Ensured to defeat cancer with a therapy based on simple bicarbonate . Tullio Simoncini, a doctor removed from the professional order, was sentenced to 5 years and 6 months for the charge of manslaughter and improper exercise of the profession. This was decided by the single-court judge in Rome who, on charges of manslaughter, sent Roberto Gandini, radiologist and collaborator of Simoncini, to two years’ imprisonment. The two were accused of having subjected six months ago in a clinic in Tirana Luca Olivotto, 27 years old from Catania and suffering from a brain tumor, to an antitumor medical treatment based on sodium bicarbonate. In 201
2 Olivotto went to Albania, where Simoncini worked, to undergo treatment, but after two days of endoarterial administration, Olivotto died after a very severe metabolic alkalosis.
– FROM BICARBONATE TO CLISTERI DI CAFFÈ, MANY BUFFALOUS ON THE CARE
The idea that bicarbonate can cure tumors, for which a Roman doctor was sentenced to five years in prison, arises from a ‘serious’ discovery, the so-called ‘Warburg effect’, but all the scientific tests on this possibility have ruled out that the substance can give benefits. The Airc, the Italian association for Cancer Research, recalls this on its website. Otto Heinrich Warburg, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1931, discovered that tumors induce an increase in the production of energy in the organs that strike, which has the effect of leaving acid substances as waste.
The acidic environment is also favorable for the proliferation of tumors. Hence the idea that a basic substance such as bicarbonate could cure cancer. “The first experiments with bicarbonate, already conducted in the fifties, have denied the usefulness of this therapeutic hypothesis – explains the Airc – in the first place because taking bicarbonate by mouth does not make the environment around the tumor less acidic, secondly, because the dosages necessary to substantially modify the pH of the tissues are so high as to cause damage to the healthy organs “. Some experiments, the site adds, are underway to see if, under certain conditions, bicarbonate can ‘enhance’ the effect of some drugs for breast cancer.
Bicarbonate is not the only ‘strange’ substance that is passed off as antitumor by pseudoscientific theories. It goes from the graviola, a plant that grows in the tropical rainforest, to the aloe, to the ‘Gerson therapy’, which includes a vegan diet and coffee enemas, up to the mistletoe.
Even the so-called ‘Hamer method’ has no scientific basis, the assumption being that the tumor is the result of a psychic conflict and totally denies the use of drugs.