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Subrata Chakravarty

Dr. Chakravarty is the Chief Science Officer and member of the Hope4Cancer Executive Team. After serving for many years as a drug discovery scientist in academia and the pharmaceutical industry, his fascination with non-toxic, natural healing methods helped him transition as a researcher of natural medicine. He has been associated with Hope4Cancer Institute since 2007. His name is associated with over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, articles, treatises, book chapters, marketing books, manuals and guides as well as 3 worldwide patents. With his unique background, Dr. Chakravarty brings a refreshing perspective to the world of integrative medicine, health and wellness.

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    bonnie derr

    When using lemons for combating cancer–how much is 75 grams–150 grams. How does that translate to cups, tblspoons. quantities of lemons. does it help prostate cancer?

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      Subrata Chakravarty

      The density of lemon juice is close to that of water, so 75 grams is about 75 ml (about 1/3 cup), and 150 g is about 150 ml (about 2/3 cup). So quite a lot of juice, number of lemons depends on how juicy the lemons are. As mentioned in the article, there is no proof to show that lemons assist cancer specifically, but its important to know that lemons deliver high doses of Vitamin C (no evidence again that orally taken Vitamin C will deliver the same benefits of IV Vitamin C), which has been shown to have overall activity against many forms of cancer, and secondly, they help stabilize the biological terrain of the body as well.

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      Larry Love

      good question

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      Based on the article, using the entire lemon including peel and seeds, one would assume you weigh the entire lemon. Each whole lemon is approximately 135 grams….So eat a whole lemon a day and you would fall into the suggested guidelines…

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    Lemons are a ph balancer they will adjust either way that your immune system needs. Cancer can not grow in an alkaline ph body. There fore it is good to drink lemon water each day in each glass of just plain tap water with no ice.

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    sony singh

    Is lemon be effective for multiple myolema also

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      Subrata Chakravarty

      Unfortunately, we do not have information about the relationship between lemons and multiple myeloma, sorry!

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    Carole White

    When using lemons or any citrus fruit for combating cancer, the amounts suggested of 75 – 150gms daily, can that amount be spread over the day?

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    R.G. Makhija

    Whether lemon is useful for ovarian cancer. Is it curable if patient is in III stage.

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      Subrata Chakravarty

      Please note that this article is not suggesting that lemons can cure cancer. If the patient is in stage III ovarian cancer, expert medical help is essential. Please consult your physician. You may also reach Hope4Cancer at 1-888-544-5993 or 1-619-669-6511 (USA based numbers). At Hope4Cancer Institute we integrate leading edge therapies with nutrition, detoxification, oxygenation, immune restoration, antimicrobials, and mental and spiritual healing to address the obvious as well as underlying causes of cancer.

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    Can someone explain to me why putting a whole lemon in water is beneficial. I put my Ph meter in a glass of water that had a whole lemon in it for 12 hrs and it read 2.9. Now am i missing something. Don’t i need high alkaline body..over 7 to fight cancer. So how does this help.

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      Subrata Chakravarty

      In a chemistry lab, adding acid to water makes it acidic, adding a base makes it basic – its a simple logic that we all understand. However, in the body, the answer to that question has several layers to it. I will try to be as simple and definitive as possible in my explanation.

      First of all, the question is not if lemon by itself is acidic – of course, it is. However, the body has a buffering pH self-adjusting mechanism that ensures that acids (or bases) consumed are neutralized and leveled to the body’s slightly alkaline pH level. This effect is demonstrated in how the body can transition from the incredibly acidic gastric juice in the stomach (pH 1.5 – 3.5) to a much more “neutral” intestine (pH from 6 in the duodenum to 7.4 further down the intestine). Too much acid? The body has a mechanism of flushing out excess acidity through the urine. Thus acidic urine is not necessarily reflective of an acidic body.

      The biggest gains from lemons do not come from its inherent pH. It comes from its natural ingredients – vitamin C, flavonoids, limonoids etc. that assist in reducing and reversing the cancer causing environment in the body. The fact is that most of the foods in our normal diets are devoid of similar beneficial ingredients, that allow cancerous processes such as inflammation occur unimpeded in the body. The high levels of sugars (in particular, fructose) in the body are a big culprit in creating the acidic environment we should really be worried about by inducing severe metabolic stress on the liver. High levels of uric acid and other pro-inflammatory products are formed in the body and the growth of pathogenic bacteria is promoted that excrete a toxic, acidic environment in their colonies.

      So the massive benefit of lemons is that it provides chronic disease fighting ingredients without a toxic overload of sugars. Many fruits contain highly beneficial chemicals, but they also have high levels of fructose which goes through much more harmful metabolic steps than glucose. It is significant to know that one lemon delivers only 0.6 grams of fructose, while a navel orange provides 6.1 grams and a banana is supplied with 7.1 grams. Limes, in fact, do not contain fructose at all.

      So is it accurate to say that lemons are alkalinizing? There are different schools of thought that would answer this question differently. However, this author’s view is that lemons do not add any acidic stress to the body allowing the body to maintain its physiologically stable, slightly alkaline pH, while at the same time adding powerful health promoting ingredients. In contrast, other foods add value to the process of acidity and decay, that in turn can lead to chronic diseases such as cancer. That is why lots of raw vegetables and low fructose content fruits (including lemons and limes) should be a staple in everyone’s diet.


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