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Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure is the first book to explain how acid reflux, particularly silent reflux, is related to dietary and lifestyle factors. It also explains how and why the reflux epidemic is related to the use of acid as a food preservative. Dr. Koufman defines the symptoms this shockingly common disease and explains why a change in diet can a Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure is the first book to explain how acid reflux, particularly silent reflux, is related to dietary and lifestyle factors. It also explains how and why the reflux epidemic is related to the use of acid as a food preservative. Dr. Koufman defines the symptoms this shockingly common disease and explains why a change in diet can alleviate some of the most common symptoms. Dropping Acid offers a dietary cure for acid reflux, as well as lists of the best and worst foods for a reflux sufferer. The book’s recipes use tasty fats as flavorings, not as main ingredients; included are the recipes for tasty dishes that prove living with reflux doesn't mean living without delicious food.


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Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure is the first book to explain how acid reflux, particularly silent reflux, is related to dietary and lifestyle factors. It also explains how and why the reflux epidemic is related to the use of acid as a food preservative. Dr. Koufman defines the symptoms this shockingly common disease and explains why a change in diet can a Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure is the first book to explain how acid reflux, particularly silent reflux, is related to dietary and lifestyle factors. It also explains how and why the reflux epidemic is related to the use of acid as a food preservative. Dr. Koufman defines the symptoms this shockingly common disease and explains why a change in diet can alleviate some of the most common symptoms. Dropping Acid offers a dietary cure for acid reflux, as well as lists of the best and worst foods for a reflux sufferer. The book’s recipes use tasty fats as flavorings, not as main ingredients; included are the recipes for tasty dishes that prove living with reflux doesn't mean living without delicious food.

30 review for Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meladmin

    Quick read. Interesting theory. But this book needs appendices. It's frustrating because not enough higher pH foods are listed in the charts, so while I tried this and it eased some of my throat symptoms, it's not practical. I've searched for other pH lists, but they all focus on whether foods are acid-forming once digested, not if the foods are acidic themselves. In addition, many foods listed as ok cause me an issue. Salt being the biggest culprit. Also cooked kale and cooked spinach which cau Quick read. Interesting theory. But this book needs appendices. It's frustrating because not enough higher pH foods are listed in the charts, so while I tried this and it eased some of my throat symptoms, it's not practical. I've searched for other pH lists, but they all focus on whether foods are acid-forming once digested, not if the foods are acidic themselves. In addition, many foods listed as ok cause me an issue. Salt being the biggest culprit. Also cooked kale and cooked spinach which caused immediate burning. The food combining theory has great potential to make this approach more practical, but she doesn't explain how you can implement this approach on your own. The pH charts are in a format that doesn't allow easy copying and pasting to make your own lists. Again, frustrating. I'm going to try Dr. Robillard's "fast tract" diet, which I hope will address the underlying issue. I'll continue to keep my food choices low acid as per Koufman's recommendations, but it's really tough because as I mentioned, the food pH list is way too short and I find myself wondering what to eat. Too bad she doesn't put more helpful information on her website as this book seems incomplete, as does her site. In short, I'm grateful to have learned about this approach. My dietary changes resulted in improvement in one symptom. But I'm still having a tough time and am looking into other approaches. I wish the book were more extensive. ETA Update Dec 2015: I tried the Fast Tract diet - it was more difficult than Dropping Acid. Even doing it halfway will make you lose weight quickly - that was an undesired effect for me, but if that's something you would want, then it's more incentive to give it a go. I couldn't stick with that diet at all so it didn't help me. In the end, I still eat with the Dropping Acid lessons in mind and it has helped ease my symptoms dramatically. Adhering to it strictly is nearly impossible, so as long as you keep in mind that it is not an exact science - you must still figure out which foods work/don't work for you, then it can be very helpful. Dr. Koufmann is correct in that you need to be stricter until the inflammation goes down. Then you can slowly reintroduce foods to determine what you need to restrict long-term. Highly recommend. ETA update March 2016: The book Killing Me Softly From Inside by Dr. Aviv is very similar in concepts but addresses all the issues above. Highly recommend that book as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Cover to cover, this is one of the most impressive dietary books I have read. To start, the authors are two ENT doctors, who pair with a French chef to create recipes that will help those suffering from Reflux feel better quickly. The book is much more than a recipe book. In fact, approximately 2/3 of the book contains easy to understand descriptions of how Reflux works, the author's findings through an impressive 25 years of clinical experience, and a comprehensive list of cited research studie Cover to cover, this is one of the most impressive dietary books I have read. To start, the authors are two ENT doctors, who pair with a French chef to create recipes that will help those suffering from Reflux feel better quickly. The book is much more than a recipe book. In fact, approximately 2/3 of the book contains easy to understand descriptions of how Reflux works, the author's findings through an impressive 25 years of clinical experience, and a comprehensive list of cited research studies. My ultimate goal is to completely stop taking PPI's and manage my reflux with diet. Fingers crossed and off to the grocery store.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    I wish that I didn't have to read these kinds of books but unfortunately I have no choice. But as far as the book goes, I found it very informative and I am excited to try out some of the recipes that were listed. There are so many books and articles out there that conflict each other that I hope that this is the one that works for me!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I think if you're a vegetarian and/or already a pretty healthy eater, it will be really easy to digest (har har) this book and to get a feel for the diet and the recipes. I didn't think they seemed all that bland (maybe a little, but what do you expect from a reflux cookbook?!) and liked the mix of options. They also didn't seem that difficult or confusing to me, but then again, I cook a lot. I think if you are already kind of anal about your diet / cooking, this book will be a good place to get I think if you're a vegetarian and/or already a pretty healthy eater, it will be really easy to digest (har har) this book and to get a feel for the diet and the recipes. I didn't think they seemed all that bland (maybe a little, but what do you expect from a reflux cookbook?!) and liked the mix of options. They also didn't seem that difficult or confusing to me, but then again, I cook a lot. I think if you are already kind of anal about your diet / cooking, this book will be a good place to get some new ideas of how to eat a more alkaline diet, which is pretty much where I am and why I got it. If not, you might want to look into some other sources -- this book is good, but it definitely doesn't start "at the beginning," so to speak. One of the best things about this book is how it emphasizes what you CAN eat, not just what you can't. That was the main reason I got it -- I found all these lists on the internet of what I wasn't supposed to eat, which all happened to correspond exactly to my usual diet. Woe! I felt like I couldn't eat anything anymore. So it's nice to see that there are actually things you can eat, as well as having a list of the pH of various foods so that you can make smart decisions about where you can ease up a little, and where you need to be more strict. The science portion is short, sweet, and explains LPR, silent reflux, etc and the authors' theories clearly and concisely without being too simplistic (although the lobster claw thing was a little silly, but whatever.) I think the science seems sound, it certainly explains why I've been sick for years with no one able to properly diagnose me, and why I'm feeling better now that I'm eating more in line with what this book proposes. I wish there were more recipes and that the blog was a little more useful. Hopefully others will draw from this research and expand upon the subject. Overall I wish there was more to this book, but it's a good start.

  5. 4 out of 5

    willaful

    I read this with interest, but found it really unhelpful for my needs. I don't have the background to judge the science behind their theories, but I don't feel able to try them out for myself without a lot more supplemental information. 1) The food information is primarily in the form of recipes. If you're just starting out and want to know "what the heck do I eat today?" this isn't that helpful. I don't have the energy to cook for every meal I eat, especially on a diet that requires eating small I read this with interest, but found it really unhelpful for my needs. I don't have the background to judge the science behind their theories, but I don't feel able to try them out for myself without a lot more supplemental information. 1) The food information is primarily in the form of recipes. If you're just starting out and want to know "what the heck do I eat today?" this isn't that helpful. I don't have the energy to cook for every meal I eat, especially on a diet that requires eating smaller, more frequent meals, to treat a condition that often includes nausea. I need info about at least some foods that can be prepared quickly and easily. I don't know how working people would adapt this diet to their lifestyles. 2) The charts showing the ph of different foods are extremely short and just... random. Many everyday foods aren't listed, but we get the ph of several different varieties of apple. There are some random brand names. I tried looking up the foods I regularly eat and couldn't find a single one. 3) There is no information for how to adjust the diet for different health needs. The recipes listed have carb counts that would send my blood sugar through the stratosphere. The assumption seems to be "this is the healthiest diet around and will be good for anyone, no matter what their other issues." So, maybe they have a good theory, but it didn't help me much.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This is great, because it's a combo cookbook and science book. It gives the ins and outs of reflux and the science behind it. It also give a lot of good recipes and foods that are okay to eat. It is not a "diet" book. Even though the recipes are low-fat and low-acid, it repeatedly tells you that those foods are okay some of the time in moderate quantities, especially once you get your reflux under control. The crux of the book is that our American diet relies too heavily on processed foods. In o This is great, because it's a combo cookbook and science book. It gives the ins and outs of reflux and the science behind it. It also give a lot of good recipes and foods that are okay to eat. It is not a "diet" book. Even though the recipes are low-fat and low-acid, it repeatedly tells you that those foods are okay some of the time in moderate quantities, especially once you get your reflux under control. The crux of the book is that our American diet relies too heavily on processed foods. In order to make foods shelf-stable, they have to increase the acidity. It is recommended that processed foods have a pH of 4.6 or lower. The authors speculate that this is part of the cause of the rise in reflux disease in younger patients and also contributing to the increase in esophageal cancers. The authors are 2 doctors and one chef, so they are taking a potentially bland diet and trying to make it something that is enjoyable. I love that! The only potential problem is that many of the recipes seem a bit involved. One of the main reasons people turn to convenience foods is that they don't feel they have the time to cook. Recipes that are too involved aren't going to help that. The book does give a list of foods and their pHs, though, to help you when you shop.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    Dropping Acid provides a concise plan on how to reduce GERD and silent reflux through lifestyle changes, specifically dietary change. The authors main premise is that GERD has become epidemic because of changes in the American diet that include overconsumption of soda and highly acidic foods.FDA regulations have increased the acid contents of canned and bottled food to prevent bacterial growth, causing an unintended rise in GERD. The authors define silent reflux and explain in depth what causes Dropping Acid provides a concise plan on how to reduce GERD and silent reflux through lifestyle changes, specifically dietary change. The authors main premise is that GERD has become epidemic because of changes in the American diet that include overconsumption of soda and highly acidic foods.FDA regulations have increased the acid contents of canned and bottled food to prevent bacterial growth, causing an unintended rise in GERD. The authors define silent reflux and explain in depth what causes reflux. Silent reflux is also known as laryngopharyngeal reflux--it affects the larynx and throat. Silent reflux often goes unnoticed and can cause serious health-related problems, as well as career-related problems if you rely on your voice for a living. Wake up hoarse, with a scratchy throat? You may have it. The book includes a checklist of symptoms. This could be useful if you are not sure and would give you more information to share with your doctors. Dropping Acid provides a list of the good and the bad foods for reflux sufferers and offer an induction diet to get sufferers back on track. The lists and the recipes are helpful. I have tried several so far and enjoyed each. I love spicy foods, so this approach does mean making sacrifices in some of my favorite foods. Unlike some other reviewers, I haven't found this too off-putting because I do enjoy experimenting with new foods. Sadly, chocolate, tea, garlic, onions and tomatoes are on the off list. Some items that I would have considered safe, such as cucumbers, are also on the avoid list. The authors do acknowledge that people vary in which foods are the worst triggers, so there is some leeway for experimentation once the GERD symptoms are reduced. My main problem with the book is that the recipes might be appropriate for those who have GERD, but they don't take other health considerations, such as diabetes or gluten allergies, into consideration. I have to be sensitive to all of these issues when cooking for my family. Some of the recipes seem to be high in sugar and simple carbs. For example, the oatmeal recipe calls for 2 tbsps. of maple syrup per serving. That flies in the face of other health cookbooks that call for reduced sugar. Fortunately, the recipe tastes fine with a bit less maple syrup and a bit more vanilla. Though, I think there is something inherently wrong with oatmeal without cinnamon! The grilled chicken recipe is delicious. I am looking forward to trying more, including the punpkin pots de creme recipe--perfect for fall. On the downside, it covers only a limited number of common foods, leaving the reader to wonder about the rest. The authors claim that they can't cover it all. Maybe not, but I wish they had covered more, especially spices and seasonings. I would recommend the book to anyone who has had difficulty finding relief from GERD and silent reflux. If you are budget conscious and not sure if it is worth the investment, try borrowing it from the library or take a preview of the blog. The blog is a useful companion to the book and a good starting point if you want to know more. http://www.refluxcookbookblog.com/

  8. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I'm giving this book five stars because, to my knowledge, it is the best resource available on silent reflux or laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). My journey with LPR started three years ago when I started having difficulty breathing; I was coughing, wheezing, and generally felt like I couldn't catch my breath. I suspected asthma, but instead I was diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction. The speech therapist went to speech therapy, yadda, yadda, and things moved along pretty smoothly. Fast forward t I'm giving this book five stars because, to my knowledge, it is the best resource available on silent reflux or laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). My journey with LPR started three years ago when I started having difficulty breathing; I was coughing, wheezing, and generally felt like I couldn't catch my breath. I suspected asthma, but instead I was diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction. The speech therapist went to speech therapy, yadda, yadda, and things moved along pretty smoothly. Fast forward to the end of 2011/early 2012 when I was pregnant and subsequently had my baby. I started experiencing hoarseness and pitchiness. I couldn't sing soprano anymore because my voice would crack or no sound would come out at all. It was alarming. To make a long story short, I was finally (finally!) diagnosed with acid reflux. Looking back, it makes sense that my reflux reached its low point postpartum. As a new mom, I was eating and sleeping whenever I could, often snacking in the middle of the night. To have been through this drawn-out process of reaching the right diagnosis, I think this book is invaluable. The section on the science of silent reflux resonated with me as I finally read the truth about my own experience. Some reviewers complained that the recipes are bland. To be honest, I've only made three of the dishes from the book, but so far I've liked them all and plan to make them again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yaaresse

    Disclaimer: I didn't read the entire book because it's 80-85% recipes, and that's not what I was looking for. I already know how to cook and manipulate recipes; what I wanted was information. The description supplied by my library's download site truncated the title and did not indicate that this was primarily a cookbook. The information in the first few pages of the book was what I was hoping for. The info seems good, but there is too little of it. The recipes looked OK, but most people should Disclaimer: I didn't read the entire book because it's 80-85% recipes, and that's not what I was looking for. I already know how to cook and manipulate recipes; what I wanted was information. The description supplied by my library's download site truncated the title and did not indicate that this was primarily a cookbook. The information in the first few pages of the book was what I was hoping for. The info seems good, but there is too little of it. The recipes looked OK, but most people should be able to find similar ones on-line working from a solid list of which foods are problematic and which are not. The most real information was in the very short section that explains what causes reflux problems to begin with. One thing marring the information section was an underlying tone suggesting that the rest of the world has it all wrong and the authors are the only ones who truly understand this condition. Defensive much? Yeah, OK, fine, you feel under-appreciated by your colleagues. Sounds like your personal problem, not something I need to care about. Air your grievances with them; the reader doesn't find it helpful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    A useful reference for me as I'm diving into some heavy diet and lifestyle changes. The charts tracking acidity of various foods were a helpful start as was the perspective about the pepsin bonding to tissues in the esophagus so any dietary acid activates it to break down the proteins of your tissue. Opened my eyes. That said, the defensiveness of the physicians (us against the rest of the medical world) and the repetitive nature of the text could have done with a good edit. I haven't tried out A useful reference for me as I'm diving into some heavy diet and lifestyle changes. The charts tracking acidity of various foods were a helpful start as was the perspective about the pepsin bonding to tissues in the esophagus so any dietary acid activates it to break down the proteins of your tissue. Opened my eyes. That said, the defensiveness of the physicians (us against the rest of the medical world) and the repetitive nature of the text could have done with a good edit. I haven't tried out the recipes yet but some do look approachable. I'm going to try their idea of the induction diet to kick things off as it seems a logical thing to try (though such a bummer for a foodie and wine lover). I may adjust the rating after trying some recipes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Why is GERD becoming more and more common especially among younger people? The idea that the high amounts of acid used to preserve many foods sounds very plausible. To be honest, I didn't find the recipes all that appealing but will be using the list of foods and acidity level. I am allergic to many of the ingredients in the recipes so they may appeal to others. I also happen to be one of the few for whom breads make my GERD go wild. If you want to get a handle on heartburn, GERD, (and in my cas Why is GERD becoming more and more common especially among younger people? The idea that the high amounts of acid used to preserve many foods sounds very plausible. To be honest, I didn't find the recipes all that appealing but will be using the list of foods and acidity level. I am allergic to many of the ingredients in the recipes so they may appeal to others. I also happen to be one of the few for whom breads make my GERD go wild. If you want to get a handle on heartburn, GERD, (and in my case) trying to control Barrett's Esophagus then this book has some good ideas on how to control symptoms.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dee Renee Chesnut

    Koufman's The Chronic Cough Enigma and this book are instrumental in making me feel so much better as I use their 14-day induction diet that I'm eager to try the recipes in this book and adapt favorites of mine. These have been my favorite recipes so far: Mad Mushroom Stew; Healthy One-Pot Chicken Blanquette; and Pork Loin with Fingerling Potatoes and Zucchini. I recommend this book to anyone with a chronic cough related to laryngopharyngeal reflux, anyone with acid reflux, anyone trying to stay Koufman's The Chronic Cough Enigma and this book are instrumental in making me feel so much better as I use their 14-day induction diet that I'm eager to try the recipes in this book and adapt favorites of mine. These have been my favorite recipes so far: Mad Mushroom Stew; Healthy One-Pot Chicken Blanquette; and Pork Loin with Fingerling Potatoes and Zucchini. I recommend this book to anyone with a chronic cough related to laryngopharyngeal reflux, anyone with acid reflux, anyone trying to stay on an alkaline diet or a low-fat diet, or anyone who wants to try some new recipes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Ann

    Let's be honest, I'm not going to make any of these recipes. I just don't have the time or inclination to put this much effort into my food. I do think the authors have given me a better understanding of GERD, and have assured me in part that I can still eat some good foods while managing it. What this book does well: breaking down the science, the options, the side effects, and providing clear examples of trigger foods and safe foods.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    The recipes need to be rewritten so they're clearer, but for the most part this book was very helpful. Read the full review at Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books>>>

  15. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    Completely changed my life. I went from using Nexium and popping Gaviscon like candy to no medication and being in the best shape of my life.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam Escobar

    I have been successfully managing my severe Silent Reflux for 5 years without medication by controlling my diet, but still have the occasional flare up. I came across this cook book while reading another book on silent reflux. All About LPR: The Silent Reflux Story I had some high hopes that I'd get some new variety in my meal options through this book. While there is some good information in the book, and the recipes aren't overly complicated, I am really disappointed that many of these recipes I have been successfully managing my severe Silent Reflux for 5 years without medication by controlling my diet, but still have the occasional flare up. I came across this cook book while reading another book on silent reflux. All About LPR: The Silent Reflux Story I had some high hopes that I'd get some new variety in my meal options through this book. While there is some good information in the book, and the recipes aren't overly complicated, I am really disappointed that many of these recipes include ingredients that are questionable (like lemons, soy sauce, and other fruits and juices), even if they are in small quantities. I really wanted a cookbook that didn't require modifications or substitutions, that I could hand to my boyfriend and say, "anything from this cookbook is safe, even at the worst of times." Sadly, this isn't that cookbook. There are some good ideas and several recipes are fine as-is, but I expected something more sensitive from Dr. Koufman.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Hard to know how scientifically accurate this is, but the non-recipe portions of this are intriguing and got me thinking about acid reflux which I have a touch of, though it used to be much worse. So, if you're a sufferer, worth a read and a discussion with your doctor, I guess. I scanned the recipes but wasn't particularly interested in them. My take was that most of them weren't going to do for meals day-in and day-out, though probably edible.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    Read this and The Chronic Cough by Koufman. Very similar "science" chapters describing GERD/LPR/Silent Reflux symptoms. Helpful info. I am not sure I would use most recipes. I am gluten and dairy free at this time to find which food groups trigger my symptoms. But lists of food to eat/avoid were a good starting point for me as I make my grocery lists for snacks and meals.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The information provided in the first and last chapters was interesting and easy to follow. However, I was underwhelmed by the recipes and frustrated that they contained so many of the ingredients that were on the "naughty" list for acid reflux sufferers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becki

    Love Dr Koufman! Her books have helped me stop a mysterious six-month cough! Definitely recommend! So far the recipes are good and the advice is right on the money.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Clever title and a very interesting look at "silent reflux" - acid reflux that is irritates the throat, but does not really cause heartburn (which is what I have). The two of the authors are ENTs and they talk about how medical science is not looking at the issue of reflux in a holistic way - that it is not just a GI issues or an ENT issue. They propose that the Ph levels in foods, especially in our ever-processed food supply, is causing an epidemic of silent reflux. They propose a two week indu Clever title and a very interesting look at "silent reflux" - acid reflux that is irritates the throat, but does not really cause heartburn (which is what I have). The two of the authors are ENTs and they talk about how medical science is not looking at the issue of reflux in a holistic way - that it is not just a GI issues or an ENT issue. They propose that the Ph levels in foods, especially in our ever-processed food supply, is causing an epidemic of silent reflux. They propose a two week induction diet that eliminates food below a certain Ph and then gradually adding back in some foods and avoiding others all together. It is a bit depressing - everything they say to avoid (chocolate, soda, tomatoes, strawberries, etc.) is basically everything I like to eat. There is a blog site as well where they answer questions and add new information - I will check that on a regular basis. I wish this book was more instructive or complete. While they list the Ph levels of some foods, it is in no way a complete list (for example, they list the Ph of green grapes but not red). I am someone who cooks from scratch quite a bit but I also live in the real world where I uses some prepared foods and like to eat out. This books does not really help you in those arenas. Plus, they talk about how their recipes are Ph balanced, allowing you a little acidic food that is balanced by non-acidic foods, but they don't tell you how to create those balances on your own. I would have like more instruction on how to create those balances on your own. The last part of the book is recipes - to be honest, none of them looked too exciting to me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Des

    This is a must read for everyone, including those who may not think that they have a problem with reflux. Why is it so important? Because the very accurate information given on the ever elusive, difficult to diagnose, misunderstood and often overlooked condition known as "silent reflux" also known as Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR). How do I know the information is accurate? Because my recent diagnosis by and ENT specialist has answered what has been somewhat of a nightmare that started this past This is a must read for everyone, including those who may not think that they have a problem with reflux. Why is it so important? Because the very accurate information given on the ever elusive, difficult to diagnose, misunderstood and often overlooked condition known as "silent reflux" also known as Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR). How do I know the information is accurate? Because my recent diagnosis by and ENT specialist has answered what has been somewhat of a nightmare that started this past summer with difficulty swallowing and breathing that several doctors and specialist could not seem to figure out and diagnose. When I stubbornly went to see and ENT against the advice of my primary care physician (an internal medicine specialist) who insisted I was experiencing asthma (a common misdiagnosis of LPR patients), a weight was lifted from my shoulders when he immediately recognized the symptoms and gave me a print out on LPR that encompassed all of my symptoms including symptoms previously deemed to be allergy and sinus issues. LPR is very complex and I thank God for directing me to help. The ENT did an endoscopic examine to both confirm his diagnosis and to check for cancer which is a common outcome to untreated LPR. I was assured that I am cancer free and I am well on my way to recovery as a result of the prescribed medical treatment by the ENT and dietary advice recommended in this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This book is an overview of what to eat if you have GERD and some recipes. If you suffer from occasional heartburn this book would help; that said, I'd just cut back on the usual culprits and not convert to these extremely bland recipes before you had too. Bo-ring. The BEST PART of the book is that they include some food lists of acceptable foods. A google search and handout from the doctor will hit the big 7-10 items to eat/avoid but no one, as far as I've found, has complied an extensive safe l This book is an overview of what to eat if you have GERD and some recipes. If you suffer from occasional heartburn this book would help; that said, I'd just cut back on the usual culprits and not convert to these extremely bland recipes before you had too. Bo-ring. The BEST PART of the book is that they include some food lists of acceptable foods. A google search and handout from the doctor will hit the big 7-10 items to eat/avoid but no one, as far as I've found, has complied an extensive safe list for GERD sufferers. These guys have made a good start (it's still very short when you get down to it). Worth the price of the book if you find it feels like everything makes you sick. I'd been avoiding some foods that they list as 'okay' for a while - nice to have some new options when your diet is this limited! So far, my bf and I have made two recipes. They were labor intensive but they were different than what I eat all the time so that was fun. That said, they are BLAND. I had expected things to be more flavorful since the cookbook boasts that a french chef had his hand in it AND the recipes are so labor intensive. Not so. Again, if you suffer from GERD, are on medication and are still sick, have lost weight if you needed to, eat all the right foods, raised your bed, etc. this book can help you branch out a bit food-wise. Enjoy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Lots of good info about "silent" reflux. I know I get acid reflux and have some of the symptoms of silent reflux so I thought I would pick this book up. It's quite interesting and eye opening. The author claims that up to 70% of lung disease may be caused by silent reflux, reflux into the pharynx/larynx. I do find it's a bit contradictory and apparently the recipes in the book are not supposed to be used on the 2 week induction phase. It also says in a chart that Barrett's esophagus, pre-cancer, Lots of good info about "silent" reflux. I know I get acid reflux and have some of the symptoms of silent reflux so I thought I would pick this book up. It's quite interesting and eye opening. The author claims that up to 70% of lung disease may be caused by silent reflux, reflux into the pharynx/larynx. I do find it's a bit contradictory and apparently the recipes in the book are not supposed to be used on the 2 week induction phase. It also says in a chart that Barrett's esophagus, pre-cancer, is not found much in silent reflux and then later on says it is found as frequent as in GERD (classic heartburn). I'm also a little perplexed as to how acid food effects the larynx, food should not reach the larynx unless breathing in a bit of acid is enough? I wish they had gone into that a little more. I know it's a diet book but would have liked more science since this is just an emerging field. Also been on the blog and it seems inactive.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hulamonkey

    After suffering from a cough for many years that allergist and medical doctors determined to be allergies of some sort (nothing definite) I saw a episode on the Dr. Oz show on Silent Reflux and made an appointment right away at the Koufman Reflux Center (I am lucky enough to be withing a reasonable distance to NYC. Reflux damage was revealed when my throat was scoped and I was placed on a acid detox diet and within a few days my coughing ceases. No more middle of the night or morning coughing fit After suffering from a cough for many years that allergist and medical doctors determined to be allergies of some sort (nothing definite) I saw a episode on the Dr. Oz show on Silent Reflux and made an appointment right away at the Koufman Reflux Center (I am lucky enough to be withing a reasonable distance to NYC. Reflux damage was revealed when my throat was scoped and I was placed on a acid detox diet and within a few days my coughing ceases. No more middle of the night or morning coughing fits. This book covers a ton of information that Dr. Jamie Koufman has learned over her 30 years as one of the nations leading laryngologists. Simple explanations, common sense approach to cure on of Silent Reflux. The book also contains a cookbook of low/non acid foods. The diet is wonderful - you can eat bread!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily Crow

    I received this last week as a First Reads giveaway. I was interested in the topic since my husband suffers from rather severe acid reflux and it's starting to flare up despite his medication. The diet is easy to understand, and the authors give a good explanation for their theory. There are also some recipes, which look nice. Unfortunately, many of these contain pasta, barley, oats or breadcrumbs, and as I am avoiding gluten for my own health reasons, I won't be trying them. My preliminary rating I received this last week as a First Reads giveaway. I was interested in the topic since my husband suffers from rather severe acid reflux and it's starting to flare up despite his medication. The diet is easy to understand, and the authors give a good explanation for their theory. There are also some recipes, which look nice. Unfortunately, many of these contain pasta, barley, oats or breadcrumbs, and as I am avoiding gluten for my own health reasons, I won't be trying them. My preliminary rating is three stars. My husband has agreed to try the diet, and if it works, I will probably be increasing it in the future. Overall impression...nice book, worth a try. **I received a free copy of this book as a first reads giveaway. However, my review reflects my honest opinion of the book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maryellen

    If you suffer with GERD or "silent reflux" then this book may really help you to learn about and control your condition. Being someone who is unable to take medication for acid reflux because of allergies, this way of eating certainly helped me. The "induction diet" isn't easy but I got used to it and amazingly~~I didn't have any symptoms of heartburn and my asthma was even more controlled (and I even lost a few pounds). I have now added foods to my diet that I never would have thought would act If you suffer with GERD or "silent reflux" then this book may really help you to learn about and control your condition. Being someone who is unable to take medication for acid reflux because of allergies, this way of eating certainly helped me. The "induction diet" isn't easy but I got used to it and amazingly~~I didn't have any symptoms of heartburn and my asthma was even more controlled (and I even lost a few pounds). I have now added foods to my diet that I never would have thought would actually help to counter acid reflux like fresh fennel and ginger root. DROPPING ACID contains some really helpful charts that show the PH level of various foods. Here's what I like about the recipe section~~they show photos of the finished product. Nice touch. I find myself referring to this book often.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Margarita

    This is a beautiful hard cover book that was first mentioned to me by a patient. Two doctors tested and proofed all these recipes in the kitchen, before publishing. My personal take on many indigestion issues is cutting out the "big inflammatory triad" - gluten, diary, sugar, but for patients who do not want to to be so rad as to completely dispense with all familiar foods, this would be a great start, and I am certain they would get great results. Personally, I look at some of the pictures and This is a beautiful hard cover book that was first mentioned to me by a patient. Two doctors tested and proofed all these recipes in the kitchen, before publishing. My personal take on many indigestion issues is cutting out the "big inflammatory triad" - gluten, diary, sugar, but for patients who do not want to to be so rad as to completely dispense with all familiar foods, this would be a great start, and I am certain they would get great results. Personally, I look at some of the pictures and I am drawn to make food, because even for a person who does not suffer from indigestion could benefit from some good clean food :). If only all the patients could resolve to make their meals instead of relying on meds... As I just heard someone say, the cure is not the pill, the cure is the fork!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I won this in a goodreads giveaway. This book is a very easy read-got it and read it cover to cover in the same day. The upside is that many of the recipes look very simple-I made the spaghetti and white clam sauce tonight and enjoyed it. The downside is that I don't enjoy eating quite a bit of the food they suggest, bananas being at the top of my list for foods that I hate. The science of reflux is easy to understand but very depressing-I will add esophageal cancer to the list of things that is I won this in a goodreads giveaway. This book is a very easy read-got it and read it cover to cover in the same day. The upside is that many of the recipes look very simple-I made the spaghetti and white clam sauce tonight and enjoyed it. The downside is that I don't enjoy eating quite a bit of the food they suggest, bananas being at the top of my list for foods that I hate. The science of reflux is easy to understand but very depressing-I will add esophageal cancer to the list of things that is going to kill me. I will be bringing this book with me on the next visit to my GI doctor, the authors mention that some of the things they say are disputed by the medical profession so I think I need a second opinion about it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Annajune

    I have two reviews for this book. I liked the discussion of how acid reflux works and what can make it worse or help it. I liked the science part in the back to a certain extent. I liked learning what I could do to help my "silent" acid reflux hopefully without being on medication for the rest of my life. This was the first book/article/whatnot that focused so much on LPR (silent reflux) and not just GERD (traditional reflux). Now the other aspect, the recipes, I personally found useless. I have I have two reviews for this book. I liked the discussion of how acid reflux works and what can make it worse or help it. I liked the science part in the back to a certain extent. I liked learning what I could do to help my "silent" acid reflux hopefully without being on medication for the rest of my life. This was the first book/article/whatnot that focused so much on LPR (silent reflux) and not just GERD (traditional reflux). Now the other aspect, the recipes, I personally found useless. I have to feed a family and I don't see most of the recipes being liked by the small members of the household (mad mushroom stew anyone?)

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