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New York Times article about Dr. Jamie Koufman’s Low-Acid Diet treatment For Acid Reflux

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  1. Thank you for putting out this wonderful book! I just finished the
    induction diet and am ready for the maintenance diet! I thrilled that
    you are offering a healthy alternative to pills. Every recipe I’ve tried
    so far has been delicious. I’m hooked on the Oatmeal (Marc’s way)…
    I don’t ever plan to open another packet of oatmeal!
    Thank you again! Terri

  2. I’m 28 and have recently been diagnosed with Barrett’s. I was having an awful time! I felt at times like my throat was just completely cut off. Looking back I think this happened mostly after eating acidic foods, but at the time I didn’t know this. I had not had any heartburn or typical acid reflux symptoms until six months before my diagnosis. I have always had sinus problems however. I followed your induction diet and have continued to follow which foods to eliminate. Giving up chocolate, caffeine, citrus, and canned and bottle products etc. I believe this change healed the inflammation that must have been present.
    My doctor basically told me, “You have to live.” I don’t think he quite got how miserable I was. I’m so thankful I followed your lead instead. I’ve lost 30 pounds, started running again, and have recently been working to get my sinuses straightened out. I could not be happier or more grateful for the information your book and website provide!

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  4. Hello, having recently been diagnosed with ‘suspected acid reflux’ (I have had a videostroboscopy in which my vocal cords looked fine but haven’t had an endoscopy), I have a few questions. I have your book, the scientific explanation is great and the recipes I’ve tried so far delicious so thank you. My q’s as follows:

    1. I have (intermittent) but when it happens painful burning/stinging sensation in my throat/windpipe. I have it at the moment and it hurts to swallow. This can happen quite a while after food. Would these be poss symptoms of silent reflux? I see your ‘list of symptoms’ says sore throat but it doesn’t mention pain. (I do have other symptoms like post nasal drip and also what feels like inflammation of my airways causing asthma like symptoms, which comes and goes.)

    2. What’s your view on antacids like Gaviscon Advance (UK brand name)? I’ve started to take omeprazole (two days in) but I gather it can take a little while to kick in so I’m using this in the meantime. It seems to help relieve symptoms but the taste is also quite harsh on my throat.

    3. You say chewing gum can be helpful in the blog. Should I avoid all minty gums? In Britain it’s hard to get sugar free non minty chewing gum!

    4. Lots of blogs recommend DGL Liquorice to take before meals for reflux. Would you recommend it?

    5. Can you get reflux symptoms even when you’re not eating? Can your stomach produce more acid through being hungry?

    I am trying the induction diet (few mistakes so far eg eating too many avocados) and hoping it will ease my symptoms soon.

    Many thanks, Emma

  5. First of all, thank you for the book and all the information. I have been suffering badly for over a decade, and slowly started to connect the dots. I just didn’t generalize it, I could see that the problem is related to food somehow, and I knew certain foods make it worse. Recently it became even more unbearable, so I started researching and found your book, which highlighted some of my own conclusions, added a whole bunch of new ideas and tips, and a general approval for what I suspected. Huge thanks.

    There are a couple of pieces missing for me, personally, and I feel to add, if that is ok, in case it can help somebody.

    1. First of all, nowhere mentioned, but reflux can cause chronic upper and lower back, shoulder, neck, and left hip pain. In my case this is how I found I had problems in my 20’s. Apart from suffering from chronic cough, mucus, runny nose, severe stomach pain (no problems were found in gastroscopy and tests), I also couldn’t move my neck and arm for months, and the pain was there until I changed my diet (due to other issues), and to my surprise, the pain was gone and movement restriction with it. I was symptom-free for a long time. This happened about 8 years ago. Then, over time, my eating habits went back to ‘normal’, and soon enough came back the mucus, coughing, a sense of burn in my throat and chest-pain, difficulty breathing and periodical voice loss. This time there was no paralyzing pain in the upper torso, but I started suffering from undiagnosed lower back pain on the left side and my left hip. I lost mobility and were even limping when things got worse. Again, no pathology was found. I didn’t connect it back then to stomach and reflux, but I do now (as it is obviously connected to other reflux symptoms). Maybe there are people who have this kind of pains and don’t make the connection. It might help.

    Another little unpleasant symptom that nobody mentions – vomiting reflex and vomiting pretty often, sometimes accompanied with excess salivation (feels and looks like water running out of your mouth).

    Reflux can really turn life to hell. It did for me.

    2. There are a couple of foods that cause me a problem, in case somebody follows all the guidelines and still suffers:

    – whole rye bread really makes things bad for me (whole spelt and oat breads are much better)

    – bananas – are horrid if not ripe enough; ripe banana is all yellow, soft, has small brown dots on it, and the peel comes off easily revealing a velvety, fluffy fruit; if you need to work hard to take the peel off, there is mucus under it, or there are still green areas on the peel, forget it. Also some are sensitive to eating a fruit, but are totally OK when using it in smoothies; cooked bananas also can cause unpleasant consequences. I try not to combine it with anything, but water, coconut, green leaves and sweet fruits in smoothies or salads. Nothing else. Then it works just fine.

    – while some dairy, soy and tofu don’t affect reflux, they can cause excess mucus, coughing and nasal drip (they do for me)

    – yogurts from cow milk, especially the sour types are a mess for my stomach; I found a gentle, not sour sheep yogurt that works ok when in small amounts and not too often.

    – mushrooms and eggplants – still exploring, but so far there is some correlation with reflux episodes

    -the same about corn and polenta, usually a bad experience follows

    – gas-forming foods – also not mentioned in the book, but some foods cause bloating and that might lead to a beer-belly-like effect – pressure on the stomach and reflux – hummus, edamame, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, etc. I had to experiment a lot to find what is fine and when and combined with what.

    – another little important detail – don’t bend over after meals! Not any less important than not laying down or back. Shoelaces must wait :-)

    Positive notes:

    – I don’t feel any problems with blueberries or bilberries, when they are buffered by other foods – smoothies, oatmeals, cakes, fruit salads, etc.

    -well-cooked garlic is ok – boiled till totally soft with soups, casseroles, cereals (rice or millet), one-pot dishes (such as kitchari)

    – sweeteners that have no negative effect on me – brown rice syrup and coconut sugar.

    – I found a great butter and cream replacement – coconut oil and cream (respectively). Coconut oil is especially good for cooking (stable in high temperatures). Coconut cream is amazing and works great (also in flans, pot de creme, oatmeals, omelets, cakes, quiches, crepes, pancakes, etc); I also use it for quiche Lorraine instead of cream; if diluted with water can work as milk; I buy a specific Thailand produce that contains no additives and preservatives, just coconut and water.

    – It took me time, but eventually I found a parmesan-like cheese made of coconut and olives (also no artificial additives or preservatives).

    – we don’t have it where I live, but there exists coconut yogurt and ice-creams, I had some in the UK and they were delicious and didn’t cause any problems.

    – another great substitute for cheese that works for me (despite its oiliness) – raw, cold-pressed almond cream (unsweetened, no peel). It is great for toasts and toppings (baking), cakes, creams, ice-creams, sauces, etc.

    – milk replacements that are not soy – almond, hazelnut, oat, spelt, rice, coconut milks

    I can’t wait to try some of the recipes and tips from the book, and even more – to see improvements in my condition after improving some of the things I were not aware of :-)

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