Low-Acid Food Diet

Watermelon is at the top of the list of the Low Acid Diet

Each individual’s “bio-chemistry and predisposition” to disease is unique and  are continuously being explored in the medical world. While a new diet is not designed to be a monthly fad, the Low Acid Diet can be applied to most individuals, especially those who may combat stomach discomfort.

The normal bodily pH of 7.35- to 7.45 keeps our bodies in homeostasis. Water has a neutral pH 7; all  foods and beverages can then labeled as more basic, for numbers higher than pH 7, or they maybe be classified as acidic, for numbers are lower than pH 7.

The Low-Acid Diet has benefited: weight loss, treats those suffer from Acid Reflux, GERD, curves Osteoporosis, and improves Laryngopharyngeal Reflux. This diet is safe for those who like to change their dietary routine and/or introduce some new foods into there meals or snacks.

A salad with the Low Acid Diet ingredients can benefit anyone!

Watermelon ranks the highest on the list of basic nutrition, other foods are: beans, nuts, olive oil, lettuce, celery, broccoli and grapefruit.  Interestingly, many of these foods are also contributors to keeping the liver healthy by synthesizing bile salts and secreting bile acid so that toxins do not build in the body and regular bowel movements occur daily. Those who suffer from IBS will also be able to follow this diet.

Complete nutrition includes both basic and acidic foods and should be a part of 3 square meals. Acidic foods have been listed as the following, consume in moderation: processed foods, coffee, alcohol and animal proteins found in dairy products, red meats, chicken, fish.

Researchers have explored acidic food’s impact on bone health, having shown that “dairy products do not have a negative impact on bone health”, Department of Community and Health Sciences, University and Calgary, Canada; confirmed by Researchers at Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.

In conclusion, all foods can be eaten in controlled amounts, those with specific needs should review individual concerns with your doctor or dietitian before adjusting your dietary intake.

By: Kimberly Crocker- Scardicchio

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Recommended Daily Intake of Vitamins & Minerals

Recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals and actual breakdown of Vitamin Content for Vegetables and Fruits with a glance at Mineral Content on Fruit and Vegetables Informative links that nicely graphs the proper milligrams of vitamins and minerals that should be ingested on a day to day basis with warnings about how they may create organ sensitivity or organ damage.

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Recommended link: Vitamins and Minerals

“Hold the garlic butter”, FDA warns, “Lobster’s contaminated”


New Food Warning….

FDA is warning consumers to avoid eating tomalley in American lobster (also called Maine lobster), regardless of where the lobster was harvested, because of potential contamination with dangerous levels of the toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). These types of   lobster are harvested from the Atlantic Ocean from Northeastern Canada to South Carolina . The FDA advisory applies only to tomalley the soft, green substance found in the body cavity of the lobster that functions as the liver and pancreas. Cooking does not eliminate the PSP toxins. 



New Type of Genetic Test Approved for Breast Cancer Patients

FDA has approved a novel genetic test for determining whether patients with breast cancer are good candidates for treatment with the drug Herceptin (trastuzumab). The SPOT-Light HER2 CISH test kit measures the number of copies of the HER2 gene in tumor tissue. This gene regulates the growth of cancer cells.



FDA Requests Stronger Warnings on Fluoroquinolone Antimicrobial Drugs

FDA has notified makers of fluoroquinolone antimicrobial drugs that a “boxed warning in the product labeling concerning the increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture is necessary and a guide must be made available to patients that explains possible side effects. Fluoroquinolones are approved to treat or prevent certain bacterial infections.


Pharmaceuticals Gets Flagged

Xiadafil VIP Tablets Seized After Company Refuses to Recall Product

U.S. marshals have seized nearly $74,000 worth of Xiadafil VIP tablets (lots 6K029 and 6K209-SEI) distributed by Florida-based SEI Pharmaceuticals Inc. Although this product is marketed as a dietary supplement to treat erectile dysfunction and for sexual enhancement, these lots represent an illegally marketed drug containing an undeclared ingredient.


Consumer Health Information

› Are You Storing Food Safely?


Making Sense of Vytorin Concerns



  For a list of recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts involving FDA-regulated

products from the past 60 days, go to http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html. 




FDA Revises Process for Responding to Drug Applications

FDA is revising the way it communicates to drug companies when a marketing application cannot be approved as submitted. The agency will no longer issue “approvable” or “not approvable” letters when a drug application is not approved. Instead, it will issue a “complete response” letter that lets a company know the review period for a drug is complete and that the application is not yet ready for approval. The letter will describe deficiencies and, when possible, will outline recommended actions the applicant might take to get the application ready for approval.


FDA News Rx Drugs used during Pregnancy & Breast Feeding, Food Recall, Albuterol Inhalers

FDA News Digest

June 2, 2008 ___________________________________


»  News

    — Labeling Changes Proposed for Rx Drugs Used During Pregnancy, Breastfeeding

    — FDA Patient Safety News’ Video, Podcast Available

»  Safety Alerts/Recalls

»  Upcoming Public Meetings

»  Consumer Health Information




Labeling Changes Proposed for Rx Drugs Used During Pregnancy, Breastfeeding

FDA has proposed major revisions to physician labeling for prescription drugs (including biological products) to provide better information about the effects of medicines used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The changes would give health care professionals more comprehensive information for making prescribing decisions and for counseling women about using prescription medications if they are pregnant, breastfeeding, or of childbearing age.



‘FDA Patient Safety News’ Video, Podcast Available

FDA has posted the latest edition of “FDA Patient Safety News,” a free Web-based video news program. Aimed primarily at health professionals, the program features information on new drugs, biologics, and medical devices, as well as FDA safety notifications and product recalls.

To view video or text version: http://www.fda.gov/psn

To access Podcast: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/psn/podcast.cfm    

To access the RSS feed of FDA news releases, go to


[What is an RSS feed? See http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/news/newsfeeds.html.]




Food Recall:

  Certain lots of Amish Macaroni Salad under the Orval Kent or Yoder’s label (various sizes)

Reason for recall: a precaution due to results of tests on a single package for E. coli O157:H7






June 9Pediatric Ethics Subcommittee of the Pediatric Advisory Committee

    Under discussion: regulations applying to clinical investigations involving greater than minimal risk but presenting possible direct patient benefit

    Location: Gaithersburg, Md.



June 10Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee

    Under discussion: postmarket experience with various contact lens care products

    Location: Gaithersburg, Md.



June 12Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee

    Under discussion: pending application to market a surgical sealant

    Location: Gaithersburg, md.



For a complete list of upcoming meetings, seminars, and other public events sponsored

or co-sponsored by FDA, go to http://www.fda.gov/opacom/hpmeetings.html.




Note to readers “Start at the Store: 7 Ways to Prevent Food-borne Illness.” http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/foodillness051308.html.


›  Albuterol Inhalers: Time to Transition


›  Sentinel System to Monitor Medical Product Safety



FDA News: Violations of Food Safety Laws Closes Cream Cheese, Seafood & Cough/Cold Operations

FDA News Digest

May 19, 2008 _______________________________


»  News

    — Cream Cheese, Seafood Operations Closed Following Repeat Violations

    — Texas Seafood Processor Ordered to Shut Down, Recall Products

    — Maker, Distributor of Cough and Cold Products Barred After Violations

»  Congressional Testimony



Cream Cheese, Seafood Operations Closed Following Repeat Violations

FDA has announced the shutdown of cream cheese and seafood operations at Illinois-based Lifeway Foods Inc. and its subsidiary, LFI Enterprises Inc., until they comply with food safety laws. The  action follows a history of violations of food and drug law dating back to at least 2004. 



Texas Seafood Processor Ordered to Shut Down, Recall Products

FDA has directed Texas-based Hope Food Supply Inc. to shut down and recall all seafood products manufactured from its facility since 2007. An earlier consent decree required the company to develop and implement an adequate Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan for its fish and fishery products. Because the company has not developed this plan., it cannot restart manufacturing until an FDA-approved HACCP plan is in place. Seafood processors must implement adequate HACCP plans that identify all food safety hazards likely to occur for each kind of seafood product that they process, and set forth preventive measures to control those hazards.



Maker, Distributor of Cough and Cold Products Barred After Violations

Scientific Laboratories Inc. and two company executives are barred from manufacturing and distributing drug products until they bring their manufacturing operations into compliance with law and obtain approval for their products. Scientific Laboratories is a contract manufacturer and distributor of various prescription cough and cold products. FDA had warned the company against violating food and drug law and about the risk of enforcement action if it failed to take corrective measures.




May 14 — FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Director Stephen F. Sundlof, D.V.M., appeared before the House Subcommittee on Health

 Subject: “Discussion Draft of the ‘Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act’ Legislation: Device and Cosmetics Safety”



May 14 — FDA Associate Commissioner for Science Norris Alderson, Ph.D., appeared before the House Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Automotive Safety

    Subject: safety of bisphenol-A (BPA)



May 14 — FDA Statement for the Record before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

    Subject: “Should FDA Drug and Medical Device Regulation Bar State Liability Claims?”


To view an archive of past testimony by FDA officials, go to