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Dr. Koufman Saved My Husband's Life,
This review is from: Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure (Hardcover)
My husband has had chronic GERD for years without knowing it. He started having symptoms that didn't make sense around last January. He was short of breath, cleared his throat a lot, had nausea and an upset stomach, and finally passed out in the middle of the night. I found him unconscious on the bathroom floor. After months of tests his GI doctor diagnosed him with Barrett's syndrome, a precancerous condition of the esophagus, but he couldn't explain the respiratory involvement. Worse yet, the only solutions offered were very invasive - surgery to remove the abnormal cells or light therapy with not the best chance of success. We needed a second opinion and we found Dr. Koufman. She ran different tests that tracked his acid level during an entire day of activities, including while eating, sleeping, coughing, everything. My husband had an enormous amount of acid and was refluxing all the way up to his larynx. The standard course of treatment from the GI doctor included a one-a-day medication that did not last the full 24 hours for my husband, so since he took it in the morning, it stopped working while he was sleeping,in the worst position for reflux to again attack the esophagus that was trying to heal all day.
Within a couple of days of meeting Dr. Koufman, my husband was on the strict phase of the diet. It wasn't easy since he was previously working in the wine trade and had to completely stop drinking wine, coffee, pretty much everything except water, milk, aloe juice and camomile tea. She also changed his medications to better control the condition over 24 hours. Within about 3 weeks, he started feeling noticeably better. After a couple of months, he went back for more tests and his condition had improved dramatically. This all happened before the book was published and when it came out he was so excited by the recipes. What a difference it has made to be able to enjoy gourmet-style food after months of just obeying a list of forbidden foods. Now his condition has almost completely reversed, he has lost 35 pounds, and he is able to start adding things back in, like Gala apples.
Although a life-threatening disease is never a good thing, this experience has changed life for our entire family. Dr. Koufman's care and now her invaluable book have not only turned around my husband's condition and allowed him to take charge of his health, but the delicious recipes have allowed him to enjoy food again without feeling like he is stuck with a life-sentence of bland.
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Initial post: Feb 1, 2011 3:31:08 PM PST
S. Zou says:
What kind of strict phase of the diet did Dr. Koufman give to your husband are there a list of foods that you can give me?
What kind of medications are better to control the condition over 24 hours after meeting with Dr. Koufman?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2011 7:05:27 AM PDT
D. McIntyre says:
yes if the reviewer could please add more info on the questions posed above? excellent review but I was left wondering these two points also.
Posted on Jan 2, 2012 8:39:50 PM PST
S. Edwards says:
wow thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I will definitely look into purchasing this book. I'm in the possibly beginning stages of what your husband's gone though. I go for my dr visit this week to see what results were from my many test I took. I feel I'm in good hands as my dr is a renowned specialist awarded many times via his peers and others. So wish me good fortune and all the best to you and yours thx again
Posted on Apr 3, 2012 11:48:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 3, 2012 11:48:40 AM PDT
Gary Lefay says:
Does Dr. Koufman accept insurance? If not, can you provide an estimate of your out of pocket cost after everything was done for your husband? I know someone who should see Dr. Koufman but cost may be a problem. All we know is that the consultation fee is $925.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 11:10:36 AM PDT
T. M. Tran says:
The book gives a detailed list to food/fruit/drink to avoid...another for OK to consume, and detailed instruction about how to start and what to do. TOO long to type here! Thanks to this book, and the ENT who recommends it, I am now free of the cough, sinus problem, and raw feeling in throat. I never had heartburns. I have not been on any medications!
Go ahead and get the book it is worth it!
Posted on Oct 20, 2012 3:22:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2012 3:26:04 PM PDT
What a wonderfully shared story. I too am living the nightmare. Mine progressed to Airway Reflux and my lungs and larynx are injured. ENT's in Lexington, Ky, don't have a clue. I have shared the book with my primary care internist. Thankfully, he is listening and learning. I have tried to get an appointment with Dr. Koufman four times by by phone or email as she suggests since July. There has been no response. I have followed the diet with limited success and Nexium doesn't work. We are ultimately responsible for our health care - I will get well. I will be hospitalized 10-23 for tests.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 3:23:57 PM PDT
The list is in the book or you can get it on line by going to www.JamieKoufman.com
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 3:25:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2012 3:26:37 PM PDT
Yes, she does accept insurance.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 4:29:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2013 4:31:59 AM PDT
Anais Nin says:
I was diagnosed with GERD about 8 years ago due to a structural anomaly called sliding hiatal hernia. I was born with it so I'll always have this condition. Recently I had a worsening of symptoms which I suspect were the result of high levels of stress, although my GI doc says there's no evidence that stress causes exacerbation of symptoms. Well, I KNOW my body and my stomach tells me when I'm stressed out. I had an EGD (esophagealgastroduodenoscopy). The results showed what's called Los Angeles grade B esophigitis. Yes, I know: docs love all this fancy terminology that nobody understands but them. Basically I have two or more ulcers in my esophagus that need to heal. He put me on Prevacid 30mg twice daily. In the meantime no alcohol (especially red wine), no coffee, no spicy foods, no raw onion or garlic, no tomatoes, no spaghetti sauce, no fatty foods, no chocolate (please!). I suppose I can only eat grass. He told me my ulcers should heal in about 6 months if I follow the instructions to the letter. I have to admit that I'm feeling better after starting the Prevacid about 1 week ago. Since I believe in being proactive about my health (I'm a nurse) I did some research of my own and found 2 excellent websites if you're interested: www.gastrolab.net and www.gastroenterology.net.au. I hope this will help you.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2013 9:16:47 AM PDT
E. Quinlan says:
I think the point is that all of the information is in the book. And it is! This doctor is so smart and intuitive, the book is life changing.
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