Is Cesium Chloride Safe? Taking Cesium Chloride for High pH Therapy
Do a quick search for cesium chloride and a wide range of articles will come up—some in praise of this unique mineral and others warning against it. How do you know what to believe? While the range of information may be conflicting, having the facts will help.
What Is Cesium Chloride?
Cesium Chloride (also known as caesium chloride) is a naturally occurring mineral salt. Chloride salts such as sodium chloride are often very soluble in water. Chlorides are essential electrolytes of the body that help to maintain the alkaline/acid balance, while also transmitting nerve impulses and regulating fluid levels. Some commonly occurring chlorides are sodium, potassium, and magnesium. (1)
Where is Cesium Chloride Found Naturally?
Cesium Chloride is an alkaline mineral which can be been found naturally in the soil and water of places around the world where the area is volcanic. The rich volcanic ash soil is high in the alkaline minerals potassium, rubidium, and cesium. According to A. Keith Brewer, Ph.D., famous for his writings on High pH Therapy for Cancer, the native cultures of these regions, such as the Hopi and Pueblo Indians of Arizona, the Hunzas of North Pakistan, and the Indians of Peru and Ecuador, have historically had much lower incidences of cancer than similar cultures in other regions. (2)
Is Cesium Chloride Radioactive?
First of all, one thing that should be cleared up right away is that cesium chloride is NOT radioactive cesium! Radioactive cesium-137 is an isotope of cesium created through nuclear fission and is sometimes used in the medical field as a type of radiation therapy for cancer patients. One thing is certain—it is impossible to acquire radioactive nuclear materials outside of a nuclear facility or cancer treatment hospital. You can be assured that cesium chloride is not radioactive cesium.
Is Cesium Chloride Safe?
In the past, the American Cancer Society used to have a page on its website about the history of cesium chloride and its use for cancer. Although that page no longer exists, an archived version is still available. On that page, it was stated that, while there was no evidence for the efficacy of high pH therapy with cesium chloride for cancer, cesium chloride was not considered toxic. (3)
Based on numerous reports from individuals, when used correctly, cesium chloride has been safely used at home while under the supervision of a healthcare provider. While some used strictly alternative therapies, many decided to use a combination of both nutritional supplements and traditional medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
Some mild side effects have been associated with cesium chloride use such as diarrhea, nausea, and tingling in the hands, lips, and feet. (4) Most of these effects are temporary and easily mitigated.
However, cesium chloride is a known potassium channel blocker and will lower blood potassium levels. For this reason the use of cesium chloride is contraindicated in those with below normal potassium levels or those taking medications such as diuretics or steroids which can further lower potassium levels. Always check with your healthcare provider before using any nutritional supplements including cesium chloride. Certainly, regular blood work such as a Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP) or a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) should be scheduled by your healthcare provider to ensure that your electrolyte and potassium levels stay within normal parameters.
Is Cesium Chloride Dangerous?
Recently, the FDA has issued an alert about significant safety risks associated with cesium chloride in compounding. (5) Compounding is the art and science of combining, mixing, or altering ingredients in preparing personalized medications to fit the unique needs of an individual patient. Compounded medications are created by compounding pharmacies at the direction of a healthcare professional for prescription use by their patients. In contrast, this is not how the average nutrition supplement is manufactured.
The reason for this alert stems from several published cases of adverse heart-related events associated with the use of cesium chloride. But, there is much to be learned in these cases about how NOT to use this otherwise non-toxic mineral salt.
Many times it is difficult to determine the exact facts of a particular case because vital information may have been left out. For this reason, there are some very important questions to ask. How much cesium chloride was the person taking? How many times a day? At what time(s) of day? Were they monitoring potassium levels through regular blood work? Were they supplementing with potassium? What medications were they taking that may have also affected potassium levels? Did they have any underlying issues that might have contributed? Were they using it in an unsafe manner (IV, injection)? Finally, how long did they ignore symptoms before seeking medical care?
In every single case published, the person was using cesium chloride in an unsafe and ill-advised manner without proper oversight, which often led to serious, sometimes fatal, heart issues related to potassium level imbalances.
Even water can be dangerous when taken to excess. (6)
How Does Cesium Chloride Work?
The Sodium-Potassium Pump (Na+/K+ pump) is the mechanism the body uses to transport sodium out of the cells and potassium into the cells through the cellular membrane. The cell membrane is the semi-permeable outer barrier of most cells. The sodium-potassium pump controls the permeability of this barrier and is important for many cellular processes including nerve conduction, glucose transportation, fluid level modulation, and also blood pressure regulation. (7)(8)
Cesium can be absorbed by all cells, probably due to its similarity in chemical structure to potassium. On the periodic table of elements, cesium, rubidium, potassium, sodium, and lithium are all alkali metals. Due to cancer cell membrane potential (electrical charge which affects permeability), potassium, which transports glucose, can readily enter cancer cells, but calcium, which transports oxygen, cannot. According to Dr. Brewer in his research on cesium chloride and high pH therapy, cancer cells preferentially uptake cesium chloride due to cesium’s ability to replace potassium in the sodium-potassium pump which transports ions into and out of cells. (9)
Why is Potassium Taken with Cesium Chloride?
Because of the similarity in structure of cesium to potassium and the ability of cesium ions to be substituted for potassium in sodium-potassium pump, low blood serum potassium levels (hypokalemia) are possible while taking cesium chloride. (10)
Potassium is so important because it allows your nerves and muscles to communicate with each other. Symptoms of low potassium levels include low energy and weakness, cramping in the feet and lower legs, and most dangerously heart palpitations and hearth arrhythmias. It is vital to work with a healthcare practitioner to get regular blood work to test potassium levels in order to prevent any risk of serious complications due to low potassium levels.(11)
Likewise, because of the risk of lowered potassium levels, it is important to take a good potassium supplement while using cesium chloride. It is also recommended to take cesium chloride and potassium supplements at separate times of the day, never together. Be sure to include plenty of potassium rich foods in the diet as well.
What Studies Have Been Done on Cancer and Cesium Chloride?
Dr. Otto Warburg
Dr. Otto Warburg received the Nobel prize in 1931 for the discovery that, unlike all other cells in the human body, cancer cells do not “breathe” oxygen. Cancer cells are anaerobic, which means that they derive their energy without needing oxygen. Dr Warburg found in his studies that cancer cells cannot survive in a highly oxygen environment. As a result, his work led to the idea of increasing the body’s levels of oxygen to inhibit or prevent cancer. (12)
A Keith Brewer pH.D
A. Keith Brewer, pH.D. was a cancer researcher who studied effects of cesium, potassium, and rubidium salts on cancer cells. He wrote a paper on his findings about the ready uptake of cesium and rubidium by the cancer cells called The High pH Therapy for Cancer Tests on Mice and Humans. In later writings, Dr. Brewer wrote: “The goal of the high pH therapy is the transport of large quantities of Cs+ Rb+ and glucose-free K+ across the membranes of cancer cells. During high pH therapy, Dr. H. Nieper, M.D., observed a loss of potassium. (13)
H.E. Sartori used cesium chloride along with additional support supplements and a nutrition regimen for terminal cancer patients. Treatment was performed on 50 patients during his last three years at Life Sciences Universal Medical Clinics. All patients were terminal subjects with generalized metastatic disease. The cesium treatment was given in conjunction of other supportive compounds under diet control. Additional treatments were used to produce adequate circulation and oxygenation. (14)
Dr. David Gregg
The late David Gregg was a retired chemist and chemical engineer who was committed to researching the illness and issues that haunt our society, including cancer. He wrote (and continuously updated until his death in 2011) a journal of his cancer research, titled The Proposed Common Cause and Cure for All Forms of Cancer. (15)
Where Should I Buy Cesium Chloride?
Below is a list of tips for confidently choosing the right supplement company.
How long has the company been in business? What are other people saying about the products? Are there any verified product reviews from actual customers? Just keep in mind that reviews represent personal views. Experiences may not be typical and results can vary.
Look for a product that is sensibly priced. Cheaper isn’t always better. Be sure to compare “apples to apples” when deciding.
Will the company you are purchasing from be available to answer any question that you have about their products after you receive them? Most reputable companies will be able to answer questions about how to use the products they sell, and will continue to be available after the purchase to answer any additional questions that come up.
Supplements come in a wide variety of strengths, concentrations, and serving sizes. When comparing two products, check the parts per million (if liquid), as well as the grams, milligrams, or micrograms per serving. Be wary if a company does not publish that information on their website.
Is the supplement in a liquid, pill, capsule, or powder form? Is it a citrate, carbonate, or chloride? Ionic liquid supplements in chloride form are by far the most absorbable. In contrast, pills are the least absorbable form because the digestive system generally does not have enough time to break them down into usable form before they exit the digestive tract.
Avoid any company or website that makes “miracle cure” “fast-acting” or “cures cancer” claims. As with any disease, there are many factors involved in the healing process. Improved health and quality of life are possible, but no nutrition supplement out there is a “cure” for any disease.
How Do I Take Cesium Chloride for High pH Therapy?
Cesium Chloride comes in liquid and powder form. Liquid cesium chloride is usually in an ionic format and is easy to use with a small particle size that can be easily absorbed. The powder form must be mixed with water in a solution and may have a reduced absorption rate due to its larger particle size. In either format, cesium chloride should not be taken on an empty stomach as stomach irritation may occur. As a result, in some cases, people have experienced nausea, mild stomach pain, indigestion, and loss of appetite. Having some solid food on the stomach beforehand can usually help. So can mixing it into a fresh vegetable juice or fruit smoothie.
Cesium chloride may also be applied externally if stomach irritation does occur. This is usually done in combination with DMSO, a sulfur-based transdermal carrier. While this method provides the same amount of absorption with no risk of stomach irritation, it can be inconvenient.
Above all, never take more than 3 grams of cesium chloride per day. Furthermore, some situations call for even smaller serving sizes. Even more important is to work with an experienced supplement vendor and healthcare provider for any questions. Although there are some proponents of using up to 6-9 grams, or even more, of cesium chloride per day, the risk of atrial and ventricular tachychardia due to depleted potassium levels is too great. (16)
The FDA’s Stance on Cesium Chloride
UPDATE: Under existing law, a “new dietary ingredient” is a dietary ingredient that was not marketed in the United States before October 15, 1994. The FDA is not aware of any information demonstrating that cesium chloride was lawfully marketed as a dietary ingredient in the United States before this date. Cesium chloride is sometimes promoted as an alternative treatment for cancer, but it has never been proven to be safe and effective to treat cancer or for any other use. On February 5, 2020, the FDA warned consumers to avoid using dietary supplements containing cesium salts, including cesium chloride, due to significant safety concerns.
FDA Stance on Cesium Chloride:
The information contained herein is not medical advice and is certainly not intended to replace the advice or attention of your personal physician or other healthcare professional. Therefore, consult your doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or starting a supplement program.
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