The Dude Abides said...
The following may be the study referenced in the above article:
["Drinking baking soda, the MCG scientists think, tells the spleen -- which is part of the immune system, acts like a big blood filter and is where some white blood cells, like macrophages, are stored -- to go easy on the immune response. "Certainly drinking bicarbonate affects the spleen and we think it's through the mesothelial cells," O'Connor says."]
["Clinical trials have shown that a daily dose of baking soda can not only reduce acidity but actually slow progression of the kidney disease, and it's now a therapy offered to patients."]
Interesting what the spleen does. I bruised my spleen at about
13 from a bmx bike handle bar end, stayed one night in the hospital. Good thing there was a good hand grip on it.