Wednesday, September 19, 2012


A Story about Acids and Mucus in your Body

I have tried to gather as much information as I can to help people fully understand the importance of having a balanced pH level in their body. It was gaining the full knowledge on the effects of acidosis in the body that has inspired me to detox myself and to do whatever I can to help others regain their health with alkalization through fresh fruits and vegetables. I know how important it is to FULLY understand the science behind any changes you make with your body because it helps healing to occur faster when your brain and belief is backing up the physical processes.  Yes, physically you will be doing the right thing for recovery of illness but you will also be mentally and emotionally on board as well because you are empowered with the knowledge of what you are undertaking with your changes in diet and lifestyle.

As you probably know, people get into raw foods for many different reasons. For anyone who has read Dr. Arnold Ehret's "Mucusless Diet Healing System" or is familiar with Dr.Morse's teachings- then you already have a good understanding as to what Dan and I are reaching for with raw foods, herbs and fasting. Throughout the last 7 months I have seen and heard thousands of testimonials from people all over the world who have used my partner Dan McDonald's program of clean raw foods, herbs, fasting and cultivation of self-love to heal or reverse symptoms of every type of ailment and illness I can think of. This includes cancer, diabetes, chronic pain and inflammation in the body, digestive problems, adrenal weakness and fatigue, morbid obesity, arthritis, ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, depression and many more random conditions. If that wasn't enough proof to give me confidence in the power of living foods, I was soon enrolled in the International School of Detoxification where I studied with Dr. Robert Morse and learned how and why raw foods can literally "cleanse" out dis-ease conditions in the body- even the ones our doctors would tell us are incurable.

The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause...too much tissue acid waste in the body!—Theodore A. Baroody, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.

For anyone who isn't familiar with the findings of these doctors, you may be surprised to hear that most illness in the body stems from acidosis- an over acidic condition in the body. Our bodies work very hard to maintain a balance of acid vs. alkalinity or pH level. This over acidic state then creates an excess of mucus in the body--mainly within the lymphatic system.  Our body creates excess mucus to protect the cells from acid irritants, or any other toxins for that matter, that we mainly bring into the body through our diet, the air we breathe and what we put on our skin.  Interestingly, negative emotions such as fear and guilt can also add to the acidic load in the body.

Mild acidosis can cause such problems as:
  • Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
  • Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
  • Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
  • Immune deficiency.
  • Acceleration of free radical damage, contributing to cancerous mutations.
  • Hormone concerns.
  • Premature aging.
  • Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
  • Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue.
  • Slow digestion and elimination.
  • Yeast/fungal overgrowth.

This is why alkalization is so important to regaining our health and vitality. The pH balance of the human body should be approximately 80% alkaline to 20% acidic. Many humans on the planet don't have a balanced pH level because the main foods that create alkalinity are primarily fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. What happens when you spend years consuming mostly cooked, dead, processed, genetically modified foods? Acidosis, inflammation, excess mucus, interstitial lymphatic constipation and/or autointoxication. 

autointoxication [auto-, self + toxi-, poison] (n) (lit. "self-poisoning") is a term used by William Howard Hay, M.D. in his book A New Health Era (1933) to refer to what he considered the most fundamental cause of disease; i.e., accumulation of excess acid in the body (acidosis) which occurs when the body's intake and production of acid residue exceeds its ability to adequately eliminate it. This occurs primarily as a result of unwise food choices, improper food combining, and consumption of chemical food additives and drugs.

The most powerful method of removing mucus from the intestines and mucoid from the organs and lymph glands is the combined cleansing effect of a non-mucus/mucoid-forming diet 
and fasting.

Allopathic medicine never gets to the root of the problem, it always deals with the symptoms. You can't make billions of dollars by telling someone to change their diet and lifestyle, but you can through the prescribing of chemical medicine-which in most cases makes the situation worse (chemical medicine is acidic.) This is the reason why I am so in love with the power of raw foods. And be careful because many "raw" foods are still acid forming- especially raw "gourmet" recipes that contain nuts and seeds. Excess fat (even good fats from avocados, coconuts, oils, nuts/seeds) can cause autointoxication because our body will only utilize a certain amount of fats per day, and its a lot less then what we eat. With those exceptions, many people can go on an all fruit and vegetable diet and see great improvements in there health and energy. 

Detoxification will usually occur and the more you have abused your body with poor diet or drug use (this includes medications), the more difficult your detoxifixcation process can be. You may experience temporary headaches, rashes, weight gain, dramatic weight loss, constipation, diahrea, mood swings, fatigue, cold and flu like symptoms (especially if you suppressed your colds/flu with chemical medicine or antibiotics in the past), etc. The "detox crisis" or "detox event" is a positive thing. Wait for it and greet it with joy! Your body will always get sick before it gets better because it is doing whatever it needs to rid the body of toxins. Yes, it can be scary to take your health into your own hands but it doesn't have to be. Read books on natural health, educate yourself. Begin juicing and eating more raw foods. Experiment with a vegan diet and see how you feel. 

I promise you won't regret it :)

This is the most accurate list I have found on Alkaline vs. Acid foods. I highly recommend "The Detox Miracle Source Book" by Dr.Robert Morse for a more extensive/accurate list of foods.

This blog post is dedicated to my boyfriend Dan who inspires me everyday to choose life :)


  1. Loving reading your posts, keep them coming! I'm on my first fast and at ten days now. Already Starting to feel benefits of clarity and energy :)

    1. Thank you :) I am so ready for a juice or lemon/honey/ginger tea fast. They are so great. enjoy!

    2. I just found this blog and am loving it, I really want to become more alkaline, love the recipes! Just got a vitamix and need more ways to use it. Thanks Dan and Sophia... You two inspire me :)

  2. Cool post- you and Dan are such radiant people; no denying there's something to all this!

  3. Hi Sophia, I'm Virginia and write you from Spain. I've got an Alternative Therapy Centre here and I always give to my patients an extensive chart with information of Alkaline-Acid food. It's so extensive. I've just sent you to your email in case you're interested.
    Sorry for my bad english.
    Oh and I always enjoy reading your words. Don't stop! ;-)

    1. Could you also semd me this extensive chart please and thank you

  4. Great blog. Love reading your stuff. Say hey to Dan for me. Haven't seen a new vid on youtube lately. What-up? Peace!

    1. Hey :) Thank you so much. Dan is taking a little break right now, in the middle of detoxing himself. I will tell him you said hello.

  5. I have the Detox Miracle Sourcebook, and after a 3 day water fast, followed by a 21 day juice fast, I went into an alkaline, 100% raw food diet for 3 months. All this was with basically 1 main aim, to cure my acne. By the end of the 3 months I had gone from having a little bit of manageable acne, to the most horrible, most painful and most severe case of acne you can possibly imagine. I wouldn't leave the house or answer the door it was so bad. (FYI, my skin was doing good on the juice fast, it was after that it got bad) I am well aware of the 'healing crisis', but this was relentless and just got worse and worse, there was no way that what I was doing was having a positive affect on me. I'd been very vocal about the raw food diet, I believed it would finally be the thing to clear up my skin for good, but my belief left me with horrible scars that will probably never heal. It was hard to have to admit the raw diet simply did not work for me, because I was such a vocal supporter and believer in it, but it absolutely did not work. As well as the acne, I was weak and my gums were inflamed, soft and bled.

    After much reading, I concluded that the high sugar fruits I had in my diet were the culprit, as I learned more I decided to try the diet my Northern European ancestors evolved eating, which is basically, greens, berries and pasteur raised animal meats and fats (i still eat, but try to minimize grains). Now I feel much healthier and stronger, and my skin is better than it's been in years (i'm still left with scars from the bad acne i got as a raw foodist).

    It's not as simple as acid vs alkaline, there is no science to back that argument. MY problems were most probably hormonal, the raw food diet annihilated me hormonally, I felt very spiritual and had no interest in sex. My unbalanced hormones I believe were the root of the awful acne.

    I know of at least 3 people who have been down a similar path to me, ex raw vegans, ex acid/alkaline diet people who's health suffered and are now meat eaters on a similar diet to mine. I try to share my story now because all I see are positive things about the acid/alkaline or raw lifestyle, and I honestly believe it it most definitely not optimal, and can even be dangerous to many.

    If the acid/alkaline thing were true, explain how this woman used diet to cure her chronic, debilitating MS -

    She states the importance of daily animal meat and fat in the diet that got her well.

    The acid/alkaline thing is attractive because it seems so simple and correct, but the truth is there's much more to us than that.

    To good health! :)

    1. Hmmm- I am sorry to hear about your experience with raw foods and the skin problems. I know that must have been very difficult and frustrating. However, it doesn't discount the thousands of people who HAVE healed their acne, cured their disease and found remedy to whatever ailments they experienced. I hear way too many positive testimonials to consider raw foods as not being a good option for many. My skin has gotten incredibly better since I went raw. I am still new to this (its been about 7 months) and I stick with the motto that everyone is different and there is no one answer for anybody. Also, what I learned at the international school of detox is that 3 months may have just not been long enough. I don't know what your diet was like before you began the detoxification process, but if it was pretty bad it could take several years to get to a place of complete detox. My boyfriend is 12 years into the raw vegan diet and he is in the middle of a healing crisis right now (he has only been low fat for a few months now). Coughing up tons of mucus, fever and soar throat. There is a lot of details to consider and like I said before everyone is different-if your kidneys aren't filtering properly your body will dump toxins in the next easiest way it can-which is through the skin. the good news is that you found something that works for you and makes you happy. Because if you are doing something diet wise that is making you feel terribly unhappy or your body isn't resonating with it then of course you should stop. But like I said many people are afraid to go through the complete detox process. One of our clients had a healing crisis where he started to detox shingles from a shingles vaccine he got 6 months or so before. Of course he quit and took up the paleo diet because he was so discouraged about what was happening with his body. Like you said, there is much more to the human body then we can see, and many raw foodists will tell you it can take up to a year or more on a clean, low fat raw vegan diet to completely get through detoxification symptoms- this includes skin. But thanks for sharing your experience.

    2. Excellent comment.
      You are an expert in this.

    3. Excellent comment.
      You are an expert in this.

  6. You almost made it through the healing crisis! I have been on a raw vegan alkalizing diet for 12 years and have just begun a healing crisis which I have been working up to for years to remove the vaccines heavy metal poisoning put into my body by doctors when I was a child. One thing is true that the alkaline diet does not work for everyone. In order to succeed in a complete healing on this path it takes the proper knowledge, unending patience and mountains of courage.


  7. Hi Sophia and Dan.. wonderful posts..i re-post them on my Facebook!!
    Just one thing, ya know i treid to purchase Dans "Salad CD" but i cannot, the link won't the SALAD CD sold out?

    Look forward to your reply..
    Om Shanti,

  8. Hey Parvati! I'm glad you are enjoying the blog :) You can order it over the phone-the customer service number is 1-800-216-2305, Wendy should be able to help you with that and we will check on the link tonight and see whats up.