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Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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Meeting Dr. Jamie Koufman completely changed my life. My symptoms of chronic cough and shortness of breath had been diagnosed since my childhood as asthma. Dr. Koufman identified that I had reflux, not asthma, and guided me step by step how to cure it. I have my life back and I owe it all to Dr. Koufman's insight and help. -Suze Orman, Host of the Suze Orman Show, CNBC
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"Dr. Jamie Koufman is the pre-eminent reflux physician-scientist in the world. This cookbook is the culmination of the many years of her dedicated work on the subject of laryngopharyngeal reflux, focusing on how patients can modify their diets to better treat this insidious condition."
Ramon A. Franco Jr., M.D.
Director, Division of Laryngology
Harvard Medical School
"Dropping Acid is a culinary masterpiece with the potential to transform the treatment of reflux disease. It is another breakthrough from Dr. Jamie Koufman, one of the most innovative minds in medicine."
Peter Belafsky, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California Davis
"Dr. Jamie Koufman has rekindled for us the physiologic link between the stomach and throat. Her contributions have redirected science and benefited the care of millions."
Clarence Sasaki, M.D.
Director, Head & Neck Unit
Yale School of Medicine
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If you're aspiring to be a chef or watch the cooking shows all the time then maybe this would work for you, but if you're a working woman like me looking to make time-efficient meals for your family with ingredients that you tend to keep in your kitchen anyway, then there are better books out there.
Dr Koufman mentions early on about packaged foods generally being a problem and containing alot of acid but, I wish she would have gotten more specific about what to look for. Elsewhere I read that in the 1970's the FDA approved for preservative use in food things like: citric acid, malic acid and absorbic acid. (and who knew 35 -40 years ago that we would eventually consume SO MUCH packaged food. Almost everything in the grocery store is canned, bagged, jarred, boxed, frozen, etc.)
Once I realized this I became vigilant about looking at the ingredient contents of the food I buy. Well folks, you're going to be shocked because this is where you're getting alot of your acid intake. These preservative acids are in many canned veggies, crackers, cookies, cereals, yogurts and frozen meals....oh boy! It's crazy.
Listen, I had been taking 30mg of prescription Prevacid for almost a decade.
Here's what I did, starting Jan 2011:
1) Switched to acid-free coffee (Folgers has one called: Simply Smooth)
2) Eliminated all carbohydrated beverages (never drank much but, realized soda is poison)
3) Consume alcohol moderately. Maybe total of 3 or 4 glasses of wine per week.
4) Bought NOTHING that had any of those preservative acids in them. Clearly, this means more fresh food and only packaged w/o those acids!
5) Eat chocolate and tomato-sauced foods in small amounts (tomatoes themselves have alot of water in them so aren't a problem for me but concentrated things like pasta sauce and chili are an issue.)
After a couple of months of eating like this I had the courage to start trailing off the Prevacid. Well, I'm still surprised and thrilled to report that ** I have almost no symptoms anymore!** If I overdo it a bit (example: consume tomato sauces and wine OR chocolate and wine in the same meal) I'll feel it a bit (burping, bloating).
I now take a couple of over-the-counter Prevacid pills per week; sort of to keep things in balance. At least I'm thinking about it that way because I still can't believe that this worked. My God, all the money I would have saved on those prescriptions and the discomfort I could have avoided!
Anyhow, I hope this info is useful to others. Give it a whirl; it's worth the shot.
**UPDATE: May 2014 - Glad people are finding my review helpful. I need to add that I had not yet realized when I wrote the original review that fruit juices can be very tough on a stomach with acid sensitivity. That sounds like a no-brainer but I didn't know it and loved drinking cranberry and apple juices mostly (not citrus, I knew I couldn't tolerate that). Well, when I eliminated regular consumption of fruit juices was a BIG improvement. I take no acid reflux meds at all now. You just have to figure out what your trigger foods are and ditch them!
I developed acid reflux without heartburn (LPR) in spring 2017 after having half my thyroid out 6 months earlier. My borderline low thyroid may have caused the reflux. (I'm not on thyroid medicine.) I could barely talk due to acid effects on my esophagus. I was miserable and afraid to eat anything. My endocrinologist wanted me to take prescription PPI. I refused because I feared side effects and instead went on Dr. Kaufman's detox low-acid diet described in this book. Within a couple of weeks I was much, much better. I mostly have had to stay on the detox diet, which is recommended for two weeks, for the past two months because the reflux would start again when I added other foods. But I'm not complaining because I'm so much better and my voice has returned to near normal, and the reflux is at a minimum. Staying on a limited diet is worth it if it keeps reflux away, IMO. I'm slowly adding some foods back into my diet. This low-acid diet works. PPIs can harm you and may kill you, as studies show. An extra benefit is I've dropped 8 pounds in 2 months on this low-acid diet. Losing weight wasn't my goal, but it's a nice side benefit. I also have her newer diet book for reflux.