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Book review: Eating For Acid Reflux

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Updated February 26, 2012

Book review: Eating For Acid Reflux
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Just about everyone can say they have suffered from heartburn at least once. Millions of people suffer from occasional heartburn. For others, their heartburn occurs two or more times a week. Many of them have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly and stomach contents reflux back up into the esophagus. Depending on how severe your GERD is, treatment may involve one or more of the following lifestyle changes and medications or surgery.

In the book, Eating For Acid Reflux, Jill Sklar and Annabel Cohen first cover various aspects of GERD, including what it is, the symptoms, and treatment options. They then have the "Cookbook" section that contains a lot of recipes.

Pros

  • Both Jill Sklar and Annabel Cohen have suffered from reflux, so they could add a personal perspective when writing the book.
  • The content of the book is written in layman's terms so that it is easily understood.
  • The first part of the book, called the Handbook, is a detailed explanation of what GERD is, along with giving information on treatment options, such as lifestyle modifications, medications, and surgery.
  • The second part of the book, called the Cookbook, contains dozens of recipes.
  • Mainstream and alternative treatment options are given
  • Substitutes are given for forbidden foods.
  • The glossary

Cons

Some of the recipes include ingredients that are known heartburn triggers for some people. While the recipes do have the caution "as tolerated" on those recipes, it will take a bit more work when preparing those recipes.

Book Details

  • Title: Eating For Acid Reflux (A Handbook and Cookbook For Those With Heartburn)
  • Authors: Jill Sklar and Annabel Cohen
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569244928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569244920

Chapters in the book:

Part 1 -- The Handbook

1 Why Not You?

  • What is GERD?
  • The history of GERD
  • The epidemiology of GERD
  • Personal lives, private pain

2 The Disease And Its Diagnosis

  • When good digestion goes bad
  • Signs, symptoms, and possible causes
  • Common causes
  • Taking the complaint to the doctor
  • Arriving at the diagnosis
  • So now what?

3 Lifestyle Changes

  • Stopping smoking
  • Reducing or eliminating alcohol
  • Losing weight
  • Exercising . . . but not too vigorously
  • Dressing sensibly
  • Sleeping on an angle
  • Changing meals
  • When traeling or eating out

4 Medical Management

  • Antacids and acid-reducing medications and how they work
  • Medications that can help
  • Medications that can hurt

5 Antireflux Endoscopic And Surgical Procedures

  • Reasons for surgery and endoscopic procedures
  • Types of antireflux surgery and endoscopic procedures
  • Risks of antireflux surgery and endoscopic procedures
  • What to expect from the hospital experience and recovery
  • Diet tips for the weeks following surgery and endoscopic procedures

6 Alternative Treatments

  • Herbs that may help
  • Herbs that can hurt
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Pain and stress reduction techniques

7 Reflux in Pregnancy, Childhood, And Senior Adulthood

  • Reflux in pregnancy
  • Reflux in childhood
  • Reflux in senior adulthood

Part 2 -- The Cookbook

  • Solving GERD food issues
  • Change your ways!
  • Great Starters
  • Satisfying Soups
  • Salad Days
  • Sideshow
  • Main Event
  • Grand Finale
  • Brunch Table

Guide Review: Eating For Acid Reflux

This book starts with a useful handbook that describes what gastroesophageal reflux disease is in easily understood language. It shows that this disease is more than just heartburn. The book explains how GERD can be life-altering. It also explains the possible complications that may occur, such as Barrett's esophageal and esophageal cancer.

This book does a good job of explaining the different diagnostic tests a doctor may have performed.

Also included in this book are descriptions of various treatment options, such as lifestyle changes, medications, and surgery.

The second section of the book is aptly called The Cookbook. It contains over 100 recipes.

I've found this book a good resource for both the medical and dietary information.

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