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Health April 2018

Eat Right Now

Hey Boomers, You Still on Acid-osis?

By Wendell Fowler

Maintaining a healthy, balanced pH requires mindful eating choices, with alkaline-forming foods the foundation. As a rule, 80 percent of what you eat should be alkalizing foods, with 20 percent acid-forming.

Must admit I ought to have researched this sooner. When our earth suit is alkaline, disease cannot survive. When our ecology is acid, disease flourishes. Nearly all biological functions are dependent upon the pH of our internal environment. Our disastrous Standard American Diet is acid creating, so it’s obvious why America has one of the highest disease rates on earth.

High acidity, or chronic acidosis corrodes temple tissue, and if left unchecked, interrupts all cellular activities and functions. Some symptoms of metabolic or respiratory acidosis: fatigue, confusion, mood swings, shortness of breath, sleepiness, headache, lack of appetite, jaundice, increased heart rate, flapping tremor, and breath that smells fruity (a sign of diabetic acidosis).

Other indicators may be obesity, slow metabolism, inflammation, osteoporosis, joint pain, tooth sensitivity, weakened immune system, bladder and kidney conditions, stressed liver, tumor growth, accelerated aging, osteoporosis, joint pain, and yeast overgrowth. To survive and flourish, cancer needs an acid, low-oxygen environment. Terminal cancer patients are around 1000 times more acidic than normal, healthy people. The vast majority of terminal cancer patients possess a very low body pH.

Cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge is convinced a toxic western lifestyle is at the root of the disease that almost took her life. Diet to blame? Etheridge says acidic food caused her breast cancer. She told “Access Hollywood Live” she's now healthier than ever, thanks to the diet and life choices she has made following her medical crisis.

"I'm healthier now than I've ever been because I'm understanding what breast cancer is... It's when your health is out of balance, when you're too acidic. It's not like a disease that finds you, or something in your genes. It's actually your own cells going bad. Our own western lifestyle is one of the reasons that half of us have cancer – because our western lifestyle is so acidic; the food we eat causes acid... the meats, the processed foods... and it's really taxing us, and that's why we're seeing this epidemic."

And the singer insists stress is something cancer feeds off: "You can eat bad, you can sit around and watch TV and not get sick, but if you are stressed, you're going down."

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry points out that acidosis is characterized by a pH (a figure expressing  acidity or alkalinity) of 7.35 or lower. Maintaining a healthy, balanced pH requires mindful eating choices, with alkaline-forming foods the foundation. As a rule, 80 percent of what you eat should be alkalizing foods, with 20 percent acid-forming.

Alkalizing foods: spinach, kale, arugula, collards, mustard greens, water cress, bok choy, cucumber, zucchini, grapefruit, lemon juice, baking soda, apple cider vinegar with the “mother” (indicating it is unrefined, unpasteurized and unfiltered), millet, quinoa, soy, raw almonds and cashews, seeds, sprouted grains, lentils, and wild rice. Choose fish and lamb over beef and chicken for less acid-forming protein.

Acid-creating foods: high-protein foods, alcohol, processed cereals and flours, sugar, coffee and tea, red and processed meats, overcooked fruits and veggies, fried and fatty foods, canned foods, whole dairy products. Also,  breads high in yeast and wheat products, and sugary snacks and drinks. Ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressings, croutons and coffee are often "hidden acids," according to Acid Alkaline Diet for Dummies, since they're often overlooked.

Despite our clean plant-based diet, my wife’s and my pH hovered at 6.0, so we took charge. Darned coffee! Every morning before anything goes into our belly, Sandi and I each combine the juice of half a lemon, one-half teaspoon of baking soda and a spoonful of raw honey in a tall glass. (Not typical grocery-store honey) When it stops fizzing we add 8 ounces of warm water and drink it. Before supper, I brew each of us a warm cup of turmeric, Bragg’s vinegar, raw honey, lemon juice and fresh ginger tea. We test ourselves frequently with Hydrion pH strips available at health stores. Urine is more accurate than saliva, by the way.

Even though it would be lovely, we don’t necessarily desire to live longer, just with the highest quality of well-being possible at our age. We can’t govern when we will cross over, so we’ve chosen to take charge and embrace healthier living in the now. Just say no to acid.


Chef Wendell hosts Eat Right Now on WISH TV 8 CBS Indianapolis. He can be reached at 317-372-2592 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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