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Heartburn and What to Do About It
by James F. Balch, Morton Walker (Contributor), James A. Balch

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Paperback - 190 pages (March 1998)
Avery Penguin Putnam; ISBN: 0895297922 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.43 x 8.99 x 6.01 Sales Rank: 227,936

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Heartburn and other forms of indigestion are commonly treated with antacids, a mostly ineffective and potentially dangerous practice, according to Balch (Prescription for Nutritional Healing) and Walker (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy), a podiatrist. Before describing their own approach to digestive health, they discuss the causes of heartburn, describing how the entire digestive system functions and the specific disorders that may occur in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts. Separate chapters deal with the cause and treatment of ulcers, bacterial balance in the intestines, the significance of leaky gut and yeast syndromes and the perils of intestinal parasites. Their program for promoting gastrointestinal health is based on balancing the bacteria that accomplish digestion and emphasizes a Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil and natural foods, especially grains and vegetables. They also recommend daily use of probiotics, or good bacteria, such as lactobacillus acidophilus (found in cultured foods such as yogurt), and regular intake of fiber to cleanse the intestine. For the digestively challenged seeking relief without drugs, appendices list sources of recommended products, suggested readings and groups offering support and information.

Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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1 out of 5 stars The book is about alternative medicine rather than heartburn, May 20, 1999
Reviewer: from New Orleans, USA

This book is not about heartburn. The first part of the book is about all manner of digestive problems, and then even about disorders purportedly related to digestive disorders. The second part of the book suggests that good diet (especially yogurt), enemas, and something called probiotics will cure all diseases, and therefore incidentally also heartburn (which thus has served only as a marketing come-on to lure in buyers). I believe there is much to be learned from alternative medicine, but this book actually offers very little rigorous (supported) information. For entertainment, and in closing, let me quote a tidbit. "Make the coffee enema by boiling six heaping tablespoons of ground coffee (not instant) in two quarts of water for fifteen minutes, cooling to a comfortable temperature, and straining..." It is probably a very good idea to let that boiling coffee cool a little before the anal consumption, but why is instant coffee not good, and how does this fix heartburn?

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