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  • Why a Heartburn Blog?
    Back in 2003-2005, I had so much trouble with heartburn (acid reflux, GERD, call it what you like), I couldn't sleep at night because it felt like I was having a heart attack. I'd end up getting a couple hours sitting propped up in a chair. I was only 25 at the time! I always felt lousy, and I had RSI, acne, headaches, and other issues, too (only later did I find out this was all related).

    The doctors wanted me to take prescription-strength acid-blocking pills every day; I was afraid of what taking this stuff all the time might do, and it didn't even help that much. Finally, I came across a couple of books that led me to get tested for food allergies; it turned out I was gluten- and dairy-intolerant. When I eliminated these foods from my diet, my heartburn and acid reflux symptoms disappeared within a couple weeks (my other health problems gradually went away as well).

    I stopped posting to this blog when my problems went away, but recently I've seen so much utter BS on the web (buy my ebook and I'll cure your heartburn!) that it made me want to start posting again. I'm not a doctor, so please find a natural practitioner (or at least a doctor who will help you look for root causes rather than prescribing drugs) to deal with your own problems. But if you find this blog more useful than the sites trying to scam you into buying get-well-yesterday products, please link to it and let's try to help some people...

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September 18, 2006

Comments

Leanne

I believe tea will have the same effect as coffee. But the worst are still cola drinks which can contain up to 4 times the amount of caffeine in tea.

Gilby

I have heard personal comments from people with bone fractures that their doctor attributed to too much caffeine, altough I've not seen any medical reports to support this.

Dima

For me each caffeine containing drink works very differently. For example coke is guaranteed to give me heartburn even in moderation. At the same time coffee is helping my heartburn symptoms. Tea is in between. Good rule is to take it with food whenever possible since food reduces caffeine effect.

Gillian

I have recently been diagnosed with acid reflux, and am having a lot of trouble with the bit where you're not supposed to drink coffee.

I previously drank a lot of coffee (5-8 cups a day) for... as long as I can remember really, and while I have been told that coffee worsens my acid reflux, I still cannot see myself doing completely without!

So I have investigated and found this article about Heartburn Coffee:

http://www.acidreflex.biz/Heartburn-Coffee.php

It talks about a low acid coffee that supposedly is suitable for people afflicted with GERD/acid reflux.

Then there’s this article about Coffee Alternatives:

http://www.thedietchannel.com/Coffee-Alternatives-for-Coffee-Addicts.htm

I haven't tried any of these suggestions yet but definitely will.

Debbie Penner

Acid in coffee is a killer. I've been told it is responsible for some cancer, as well as a host of other problems. Lately I've been drinking a coffee with a chinese mushroom added that neutralizes the acid and lowers the caffiene. Tastes great, and my health has improved!

warplayer

Hiatial Hernia and GERD sufferer here, so glad I found this site! I never thought anyone would start a blog about heartburn, but this is an unbelievably helpful resource.

I can attest to caffeine affecting heart burn. I think the topic should be "Caffeine WILL cause heartburn" because really it is just a matter of time. It is one of my biggest vices (I just gotta have my Dr Pepper once and awhile), and yet one of my biggest triggers.

Mel

I hear about caffeine being the problem, but what about the other ingredients in these beverages? My dentist warned me about the carbonic acid in the sodas being a problem for teeth and can't be good for other acid-related problems.

I've been trying to ween myself from coffee also -started by diluting regular with decaf, but realized that was missing the boat. I think it's in the coffee with or without caffeine. Bummer.

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