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.

0008 Living Safely with Electronics


Years ago people were concerned by the dangers of radiation from atomic bombs, but these days the radiation that most people are suffering from is the electromagnetic pollution from electronics. We tend to forget about the pervasive influence of televisions, DVD’s, VCR’s, stereos, computers, clock radios, cell phones, fax machines, infrared receivers and satellite dishes, not to mention the ever-increasing number of transmission towers and satellites that surround us all.

The human body was not designed to thrive in this kind of electromagnetic pollution. Yet there’s little chance that people are going to toss away their electronic helpers. The health impact from these kinds of influences can be as simple as a lack of energy and headaches, but they can also result in mental confusion, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, constipation, tumors, slowed healing and a weakened immune system.

The body has a remarkable ability to adapt to changing environments given the correct tools, in this case, herbs. There are nutritional plants that are well known for protecting the body from radiation and electromagnetic pollution. They do this in three ways. First, they provide antioxidants to repair the damage. Second, they act by attracting and binding the radiation to themselves and carrying it out of the body. Third, they massively feed the glandular, immune and nervous systems.

These are the parts of the body most adversely affected by radiation. By powerfully enhancing these systems, they are more prepared to counter the adverse effects of radiation.

Even though nuclear power and electronics are modern problems, electromagnetic pollution is not a new challenge. Naturally occurring radiation in the Earth from underground streams, volcanic activity and radioactive minerals have made parts of the Earth unhealthy to live on. Certain foods and herbs have been traditionally used due to their ability to help the body deal with environmental or biological problems.

For example, Kelp, has been a mainstay of the Japanese diet for thousands of years. Japan endures an amazingly high number or earthquakes and tremors. The land is cut by a huge number of streams and springs. This produces a wide exposure to natural radiation and electrically active minerals.

Kelp has a component called Algin that helps the body eliminate radiation. Kelp is also high in natural iodine, the principle mineral for the thyroid gland, a part of the body that is often adversely affected by radiation.

A similar product to Kelp is Irish Moss. Curiously it isn’t from Ireland and it’s not a moss, but it is from the sea and high in iodine and it also helps protect the body from radiation.

A product containing both herbs is TS II with Hops. This also includes the helpful herb Hops that not only relaxes the body but also helps remove old, trapped hormones that cause problems like baldness. If your weight is creeping up, hair is thinning down and energy levels are not what they use to be, 4 to 5 capsules of TS II with Hops each morning might be a good idea.

The Chinese have long used the plant Astragalus, to protect the body from radiation. Think of Astragalus as being food for the thymus gland and the rest of the immune system. It is the immune system that has to work the hardest to protect the body from the free radicals that electromagnetic pollution creates. The immune system is reactive in nature and its capabilities are awesome, although the limiting factor is how well it is fed.

The Chinese herbal tradition is composed of complicated formulations and while you can use Astragalus as an individual herb, the combination Trigger Immune®, is built around Astragalus and is used as an immune system strengthener. Depending upon how much time you spend around electronics, you could use 3,6, or 9 capsules daily of either Astragalus or Trigger Immune®.

          Antioxidants are very important for repairing the damage done by free radicals from electromagnetic fields. The proanthocyanadins found in grape seed and maritime pine bark are a wonderful antioxidant and are found in Grapine®, High Potency. It’s interesting to note that one of the places where the body first shows the effects of electromagnetic radiation is in the acuity of the eyes. When a person uses the recommended amount of Grapine (1 mg for every pound of weight) one of the first improvements they notice is improving eyesight. For example, if you weigh 120 lbs, you would take 120 mg. (2 tablets) daily.

Electromagnetic radiation more adversely affects the person with low mineral reserves. This is because the transmission of electricity in the body is through the electrically active minerals called the electrolytes. Daily supplementation with products like pH Green Zone, 2 scoops daily, Coral Calcium, 2 scoops daily, and Potassium Combination, 4-6 daily, provides these kinds of foundation minerals in easy to absorb forms. Most people use Potassium Combination to help relieve water retention, however it contains Kelp, Irish Moss and Potassium so besides providing valuable electrolytes, it helps to pull radioactive and electromagnetic pollutants out of the body. 

How often do you need to work with these kinds of protectors? Every day that you plan on being around electronics and still want to be healthy!

(c) 2015 Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

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Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

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