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The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health (2002)

by Robert O. Young

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This is a great book for getting started in understanding true nutrition, how food works in your body, what to eat and not to eat, and how to think about food in a more quantitative and scientific way. This book is a broad overview, and lacks some key detail in a few places, so it is best read with a notepad and Google at hand. Breaking food into either acid or alkaline is the first step in creating a balanced and diverse diet, so that you will not be fooled by schemes promising whatever people are buying. You can think of food like money, eating alkaline foods to build up your reserve holdings, and acidic foods when you want to spend some of your stored reserve. Thinking of fat in terms of buffered acids in the body as opposed to some kind of excess of energy draws the natural conclusion that exercise is not the means to lose weight, but that balancing the stored acids with alkaline foods will eliminate the toxic build up naturally. This is a very helpful book for vegetarians and vegans, many of whom may end up gaining weight from too many simple carbs and sugars in the diet. In the end, it's what grandma always said, eat your greens. A salad a day keeps the doctor away. ( )
  JoshSimerman | Oct 3, 2009 |
Okay, so I was wrong about this book. It's not complete nonsense, but it isn't complete for someone with problems involving candidiasis. For that, I recommend reading The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates. ( )
  jediliska | Apr 1, 2007 |
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In many ways, The pH Miracle is reminiscent of an earlier generation of diet books. Much of the focus is on an intestinal cleansing program, followed by a diet that is 70 to 80 percent vegetables, coupled with a tremendous selection of supplements that authors Robert and Shelley Young recommend to everyone, no matter what their age, gender, or state of health.

The Youngs point their fingers at candida as a main culprit in the poor health of many people. Unfortunately, they back up their claims with only vague references, such as "a 1991 study" and "a leading cancer researcher." Many readers may wish for more specific evidence, but instead will have to make do with enthusiastic recommendations, alphabetized lists of vegetables, and pleasing chapters with vegetarian recipes that taste good no matter how you feel about the diet as a whole.

Sprinkled throughout the book are short testimonials of people who were able to reverse cancer, improve their digestion, and lower their cholesterol by following these recommendations, and it's hard to argue with the cholesterol-lowering results that a 70 percent vegetable diet will achieve. Still, the medical value of much else in the book remains hotly contested, and as always, it's wise to check with your doctor before starting off in search of miracles. --Jill Lightner

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Reveals how pH levels, the most important measurement in the blood system, directly impact weight loss and are affected by diet, and discusses what foods to eat, what foods to avoid, and which supplements promote weight loss.

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