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.

0019 Erasing Old Scars


Scars are sort of like the common cold: they are not the problem, they are the cure! Just like the symptoms of the cold are the way that the body gets rid of the bug that invaded by coughing sneezing and sweating it out, the scar is the way the body heals an injury and just for extra added insurance, it makes the repair a little thicker and stronger so it won't happen again. 

 Scar tissue does not have a lot of blood flow through it either because often nerves and blood vessels have been interrupted by the injury or incision. Like other low energy situations, they can be healed but they take a bit more time, patience and perseverance.

 If nerves are involved, we need to add additional support to the program and since nerves take a long time to heal, even more consistency is required. The nervous system replaces every cell over the course of seven years whereas the skin itself is constantly sloughing off and replacing cells so there is no real beginning or end to this cycle. The trick is to encourage the efforts in a particular area.

 Stem cells play a part in this healing and it is important to remember the your body is constantly making stem cells in response to injury. One required nutrient that must be present in a cell for the manufacture of stem cells is silver, making Silver Shield an important part of this healing process.

 We have recently heard a number of testimonials personally about how MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has been responsible for healing old scars, even as old as 30 year old scars from a c-section. We heard you say WOW! just then, and we agree. MSM promotes healthy circulation, a critical factor in aiding healing.

 Sulfur is often called the "beauty mineral", found in abundance in the skin for  number of reasons. Since the skin is so large and exposed, it's SULFURS antibacterial qualities are very important and of course the healing process requires that you take care to prevent infection.

 Some herbs that are helpful in either preventing the formation of scars or healing old scars are Aloe Vera and Calendula, both of which are great for external, topical application directly on the scar. Again, consistency and patience are both key. Chickweed is also very helpful for scars and has the added benefit of controlling appetite. always good to know.

 Gotu Kola along with astragalus, ginseng, ashwaganda and gymnema are some of a group of adaptogenic plants containing medicinally active triterpenoid saponins (easy for us to say). These compounds have been shown to have wound healing, anti-inflammatory, and even anti-carcinogenic activity.

 Morinda citrifolia, also known as Noni, has an active responsible for stabilizing the matrix in which cells are aligned and for this reason it can help check the overgrowth of aberrant cells whether this proliferation results in a cancerous growth or a thick scar.

 Chronic skin irritations are often an autoimmune reaction as the body over responds to external factors, pollen, mold or fur. These can also be caused by diet or hormones as in diet. These can scar the skin but they don't have to be permanent.

 Two helpful creams that can be used topically both contain MSM. EverFlex will turn off the inflammation and promote the deep level of healing. The MSM/Glucosamine cream also provides skin strengthening components, keeping it from scarring so easily in the future.

 Mercury retrograde is always a good time to go back and review. Why not address an old scar that you thought was "permanent".   Be patient and consistent and you will suddenly realize, "that scar just disappeared!"

(c) 2015 Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

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Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

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