- Copertina flessibile
- Editore: Life Sciences Pr (1 novembre 1988)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0943685052
- ISBN-13: 978-0943685052
- Peso di spedizione: 299 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon:
Biobalance: The Acid/Alkaline Solution to the Food-Mood-Health Puzzle (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 1 nov 1988
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Book by Wiley Rudolf A
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The book covers a review of various other diets from macrobiotics to PMS. If this is what you are looking for then this is helpful.
However, if you would like to be able to evaluate yourself and then follow a specific diet style read "The Metabolic Typing Diet" by Wolcott. After taking an extensive questionnaire you will type yourself and proceed from there. The book is an excellent read and delivers what you would expect.
I am well-read and have been told by those with a master's degree in nutrition that I understand the chemical process of nutrition better than they do. I say this to help the reader of this review understand that I was expecting a detailed book on 'The Acid/Alkaline solution to the Food-Mood-Health Puzzle" not a book on how bad other programs are and that more research isn't possible because the Dr. ran out of money.
This is the first negative review I've ever written as well.
I will continue looking to find a book that addresses the acid/alkaline issue.
i) Wiley was an outsider. His "biobalance" theory was so controversial that it almost prevented him from obtaining his doctorate. Back then, and still, I presume, he was a one-man show, self-publishing & working only with personal funds.
ii) BB is very different than most alternative-medicine acid/alkaline approaches to nutrition. Wiley isn't not talking about some nebulous alkalinity of your "body" but instead refers to the pH of a patient's blood plasma. So there's some confusion here among the more outraged lower-rated reviewers who complain that his organization of foods by pH is wrong. He's not classifying a food as "alkaline" because the food itself has a higher pH, but rather because, after being metabolized by the body, the food tends to make blood plasma more alkaline. Big difference.
iii) I was excited when the first edition came out decades ago & bought copies for friends. But it is definitely a home-brew job, written and published before you could use Word on a personal computer to create an index, I'd guess as a guest user on a local university's mainframe. Consequently, it's not professionally written or edited -- or even close. That's why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Set your expectations.
iv) My personal experience with Wiley was a life-changer. I don't know if his underlying theory is correct, but his analysis of empirical results he saw in patients was spot-on. By shifting my diet in ways I would never have expected, my entire personality changed. His treatments profoundly changed my life in ways that were very close to what he predicted. 35 years later, I don't always follow his recommendations, but I know when to do so. And the results are still there.
v) Again, set your expectations. Few people will be able to implement his diet simply by reading the book. Period. The idea is that there is a very small range of blood-plasma pH that should be maintained (I think he wanted it within a few hundredths of 7.46, couldn't swear to that). Go out of that range in either direction and you start to experience increasingly profound systemic effects -- anxiety, lethargy, confusion, compulsiveness, digestive problems, depression, sleep disorders, etc. The direction you go out makes a difference as does the amount of deviation. If a person is too alkaline to start, increasing alkalinity further may create a different set of symptoms. Increasing it again, yet other symptoms. Go too far -- and we're not talking a very wide deviation -- and you induce psychosis. In fact, I believe that was the topic of his doctoral thesis, correlating plasma pH against symptoms among institutionalized schizophrenics.
vi) View this book as an introduction to his theory, but not as a self-help guide. In order to know even which way to shift your pH, you first have to know what your current pH is. Then, you would need to be individually evaluated for personal factors that might affect your body's reaction to specific foods. It took a month of preliminary analysis, and a few trial diets to get me started in the right direction, then months of fine-tuning. The entire process took over six months and a lot of office visits & blood draws. But in the end, he gave me a thick personalized analysis and dietary plan, which I still have today. Reading this book won't get you to that ponit, but it will give you an idea of what he's talking about.
PS -- in 2002, Rudolf wrote a sequel called "BioBalance 2". Haven't read it myself, but that might be a better place to start than this book.
I thought all guys were supposed to blow their wives out of bed with gas. I thought BM's were supposed to come in 1000 pieces. I thought you were supposed to have heartburn every night. I thought you were supposed to feel like doo-doo in the AM. I am now a meat eatin' fat chewin' carnivore and proud of it.
Don't eat according to a theory. Don't eat according to your cravings. Pay attention to what happens to your body after you eat certain foods. I know exactly how to bring all my symptoms back, I've done it a few times just to see what would happen. Just today I ate some oatmel cookies and nearly fell off the couch. Oh well, It'll be steak again tonight and all will be well.
His idea of which foods are acid and which are alkaline differs from every alternative book I've read. I really don't care though. I've tried the others, even all raw, no bueno, for ME.
On another level, the success I had with this gives me hope that there are true answers out there in life. There are things that actually work. I have desperately spent a lot of money on things that don't work. I don't know how the sellers of some of these products/ systems live woth themselves. You start thinking all kinds of wacky ideas when you're desperate. You start thinking there are no answers to anything. You start to think life is all chance and these are the cards I've been dealt so I 've just got to play my hand. My success with this made me feel relieved that there are answers. At least one anyway.
Next on my list to fix, allergies.
To the author, are you out there? I've got a million questions for you. I am a health professional. Please leave a review here with info on how to contact you if you are available. Thanks