Radioactive Cesium is commonly used in various kinds of radiation therapies for patients suffering from cancer. However one thing that is worth noting is there is no scientific evidence that shows that the supplements made from non-radioactive cesium chloride can help treat cancer. There are also no side effects of cesium chloride cancer.
How cesium chloride for cancer is promoted
Cesium is absorbed by different cells mainly because it has a chemical structure similar to potassium. Many proponents of the treatment option claims the intracellular pH of the tumor cells is usually low (acidic) as compared to the normal cells. They claim the supplements made up of cesium chloride can help increase the pH level to the normal level and this can negatively affect the growth of cancer. Because, cesium chloride works by raising the pH of tumor cells, it’s used in a therapy that is now known as high pH therapy. However, like we already noted, there isn’t any scientific evidence that supports the theory.
What it involves
The supplements that are made from cesium chloride are usually available in the pill form. The proponents suggest a dosage of 1 to 6 grams per day is recommended. In the single case report that describes the effect of the oral administration of cesium chloride in the short-term for a healthy person, 3g of cesium chloride that is dissolved in a fluid was ingested in the morning as well as after evening meals.
The history behind it
An interest in cesium chloride cancer started after scientist observed there were certain regions of the world that had low cancer rates. After investigation, it was found the soil in those areas had high concentration of the alkali metals. As early as the 1920s, there were researchers who were suggesting that cesium can be effective as an agent for anti-tumor. However, there are also further research in the 1930s that showed cesium chloride did not have any effect on the growth of cancer.
What evidence shows
There isn’t any evidence showing that intracellular Ph of the cancer cells is usually different form the normal cells or that raising PH of malignant cells can cause death. As a result of this, the underlying principle behind this high PH therapy hasn’t been proven. Even though it was noted that there were certain areas that had lower cancer rates and with low concentration of alkali metals, there were no direct benefit of hindering cancer that was demonstrated.
The studies done in various experimental tumor models during the 1980s concluded that administration of cesium chloride or cesium can cause reduction of the growth of tumors as well as mortality in certain mice that had tumors including breast cancer and sarcoma. It was noted that in the mice, chronic ingestion of cesium resulted in neuromuscular effects and could even cause death. Lab studies showed that the substance contains toxic effects even though further studies were recommended.