One of my readers, Alan Who (I wanted to write "Dr.Who") tipped me off to a crazy diet I of which I was not aware-the Alkalarian diet.
Despite my 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry, I am by no means a scientist, so that said I'm going to explain this pretty plainly. I must note that when diets get all scientific on my ass I tend to shy away from them. All I want to do know is, am I going to drop some poundage? I'm sure I"m not the only one who's skipped the jibber-jabber in the front of a diet book explaining How eating only X will cause you to to not only lose weight, because the X reacts with Y. Blah.
OK, so the Alkalarian diet's concept is that "is that the over-acidification of the body is the single underlying cause of all disease" and that all the crap we eat makes our bodies acidic and therefore screws up our body's alkaline ph balance. The Alkarians claim:
1. Fat is caused by over acidification. I always thought it was caused by doughnuts.
2. Yeast & fungi gobble at your innards stealing precious nutrients
3. Over acidified body will cause allergies, fatigue and the end of the world.
4. You have to buy a bunch of their supplements and waters.
I dug around a lot and couldn't seem to find any information about this diet without seeing a page that screamed "multi-level marketing"
According to Quackwatch.com, Dr. Young, the main huckster of this diet, has been charged with felonies for practicing medicine without a licence, told a woman with cancer to stop her chemo after he supposedly analyzed her blood and start taking his supplements (that in itself makes me hate them, my mother died of cancer, I work for a cancer center) There are many more interesting tidbits about Dr. Robert O. "Asshole" Young on their website. It is a good read, definitely click on that link above.
All this said, from what I read, I wouldn't do this diet. Anyway, this appears to be more of a cult diet vs. a fad diet, don't expect to see "Alkarian Meals By Kraft" any time soon.Remember folks if a doctor is not an MD or DO, heed caution & do some research on them. Weight loss is a gadzillion dollar industry, and there are many people ripping folks off practicing their faux medicine.
Proceed with caution.