Last edited: May 1, 2012
Added more books: August 22, 2012
Regarding the April 9th show, I was surprised that the Doctor’s only spoke about this for 5 minutes, didn’t have an expert to explain things better, and discounted this as a “fad.” I have found that by cutting back on processed, sugary “acid” foods and increasing my alkaline veggie intake, I’ve never felt better, have more energy and less sickness. It’s a way of life, not a fad. It’s a way to explain to people like me who didn’t want to eat their vegetables the “WHY—” why I should eat more veggies and less junk—better immunity, more energy, less pain, longevity! That got me eating my veggies! (Maybe they are discounting it as "just a fad" because they will be out of a job if everyone followed this!)
It is not a fad. There is some truth to pH balance. Please, if you are reading this, research an unbiased, reliable website. They will tell you that most Americans eat too many acidic foods, which causes an acidic pH—your body will go to any length to normalize your blood’s pH, even taking calcium, magnesium, potassium, from your BONES, organs, soft tissues. THAT is why when The Doctor’s said there is no evidence with testing blood, of course your blood will have a normal pH, your BODY does the work to normalize it…at the detriment of your bones and organs. Please read up on osteoporosis, acid/alkaline foods. Now maybe going all out and eating 100% alkaline can be considered faddish, but reasonable experts say 60-80% alkaline. I’m just surprised the Doctor’s brushed over it.
By the way, lemons, limes, grapefruit have citric acid, it’s true, but they are alkalizing when ingested, alkalizing your blood! And although I don’t test my pH (I’ve just gone on how I FEEL) all books that I have read state to use a urine strip for better accuracy. (This is regarding the Doctor's using a saliva strip on their tongue and a saliva strip directly on the citrus fruit, saying, "See, they say citrus is alkaline, but look, it's showing acidic..."!)
Now in Dr. Travis' defense, he did say, "Go ahead and eat more alkaline foods if that's what you want to do, you'll probably live longer, but don't go crazy...or don't worry about the acidic foods..." I'm paraphrasing...
So if you want to incorporate more alkaline foods...
Eat more almonds, avocados, coconut (meat and water), all veggies especially greens and cucumbers and celery (starchy ones, not so much), tomatoes, olive oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, beans (edemame and green beans especially), citrus fruits (add lemon or lime to your water), green tea...
Eat less (or cut out) fast food, processed food, breads and excess grains, meat, dairy (be sure to get calium through other foods if you cut out fully), sugar, alcohol, coffee, black tea, etc.
You can find acid/alkaline food lists, just search online.
It just makes sense to me!
Do THESE look like FAD books? They all talk of the IMPORTANCE OF ALKALINE FOODS:
Politically Incorrect Nutrition by Michael Barbee, C.D.C
A Survivor's Guide to Kicking Cancer's A** by Dena Mendes
Never Fear Cancer Again by Raymond Francis, M. Sc. (Also the author of Never Be Sick Again)
Your Bones by Lara Pizzorno
Fear Cancer No More by Mauris L. Emeka
Germs, Biological Warfare, Vaccinations: What You Need to Know by Gary Null, Ph.D.
The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick by Gene Stone (He was on The Doctor's, but they didn't talk about the chapter on Alkaline foods.)
The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain (This is how our caveman ancestors ate, although I don't agree with eating meat!)
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life by Brendan Braizer
Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health by Brendan Braizer
I found the link to the segment. There's no mention of the importance of maintaining a proper pH balance, the dangers of acidosis, which is a condition where your body is too acidic, or the importance of alkaline foods when it comes to preventing osteoporosis or cancer. I think they missed a big chance of sharing things that could actually educate people: http://www.thedoctorstv.com/videolib/init/6487