by Mark Sircus
30 November 2009
Over 150 years ago Dr. Austin Church
formed a business to produce and distribute Baking Soda. ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda is derived
from a natural occurring mineral called
trona. It is 100% pure,
safe, and natural.
Baking Soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate) is
a substance that is found naturally in all living things. Its
purpose is to maintain pH balance in the bloodstream, which is
necessary to sustain life.
Due to its chemical and physical
properties, sodium bicarbonate has unique medicinal capabilities
that every healthcare practitioner, doctor and patient needs to know
The only problem is that Arm & Hammer
can replace many more expensive medicines and this
does not make the medical industrial complex happy.
In today’s modern world of medicine the
FDA just will not let companies that sell products make medical
claims about them unless they have been tested at great expense and
approved as a drug.
But this was not always the case and as we can
see in the information in this chapter, which is from a 1924
booklet, published by the Arm & Hammer Soda Company.
On page 12 the company starts off
“The proven value of Arm & Hammer
Bicarbonate of Soda as a therapeutic agent is further evinced by
the following evidence of a prominent physician named Dr.
S. Cheney, in a letter to the Church & Dwight Company:
“In 1918 and 1919 while fighting
the ‘Flu’ with the U. S. Public Health Service it was
brought to my attention that rarely any one who had been
thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted
the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized
early, would invariably have mild attacks.
I have since that time treated
all cases of ‘Cold,’ Influenza and LaGripe by first giving
generous doses of Bicarbonate of Soda, and in many, many
instances within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely
Further, within my own
household, before Woman’s Clubs and Parent-Teachers’
Associations, I have advocated the use of Bicarbonate of
Soda as a preventive for “Colds,” with the result that now
many reports are coming in stating that those who took
“Soda” were not affected, while nearly every one around them
had the “Flu.”
Recommended dosages from the Arm and
Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:
During the first day take six
doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of
Soda in a glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals.
During the second day take four
doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of
Soda in a glass of cool water, at the same intervals.
During the third day take two
doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of
Soda in a glass of cool water morning and evening, and
thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each
morning until cold is cured.
“Well the sodium bicarbonate cure for
colds and sore throats.
A friend called as I was reading about it, I told her to try it.
She is rapt! Relief in a few hours, and she went to work the
following day! And she was miserable and could hardly talk,
had just woken with it full on, and was planning on missing work.”
In order to secure the best results with
Arm & Hammer Pure Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) when taken
internally, certain simple rules must be observed.
Materia Medica, pharmacology and Therapeutics
(Bastedo, Page 88) clearly outlines these rules to follows:
“The effect of an alkali in the
stomach will vary according to the nature of the stomach
contents at the time of administration. In the resting period
(after food is digested) sodium bicarbonate merely dissolves
mucus and is absorbed as bicarbonate into the blood, to increase
its alkalinity directly.
“In the digestive period it reduces the secretion of gastric
juice, neutralizes a portion of the hydrochloric acid, liberates
the carminative carbon dioxide gas, and is absorbed as sodium
“In cases of fermentation or ‘sour stomach’ it may neutralize
the organic acids and so result in the opening of a
spasmodically closed pylorus (the opening between the stomach
and the small intestine); while at the same time it acts to
overcome flatulency (accumulation of gas in the stomach and
“The time of administration must, therefore, be chosen with a
definite purpose. Usually for hyperchlohydria (excess of acid)
one hour or two hours after meals will be the period of harmful
excess of acid.
“In continuous hyperacidity and in fermentative conditions a
dose an hour before meals will tend to prepare the stomach for
the next meal; or sometimes a dose will be necessary immediately
after eating, because of abnormal acid or base having been
present at the commencement of the meal. (For the average person
one-half hour after meals is recommended).
“A dose at bedtime tends to check the early morning acidity, or
a dose on arising cleans the stomach of acid and mucus before
Whenever taking a bicarbonate solution
internally the soda should be dissolved on cold water.
This is all very valuable information coming from the horses own
mouth, the Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Company, which sells aluminum
free baking soda.
Clearly they knew what they had in their hands one
hundred years ago; and its long use in medicine sustains the
companies published medical views:
“Besides doing good in respiratory
affections, bicarbonate of soda is of inestimable value in the
treatment of Alimentary Intoxication, Pyelitis (inflammation of
the pelvis of the kidney), Hyper-Acidity of Urine, Uric Acid
disturbances, Rheumatism and Burns.
An occasional three-day course of
Bicarbonate of Soda increases the alkalinity of the blood,
assists elimination and increases the resisting power of the
body to all Infectious Diseases.”
Magnesium chloride is the only form of
magnesium that has been reported to increase immune system strength
though all forms of magnesium need to be counted in this regard.
When one adds magnesium chloride to ones
baths, puts it on the skin like suntan screen, or takes it orally
with sodium bicarbonate one supercharges their defensive perimeter
or what is called the anti-pathogen factor in Chinese Medicine.
Iodine, Selenium, Vitamin C and some healthy sun exposure or Vitamin
D and we have the heart of army we need to array against viral
Magnesium Bicarbonate - Ultimate
Mitochondrial Cocktail is the name of one of my chapters that
explains why both these essential mineral ions need to be present in
My father was a veterinarian and as
far back as I can remember (I was born in 1938 so my memory goes
back to maybe 1943) he would take sodium bicarbonate dissolved
in a full glass of warm water whenever he felt a cold coming on.
I don’t remember him ever coming down with a full blown cold.
would treat my cold symptoms likewise and I responded equally as
He also treated farm animals for
various illnesses with sodium bicarbonate via a gastric tube and
they recovered quickly. So I’ve known about the benefits of
sodium bicarbonate from early childhood on. Glad to see that its
benefits are being more widely touted.
Although my father was a
doctor of Veterinarian medicine, he sometimes referred to
himself as an MD (Mule Doctor).
Dr. David B Winter, DO
Dear Dr. Sircus,
Several weeks ago, I purchased your eBook about Sodium
Bicarbonate. IT CHANGED MY LIFE. I believe that God is working
through you and your staff to spread the word about the body’s
natural ability to heal, given the right elements. Thank you!!!
I’ve been reading your newsletter for some time now, and
happened to see your eBook about baking soda. We don’t have a
lot of money, but I felt that your research might help me. Sure
enough I can tell you that within the week following reading
your book - and practicing what you preach - I have been
practically hive/urticaria free.
I started with straight baking soda and water. Yuck! I could
hardly make myself do it. But I was going for the PH balance you
talked about. I read more about the different oral combinations
and decided to try the Maple Syrup and Baking Soda. 3:1, it
worked great and tasted great too. I couldn’t believe I could
eat that much sugar!
Right now I’m smiling and feeling great. My mood is good, my
energy is way up and most important the swellings and itching
are gone. My hair is growing back thicker. My skin looks great.
I’m not tired all the time. I can’t believe the difference in my
health. Praise God for his goodness in inspiring your work.
I’ve recently added Nascent Iodine after reading some tips of
yours. I was indeed deficient and that seems to be adding to the
overall good effects. My children are benefiting from this
research as well.
I’m so happy to find alternatives to
Delaware, United States
Dear Dr. Sircus,
I have had
Morgellons for over 6 years - very nasty
- and I know
you are aware of our plight. I am now ready to start your transdermal magnesium therapy treatments but first I have to
tell you something.
I would like you to know that bicarbonate baths really help me.
But, and this is a big BUT, I use it with about 3 Lb’s of sea
salt per bath and when I did 5 Lb’s of bicarbonate - I put
myself into an alkaline state. The high salt content somehow
opened up my skin to take in the bicarbonate - it came out of my
skin for a few weeks!
The addition of a cup of baking soda to
a hot bath after a long exhausting day alleviates tension and muscle
It exfoliates the skin to remove dead
dry skin leaving fresh bright youthful skin behind without the high
cost of the commercial skin exfoliates. The addition of baking soda
to foot baths help with tired, achy feet when working in jobs such
as waitressing or other heavy-walking type jobs.
Combining the baking soda with
chloride brings dramatic changes to human physiology and the only
thing making this formula even better would be the addition of some
sodium thiosulfate for a full hot springs therapeutic treatment.
When salt and baking soda are combined
bath, the combination may reduce the negative
effects of minor exposure to the radiation from X-rays.
Sodium bicarbonate, the monosodium salt
of carbonic acid, is used as a gastric and systemic antacid and to
alkalize urine; also used, in solution, for washing the nose, mouth,
and vagina, as a cleansing enema, and as a dressing for minor burns.
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Medical Uses (1924)
 A testimonial left on my site by Laurel from Australia