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The Acid Reflux Solution: A Cookbook and Lifestyle Guide for Healing Heartburn Naturally [Paperback]

by Jorge E. Rodriguez, Susan Wyler
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March 27, 2012 1607742276 978-1607742272 1
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 following The 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 Soup, Grass-Fed Beef and Portobello Blue Cheese Burgers, Asian 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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Editorial Reviews


“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.” 
“The Acid Reflux Solution is a must-read for anyone looking for natural ways to reduce heartburn.” 
TRAVIS STORK, MD, host of The Doctors and author of The Lean Belly Prescription

About the Author

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 recently 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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607742276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607742272
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What to eat, what to do, how to control GERD April 26, 2012
I was absolutely in a hurry to get this book, because GERD is for me a big issue. I literally had to change my eating habits (for example, I don't eat a big dinner nor do I eat after 6:30pm.) This problem is shared by many people, a lot of them women, and many other health issues (thyroid problems, asthma, and obesity) are associated with acid reflux disease or GERD. It isn't healthy--you can get throat problems and it sure is a pain. Sometimes there are no symptoms save hoarseness in the morning, but it's no less a health concern.

The book is comprehensive but easy to read. The author goes over the symptoms and causes of GERD (and you should see your physician about this--for me, it was my allergist who told ME I had it, then I noticed the symptoms later.) He goes over the various pharmaceutical treatments, but all of them have pros and cons. Better if you can control GERD naturally by diet and weight management. I agree.

The book also has food advice and recipes and this is helpful. I had to learn by trial and error--for example, he mentions spaghetti and meatballs as a trigger. No kidding! I limited pasta to lunchtime for a while, and NOW I cannot even eat pasta at lunch--instant fireball in the stomach. The author also warns about foods with modified food starch, a common ingredient used as a thickener that can trigger GERD. The recipes feature high fiber and ingredients that are less likely to trigger GERD so you have a place to start, some ideas to make meals that are more stomach-friendly. And at the risk of sounding like a killjoy, Rodriguez recommends cutting down on alcohol and smoking. I know from experience that even a glass of wine, too late in the evening, is like drinking a blowtorch. Good news however; by limiting alcohol, you may easily lose weight.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acid Reflux gone!! May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book very helpful,learned a lot about acid reflux and ideas to treat it that don't involve traditional meds. It's taking awhile,but I'm doing better and have stopped using Prilosec. Also found a cookbook that features recipes for avoiding digestive symptoms called Acid Reflux:Simple Relief From Heartburn Indigestion and Reflux Fast! (*Special Edition*)..Highly reccommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GERD gone in 2 weeks! March 19, 2013
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Because I am a physician, I was skeptical about learning anything from this book. However, I was so desperate to get off the acid reducing meds, which I truly believe are bad for us, that I bought and read it. I actually DID learn quite a bit, and found the book very practical, with sensible and sound advice based on good quality research, and easy to read. I followed Dr. Jorge's recommendations to the letter, was able to wean off the PPI medication I have taken for 10 years in 2 weeks. I feel absolutely great! The recipes are also excellent, and even if you don't make them, reading them will help you learn where to make changes in your own cooking and eating. I HIGHLY recommend this book, and have already asked many family members and patients to read it. A worthwhile investment of money and time for anyone tired of reflux and taking acid-reducing medication!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GERD April 27, 2012
By Pat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have suffered from GERD and lost a brother to Barottes disease. This book was very informative and I learned things and got answers to questions that none of my doctors were giving me. I really thank the authors immensley!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good cookbook, not a great solution for acid reflux July 14, 2013
Part one of the book has a lot of background information on GERD, medical treatment of GERD and lifestyle changes to help manage it. This is all useful stuff, is easy to understand, and is nicely put together, although most of it you can get from a quick search on the internet. As some of the other reviewers have mentioned, there is a lot of emphasis on weight loss as being the solution to GERD so as someone who is normal weight I was a little disappointed as weight loss and most of the other lifestyle changes didn't apply to me. For example from p31, "And most will find, as I have, that losing 10 to 15 percent of body weight completely eliminates GERD. For people who are normal weight or even underweight and still suffer acid reflux after following the Acid Reflux Solution and adopting our anti-reflux recipes, there is probably a genetic or chronic physiological reason for it, and some ongoing medication or possible surgical intervention may be necessary."

Part two contains the recipes. For me, they are a bit too fancy to be cooking every day. However, I have made two of the recipes - the Spanish Chicken and Rice and the Morroccan Spiced Pork Loin with Apricots and Chickpeas. Both were delicious and the recipes were well written but I found that they did exacerbate my symptoms. Note the book does differentiate between foods that trigger reflux (by relaxing the valve (LES) in the lower esophagus) and foods that exacerbate the symptoms ("acid foods"), and the recipes seem to be geared towards reducing the foods that cause reflux and losing weight, rather than reducing the "acid foods". For these reasons, I think maybe some of the recipes would be okay after you get your reflux symptoms under control or to help with weight loss but not necessarily to "heal heartburn".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DLB August 6, 2012
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I loved this book The author also suffers from reflux issues and is a gastroenterologist. His insights and personal experience make this a worthwhile book to purchase. He is very realistic about what you can and cannot eat and his suggestions for lifestyle changes are realistic and simple to accomplish.
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Published 9 days ago by Ellen Rappaport
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book is very informative. I'm excited to try the recipes. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting help with GERD
Published 29 days ago by Tammy Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking for GERD with ease and variety.
This is an excellent cookbook written by a doctor that makes finding ways to counteract acid reflux simpler with good healthy dining in mind.
Published 1 month ago by Jacquelyn Porath
5.0 out of 5 stars Acid Reflux Solution
I was bedridden from the pain and agony of acid reflux. This cookbook has excellent, good-tasting normal foods to eat. There are foods us acid refluxers can eat.
Published 1 month ago by Janet H.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good for reflux
I am appalled at the many recipes in this book that use large quantities of ingredients known to be reflux triggers: heavy cream, coconut oil, vermouth, etc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charlotte Vogel
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
The introductory chapters in this book are really helpful in understanding the problem. I didnt like the recepies though or maybe i am just too scared to try them yet.
Published 3 months ago by Dalal Alshareif
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Acid Reflux Solution
This book was very helpful to me and I still read parts of the book to remember what I need to do
I would recommend this to anyone with a problem of acid reflux
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Published 3 months ago by Betty N
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful information
This book has a substantial amount of space devoted to practical and helpful information along with a substantial number of recipes.
Published 3 months ago by Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Useful
Informative in combining a thoughtful discussion of the over use of drugs to fight Acid Reflux with a useful set of recipes and diet to follow.
Published 4 months ago by Ken Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful
This has been a very helpful book to help my husband with his acid reflux. We have gotten a lot of info.
Published 5 months ago by Andi
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