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Book Review: The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet: An Innovative Program for Ridding Your Body of Acidic Wastes by Felicia Drury Kliment

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There has been a glut of diet books in recent years that have tried to tap into the robust U.S. market for weight loss and, increasingly, healthy eating. From the 190,000 books that come up when I search for the word 'diet' on Amazon to the 164 million hits that come up on Google with the search of the same word, both the business and the need for diet information seem virtually inexhaustible. In this cluttered market comes Felicia Drury Kliment's Acid Alkaline Balance Diet: An Innovative Program for Ridding Your Body of Acidic Wastes

The premise of this book is that a good balance between acidic and alkaline substances is crucial to avoiding a variety of chronic problems. And if acidic wastes, primarily stemming from food processing, are allowed to accumulate in the body over time, they will lead to a spate of problems. Kliment argues that while the body has evolved to handle naturally occurring toxic by-products of foods — such as the acids produced from the digestion of grains, the body is not capable of efficiently clearing artificial chemicals such as flavor enhancers, chemical preservatives, and pesticides.

The diet plan this book recommends is that people go back to consuming the 'ancestral diet.' Kliment strongly recommends that people eat natural, preferably organic, unprocessed food. This book takes to task the companies that market processed, phyto-chemicals and fiber-lacking, calorie- and sodium-rich food sprinkled with a variety of vitamins as 'healthy' food. Kliment persuasively argues that not only are these 'healthy' foods' not healthy, but they can have an adverse impact on your health and waist.

Kliment believes that enzymes are important for disease prevention and encourages people to eat raw foods with each meal that contain their own enzymes. Except, Vivian Chrisman, a nutritionist at Stanford University, argues that body has all the enzymes it needs to digest food and that enzymes eaten by people will most likely be neutralized by stomach acid. Crisman further adds that cooking a food can sometimes increase the bio-availability of certain vitamins, for example tomatoes are much better cooked than raw, for cooking increases the presence of lycopene and anti-oxidants.

Oftentimes it seems that Kliment treats anecdotal evidence as indisputable facts. Kliment argues that her diet can help combat obesity, digestive ailments, hypothyroidism, cardiovascular disease, and even alcoholism, and 'female reproductive disorders.' It seems unlikely that these miraculous effects exist. One may argue that she relies on anecdotal evidence because insufficient clinical studies have been carried out with these treatments in mind but then again, why not wait to corroborate the claims before writing?

There is very little doubt in my mind that eating predominantly plant-based, organic, unprocessed food would alleviate a lot of problems that afflict Americans today. And, while consistent overstatement of claims undermines the overall message of the book, I still believe that this book would prove to be useful to people struggling to find a simple, effective diet plan.

Monika Kowalczykowski contributed reporting to this review.

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  • Stephan Wilmes

    Conscientiously choosing to live the Alkaline Life Style is the first step into and towards a healthy and deeply fulfilled life.
    But if you just say my goal is to loose 20 pounds to look nice in my new pants! This might not carry you very far!
    Because loosing the pounds is kind of a shallow thing, you are not carried by a deep power. It will be most likely that you will kind of fight your cravings to loose the weight and perhaps make it but then most likely gain it again. Then try to loose weight and gain it again…. Very stressful!

    But to deeply decide to change completely your life towards a better, sweeter and lovelier YOU.

    That is just great! It might take some years and eventually get very painful inside because we get to be light in our darkest moments. Thats just awesome.

    Then changing your life towards the Alkaline Life Style is simply good and fulfilling. There will be pitfalls and disappointments but that makes us just stronger!

    So a deep and good commitment for the good is crucial!

    On the physical level there are bricks which we need to build a new body for our new self. Painful aging can and will be stopped and replaced with aging in beauty and dignity without diseases and agony.

    Dr. Jentschuras vision is that the human body is created to become 100-120 years old and then we will die in peace. Be responsible for the right choices now for in order to create a good and healthy future.

    The choice is now to take care of and to invest in your body in order be happy in your body for the next decades of your life! Instead of short term “fast food emotional satisfaction” lets go for deep soul fulfilling real food.

    Lets start enjoy life, embrace life, breathe life!

    Knowing that stress, anger and frustration create acid in our body we have to take care of soul food: meet lovely people, do Yoga, practice meditation, enjoy joyful action in mother nature!

    If you do have deep childhood pain lets learn and love to forgive. Most human being have covered their deep and dark pain in the lower stomach and hips area and are not even aware of it because we all long to be happy and therefor we try to do anything to get away from the pain. But the real way is the opposite: allowing and embracing the pain without indulging in it. A very good Cranio-Sacral Therapist can be of great help with this.

    Dr. Jentschura’s triple jump to health and wellness is a great way to help your body to regenerate and heal itself: Alkaline Cleansing, Alkaline Purification and Alkaline Regeneration really works.

    Alkaline Regeneration means to flood and therefor nourish the body with nano-size, organic minerals, vitamins and all vital substances. Change your diet: Go Green. Eat vegetables, green salad, fruits and herbs. Also enjoy dietary supplements like Dr. Jentschura’s WurzelKraft with 100 plants, to refill the mineral deposits (bones, skin, scalp, teeth, tissue) in our body which we robbed due to an over acid north american diet.

    Alkaline Purification realizes the fact that the skin is our largest organ for cleansing and purification. Dr. Jentschura AlkaBath with 8 precious stones creates a high energy, high alkaline solutions for full and foot bath with pulls out all toxins and impurities via the principle of Osmosis. It is like a long bath in the ocean. Most people don’t know that as babies we bathe in alkaline solution for 10 month – amniotic fluid got a ph-level of 8.0-8.5 in a healthy mother’s womb.

    Alkaline Cleansing uses the powerful cleansing abilities of herbal teas. Dr. Jentschuras AlkaHerb is made out of 49 herbs. But in drinking a very good cleansing tea you need to drink at least 1-2 liters of low mineralized water to help your body eliminate all toxins and impurities.

    Knowing that most of you already take care of a good healthy nutrition we would like to encourage you to cleanse your colon. If you had a very bad diet over a long period you can eat the best diet. But your body is not able to absorb the nutrition if your colon is very polluted. We recommend hydro colon therapy but not 3 times a week but 1-3 times a month depending on your state of health. If you feel very healthy you can do even 3 cleanses a week but if you are not very healthy just do 1-2 in the first month.

  • Brian

    This books gives quite an informative view of how every individual should determine his or her diet. Book has a detailed set of directions in how to accomplish this goal. It’s very easy to read and you can pick up and find pages at random. Still, I haven’t compared The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet to any other book of the same subject. Maybe I should, because the information in it does differ slightly than the information available on the internet. Very helpful book.