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The Acid Reflux Solution
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The Acid Reflux Solution
A Cookbook and Lifestyle Guide for Healing Heartburn Naturally
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Heal Heartburn and Lose Weight, Naturally
 
If you suffer from acid reflux, you’re not alone. More than 50 million Americans have GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, and while antacids can be effective for short-term relief, they can also cause dangerous medical conditions if they’re used for more than the recommended fifty days at a time. Luckily, The Acid Reflux Solution offers a simple plan to help you gradually and safely reduce—and eventually eliminate—the need for pills while alleviating your heartburn.
 
In this combination medical guide and cookbook, gastroenterologist Jorge E. Rodriguez, MD, has teamed up with registered dietitian and food writer Susan Wyler to present a three-step program to heal heartburn naturally. This isn’t a formal diet plan—no calorie counting required—but you’ll probably shed some pounds while followingThe Acid Reflux Solution because these recipes were designed for good health. In fact, Dr. Jorge has not only healed his own heartburn since developing this plan, but he has also lost more than 30 pounds! 
 
In step one you make some simple lifestyle modifications, like raising the head of your bed, loosening your belt, and eating less but more often. These are easily achievable goals that you can start working on today. In step two, you start eating to avoid reflux. With 100 high-fiber, low-fat, portion-controlled recipes to choose from, this step is the most delicious—and surprising. The list of foods that actually trigger acid reflux is smaller than you might think, which means you can enjoy meals that you probably thought were off limits, like Cuban Black Bean SoupGrass-Fed Beef and Portobello Blue Cheese BurgersAsian Barbecued Chicken, and even Spaghetti and Meatballs
 
In the final step, you reduce the dosage and frequency of the medications you were taking to control your heartburn because you won’t need them anymore. The Acid Reflux Solution combines the latest medical research with reflux-friendly recipes to help you feel great, lose weight, and live heartburn free.
Heal Heartburn and Lose Weight, Naturally
 
If you suffer from acid reflux, you’re not alone. More than 50 million Americans have GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, and while antacids can be effective for short-term relief, they can also cause dangerous medical conditions if they’re used for more than the recommended fifty days at a time. Luckily, The Acid Reflux Solution offers a simple plan to help you gradually and safely reduce—and eventually eliminate—the need for pills while alleviating your heartburn.
 
In this combination medical guide and cookbook, gastroenterologist Jorge E. Rodriguez, MD, has teamed up with registered dietitian and food writer Susan Wyler to present a three-step program to heal heartburn naturally. This isn’t a formal diet plan—no calorie counting required—but you’ll probably shed some pounds while followingThe Acid Reflux Solution because these recipes were designed for good health. In fact, Dr. Jorge has not only healed his own heartburn since developing this plan, but he has also lost more than 30 pounds! 
 
In step one you make some simple lifestyle modifications, like raising the head of your bed, loosening your belt, and eating less but more often. These are easily achievable goals that you can start working on today. In step two, you start eating to avoid reflux. With 100 high-fiber, low-fat, portion-controlled recipes to choose from, this step is the most delicious—and surprising. The list of foods that actually trigger acid reflux is smaller than you might think, which means you can enjoy meals that you probably thought were off limits, like Cuban Black Bean SoupGrass-Fed Beef and Portobello Blue Cheese BurgersAsian Barbecued Chicken, and even Spaghetti and Meatballs
 
In the final step, you reduce the dosage and frequency of the medications you were taking to control your heartburn because you won’t need them anymore. The Acid Reflux Solution combines the latest medical research with reflux-friendly recipes to help you feel great, lose weight, and live heartburn free.
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  • From the book Chapter 1: Acid Reflux Nation

    You Are Not Alone

     

    If you are suffering from heartburn, you are not alone. In fact, you’ve got way too much company. In the United States, over 50 million Americans complain of acid reflux. That’s one-sixth of the entire population. Roughly 44 percent report an attack at least once a week. More than 23 million people experience episodes of heartburn daily. Even for a physician like me, who sees gastrointestinal patients regularly, the numbers appear staggering; but as a person who suffers (or I should say, has suffered) from acid reflux, it is reassuring to know that I am not alone.
     
    What’s particularly sad is that this disease distorts one of life’s most primary pleasures: eating. Unlike other diseases, you cannot avoid food, one of the primary causes of heartburn. You have to eat—at least three times a day—so it’s not something you can ignore. I for one thought paying the price of heartburn after every meal was something I was going to have to do all my life. Happily, I was wrong.
     
     
    The Skinny on Acid Reflux
     
    Acute acid reflux, as anyone who suffers from it knows, is a sudden burning surge of stomach acid that flares up into the throat, much like the lava of an erupting volcano. And like lava, it burns everything in its path. The stomach makes acid to help digest food that has recently been eaten. Ideally, that acid should stay in the stomach. But sometimes it shoots up into the esophagus. This is reflux. Reflux usually occurs about an hour after a meal, but it may affect you shortly after you eat. Or maybe it wakes you up suddenly at night hours after you’ve eaten. I have many patients who swear the accompanying chest pain is so severe they think they’re having a heart attack. 
     
    We doctors call this sudden, uncontrollable surge of stomach acid gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Because acid reflux is the primary symptom and major complaint of the disease, the term is often used as a stand-in for GERD. Another frequently used name for the same problem is heartburn, which is most descriptive. For simplicity’s sake, we will do the same. In The Acid Reflux Solution, you’ll find these terms used synonymously along with GERD. 
     
    GERD can manifest itself in many ways. Reflux can be so painful that maybe you’re afraid to eat. And while obesity is, in fact, associated with GERD, some of my patients avoid food to such an extent that they lose way too much weight, and I worry about malnutrition and their susceptibility to infections. Others lie awake at night, losing valuable sleep time, fearfully waiting for an attack. Worse still, chronic acid reflux causes scarring that produces esophageal strictures, which can make it difficult or even impossible for food to get to the stomach. A further stage of chronic inflammation of the esophagus is a precancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus, diagnosed by a serious change in the epithelial tissues. GERD is even associated with 60 percent of malignant esophageal adenocarcinomas that line the esophagus—the fastest growing cancer in America—that occurs in the area where the esophagus joins up with the stomach.
     
     
    Who Gets Acid Reflux?
     
    Though it may seem improbable, GERD strikes people of all ages. Babies, especially those who are not breast-fed, often suffer from acid reflux. You’ve heard of a “colicky” baby? Well, that colic is regurgitation of undigested milk or formula mixed with stomach acid. The...
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  • Jorge E. Rodriguez, MD, is a board-certified intern­ist and gastroenterologist who received his medical degree from the University of Miami. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, and his fellowship in gastroenterology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Rodriguez has established himself as a leader in HIV treatment and intestinal diseases. He has appeared as an expert medical commentator on CNN News, Good Morning America Health, The Doctors, and The View. He is an MDVIP-affiliated physician and has had an internal medicine practice in Newport Beach, California, since 1988.
     
    Susan Wyler, MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian who worked for many years as a cookbook author and food editor, most notably at Food & Wine magazine. Her books include Cooking from a Country Farmhouse, Cooking for a Crowd, and The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health, written with Dr. Thomas Rau. Wyler graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in public health. She also did advanced field work at the prestigious cancer research hospital Institut de Cancérologie Gustave Roussy in France. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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    January 1, 2012

    Rodriguez, a gastroenterologist and internist, was obese and suffered regular gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) until he began to take the advice he had been giving his patients for years. Using the latest research, Rodriguez worked with nutritionist Wyler to develop over 100 evidence-based recipes and a lifestyle plan to help alleviate the heartburn and bloating caused by acid reflux. The plan includes a surprisingly short list of the foods scientifically proven to trigger a reflux reaction. Tasty and varied recipes, many of which highlight Rodriguez's Cuban heritage, concentrate on reducing fat and increasing fiber in the diet. Because obesity is a major cause of acid reflux, portion control and regular exercise are emphasized. VERDICT This plan provides simple lifestyle changes for long-term prevention of GERD along with recipes that will be a welcome addition to dinner menus--all without compromising on taste.--Pauline Baughman, Multnomah Cty. Lib., Portland, OR

    Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • WHOOPI GOLDBERG "Dr. Jorge always makes everything so easy to understand. Even if you just skim this book, you'll know exactly what Dr. Jorge is talking about. I like when it's that simple. If you don't believe me, open a page."
  • TRAVIS STORK, MD, host of The Doctors and author of The Lean Belly Prescription "The Acid Reflux Solution is a must-read for anyone looking for natural ways to reduce heartburn."
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