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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 14, 2006



Hi, I just wanted to say that I totally agree with you! The Paleo is very difficult for me only because of the sugar and rice. I had already cut out diary because I was recently disgnosed with having casein whey allergy (not to be confused with intolerance). Also I already eliminated gluten. But giving up the gluten free cookies and natural brown sugar is hard. I'm off and on with that. The minute I started eating more of these two things, even being on nexium (i know), the heartburn came back.


I'm trying to figure out if my heartburn stems from allergic reactions....

It seems like some beers have more effect than others in that category. I wonder if yeasts or wheat is to blame there.


What type of food allergy tests did you have done? eg. blood?




I live in Australia and have chronic heartburn/acid everyday combined with other less chronic symptoms e.g. headaches, lethargy, mood swings. I couldn't relate this issue to any one food group so I have just started a detection diet and have cut out fructose but haven't seen any results yet. I am just wondering what type of allergy testing you had? Was it a blood test? Also does this test pick up food intolerance or just food allergies?

Thank you, any help would be much appreciated!

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