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Cesium Supplement

Cesium is a silvery, soft metal that is found in nature. An alkali metal that melts at 28°C (82 °F), the physical properties of cesium are similar to that of potassium and rubidium. This metal is very reactive. Studies have shown that it reacts even with water at low temperatures. It is therefore regarded as hazardous material.

The symbol of Cesium is Cs and the atomic number is 55. The naturally occurring atomic weight is 133.

Let us know look at some more information and facts about Cesium.

  • Cesium has 11 main radioactive isotopes.
  • Out of the above mentioned isotopes, the main ones of concern are cesium-134, cesium-135 and cesium 137.
  • Cesium is present naturally in the soil and also as isotope 133.
  • Cesium is also found as a contaminant in places that process used nuclear fuel as well as in nuclear reactors.

Cesium supplements are available in the market and are promoted as cesium chloride pills. Cesium chloride is a more stable and nonradioactive form of cesium. Some doctors may advise taking such cesium supplements for the treatment of cancer but studies are yet to show that they are effective in treating the disease. Many patients have reported serious side effects such as heart attacks, loss of consciousness, seizures and so on after taking the supplements.

The various health benefits of cesium are still being studied. Some experts are of the opinion that cesium chloride could be beneficial in treating various types of cancers. Certain research has shown that cerium chloride is effective in fighting and killing cancer cells. Cesium chloride helps to create an oxygen rich environment for the cancer cells. This helps because cancer cells require an acidic environment to thrive in.

Cesium For Cancer

Before understanding how cesium helps to treat prostate cancer, it is important to look at how cesium and cancer are connected. As mentioned earlier in this article, cancer needs an acidic environment to thrive in, as cancerous tissues and cells are acidic. Healthy cells are alkaline in nature. Research carried out in this field indicates that cancer cells need an environment with low pH values. If one was to raise the pH value of the cells, the cancer cells would find it difficult to survive in such an environment. This is where the effectiveness of cesium comes in. Cesium is an alkaline element and has a high pH value. It helps to raise the pH value of the cells and thus the cancer cells cannot survive in such an environment. This sort of treatment for cancer is known as high pH therapy. Trials for the use of this therapy were carried out on mice to see the effectiveness of cesium in treating cancer. Prostate cancer may be treated with cesium. It is known as Cesium-131 brachytherapy. This involves planting radioactive seeds into the tumor that is present. The radiation helps to stop the growth of the cancer cells or kills them. This prevents further problems like incontinence.

Uterine cancer can also be treated in the same way i.e. through brachytherapy. Treatment is usually given for five days, spread over a period of five weeks. The seeds of cesium 137 are placed in a special applicator. This special applicator is then placed into the uterus, vagina or cervix.

Cesium Side Effects

There are many cesium side effects that can occur after undergoing this kind of radiation treatment. Cesium effects on heath include:

  • Loss of consciousness: large amounts of cesium chloride can make you lose consciousness.
  • Irregular heartbeat: This is another unpleasant side effect associated with cesium.
  • Diarrhea: Taking large amounts of cesium chloride could also result in diarrhea.
  • Seizures: This is yet another dangerous side effect that could occur after taking large amounts of cesium chloride.
  • Nausea: Nausea can also occur after taking large doses of cesium. This can be alleviated by drinking beverages that help to eliminate this feeling. The nausea occurs because cesium is a highly alkaline mineral and reacts with anything acidic. Stomach acid is acidic and this gives rise to the nausea.
  • Numbness: Some patients report numbness in various parts of the body after taking this cesium supplement. This numbness can be felt in the feet, hands or lips. A tingling around the mouth or nose can be experienced as well.
  • Hypokalemia: The use of cesium along with other drugs like diuretics may result in hypokalemia.

Do not hesitate to contact your health care provider immediately if you experience any of the above mentioned side effects after taking cesium. Most of the side effects mentioned above are dangerous and medical intervention should be sought straight away. It is necessary that you are under medical care while using cesium. In some cases, death can also occur.

Submitted on January 16, 2014