July 27, 2009
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

The other day I received a call from my client Monte. (I have changed his name to protect his privacy, of course.) He had developed kidney stones – seemingly out of the blue. He was very concerned about this – passing a kidney stone can be very painful, worse than childbirth, I’m told – and needed my help.

Here’s what I discovered, after chatting with him and reflecting on his condition.

Number 1. Monte had been drinking special “alkaline” water for the past several months because he had become convinced that all disease develops due to overly acidic pH. This is the party line these days, so I knew where he was coming from. And while this is definitely the case with many individuals, health-conscious people like Monte and the majority of my followers simply don’t eat excessive meat, grains, and sugar – which are primary causes of too much acid. They ingest lots of veggies, moderate fruits, balanced proteins, and quality oils. They don’t even drink coffee – except for that one cup per day that I allow on Fat Flush — due to overacidity. Even decaf is forbidden because the coffee beans that are used in making decaf are generally more acidic than regular, to compensate for the lack of “caffeine.”

Number 2. In his attempt to alkalinize his system by drinking 8.5 – 9.5 alkaline water, he overdid “too much of a good thing” because his diet was already alkaline – Monte is a vegetarian, you see. His overalkalinity interfered with his ability to metabolize calcium (which needs an acid medium to be metabolized).

Number 3. In addition to kidney stones, I asked Monte whether he was noticing more problems than usual with allegies, arthritis and even osteoporosis. Since these are all symptomatic of an imbalanced pH, I was curious. Sure enough, he reported that for the first time in his life – Monte is over 60 – he was developing all of the aforementioned disorders. “Are you a mindreader,” he asked? Not really, I told him but I do know that kidney stones are becoming much more prevalent, along with allergies and osteoporosis, due to misunderstandings about pH.

Number 4. I told my dear client that we needed to acidify his urine, first and foremost with a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water, three times daily. I also wanted him to start HCL + 2 immediately to acidify his stomach and help with the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Flora Key was next on my list as an adjunct for a healthy GI tract pH. If these easy remedies didn’t work, then we woudl bring out the big guns; Liver Lovin Formula. This copper free liver support is a purest source I know of that contains chlorophyll, a critical element for those with kidney stones because it helps to form a protein called osteocalcin that allows you to rebuild bone and neutralize high amounts of calcium oxalate, the major ingredient in most kidney stones.

Number 5. The lesson: There is alot of hype these days about the acid/alkaline balance. I am finding, counter to what others have said, that many of my patients are too alkaline, especially as they get older.
This is where my cran-water comes in so handy as well as the other supplements mentioned above.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Kim

    Hello. Thanks you for all of your research based info. Can you direct me to anything I can read about combating depression/anxiety? I am a 44 yo female who is having trouble managing and juggling her life, and am in need of a plan to life my spirits and lower my anxiety level. Thanks so much

  2. Ann Louise Gittleman

    Dear Friends:
    I would love to answer each and every single one of your queries, as I have done to the best of my ability, in the past. The popularity of this Blog has grown to the extent that I can no longer provide that service but I am in the planning stages of an Internet – TV show where you can call in and get those questions answered by me in person! Please stay tuned for this exciting development. I first must complete a new manuscript and then will make some exciting announcements. In the interim, may I suggest that if you have questions about products, call UNI KEY at 1-800-888-4353. The folks there are helpful and will direct you accordingly. If you are concerned about a particular health condition, then by all means check out the Testing Kits on my site which will help you to determine underlying causes. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and interest!


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