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Features the latest on medications and side effects

Map out a plan to stop hurting, start healing, and enjoy food again!

Had it with heartburn and reflux? This friendly guide helps you get an accurate diagnosis and work with your physician to receive the most effective treatment available. You’ll see how to time your meals and develop healthy habits to reduce your pain triggers, as well as explore home remedies and alternative medicine.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Get your symptoms under control
  • Find the right physician
  • Reduce stress and fine-tune your diet
  • Avoid medicines that trigger upset
  • Decide if surgery is right for you

About the Author

Carol Ann Rinzler writes a nutrition column for the New York Daily News and has authored more than 20 books.

Ken DeVault, MD, is coauthor of the American College of Gastroenterology's official guideline statements on the diagnosis and treatment of GERD.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764556886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764556883
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Carol Ann Rinzler's Leonardos Foot,
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"Our reviewer declared that this book represents some of the best writing about science for the non scientist that he has encountered in recent years. The focus, of course, is the foot and the author provides an impressive array of facts, figures and stories about it, along with a great deal of history, etymology and cultural perspective." --American Association for the Advancement of Science

"Except for putting on socks and shoes or trimming toenails, people pay little attention to their feet. After all, feet are the furthest anatomical thing from the mind--literally. Health writer Rinzler lifts the lowly human foot to new heights in this appealing book. Soliciting assistance from the fields of art, evolutionary science, history, etymology, literature, and biomechanics, Rinzler shows how the human foot is much more than a conglomeration of tissues or a potential homesite for corns and calluses. Its unique design (the adducted position of the big toe, plantigrade sole, and firm arches) allows humans to stand up on two legs and remain upright--not an easy task. Bipedal locomotion (whether walking or running) is even more difficult and amazing. In our evolutionary development, a reliable set of feet and upright posture likely preceded the emergence of our vaunted big brains. Certain conditions including clubfoot, gout, and flatfeet receive plenty of attention in the book. Foot fetish, the Chinese custom of binding feet, and the use of human feet as biblical symbols get discussed, too. Leonardo da Vinci wrote, 'The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.' He got that right." --Tony Miksanek --Booklist (starred review)

"Rinzler clearly enjoyed researching her subject and can't stop herself from going on interesting digressions, often bringing up one or two mostly unrelated topics within the course of a paragraph. She's at her best when discussing medical history and etymology." -- Library Journal


"Stylish, informative, entertaining, and pleasantly personal . . . Whether Rinzler is exploring how our feet explain or illuminate such topics as evolution, disability, racism, diet, or desire, she maintains a fascinating perspective on the peculiarities of being human."
--Rain Taxi Review of Books

"This neat little book draws a clear picture of our feet, providing understanding that extends far beyond the obvious. Readers often like to walk away from a book feeling they learned something--that the author left them with a new way to look at an old idea, and this book fulfills that need." City Book Review/San Francisco & Sacramento (five stars)


"An in-depth look at the anatomy and history of feet reveals their often overlooked importance in human evolution, medicine and art." --Science News





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Carol Ann Rinzler is the author of more than twenty books on health and medicine, including Nutrition For Dummies, an international bestseller translated into fourteen languages that led to a stint as nutrition columnist for the New York Daily News. Rinzler's award-winning Estrogen and Breast Cancer: A warning for women (1993, 1995) was among the first to document the link between hormone therapy and an increased risk of breast tumors. Her four books in the Dummies series (Nutrition plus Controlling Cholesterol,Weight Loss, and Heartburn and Reflux) make complex medical facts and figures accessible to the general reader. As for her own reading, she says that "as a writer who specializes in medical subjects, my absolutely favorite books are my almost-complete sets of the Merck Manual and the Merck Index. This wonderful collection is an extraordinary record of the history of illness and orthodox treatment in the United States that makes it possible to track the evolving diagnosis, description and treatment of a disease or condition over more than a century. For example, in one chapter of my new book, Leonardo's Foot, I was able to use the Manuals to show the changes in how people regarded and treated flatfoot, a seemingly non-controversial deformity once used to identify those believed to be Devil's disciples. I am still searching for the second edition of the Manual, published in 1901. Alas, each new volume in the series was so widely available that doctors simply tossed out the old one when the latest one appeared."

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This book is a straightforward guide to heartburn and its unpleasant sister, reflux. The list of potentially offending foods is very useful, as is the Part of Tens guide to heartburn web sites. Even if I still get heartburn, this book has given me some strategies for reducing the discomfort. Highly recommended.
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I learned more about acid reflux in two days of easy reading then I learned from my doctors in five years. Great Book!
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It's true: it explains what many MDs neglect to mention in the office. Very useful reading -- BEFORE you go in to talk to the doctor. This will give you a framework for the best questions to ask. Unfortunately, the burden is on you, the patient, to ask them! Most docs volunteer nothing! Counterintuitive, I know, but it's the reality. Arm yourself with this simple, smart, easy to understand book.
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Until now, no one had outlined the consequences of untreated heartburn as clearly as this author who pretty much tells you everything you need to know about about how heartburn happens and how it affects your body. I particularly liked how this book made it possble for me to contact a consumer help book and find out how stress hurts my stomach.
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What a great book that makes you understand Acid Reflux by being simple, clear and easy to see what is happening. Much better explanations, etc. than I received from my doctor.
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I've several of Carol Ann's books, including Nutrition for Dummies, and she is a worthy author.
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Better than anything else on the market for getting a complete overview of GERD, especially "silent GERD"/LPR.
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I'm not quite sure that I would agree that this is a book for dummies. Although the print layout is attractive and interesting and the diagrams are helpful, there seems to be too much material that is too sophisticated for a "dummy." That is not to say that there isn't considerable information that is both worthwile and interesting on the topic because there are many practical suggestions and advice. If the reader can zero in on the main points, this can be a very helpful resource for anyone concerned with heartburn and reflux.
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