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149 of 185 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Acid Waste, December 23, 2004
This review is from: The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health (Paperback)
I really don't like writing negative reviews, but this book is just crying out for one! I'm a nutritionist, and have seen a lot of fad diets and health claims come and go. I believe that the principle of acid-alkaline balance through diet is vitally important. However, this book does it a disservice.

First, the author strongly denounces the humble potato, which is probably the cheapest, most easily obtainable alkalizing food in the world (and is highly recommended by other authors on the subject).

Next, Mr. Young advises, as one of his primary recommendations, that we add hydrogen peroxide drops to our drinking water, in order to alkalize it. Well, I tested my H2O2 with ph test strips, and it is extremely acid (5.0 on the ph scale). Am I missing something??

The problem with so many of these health and self-help books is that the authors happen upon some program or system that works for them, and then they promote it to the world as a cure-all. Unfortunately, what works for them doesn't always work for the rest of us.

Following this book's recommendations, and buying the author's products, may help some people, but I believe they will be in the minority. If you are interested in this subject, I recommend The Acid-Alkaline Diet by Christopher Vasey, which is much more scientifically sound (and he doesn't try to sell you anything, either).
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Initial post: Jul 16, 2009 10:00:41 AM PDT
N. Trujillo says:
Thanks surewords for your comments, very helpulf. Regarding potato, I have also read that they are alkaline and some others issues with Joung's calims.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 10:54:17 AM PST
Miss B says:
Also, not everything that tests as an acid on a pH strip will be acidifying to the body. Lemons, for instance, are very alkalizing but they are, obviously, acidic. Maybe that is the case with the hydrogen peroxide? I'm glad that you mentioned the H2o2 in your review, though, because that freaks me out. I've read up on the whole oxygenation thing and, like many things, it SOUNDS wonderful but..... I think it's just a little too fringe for me, though I am all for drinking lemon water and a green smoothie every day.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2010 11:16:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2010 11:21:34 AM PDT
It is true that acidic foods can be alkalizing, which is why this diet isn't very intuitive. Tomatoes and lemons are alkalizing but most people would assume they are acidizing because they are acidic. We shouldn't confuse acidizing with acidic. Same for black beans for instance, which I would have thought were alkalizing but are acidizing. Of course, don't assume if something is acidic it will be alkalizing either, again, it's not intuitive so you need to just learn what does what.

Regarding the potato, I can't eat potatoes because I ended up with Candida, which I'm currently fighting. Perhaps the doctor knows how common Candida is to those in Western society and figures it would be best to avoid it until you've rid your body of all the toxins our Standard American Diet puts into our systems, particularly starches and sugars. Candida doesn't differentiate between refined cane sugar and the potato, and even sweet fruits for that matter.

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 5:39:49 PM PDT
Unfortunately, and I find this over and over again, is that most of the other alkalizing information on the market ignores one simple tenant; it depends as much on the sugar content of the food as the acid/alkaline ash. Yes, in a test tube, potatoes may be very alkaline, but over 50,000 live blood analyses by Dr. Young have demonstrated time and time again, that the carbohydrate levels in potato, which the candida in our bodies thrive on, metabolizes and converts to acetyl-aldehyde and ethyl alcohol waste products among others which are highly acidifying to the blood and body are acidic. Live blood analysis does not lie. Having been a witness to Dr. Young's work over the past several years, I've watched time and time again, people that were given up on, terminal, getting wheeled into the pH Miracle Center and weeks later, they're walking out, with their health restored. That is a PHD in results and yes, works not just for him, but everybody that has lived it! I myself have my shoulder and knees back, no more IBS or panic attacks associated with it, nor do I have the depression and fatigue either.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2010 6:08:10 AM PDT
Brian Lovett says:
AMEN to what Kristofer said! Dr. Young has an impeccable track record, is a complete genious in the field, and pretty much if he says it, it goes, works, and is in everyone's best interest to at the very least consider and apply his vast research, knowledge, and science.

It's remarkable stuff and hope all are well.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2010 7:07:10 PM PDT
How can you argue with the amount of success stories that this man has generated time and time again? Have you yourself given this book a chance and prove it wrong? I implore your to give it a shot and if you come back with negative results than post on here. For everyone else reading this judge by results not by skeptics.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2010 9:01:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2010 9:06:03 PM PDT
Andrea says:
the amount of success stories that the Ph.D generates? Yes, he is a terrific self promoter, you are right there. You have to buy his infomercial book to be recommended to buy his line of products. Reminds of Kevin Trudeau's malarky.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2010 9:03:53 PM PDT
Andrea says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2010 5:54:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 20, 2010 5:58:23 AM PDT
In his revised book he gives other options outside of his products
so not to promote such beliefs. You can buy other products in similar fashion and still have the same effect. Also isn't that what science is all about in building off other peoples work before you and fine tuning it?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013 3:09:05 PM PST
ScienceRox says:
A complete genius? Try complete imbecile . Young doesn't even believe in germ theory. That's right! He does not believe that bacteria cause disease. How can anyone believe ANYTHING that comes out of this quacks mouth?

He also believes ALL disease is caused by the same thing, be it AIDS to hair loss. And that cause is a made up condition he calls latent tissue acidosis.
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