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The theme of "The pH Miracle" is that body pH (level of acidity or alkalinity) is the single most important indicator of health status. According to its authors, chronic over-acidity corrodes body tissue, and underlies all sickness and disease, as well as weight gain. Thus, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, the world's top three killers, are all directly linked to diet and, in particular, to diets rich in acid-forming substances. In the first part of the book, the authors explain the theory behind pH maintenance in the body. This is followed by a description of their programme, and then by a section containing recipes for pH-balanced meals. The book's thesis is that optimal health can be achieved by a diet in which 75% of food intake is alkali-forming, and which is complemented by appropriate supplements. The dietary programme the Youngs propose focusses on foods that alkalise the body, especially vegetables, which they suggest should be eaten raw, or cooked as little as possible. They also recommend probiotics to aid digestion. pH values are provided for many common foods, while foods to be avoided are listed, including sugar, simple carbohydrates, refined or processed foods, dairy products and eggs.

This book contains a major challenge to conventional scientific wisdom in the authors' claim of the existence, in all cells, of living entities called microzymas. In their own words,

"Degeneration and regeneration originate with the microzymas. All cells evolve from them to begin with. In the right circumstances and environment, microzymas evolve into more complex life forms, including bacteria and fungi. It is a two-way street: bacteria can also de-evolve back to microzymas. Everything begins and ends with microzymas. What happens in between depends on the environment."

According to the authors, these microscopic organisms, also known as microforms, can switch between benign and harmful types, depending on the environment or terrain (in this case, the human body) in which they are found. An acidic terrain triggers their transformation into harmful structures, which in turn triggers disease. Keeping the body alkalised by eating alkali-forming foods should therefore prevent this dangerous transformation, and should also restore to good health people already ill.

A search of the medical and scientific databases for the term 'microzyma' or 'microform' produced no hits. A Google search revealed a lively ongoing debate between supporters of Louis Pasteur's germ (or monomorphism) theory and Antoine BÃ�©champ's pleomorphism theory, part of which the reader can follow here ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleomorphism_ (microbiology)) and here ( http://www.davidicke.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-71111.html ). It is from the pleomorphism camp that these mysterious terms 'microzyma' and 'microform' originate, describing entities whose existence remains unproven.

The Young programme is comprehensive, and these authors point out many scientifically validated facts, such as the beneficial effects of probiotics; the dangers of refined foods; and the correlation between eating animal protein and developing cancer. There are over 130 citations to back up their claims, including a self-published work by Robert Young on "fermentology and oxidology"; none of these, however, provide convincing evidence of the microzyma principle which they present as the bedrock of their approach. Overall, the dietary practices these authors suggest (a variation on the food combining theme) should do no harm. Given its shaky scientific foundations, however, I cannot recommend this book with any enthusiasm.

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