Ambivalent: if I'd looked at this book in a bookshop I'd have left it on the shelf - which would have been a shame, because I've already replaced some of the fruits I was eating with vegetables and have become very interested in seed sprouting. It's also confirmed that the quinoa, millet and buckwheat I've been using instead of wheat and rice are nearly neutral in the pH stakes, which really matters, because I've been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
So what's wrong with the book. Firstly it's badly organised in that it lacks an emphasis on the kind of diet the reader will end up on. In practical terms a human being couldn't live on bean sprouts alone for long because he or she would be grazing all day like a herbivore. It would just be too inconvenient. The chapter "Food Combining" is confusing and even contradictory when it comes to the digestion of starch and eating lemons. What's all that acid going to do to the ptalin which digests starch in the mouth? Dr Young advises eating animal proteins and complex carbohydrates in separate meals, but, he really wants us all to be vegan, in which case this division can't apply because beans, seeds and grains contain mixtures of both elements, something he fails to mention. Patrick Holford's "The Optimum Nutrition Bible" does all this much better, with a simple diagram for the food combining. "The pH Miracle" has no index and Dr. Young should have also taken the time to write a shorter one, as it is there's lots of repetition.
Secondly, there are some pretty unbelievable beliefs stated that make me for one doubt the verity of the whole thing. For example, Dr Young believes red blood cells can transform themselves into other types of cell and similar that bacteria, fungi and yeast can morph from one to the other and back again. The sort of important thing these beliefs throw into doubt are whether fruits are really acidifying in the body. Other authors would worry about the glycaemic index instead.
Thirdly there are some things that look suspect. For instance it's hard to believe dried soya beans contain 34% of their calories as protein and sprouted soya beans only 6%, especially when mung bean sprouts are said to contain 38% of their calories as protein. This must be an error.
Conclusion - Dr Young must try harder, as it is the reader will have to work hard and try some of the other books on this subject.
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