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I am reviewing the ninth edition (2006) of Dr. Baroody's book, Alkalize or Die. Dr. Baroody's book has helped me understand the relationship between acid-forming foods and alkaline-forming foods, yet I must say it required some level of discernment to sift the wheat from the chaff.
One of the positive features to Dr. Baroody's approach to healthful living is his recognition of each person's unique biochemistry. Throughout this book he continues to remind his readers that each person is an individual and therefore might experience variant results when compared to other people.
It is important to understand that Dr. Baroody's theories and principals are based as largely on his personal alternative health experiences (trial and error) as they are on any demonstrable medical science. It is also important to know that Dr. Baroody gives much credence to the metaphysical teachings of eastern spiritualism, which may be a detractor to some readers. In the book's introduction, Dr. Baroody writes, "My viewpoint is founded on ancient Hindu, Chinese, Tibetan, and Greco-European healing philosophies and on several great modern men in the field of health." One of these "great modern men" is Edgar Cayce, who is referenced as an authority many times throughout the book.
So long as the reader is a proponent of New Age and/or Eastern spiritualism, this book should be quite acceptable. For those of us who are more Western in their worldview, the book requires discernment to pick and choose what you care to take from it.
An example of how Dr. Baroody's metaphysical beliefs influence his dietary advice can be seen in his counsel for reducing the consumption of red meat: "The destructive emotion of slaughter is assimilated by the person who eats flesh." (pg. 63).Read more ›
This book is my Salvation. I have FMS, Arthritis, and Thyroid Disease.I have been working on this Acid thing for awhile. Ithink every page has my name on it.Am eating only Alkaline forming foods. I am following this book to the letter. In 2 wks time I feel better. This book is so easy to understand, and for me and my problems, it is what I have been looking for. Dr. Baroody, Thank you so very much. JB Wilson ...
My wife and I are raw vegans and do a great deal of research to optimize our diets. We found, however, that though we were eating wonderful things, our pH was still low. A tip from another author then led us to Dr. Baroody's book. We discovered that low stomach acidity was our problem--we weren't digesting all the good things we were eating!
We made some changes based on Dr. Baroody's guidelines and were able to turn everything around. I am now convinced that mastering your body's pH is the single most important thing you can do to improve health, vitality, and disease resistance. No matter what your diet, it can be improved by following Dr. Baroody's advice. Buy this book!
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As someone who has suffered various health, and energy problems over the years, I feel well placed to offer my opinion on this particular book. With countless authors offering information on diet and nutrition, how do you know where to start? What is more, with so much contradictory information around, how do you know what is effective, and what is not worth bothering with? ALKALIZE OR DIE is the book that has helped change my Life. Not only does it give a complete overview of health, but it reveals the true secret of energised living: Alkaline Diet & Lifestyle. Read this book and discover the underlying causes of nearly all disease, both physical and mental. Discover how a change in diet, exercise, colour, and music(amongst other things), can bring your body back into perfect balance. You really can be alive again, and without the need for medical drugs and artificial stimulants. I believe this book to be a great work, and a must read for anyone interesting in living to their optimum health and energy levels. *If you like this book, be sure to read WORLDWIDE SECRETS FOR STAYING YOUNG, by Dr Paavo Airola. Together these two books tell you everything you need.*
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Before reading this book I was someone who was very lost. Four years ago I was diagnosed with Bi-polar and obsesive compulsive dissorder. Later on I also found out that I had ADD. I could no longer consentrate or live. I resorted to taking street drugs for relief. I was a "Macdonald's eater", eating 90% acid forming food a day. Three months ago I ended up in the hospital with something the doctors called total body failure. My bowels were irregular, my left side had doubled in size, i lost 30 pounds in two weeks, was having panic attacks, developped symptoms of Parkenson's, my kidney's had infection in them, severe acid reflux, etc. Then I began seeing a homeopath who saved my life. She gave me natural herbs that calmed my mind from the ADD & regulated my panic attacks. She also gave me this book. Now three months later, I can walk around freely where as I couldn't get out of bed before. I enjoy life for once and find no need for the massive consumption of drugs, cigarettes, alcohol as before. I'm closer to God and love my-self more than I thought possible. I look forward to life and thank those who opened my eyes to it. This book will save your life. Keep in mind, I'm only 18 years old.