Supplements to help regulate pH balance?

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Question from Karen: How important is the pH balance in your body, and what if any supplements can help regulate this?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. It is important for the enzymes in your body to function that your body be in balance. There are certain practitioners that believe that by altering the pH of your body, you can help prevent certain disease processes from occurring. But to my knowledge, there are no clinical trials to support changing the pH of your body in order to specifically treat a cancer.
Gary Deng I believe the theory that acidity in the body causes cancer is a faulty one. For example, the most acidic organ in our body is the stomach, which is soaked in acid almost all the time. But stomach cancer is very rare. If acidity causes cancer, we would have seen many more stomach cancer cases. Therefore, I do not think cancer is caused by acidity. Cancer is caused by changes in the DNA of the cells and also the environment around the cells, not simply by acidity.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Vitamins and Herbal Supplements featured Gary Deng, M.D., Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about how to safely and sensibly incorporate vitamins and supplements into your diet.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in July 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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