Friday, February 8, 2013

"Alternative Medicine" Site Thinks That Baking Soda Can Cure Cancer

Sometimes I have to remind myself that insanity isn't just limited to fundamentalism, and I've found no finer example of this than the website Collective Evolution, a pro alternative medicine and conspiracy theory site.

In a post on this site, which I saw a link to circulating on Google +, they claim that baking soda can cure, well, just about anything. Here's a quote from the post, they are quoting from a book on the topic by a man named Mark Sircus.:

“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. And importantly, it is also a powerful buffer against radiation exposure, so everyone should be up to speed on its use.”
Does it cure stupidity too? If it does, there's a few people I might recommend it to......

The article puts the title "OMD" behind the authors name, I had no idea what that meant, so I looked it up, it stands for "doctor of oriental medicine", basically a glorified acupuncturist by another name.

I've looked through the site, and there is some rather odd reading material there, including their belief that the Illuminati actually exist and control the world.

All of this though is much more harmless than some pseudoscience sites and their supporters, not long ago, my good blogging friend Godless Poutine talked about some people thinking that giving their children a concoction made of distilled water and sodium cholrite was a good idea for curing autism.

If the name sodium chlorite sounds vaguely familiar, but you can't remember what it is (like me), it's used in the production of chlorine.. Any parent that thinks that's a good idea should try that on themselves first, but drink a whole gallon of it. That may sound harsh, but anyone willing to do that to their children deserves it.

It's hard to imagine people would actually believe in this kind of nonsense, but they do, and it seems like it is becoming more common. I wonder if rejection of legitimate science is being fueled in part by the US culture, with it's heavy influence of fundamentalism creeping into every corner of life.

If  you live in a nation where 46 % of people don't even believe in evolution, and therefore reject the very foundations of science in the process, it's not a stretch to think that kind of culture can create a fertile breeding ground for all other kinds of pseudoscience and anti-science feelings like the anti-vaccine movement.

I'm hoping that this trend can be turned around quick, it has to be turned around, if we are to have a better future.


  1. I'm not holding my breath for the FDA to support those claims.

    1. Hmm.. who knows, maybe they will if the baking soda industry donates enough money to members of Congress. ;)

  2. umm, isn't sodium chloride salt, not bleach? If they are telling them to give their kids a bunch of salt water that's also bad, but not as bad as drinking distilled bleach.

    1. It's a spelling error, thanks for pointing it out, it was sodium chloriTe not, cholriDe.

      Sodium cholrite is used in making chlorine.

    2. gotcha, where do they come up with these ideas? Are they selling something? Who the hell decides they are going to start getting people to drink bleach? bleh!

    3. I don't know what would cause someone to think this was a good idea, unless money was involved somehow.

  3. Ugh. Pseudoscience. I'll stick to using baking soda to scrub the sink and freshen up shoes, thank you.

  4. I don't think it should be taken serious. Thanks for the laugh!


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