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I've gone alkaline. I started a bit more than a week ago. I've read from several sources. This About.com entry sums it up pretty well:


To consume the requisite amount of vegatables, it helps to drink your veggies. Lara scored this juicer on e-bay for $50.

I've also ordered a couple of supplaments from these folks:



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Jun. 5th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the hint on the juicer. (Although I may not act immediately...helps to know what to look for.)

I have considered something similar to this diet for megadosing on phytochemicals.
Jun. 6th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
phytochemicals - phytonutrients
Cool. I just took the Wikipedia crash course in phytochemicals:


All the more reason to maximize the intake of fresh, organic, locally-grown, veggies.

Much as I enjoy watching Anthony Bourdain traipse around the world eating and drinking, he sure does get a bug up his butt when it comes to the topic of raw foods:

Jun. 5th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Fruit -- Slightly alkaline: coconut, grapefruit, lemon, lime

How the heck do they figure grapefruit, lemons, and limes as less acidic than oranges? I have to say this diet and its proposed indications set off my kook alarms.

Personally, I found a moderate-carb diet (Zone) with more animal protein than I'd been eating and lots of what they're considering acidic fruits and vegetables to be extremely helpful for one of the conditions they list--polycystic ovaries. I steadily lost weight, my hormone levels normalized, and then I got pregnant, which was the object.

I'll be interested to see how this works for your own health concerns. Do keep an eye on your general health and energy levels, as well as your specific symptoms of concern.
Jun. 6th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
acid vs acidifying
How the heck do they figure grapefruit, lemons, and limes as less acidic than oranges?

On diets of this type one chooses foods that have an alkalizing effect on the body. The concentration of acids or alkalines in a food does not always track with the acidifying or alkalinizing effect that these foods have on bodily tissues.

I read a book by these folks, and it set off my kook alarm, but it also inspired me to give it a try.

I'll keep you posted on how it goes for me.
Jun. 6th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Re: acid vs acidifying
I can halfway smash the explanation into the conventional paradigm.

I had to research metabolic acidosis and alkalosis as part of understanding the porphyrias. (Link is to a basic overview. Metabolic acidosis and alkalosis are mostly of interest in general anesthesia (original reading was anesthesia med school); the other causes are chronic conditions, often not readily diagnosable. Extravagantly backlogging hemoglobin precursors so much that the body has to dump them is relatively easy — I was able to make the connection from the otherwise-inexplicable test results because it does very specific things in testing.)

Both Mom and I are hypersensitive to chemicals (e.g., I cannot use fabric softener sheets in the dryer safely), so the conjecture that generalized chemical sensitivity was equivalent to porphyria was interesting. Especially since grandmother mother's side is pure Swedish — and one of the porphyrias originated in Sweden.

Not worth formally diagnosing (the concept of "cure" is undefined for alternate genetics), but it did inspire some of the measures that let me be self-employed.
Besides the possible Herxheimer reaction from grapefruit as an antifungal, one could make a reasonable case for homeopathic challenge for grapefruit, lemon, and lime.
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