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Frequently Asked Questions

This is a list of the most frequently asked questions about the program and the products. There is no particular order for these questions because we post them as people ask them. If you have a question that is not answered on this page please e-mail your questions via our Contact Form. No question is a silly question. Improving your health is very important to you and to us as well. We will try to answer every question as best we can with as much attention to accuracy as possible. For more information, please take a look at our "pH Miracle" page.



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Do I really have to adhere to such a strict diet plan while taking the supplements?


While the products by themselves will help make a radical shift in your overall feeling of health, energy and vitality, it is also important to make a decision about the lifestyle you are committed to achieve in the process. You can take all the dietary supplements in the world, and if you are still eating French fries and chicken wings, your health will be affected. At the same time, this doesn't mean that you have to quit eating everything but vegetables and adhere to a strict diet of celery for the rest of your life. For the most part, common sense dictates the foods that are good for you and the foods that are not.

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How much water should I drink each day?


The body needs at least one gallon of water each day to stay properly hydrated. For larger or more active individuals, that amount should be increased accordingly.

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Is it possible to be too alkaline?


Yes. When monitoring one's saliva, urine, etc. for pH levels, be sure to note the normal ranges for these bodily fluids. The normal range for saliva should be 6.8-7.2, urine 6.8-7.2, and arterial/capillary/venous blood 7.2-7.4. Some tissues and fluids in the body are normally alkaline, some acid. For example, the stomach and large intestine must be acidic to breakdown food. Blood pH is the best indicator of internal balance- it is slightly alkaline at about 7.3. However, as one becomes more acidic, the blood increases in alkalinity, a protective mechanism, retaining alkaline salts to offset the increase in tissue acidity. Therefore, if the blood is too alkaline, it is an indication of imbalance in the tissues, a serious problem of excess acidity.

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How do I know if I am out of balance?


The body is fine-tuned. When out of balance it may respond with stomach upsets and indigestion; confusion, anger, or irritability; food sensitivity and allergic reactions; recurrent infections; fatigue or depression, etc. Even external signs such as unexplained rash, acne, dark circles under eyes, cracked skin and nails, brittle hair, excess weight, etc. show that one's body is dealing with an imbalance. For example, the body produces fat to protect its vital organs from the damaging effects of acid. When one improves the diet with fresh, raw, alkaline foods, providing the nutrients essential to balance and strength, the body naturally repairs itself and comes into balance, achieving optimal weight on its own.

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What is a Cleanse?


Cleansing is a holistic approach to allowing the body to heal itself, naturally. It helps to remove debris that has built up in the body and provide raw materials, or building blocks for repair. A seven to ten day cleanse is recommended when beginning the program to help one achieve the goals mentioned previously, as well as transition the body off of processed, sweetened, artificially flavoured foods to more whole, raw, natural foods. For more information, see our section on Cleansing.

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What can I expect during the Cleanse?


It is important to understand that during the Cleanse, one's blood is actually "dirtier" than when one began. This can result in feeling worse before one can feel better. Some so-called "detox" symptoms may occur, such as: nausea, dizziness, headache, fatigue, runny nose, etc. Some call these flu-like symptoms a "healing crisis." It's a good sign! Toxins are being expelled from the body through wastes, mucus, etc. Most importantly, one should hydrate, hydrate, hydrate to aid these toxins in leaving the body and allowing the repair that must take place to occur. Allow oneself to rest as the body requires. Limit normal activity for this period of time (i.e. exercise, sight-seeing, strenuous activity) Then, one will begin to feel lighter, clearer, energetic, and free of toxins (and other unwanted "guests") that steal one's vitality!

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How should I change my diet to lose weight and feel more energy?


Follow these links for Shopping Lists, sample Menus, and Recipes. There's much more available in Dr. Robert Young's book, "Sick and Tired?: Reclaim Your Inner Terrain" as well as Shelley Redford Young's book, "Back to the House of Health." Click these links for more information on diet, sample recipes, and shopping list.

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I don't like the taste of the "greens." What can I do to improve taste, as I like the energy I feel when I take them?


If you have an acidic system, it is very possible that you will not care for the taste of the drink at first since it is alkaline. As you change your biochemistry to be more alkaline, you will actually crave the alkalinity in this drink and other fresh green foods, too. This is a natural response. Before you try to enhance the taste, make sure that you are taking the right dose.


We only recommend these options to change the flavour of the greens:

1. Add some fresh squeezed lemon to the drink.

2. Add the greens to a weak herbal tea


It's best not to mix the greens with fruit juices, as there are sugars in the juice that will counteract the positive effects of the greens.


Finally, if you prefer, you can simply take the capsules instead of the powder. The powder is digested more quickly and thus, provides slightly more benefit. The capsules are a great option, however, if the taste is a factor while you are just getting started or when you are travelling.

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Why do the colloidal products sometimes have a metallic flavour?


You may taste the mineral compounds in the product. Only take the recommended dose of each of the colloidal products under your tongue instead of on your tongue to minimize any adverse taste. You should not taste the product at all if it is administered in this manner.

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How can I expect to feel physically? Are there any side effects?


This all depends on where you are starting out. Some customers have reported that they have felt an increased energy level within as little as 4 hours of taking the products. Others have an initial opposite effect and feel poor for the first three days. Both of these situations are normal depending on the level of acidity within each individual. Since cells regenerate within 90 days, the products will be at maximum benefit at that time.


If you don't feel well for the first three days of taking the product, this may be normal as your body is beginning to cleanse itself from an accumulation of toxins that have taken years to build up. As your body starts to cleanse you may experience loose stools or diarrhoea and be going to the bathroom more than usual. This may be more pronounced when taking cleansing products. You should be more regular after a few days.


If you find that you are uncomfortable, you may reduce your dosage by half for the first three days as your body is adjusting. After the first few days of cleansing, most people begin to feel better - for many people, better than they've felt in years!


We recommend that you take the products as directed for two weeks. By that time you should be able to notice a change and increased vitality and energy level.


Should you have a specific medical condition or symptoms that concern you, we recommend that you consult with a licensed health professional.

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Should I continue to take my prescription medication?


Always continue to take prescription medication unless your licensed health professional states otherwise. Our supplement products are very effective but very gentle. The products were formulated so that they will not react with other medications but as with any medication prescribed for a medical condition, it is always best to first consult with your health professional.

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How Can 'Acidic' Fruits Be Alkalizing?


It is often said that "acidic" fruits like lemons, limes and low sugar grapefruits are acidic and will acidify the fluids of the body. In fact, the citric, lactic, and other acids in such fruits exist primarily in their anionic form, especially as their Na+ and K+ salts (e.g., potassium citrate or calcium ascorbate).


Following absorption, these anions are metabolized to bicarbonate (HCO3) and therefore will alkalize -- not acidify -- the blood and tissues. Alkalinization occurs even though the fruits pH in vitro is typically low (4 pH), because the free protons are more than offset by the generate bicarbonate -- electrons. For example, a liter of diluted lemon juice (1 part lemon to 10 parts distilled water) with a pH of 4 has only 0.1 mmol (i.e., 10 to the minus 4 moles) of free protons. As long as the quality of organic anions exceeds this small number, which it does, a net alkalinization will occur.


I hope this gives many of you clarity concerning the alkalinization of low sugar fruits in vivo.

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Is Watermelon Alkalizing or Acidic?


Almost all fruits contain natural simple sugars - some much more than others. Simple sugars are the first thing that yeast in your digestive system will ferment. Since excess simple sugars can cause an overgrowth of yeast, as well as increase the acid level of your body due to the fermentation process, you want to avoid fruit as much as possible. This is the reason watermelon is listed as something that should be eaten only sparingly. At the same time, watermelon is listed as an alkalizing fruit because it burns down to a nearly "neutral" ash, as opposed to an acidic ash as some other fruits do.


But, while watermelon has a high level of natural sugars, it is loaded with nutritional qualities. The nutritional content of watermelons are; in a cup of diced watermelon, 11 mg. Calcium, 16 mg. Phosphorus, 0.8 mg. Iron, 2 mg. Sodium, 160 mg. Potassium, 940 I.U. vitamin A, 11 mg. Vitamin C, 3.4 mcg. Folic acid, 17 mg. Magnesium, and 0.11 mg. Zinc. Watermelon also contains high concentrations of lycopene that may help reduce the risks of prostate cancer. It can be enormously helpful in the detoxification process. Watermelon is also a high-water-content fruit. These are typically the kinds of fruits you want to eat.


If you are a very ill person, you would generally want to stay away from ALL high-sugar content fruits. But, if you have a balanced system, and can handle a little simple sugar in your diet, then watermelon can be an excellent fruit to eat.


I agree that the two different information sources can seem a bit contradictory. I would say that the best answer depends on what your health status is at the moment.

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Can you tell me where green tea places on your list of Alkaline and Acid-producing foods? Also, does it make any difference if the tea is decaffeinated?


Let me start by saying that ALL teas are acidic in nature. If you were going to become 100% alkalarian you would lay off all teas. But, since most of us need some form of "hot" drink we will consider that green tea is the most beneficial. Let me explain.


There are three types of tea, but just one plant. All teas are produced from the camellia sinensis plant. The three types are Green Tea, Black Tea, and Oolong.


Green Tea, popular in China and Japan is the least processed of the teas. After the tea leaves are picked, they are quickly steamed to prevent oxidation: which preserves the important antioxidants in the leaves.


Black Tea is the most processed of the three. It becomes "black" by a process of firing and oxidizing the leaves. This oxidation process can also be called "fermenting." During fermentation, enzymes oxidize the tea leaf and turn it brown just like a tree leaf in the fall changes colours from green to brown. This process is accelerated by increased heat and high humidity. As a result of these conditions the tea leaves become more "infested" with various types of fungus. And THAT is something you want to avoid in your diet. Also, the "firing" process, which dries the leaves, destroys the naturally occurring enzymes of the plant.


Green Tea, on the other hand, is steamed immediately after picking to prevent oxidation (fermenting). There are two benefits to this process. The first, is that more of the natural enzymes of the plant are left intact. Since the steaming process prevents oxidation, there is less chance for the formation of fungus and mold - benefit number two. Green Tea is definitely the better of the two choices.


Oolong tea is processed very similarly to black tea.
Concerning caffeine: All teas, even "decaffeinated", contain some traces of caffeine. Caffeine is a natural alkaloid (other common alkaloids are nicotine, heroine, morphine, and cocaine) which the plant uses for the storage of nitrogen. Caffeine can alter the way proteins function in the body, and the result can limit the effectiveness of proteins. Once a foreign alkaloid (i.e., caffeine) is introduced into the system in large quantities, the proteins in your body will "adapt" to the new foreign alkaloid. The proteins then become dependent on the new foreign alkaloid, instead of the normal alkaloids they require. This is the molecular basis of addiction. This dependency is what creates the craving for coffee and tea. Also, withdrawal symptoms arise because the newly adapted proteins cease to function correctly. Once you stop ingesting the foreign alkaloid, the proteins in your body will begin to re-adapt, and normalize. Proper supplementation can reduce the withdrawal symptoms, and speed up the process of "kicking the habit."

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Are Fizzy drinks really all that bad?


Coca Cola and other Fizzy drinks have a pH of around 2.0 to 2.3. That makes sodas 100,000 times more acidic than water which generally has a pH of 7.0, which is neutral. Coca-Cola is also not the only soda that has phosphoric acid as the active ingredient! Please see this amazing comparison of Water vs. Coke.

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I know that some mushrooms are very poisonous, but aren't there health benefits to eating certain mushrooms?


Another common name for mushroom is "toad stool", which originates from the German word Todesstuhl, which means "Death's Stool".


Although some people believe that certain mushrooms (e.g. white button, shiitake, and reishi) have beneficial properties, it would be completely irresponsible for us to eat them. The "so-called" benefits of some mushrooms would be the amounts of Zinc and Germanium found in certain species. Although I agree that these two minerals are beneficial to the human body, eating the poisonous delivery system for these minerals is ludicrous. There are plenty of other ways to get Zinc and Germanium without having to take the risk of mushroom poisoning. Even canned mushrooms that you buy everyday from the supermarket, although rare, can be toxic if they are canned improperly. Another point, most mushrooms that cause human poisoning cannot be made nontoxic by cooking, canning, freezing, or any other means of processing. Also, there is a mystique to certain mushrooms, having the "magical" properties of being extremely beneficial to the human body. If you were to ask the 'experts' what those properties are, in medical terms, they have no clue. Why should they? There are NONE! Two things that most people don't realize (or want to) about eating mushrooms:


1. ALL mushrooms are poisonous by nature. The edible kind just have a smaller amounts of toxic poisons. The main poisons found in all mushrooms are: amanitin, orellanine, muscarine, ibotenic acid, muscimol, psilocybin, gyromitrin, and coprine. Kill yourself instantly, or slowly, over a period of time. The choice is yours.


2. Mushrooms are FUNGI. If you really enjoy the taste of fungus, may I suggest a cheaper way of getting it. Don't clean your shower for several weeks and simply scrape away the fungus that collects on your tub. Low cost fungus...yummy.

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If I don't drink milk, won't my bones break?


Dairy products offer a false sense of security to those concerned about osteoporosis. In countries where dairy products are not generally consumed, there is actually less osteoporosis than in the United States. Studies have shown little effect of dairy products on osteoporosis. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study followed 78,000 women for a 12-year period and found that milk did not protect against bone fractures. Indeed, those who drank three glasses of milk per day had more fractures than those who rarely drank milk.


There are many good sources of calcium. Kale, broccoli, and other green leafy vegetables contain calcium that is readily absorbed by the body. A recent report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that calcium absorbability was actually higher for kale than for milk, and concluded that “greens such as kale can be considered to be at least as good as milk in terms of their calcium absorbability.” Beans are also rich in calcium. Fortified orange juice supplies large amounts of calcium in a palatable form.

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If I don't eat meat where do I get my protein?


Some great sources for protein come from avocados, fresh almond milk and soy sprouts. All the greens contain proteins and is where all of the strongest animals in the world get their protein -- with their heads to the grass. Keep in mind that the body derives over 90% of its protein needs from cellular recycling.
If you need more information you can find it in the food combining section of Dr. Young's book, "The pH Miracle "

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Why is Super Hydration so important?


It is important to understand that because of a gradually failing thirst sensation, our body becomes chronically and increasingly dehydrated, from an early adult age. With increase in age, the water content of the cells of the body decreases, to the point that the ratio of the volume of body water that is inside the cells to that which is outside the cells changes from a 1.1 to almost 0.8. This is a very drastic change and causes one to lose their desire for hydration.


Since the water we drink provides for cell function and its volume requirements, the decrease in our daily water intake affects the efficiency of cell activity. Simply put, the cell is only as healthily as the fluids it is bathed in! It is the reason for the loss of water volume held inside the cells of the body which causes a reduction in the thirst sensation! As a result, chronic dehydration sets in which causes symptoms that equal disease when the variety of emergency signals of dehydration are not understood.


Keep in mind that when we are born our bodies are 90% water and 10% matter. As an aging adult the body begins losing water, dehydration sets in and hydration falls to about 70% water and 30% matter. Upon death the body is only 50% water! In reality we die of dehydration!


Just because someone does not perceive they are thirsty does not mean they are not thirsty. The body adjusts and goes into a masking phenomenon that leaves the body dehydrated.


The adult male or female is approximately 43 to 45 litres of water. These waters need to be filtered and eliminated and replenished daily. If they are not, the rivers, streams and oceans of our body become polluted with digestive, respiratory and metabolic acids. When these acids build up we experience the symptoms of dehydration, we call disease. Any and all disease is an expression of this dehydration and a compromise in the alkaline pH of our body fluids. Disease is not about the cells or tissues or organs, it is all about the hydration and the quality of the fluids of the body that surround the cells that make up our tissues and organs.


The key then to a long life is to maintain the integrity of the internal fluids of the body by a process of hydrating with alkaline fluids.

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Is there a connection between body fluid pH and cancer?


"When healthy, the pH of blood is 7.4, the pH of spinal fluid is 7.4, and the pH of saliva is 7.4. Thus the pH of saliva parallels the extra cellular fluid...pH test of saliva represents the most consistent and most definitive physical sign of the ionic calcium deficiency syndrome...The pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is in the 7.5 (dark blue) to 7.1 (blue) slightly alkaline range. The range from 6.5 (blue-green) which is weakly acidic to 4.5 (light yellow) which is strongly acidic represents states from mildly deficient to strongly deficient, respectively. Most children are dark blue, a pH of 7.5. Over half of adults are green-yellow, a pH of 6.5 or lower, reflecting the calcium deficiency of aging and lifestyle defects. Cancer patients are usually a bright yellow, a pH of 4.5, especially when terminal." The Calcium Factor: The Scientific Secret of Health and Youth , by Robert R. Barefoot and Carl J. Reich, M.D., Gilliland Printing Inc., Arkansas City, Kansas, 1996.

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