We have established that Robert Young’s views on diet and health are somewhat unusual and contradictory to science. Are those UK practitioners and nutritionists who promote his diet aware of his more controversial beliefs about diabetes and viruses? If so, do they share his beliefs? Why are his most revolutionary theories not mentioned on their websites?
To establish just how outrageous his views are, you need only take a look at his blog. It makes fascinating and frightening reading. There are many, many examples of mistaken and frankly quite weird ideas about diet. There are lots of strong implications that he believes cancer can be prevented or reversed by following his pH Miracle plan. There are also a handful of odd posts where he appears not to even believe in the existence of viruses. Everything seems to come down to pH as far as he is concerned.
He believes that HIV is not the cause of AIDS and that HIV/AIDS can be reversed with diet. He says ‘clear the acid and you remove the symptom or HIV/Aids syndrome’. He claims ‘no scientific literature exists that proves HIV is the cause of AIDS or any other illness’.
He believes diabetes can be prevented or reversed, and advises diabetics to stop taking insulin. Instead, they should treat themselves with his pH Miracle Diabetes Lifestyle and Diet.
He has similarly strange ideas about swine flu, not believing the symptoms are caused by the virus, not even believing there is a virus, and not believing the illness to be contagious.
On the contrary, UK websites promoting the Alkaline Diet (and/or Live Blood Analysis) and quoting ‘Dr’ Robert O Young tend to be far more subtle. It is difficult to find any reference to his more obviously nutty ideas. If they are mentioned at all it is in an indirect way and not on the front page.
Why is this? If they believe he is a ‘top research scientist’ and he believes cancer, diabetes and AIDS can be reversed by following his advice surely this is of interest to their readers? If they are going to (strongly) imply diabetes or cancer can be reversed by following their advice, why not say this on the front page? I have decided to send a few polite emails out and will report back on my findings.