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The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  690 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Wellness Central (first published 2002)
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Mar 12, 2011 Nikki rated it did not like it
I consider myself a hobbyist in nutrition, so when everyone at work began drinking ionized, alkaline water I thought I should do some research to find out what it's all about. I read the first few chapters of this book and then went to do some research on-line to discover a lot of controversial information. The most useful source I found was on Basically, Robert O. Young (the author of this book and founder of an MLM marketing alkalizing products) has graduate degrees that are no ...more
Joel Arnold
Jan 14, 2012 Joel Arnold rated it did not like it
One of the more absurd books I've ever read. I decided to read it because I knew people who held it in high regard. Dr. Young is a quack and a complete pseudoscientist. The book reduces all health questions to a matter of PH balance. He believes that are diets are far too acidic, and if we return to diets of vegetables, no meat, and little fruits, we would restore the proper balance. Cancer, almost every sickness, and even HIV come from excessive acid in the bloodstream.

Dr. Young's absurdities a
Jaana Mae
May 29, 2013 Jaana Mae rated it it was amazing
Please ignore the bad reviews or the non-believers. They are just spreading hate and why are they trying to sway people from a system of health and eating that truly works. YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I am a real testimonial of someone who has tried parts of the diet and witnessed amazing results! Why would nasty people review a health and diet book they have not actually tried themselves?? Absolute madness! (I don't ever write reviews but I'm so mad with those who are attempting at putting people ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Sirosis rated it did not like it
I'm really astounded how many people have read this book and taken it on face value. The most elementary google search reveals the guy as an irresponsible, ethically bankrupt, criminal fraud with no medical qualifications. Eating a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda a day would give you the PH balance suggested by this book. The rest - eat healthhy - is a no brainer. The real blinding obvious fact is when you read it, he draws entirely unfounded and unscientific conclusions from things: Some people ...more
Sirpa Grierson
My favorite ideas from this book include the zippy breakfast--I love it!--and Bragg liquid aminos (way better than soya sauce for you). The recipes are easy to make and good for you. I also have been drinking my greens in the morning and feel great all day--energized (usually 1 cup spinach leaves, 1 cup cucumber, 1 tsp ginger powder, a whole peeled lemon, and an apple blended in the Vitamix--totally yummy).

While I think that PH balance is important and agree with many of the key concepts in thi
May 21, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it
Shelves: nutrition
How could you not believe in the power of hydrogen? But then again, how could you write a book about its miraculousness without writing out its superpower-esque name?

As for the book's content, I found the basic science behind what happens to your body when it becomes too acidic to be extremely helpful and relevant information. It angers me that neither you nor I learned it in middle school health class. The details of how it works were not exactly clearly presented, however, as is typical of th
Jenny Tibbetts
Mar 14, 2015 Jenny Tibbetts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-ph-miracle
I really love this book so far. I've been searching for a book that has some common sense ways of helping me to deal with some of my medical issues. The authors ( one of which is a doctor) spent many years of trial and error, using themselves as genie pigs, before they updated the current version of this book. Having worked in toxicology, chemistry labs and in Hazmat I understand the importance of maintaining a proper PH balances with all things. This book goes into how you need to alkalize your ...more
Jan 14, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: foodiestuffs
Great info, most of which is common sense if you are at all privy to healthy eating concepts. The downside is the fact that the diet is WAY too rigid, depends on WAY too many supplements and there is WAY too much argument over what foods are alkaline and which are acidic. The fact that testing the acidity or alkalinity of a food is not an exact science leaves an excessive amount of room for error. It is easy to find so much conflicting information when you dig deeper into the the diet: some folk ...more
May 30, 2010 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: nutrition
This is a radicle move from the American Diet, one that would not satisfy 90% of the population but none the less if you are facing major health challenges you may want to take a look at this book and follow up with the additional books listed throughout the reference pages.

Following this diet or eating lifestyle will put you in a state that you haven't known since your youngest years. Well for me anyway, I was born at a very young age. To detoxify is a feeling that is almost unsurpassed, and th
Feb 03, 2011 Jo rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jo by: Friend from church
The author's idea is interesting, but maybe a bit too simplistic?! To follow his suggestions would be a radical change. I asked my doctor about it and he said to stay away from the extremes of this. We all know we need to eat more veggies - especially greens of all kinds. I guess I believe in balance and to eat a lot less than we do.
Nov 25, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it
So far, I'm convinced enough to try the diet. It sounds like a quack to many, and I'm having an emotional time with the idea of giving up yeastie things, sugar, coffee, chocolate and other emotionally soothing foods. But, I think it will do more good than the emotional break up with my foodie-ness will bring.
Jan 29, 2016 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard about this book from a friend whose aunt recommended it to her while she was going through cancer treatments. I was a bit fascinated. As I was reading it, nothing sat right with me. The author was using pseudo science to promote his beliefs. After I finished, I did a little research and found the author was arrested and had multiple charges placed against him. In the book, he wrote that Kim Tinkham was cured of cancer but actually died of the cancer a bit later. I am ashamed I actual ...more
Michelle Rathore
Oct 14, 2013 Michelle Rathore rated it really liked it
Full of very good information on how to get your system balanced. We would all be really healthy if we followed this books advice. Full of useful lists, diets, supplements, ect. A well rounded balanced book.
May 09, 2007 Camilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: healthbooks
I really loved this book. It served as a catalyst for me to draw some conclusions for things Ive been pondering for a while. You could even say it changed my life.
Cindy Prevost
Jun 10, 2009 Cindy Prevost rated it liked it
My doctor recommended that I read this book. It is a bit tiresome to me and although informative, I doubt I can do this program.
Dec 30, 2010 Deborah rated it really liked it
Hey, I can eat like a vegan diabetic Mormon with a gluten allergy 80% of the time...
Remi Leopard
Nov 21, 2015 Remi Leopard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
People who had cancer and hoped for miracle with "doctor" Young's diet, died anyway. Wikipedia says that Young was sued for malpractice.

Your odds of getting a bit help with alternative medicine are 1 out of 10, for it to treat you the odds are more likely to 1 out of 100. By that time you are either tired of trying or dead.

The odds are much better with real medicine. Just don't give up, find a skilled doctor that cares, and also do your own research about the symptoms, possible diagnosises and
Mar 11, 2014 Hafsa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having a very hard time buying this theory. Asked a biochem friend of mine about certain foods affecting the body's pH level, and while it does have an affect, the stomach can manage to digest both acidic and alkaline foods simultaneously by binding specific enzymes on either type. It's more complex than outlined in the book, although the authors focus more on balancing the pH of the body's blood... More worrying for me, though, is how impossible it is to implement a diet like this here (Pakista ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has caused me to rethink sugar, soda and salt. The author makes the case that our health boils down to where our ph level is at. The argument is that acidic environments a prone to inflammation and disease. When I look at it from an ayruvatic perspective this book falls under a kapha diet. It recommends a very green vegetarian diet. I don't think anyone can arue with that... but he takes it to such an extreme that it is hard to believe all of what he has to offer.
Jan 26, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Interesting science and theory behind balancing the pH of your blood - and follows current prescriptions for more vegetables, less meat, dairy, gluten, sugar. I'm ordering some pH strips to start testing myself to get a feel for my levels. Definitely feel much "cleaner" and stronger when sugar, dairy and gluten are OUT of my diet! Worth considering some of the advice in this book... and like that the authors are very clear that each person's body is different and we must each pay attention to ho ...more
Alexander Davison
A must read even if you think that your nutrition knowledge is outstanding. I thought mine was till I read this. Dr Young breaks food down past the basic carbs proteins fats past vitamins and minerals and down to the microbiological outcomes that the foods we eat dictate.
Nov 13, 2015 Tash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will try to live by this book until I die (which is hopefully a ways away if I follow the rules). The science explained and the personal stories of the application is just incredible. Ive recommended it to friends and family more times than I can count.
Jul 22, 2014 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Changing the way you eat in order to get your body in a better alkaline state is definitely good for your health. We all know sugar and carbs are bad for us and mycotoxins, bacteria, and fungi crave and thrive in acidic systems. So why do we continue to pump our bodies full of junk food, processed foods , etc....? I don't know...but I know it hard for me to cut back on rice and beans and fresh fruit.

This book has some really good enlightening info....but by no means is it easy. My dad was a dia
Feb 06, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook, how-to
This was OK. The principles make sense but the book was vaguely unsatisfying, somehow. The recipe section should have been longer to give the reader a better sense of how it all works in practice.
Tara Choate
I found this book less helpful with the theories a little "out there" for me. The recipes looked pretty good, but not the kind of useful info I was going for.
Feb 22, 2008 Sfdreams rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I consider this more of a reference book, and have been referring to it often. I find some of his statements hard to take, but overall, I believe he is right on the money.

I am currently a raw food vegan, so I already adhere to many of his views. I will be doing his cleanse this next month, in preparation for my upcoming abdominal surgery. I am not sure if I could have done the cleanse before I began eating more healthfully--it would have felt too extreme. He advocates cleansing before starting h
Joan Dash
May 25, 2011 Joan Dash rated it it was amazing
This is a very informative, unconventional, wholistic book about nutrition and health. It's basic premise is that alkaline foods (plant based, non processed whole foods), are healthier than acidic foods (meats,dairy, wheat, processed foods). It discusses corellations between high acidic diets and disease and conversely, alkaline diets being equated with optimal health.

I loved this book, because it wasn't just theory, it was scientific in explanations!!! I highly recommend it for any health enthu
Mar 30, 2013 Tanya rated it really liked it
This book opened me more understanding on a health approach in eating. Generally I liked it but it might be too extreme from some point, especially for those who have no idea about eating healthy. Anyway, I want to reread it once again. There are many recipes (at the end of book) that might be helpful during/after cleansing the body. I also liked the detailed information about our digestive process, our bodies' "reactions " on certain food and the explanation of the supplements out body might ne ...more
Mar 20, 2008 Mace rated it it was amazing
I've read this book several times and I always seem to interpret or recognize something new in each pass. Dr. Young details the basics of food combinations, provides recipes and and shares useful dietary tips. I get upset with some of my daily selections and intake, and have trouble with acidity, but his common sense approach is inspiring for me to start again fresh making educated solid and liquid food choices based on his years of experience.
Jul 10, 2009 Belasonic rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
Young has some insightful things to say about pH balancing the body, particularly regarding acidosis and how it relates to fat. However, I find the particular diet that he proposes to be lacking of both flavor and sustenance. There are a few good alkaline recipes, but many are bland and I don't particularly support the call for excessive supplementation (and his line of supplements). Overall, good info, just not the entire picture.
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