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Walnuts – Food For A Healthy Brain

If you’re tired of counting sheep at night, maybe a pre-bedtime snack of walnuts would help you get daily needed rest.”


Is there a connection between how a food looks and what it does for your body?   Check out the following picture of the walnut and the human brain.  The old adage of walnuts being brain food is based upon the ‘law of similiars’ that like provides nutrition and healing for like.  So walnuts go support the brain, a tomato with its four chambers to support the heart, an avocado to support the male and female reproductive organs are all examples of like supports like or like heals like.

 

It is very interesting  how much a walnut half looks like a brain. The human brain is made up of about 60% of what is called “structural fat” and requires high-quality fats, like omega-3’s to function properly by keeping the brain fluid and flexible. Walnuts are loaded with omega-3’s, which make them the ultimate “brain food.”

Some studies have linked low consumption of omega-3s to depression and decreased cognitive function. So making walnuts part of your alkaline diet (in moderation, of course) could be a good way  to boost your spirits as well as your IQ.

We all need sleep to stay balanced.  Did you know that walnuts also triple melatonin levels in the body?  Melatonin is one of the body’s sleep regulating hormones, so if you’re tired of counting sheep at night, maybe a pre-bedtime snack of walnuts would help you get your daily needed sleep.

Walnuts also contain manganese, copper, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium—all nutrients which are important to good health, and walnuts, like most nuts, can help lower cholesterol and improve heart health when eaten as part of an alkaline lifestyle and diet.

Political Science! – The Politics of Medical Science and Research

The Politics of Science (Part 1)

The following last chapter in Robert O. Becker’s book, The Body Electric” should give some insight into the politics of science. How and why some researchers and their research gets funded while others don’t. Maybe, it will explain why many researchers in CFS continue to bark up the wrong tree and will not dare delve into truth of the matter – into the Big Lie – since this might very well cut their funding, ruin their reputations, and even end their careers. This has happened to many honorable and brilliant scientists such as Dr. Antione BeChamp, Dr. Livingston Wheller, Dr. Royal Rife, Dr. Gunther Enderlien, Dr. Duesburg, Dr. Robert Becker, Dr Nassens and finally Dr. Robert O. Young.

Postscript: Political Science

An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out and that the growing generation is familiarized with the idea from the beginning.-Max PlanckDispassionate philosopher inquiring into nature from the sheer love of knowledge, single-minded alchemist puttering about a secluded basement in search of elixers to benefit all humanity – these ideals no longer fit for most scientists. Even the stereotype of Faust dreaming of demonic power is outdated, for most scientists today are overspecialized and anonymous – although science as a whole is somewhat Mephistophelian in its disregard or the effects of its knowledge. It’s a ponderous beast, making enormous changes in the way we live but agonizingly slow to change its own habits and viewpoints when they become outmoded.

The public’s conception of the scientist remains closest to its image of the philosopher – cold and logical, making decisions solely on the basis of facts, unswayed by emotion. The lay person’s most common fear about scientists is that they lack human feelings. During my twenty-five years of research I’ve found this to be untrue yet no cause for confort. I’ve occasionally seen our species’ nobler impulses among them, but I’ve also found that scientists as a group are at least as subject to human failings as people in other walks of life.It has been like this throughout the history of science. Many, perhaps even most, of its practitioners have been greedy, power-hungry, prestige-seeking, dogmatic, pompous asses, not above political chicanery and outright lying, cheating, and stealing. Examples abound right from the start. Sir Francis Bacon, who in 1620 formulated the experimental method on which all technical progress since then has been founded, not only forgot to mention his considerable debt to William Gilbert but apparently plagiarized some of his predecessor’s work while publicly belittling it. In a similar way Emil Du Bois-Reymond based his own electrical theory of nerve impulse on Carlo Matteucci’s work, then tried to ridicule his mentor and take full credit.

Many a genius has been destroyed by people of lesser talent defending the status quo. Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian physician who practiced in Vienna during the mid-nineteenth century, demanded that his hospital colleagues and subordinates wash their hands, especially when moving from autopsies and sick wards to the charity childbirth ward he directed. When the incidence of puerperal fever and resultant death declined dramatically to well below that of the rich women’s childbirth ward, proving the importance of cleanliness even before Pasteur, Semmelweis was fired and vilified. His livelihood gone, he committed suicide soon afterward.

The principle figure who for decades upheld the creed that dedifferentiation was impossible was Paul Weiss, who dominated biology saying the things his peers wanted to hear. Weiss was wrong, but along the way he managed to cut short a number of careers.

For many years the American Medical Association scorned the idea of vitamin-deficiency diseases and called teh EEG electronic quackery. Even today that august body contends that nutrition is basically irrelevant to health. As the late-eighteenth-century Italian experimenter Abbe Alberto Fortis observed in a letter chiding Spallanzani for his closed-minded stance on dowsing, “… derision will never help in the development of true knowledge.”In the past, these character flaws couldn’t wholly prevent the recognition of scientific truths. Both sides of a controversy would fight with equal vehemence, and the one with better evidence would usually win sooner or later. In the last four decades, however, changes in the structure of scientific institutions have produced a situation so heavily weighted in favor of the establishment that it impedes progress in healthcare and prevents truly new ideas from getting a fair hearing in almost all circumstances. The present system is in effect a dogmatic religion with a self-perpetuating priesthood dedicated only to preserving the current orthodoxies. The system awards the sycophant and punishes the visionary to a degree unparalleled in the four-hundred-year history of modern science.

This situation has come about because research is now so expensive that only governments and multinational corporations can pay for it. The funds are dispensed by agencies staffed and run by bureaucrats who aren’t scientists themselves. As the system developed after World War 2, the question naturally arose as to how these scientifically ignorant officials were to choose among competing grant applications. The logical solution was to set up panels of scientists to evaluate requests in their fields and then advise the bureaucrats.

This method is based on the naive assumption that scientists really are more impartial than other people, so the result could have been predicted decades ago. In general, projects that propose a search for evidence in support of new ideas aren’t funded. Most review committees approve nothing that would challenge the findings their members made when they were struggling young researchers who created the current theories, whereas projects which ponder to these elder egos receive lavish support. Eventually, those who play the game beome the new members of the peer group, and thus the system perpetuates itself. As Erwin Chargaff has remarked, “This continual turning off and on of the financial faucets produces Pavlovian effects,” and most research becomes mere water treading aimed at getting paid rather than finding anything new. The intuitive “lunatic twinge,” the urge to test a hunch, which is the source of all scientific breakthroughs, is systematically excluded.

There has even been a scientific study documenting how choices made by the peer review system depend almost entirely on whether the experts are sympathetic or hostile to the hypothesis being suggested. True to form, the National Academy of Sciences, which sponsored the investigation, suppressed its results for two years.

Membership on even a few review boards soon establishes one’s status in the “old boys’ club” and leads to other benefits. Manuscripts submitted to scientific journals are reviewed for validity in the same way as grant requests. And who is better qualified to judge an article than those same eminant experts with their laurels to guard? Publication is accepted as evidence that an experiment has some basic value, and without it the work sinks without a ripple. The circle is thus closed, and the revolutionary, from whose ideas all new scientific concepts come, is on the outside. Donald Goodwin, chairman of psychiatry at the University of kansas and an innovative researcher on alcoholism, has even put it in the form of exasperation: “If it’s trivial, you can probably study it. If it’s important, you probably can’t.”Another unforeseen abuse has arisen, which has lowered the quality of training in medical schools. As the peer review system developed, academic institutions saw a golden opportunity. If the government wanted all this research done, why shouldn’t it help the schools with their overhead, such as housing, utilities, bookeeping and ultimately the salaries of the researchers, who were part of the faculty? The influx of money corroded academic values. The idea arose that the best teacher was the best researcher, and the best researcher was the one who pulled down the biggest grants. A medical school became primarily a kennel of researchers and only secondary a place to teach future physicians. To survive in academia, you have to get funded and then get published. The epidemic of fraudalent reports – and I believe only a small percentage of the actual fakery has been discovered – is eloquent testimony of the pressure to make a name in the lab.There remain today few places for those whose talents lie in teaching and clinical work. Many people who don’t care about research are forced to do it anyway. As a result, medical journals and teaching staffs are both drowning in mediocrity.

Finally, we must add to these factors the buying of science by the military. To call it a form of prostitution is an insult to the oldest profession. Nearly two-thirds fo the 47-billion 1984 research budget was for military work, and in the field of bioelectricity the proportion was even higher. While military sponsors often allow more technical innovation than others, their employees must keep their mouths shut about environmental hazards and other moral issues that link science to the broader concerns of civilization. In the long run, even the growth of pure knowledge (if there is such a thing) can’t flourish behind this chain link fence.

If someone does start a heretical project, there are several ways to limit this threat. Grants are limited, usually for a period of one or two years. Then the experimenter must reapply. Every application is a volumous document filled with fine-print forms and meaningless bureaucratic jargon, requiring many days of data compilation and “creative wriiting.” Some researchers may simply get tired of them and quit. In any case, they must run the same gauntlet of peers each time. The simplest way to nip a challenge in the bud is to turn off the money or keep the reports out of major journals by means of anonymous value judgements from review committees. You can always find something wrong with a proposal or manuscript, no matter how well written or scientifically impeccable it may be.

Determined rebels use guerrilla tactics. There are so many funding agencies that the left hand often knoweth not what the right hand doeth. A proposal may get by an obscure panel whose members aren’t yet aware of the danger. The snowstorms of paper churned out by the research establishment have required the founding of many new journals in each subspecialty. Some of these will accept papers that would automatically be rejected by the big ones. In addition, there’s an art to writing a grant proposal that falls within accepted guidelines without specifying exactly what the researchers intend to do.

If these methods succeed in prolonging the apostasy, the establishment generally exerts pressure through the schools. Successful academics are almost always true believers who are happy to curry favor by helping to deny tenure to “questionable” investigators or by harassing them in a number of ways. For example, in 1950 Gordon A. Atwater was fired as chairman of the American Museum of Natural History astronomy department and curator of the Hayden Planetarium for publicly suggesting that Immanuel Velikovsky’s ideas should receive a fair hearing. That same year Velikovsky’s first book, Worlds in Collision, was renounced by his publisher (MacMillan) even though it was a best seller, because a group of influential astronomers led by Harvard’s Harlow Shapley threatened to boycott the textbook department that accounted for two thirds of the company’s sales. No matter what one may think of Velikovsky’s conclusions, that kind of backstairs persuasion is not science.As the conflict escalates, the muzzled freethinker often goes directly to the public to spread the pernicious doctrines. At this point, the gloves come off. Already a lightning rod for the wrath of the Olympian peers, the would-be Prometheus writhes under attacks on his or her honesty, scientific competence, and personal habits. The pigeons of Zeus cover the new ideas with their droppings and conduct rigged experiments to disprove them. In extreme cases, government agencies staffed and advised by the establishment begin legal harrassment, such as the trial and imprisonment that ended the career and life of Wilhelm Reich.

Sometime during or after the battle, it generally becomes obvious that the iconoclast was right. The counterattack then shifts toward historical revision. Establishment members publish papers claiming the new ideas for themselves and omitting all references to the true originator. The heretic’s name is remembered only in connection with a condescending catchphrase, while his or her own research programs, if any remain, are defunded and the staff dispersed. The facts of the case eventually emerge, but only at an immense toll on the innovator’s time and energy. To those who haven’t tried to run a lab, these may seem like harsh words, unbelievable, even paranoid. Nevertheless, these tactics are commonplace, and I’ve had personal experience with each and every one of them.

I got a taste of the real world in my very first foray into research. After World War 2, I continued my education on the GI Bill, but those benefits expired in 1947. I’d just married a fellow student named Lilian, who had caught my eye during our first orientation lecture, and I needed a summer job to help pay expenses and set up housekeeping. I was lucky enough to get work as a lab assistant in the NYU School of Medicine’s surgical research department.I worked with Co Tui, who was evaluating a recently published method for separating individual amino acids from proteins as a step toward concentrating foods for shipment to the starving. Dr. Cok, a tiny man whose black, spiky hair seemed to broadcast enthusiasm, inspired me enormously. He was a brilliant researcher and a good friend. With him I helped develop the assay technique and began to use it to study changes in body proteins after surgery.

I was writing my first scientific paper when I walked to work one morning and found our laboratory on the sidewalk – all our equipment, notes, and materials in a junk pile. I was told neither of us worked there anymore; we were welcome to salvage anything we wanted from the heap.

The head secretary told me what happened. This was during a big fund drive to build the present NYU Medical Center. One of the society surgeons had lined up a million-dollar donation from one of his patients and would see that it got into the fund, if he could choose a new professor of experimental surgery – now. As fast as that, Co Tui and his people were out. I vowed to Lilian: “Whatever i do in medicine, I’m going to stay out of research.”I’m happy that I wasn’t able to keep my promise. The research itself was worth it all. Moreover, I don’t want to give the impression that I and my associates were alone against the world. Just when hope seemed lost, there was always a crucial person, like Carlyle Jacobson or the research director’s secretary to help us out. However, right from my first proposal to measure the current of injury in salamanders, I found that research would mean a constant battle, and not only with administrators.Before I began, I had to solve a technical problems with the electrodes. Even two wires of the same metal had little chemical differences, which gave rise to small electrical currents that could be misinterpreted as coming from the animal.

Also, the slightest pressure on the animal’s skin produced currents. No one understood why, but there they were. I found descriptions in the older literature of silver electrodes with a layer of silver chloride applied to them, which were reported to obviate the false interelectrode currents. I made some, tested them, and then fitted them with a short length of soft cotton wick, which got rid of the pressure artifact. When I wrote up my results, I briefly described the electrodes. Afterward I received a call from a prominent neurophysiologist who wanted to visit the lab. “Very nice,” I thought. “Here’s some recognition already.” He was particularly interested in how the electrodes were made and used. Some months later, dammed if I didn’t find a paper by my visitor in one of the high-class journals, describing this new and excellent electrode he’d devised for measuring direct-current potentials.

A couple of years later, while Charlie Bachman and I were looking for the PN junction diode in bone, I was asked to give a talk on bone electronics at a meeting in New York City. The audience included engineers, physicists, physicians, and biologists. It was hard to talk to such a diverse group. The engineers and physicists knew all about the electronics but nothing about bone, the biologists knew all about the bone but nothing about electronics, and the physicians were only interested in therapeutic applications. At any rate, I reviewed some bone structure for the physicists and some electronics for the biologists, and then went on to describe my experiments with Andy Bassett on bone piezoelectricity.

I probably should have sat down at that point, but I thought it would be nice to talk about our present work. The rectifier concept was tremendously exciting to me, and I thought wwe might get some useful suggestions from the audience, so I described the experiments showing that collagen and apatite were semiconductors, and discussed the implications. After each talk, a short time was set aside for questions and comments, generally polite and dignified. However, as soon as I finished, a well-known orthopedic researcher literally ran up to the audience microphone and blurted out, “I have never heard such a collection of inadequate data and misconceptions. It is an insult to this audience. Dr. Becker has not presented satisfactory evidence for any semiconducting property in bone. The best that can be said is that this material may be a semi-insulator.”

Semiconductors are so named because their properties place them between conductors and insulators, so you could very well call them semi-insulators; the meaning would be the same. My opponent was playing a crude game. Where saying these derogatory things about me, he was actually agreeing with my conclusion, merely using a different term.This man’s antagonism had begun a couple of years before. When Andy Bassett and I had finished our work on the piezoelectric effect in bone, we wrote it up, submitted it to a scientific journal, and got it accepted. Unbeknownst to us, this fellow had been working on the same thing, but hadn’t gotten as far in his experiments as we. Somehow he learned of our work and its impending publication. He called Andy, asking us to delay our report until he was ready to publish his own data. Andy called me to talk it over. What counts in the scientific literature is priority; he was asking us to surrender it. There was no ethical basis for his request, and I would never have thought of asking him to delay had the situation been reversed. I said, “Not on your life.” Our paper was published, and we’d acquired a “friend” for life.

Now there he was at the microphone trying to scuttle my presentation with a little ambiguous double-talk. I thought, “He must be doing the same work as we are again. If he wins this encounter, I’ll have trouble getting my data published, and he’ll have a clear field for his.” Instead of defending the data, I explained that semi-insulator and semiconductor were one and the same. I said I was surprised he didn’t know that, but appreciated his approval of my data! Someone else in the audience stood up in support of my position, and the crisis was past. The lab isn’t the only place a scientist has to stay alert.In 1964, soon after the National Institutes of Health approved the grant for our continuing work on bone, I received the VA’s William S. Middleton Award for outstanding research. That’s a funny story in itself. The award is given by the VA’s Central Office (VACO), whose members had already decided on me, but candidates must be nominated by regional officers, and the local powers were determined I shouldn’t get it. Eventually, VACO had to order them to nominate me.

The award put me on a salary from Washington instead of Syracuse, and due to the pressure from VACO I was soon designated the local chief of research, replacing the man who signed all the papers at once. I was determined to put the reseach house in order, and I instituted a number of reforms, such as public disclosure of the funding allocations, and productivity requirements, no matter how prominent an investigator might be. Many of the reforms have been adopted throughout the VA system. They didn’t make me popular, however. Over the next several years there was continuous pressure from the medical school to allocate VA research funds for people I felt were of little value to the VA program itself; thus the money would have constituted a grant to the school. I knew that if I didn’t deliver I would eventually be removed from my position as chief of research. In that case, I would go back on a local clinical salary and my research program would again be in jeopardy. Therefore, at the beginning of 1972 I applied for the position of medical investigator in the VA research system, a post in which I would be able to devote up to three fourths of my time to research. I was accepted. The job was to begin a few months later; in the meantime I continued as chief of research.

Apparently, my new appointment escaped the notice of my local opponents. I’d accepted several invitations to speak at universities in the South and combined them all into a week’s trip. I left the office a day early to prepare my materials and pack. While I was still home, my secretary called. She was crying, and said she’d just gotten a memo firing me as chief or research and putting me to work as a general-duty medical officer in the admitting office. This not only would have closed our lab, but also would have kept me from practicing orthopedic surgery.

It was a nice maneuver but, fortunately for me, it wasn’t legal. As medical investigator, I could be fired only by Washington, and the local chief of staff soon got a letter from VACO ordering him to reinstate me. Soon I began to get on some “enemies lists” at the natinal level too. In December 1974 I got word that our basic NIH grant (the one on bone) hadn’t been renewed. No reasons were given. This was highly irregular, since applicants normally got the “pink sheets” with at least the primary reviewer’s comments, so they could find out what they’d done wrong. Instead I was told I could write to the executive secretary for a “summary” of the deliberations.

The summary was half a page of double-spaced typing. It said my proposal had been lacking in clarity and direction, and that the experimental procedures hadn’t been spelled out in enough detail. The main problem seemed to be that I was planning to do more than the reviewer thought I could do with the money I was requesting. In addition, my report on the perineural cell research with Bruce Baker was criticized as “data poor.” The statement concluded: “On the other hand, there are some areas which appear to be worthy of support and are reasonably well described, e.g., bone growth studies, regenerative growth, and electrical field effects.”

I was, to say the least, puzzled. The subjects “worthy of support” were precisely the main ones we were working on. It didn’t make any sense until I reflected that this was just after I’d helped write the first Sanguine report and had begun to testify about power line dangers before the New York Public Service Commission. Perhaps the Navy was pressuring the NIH to shut me up.If someone at the federal level was trying to lock me out as early as 1974, he forgot to watch all the entrances, for my proposal of that year on acupuncture was approved. I’d originally tacked this on to the main NIH application, where is was criticized as inappropriate. I merely sent it off to a different study section, which funded it. After a year we had the positive results described in Chapter 13, and I presented them at an NIH acupuncture conference in Bethesda, Maryland. Ours was the only study going at the problem from a strictly scientific point of view, that is, proceeding from a testible hypothesis, as opposed to the empirical approach of actually putting the needles in and trying to decide if they worked. To the NIH’s basic question – is the system of points and lines real? – our program was the only one giving an unequivocal answer: yes.

Nevertheless, when the grant came up for approval in 1976, it, too, was cut off. The stated reasons were that we hadn’t published enough and that the electrical system that we found didn’t have any relation to acupuncture. The first was obviously untrue – we’d published three papers, had two more in press, and had submitted six others – and the second was obvious pettifogging. How could anyone know what was related to acupuncture before the research had been done? I happened to know the chairman of the NIH acupuncture study section, so I wrote him a letter. He said he was surprised, because the group itself had been pleased with our report. By then it was obvious that something was up.As of October 1976 we would have no more NIH support. As the money dwindled, we juggled budgets and shaved expensese to cover out costs, and with the help of Dave Murray, who was now chairman of the orthopedic surgery department at the medical school, we kept the laboratory intact and enormously productive. We actually published more research than when we hadn’t been under fire.Early in that same year, however, my appointment as medical investigator had expired, and I had to reapply. Word came back that my application had been “deferred,” that is, it had been rejected, but I had the option of reapplying immediately. In her accompanying letter, the director of the VA’s Medical Research Service wrote, “While your past record and strong letters of support [the peer reveiws of my application] were considered favorable, the broad research proposal with sketchy detail of technique and methodology was not considered approvable.” Now, the instructions for medical investigator applications clearly stated that I was to spell out past accomplishments and indicate future directions only in broad outline. Instead, the director was applying the criteria for first-time grant applications just entering research. She invited me to resubmit the proposal in the other format. But that would not have helped. Even if the second application was approved, the money would arrive six months after the lab had been closed and we had gone our separate ways.

There was another strange thing about the rejection. By that time all federal granting agencies had to provide the actual reports (with names deleted) of the peers who had done the reviewing. Three out of the four were long, detailed, well-thought-out documents in the standard critique format; they’d been neatly retyped, single spaced, on “reviewers’s report” forms with an elite typewriter. One was absolutely lavish in its praise, saying that the VA was fortunate to have me and that the proposed work would undoubtedly make great contributions to medicine. Another was almost as laudatory.One name had inadvertently been left on one page of the third review. It was the name of a prominent orthopedic researcher with whom I had disagreed for years about commercialization of bone-healing devices. Since our mutual disregard was well known in the orthopedic service, I feel it was indefensible for the director to ask him to review my application in the first place. Perhaps she expected a more damaging critique from him. He did complain that the proposal was insufficiently detailed. However, his appraisal was quite fair and even said my proposed work was of “fundamental importance to the field of growth and healing.” It obviously led up to a recommendation for approval, but the last sentence of that paragraph had been deleted.The last review was half a page of vague objections, typed double-spaced on a pica machine with no semblance of the standard format. There was a revealing mistake (“corrective” tissue instead of connective tissue) that showed the writer had glanced at my proposal for cues but really didn’t know what it was about. Strangest of all was the phrasing of this pseudoreview: “[Becker’s proposal] is broad and sweeping in scope and contains little documentation for technique and methodology. However, in view of his past record and strong letters of support, a decision should be deferred…” The director had used it almost word for word in her letter.

She certainly had no motive for such conduct herself. I’d met her briefly a few years before. In 1966 she’d been appointed chief of research at the Buffalo VA Medical Center and had visited Syracuse to see how I’d organized the program there. Our conversation was pleasant but quite innocuous….

What is Diagnostic Ultrasound? Where Can You Get A Full-Body Diagnostic Ultrasound?

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What is Ultrasound? It reflects Sound, which is the basis of life and even has healing powers. Not convinced? Then think of those times when you have lost yourself completely listening to good music or perhaps mesmerized by the sound created by sea waves bashing against the shore? Now may be you agree with the remarkable power of sound to provide comfort. Sound is nothing but a form of vibration, known to evoke myriad emotions. For many of us, certain sounds bring back fond memories that could send us into raptures. For some others, it could mean a recollection of sad events that have happened in their lives.

All in all, sound provides a powerful emotional trigger eliciting varied responses from all those within earshot. The simplest definition of sound – is ‘a wave with a string of compressions in the air’. When we talk, our vocal chords vibrate back and forth.

This vibration disturbs the air molecules nearby. When this disturbance hits the eardrum, the vibration is picked up by the nerves to the brain, which perceives the sound. However, human beings cannot hear all forms of sound. The human ear recognizes sounds if the vibrations per second, called as frequency, falls between 20 and 20,000 vibrations per second. This measure could vary between persons. Subsonic waves portray frequencies below audible waves. Those waves with frequencies higher than the audible range are called as ultrasonic waves. If speech is Silver, Silence is Golden. The above quote holds good especially in the case of ultrasound waves, which is being used for obtaining information about the structure and function of the human body. Ultrasound waves for imaging are generated by transducers, which convert electrical energy into sound energy. These waves are transmitted through the human body by placing the transducer over the surface of the skin.

When these sound waves travel through the human body, it is reflected back by the organs present inside, just like how a ball bounces back after hitting a wall. The sound waves, which are thus reflected, are again picked up by the same transducer. This is then transformed into visual images that provide a real time imaging of the organ being studied. The information that is obtained can then be permanently recorded on hard copy, film, videotape or both. Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image.

No radiation (x-ray) is involved in ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to the carotid, thyroid, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, bladder, prostate, uterus and ovaries, veins and arteries. Obstetric ultrasound refers to the specialized use of sound waves to visualize and thus determine the condition of a pregnant woman and her embryo or fetus. Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs and enable physicians to see blood flow and heart valve functions.

This can help to diagnose a variety of heart conditions and to assess damage after a heart attack or other illness. Someone you know has undergone an ultrasound exam. Whether it’s to get a first glimpse of a developing baby in the womb or to determine the risk of heart attack, doctors use ultrasound widely in women and men, children and seniors to gain advanced insights into the inner workings of the body. In fact, ultrasound is the most utilized form of diagnostic imaging available today. Despite today’s sophisticated, high-tech systems, ultrasound remains a science built upon the simple sound wave. By beaming high-frequency sound waves into the body, physicians can translate the “echoes” that bounce off body tissues and organs into “sound you can see,” colorful, visual images that provide valuable medical information. Heart disease, stroke, abnormalities in the abdomen or reproductive system, and more – all exhibit telltale signs that ultrasound can help to detect.

Safe, affordable and non-invasive, ultrasound is also portable. Very sick or fragile patients, for example, who might not be able to travel to a radiology lab without risking further injury, can essentially have the lab wheeled to them. That’s an important advantage when you need to conduct an exam on a grandmother who is bedridden or an incubator-bound premature baby.

For half a century now, ultrasound has been there to help families and their doctors determine what’s wrong-or not-with the body and determine the best, most effective means possible to get and stay. Clinicians have often referred to ultrasound technology as the “stethoscope of the future,” predicting that as the equipment shrinks in size, it will one day be as common at the bedside as that trusty tool around every physician’s neck.

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Improves your well being

  • Boosts levels of Testosterone and natural HGH
  • Reducing the effects of stress and treatment of stress incontinence
  • Positive results on neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s
  • General improvement of skin quality
  • Revitalization
  • Creating a balance of body and mind


The information above is based on the research of Whole Body Vibration as listed in the Studies and Articles pages. It is not implied that everyone will receive these results from a VibrapHirm.

Specifications for the VibrapHirm

  • Usage – Home Fitness
  • Maximum power – 1.5hp
  • Speed range – 20 settings
  • Programs – 3
  • Amplitude – 1 -10mm
  • User weight capability – 120kg – 275 lbs
  • Size – Height: 48 in x Width: 26 in x Depth: 23 in
  • Platform dimensions – 21 in x 15 in
  • Net weight – 100lbs / Gross weight – 109lbs
  • Box Size – 45 x 32 x 12 inches
  • G. Force 2.8 – 3.5 Gs
  • Frequency 0 – 50 Hz
  • Vibration type – Oscillating
  • Certifications – CE, ISO 9001 and UL approval
  • 110/220v 50/60hz

VibrapHirm – your Whole Body Vibration source. Simply put, Vibration training can do something for every body. Regardless of your health or age, you can improve your strength, flexibility and range of motion in just a few minutes a day.

Whole Body Vibration Training is not new; it has been around for over a hundred years. The whole story is in the History of WBV page.

Curious about who uses Whole Body Vibration?
Check out the Users of Whole Body Vibration technology page.

Product Features

  • Ergonomic construction, compact design
  • Extra large console with 3 LED display that delivers feedback of Time, Speed and Body Fat Value
  • 3 preprogrammed workout programs
  • 20 speeds to accommodate different workouts
  • Dual steel Frame
  • High quality motor delivers smooth workout with maximum user weight of 300 pounds.
  • Overload current protection, anti-jamming, and anti-static.
  • Wheels underneath the unit, making it easy to move.
  • Convenience – Use it in your home

Why is the VibrapHirm the best value?

Best price – sturdy, quality construction
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Lose Acidic Weight Eating Pink Organic Grapefruit

Women around the United States tried to burn off body fat by following some version of the Grapefruit Diet. (also known as the Hollywood Diet & the Mayo Clinic Diet)

Dismissed as a fad, the theory behind the Grapefruit Diet was that if you ate half a grapefruit or drank a glass of grapefruit juice with each meal (while reducing your caloric intake down to 800 calories/day), you would lose weight.

And while the 1970s version of the Grapefruit Diet did wonders for grapefruit farmers, it wasn’t very successful at delivering long term weight loss.

Fast forward to 2010….. and the latest scientific research which suggests that eating grapefruit contains phytonutrients that protects the body from acids that make us sick, tired and fat.

Naringenin, an antioxidant flavonoid which chelates dietary and metabolic acid, is derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruit and other citrus fruit, may cause the liver to chelate acid and release fat while increasing insulin sensitivity.

The Theory

  • Normally, after a “normal” meal (consisting of carbs, fats & proteins), your blood is flooded with the metabolic and dietary acid called sugar.
  • This boost in blood acid or sugar results in the activation of your Liver X Receptor Alpha – LXRα.
  • Which results in the production of healthy fats by your liver to bind up the increased acidic sugar for long term storage – ie belly fat, saddle bags, love handles, etc…. The body does this to protect itself from excess dietary or metabolic acid.

The chelation of the acid sugar is good but if not eliminated through the bowels, urine or skin it ends up on you belly, thighs or buttocks.

And, up until this latest research into Naringenin, the only way to prevent this from happening was by reducing your intake of carbohydrates – via fasting or eating low carbohydrates.

But, with Naringenin, you would be able to increase your carbs while still receiving the health benefits of eating low carb:

  • acids being released from your fat cells….
  • resulting in the PPARα receptor being activated in your liver…
  • leading to your body acid stored in the fatty tissues being broken down, while also…
  • causing a reduction in over-all cholesterol production, which is created to bind up toxic acidic sugar.

And that’s not all.

Another benefit of Naringenin is that your PPARγ receptor is activated – resulting in an increase in sensitivity to insulin.

Taken together, all of this good stuff adds up to:

  • No more Type 2 Diabetes
  • No more high cholesterol
  • No more love handles

Naringenin – remember the name and the incredible delicious organic pink grapefruit from the Rancho del Sol and the pH Miracle Living Center.

Organically Grown at the Rancho Del Sol
**Shipping included in price for orders shipped within the continental US**

100% organically grown (without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer), Ruby Red Grapefruits from sunny Southern California. These succulent members of the citrus family are grown in Dr. Robert and Shelley Young’s private orchard, Ranch Avorado. With its unmistakable flavor, these grapefruits offer a subtle sweetness and signature tartness that everyone can enjoy.

Nutritionally, the bitter flavor comes from limonene, a limonoid that gives grapefruit its proven anticarcinogenic properties. Naringine, a flavonoid found in grapefruit, is also effective in preventing cancer. Furthermore, narigine improves blood circulation, while pectin (a soluble vegetable fiber) unclogs arteries.

These organic grapefruits are waiting patiently – remaining on the tree until we receive your order. They are then hand-picked and packaged. Thus, the organic, natural freshness is impeccably preserved. Do your health, taste buds, and the environment a favor – Order today!

Estimated shelf life: 1 week at room temperature
1 month refrigerated
(20-25 grapefruits per box)

Nutrient Composition
(100g of raw edible portion) Energy – 30 kcal
Protein – 0.55 g
Carbohydrates – 7.68 g
Vitamin A – 26 Fg RE
Vitamin B1 – 0.034 mg
Vitamin B2 – 0.02 mg
Niacin – 0.224 mg NE
Vitamin B6 – 0.042 mg
Folate – 12.2 Fg
Vitamin C – 38.1 mg
Calcium – 11 mg
Phosphorus – 9 mg
Magnesium – 8 mg
Iron – 0.12 mg
Potassium- 129 mg
Zinc – 0.07 mg
Total Fat – 0.1 g Saturated Fat – 0.014 g

To order your freshly picked grapefruit go to:

http://phmiracleliving.com/p-510-grapefruits-organic-box-of-9.aspx

Happy Thanksgiving – The Health Benefits of Pomegrantes

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Pomegranates are nearly round, 2-1/2 to 5 in. wide fruit crowned at the base by the prominent calyx.

The tough, leathery skin or rind is typically yellow overlaid with light or deep pink or rich red.

The interior is separated by membranous walls and white, spongy, bitter tissue into compartments packed with sacs filled with sweetly acid, juicy, red, pink or whitish pulp or aril.

In each sac there is one angular, soft or hard seed.

The arils (seed casings) of the pomegranate are consumed raw. The entire seed is eaten, though the fleshy outer portion of the seed is the part that is desired. The taste differs depending on the variety of pomegranate and its state of ripeness.

Pomegranate juice is a popular drink in the Middle East, and is also used in Iranian and Indian cuisine; it began to be widely marketed in the U.S. in 2004. Pomegranate concentrate is used in Syrian cuisine. Grenadine syrup is thickened and sweetened pomegranate juice; it is used in cocktail mixing. Before the tomato arrived to the Middle East, grenadine was widely used in many Persian foods; it can still be found in traditional recipes. The juice can also be used as an antiseptic when applied to cuts. In addition, Pomegranate seeds are sometimes used as a spice.

The primary commercial growing regions of the world are the Near East, India and surrounding countries and southern Europe. In California commercial cultivation is centered in the southern San Joaquin Valley.

One pomegranate delivers 40% of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement. It is also a rich source of folic acid and of antioxidants.

Recent research into the health benefits of Pomegranates has created unprecedented demand both in the United States and Europe. Recent studies have been published showing a positive relationships between pomegranate consumption and prostate cancer, carotid arteries and hypertension.

One Thousand Avocados For God This Thanksgiving & Christmas Holiday

Gods Love and Light Shines On All of Us

As the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays approach in 2014, we now find ourselves, as a nation and as a planet, in quite a bit of political, economic, health and enviornmental disarray.  

We are all looking for ways to make ends meet and cut down on the stress in our lives. So I will address these issues. My guess is that many of you feel some sort of concern about financial issues whether it is the daily budget, dwindling savings, credit card bills, increased health costs, money for college bills, mileage and gas prices for the aging family automobiles, and so on.

Its the same at the Young homestead here at Rancho Del So, in Valley Center, California. Every year I pray for more rain and try to figure out how to save money on the expensive California water we need for thousands of avocado, grapefruit, pomegranate, prisimone, lemon, and lime trees. I am always trying to figure out where to save money so I can use that money to reach more people around the world with a pH Miracle message of health, healing and extraordinary well-being. If you read my articles on a regular basis, you will know that I am quite positive that following a healthy, organic, alkaline green diet with many raw, green fruit and vegetables will save you money over time. Whether you have 50 more years to live or 25, most medical expenses have traditionally occurred in the later years of life. And those medical expenses can be a thing of the past if you will embraces an alkaline lifestyle an diet.

Once your body is alkaline, and once you have rebuilt your blood with my C.O.W.S. program (Chlorophyll, Oil, Water and Salt), and once the pH of your urine is around 7.4 on a consistent basis, you are well on your way to permanently increased health, energy, fitness and vigor as well as great financial savings.

Remember, the #1 reason for bankruptcy in America for many years has been medical bills. That will not happen to you. I hear from people all the time that pretty much the only reason they visit the doctor anymore is to gloat a bit, to follow-up on some old ailment now in the rear-view mirror, to lecture the poor old besieged doctor on the importance of nutrition in health, or exercise, or to give him/her a copy of The pH Miracle book. By the way, if you write to me and tell me that you really did get your doctor to read The pH Miracle book, I’ll send you a free copy to replace the one you gave to your physician. I will also be fascinated to hear your story. In fact, I may share it with everybody in one of my articles or on our pH Miracle Youtube channel.

Many people who have been following a balanced pH Miracle alkaline/acid diet for many years tell us about all the different ways they save money. Some people have replaced their health insurance with a combination of self-insurance, accident insurance, a hospital indemnity policy, and disability programs. Some people on Medicare have not purchased the supplemental insurance because they have not visited the former family physician for several years and are hoping not to for the rest of their lives. Besides, they tell me, they aren’t likely to go the drug route anyway now that they know the cucumber and avocado route.

Many have told us that they have saved money because they no longer have doctor visits, co-pays, pharmaceutical drugs, deductibles, tests, clinic and lab fees, medical gadgets, lost time and sick days, and so on. Not to mention the increased energy, creativity, and productivity.

Now lets talk about stress. About two years ago, I emailed you an article about Mother Theresa whose level of consciousness allowed her to function in love, joy, peace and enlightenment. Many of you said that you enjoyed that article. Such states of mind–whether they are linked to experiences that are primarily sensory, emotional, psychological, intellectual or spiritual–can only be accompanied by an absence of stress at the physiological or body level.

If you read my articles at: www.phoreveryoung.wordpress.com with any consistency, then you know that there is a solid scientific link between the mind and the body, the psychosomatic or the “somatopsychic.” It goes both ways.

We started hearing the world psychosomatic at least 40 or 50 years ago. The mind can cause the body to suffer and the body can cause the mind to suffer. Therefore, it makes good sense to take care of both.

I have discussed from time to time the importance of minimizing stress in our lives. When our minds are filled with thoughts and feelings that include the negative perceptions and experiences of fear, anger and sadness, we are vulnerable to the creation of excessive bodily acid. Toxic acids are actually secreted from various parts of the body cells directly into the bloodstream when we are in a negative emotional state.

On the other hand, leading a life that includes more experiences in what we might call the love zone can be a challenge. I forget who coined the word love zone, but this state of being includes feelings of affection, joy, compassion, empathy, kindness, happiness and bliss. But living in this zone–you may have noticed–is easier said than done. The world seems so often to pull mightily at the most vulnerable areas of our lives. Our preoccupation with the outer world and things over which we have no control can keep us from entering into those precious moments or hours in the stress-free love zone.

There is one thing in particular that we can do to help us frequent this zone as much as possible. And I will back into this concept with a little story which I enjoy. I call this story, One Thousand Avocados for God. It goes like this:

A plantation owner, somewhat foolishly accustomed to bartering with God, prayed for a good harvest. He pleaded thusly:

“Dear God, if You would please bring me a great avocado harvest, as a service I will give You 1,000 avocados from the harvest.”

God granted him a great harvest. Thus, the plantation owner loaded up a thousand avocados in his wagon and had his foreman deliver them to the temple. Along the way, the foreman was pestered by two little beggar boys who pleaded for an avocado to ward off their hunger. “Shoo, shoo, go away,” said the foreman, knowing that the plantation owner had loaded exactly 1,000 avocados.

The hungry little boys ran alongside the wagon and continued to beg. Finally, the hired hand relented and gave each of them an avocado. He thought to himself, who would count all these avocados and know that two are missing from a thousand?

But the plantation owner had warned the chief overseer of the temple to count the avocados to make sure that the foreman had not sold some along the way. He found out that two were missing and had been given to beggars and the plantation owner fired the foreman. That night the plantation owner had a dream. In his dream, God came to him and said, I have granted your prayer for a great harvest, but you have not kept your agreement.

The plantation owner pleaded his case, But God, I took the avocados to you just as I said. God replied, Well, I am sorry that you are in error my friend, because so far, I have received only two. I think you can see why I enjoy this story. And it has many implications far beyond the simple notion that Divine Providence and charity are related. In fact, we might say that Divine Providence resonates to charity.

There is a great deal of emerging evidence and a wonderful new area of study which says that there is a human field of energy which is very subtle, yet powerful, pervasive and immortal.

There is a field of energy which connects every one of us to every one of us. Some refer to this energy as levels of consciousness–and the study of this energy focuses especially on various states of higher consciousness.

Regardless of our personal level of consciousness, we are not only connected to this field of energy, but we are influencing it just as it influences us in return. There is emerging evidence, both experiential and research, that says that as our level of consciousness rises, our body has an increasing ability or tendency to heal itself. There are increasing numbers of prayer studies that show that healing is affected by prayer.

In Dr. David Hawkins book, Power Vs. Force, he designates and describes our levels of consciousness from low to high levels. In the pathological area, he lists (low to high) shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear, desire, anger, and false pride. The ascending corresponding emotions at those lower levels are humiliation, blame, despair, regret, anxiety, craving, hate, and scorn. As we pass from pathological states into higher states of health and well-being, Hawkins designates and defines (low to high) courage, neutrality, willingness, acceptance, reason, love, joy, peace, and enlightenment. The ascending corresponding emotions at these higher levels are affirmation, trust, optimism, forgiveness, understanding, reverence, serenity, bliss and ineffable.

By contemplating upon these two hierarchies of human levels of consciousness and corresponding emotions, you can easily see the beauty that unfolds as we achieve higher and higher levels of consciousness. Higher levels mean less stress, or course, which means less acid in your body. The simple question then becomes, what is it that I can do to help myself achieve an increasing degree of health, happiness and serenity in my own life? As I have written before, a healthy and peaceful lifestyle includes choosing an alkaline and nutritional diet, exercise, rest and relaxation, good company, doing work which we enjoy, body massage, meditation, sincere gratitude, a reverence for all life, and so on. Some will argue that these conditions are difficult to achieve in a world of economic disarray. Just viewing the problems of hunger and homelessness in the world is frightening. In America, we are told that more than a million people are now losing their homes due to mortgage default, twenty-three million are out of work or under-employed, and 40 million are on food stamps. And so, how can we ascend to levels of peace in such a world with so much apparent negativity?

What else is it that we can do to ascend our own levels of consciousness and somehow feel a greater sense of love, the absence of fear, and more acceptance of so many people with whom we seem to have nothing in common, little understanding, a different set of values, and with whom we perceive ourselves to operate from a completely different belief system about the world?

How do we come to a sense of peace and diminish our reflexive stress–the same stress that causes acidic reactions in our body–to the many seemingly unacceptable political, economic, unhappy human elements that surround us?

I believe that science will soon confirm what some have known over the millennia. Virtually all Holy Scripture from all the major religions are in accordance with the idea that the highest devotion to God–man’s greatest gift to the energy field of the world in which we are all encompassed–is service to mankind. Research into higher consciousness tells us that the energy of loving service is recorded in the universe on into infinity.

Thus, as Thanksgiving and Christmas approaches in the problematic year of 2014 and on, one of the greatest stress-releasing gifts we can give to ourselves is to give the gift of service to others.

And nothing fosters charitable feelings like charitable actions. Nothing fosters more the acceptance of other people than lending a helping hand. Nothing will bring forth the peace and wisdom that we need to create within ourselves more than providing service to the poor, the needy, the uneducated, the downtrodden, the sick, and the afflicted.

Look for service projects in your area and take your family into the world to help others. And over time, nothing will help you to diminish the stress inside your own body more than helping to diminish the stress in those around us. What goes round comes round, and to whatever degree your load of avocados means abundant energy, creativity, intelligence, leadership, money, or time for everyone in the world, I know that you can figure out how to deliver more than just two avocados.

In light and love this Holiday Season,

Dr. Robert O. Young

http://www.phmiracle.com, http://www.phoreveryoung, http://www.phoreveryoung.wordpress.com

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The Many Health Benefits of Almonds

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Almond milk is most commonly used in a vegan or alkaline vegan diet or as a substitute for cow’s milk in people who are lactose intolerance or highly acidic.

Almond milk nutrition

Many almond milk products are supplemented with vitamins A, D and B-12, so they provide a significant percentage of your recommended dietary allowance for those nutrients. One cup of almond milk contains 500 IU of vitamin A, 100 IU of vitamin D and 3 micrograms of vitamin B-12, which fulfills 100 percent of your B-12 requirements and roughly 20 percent of your vitamin A and D recommendations for the day. Vitamins A and D are important for maintaining a healthy alkaline buffering system, and B-12 is an essential nutrient for critical functions in the body such as blood cell formation and DNA synthesis.

Health benefits of almond milk

Almond milk is a great choice for those who want to lose weight and are following an alkaline diet.  This means that almond milk a great choice when it comes to supporting the health of the skeletal system.  Almond milk contains both vitamins that provide healthier and stronger bones, including calcium and vitamin D.  Almond milk is rich in phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Additionally, many commercial almond milks are supplemented with enough calcium to meet one-third of the RDA. If you choose three servings per day of almond milk over the recommended three servings per day of dairy products, you can still meet your calcium requirements of 1,000 milligrams per day for men and 1,200 milligrams per day for women, which is important for optimal bone health.  Vitamins E and A from almond milk have antioxidant or anti-acid activity which can protect you from metabolic and dietary acids.  Vitamin E also an anti-inflammatory created from retained acidic waste products and therefore helps to support natural immunity. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and therefore supports natural immunity and  reduces metabolic and dietary acids that may affect vision and communication between body cells.  Vitamin D plays important role in absorbing calcium in your bones and teeth.  100 g of almond milk contains 83.3mg of calcium which is about 8% recommended daily intake of the calcium which is most important mineral for bone health.  While 100 grams of almond milk only contains 83.3 mg of phosphorus which is 2% of recommended daily intake of phosphorus. This mineral plays an important role in building bones together with vitamin D, which helps absorb calcium. According to the data on Blue Diamond Unsweetened almond milk, 100 g contains 41.7 IU of vitamin D which is about 10% of the recommended daily intake.

Almond Milk can an help with weight loss

Almond milk is a low-calorie or low carbohydrate, low acid, low sugar, high protein electron-rich energy beverage and therefore an excellent choice for supporting a weight loss program.  According to a study at the University of California showed that drinking grapefruit juice before each meal, obese people lost 31/2-10lb over three months through this alone.

Almond milk will increase blood sugar levels slightly and is a better choice for diabetics than drinking a glass of high acid orange juice which will spike the blood sugars.

Almond milk is good for overall health

Almond milk contains almost all the macronutrients (proteins, oils, and carbohydrates) making it a nutrient dense alkaizing food.

Soaking your nuts

According to research, almonds contain phytates which are considered anti-nutrieint and can reduce the absorption of calcium in our body.  The best way to reduce the phytic acid in almonds is soaking them in alkaline water at a pH of 9.5.   The best ratio for soaking is to use is 3 : 1 or 3 part almonds to 1 part alkaline water at a pH of 9.5.  If you want to get similar texture like cow’s milk then you should use 1.5 : 1 water : almonds ratio.

The pH Miracle Alkaline “Green Milk”

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  • To make the green juice:
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 2 large ribs celery
  • 2 – 3 large handfuls spinach
  1. Process all ingredients through your juicer (I use anOmega).
  2. Strain this juice for cleansing purposes and texture. Set aside.
  3. Makes 2 1/2 cups of strained juice.
  1. Blend ingredients in your Vitamix on high for about 1 minute until well combined.
  2. Strain with a nut milk bag or sheer knee high panty hose.
  3. Makes 2 1/2 cups strained almond milk.
  4. To make “Green Milk”:
  5. Mix equal parts green juice and almond milk and consume as desired.
  6. Note: This mixture will last in the fridge for 2 days. But I always make it fresh every day.
*Published with permission from Dr Robert O Young and  The pH Miracle, Valley Center, CA
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What Causes the Elevation of Cholesterol Levels In the Blood?

After all, what causes the elevation of cholesterol levels in blood?

The following are some suggestions from the medical literature about factors, beyond the famous but wronged and simplistic idea that foods based on saturated fats cause the development of atherosclerosis (1, 22), suggesting that stress, high carbohydrate diets (sugar acid) and smoke may raise total cholesterol and low density lipoproteins levels:

1. Stress increases metabolic acids
a) Anxiety and cholesterol elevation (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
b) Hostility and cholesterol elevation (12, 13, 14)
c) Extreme physical exertion and cholesterol elevation (15)

2) High carbohydrate diets or the acid sugar and cholesterol elevation (16, 17, 18).

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Your Guide To Alkaline Foods That Slim

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 A quick and easy reference guide to the alkaline foods that slim and energize—and the acidic foods that trigger weight gain. As a growing body of research shows, eating a diet rich in alkaline foods can ease internal inflammation, improve digestion and flush stubborn fat. But just what makes a food acidic or alkaline?
According to Robert O. Young, Ph.D., coauthor of The pH Miracle, this pH measurement isn’t based on the makeup of the food itself, but rather the chemical by-products the food produces during digestion and absorption. For example, lemons contain organic acids that give them a tart taste, but when this citrus fruit is consumed, it forms alkaline compounds that work to neutralize toxic acids in the body.
To make following an alkaline plan easy, FIRST asked health experts to categorize the most common alkaline and acidic foods. Simply fill your plate with 80 percent alkaline-forming foods (like the fruits and veggies listed on the right half of the chart) and limit intake of acid-forming foods (like the meat, dairy products and carbs listed on the left) to 20 percent of your diet.