I've noticed that baking soda is rapidly becoming the latest craze as a cure-all. I was recently talking to a sort of survivalist type - he lived in a floating community of like minded steel boat owners. He was extolling the virtues of baking soda and an alkaline body as an anti-cancer agent. He also claimed to have four
PhD's (by age 40).
I've done exactly zero research on the subject but any time I hear about a particular substance having magical curative and longevity powers my scatological radar goes into overdrive.
Usually I hear such stories from elderly married women.
George Burns, when he was in his late 90's and still performing, had a great line. He'd light up one of his trademark stogies and say;
"My doctors have been telling me for years that I have to quit smoking these things, but they're all dead now."
Moderation in all things, including moderation.