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The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health

The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health

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by Robert O. Young

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Never count calories, fat grams, or food portions again! Say good-bye to low energy, poor digestion, extra pounds, aches and pains, and disease. Say hello to renewed vigor, mental clarity, better overall health, and a lean, trim body. The key? Your health depends on the pH balance of its blood, striking the optimum 80/20 balance between an alkaline and acidic


Never count calories, fat grams, or food portions again! Say good-bye to low energy, poor digestion, extra pounds, aches and pains, and disease. Say hello to renewed vigor, mental clarity, better overall health, and a lean, trim body. The key? Your health depends on the pH balance of its blood, striking the optimum 80/20 balance between an alkaline and acidic environment provided by eating certain foods. Now an innovative, proven effective diet program can work with your body chemistry and help revitalize and maintain your health. Rediscover the secrets of: * Breakfast, the low-carb, high-fiber meal that will be the biggest change you'll make; * The cleanse--a liquid detox to reduce your body's impurities and normalize digestion and metabolism; *Ridding your body of harmful bacteria, yeast, and molds; *Alkaline foods--tomatoes, avocados, and green vegetables-and how to mix them with mildly acidic foods like fish, grains, and certain fruits to create tempting and delicious meals; *Supplements--how to select, shop, and calculate the right dosage for you; *Water, the all-important drink-how to make sure yours is safe, pure, and plentiful.

Learn how to balance your live and diet with the incredible halth benefits of thsi revoulationary program... The pH Miracle.

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Few of us have even the vaguest notion of what pH levels are, but according to nutritionist Dr. Robert Young, the measurement of pH levels in our blood is the single most important health indicator. Yes, that means that the acid and alkaline levels of your blood are more important than the counts for cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, or hormone levels! The authors explain why pH levels are so significant; and how you can control them and maintain the balance. The book's diet guidelines are sensible, easy to remember, and appetizing. Fifty recipes supplement the text.
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"Dr. Young has discovered a brilliant insight to re-create our health, expand our longevity, and feel better fast!" —Mark Victor Hansen, cocreater of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series"

Dr. Young may be on the threshold of a new biology whose principles could revolutionize biology and medicine and potentially help people worldwide. Additional research is desperately needed!" —Neil Solomon, director, International Council for Caring Communities' Health Advisory Board, United Nations, and New York Times bestselling author

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The pH Miracle

By Shelley Redford Young and Robert O. Young

Warner Books

Copyright © 2002 Robert Young, Ph.D.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-52809-9

Chapter One

The New Biology of Health

A new day is dawning. A day of truly holistic health, vitality, and well-being. A time of energizing our very cells, maximizing the life force of our bodies. An era of naturally lean and strong physiques! This book is your key to letting that light into your life. It first helps you understand the revolutionary science I (Rob) call The New Biology, then explains the practical ways to change your diet and unleash the full power of your body to heal itself.

In truth, the light came over the horizon more than a hundred years ago. But the radical work of some great pioneering scientists has been overlooked by a mainstream medical model so deeply involved with its own myths that it was blind to larger truths. Until now. Now we're going to peel off the blinders and look at an entirely new model of human health-and disease. Working from decades of exhaustive research-my own as well as the work of those early (ignored) pioneers-we'll discover the basic pathways to illness and wellness. You'll get the science, of course, but also the practical applications that will allow you to put the science to work for you.

It's all about balance. The universe operates by keeping opposites in balance, and the universe contained within your body is no exception. When imbalance occurs, we get the signs of disease: low energy, fatigue, poor digestion, excess weight, foggy thinking, aches and pains, as well as major disorders. This book is about reclaiming balance (health): energy, mental clarity, smooth operation of all body systems, clear, bright eyes and skin, and a lean, trim body. With the program in this book, all that will be yours within weeks.

All you have to do is take a look around you to see that most people with our modern lifestyles are suffering from imbalance. They are obese. Tired. Prematurely aging. Perhaps you are too. Chances are at least one person you love is suffering from one of the top three killers in the United States-heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. When I ask the audience at one of my lectures how many of them have a family member with one of these big bad three, 70 to 80 percent raise their hands. In fact, half of us will die from heart disease or diabetes. A third will die from cancer.

If you're like most people in our culture, at this point you're thinking, Well, you have to die of something. We've forgotten that it is natural to die-and to live-healthy! In fact, it is your birthright to live healthy, right up until the day you die. Making that vision a reality is the great gift of this program. And believe me, it has nothing to do with mapping the human genome, cutting-edge medical technologies, or even more powerful-and dangerous-pharmaceuticals. The good news is, the answer is much, much simpler than all that. And available right here and now. Today.

The obvious clue is right there in the top three killers (cancer, heart disease, and diabetes). All are directly linked to diet. In fact, eight of the top ten causes of death in America today are (not to mention that diet is obviously the cause of the obesity of 60 percent of Americans). Eating the proper foods and getting the best nutrients, in balance, will help you avoid all that-along with the misery and poor quality of life that so often precede death, sometimes by decades. The simple secrets to finding the right combinations are what The pH Miracle is all about.

Even mainstream medicine agrees: "Foods contain nutrients essential for normal metabolic function, and when problems arise, they result from imbalances in nutrient intake and from harmful interaction with other factors. For ... adult Americans who do not smoke and do not drink excessively, one personal choice seems to influence long-term health prospects more than any other-What We Eat" (from the 1988 "Surgeon General's Report on Health and Nutrition": Emphasis added).

Since that landmark report from C. Everett Koop (and even before, depending on the circles you run in), Americans have been following one diet craze after another not only in an attempt to drop the excess baggage most of us are carrying around but also as a way to find our way back to good health. The result? We (as a country) are fatter than ever. And we're certainly no healthier.

The problem is that while diet is the key not only to slimness but also to overall health and well-being, it has to be a diet that properly balances our body chemistry. But each and every one of the diets Americans have tried-including not just the "average American diet" but also such supposedly healthful regimens as low-fat diets, the food pyramid, and vegetarianism-create wildly imbalanced body chemistry. Even if one way of eating does get rid of extra pounds (usually temporarily) or lower cholesterol levels or lessen digestive trouble for some people, it does not fulfill the promise of simple good health. We're so used to our modern medical machinery, in fact, that good health seems anything but simple. I'm here to tell you: It is simple.

Forget cholesterol counts. Forget calories and fat grams. Forget blood pressure, blood sugar, hormone levels, or any of the other markers of health you're used to at the doctor's office. It turns out that the single measurement most important to your health is the pH of your blood and tissues-how acidic or alkaline it is. Different areas of the body have different ideal pH levels, but blood pH is the most telling of all. Just as your body temperature is rigidly regulated, the blood must be kept in a very narrow pH range-mildly basic or alkaline. The body will go to great lengths to preserve that, including wreaking havoc on other tissues or systems.

The pH level of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. The entire metabolic process depends on an alkaline environment. Chronic overacidity corrodes body tissue, and if left unchecked will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. In other words, overacidity interferes with life itself. It is (as we'll see in more detail in the next chapter) at the root of all sickness and disease.

If that's not enough to get you interested in balancing your body pH naturally, nondestructively, keep this in mind: Overacidity is also what's keeping you fat (more about that later).

The goal, then-and what this program allows you to do-is to create the proper alkaline balance within your body. The way to do that is by eating the proper balance of alkaline and acid foods. That means 80 percent of your diet must be alkalizing foods, like green vegetables. (That percentage will go down somewhat once you've successfully rebalanced yourself.) That leaves much smaller portions of acid foods (such as meat and grains) on our plates. In addition, carefully chosen, high-quality supplements will help you achieve and maintain pH balance. You'll learn more about all this in detail in later chapters.

That's it. That's all there is to it. Get at least three-quarters of your plate covered with alkalizing food, use the supplements as explained in this book, and you'll be good to go.

The following chapters get into the details of why, and the remainder of the book shows you specifically what and how. You'll get the benefit of my own exhaustive research and the work of the great minds that have gone this road before me, and you'll also get Shelley's real-life, practical expertise in how to make all this happen for you.

Bottom line: This program will bring you increased quality and quantity of life. I guarantee you'll see immediate improvement. Your energy will increase, you'll find new mental clarity and powers of concentration, you'll build strength and stamina, and you'll lose excess body fat while increasing muscle mass. You'll have bright eyes and clear skin. You'll look better. You'll improve your athletic performance. Your entire body will function more efficiently. Whatever health challenges you've been facing will improve and most likely evaporate altogether. In short, you'll regain all the effortless energy and wellness you thought was lost with your childhood. With the healing, wholeness, and rejuvenation that this program brings, you'll experience, possibly for the first time in your life, vibrant personal health.

Over and over again, we've witnessed joy, relief, and renewed peace of mind in those who have turned a serious or chronic illness around, those who lost weight they had been battling for years, those whose cholesterol levels dropped, skin cleared up, itching stopped, energy returned. I've seen people who no longer required insulin injections for their diabetes. People whose aches and pains disappeared. Even people who had been diagnosed with cancer whose tumors vanished and who were pronounced cancer free. We hear frequently from people who haven't been able to work for months or years who are returning to work, people whose allergies are letting up, people whose infections clear. People who are well, whole, and energetic again. People like Sharon and her husband. I'll let her tell their story:

I was up to a record 192 pounds. I was depressed and tired and had attempted almost every diet known to humankind. I would lose weight and then gain it right back when I returned to my old eating habits. I became more and more discouraged. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired-and fat! I knew it was time to make some major lifestyle changes.

So, once again I stepped onto the diet roller coaster by going to a local weight loss organization. It worked for the first few months. I lost thirty-two pounds, traded in my diet sodas for water, and started to exercise. I thought I might really have the problem licked this time.

At this same time, my husband applied for a life insurance policy. The findings of the company's physical exam scared us to death. His cholesterol was practically off the charts at 340. He had fatty growths in his shoulder. He was at his heaviest ever, too: 227 pounds. For someone who is five-nine, that's quite a load to carry around. The report made him out to be a walking time bomb. An accident waiting to happen. Just like me, he realized he needed to make some serious changes. But he was confused about what and how.

Before he could take action, we moved into a new house and went on a vacation. I went back to my old eating habits, stopped exercising, and regained twenty of the thirty-two pounds I had lost. When things settled down again and we realized we had to take action, that's when The pH Miracle came into our lives.

We shared the same first thought: How on earth could we change our lifestyle so drastically? And the same second thought: We had to try. That night we committed to the program-and immediately headed over to a favorite local restaurant to pig out on our last barbecued pork ribs and mud pie. The next morning we changed our diets- and changed our lives. We've never looked back.

My husband's cholesterol dropped to 242 in six weeks, and is now under 200. He had been experiencing arthritis in the hips and had been thinking about surgery. But the pain has disappeared! For the first time in my life, I'm not depressed. I'm no longer a compulsive eater; no longer do I eat until I get sick-and then eat some more. I'm not a slave to my addiction to sugar and breads. Now the foods I crave are avocados and soybeans. We both would still like to lose a few more pounds, but we don't worry about it anymore. We know our bodies will reach an optimum weight. And we'll never regain it because we no longer crave the foods that made us sick, tired, and fat in the first place.

It turns out the weight loss is almost a side benefit. What we've really gotten out of this is feeling better. Our minds and bodies are stronger. We no longer feel sick and tired all the time. Even our relationship has benefited. We have a more fulfilling life. We can more fully enjoy the best things in life-mainly, our kids.

Speaking of our kids, we are now gradually working them into the program, too. They've been raised on fast food and pizza, candy bars and soda pop. And they've been addicted to sugar, bread, and meat-and been tired, obese, and depressed as a result, just like so much of their generation. Who would have thought they would ever be drinking green vegetable juice for breakfast? We feed them healthy meals, and they take supplements as well. They still have some sugar now and then, but we know this is not an overnight process. The whole family is headed in the right direction.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote: "There will come a time when we will sit down to the banquet of our consequences."

We were. And we are. I like this way much better.

Besides the huge volume of tales like this one-which I'll share more of throughout the book-I've seen the scientific proof of such transformation with my own eyes, though nothing is more persuasive than the radical changes in people's everyday lives. I've observed thousands of blood samples, including pH levels, from people all over the world, and seen the transformation that occurs-right down to the individual cells-when people change the way they eat.


All this healing occurs because people are willing to take responsibility for their own health and make the necessary changes. That was a mission Shelley and I were on for ourselves starting over twenty years ago. But it took quite a while to realize that what seemed in popular thought to be optimal was still leaving us tired, seemingly prone to every passing cold, and just not able to get the very best out of life. Eventually, through trial and error-experimenting on ourselves-we developed The pH Miracle program, and found, finally, the way to get fully, permanently, holistically healthy-physically prepared to live life to its fullest.

We had always been active, and on the lookout for ways to improve our health. By 1980, we were on what we thought was an ideal strictly vegetarian regime-mostly complex carbohydrates, along with some simple carbs (sugars), proteins, and fats. We were conforming to what seemed to be the best possible nutrition for our bodies and raised our children this way.

We ate the best of all foods sold in our favorite health food stores. Yet still we felt that afternoon fatigue. Our athletic endurance seemed to have plateaued, and we weren't getting any further improvements. We didn't have the strength and stamina we wanted. We were slowly but surely getting one common sign of aging after another. And it all seemed to be getting worse as we grew older.


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Meet the Author

Robert O. Young, Ph.D., D.Sc., is a nationally renowned microbiologist and nutritionist, who speaks to audience around the world on health and wellness. Shelley Redford Young is a licensed massage therapist and the chef behind the recipes in The pH Miracle.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I fought for many years with arthritis, fibromyalgia,Lupus,IBS,interstitial cystitis,fibroids,back pain,endometriosis (and the list goes on). I added whole-food nutrients, and followed a plan: 80% fruits and veggies and 20% lean meat,poultry and fish(not all vegetarian). I noticed improvements in a few short months. Within a year, I was symptom and medication free.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read health books for years and gleaned a few truths from each one, but Dr. Young is AWESOME, his knowledge is incredible'He's a micro biologist'! He takes all the truth from every book I have ever read and raps them all together in one book! Not only that he goes a lot deeper! He doesn't just tell you to do something for your health but he explains WHY to do it and what happens if you don't do it!! If you want to KNOW THE CAUSE of bad health this is THE book to read! Like I said before I have read a lot of health books from Doctors, Nutritionists etc. But the most informational books I've read have been from a micro biologist and a bio chemist!! They know the cause of health and disease! I HIGHLY recommend THIS book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have suffered for years from sugar cravings and IBS with constipation and have tried all kinds of pharmaceutical drugs, herbal remedies and alternative treatments. This book was recommended to me by my accupuncturist after I had pneumonia about 8 months ago. I tried some of the suggestions then, but didn't stick to it. I picked up the book again a few weeks ago after I had an ear infection and committed myself to the recipes. It was a little expensive at first to buy all the spices and non-ordinary ingredients, but now that I am stocked up, most things I need to buy on a weekley basis are simply vegetables. While strickly eating from suggestions in this book, I suffer no IBS symptoms at all. I am greatly enjoying the simple and quick recipes and all the wonderful flavors of the foods (and to my surprise, so is my 'meat and potatoes' husband and my 4 year old children). I think the authors of this book have written it in a way to show that everyone will approach a change in life differently and they give you many options of simple ways to start taking those steps. It is not a book that you need to read cover to cover before you start to improve your health or where you feel you have to go 'cold turkey' and immediately change your eating habits. To a full time working mom who feels sick a lot and has two young children, this book is a blessing. Thank you to the authors for sharing all your thoughts and recipes!!
DrMolly More than 1 year ago
Dr. Robert O. Young approaches health from the perspective of both a biologist and a nutritionist. Sometimes it is difficult to change behavior that we learned as children, especially if you are a steak and potato guy. According to Dr. Young, turning "green" may just be the answer to many ills, both physical and mental. This book is an excellent read to learn to choose salad, not because you have to, but because you want to! Listen to an interview with Dr. Young on the Dr. Molly Barrow Show http://www.barrow.progressiveradionetwork.org
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is an eye opener as to what the detrimental effects of having an acidic body chemistry are .his analogy of 'the fish in the aquarium' is so simplistic but so profound. we poison our bodies with medications everyday without thought of changing the environment within.he asks..'would we treat the fish in that environment?' an emphatic '...NO... we would change the water, we would change the chemistry. the foods are one way to alkalize your body chemistry and another way is to take sango coral calcium, which is 100% absorbed and also alkalizes the body chemistry. the medical community is all structured on the 'germ theory', but the truth is ..it all starts from within...fungus, mold, candida, yeast...all flourish in an acidic environment...and too their waste products are acidic...it's like they have a big party inside and the end result is your deteriorating health and the decomposition of your body, in reality. the good news is anyone can reverse this process by alkalizing their body chemistry..even cancer cells do not thrive in an alkaline environment....so then , if the medical community is so far advanced, why don't they first..alkalize the body chemistry? instead they go about destroying the good cells along with the bad. you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out, it's really high school chemistry class.i have seen first hand a transformation in my own mother with alkalizing her acidic chemistry..everything from no more GERD, acid reflux, esophageal spasms, no more arthritic pain in her hands ,that before could not even grip a pair of scissors, and her diabetes holding her blood sugar below 100, for the first time in 10 years.i have seen the result of ridding your body of acidity., in my own family....an i for one am doing everything in my power to maintain an alkaline chemistry to keep my cells in their optimum environment to ward off degenerative diseases.
RavenYL More than 1 year ago
When you don't want to take a pill ao feel blah all the time then this book was excellant! Just changing your eating habits can change yor state of health. I particularly liked the food combining section. I think all Americanized people should read this because our diets are what is throwing our money to the medical field. Take responsibilty for your own health and see how well you will be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say how thankful I am that I stumbled on this book. This is not another wacko diet. To me this is common sense, a lifestyle I can live with. A lifestyle I can live healthy with! This does not seem like a diet to me at all. The first two weeks I lost 12lbs. and more importantly felt so much better it was unbelievable. I could make it thru the day without feeling like I had to take a nap. I actually had energy! I have been recommending this to everyone. This has helped me more than any medical Dr. This is the root of health and well being. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Don't walk, run to get this book...........
Guest More than 1 year ago
You need to read this book with an open mind. I was looking for a lifestyle change that I could live with and I think I've found it. In a day and age when obesity is at an all time high, we need to take a good look at what we're eating and why we're becoming overweight. The author suggests eating vegetables, certain fruits and,on occasion, certain types of fish. The argument that we will not get enough protein and calcium on such a diet has been dispelled based on the evidence (testimonials in the book and other reviews). The change is a bit overwhelming at first but I've noticed a difference in myself already. Reading this book will make you think twice about what you are eating and what it is doing to your body/health. Anyone looking for a lifestyle change should consider reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book finally gave me what I was looking for in understanding how what we are eating,drinking and thinking can adversely affect our health. I came away with knowledge about  how to maintain the alkaline design of my body and how I can monitor that myself. Dr. Young has learned  from ever 30 years of research examining human diets and its affect on the health of the blood,tissues and organs. I have read it and with me I carry now an understanding of what foods and drinks are good to eat and which ones are not and that is what i have always wanted to know but there is so much misinformation out there you almost want to give up because one day the media reports something is good and then they say it is bad. I had bad leg cramps and using the information in this book I don't have them anymore. This is a must for understanding that there is only one sickness and one disease and ACID is the enemy of good health. I am so glad God led me to this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2 words .. THE FUTURE .... thank you God for an answer to all my aches, fatigue, pain, candida suffering , memory loss, confusion, 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The PH Miracle is a classic book on cleansing your body from fungus illness through an alkaline diet. It gives recipe's and testimony of people who changed their lifestyle to health.
andocreations More than 1 year ago
A MUST READ, if your looking for a healthier, happier life. Anyone seeking to get in control of their physical health will benefit from the information in this book. Am buying copies for all the the loved ones in my life. Thank you Robert and Shelley!!
allkaline1 More than 1 year ago
All books that educate us about the pH value of food are good. This one is user-friendly, easy to understand the importance of acid and alkaline food. But you have to be careful with some of the information because the author recommends foods that have low pH ratings, like garlic. Garlic is an ingredient in several recipes in the book. Garlic has a pH value well below 7.0, which is alkaline. Garlic's pH value is somewhere around 2.9 or 3.0, highly acidic and toxic. Several starchy, acidic foods are recommended, like brown rice and red beans. Most of the foods are alkaline, especially the green vegetables but the pH rating is missing. A new book that includes the pH value of food is Sojourn to Honduras Sojourn to Healing. It has a chart to help you compare acid and alkaline food. Overall The pH Miracle is good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert O. Young is a quack. His education and degrees are all phony from a defunct diploma mill that was shut down by the government. Young is not a doctor of any sort and is a legend in his own mind. Buyer beware. His pH science is garbage with no legitimate backing by actual science. Young is a modern day snake oil salesman.
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Had I done so I would have saved myself $5! The first few pages seem to set out a reasonable premise but this quickly degenerates. Also a quick Google search reveals the true nature of the content of this book.
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Dr. Young and his wife have put many years of their hard work into this really healthful book. I love it on my nook because it is sooo handy anytime, anywhere. It is just common sense and lots of changing our damaging habits. I love this book. He is way ahead of the medical society.
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