A sad story with a happy ending. And all because of a little colored strip of paper.
Eight-year-old Josie Nuñez was sick for a long time. She felt nauseous and weak and would vomit on a regular basis. She took it in stride like it was normal. Her parents knew it wasn’t normal. They brought her to several doctors but no one could find what was wrong with her.
Finally, one doctor had Josie undergo a CT (computerized tomography) scan to X-ray Josie’s body, looking for anything unusual. They found it.
Josie had a tumor that was pushing against her brain stem. She was very brave when she asked her mother if surgery would hurt and with good nature said “okay” when she was told she’d be asleep during the procedure. After surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, Josie weighed just 42 pounds.
Seemingly without hope
She seemed to be on the mend but then another tumor was discovered in the middle of her brain; it was therefore inoperable. Doctors told her parents to find a hospice and enjoy the short time they had left with their little girl.
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Josie’s parents weren’t willing to give up. They were researching all viable options when they found Dr. Bernardo Majalaca, a San Diego naturopath. Dr. Majalaca asked for Josie’s complete medical history. As is his practice, the very first test he ran was a simple pH test. As he suspected, Josie’s pH level was so acidic, it didn’t register on the litmus strip. His diagnosis: acidosis.
Acidosis is the term given to the condition in which the acid levels in your blood are chronically and dangerously high. “pH” stands for “potential for Hydrogen”: it represents the willingness of a particular substance to share or retain hydrogen atoms. Acids donate hydrogen and bases accept them.
On a scale of 0 to 14, 7 is neutral, 0 is the low acid level and 14 is the high alkaline level. The optimal pH level in our blood is 7.4. When a condition of acidosis occurs, the cells in the body can’t get enough oxygen or nutrition from food and the body basically becomes toxic and cells die.
It is in the nature of cancerous–abnormal–cells to thrive in an oxygen-depleted environment.
In Josie’s case, Dr. Majalaca put her on a strict alkaline diet, prohibiting acidic foods (e.g., meat and fish, bread, dairy, processed foods) and loading up on fresh fruits and vegetables. He prescribed these in juiced form to make them easier for Josie’s body to break down. They consisted of:
Half a mashed avocado mixed with 8 ounces of freshly juiced carrots. A wooden spoon is used to mash and mix because metal implements can destroy vital enzymes.
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 1 cup of raw broccoli
- 1 carrot
- 5 asparagus spears
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 beet
- 1/2″ slice of pineapple
- 1/4″ piece of ginger
- 1/2″piece of Daikon radish
- A handful of cilantro
When Josie went for a check-up with her doctor a few months after beginning this diet, the oncologist was incredulous–she wasn’t expected to have survived that long and, to her amazement, the size of the tumor in Josie’s brain had shrunk seventy-five percent! The doctor asked, “what on Earth are you doing?!”
With such fantastic results, Josie continued with Dr. Majalaca’s regimen. At her examination another eight months later, the cancer was gone.
Dr. Majalaca explains, “most doctors have no idea that nutrition has anything to do with cancer”. That’s true: the average medical student receives only 23.9 hours of education in nutrition during the entire medical school career.
A simple test means so much
It is easy to measure your pH level using a litmus test, placing your saliva on a strip of litmus paper and reading the results. If your acid level is consistently below 7, and/or if you experience symptoms of acidosis, there is cause for concern.
You can help to balance the acid and alkaline levels in your body through food. Not enough stress can be put on the importance of pH balance of your body–it affects every cell.
In Josie Nuñez’ case, an insightful doctor had the presence of mind to run a simple test. He knew the implications and how to treat the problem rather than the symptoms. He is the co-author of Josie’s happy ending: a healthy, vibrant young girl with a full life ahead of her.