From the book The 10 Minute Herbalist by Ralph & Lahni DeAmicis, (c) 2015

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Chapter 3: Alkaline & Acid = pH: An Easy Guide to Health


Too Much Acid Equals Pain. Your body has to convert all of your foods into a salty, alkaline state before you assimilate that nutrition. Your blood has to be alkaline because if it turns too acidic you’ll die, which cancels your warranty. What creates an acid state in your body? Stress, acid foods, consuming large amounts of the acid producing minerals; phosphorus, sulfur and chlorine! What creates an alkaline state in your body? Relaxation, joy, alkaline foods and consuming large amounts of the alkaline producing minerals; calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium in an easy to absorb form!

Are there any health problems that are not caused or made worse by an acid condition? Yes! Getting hit by a truck and other such “out of the blue” incidents. But in cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, digestive problems, nervous stress and so on, excess acid due to mineral imbalances is either the direct cause or a major contributing factor. How do we know this? Because since ancient times, when a person corrects their alkaline-acid balance all of these conditions are improved, often dramatically. Amazing coincidence! If you keep your reserves of alkaline minerals high you’ll improve your long-term health, have less pain and more energy. How do you know how good your alkaline and acid balance is? By testing your saliva for its ‘pH’, or potential of Hydrogen, measured from Zero (most acid) to 14 (most alkaline) and 7 is neutral.

An alkaline body conducts electricity better than an acid body. Pain is a sign that an electrical connection isn’t being made correctly. Acid blocks conductivity. Your body’s systems work best within specific pH ranges. For example, blood needs to be between 7.35 and 7.45. Stomach acid ranges around 2, while the intestinal tract is around 8. 

When acid levels exceed the proper range two things happen; pain and excess acids are dumped resulting in rashes and inflammations of the skin and organs. Red and tender skin means that it’s sitting in an acid bath!

Saliva is naturally mildly acidic and its pH goes up or down based upon the overall pH of the body, making saliva a convenient barometer. If your saliva pH is good, then you’re maintaining good reserves of alkaline minerals. If it’s too acid you’re probably suffering from a degenerative problem and pain. Test your saliva in the morning before brushing your teeth or having anything to drink. Get 100 NSP  pH test strips in a kit with a chart. Get an extra 25 pH charts in case you give strips to friends and family. They also have a pH-testing brochure. If your pH is low, there are two strategies to correct that. First, supplement with A Green Drink, 2 to 4 scoops a day in water will restore your reserves of the alkaline minerals, calcium and magnesium, that your body uses as chemical buffers to convert acids to alkaline. It’s the best product to do this quickly. The more you use the less pain you’ll have!

Taken after dinner it encourages a good night’s sleep by neutralizing pain-producing acids. Potassium Combination  supplies potassium and sodium. Important chemical buffers, they also accelerate the flow of nutrients into the cells and the flow of toxins out. Magnesium helps your muscles relax, the bowels become more effective and also aids the absorption of other minerals. While Calcium most people get enough in their diets, but they can't assimilate because of one of two reasons. If they are low in Magnesium their body can't absorb it. And here's the big one; if a person is eating a lot of grains, bread, bagels, muffins, pasta, oatmeal, etc., there is a component in the grains called a phytate that binds onto the minerals and prevents your body from absorbing it. Even though lab tests show that a grain may be high in minerals when it gets in the body most of those minerals are too bound up to be absorbed.

It was long believed that eating too much lean animal protein was causing excessive acid in the body because it is acidic. However grains are also acidic, although not to the extent that lean animal protein like meat, poultry, fish and seafood. However, those lean animal proteins do not interfere with the absorption of the grains, while the grains block the absorption of the high quality nutrients (minerals) in the meat, poultry and fish. Without those minerals it is very hard for the body to maintain the correct pH. If you want to get your pH in line avoid grains. While you are at it avoid beans too because they obstruct the action your body's enzymes which are essential for breaking down those foods. That is why societies that depend on beans produce small people.

Second: Improve your diet. A food is alkaline or acid depending upon the state it produces in the body. This is due to the types of minerals it possesses, not whether the food is alkaline or acid to the touch. For example, meat is alkaline to the touch, but being high in phosphorus and iron it creates an acid state in the body. With that said, one of the biggest problems people suffer from is a lack of high quality lean animal protein, which is also a great source of easy to absorb minerals.

A healthy diet is more alkaline than acid. Depending upon your blood type, the diet should consist of 60 to 80% alkaline foods and 20 to 40% acidic foods. Generally the A and AB blood types need the most alkaline diet while the O and B blood types need more animal products in their diet. The O needs meat and the B needs dairy. But remember, if you’re in pain, you’re acidic. Here is a partial list of foods by acid/alkaline category.


Acidic Foods:

Butter, Cream, Cheeses, Eggs, Seeds, Most Nuts, Sea Food, Soft Drinks, Beans, Most Oils, Lentils, Coffee, Cocoa, Flour products, Pasta, Most Grains, Animal Fats, White Sugar, Milk, All Meats, Tea, Dairy products, Wine, Alcoholic Beverages.


Alkaline Foods:

Almonds, Bananas, Prunes, Raisins, Figs, Grapes, Pears, Potatoes, Avocados, Melons, Maple Syrup, Dates, Coconut, Spinach, Beets, Molasses,

Green Peppers, Lettuce, Cucumbers, String Beans, Corn, Carrots, Squash, Cabbage, Parsley, Peas, Okra, Olives, Oats, Millet, Yogurt, Soured Dairy Products.


These Fruits can be acidic in the stomach but yet slightly alkaline in the tissue:

Apricots, Strawberries, Apples,  Peaches, Raspberries, Dried Fruits, Papayas, Cherries, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Oranges, Lemons, Plums, Blueberries, Mangos, Apple Cider Vinegar.

0020 The Autism Glyphosate Connection


On December 23, 2014, a headline read: "Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT" Here is a link to one record of the story: Shocking as this sounds, we are already well on our way to fulfilling this statistic.

Parents of children with autism or other versions of spectrum disorders must feel completely battered by the onslaughts of information/disinformation that comes down on every side of this complex issue. It is no wonder that many feel that they are left to their own devices and opinions since they are the ones who see (or do not see) the results up close and personal every single day.

I am not here to determine what the causes of these issues might be or even what could be a possible 'cure' but rather, my purpose is to present some of the many things that have been helpful to the many parents of children on the spectrum who have consulted with us and have reported their experiences. Call it anecdotal, or as I see it, a real world, practical sharing of results.

While science is still out on the role of mercury or vaccines as a causative agent, it is clear that parents see their children doing better without them. With so much talk about heavy metal toxicity and states like California passing Prop 65 that limits the amount of heavy metals allowable in supplements and even in foods like carrots, it is not hard to see why it would be a reasonable idea to keep your child away from dangerous chemicals.

And if they have already been exposed to heavy metals, a good Heavy Metal Detox would be in order, both for children on the spectrum and for anyone who might want to get off to a fresh start. This can help to mitigate ill effects from vaccinations, medications, tooth fillings, and environmental chemicals that have built up in your system over time.

Many people are realizing that they are sensitive to certain foods, especially those containing gluten and casein. When you realize that gluten occupies our opiate receptors it is not hard to imagine that they are part of those 'feel good' foods that are so hard to resist.

But to take it a step further, for people on the spectrum, this might explain why they appear to be a bit spaced out and not fully connected to the rest of their surroundings. It is easy enough to test out this theory by eliminating these for a month or two and analyzing the difference in mood, behavior, energy levels, weight, etc.


Because these foods are actually quite addictive, it is not hard to extrapolate that they might be part of the reason that children on the spectrum have very specific foods interests and are not willing to stray from what they know will make them 'feel good'. And it turns out that gut bacteria has a lot to do with the foods we crave as well.

If it is still hard to wrap your head around the concept of a grain-free life, consider this. Early on, Roundup, the pesticide created by Monsanto, was merely used to keep down the growth of weeds that interfered with crops. But marketing genius that they are, Monsanto then had to genetically modify the seeds for the crops so the weeds would die but the crops would be resistant.

The next evolution is upon us because now they douse the crops with huge amounts (remember, they are resistant) of Roundup just before harvest so the crops actually die so the life-juices of the plants don't gum up the combines and they can speed up processing. Yes, that's right, an extra heaping dose of chemicals to kill the plant so you can eat it. Does that make sense to ANYONE except the combine mechanics?

The chemical in Roundup is glyphosate and they say that it is harmless to humans because they do not have a 'shikimate' cycle, the amino acid building process that this chemical disrupts. So who exactly has this shikimate cycle? Turns out it is critical to the life of our gut bacteria. Oops!

And while we are on the subject, not all gut bacteria, or probiotics, are created equally. Some are hungrier and they are called "firmicutes" and they have such a huge appetite that they make you crave things THEY want you to eat and these 'fatties' can contribute to overweight if these are the type that are predominant in your gut.

The 'skinny' gut bacteria or "bacteroidetes" are actually more efficient and need less food to extract the nutrients they need so you don't have the cravings. Definitely supplement with probiotics. We love Probiotic Eleven with billions of organisms of 11 different types of the good guys.

Now I wish you could get the good bacteria from yogurt but that sugary dairy product is simply not a dense enough source and the sugar plays into the cravings of the fat bacteria and so feeds the vicious cycle. You are better off with Probiotic Eleven or Bifidophilus Flora Force in a specially designed capsule that doesn't break down in contact with stomach acid and get digested along with that burger and fries instead of repopulating the colon.

Speaking of sugar, this highly addictive, seriously damaging ingredient is often the hardest thing to eliminate from an already limited group of foods a child (or adult) on the spectrum is willing to eat. Try to make water the primary drink with juice viewed as an occasional treat.

Even natural, unsweetened fruit juices contain 23-28 grams of sugar in just 8 ounces. Some, like pomegranate, are in the 34-36 gram range and cherry juice is up to 52 grams of sugar which is the equivalent of 13 tsp per 8 ounce glass. At minimum, water down the juice and even then, offer it sparingly.

Or better yet, offer the whole fruit where they will get some fiber along with the juice that can absorb some of the sugar while it aids in bowel regularity. Add sweetness to their diet using Xylitol which is sweet AND nutritious, and will prevent cavities.

Let's get some alkaline nutrients into their over-acidic, highly reactive systems. The easiest way I know is with a squirt of Liquid Chlorophyll into water. NSP's adds spearmint for fresh breath and reduced body odor as well as a tasty treat to replace that fruit juice. You could even add a bit of Xylitol or dissolve a couple of Xylitol candies in the water for a flavor treat.

Fats are critical for proper brain function and many of us can use some extra Omega 3s and DHA but they are critical for people on the spectrum because fats soothe an overheated, twitchy brain, over-stimulated by incoming data too fast for it to handle. This is one reason that the "bad fats" do so much damage in the brain. This is a concern for everyone but especially for those on the spectrum.

Paleo calls for no sugar, dairy, grains or legumes while allowing lean protein, vegetables, some fruits and nuts. Also, watch the salt, especially if weight, joint pain or fluid retention is an issue.  While the full on Paleo Diet might be the best goal, take it in baby steps and know that every little change you make can have the potential for big changes in outcomes.

(c) 2015 Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

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