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Natural Alternatives to Nexium, Maalox, Tagamet, Prilosec & Other Acid Blockers: What to Use to Relieve Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and Gastric Ailments (Squareone Health Guides) Paperback – 15 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers (15 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757002102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757002106
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By peardrops123 on 8 Aug. 2012
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I wanted to stop taking Lansoprosol 30 mg as I was not happy taking them and I still had acid reflux. I looked at many sites but they were all American and I wanted to buy something that I could get in Great Britain. I went on Amazon and I saw this book, thinking it was an English doctor who had written it, no offence to our American comrades. Well I read the book and as I had been on antibiotics for 30 years for bronchitus I had the most terrifying gastro problems. Two years of shear hell and the doctors could not find what was causing them. They kept telling me my symptoms did not correspond with the results. I did eventually find out that it was the antibiotic Doxycyclyne which I had been on for 30 years was causing me to cough up blood, stay up hour at night with breathtaking pain and unable to eat hardly anything.

I was aware of the fungus Candida Albican and told the doctors that this might be the cause due to taking so many antibiotics, they would not hear of this and told me it could not have any effect. However, that God, I found this book, I read it took in all the information, bought the tablets and capsules suggested, cut our sugar and yeast and you know I am now a new woman. Each day I am feeling better, from being not able to clean my own house I have decorated a bedroom and my energy levels are so good. I cut out the Lansoprosol all together, if I have a blip I do take a 75 mg Zantac now and again but I am definetly so much better. I would like to thank the author with all my heart for this sensible and life saving book, good old America for having such a sensible and honest person to help me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James C. Cowper on 20 April 2012
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Having been put on acid blockers in 2000 and having suffered extreme side effects which my doctor, over the years, virtually told me the problems were all in my head! I found this book and read it and re-read it and still am reading it and all my problems with acid blockers have been made so clear. This book should be required reading for anyone who is prescribed acid blockers as it is full of common sense and has given me the courage to give up the Omeprazole and Nexium and I can fully recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MargaretLucie on 24 Jan. 2013
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This book is scary reading if you have been on acid blocking drugs for any length of time, but ignorance is NOT bliss when it comes to your health. This book is honest, well researched and informative, and stresses the importance of getting a clear diagnosis of digestive problems before putting the relevant advice into practice. The alternatives to the conventional medical profession's "cookie cutter" approach are explained in detail and offer hope for those suffering from all manner of digestive complaints. Thank you, Martie Whittekin!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gadget Mummy on 13 Feb. 2012
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I really recommend this book. It gives the reader a good understanding of the possible causes of many gastric disorders. There is a particularly good chapter on H Pylori.
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Helpful Information for Heartburn Sufferers 11 Mar. 2011
By Colinda - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is by a Certified Clinical Nutritionist who is familiar with dietary dilemmas and various supplements. She has crowded a wealth of information into this compact book. I found it helpful although it has not solved by problem with GERD -- more about that below.

I did not realize that I had a real problem with reflux until an endoscopy showed some damage to my esophagus. I had known for a long time that I had food allergies and sensitivities, and had found it necessary to avoid an increasing number of foods and beverages in order to avoid symptoms. But my symptoms were varied and rarely involved heartburn, or so I thought. It turns out that coughing and chest pain are sometimes the primary symptoms of heartburn/GERD, and once I got the diagnosis of GERD and looked it up, those symptoms started making sense. (I got chest pain from drinking coffee, for instance, and had coughing fits when I drank tea.)

I had been to several doctors for other gastrointestinal issues, and had been through a long list of tests, medications, diets, and supplements with very limited success. I had even tried the treatment plan for low stomach acid and it did not help. So when the gastroenterologist prescribed Nexium for GERD, I was relieved to try it. It seemed to work at first, then I started having reflux worse than before. The doctor changed my medication three times and I continued to have reflux, plus I had side-effects from the prescriptions.

I got disillusioned with the gastroenterologist's office when they failed to call me back after I left a message complaining that the latest prescription gave me chest pain. (They finally called a full week later!) I decided to work with another doctor who is more holistically-inclined.

He pointed out that PPI's like I had been taking often had an acid rebound effect when you stop taking them. At that point I was taking an over-the-counter H2-receptor antagonist for relief of the reflux which had continued to worsen on the PPI's. He said to phase the medication out gradually while taking certain supplements such as DGL.

I did this and it was tolerable but the reflux continues. Dr. A says it can take over six weeks after discontinuing the prescription meds for this to go away!

Much of what he says is mentioned in this book and more. I wish I had known that the PPI's might make me worse before I took them. But the gastro doctor seemed to know a lot so I followed his instructions for a couple of months. Now I'm eating a very bland (and not totally nutritious) diet while I wait for the acid rebound to go away. I hope it won't be much longer.

All this story-telling is to make the point that the acid-blocking prescriptions are probably not good for some of us, and so we need to be aware of the alternatives. For that, a guide like this book is essential.
64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Magnesium cured me 31 Aug. 2011
By D. R. Schryer - Published on Amazon.com
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For decades I suffered from severe bouts of acid reflux and heartburn several times each week. A few years ago I began taking a daily supplement of 1,000 mg of chelated magnesium for another seemingly-unrelated ailment. To my pleasant surprise the supplemental magnesium not only cured the ailment for which I was taking it, it also completely stopped my episodes of acid reflux and heartburn. I have since learned that acid reflux is often the result of stomach spasms which cause acid (which healthy stomachs are designed by nature to tolerate and utilize) to be ejected into the esophagus which is not designed to be exposed to stomach acid and burns when it is so exposed. Magnesium is a natural relaxant -- as well as a natural antacid -- and, therefore, it helps prevent the stomach spasms which often are the root cause of acid reflux and accompanying heartburn. I am a research chemist, not a physician, so I cannot tell you to take chelated magnesium as I did. I can, however, report to you the beneficial effects which I experienced from daily supplementation with chelated magnesium. Those interested in learning of the many other benefits of magnesium -- including prevention and mitigation of heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, asthma, osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes -- should acquire and read Dr. Carolyn Dean's excellent book The Magnesium Miracle.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
SAVED MY MOTHER'S LIFE 28 Oct. 2011
By J.G. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book saved my mother's life. Late last year, my mother, who is 80 years old, came down with extreme symptoms that were diagnosed by doctors as acid reflux. She lost over 20 pounds in an alarmingly short period of time and weighed less than 90 lbs. The doctors, after a brief consultation, prescribed Prolosec and Nexium. Researching and learning about the serious side effects of these drugs, I gave her a copy of this wonderfully informative and well-written book. She read the book thoroughly, about 3 or 4 times. Then she slowly decreased her Nexium and followed the instructions in this book. Her symptoms began to improve. In total, it took a few months, and there were a few slight setbacks, but now my mother, thanks to her determination and the information in Martie's book, is free from discomfort, is absorbing her food and gaining back some the weight that had been lost. I can't thank Martie enough for helping my mother recover to a normal, healthy, nexium-free life.
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource for long-term GERD sufferers 5 Nov. 2009
By Fire Brand - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers a plausible theory (too little acid) that explains why a long-term GERD sufferer like me was never helped by the common offerings from the medical establishment (Prilosec, Nexium and the like).

It also offers solutions to various gastric problems that are simple, cheap, EFFECTIVE and supported by extensive scientific explanations.

The 4-star instead of 5-star is due to the preachy tone in the introduction.
77 of 87 people found the following review helpful
Relief at last! 24 Sept. 2008
By J. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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Truly a blessing! Now I finally understand why I have heartburn - it isn't a deficiency of Prilosec that's for sure. Had I known sooner, I could have solved the real problem and spared myself not only a lot of expense but also have avoided the side effects of the drug. Contains lots of helpful health and nutrition advice too. Easy read. Because it lists so many scientific studies, I'm giving this book to my doctor who was as frustrated as I was.
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