Once upon a time there was a friend of the family who was kind of a mess. Lots of trouble, lots of problems. Then one day someone recommended a book, and that straightened things right out and kept them straight. The end. Now this is a 3rd hand story so I can’t remember if the person who recommended the book was a priest, a counselor, or a parole officer, but it was that kind of situation, it could have been any of them.
No, the book was not the bible. It was BioBalance, by Rudolf Wiley. This friend of the family told one of my aunts about it. She tried it and changed her life very quickly and she’s been a big proponent ever since. It was written in the 80s. Sometime in the 90s I borrowed her copy and read it. It seemed too complicated at the time. I was a college student, I forgive myself.
I have to say that as an editor, what this book really, really needed was a good editor. It isn’t all that well written and it’s really missing some details that should be in there, but what’s important is his research. He drew blood on thousands of people and checked the ph levels and how they reacted to certain foods. Your body will go to very dramatic lengths to keep your ph in an extremely tight range. Most lab tests only give you a value to a single decimal place. He took the ph out to a second decimal place and found some very interesting results.
In summary, 75% of the population (or 60% of menstruating women) need to eat according to the current trendy guidelines. Lower fat, lighter meats and fishes, tons of green veggies. Not too many refined carbs. This is very alkalizing for the body and that’s what a healthy body wants is to be alkaline.
Then there is that last 25%. Of them, about half need to eat the complete opposite. Well, not complete, but heavy red meats and a much more limited variety of veggies. Because while every body wants to be alkaline, for some people high purine foods have the opposite affect, in the body they are alkalininzing. Which makes sense if you consider body types like Eskimo who live in places where the lighter foods don’t even exist. The other half of that 25% need a balance between the 2, somewhere between 2-1 and 4-1 in favor of the acidic choices.
Cold weather makes things tend towards the more acidic diet, and hot weather more alkaline. Some women will cycle between different needs depending on the menstrual cycle.
Wiley provides a fairly extensive food list for each type and includes some of the more common supplements divided by type as well.
In his first book he recommends going out and getting special blood tests done so you can get the ph tested out to that second decimal place. In his second book he offers a much more universally available approach.
Apparently that 75% is the reason that Starbucks is a bazillion dollar business. For the alkaline types caffeine perks them up, makes them feel good, and it can even be relaxing to some of them who like to drink it before bed. Since it’s 75% of the population, coffee is ubiquitous. Every office, most homes, everyone offers it. Most everyone.
For the acid 12% caffeine makes you nuts. Jittery, temperamental, and just generally off.
The mixed 12% I think is the reason for decaf. They’re ok with one cup, or some decaf, but too much caffeine and they’re back to jittery and off kilter.
So he recommends trying a cup of coffee to see which type you are. Of course, if you’re already a coffee drinker, then you know you’re part of that 75%.
I am not a coffee drinker. So I had to run some tests. Watch for that discussion in my next blog.
I find his research fascinating, especially where it contradicts current food fashions. Because our society is all about recommendations for the majority, but in any study there are always people who don’t react with the majority.
Which is pretty much how this blog got started after all…