I’ve Been Dropping Acid

Soul Dipper dropping acid?

You bet…dropping acid reflux!

I’m sick and tired of ridiculous symptoms affecting:

  •  Nose and sinuses
  • Mouth (oral cavity)
  • Throat (pharnyx)
  • Voice Box (larynx)
  • Swallowing tube (esophagus)
  • Stomach and upper intestines
  • Breathing tube (trachea) and lungs

I thought a monster sinus infection had homesteaded.  Either that or I was dying of old age.  I’d heard seniors talking about choking – like they were trying to swallow a balloon and I’d begun to experience the same symptom.  Plus – I couldn’t stop coughing.  Had post nasal drip.  Constant throat clearing (especially in the morning).  Breathing impairment. Etc. etc.

Off I went to a local Ear, Nose and Throat specialist who told me I was a poster child for acid reflux.  I thought he was bonkers and looked for an escape!  But he persisted and put my nose in a book written

My research accoutrements.

My research accoutrements.

by two other ENTS:  “Dropping Acid:The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure”.  All my symptoms and more were listed.

“Silent acid reflux” has been the culprit…I seldom have heartburn.  This acid has been creeping up into my aerodigestive tract during the night while I sleep.

The authors of the book, Dr.s Jamie Koufmann and Jordan Stern, along with my ENT, warn that the medical profession, generally, has not embraced this growing concern.  Doctors understandably hang their professional hats on scientific data sanctioned by familiar sources.  Do you see pharmaceuticals peeking around that corner?  Nevertheless, these three doctors, alone, already have thousands of success stories in their files.

And the amazing fact?  Improvement is immediate with just a few simple steps.  I jumped on the suggested clean-up and after one week, I am not constantly clearing my throat.  I’m not coughing.  No post nasal drip, etc, etc.

To help ourselves live outside of this barrel of acidity, it’s necessary to understand what caused this huge rise in acid reflux symptoms in our nations. The author’s explained:

“In response to an outbreak of botulism in 1973, Congress passed Title 21, a law giving the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate canned and bottled goods that crossed state lines.”

Then in 1979, in the name of safety, “Good Manufacturing Practices” set higher levels of certain food additives and acidity levels in pre-packaged food to discourage bacterial growth and curtail possible contamination.

Yes, we know about preservatives.  However, did you know a regulation named “Title 21” requires the pH to be below 4.6 – low enough to discourage bacteria?  It encourages food and beverages to be produced at levels of pH 4.0 and below.

On page 174 of “Dropping Acid”, a quote:

“Acidified foods shall be so manufactured, processed, and packaged that a finished equilibrium pH value of 4.6 or lower is achieved…If the finished equilibrium pH is 4.0 or below, then the measurement of acidity of the final product may be made by any suitable method.” – The US Government Printing Office

With that in mind, consider the fact that a neutral pH level is 7.0.  A pH level of 1.0 is very acidic.  The normal range of stomach acid is pH 1-4.  This works on a logarithmic scale so, for example, pH 4 is TEN times more acidic than pH 5.  (4.9 is TWICE as acidic as 5.0)

In other words, here’s the most important point to remember:  The lower the acid rating of any food, the bigger the challenge you are giving your body’s ability to deal with all that acid.

IMG_0024 “My” ENT suggested some simple steps to reduce the acidity level in my stomach, re-train my brain to produce less acid and live without a myriad of confusing and annoying symptoms.  I am on the two week purge so I can clean up and then live with balance.  He said:

  • Get “Dropping Acid”.  (I borrowed from the local library – to see if it’s worth buying for myself.)
  • Learn the acidic levels of food/beverages and eat accordingly.  (For my 2-week purge or “induction”, I cut out  any food with a rating less than pH 5.0.  After this “induction”, I will balance the food groups.)
  • Raise level of your bed 4″ to 6″  – increasing pillows is not enough.  (I now have a foam wedge that inclines me from head to hips.)
  • Eat nothing for three hours before bed.
  • Wear nothing tight around your waist.
  • Use abdominal breathing.
  • Lose weight  – exercise.  (I find I lose automatically when I faithfully eat alkaline foods – i.e. higher pH rating.)
  • Eat small meals – up to 6 times a day.
  • No nicotine or caffeine and during the “induction”, no alcohol.  (None of these are a part of my life so this is easy.)
  • No spicy foods or citrus fruits  (melons are acceptable during the “induction” stage).
  • Include protein and reduce fat intake with each meal.
  • Avoid cough drops and mouth wash.

I continued daily use of the Neti Pot to support my body’s adjustment.

In one week, the difference is remarkable.

Be informed, faithful reader.  It’s too simple to ignore.

(To help anyone who suffers from acid reflux – the authors are working on an app that will let us shop for our food with fact and confidence.  You can read about it on their website.)

Going for the Holistic.

Going for the Holistic.

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62 thoughts on “I’ve Been Dropping Acid

  1. Thanks for sharing. Very interesting theory. Makes lots of sense and a great reason to eat more live plant-based whole food that isn’t processed. Wishing you some happy healing.

    • Thanks Chris…you know I’m a raw food fan! I’ve had to watch the acid/alkaline levels of raw foods as well, but I agree that plant-based, locally produced is my best approach to living!

  2. This is an important message, Amy. Especially pertinent for those of us who are getting older, whose digestive functions seem to rebel at times. Managing symptoms with dietary considerations is so preferred to the acid-reducing meds that can cause other problems such as esophageal cancer…a most difficult diagnosis to care for or live with. Thanks for putting the word out there.

  3. Aloha Amy: Have you read Michael Pollan’s The Ominvore’s Dilemma? I think with all the changes in the food chain, it’s a miracle we can digest anything. That being said, whole foods are still available, and our diet of choice exclusively (with a rare exception for, say, organic corn chips now and again). And then there’s Vasat Lad’s food combining chart (ayurvedic) which cannot steer a person wrong if considered. And THEN there’s ginger and tumeric, which are also good for joint pain and such – I drink a mix of them buzzed in the blender and strained, every day. They clear toxins in the liver, which helps the overall process. I can’t remember the last time I felt acidic, but even as a distant memory, it’s not a pleasant one. Good luck!

    • I know of the book, Bela, but, no I haven’t read it.

      I converted to an alkaline life style four or five years ago – under the teachings of Dr. Robert Young who supplied acid/alkaline ratings for seemingly every food in the world. When disciplined, I ate according to the balance of 75% akaline and 25% acidic. I felt fabulous.

      I’ve enjoyed a plant-based food but I found some aspects too acidic. In some cases it’s the seasoning and other times it’s the combinations. My stomach cannot tolerate tomato base anything. I’m named a Pitta Dosha in the Ayurvedic world which is so accurate:

      “In terms of their diet, Pitta people should avoid hot spices, alcohol, coffee, vinegar, and acidic foods like citrus and tomatoes. Of course, these
      are typically their favorite foods! They should eat sweet juicy fruits such as mangos and melons. They should also include lots of cooling vegetables
      with high water content, such as cucumbers, kale and lettuce, in their diet.”

      During our unusually high and long allergy season, I was gobbling tomatoes laced with cheese and chasing that acid with a chunk of dark chocolate. No wonder my body rebelled. So, it’s back to discipline.

      I love smoothies- I always keep fresh ginger in my fridge, but I’m cautious around tumeric. I know that it’s good for me, but it’s also a fairly strong spice.

      I like drinking hot water with grated ginger and a bit of honey. I keep medicinal ginger tea in the cupboard at all times.

      Thankfully I really like the food that’s good for me. It’s just a matter of cutting out (or way down) on the veggies and fruits that make my tum rebel.

  4. Ditto, Victoria … or the surgical alternative, which is a nissen fundiplication. Acid reflux effects lung health as well and actually is one of the results of lung disease, in which case there is no other options but nissen fundiplication (a life-saver). It can get to the point where you actually aspirate the acid into your lungs. “Painful” is an understatement. So pleased to know this alternative strategy – commonsense strategy – is working for you, Amy. Good luck …

    • Yes, I was thinking of you, Jamie – but then I do lots of times when serious food issues come into the conversation. About 6 years ago, I suddenly had respiratory problems. Before that…nothing. I was sent off for tests and was diagnosed with COPD due to cigarette smoke. I’d quit smoking about 20 years before that and didn’t have any breathing problems. Aren’t lungs one of the organs that heal? It made no sense.

      I’m hoping these new measures will bring that issue into line, too. I’ve had a sense for years that I wanted my bed to be propped up, I’ve looked at those beds that raise electrically and would think, “Man, that would feel so good!” I thought it was just a whim. Missed the nudge. Our bodies know…

      • Haaaaaaaaa! Nice to know food issues trigger thoughts of me. My giggle for the day …

        IPF often goes away when people stop smoking; but, I don’t think the same goes for COPD and the other 265 ILD conditions. I wonder if the COPD is effecting your GERD or the other way around. Please don’t fool with this Amy and do see the experts.
        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2714564/

        My odd experience: the pulmonolgists say that GERD causes or increases lung issues and the gastroenterolgists claim that a large portion of their patients are lung patients and that lung issues cause GERD. An interesting question of what comes first: chicken or egg … Some humor there except in this case it’s your health. So do take care.

        Sending you healing energy …

        • See? You’ve done great work!

          Not to worry, Jamie – I have been in the hands of a great doctor so the COPD issues have been under medical scrutiny. However, that great doctor is leaving the island 😦 and the other doctors are FULL…no room at the Inn. So I’m girding my loins so to speak. And will roar like a lion if needed!

    • Aha, Kim, you thought you caught me! Yep, I knew it would do what titles are supposed to do…there’ll likely be a big story rolling around the island. The title went on Face Book and we know how people can jump to conclusions while reading only a few words.

      And, listen, Mom…SILENT acid reflux are hitting kids now. That really makes my acid bubble!

  5. Hmmm my dear aunt glad you found an answer to your problem, I had the same thing many years ago, and believe my father had it too. I stopped the processed food some time ago and found much relieve with that alone. I haven’t got to a point like you mention so I still have occasion with it, but way less then I have had before. Hope this finds you well and smiling.

    • It’s certainly on your mom’s side of the family, too. She told me she was on the meds for it. Grandpa had a terrible time with it – especially in his later years. Not only did his food start tasting differently, some dishes began to nearly do him in! If only I knew then…

      The SILENT acid reflux is really bad, Larry, because we don’t know its bothering us. We can end up with multiple diagnoses when the cause is this silent AR. So mind your symptoms, Neph!

      I think your mom’s house must be a mess from the Calgary flood. I haven’t heard results from Wendy yet. Still seems impossible to me…!

  6. You caught my attention with the yerba mate (which is originally from my country). But now I’m confused. Yerba mate is highly alkaline (acidic). Does that mean it has to be eliminated? Great information in this post by the way and I thank you for it.

    • Yes, Lidi, Yerba is alkaline! It’s been in my life since I “alkalized” and I’ve no plan or need to veer away from it. Let’s do a little bragging:

      Of the Top 7 Alkaline Herbal Teas, guess which one is #1!

      Yerba Mate Tea: A wonderful tea, native to South America, that can be really useful in detoxing and cleansing. It gives a slight energy boost, that is free from the jitters of caffeine-based drinks such as coffee and green tea and each infusion of yerba mate contains:

      • Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
      • Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
      • Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.

  7. Hmm, you’ve got me thinking, Amy. I’ve cut back lately on the digestive enzymes my naturopath prescribed and I’ve had a very irritable,sore throat for a couple of weeks. Well, I did have flu for 10 days that was accompanied by a sore throat, which is where I think all of my current ailments began. But, I digress. . . the sore throat I have now I chalked up to allergies. But having read your post I’m a-wondering if it isn’t acid reflux. I think I’ll go back to daily doses of the enzymes and see if that doesn’t help.

    • The ENT said that allergy season exacerbates acid reflux. He thinks that’s why I was dinged fairly brutally. Bet your Naturopath would know…love those docs. Hope you get over it soon, Kathy.

      Boy, my heart’s been with Alberta. Wow! I haven’t shed so many tears in a long, long while – both in fear and relief. Certainly brings out that good ol’ prairie spirit that I love beyond belief.

  8. I hope you feel better soon. And thanks for the list of dos and don’ts. While the problem isn’t as severe with me, I too suffer from acid-reflux every now and then. I usually counter it by drinking a lot of water, but I’m now going to try out other things from your list 🙂

    • Kazammmm…there you are, Shafali. I was thinking about you a bunch today. Here’s why. I tried a treatment called the Trinfinity8. It’s a process created by Dr. Kathy Forti – there’s samplings on the internet. This very intriguing program includes holding crystals that are connected to a laptop which is showing fractels (I’m not sure of the spelling) and the beautiful, fluid, colorful and graceful movements are so much like the design of your app “Hypnotoy”.

      I hope you are well and that the app is catching attention. I’m wondering if results of her process could be “extended” by watching Hypnotoy.

      Re: the Acid Reflux. If you know that you suffer “every now and then”, it’s quite likely you have Silent AR which is busy at night while you sleep. That’s what caught me in it’s grip – I didn’t have any heartburn. I ignored that I would “burp up” after many meals. So do take care and watch for any symptoms like sore throat, ears feeling weird, post nasal drip, sinus aggravation, etc. That book is very explicit about symptoms and there are many.

      Oh…p.s. – Another thing the ENT suggested…even tho you have no heartburn, take a Tums just before bedtime.

  9. Good information all around. I especially adhere to the no food a few hours before bedtime. That is deadly. Not only upsets the tummy but creates awful dreams and fitful sleep. I’m glad you’ve taken steps to fix the problem.

    • I remember Oprah learning that eating anything after 7:00 pm meant weight piled on. I was really good about that until I began making popcorn much too late at night because I wanted to watch a movie. Can’t see the screen if it’s not through a bowl of popcorn, can ya? 🙂 Yes, popcorn with no butter is okay. But not just before bed!

  10. Hi Amy,

    This is so so educative. My take-away from your post is…. well everything, all of it!

    Frankly I had no awareness of “Acid Reflux” and what it signified till I read this post. Ignoramus me! I do however recall a treatise which someone had pointed out to me some years back which indicated ways of achieving certain levels of Ph value within our body and the implications of that. I might still have it somewhere and would look it up. The other aspect that comes to mind is the aspect of yoghurt , ginger and a little honey. In India, there is a widespread belief how these wonder foods in combination can support lowering of acidity levels.

    My prayers remain with you to get well soon. Remember the strength of mind over matter….

    Blessings

    Shakti

    • All three of those foods are on my list of favourites. I’ve used ginger to settle my stomach many times, Shakti, and when I make ginger tea, I sweeten it with a bit of honey. YUM! A treat when something so good-tasting is actually good for us!

      I suspect there’s been a good reason for that widespread belief. In Dropping Acid, plain Yogurt is rated 4.8 (page 64) and 4.3 (page 191) Ginger is 6.5. (page 189) The book doesn’t rate honey, but Wikipedia (at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey) says, “The average pH of honey is 3.9, but can range from 3.4 to 6.1.” Obviously, the range exists due to different types of honey. I recently heard that Manuka Honey from New Zealand is the best honey in the world. It costs $35.00 US dollars for 500 gms. The person said he uses 1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water and that’s his favourite drink. Hope he stirs it with a golden spoon! 😀

  11. Very interesting post, Amy. Thanks for sharing. I particularly appreciate how you laid out the historical aspect of this problem. I find myself questioning all the “new” health problems that we are bombarded with, from nut & gluten allergies to irritable bowel and everything in between. I always wonder, how in heck did people live with all these undiagnosed food problems 50 years ago? I suspect that in nearly all cases, the changes in our food consumption are key. If it’s not chemical additives, it’s how food is raised, traces of this and that. I’m a huge proponent of eating locally as much as possible, and feel blessed to live in a climate that makes eating local possible.

    • Yes, Linda, I like to shop where I can see which of my neighbours grew this fresh, multi-colored, flower-petalled bag of salad greens. What a glorious offering they provide to us weekly. I don’t need a label – just need to know it was George or Mary or Estelle…

      I grazed through the garden as a kid whenever I got hungry. I had to beat my brother to the pea patch! I ate different flora in the bush and learned which ones tasted good and which to stay away from. Amazing – I never poisoned myself or broke out in some strange reaction. I don’t remember if I was told what to stay away from or if my instincts kicked in. Today, when I go through a health food section, I see some products made out of a few of those plants that would tide me over to dinner.

      Am I over simplifying (that seems to be SUCH a sin) when I say there are too many gov’t officials with too much time to think about things they know little about. They insist that everyone else test to perfection…who insists that they test their decisions and consequences? It US, isn’t it? Well, we have more work to do, Linda.

  12. Great post!
    I have been having problems with food allergies lately, so I have been reading labels and what an eye opener. Even the ingredients in toothpaste, mouthwashes, supplements, etc. were a surprise.
    I hope you feel better soon.

    Since you commented today, Tokeloshe, is it safe to assume you were not flooded? What an travesty my home city has encountered!

    • I jokingly told a friend recently that I used to go food shopping as a consumer. Now, I go in as a scientist. I had my teeth cleaned the other day. I was reminded I could whiten my teeth (I drink Yerba Mate which doesn’t keep the teeth white). I bought a kit from them 2 years ago. However, talk about putting chemicals into your body… I asked what was in the solution and what it does in the body. The Dental Assistant told me the body just deals with it.

      I don’t want to become obsessive about this, but dammit there’s something wrong if everything I use has ingredients that only a scientist knows about. That’s not labelling. It’s masking.

      • Thank you, I have pinned the Website and I am busy studying it now, I fully agree with you. We must become aware of what we are putting into our bodies. Talking about mouth wash, I poured ours down the drain.

        I spent hours Googling and lost 10 pounds of weight this year, as I mostly ate food from scratch, almost nothing from cans, or anything with preservatives, additives, etc. I am keeping a Food diary, which helps. I looked into the acidic connection, but will look into it some more.

        Two doctors don’t know what’s wrong with me 😉
        I can go for allergy tests, but I don’t think it will help. Fortunately I am much better now, I dropped a pants size and am more aware of labels now.

        I hope you are better soon.

  13. Oh my word…what a time you have had. When I had the reflux I only got nausea. The doctor gave me some tablets and it was gone.
    My body does not like fighting with food!

    • I watched my dad struggle with food issues in his later life and I don’t want to walk his path! You are fortunate, indeed, Granny, if you can eat anything. But then, I remember some blogs from South Africa talking about tripe and other unspeakables. You may have built stomachs of steel! 😀 Love you lots – good to read your latest blog!

  14. I only saw your question now. We are fine thank you, our house is quite high up and far from the river.
    You can be proud of the people from your home city, they stay positive and are all working together.

    • I just came from a meeting and our Chair had been in Calgary with his son’s family the time of the flooding. His stories of courage, helpfulness and determination brought tears to our eyes. The effects will now really begin to wear on people…the realities around getting back on one’s feet. There’ll be many heroes born.

  15. Thanks Amy, this was very informative, my best friend suffers from this. I will let her know. I am sorry that you have had this problem but so glad that you are feeling better

    • Your friend, Dee, would find the book so incredibly informative. So many people “have a great book for you”. But my friend who has a number of the symptoms (no heartburn) looked at the book yesterday, scanned over some of the info and ordered the book. We can be fooled by the fact that we don’t have or seldom have heartburn or indigestion. Silent acid reflux grabs us while we sleep.

  16. Great that you’re beginning to feel better Amy… I take half a teasp of bicarbonate of soda in water everyday… it’s supposed to immediately turn the body from acid to alkaline…and old wife’s tale that been around for years, but people do swear by it,.. I like it because it;s quick simple easy and cheap !!!!
    Bicarb is good for lots of things, including giving children a bath in water with it in, to stop the itch of chicken pox!!!

  17. Bless you Amy. My husband deals with this issue. I love following an alkaline diet and really notice the benefits – it’s just so hard for me to do. I will contact my witch-doctor friends and see what they can do for you. 🙂

    • Thanks, Tammy – I’ve had a great deal of improvement just taking those simple steps and getting myself back to a more disciplined food fare! I’m adjusting to sleeping on a head-to-butt tapered foam wedge and that’s been surprising easy. All in all, I’m doing very well! Just made a fab salad with as much local produce as possible and I truly love eating this way. I just get lazy for myself…

  18. Wow….not been a problem for me but it is for he-who-wants-to-eat-like-it’s-not. Thinkin’ I oughta grab the book. He’s been poorly since his return. And yep, the symptoms are cough/choking, sinus issues and sore throat–and it ain’t the flu! The poor thing. :-/

    • If he’ll do the Neti Pot, Mel, it’s a really good start to clear the sinuses and help stop coughing. It feels soooo good. You can buy expensive saline solutions, but the ENT approved my mixing 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of good-quality lukewarm water.

      Check out (my ENT) Dr. Morrison’s video that explains how acid reflux (including silent reflux) creates havoc with our upper body functions: Go to Google and key in “pvcrp.com”. (Using a link won’t work (??) so key that in) Once there, click on the upper right hand icon that says “new ‘But Doctor’ video”

      BUT the book is fabulous – not only informative, but also contains great recipes to help us realize how good a balance of Alkaline/Acid can be! I already knew that from my switch to a more alkaline life style (75% alkaline foods and 25% acid foods) years ago. However, I had quit being vigilant about the balance. 😦

      The book suggests a two-week purge, then we can go back to eating some of those acidy devils that we love IF we pay attention to how to balance the “treats” with 75% alkaline. Note to self: One piece of yummy dark chocolate, Amy? Did U eat a good little salad first with some delish sauteed chicken?

      The authors suggest eating small meals a number of times daily. It’s my natural rhythm. And I’m just adjusting to sleeping on a wedge. I’m optimisitic because I see the benefits already. I’m very well behaved because I promised the ENT I’d take the acid reflux meds for 3 months to re-train my brain. It has to tell my stomach to produce less acid. The ENT is VERY optimistic I will then dump the meds. Me, too.

      P.S. I’m taking a Justice course from Harvard over the Net. Wow! Do I love it. When you are no longer working and need to keep that fab brain of yours in gear, check out Edx.org and choose not only a course, but also a university!

      • Okay…I’ll do the investigation. Today he was diagnosed with walking pnemonia, though I’m not so sure that’s the case. I’m not so pleased others tests weren’t done..sometimes I think we watch the masses and just ‘go with’ an answer cuz “it’s going around”. Darn that his regular doc was out. I’m interested in trying options, no matter what’s what today. We did the diagnostics to get the acid reflux diagnosis, certainly multiple solutions aren’t a bad thing. Besides, I’m awaiting the day when the medication simply loses its effectiveness…better to start a process now, methinks!! Ohhh…and I see class is in session!! 🙂

        • Whatever the diagnosis…it sure sounds like he’s in a lot of discomfort. When I asked a friend the symptoms for pneumonia. “Everything” she said. “You can’t put a finger on any one thing and it all feels yukky.”

          Interesting comment re: what’s going around. I noticed that here as well. Right now, everyone is dashing off island to get a machine to test for sleep apnea. Tsk!

  19. Thank you so much for sharing this information. I have chronic sinusitis so have breathing down and nose care to include diet. Thank goodness for Prilosec for acid indigestion. Hated knowing I had it but I take that and no more tomatoes for me. Never liked citrus anyway. Our regulatory agencies pretty much suck at keeping the country safe and healthy. The doctors know and they aren’t advocating drugs. Good docs! Great write!

  20. I wonder how many ailments these days are caused by food additives – or indeed the alteration of some of the natural content of fresh food? The number of weird diets that come through our B&B door thanks to allergies is incredible! How has our species ever survived?!!! Interestingly, the French and other Mediterranean nationalities eat ANYTHING and appear to be allergy-free and exhibit no food intolerances! Glad you’re feeling better and don’t forget to take care of your body as well as your spirit!
    Christine

    • I’m suspicious, Christine, that anything that isn’t fresh and produced locally presents a challenge for our bodies. Preservatives may be keeping food on the shelf, but look what they are doing to our bodies.

      I think Europe was less prone to jump on fast foods or ones laden with preservatives. Smart! When I have been in Europe, I saw how people still shopped daily.

      Living, alive and healthy food doesn’t last a long time on shelves or in fridges. As a kid, we had a root cellar where we kept veggies over the winter. I loathed hearing, “Please go and grab some potatoes and carrots from the root cellar”. Since it was very dark in the bins, I’d often find myself grasping something squishy, smelly and decidedly rotten. Of course, everyone in the family heard my oath that I’d never do that job again.

      A blog post about the special food requests would be fascinating. I realize it would be hard to write one while still operating a business.

    • The pain your son experienced served to alert the right people to his condition. Thank goodness he’s all better. I wrote this post because many of us don’t have that warning. We have “silent acid reflux” i.e. no pain or heartburn that signals a problem. I simply had no clue that my on-going sinus problems were due to acid reflux!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting, Kristy.

  21. Hi : I found your blog through Becca. I’ve had silent acid reflux for years — the symptoms are often missed, mine mimicked other issues such as asthma. For example for the last year, I’ve had a throat/neck that feels like the glands are swollen, but no swelling exists. I “pay for” eating tomato-based foods among other things.
    Unfortunately, due to allergies, I can’t use ginger or turmeric (and many other non-medication solutions). I have some allergies that can cause deadly reactions, so it was great when laws were passed that required manufacturers to list the ingredients. I’ve been a label reader for years and what goes into food is astonishing. No wonder allergies are on the rise, especially peanut allergies which is my most deadly allergy.
    Good luck taming your silent acid reflux. Now I have the names of authors who deal with this issue.

    • So good to receive your comment, Phylor. Interesting…I’m supposed take an asthma test. I haven’t been given a date yet so will set one after my follow-up with the ENT. I’m suspicious that my shortness of breath (which came on suddenly with an allergy attack due to cedar) is connected to AR.

      “My” ENT said that allergies exacerbate the effects of Acid Reflux.

      Just before seeing this ENT, an Internist gave me a stress test and decided to prescribe an inhalant to help my loss of breath – most noticeable when I hike uphill and I love fitness activities – and to see if I noticed a difference. Well, I tried it and on Day 3 had an allergic reaction to the inhalant…a waste of $90!

      I can’t imagine being allergic to Ginger! My heart goes out to you BIG TIME!

      The “Dropping Acid” book is worth every effort to obtain…whether loan or purchase since it covers the many symptoms. There is a great deal of relief in even a few simple steps.

      I’ve been amongst professionals throughout my career life. I can’t figure what makes us/them pooh-pooh the simple even tho testing solutions is non-threatening. Yes, people can over-simplify, but do we/they dare overlook thousands of detailed successes? Is it because it’s not in a scientifically produced, lab-controlled report, so it’s not worth the “risk” to give it a try?

      I’d be interested in knowing what “aha” you may receive after reading the book.

  22. First of all I would like to say superb blog! I had a quick question
    that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Kudos!

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