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Natural Alternatives to Nexium, Maalox, Tagamet, Prilosec & Other Acid Blockers: What to Use to Relieve Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and Gastric Ailments Paperback – February 27, 2012


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers (February 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757002102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757002106
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A timely rebuttal to the pill-first argument." --ForeWord Reviews

About the Author

Martie Whittekin, CCN, is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. As an activist and the host of the popular radio show Radio Martie, the author has been privileged to interview and learn from leading figures in the fields of nutrition and natural medicine.


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It's easy to read and to find information.
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I found this book to be extremely helpful in its discussion of acid reflux and heartburn.
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I felt this book was the best one I read on this topic.
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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Colinda VINE VOICE on March 10, 2011
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This book is by a Certified Clinical Nutritionist who is familiar with dietary dilemmas and various supplements. She has crowded a wealth of information into this compact book. I found it helpful although it has not solved by problem with GERD -- more about that below.

I did not realize that I had a real problem with reflux until an endoscopy showed some damage to my esophagus. I had known for a long time that I had food allergies and sensitivities, and had found it necessary to avoid an increasing number of foods and beverages in order to avoid symptoms. But my symptoms were varied and rarely involved heartburn, or so I thought. It turns out that coughing and chest pain are sometimes the primary symptoms of heartburn/GERD, and once I got the diagnosis of GERD and looked it up, those symptoms started making sense. (I got chest pain from drinking coffee, for instance, and had coughing fits when I drank tea.)

I had been to several doctors for other gastrointestinal issues, and had been through a long list of tests, medications, diets, and supplements with very limited success. I had even tried the treatment plan for low stomach acid and it did not help. So when the gastroenterologist prescribed Nexium for GERD, I was relieved to try it. It seemed to work at first, then I started having reflux worse than before. The doctor changed my medication three times and I continued to have reflux, plus I had side-effects from the prescriptions.

I got disillusioned with the gastroenterologist's office when they failed to call me back after I left a message complaining that the latest prescription gave me chest pain. (They finally called a full week later!) I decided to work with another doctor who is more holistically-inclined.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Fire Brand on November 5, 2009
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This book offers a plausible theory (too little acid) that explains why a long-term GERD sufferer like me was never helped by the common offerings from the medical establishment (Prilosec, Nexium and the like).

It also offers solutions to various gastric problems that are simple, cheap, EFFECTIVE and supported by extensive scientific explanations.

The 4-star instead of 5-star is due to the preachy tone in the introduction.
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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelly on September 24, 2008
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Truly a blessing! Now I finally understand why I have heartburn - it isn't a deficiency of Prilosec that's for sure. Had I known sooner, I could have solved the real problem and spared myself not only a lot of expense but also have avoided the side effects of the drug. Contains lots of helpful health and nutrition advice too. Easy read. Because it lists so many scientific studies, I'm giving this book to my doctor who was as frustrated as I was.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Schryer on August 31, 2011
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For decades I suffered from severe bouts of acid reflux and heartburn several times each week. A few years ago I began taking a daily supplement of 1,000 mg of chelated magnesium for another seemingly-unrelated ailment. To my pleasant surprise the supplemental magnesium not only cured the ailment for which I was taking it, it also completely stopped my episodes of acid reflux and heartburn. I have since learned that acid reflux is often the result of stomach spasms which cause acid (which healthy stomachs are designed by nature to tolerate and utilize) to be ejected into the esophagus which is not designed to be exposed to stomach acid and burns when it is so exposed. Magnesium is a natural relaxant -- as well as a natural antacid -- and, therefore, it helps prevent the stomach spasms which often are the root cause of acid reflux and accompanying heartburn. I am a research chemist, not a physician, so I cannot tell you to take chelated magnesium as I did. I can, however, report to you the beneficial effects which I experienced from daily supplementation with chelated magnesium. Those interested in learning of the many other benefits of magnesium -- including prevention and mitigation of heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, asthma, osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes -- should acquire and read Dr. Carolyn Dean's excellent book The Magnesium Miracle.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J.G. on October 28, 2011
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This book saved my mother's life. Late last year, my mother, who is 80 years old, came down with extreme symptoms that were diagnosed by doctors as acid reflux. She lost over 20 pounds in an alarmingly short period of time and weighed less than 90 lbs. The doctors, after a brief consultation, prescribed Prolosec and Nexium. Researching and learning about the serious side effects of these drugs, I gave her a copy of this wonderfully informative and well-written book. She read the book thoroughly, about 3 or 4 times. Then she slowly decreased her Nexium and followed the instructions in this book. Her symptoms began to improve. In total, it took a few months, and there were a few slight setbacks, but now my mother, thanks to her determination and the information in Martie's book, is free from discomfort, is absorbing her food and gaining back some the weight that had been lost. I can't thank Martie enough for helping my mother recover to a normal, healthy, nexium-free life.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Erez Katz on September 24, 2012
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The main point of the book is that reflux is caused by *not enough acid* in the stomach, so if you increase the acid level in the stomach, the Lower esophageal sphincter would tighten up and prevent stoamch contents from flowing back the esophagus (reflux). The problem in this idea is that it somehow managed to elude modern medical science. There is no basis beyond the anecdotal experience of the author (more on that below). No real studies (though she quotes a ton of studies on pretty much every other topic), no controlled experiments, forget it. No one ever conducted such study and most likely no one ever will. It is such a great idea.

Some of what the author says really made me raise my eyebrow, like in the chapter where she brings examples of her noteworthy patients, she cites a conversation with a cab driver that suffered from heartburn and that even though she never treated that person she was quite confident she would do wonders for him. If that is not anecdotal experience I don't know what is. I actually read the book through and looking back at it, I can't explain why.

The book is full of hostility towards modern medicine. She actually argues that traditional natural medicine is the one that withstood the test of time over the centuries and that modern medicine is the one that should be called alterntaive.
If you subscribe to that notion then you would like this book, I guarantee it.
I don't. People used to drop dead like flies in the good old days and that is a fact.

Reflux is a serious business. It can lead to Barretts which can lead to cancer. If you suffer from frequent hurtburn that goes away after taking over the counter acid blockers, but comes back later - go see a specialist or get your family doctor to refer you to one.
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