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The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet : An Innovative Program for Ridding Your Body of Acidic Wastes Paperback – June 24, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (June 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0658016954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0658016950
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Uncover the Secret to Better Health and Wellness

Modern agriculture and food-preservation methods have done serious damage to the human diet. The detrimental effects on the human body caused by acidic wastes from processed food and chemical additives are myriad. Byproducts of the foods we eat, acidic wastes are the common denominator in all degenerative diseases. When acidic wastes accumulate, they can cause organs to malfunction and degenerate. Balancing the body's acid-alkaline pH factor is a dynamic way to improve health. The Acid-Alkaline Balance Diet explores this exciting new treatment in alternative medicine.

Based on Eastern medicinal practices, The Acid-Alkaline Balance Diet advocates a sensible food-combination program in conjunction with herbal medicine therapies to balance the positively charged acidic particles in the body with the negatively charged particles. This simple plan can aid in curing a wide range of medical problems including arthritis, insomnia, alcoholism, lung disorders, kidney disease, and much more. Organized by medical condition, this book makes it easy to quickly find the help and advice you need. There's also a practical test you can administer to help determine your metabolic type: grain eating, meat eating, or balanced.

Forget the traditional notions of a well-balanced diet; for many, this well-balanced diet is the cause of various illnesses. Here at last are alternatives for those who have used the "four food groups" strategy of nutrition but still ended up with health problems. Discover how The Acid-Alkaline Balance Diet will help you lead a healthier, longer life.

About the Author

Felicia Drury Kliment is an adjunct professor at City College in New York and an alternative health consultant. She has published numerous articles on alternative health and healing.

More About the Author

Felicia Drury Kliment is an alternative health consultant and has written numerous articles on Freudian and Jungian psychology and on the emotionally disturbed. Her previous books include The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet and Eat Right for Your Metabolism. She currently lives in New York.

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Chock full of research, insightful and very informative.
Patricia Harmon
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a balanced and useful approach to healing diets.
Ron Cohen
Although this book has some useful information it is not as the title suggest.
P. Ellison

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191 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Ron Cohen on August 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
The "Acid Alkaline Balance Diet" is a great source of useful information, filling many of the gaps left by other authors of books on nutrition. Felicia Kliment gives a balanced discussion of other approaches, and demonstrates why her program works. She presents her encyclopedic knowledge in a way that is easy and enjoyable for the reader to absorb.
This book goes well beyond what the title would suggest. It gives us an informative overview of how individual needs should determine diet. It also gives detailed directions in how to accomplish this. There are different metabolic types, possible food allergies, etc. We get to understand the inner workings of our bodies. For example, the discussion about enzyme activity in the digestive process, cuts through the confusion that I had in this area.
In Part II, we get an analysis of various ailments and diseases, with suggestions on how to treat these conditions by the intelligent intake of the proper foods for each individual case. We are also taught how to prevent and cure the toxicity in our bodies, which is the primary cause of degenerative disease.
I was pleasantly surprised at the scope and the detail of this book. I also found helpful the summary/list of clear suggestions that she included in various sections. Vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other modalities are listed in an easily accessible format. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a balanced and useful approach to healing diets.
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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Fenton on April 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet was a revelation to me. It's a book which should be read by everyone who is interested in main-taining or improving their health. I became interested in the acid alkaline ph balance when I developed acid reflux. I tried remedies recommended in other books,such as eating foods high in alkaline minerals and avoiding acid-forming foods. Nothing worked. And then I read The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet,and I knew I had hit upon a book that spoke the truth. One of the truths in this book is that diet should be suited to the digestive type of the individual. I took the simple self-test recommended in the book, found outthat I was a meat eater, and began eating the foods listed in the book for my metabolic type.
My acid reflux vanished within two weeks. I then tried the author's semi-raw potato recipe because I needed to scale down my appetite so I could stay on the diet. It worked! I no longer get a craving for food at night so I don't binge out.
This book is not only full oforiginal thinking and good information, but very readable, with fascinating case histories of individuals who have healed themselves by following Kliment's dietary suggestions. It should be required reading in all of the educational institutions in this country.
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146 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Lisa McCullough on March 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the best book I've ever read on the impact of diet on health. The author targets the real cause of degenerative disease: acid waste from inappropriate diet. She outlines a simple self test which reveals what foods are appropriate for the individual.
Her diets include all types of foods but in different proportions depending on your metabolic type. Each metabolic type (grain eater and meat eater) is allowed a small amount of foods assigned to the opposite metabolic type. For example, she recommends that the grain eater eat a lot of fish and poultry but that the meat eater eat fish and poultry in much smaller increments. Another example of this is her proposal that the grain eater should consume a lot of green leafy veggies while she emphasizes root vegetables for the meat eater. I like this approach because, by eating all types of food you get the whole range of nutrients the body needs to function properly.
Kliment's book, along with Sang Wang's book, Reverse Aging, which provides good background information on acid alkaline pH factors-- is all the reader needs to take control of his/her body and attain a good state of health and mental well being.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Berthe Gerard on November 27, 2005
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In the review: "Buyer Beware! Raw meat kills..."Reviewer Shani most likely has not read this book, as what Kliment says is not to drink raw milk, rather to look for organic milk that has been safely pasteurized with different techniques to retain important enzymes. She writes:

Milk Raw,p. 24-24: "It was common for physicians in the early part of the twentieth century to use raw milk and butter made from raw milk for therapeutic purposes... Federal and state laws requiring pasteurization of dairy products, however, make raw milk almost impossible to come by. Most agribusiness dairies heat their milk to 212 degrees. Louis Pasteur discovered that milk heated to 140 degrees for one-half hour was enough to kill bacteria. The purpose of boiling the milk at 212 degrees is not to keep the public safe from bacteria that causes disease but to extend the shelf life of the product... I buy a brand of organic milk called Organic Life that hasn't been heated to such a high temperture that all the enzymes have been destroyed and will spoil in two days if not used. A brand of milk that seems to last forever in the refrigerator, even if it is labeled organic, should be avoided."

Kliment addresses other raw foods (meat, eggs...) in the same safe and insightful manner as she discusses milk. Even an improperly balanced vegetarian diet can potentially lead to degenerative diseases, and Kliment discusses those diets as well, providing many safe and effective dietary plans.

There are so many different dietary recommendations in this book that if one doesn't suit your style, then there are others that are equally effective.

Berthe Gerard
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