Robert Oldham Young, author of the book pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health has been ordered by a US court to pay more than $105 million in medical expenses and damages to a woman who was falsely treated. His myth of “pH miracle living”, turned out to be unscientific as well.
Young, who promoted the theory that acidity causes disease and an alkaline diet was the cure, was convicted last year of practicing medicine without a license. Young, though, had expressed optimism he would avoid convictions during a two-month trial involving dozens of witnesses and over 200 evidence items.
His books have been quite popular throughout the world, even though doctors and other medical professionals have denounced his theory. Now many so-called health training agencies also promote the idea that an alkaline diet is a cure-all for any illness.
Most of these "health training agencies" are actually sales companies that make money by selling low-cost health products at high prices. Driven by their pursuit of profit, they have been hyping up Young's theory for years.
In China, with an aging population, there is a huge market demand for health products. Many of the customers are relatively less well educated than the younger generations and they can be easy prey for fraudsters. These fraudsters don't believe in Young's theory, they just see it as a way to cheat people out of their money. Probably it’s time for us to review beyond the pH Miracle, and discover the reason why we are misled by pseudoscience.
pseudoscience: n. 伪科学
alkaline: adj. 碱性的
fraudster: n. 行骗者