I was really excited when I hear my fellow blogger Craig Fear from Fearless Eating was writing this book, The 30 Day Heartburn Solution.
You see, this subject is sort of a personal one for me… my 3rd baby, Milo, had severe GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) for the first year of his life. And I mean the whole year, every day, every hour, every minute. It was the roughest year of our entire life.
I wish I understood this topic as well then as I do now.
Of course my pregnancy diet consisted of mostly tea and white toast between fits of vomiting so perhaps it should have been less of a surprise when our little bundle showed up with a bit of an issue.
We have few photos of baby Milo. That is in part because he’s baby number 3 (parents tend to wear out their photography fervor after the first couple kids), partly because we moved from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles when he was 5 weeks old (but that’s a story for another day) and partly, well because Milo spent the first many months crying most of his waking moments. And crying babies don’t make for the best of photos- Amiright?
Turns out Milo was crying constantly because he was either hungry or in pain/distress from just having eaten. There was not much in between. He had severe GERD.
The symptoms of GERD are heartburn, regurgitation (aka vomiting) and nausea among others. Fun times.
At the time my nutritional knowledge left a lot to be desired. After a lot of online research and seeing a lot of doctors including spending a couple of nights at the emergency room since he was quickly losing weight (aka “failing to thrive”) we ended up with an arsenal of meds which we gave him around the clock. At any given time he was on at least 2 and sometimes 3 of the following: Reglan, Pepcid, Zantac and Nexium.
These meds come with a hell of a list of potential side effects such as, oh you know, little things like seizures, trouble breathing and and lack of ability to control facial muscles. No big deal. Ugh! Three of those are antacids, which you may be very familiar with since they are one of the most common over the counter drugs in American’s cabinets.
The best part? Heartburn is not caused by TOO MUCH acid but rather NOT ENOUGH acid!
That’s right. In other words you’re making matters worse and furthering the cycle by suppressing acid production.
Before finding paleo my husband, Eric, (whose paleo journey you can read about in this post) used to take antacids almost nightly. My mother in law did as well and when she heard about my son Milo she mentioned Eric was also a little puker. So, perhaps there’s a genetic component to this whole thing. Of course, it’s no coincidence that since going paleo there is no longer a need for antacids for any of us regardless of how late we eat or whether that bolognese sauce had a vat of tomatoes in it. Coincidence? I think not.
Wow, that was a really long winded way to tell you that heartburn, reflux, acid and all that jazz are a hell of a lot more than an inconvenience. Just because it’s common does not mean it’s normal. If you suffer from heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, nausea or vomiting I highly recommend you step away from the antacids and give this book a read.
Craig Fear, author of The 30 Day Heartburn Solution, explains the ins and outs of heartburn and GERD and how to treat these conditions naturally, you guessed it, mostly with dietary changes. Note that Craig is WAPF inspired, not paleo, but in this book he recommends ditching grains in order to recover. Can I get an amen?
If you or someone you know is suffering from heartburn, I highly recommend this book, The 30 Day Heartburn Solution.
Oh and in case you’re wondering, little Milo is doing great now. He is off all meds and loving swimming and chocolate.