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A word coined by Dr. William Howard Hay, in his book "Health via Food". He called acidity in the stomach - "acidosis". Although he preached frequent fasting, which, in fact, produces this condition.

He claimed all the bodies ills came from eating too much protein, too much adulterated food like white bread, retention of food in the bowels more than 24 hours after eating and combining of protein and carbohyrate.

Proteins, said Hay, need acid to digest them, and carbohydrates need alkaline - "no human stomach can be expected to be acid and alkaline at the same time".

The fact is that most foods contain mixtures of proteins and starches. Facts, however, have never stood in the way of fads. See Hay, Dr. William

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