Dr. Robert O. Young’s Biggest Mistake


Bob McCauley, CNC, MH

Dr. Robert O. Young wrote the book pH Miracle, which I wrote a rebuttal to.  He was interviewed by Kevin Giani.

The interview can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRhCVUFbNTM&feature=channel.  In the beginning of the interview Dr. Young talks about the detrimental effects of consuming meat and how it should be avoided.

Dr. Young’s words are in italics. “Meat has no nutritional value other than to just destroy you life.”[Eating meat is] why most people stink.  That’s why they have body odor.  That’s why their elimination smells . . . You can smell someone that’s a meat eater.  You can just look at their eyes and at their skin.”

I have not consumed meat since 1980.  Absolutely, I suggest to people that they do not to eat meat, fish, eggs or dairy.  But I think Dr. Young goes too far in suggesting that there is no nutrition in meat whatsoever and the reason why people smell so much.  Meat may be one of the contributing factors, but I have met vegetarians who smell bad themselves, including their breath.  He suggests that meat actually causes people to rot from within.  The consumption of cooked animal protein leads to more disease than anything other than not drinking enough water.  But it’s not as bad as Dr. Young makes it sound.

“It’s probably the worst of all the foods one can eat.” Perhaps Dr. Young has never been introduced to a Twinkie, Cheese Puffs or the myriad number of other processed junk foods that the average person commonly eat everyday.  I would consider many of them much worse than meat.

Dr. Young continues: “In fact a lot of times the people who eat meat start looking like the animals they’re eating.  Because there’s an intelligent there, matter, that actually starts shifting, you know, the animals they eat many times they become.”

It’s a mystery as to what Dr. Young is suggesting as to how a person begins to look like the animals they eat, whether it is fish or a chicken or a cow.  I call on Dr. Young to defend this non-scientific, preposterous idea with some kind of evidence in the way of a study or at least a scientific hypothesis.

The sarcastic tone of Dr. Young is palpable throughout the video: “Get off your lazy ass and start moving it. You ever heard of exercise? You know?”

Dr. Young continues: “Maybe eating more green foods and drinking more green drinks.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement since chlorophyll is our most important nutrient in my opinion.  Unfortunately Dr. Young does not include aglae as one of the healthy green foods.  In fact, it’s his Biggest Mistake.

Around 4:55 in the video, Dr. Young begins talking about mushrooms and algae and it’s all downhill from there. “Think about it folks.  Algae and fungi, where do you find them, under rotting decay and bodies.  In stagnant, poisonous, toxic lakes.  It’s whole purpose is to breakdown dead bodies. And when you put algae and fungus and bacteria, what we call healthy bacteria probiotics all you do is take one step closer to the grave.”

We feed and encourage disease of every kind when our digestive tract is void of probiotics.  Dr. Young is suggesting here that the friendly bacteria we call probiotics (for life), commonly Acidophilus and bifidus, also causing us to decay from within.  There certainly are harmful bacteria, but to make the blanket statement that all bacteria are harmful to our health is completely wrong, as ample scientific evidence and studies unmistakably proves otherwise.

Dr. Young continues: “What we need is more light, not biological transformations that are essential to life to breaking down dead bodies so they can go back to from whence they came so can be part of some organized matter.  . . . you take days, months, years off your life when you start consuming these things.”

Equating yeast, mold and fungus with algae is Dr. Young’s Biggest Mistake. Yeast and mold are recycling instruments used by nature that are commonly found in a diseased body.  When nature discovers something that does not belong in it, nature’s processes immediately attempt to re-fold it back into itself so it will again become part of it. Algae is a green food in the Plantae Kingdom.  It is a plant, the oldest on the planet, that depends on sunlight to survive and reproduce itself.  Fungus, mold and yeast are not plants.  They belong in the Fungi Kingdom and do not require sunlight, nor do they produce chlorophyll. They are recycling agents meant to return things to nature that are no longer a part of it.  You will find mold and fungus in cancer patients because they are being recycled back into nature because cancer is not a part of nature, but rather a response to something found outside of nature.

Dr. Young continues: “When you look at an electron micrograph of lung cancer you see algae(s) and mushrooms.  That’s what the tissues looks like,  under the sea, you know, Disney Land, you see all these carbunculars  and algae and fungi.”

Once again, Dr. Young claims algae is a recycling agent when in fact some species are the most powerful foods known, as such spirulina and chlorella. They are the most scientifically researched foods in nature.  Unlike any other food, both must accompany a Certificate of Analysis with each batch that the producer sells.  There is no other food on the market that a COA must be presented with other than herbal extracts.  No other food is so rigorously and thoroughly tested in studies than spirulina and chlorella.  Only cracked cell chlorella can be imported and sold in the United States, and the processing methods must be approved by the FDA.  No other foods are so closely scrutinized by the FDA than these two foods.

In regards to mushrooms, some varieties have incredible health properties such as Shiitake, Reishi, Maitake, Cordyceps, Enoki, Antrodia camphorata to name a few. Many of them have powerful anticancer and immune building properties.  I regularly consume mushroom and find nothing wrong with them at all.

Yet they are denounced and ridiculed as agents of decay and disease for those who dare consume them.  Dr. Young’s biggest blunder occurs with his denunciation of the most powerful foods on earth.  It’s not the first time he has made this mistake and I’m sure it’s not the last.



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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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14 Responses to Dr. Robert O. Young’s Biggest Mistake

  1. Gabe Hunninghake says:

    Fanatics come in lots of varieties. Dr. Young has his opinion and is very unforgiving…sometimes offensively so. Unfortunately, his approach won’t effectively reach the audience of people who need to hear much of what he advocates.

    God gave us the ratio of teeth we have for a reason. No meat is not the answer. Less meat is valid…in my opinion.

    Thanks Mr. McCauley

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  3. Perspective is everything, and belief colors our interpretation of facts. I appreciate that you have pointed out some of the inaccuracies in what Dr. Young preaches (and I chose that word deliberately). His credibility is affected by the hyperbole he chooses to engage in, and I question where he gets much of his data. I wish there were a broader group of scientists who could speak accurately about the issues we are all concerned with … the importance of the right water, how to get it, how to maintain appropriate alkalinity of the body.

    However, Bob, you also advocate a diet that is not reasonable for many people and not always the best choice. I am more and more convinced that we are metabolically individuals … some of us thrive with animal protein (preferably clean and wild). Metabolic typing teaches that there are 16 different physiologic mechanisms that determine acid/alkaline balance … we differ individually on each of them and what makes you alkaline may do the opposite for me. (And in some cases, something works for nearly everyone, like ionized alkaline water.)

    I know that Campbell’s interpretation of the China Study data is used to support vegetable protein diets, but I just read a deconstruction of that which is incredibly revealing. http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/07/07/the-china-study-fact-or-fallac/#comment-19981

    If we want to use science to support our recommendations, we need to be real scientists and remove our biased lenses when looking at the data. Hard to do, but if we don’t we are no better than Big Pharma, FDA and the Medical-Industrial Cabals.

  4. jack says:

    dairy, sauerkraut, are probiotics.

    mushrooms algae, farmed vegetables, garlic pills are anti-biotics

    i just ate garlic and mushrooms and had a panic attack… then i ate a sip of milk, and felt i was brung back to life.

    what do you think? i think “we” are addicted to anti-biotics. but my dilema, maybe you can help is… if all vegetables are anti-biotic, then are we supposed to live on probiotics? what is the probiotic antibiotic balance..

  5. Albert johnson says:

    Rubbish! Another ignoramous with a blog, ho-hum!

  6. Mick says:

    Listen to all the arm chair philosophers support the views of a (Wait for it..) guy with a blog go into battle with a man of science. What a laugh! Seems like Dr Young touches a nerve here? Seriously get a life, and stop listening to the voices in your heads unless you have hard evidence to back it up. Tutt, Tutt!!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Everyones a diet expert! As long as they dont have to give up any goodies! Sorry BUT when did disagreement become grounds for a serious debate? You have to actually offer some science to back up your contrary opinions? He does! I see a lot of hypothosising but not any honest research behind it. Blogs are the lazy mans avenue to closed one-sided debate.Let me guess you dont beleive in climate change either?

  8. sherry morris says:

    I can’t eat algae, musroom, anything fermented including apple cider vinagar. If I do I break out in herpes. Over and over I was brainwashed how good these things were for me. and every time I break out. As long as I stay on Gabriel Cousins phase 1 diet I have no outbreaks. He agrees with Robert O. He refers to my situatin as my body is composting, fermenting an anarobic state. sherry

  9. Bruce says:

    I watched some Brit on You Tube getting way over emotional about Dr. Young. Several things I noticed. He said that Dr. Young had little or no Certs. The Brit batched Dr. Young up and down, but had no Certs or much experience. Here is the key questions to ask. How badly do you want the truth? Or good health. I w
    ould die for it. Would you. I have devoted my life to pursuing the Spirtual Truth, and I feel much the same about the truths of the body. Dr. Young may not have all the anwsers, but he does seem to be a seeker of the truth.

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  11. Raphael Figueiredo says:

    Let me first say Sorry for my English, im from Brazil and dont have the costume to speak in English. I just wanna say that, 20 Years ago, my Mother had a uterus câncer and she couldn’t have a child, then she came to know this probiotics treatment, she did the treatment with 45 years and i was born normaly and complete health, above the statitcs. Today im complete, no drugs, no alcool, no meat, no fish, no eggs, no milk derivatives, complete Vegan, and helping people to cure them selfs with love and kindness.
    Theres no cientific explanation to love, but i know it was love that bringed me to life.

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  13. Chris says:


    You break out from consuming such foods because it’s eliciting an immune response, you know – cause and effect. In fact, if you actually continued with such choices, your outbreaks would continually improve in severity and probably even lessen in duration.

    Of course, and now-a-days it proves an ever important factor, is the quality & source of which you’re consuming. You have to actually work to find a company that is legitimate and provides the most potent clean products, which is difficult in a toxic world.

    If I knew what I do now 10 – years ago, I would have long succeeded in my battle against ME/CFS. As to diet, it’s not always about what you consume, but the actual state it’s in. Is it ridden with microscopic mold & mycotoxins(which most grains are) or or so denatured and ridden with chemicals, hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, etc. etc. And then through into the fact we’re existing in primordial soup of electropollution with wireless internet and cell phone towers everywhere that ARE extremely harmful to the body and have an accumulation effect. In fact, putting it into proper perspective, it’s amazing the human body remains in a state of homeostasis as long as it does.

    One thing I agree with about Bob is Algae’s such as chlorella & Spirulina are some of the most nutritious, energy pact, detoxing foods available.

  14. Tobias Eedy says:

    Although I agree with many things in this blog. I think I must disagree with the statement:
    “It’s probably the worst of all the foods one can eat.” Perhaps Dr. Young has never been introduced to a Twinkie, Cheese Puffs or the myriad number of other processed junk foods that the average person commonly eat everyday. I would consider many of them much worse than meat.
    Twinkies etc aren’t food! I think this is a small but very important fact. We must change our point of view here. We must except that what you eat when eating junk’ food’ is that it should never be in our mouths in the first place….

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