Baking soda could help fight autoimmune disease

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Doctors at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University hope baking soda will help with auto-immune diseases.

Beverly O'Hara has suffered from an auto immune disease for nearly 30 years. She was once in the army now, she can't even work.

O'Hara described her nearly 30 year battle with lupus one way: "Very frustrating."

O'Hara is one of the 23.5 million suffering from an autoimmune disease according to the national institute of health

Doctor Paul O'Connor works with patients like O'Hara often. "One of the things that happens commonly with people with kidney disease is they develop a metabolic acidosis because the kidney can't discrete enough acid," said O'Connor.

O'Connor said he and his partner Dr. Bagee believe that drinking baking soda could be a cheap, safe way to fight autoimmune diseases. "We have already done a study on animals and we recently did a small study with humans mixing the baking soda with distilled water," he said.

The doctors believe the baking soda acts as an anti-inflammatory to help the body fight off the disease .

O'Hara is hopeful. For now, she is keeping her faith. "Stay optimistic and positive about everything the more that people stay depressed and think well I know there's no cure the more that you're giving into lupus," she said.