Chronic Heartburn: Managing Acid Reflux and GERD Through Understanding, Diet and Lifestyle
Barbara E. Wendland, MSc, RD, and Lisa Marie Ruffolo
Robert Rose Publishing (2010)
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (10/10)
Anyone that has experienced heartburn knows that it is “a common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux (GER), a digestive disorder that is the result of an abnormal backflow of acidic juices from the stomach to the esophagus.” This is a result of disruption to normal process of digestion that targets 44% of the American population. Prolonged and untreated, it may cause chronic inflammation, esophageal strictures, or esophageal cancer. Common treatments are over-the-counter medications, drug treatment, surgical intervention or change of lifestyle which means a change in diet.
Wendland and Ruffolo, in their book “Chronic Heartburn,” give the reader an understanding of what causes heartburn as well as who is susceptible to the disease. They cover treatments and nutrition/diet plans along with providing healthy recipes to help heal and prevent heartburn. Much of the information is presented in easy-to-read charts.
Because this book has recipes, and for the purpose of this review, we are asked to test a few out. The first one I tested was “Fennel Soup.” The soup was delicious and was a hit. A note with the recipe says “Fennel is a revered digestive aid, making this soup a must on bad heartburn days.”
The next recipe that I tested was “Herbed Zucchini.” Using fresh basil, parsley and fennel seeds gave the traditional zucchini a different twist. We liked the change. The note with the recipe says “This dish is packed with reflux-friendly ingredients…”
“Chronic Heartburn” is a great resource book for people that suspect they have this digestive issue or those that have been diagnosed with the disease. It gives further understanding of why the person has heartburn and how it can be addressed and/or prevented. Hopefully this will be done before a radical surgical procedure must be performed or cancer sets in. This book is an investment for a healthy lifestyle.