of
varying severity were carefully studied in the laboratory.
Observation was made as to the degree of acidity of the urine;
the CO2, combining power of the blood as an indicator
of the alkaline reserve; tests were also made to determine the
calcium content of the blood, the sugar content; non-protein
nitrogen and the basal metabolism.
The urine invariably carried a
higher degree of acidity than the normal-in some cases as high
as 800 (normal 350); the CO2 combining power of the
blood in all cases was low, the highest being 52 per cent; the
sugar content of the blood was generally decreased (below 100
mg. per 100 c.c.); the metabolic rate was always on the minus
side. (These cases were carefully selected because of their lack
of any symptoms of disturbed thyroid activity.)
There is a change in the blood
chemistry and, consequently, there must be a change in the
tissues supplied by the blood. There is a decrease in the
bicarbonates or reserve bases contained in the blood plasma and
These findings seem to point the way
to the conclusion that a cold is a disturbance of the alkaline
balance or reserve, in other words, a mild acidosis, or perhaps
better stated, a lessening of the “buffer” action of the blood
plasma through a decrease in its bicarbonate content.”
After doing his experiments, Dr. Cheney
“I have been able to induce all the
symptoms of a cold, in varying degree from a simple coryza to
that of la grippe and the “flu,” by the induction of an
artificial acidosis through the administration of ammonium and
The degree of severity of the
symptoms was in direct ratio to the degree of acidosis induced.
In the severer degree of acidosis, all the classical symptoms of
the “flu” were present, even including a low degree of fever.
The symptoms rapidly subsided upon the administration of sodium
bicarbonate in large doses by mouth and by rectum.
Let’s talk about your refrigerator. Go home, unplug your
refrigerator, and find out what happens. Now remember that
before you unplugged that fridge there was no mold, no bad
bacteria, and no bugs. By pulling the plug you change the
Watch what happens. Your food will
start to break down through fermentation and then putrefaction.
Things start growing and crawling around. Where did they come
from? You know that they didn’t sneak in. The door was closed.
They were always there. It is just
that they have gone through metamorphosis and they have changed
due to an environmental shift – in other words “a drop in pH”.
Dr. Cheney further reported his
“abortive treatment” of any cold or flu thusly:
If the disease is attacked when
there is a beginning dryness in the pharynx or a slight corzya,
or congestion of the mucous membrane of the nose, and
alkalinization is instituted by large doses of sodium
bicarbonate, until the urine is alkaline to litmus paper, a
“cold” can always be aborted.
Along with the sodium bicarbonate
which I generally prescribe in 6 g. doses, accompanied by a
large glass of hot water, every 2 hours for 3 doses, I give to
an adult 1 g. of calcidin (a calcium and iodine combination)
every half hour until 6 doses have been taken.
Most colds begin to manifest themselves late in the afternoon or
early evening and the abortive treatment is best given at this
time up to retiring. At the time of taking the treatment, the
usual meal should be dispensed with, or should consist of milk
and some cereal, or soup or broth. If the bowels are
constipated, they should not be moved by a cathartic or laxative
but the lower bowels should be relieved by a soap suds enema.
This treatment will abort colds, if taken in their incipiency.
Where a cold has advanced to the stage where there is hoarseness
and a profuse coryza, or where this condition has advanced to
what we generally term “a cold,” I use the following treatment:
Initial dose 6 g. of sodium bicarbonate and 1 g. of calcidin,
then 3 g. of sodium bicarbonate and 1 g. of calcidin every 2
hours for 6 doses, then 20 g. of sodium bicarbonate with /3 g.
of calcidin every 3 hours during the waking period until the
cold is checked.
The administration of the sodium bicarbonate should always be in
or followed by a large glass of hot water. Locally, spray the
nose and throat with a 1 to 5000 solution of metaphen, or other
alkaline solution (1 dram of sodium bicarbonate to one pint of
water) morning and night. If the bowels are constipated, I
prescribe no laxative or cathartic but use an enema of soap suds
to relieve the lower bowels.
Prophylaxis is best maintained by exercise and a diet which is
well balanced and thoroughly adapted to the individual’s
When the cold or ‘flu germs enter your
body they immediately lodge themselves in the membranes of your
nose. Your immune system then resists them by releasing inflammatory
These in turn cause excessive mucus
gland secretion, which blocks the sinuses, leading to a runny nose
and all the other unpleasant symptoms of a cold or the ‘flu.
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Do not add regular table salt to any solution used for nasal washing
as it contains undesirable additives and throws off the saline
concentration of the solution. Salt is both soothing and therapeutic
(in the proper concentration). Too little or too much salt will
cause the water to “burn” or irritate your nasal passages and
sinuses. Pickling salt, which is usually pure salt, is preferable to
regular table salt if making your own salt solution.
For a 0.9% isotonic saline solution, the amount normally found in
bodily fluids, use 1/3 teaspoon (approx. ¼ heaping teaspoon, or 1.85
ml) of salt.
Anything less than this is hypotonic, anything greater
is hypertonic. Some research suggests a hypertonic solution may be
best when combating a runny nose (as it would have a drying effect),
so you might want to go to the higher end of the salt range. Add
baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to help buffer the solution. A
hypotonic solution, however, would tend to be moisturizing (i.e. the
lower end of the salt range), and may be what you want in a nasal
spray for general prophylactic use.
If you want to take direct action against the virus or germs that
are already attacking you, the battleground is inside your nose.
Directions for common use of nasal washings include; pour a little
warm water into a dish and add a level teaspoon of your sodium
bicarbonate. Stir it well and then immerse your nose and surrounding
parts of your face into it.
Slowly breathe the water up your nose
until it reaches the point where it begins to overflow into your
mouth. Then expel it and rinse your mouth out. Be careful not to add
more than a teaspoonful to the water, and that the dish is of a size
that enables you to fit your face into. If the mixture is too strong
it will sting your nose for a while.
A little trial and error will tell you
how warm the water should be, which is warm enough but not hot. Do
this three times a day, and it should ward off even the heaviest of
colds well ahead of time.
Garlic nose drops
In his book
The Healing Power of Garlic Paul
“Garlic nose drops directly kill the
viruses that cause cold or flu.”
He also writes about a study with mice
where some were inoculated with garlic, and some were not.
The flu virus was introduced to the
nasal passages of each mouse. Those mice that received the garlic
remained healthy, where all the others got sick. To make nose drops,
Bergner instructs us to crush some garlic to obtain juice, and add
ten parts water and mix well.
Eating garlic will also have a systemic
effect, but deodorized garlic tablets or capsules reportedly do not
work near as well.
Another method is to fill a spray bottle
with a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.
Tilt your head back and spray it into
your nostrils. It will bubble up and help to kill the bacteria in
your nose. Hold for a few minutes and then blow your nose into a
tissue. One can also use hydrogen peroxide in a vaporizer as well.
If an individual co-operates in a cleansing process of Nature by
performing enemas, nasal washes and gives rest to his digestive
system by observing a modified fast at the very beginning of cold or
flu they will reduce the severity and length of their suffering and
with a little luck get rid of the problem within 48 hours. During a
fast, half lemon juice mixed with a glass of warm water may be taken
several times a day.
One or two spoons of honey may be added
to this if desired.
Not only does this help with the
elimination process but it directs internal energies to healing
instead of digesting and assimilating new food.
Zinc gluconate lozenges reduced the
duration of common colds with exceptionally strong
statistical significance when taken in the first few hours.
Because most people don’t understand
what detoxification symptoms are, they head to a drug-oriented
doctor, who also doesn’t understand detoxification symptoms.
The doctor confirms that they are sick,
and then puts them on some sort of drug that is designed to stop the
symptoms and this short circuits the detox dump and actually
prolongs suffering. A real doctor will look at what is really going
on and treat the problem on a fundamental level with medicinals that
do not interfere with the natural process going on.
According to recent studies use of
over-the-counter cold and flu medicines at any stage of the illness
only act to make it worse by prolonging the disease
and drugs like
Tamiflu have their own dangerous toxicity that in
certain cases is life threatening.
Common Cold" - Etiology, Prevention and Treatment
- VOLNEY S. CHENEY, M. D., FELLOW A. P. H. A. - Medical
Director, Armour and Co., Chicago,Ill.
 Note: “Neti pot salt” (or “aromatic salt”) is just a
marketing gimmick to sell salt at a higher price. It usually
has some essential oils added, which might have some
therapeutic value, or which some people may find pleasing.
However it should be viewed as a luxury at a premium price,
with relatively little practical value. Use it if you wish,
but pickling salt is usually just as pure and free of
additives, is widely available, and generally inexpensive.