Creator Of Alkaline Diet Faces Jail Time

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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.

HIV Cure - British Man May Be the First Patient Cured of the Disease

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There’s no cure for HIV. But after the Sunday Times reported that a British man was cured of HIV using a therapy discovered by a team of scientists from the UK, an HIV treatment could just be around the corner. 

The British man is a 44-year-old person who’s part of the 50 individuals who participated in the trial treatment. The treatment is designed to target the disease even in its dormant stage. 

Presently, the HIV is undetectable in the patient’s blood. Scientists said that if it remains that way, he’ll be the first person to be cured. This case is one of the first attempts at finding a cure for this disease. Although it’s still early to say that it’s indeed an HIV cure, the progress is considered as remarkable. 

The HIV cure trial is being undertaken by scientists from several universities, such as Oxford, Imperial College Lond, King’s College London, Cambridge, and University College London. 

Why is it unfathomable to find the cure for this disease? 

One of the reasons HIV is complicated to treat is that it targets the patient’s immune system. It joins with the DNA of T-cells. As a result, the cells will ignore the disease. They also become viral factories that reproduce the virus. 

Current treatments are being used. They’re known as the anti-retroviral therapies. They target the process of the virus replicating. Unfortunately, they can’t spot infected T-cells that are still in the dormant stage. 
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The latest treatment, however, works in two phases. The first step involves a vaccine that assists the body in recognizing those infected T-cells. From there, it can start clearing them out. Then, a new drug called Vorinostat is introduced. It activates the dormant T-cells. In that way, they’ll be seen by the immune system. 

In the UK, there are over 100,000 patients with this condition. But 17 percent of them don’t know that they have this condition. Worldwide, there are 37 million people infected with it. 

It’d be great if HIV cure would be discovered. The British man said that his blood test was taken two weeks ago and the virus couldn't be found. For him, it’s a massive achievement if it’s indeed a cure. 

This therapy aimed to clear the system of all HIV viruses. As mentioned earlier, the treatment includes even those dormant ones. Scientists working on this cure said that the treatment worked in the laboratory and they’re positive that it’ll work in humans. However, they admitted that this discovery is still a long way from the actual HIV cure. 

The medical tests will still continue for the next five years. At the moment, the scientists don’t recommend patients with HIV to cease from taking ART (anti-retroviral therapies). 

There’s only one person who has ever been cured of the disease. This patient received a stem cell transplant in 2008 from a patient who’s naturally immune to HIV. 

Currently, a drug that can cure HIV isn't available yet. With the results of this study, it looks promising because it doesn't just suppress the virus, but it also eradicates it. 
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