The alkaline diet is a popular program sworn by a lot of your favorite celebrities, such as Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson. But the creator of this diet, Robert Young, Ph.D., is in the news again and it’s not in a right way.
Last week, BBC reported that the creator is arrested for practicing medicine without a license and is now facing jail time. He is also charged with deception by treating terminally ill cancer patients with baking soda infusions, rather than the use of traditional medical treatments.
In 2010, he co-wrote the book “The pH Miracle.” The book theorized that diseases are caused by too much acid in the blood. This theory inspired a lot of alkaline diets and cleanses. Most of them recommend eating foods that can metabolize alkaline compounds in the body to balance pH level.
In addition to Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham is also a fan of this diet. In fact, she tweeted a photo of an alkaline diet cookbook in 2013. As a result, the interests in this style of eating increased. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kelly Ripa also voiced their support for this type of diet. You could also find a bottled alkaline water promoted by Miranda Kerr, a supermodel. Despite unproven health claims, it has become a popular drink.
Last year, however, the creator was convicted of practicing medicine without a license. It’s a charge that carries a prison sentence of up to three years and eight months. He also faced several other charges, like defrauding his patients out of money.
The prosecutors said that he led his patients to believe that he could cure them using expensive baking-soda treatments to flush those extra acids out of the body. Young told his terminally ill cancer patients at his California ranch. He would be re-tried for other charges.
Over the years, Young practiced as a doctor and a naturopath. Unfortunately, his doctorate in nutrition came from a now-defunct correspondence school. He also does not have a medical degree.
Furthermore, BBC reported that one of his patients paid him more than $77,000 in 2012 to try to save her life through his treatments. However, after she spent three months at Young’s ranch, she died.
Young did not feel guilty of his actions; he told the reporters. He said that his alkaline diet program had cured thousands to millions of people.
Unfortunately, there’s little to no evidence that can support his alkaline diet and his cancer treatments. Although some foods have a variety of pH levels, eating alkaline foods are not shown to offer positive effects on the body chemistry.
According to a gastroenterologist, our body is an incredible machine that can keep the pH levels where they should be. Thus, there’s no food or drinks that can change that.
But the foods recommended in the alkaline diet are healthy, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Those acidic foods are less right for you. These include meat, caffeine and anything that has been processed.
In practice, the alkaline diet may have health benefits. So, instead of buying products that claim to alkalinize your body, focus on that food that offers health benefits.