Re: Heartburn No More -
Yes I've got this book. I haven't read it thoroughly but I've gone through most of it. It's basically a standard naturopathic diet with some tips of appropriate supplements (herbs, vitamins, digestive enzymes, etc). I trained as a nutritional therapist, so I recognise what their approach is. Despite my training I haven't been able to get rid of my GERD though! Basically if your problems come from bad diet (chips, coke, coffee and pizza!) then of course changing your diet may well help. My difficulty was that my diet was already OK, apart from a small amount of coffee. To follow the instructions in Heartburn No More would have been very difficult for me as I am already wheat, gluten and dairy free due to allergies - diet wise I have no place left to go (well OK I could give up chocolate totally, but then I might not be nice to live with........)
I tried some of the tips in the book - the apple cider vinegar was a nightmare, gave me a lot of pain. The honey made no difference. The other tip to eat only soft (nothing scratchy to the LES) food for a few days wasn't easy to implement - I had a go but I have small children so not easy doing any major diet changes, but I tried the soft food thing for a few days - didn't make any difference to my symptoms. At the time a lot of my symptoms were side effects of Omeprazole - but I didn't know that then. (Now I'm just on Zantac).
A strict naturopathic diet involves having very little red meat, no alcohol, no coffee, no tea (which most of us have given up on anyway), no processed food, lots of fresh veg and a moderate amount of fruit, no grains except for rice and corn and no sugar or salt, preservatives, additives etc. It's hard work, but not impossible. If you could do it for a month you'd know by then if it was helping or not and you'd then be able to reintroduce some foods. If you're up for some hard work diet wise then Heartburn No More is a good example of a naturopathic diet, but basically the message is that you're going to have to do this for quite some time in order to get better. Personally I just couldn't face it because my diet is already so restricted and fruit and veg tend to give me symptoms rather than relieve them - simple dry crackers that soak up acid make me feel much better than apple does!
NB: I tried the orange oil supplement and it made me feel worse. I keep adding to the list of things that make me feel worse - there is not one single natural thing I have found that gives any kind of quick relief, though I have a few left yet to try!! I take DGL which doesn't make me feel worse but it doesn't seem to be hugely helpful either. I wanted to try aloe vera but couldn't find one in the UK that doesn't have sodium benzoate in it - I bought some capsules instead but then I read that they don't work cos they don't coat the LES?
Hope that's helpful. Like I said, I've trained in nutritional therapy so you'd think I'd be able to fix myself - but no can do! So I feel like a failure in that respect!