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Misleading health information – again?

Misleading health information – again?

*This was a question raised on Warren's Blog where you can find many comments regarding this question and various others.

Question: from Meliss

Warren what do you think about this..It was sent to me?

“Dear Meliss:

Probiotics are bacteria and enzymes are acids. To be healthy
you need less bacteria and less acid with more alkaline electron
rich foods and drinks.

High blood pressure is caused by increased acidity and a deficiency of
sodium, magnesium and potassium.

pHour salts and pHlavor salts will help.”

Answer: from Warren

I don't know who sent you this but unfortunately it is typical of the uninformed comments and half truths that circulate the health supplement business.

Probiotics are indeed bacteria but they are friendly bacteria. Your body needs friendly bacteria otherwise you would become very sick. Normally you do not need to take probiotics unless you have been on a course of antibiotics. But, if you do take them they will certainly not do you any harm. So, that was a very misleading statement.

As for enzymes being acids and indirectly suggesting you should avoid them, then that is another irresponsible statement. Enzymes are crucial to life and most of us do not get enough in our diet alone.

In so far as alkaline drinks to reduce acidity are concerned they may be helpful but I would reserve my opinion on that.

One of the best remedies to increase alkalinity in the digestive system is to drink a blended mixture of lemon and limes. If you put a pH paper in the blend you will find it is acid. Then drink it and later on test your urine. It will have become more alkaline. So, in other words in this case acid turns to alkaline in the body.

I can't see how high blood pressure is caused by acidity. It is caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries constricting the flow of blood thus forcing the heart to work harder. The pH of the blood is always within a very narrow band otherwise you would die.

However, it is possible that the surrounding tissue may be excessively acidic and thus cause inflammation which in turn could cause artery restriction, but for that to happen someone would have to be right over the top with regard to their acid levels and that would be relatively rare.

Some people think that if you focus on being highly alkaline that you will never get a disease. That is a somewhat over the top exaggeration. It is all about balance and excessive alkalinity can be as damaging as excess acidity.

You can test your acid/alkaline levels quite easily by going to the chemist and getting some pH strips and testing your level both with saliva and urine. If you are excessively acid start taking some lemons and lime and it will soon come right.

Comments  (4)

  • Lek
    April 22, 2010

    I am now taking your fishoil premium.  Can I continue to take it during menstruation?  As I understand for EPO, I am told by doctor not to take during menstruation period.  Please advise.

  • Lek
    April 22, 2010


    In regards to constipation, how can I keep myself going to toilet everyday?  I have tried a lot of things from tablets to bananas to prune juice to fruits and all these does not seem to work on me.  I still do not go everyday.  Shortest day for me is 2 days, longest can be 3-4 days.  Is there any supplements from X-tend Life to help me?

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    Warren Matthews - Chairman
    April 23, 2010

    Hi Lek,

    There is no problem with continuing to take the fish oil during menstruation. Maybe your Doctor was concerned about possible increase in bleeding as the fish oil is a natural blood thinner…but, it should be OK. If you experience excessive bleeding then discontinue the fish oil for a few days.

    Re: your second question...no, there is not really any supplements that will help but there is a protocol which is pretty well guaranteed to work. This is it:

    Immediately when you arise each morning have a couple of large glasses of WARM water.   Not hot…just body temperature. Drink it all quite quickly. If you can handle three or even four large glasses or cups so much the better.  Just one glass or cup is not enough.

    The key is doing this IMMEDIATELY when you get up and don’t have anything else to drink or eat for at least 20 minutes. Do not use cold water and do not use hot water. If you follow this protocol, I am 90% sure that your constipation problems will be at an end. Might take some days or even a couple of weeks. This is a protocol that should be followed every day as a habit whether you have a problem or not. 

    Good luck

  • Ron T
    February 24, 2011

    Acid reflux & Constipation solved! In 6-8 ounces of water add two tablespoons of ground flax seed and one tablespoon of apple cidar vinegar (use Braggs apple cidar vinegar wth mothers). Stir and drink and problem for both solved. If constipation is a real problem it may take a couple days to work. I have been drinkng this mix for a couple years and it works great, plus, many extra health benefits.

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