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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (March 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607742276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607742272
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Dr. Jorge always makes everything so easy to understand. Even if you just skim this book, you’ll know exactly what Dr. Jorge is talking about. I like when it’s that simple. If you don’t believe me, open a page.” 
“The Acid Reflux Solution is a must-read for anyone looking for natural ways to reduce heartburn.” 
TRAVIS STORK, MD, host of The Doctors and author of The Lean Belly Prescription

About the Author

Jorge E. Rodriguez, MD, is a board-certified intern­ist and gastroenterologist who received his medical degree from the University of Miami. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, and his fellowship in gastroenterology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Rodriguez has established himself as a leader in HIV treatment and intestinal diseases. He has appeared as an expert medical commentator on CNN News, Good Morning America Health, The Doctors, and The View. He is an MDVIP-affiliated physician and has had an internal medicine practice in Newport Beach, California, since 1988.
Susan Wyler, MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian who worked for many years as a cookbook author and food editor, most notably at Food & Wine magazine. Her books include Cooking from a Country Farmhouse, Cooking for a Crowd, and The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health, written with Dr. Thomas Rau. Wyler recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in public health. She also did advanced field work at the prestigious cancer research hospital Institut de Cancérologie Gustave Roussy in France. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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By Yvette T. on Sept. 19 2014
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I purchased this book along with Dropping Acid The Reflux Diet. I gave both books a rating of five. I use to suffer with acid almost daily, many restless nights. I had been taking prescribed meds my doctor suggested. (I did not take daily, just as needed). I noticed while on meds my situation was getting worse over the years. I did some research and as these doctors say, the meds are the ones causing your problem. I stopped the meds completely. Sure at first the acid was there but it is now gone. I mean completely gone! My stomach is back to normal. The good bacteria in my stomach, which the meds were destroying have returned. I am acid free!
Oh. Another plus you will loose some weight eating the healthy recipes in these books.
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Good book. Very interesting to read. Only 3 stars cauz the author keep plugging "The acid reflux solution" every 2 sentences, and he keep saying to "read on" to get to know more on the subject.
Otherwise, the writing style is very accessible and it did help me with my GERD. Fortunately, it went away the day i lost my job. I guess it was stress related but i will keep those tips in mind in case i get reflux again.
Beware of proton pump inhibitors! By creating less acid your body cannot absorb certain nutrients properly.
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Very good source of information! Read it almost thru the first day and started adapting my usual diet at the next meal. As i have several food senstitivities and allergies it is difficult to change all quickly but the common sense approach is just what I needed.
Recommend the book highly!
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After reading the book, I felt uplifting. I could understand better what is happening to me and relief to find there solution in gaining a lifestyle for healing. This book is a must.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
What to eat, what to do, how to control GERD April 26 2012
By Joanna D. - Published on
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I was absolutely in a hurry to get this book, because GERD is for me a big issue. I literally had to change my eating habits (for example, I don't eat a big dinner nor do I eat after 6:30pm.) This problem is shared by many people, a lot of them women, and many other health issues (thyroid problems, asthma, and obesity) are associated with acid reflux disease or GERD. It isn't healthy--you can get throat problems and it sure is a pain. Sometimes there are no symptoms save hoarseness in the morning, but it's no less a health concern.

The book is comprehensive but easy to read. The author goes over the symptoms and causes of GERD (and you should see your physician about this--for me, it was my allergist who told ME I had it, then I noticed the symptoms later.) He goes over the various pharmaceutical treatments, but all of them have pros and cons. Better if you can control GERD naturally by diet and weight management. I agree.

The book also has food advice and recipes and this is helpful. I had to learn by trial and error--for example, he mentions spaghetti and meatballs as a trigger. No kidding! I limited pasta to lunchtime for a while, and NOW I cannot even eat pasta at lunch--instant fireball in the stomach. The author also warns about foods with modified food starch, a common ingredient used as a thickener that can trigger GERD. The recipes feature high fiber and ingredients that are less likely to trigger GERD so you have a place to start, some ideas to make meals that are more stomach-friendly. And at the risk of sounding like a killjoy, Rodriguez recommends cutting down on alcohol and smoking. I know from experience that even a glass of wine, too late in the evening, is like drinking a blowtorch. Good news however; by limiting alcohol, you may easily lose weight.

The recipes have a Cuban flavor, or else a Mediterranean twist. Beans are featured. I confess to a prejudice toward beans and Latin American cooking, so I was more than delighted to see more black bean recipes but ones that don't necessarily involve a lot of rice, which, you guessed it, is not great for GERD. Yes, he includes the classic Spanish homey favorite, arroz con pollo (chicken with flavored rice) and some interesting ideas, like chickpea crepes. Desserts tend to the high fiber (quinoa or polenta) with fruit. I have never used quinoa for desserts, but there are many porridge and fruit-based desserts I like, so these seemed interesting and possibly healthful as well. Rodriguez points out that sweets irritate GERD, so dessert is, like Cookie Monster says, a sometime thing. A treat, not a habit. And Rodriguez points out that you should make your plate at mealtimes contain a majority of fibrous carb foods, that is to say, vegetables, which will not only control your GERD but help you maintain or lose weight.

If you have GERD, this is a useful reference, a guide and a good cookbook, too.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Good cookbook, not a great solution for acid reflux July 14 2013
By M. Morini - Published on
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Part one of the book has a lot of background information on GERD, medical treatment of GERD and lifestyle changes to help manage it. This is all useful stuff, is easy to understand, and is nicely put together, although most of it you can get from a quick search on the internet. As some of the other reviewers have mentioned, there is a lot of emphasis on weight loss as being the solution to GERD so as someone who is normal weight I was a little disappointed as weight loss and most of the other lifestyle changes didn't apply to me. For example from p31, "And most will find, as I have, that losing 10 to 15 percent of body weight completely eliminates GERD. For people who are normal weight or even underweight and still suffer acid reflux after following the Acid Reflux Solution and adopting our anti-reflux recipes, there is probably a genetic or chronic physiological reason for it, and some ongoing medication or possible surgical intervention may be necessary."

Part two contains the recipes. For me, they are a bit too fancy to be cooking every day. However, I have made two of the recipes - the Spanish Chicken and Rice and the Morroccan Spiced Pork Loin with Apricots and Chickpeas. Both were delicious and the recipes were well written but I found that they did exacerbate my symptoms. Note the book does differentiate between foods that trigger reflux (by relaxing the valve (LES) in the lower esophagus) and foods that exacerbate the symptoms ("acid foods"), and the recipes seem to be geared towards reducing the foods that cause reflux and losing weight, rather than reducing the "acid foods". For these reasons, I think maybe some of the recipes would be okay after you get your reflux symptoms under control or to help with weight loss but not necessarily to "heal heartburn". Also, from my own reading, it seems that there is still scientific debate about many of the food and lifestyle changes recommended in this book.

Before you get your hopes up, the American Gastroenterological Association Guidelines on GERD mentions that there is an overestimation of the possibility of patients deriving adequate relief from lifestyle/diet modification but that there are subsets of patients who may benefit from specific lifestyle/diet modifications. So this book may or may not help you.

As an aside, for those wishing to reduce dependence on PPIs as the book suggests, watch out for rebound acid hypersecretion. In other words you need to gradually wean yourself off PPIs over a period of weeks to months.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
GERD gone in 2 weeks! March 19 2013
By bc in michigan - Published on
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Because I am a physician, I was skeptical about learning anything from this book. However, I was so desperate to get off the acid reducing meds, which I truly believe are bad for us, that I bought and read it. I actually DID learn quite a bit, and found the book very practical, with sensible and sound advice based on good quality research, and easy to read. I followed Dr. Jorge's recommendations to the letter, was able to wean off the PPI medication I have taken for 10 years in 2 weeks. I feel absolutely great! The recipes are also excellent, and even if you don't make them, reading them will help you learn where to make changes in your own cooking and eating. I HIGHLY recommend this book, and have already asked many family members and patients to read it. A worthwhile investment of money and time for anyone tired of reflux and taking acid-reducing medication!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
DLB Aug. 6 2012
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I loved this book The author also suffers from reflux issues and is a gastroenterologist. His insights and personal experience make this a worthwhile book to purchase. He is very realistic about what you can and cannot eat and his suggestions for lifestyle changes are realistic and simple to accomplish.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Acid Reflux gone!! May 17 2012
By chris brown - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I found this book very helpful,learned a lot about acid reflux and ideas to treat it that don't involve traditional meds. It's taking awhile,but I'm doing better and have stopped using Prilosec. Also found a cookbook that features recipes for avoiding digestive symptoms called Acid Reflux:Simple Relief From Heartburn Indigestion and Reflux Fast! (*Special Edition*)..Highly reccommended.