Why is it that I never heard of an alkaline diet until I was 64 years old. I heard of vegetarian diet, Atkins diet, South Beach diet, macrobiotic diet, California diet, grapefruit diet, Cambridge diet, and many more – but no alkaline diet. I had to run the cancer hoops before learning about its wonders.
I didn’t even know about it when I proceded to knock out stage 4 prostate cancer that metastasized to the bones. Of course, I was on a very powerful alkaline substance. It was called sodium bicarbonate, or common baking soda. Some Acid/Alkaline Food charts put baking soda at a 12 pH on a scale of 1 to 14. Our body generally likes being a little on the alkaline side, or at the very least in the 6.5. That is what some say! However, baking soda was the substance that ran me up the pH scale in a hurry. It was not that much fun, but it sure beat chemo, radiation, or surgery. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the doctors basically said no to those options.
When I was on my baking soda protocol, I maintained my normal diet which consisted of breads which I love, grains including rice, sausage for breakfast, tofu, pastas, desserts like ice cream, potatoes, and you get the idea. I think I was lucky to have alkalized my body with the baking soda even though I never changed my food intake.
It was not until about 3 months after completing my baking soda protocol that I started to learn about alkaline diet. You see, I was getting some pretty painful gout attacks in my big toe area. They were coming on about every other week, and this was not only on one foot, but rather both big toes. It didn’t start out hitting both big toes, which was debilitating enough, but it really got my attention when it got ’em both. Talk about not being able to walk! No wonder I packed on more weight. Between the meds and the inactivity, I was a mess.
I had a few attacks before all this cancer stuff. I cut out most red meats, and did not eat organ meat. The doctors prescribed gout medicines like all Allopurinol, indocin aka indomethacin, and Colchicine. Sometimes when those didn’t work, or I did not get to them in time I would use a painkiller called percocet. I couldn’t go on like this. I looked up on the net the foods to ignore when dancing with gout. This led to discovering the beauty of an alkaline diet.
I went on an alkaline diet immediately with almost immediate results. I ate wild rice mixed with quinoa, almost all vegetables but a few that exacerbated my particular gout. Asparagus, legumes except for lima beans, and tofu were on the no-no list. I ate all fruits except cranberries. I had an ocassional piece of fish or chicken. Currently my alkaline diet is about 60/40%. It was 80/20% when I first started it. It helps keep me healthy.
My biggest friend during that time was watermelon. Sometimes I believe it was watermelon that saved me from those attacks (grin). I was most fortunate that watermelon was in season, or just coming into season. If I got a bad watermelon I would juice it. It is good served chilled in a glass. Even now, when I am feeling hungry late at night, (Sort of like right now) I will reach for some always cut up watermelon in the frig. It fills me up and it is very alkaline.
Another big serendipity was that I was losing weight. I had already gone off of all medications and the weight was coming off. But it was the alkaline diet that really put me back together again. I dropped from 240 back down to between 185 and 190 where I belong, and where I feel good.
The last gout attack I had was in December of 2008. I came close to having another one again in December of 2009, but some heavy duty PTR Breathing circumvented that feeling. Anyone who has had gout knows that feeling – that pre-gout feeling. And we all run to the cherry juice, the painkillers, allopurinol, or indocin to try and stop it before it ruins our next two weeks. Some of these medicines are not even advised if a gout attack is unleashed. Percocet may be the only way out. Or like in my case PTR Breathing or don’t have it because we lucky ones who took charge of our lives are on an alkaline diet.
That is a little bit on alkaline diet. My ph readings today were all, both urine and saliva between 7.0 and 7.4. I mentioned yesterday that I was over the loose stool and the headaches while doing the baking soda tune up. Today I noticed that I am closer to being back to a normal Vernon. . .
Good Night! Vernon “Vito” Johnston
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