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Book Review: The Acid Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey

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The Acid Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey is an informative book on the need to reduce acid pH in the body by eliminating junk food, highly processed foods and eating more leafy green vegetables and beets. Vasey discusses the role of enzyme supplements, probiotic complexes, and antioxidants in neutralizing excess acids.

The author explains that most consumers eat too many highly processed foods that acidify the body. The result is a range of health problems like chronic fatigue, ulcers and greater sensitivity to arthritis and related diseases of the skeleton. Optimum health requires that the body have a proper balance of alkaline and acid substances. The problem is that Vasey doesn’t support these statements with authoritative research findings from places like The Lancet. Scientists know inferentially that the body decays and becomes more acidic after death occurs.

Generally, a pH up to 6.9 is acidic. A pH of 7 is amphoteric and beyond 7 is the alkaline state. Vasey defines the acid/alkaline measurement statistics properly with various urine tests to measure the pH. The author needs to relate these measurements to authoritative medical journals, however, either in the USA or overseas.

Much of the book is dedicated to eliminating excess acid through diet, supplements and all natural remedies like reducing the overconsumption of red meat. In addition, a sedentary life style with little exercise is cited as a contributor to excess acidity. The converse or rigorous exercise is associated with alkalinity which contributes to the desired body chemistry balance. Again, research citations would be in order from places like The Lancet. Some menu samples are provided. In contrast, Alternative Medicine-The Definitive Guide by The Burton Goldberg Group has 46 research citations on diet alone.

The Acid Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey presents some good ideas for discussion on acidity and alkalinity in the diet. The reduction in excess acid is a known precept in organic chemistry. The all-important linkages to authoritative research citations would be helpful because patients will be discussing these protocols with their physicians. Ultimately, the book has value in encouraging discussions about excess acidity between patients and their physicians. The overall presentation would have greater value to readers with accompanying research citations from authoritative journals.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.