I had significant heartburn for a long time; I actually was admitted to the hospital twice for it over the years. None of the tests showed any damage to my esophagus.
I was put on Prilosec long term and was told to avoid spicy foods. The Prilosec didn’t help all that much. About two years ago, an acupuncturist suggested I go off dairy and gluten; she just thought I might feel better.
Oh, my goodness — my heartburn went away completely. I have not been troubled by it since (well, except for that time I ate a piece of banana cream pie).
When I mentioned this to the gastroenterologist, he said that there were no studies on this subject. I am like a reformed smoker on this. A change in my diet has made all the difference in the world, and I no longer need the daily Prilosec. I hope avoiding gluten and dairy foods can make a difference in someone else’s life.
Some people find that a low carbohydrate, gluten-free diet makes a huge difference in their heartburn symptoms. People with celiac disease must follow a gluten-free diet or suffer dire consequences for their health. Digestive upset often becomes less troublesome with this regimen. (Nutrients, July 14, 2016).
Not everyone who feels better without gluten has celiac disease. Some people have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (Gastroenterology, May 2015).
One good way to discover your food triggers for heartburn, flatulence or other GI symptoms is to keep a food diary. We tell how in our Guide to Digestive Disorders, which also offers a number of other remedies for heartburn. Anyone who would like a copy, please send $3 in check or money order with a long (No. 10), stamped (70 cents), self-addressed envelope to: Graedons’ People’s Pharmacy, No. G-3, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027. It also can be downloaded for $2 from our website, www.peoplespharmacy.com.
I just finished reading your column about a man with a headache, and I laughed. I rarely get headaches anymore, but recently I had a headache for two days. I tried several ways to alleviate it, and finally I was desperate enough to put a plastic bag full of ice on my forehead. That was the cure, just like his.
We suspect that many severe headaches are triggered by a complex series of neuronal pathways involving transient receptor potential channels (ACS Chemical Neuroscience, Aug. 20, 2014). Such TRP channels are sensitive to changes in temperature. That may explain why ice can be helpful.
Some people find that inducing an ice-cream headache by consuming ice cream or icy beverages (Frappuccinos or slushies) can interrupt a migraine. We believe this probably operates through TRP channels as well.
I stopped using any kind of underarm deodorant or antiperspirant almost 20 years ago. Instead, I started taking Chlorella, which I’ve heard has the highest proportion of chlorophyll of any food. Chlorophyll has many properties, and I’ve found that, over time, it completely eliminates the need for underarm deodorant.
I have zero body odor, even if I go a couple of days without a shower. It’s a great way to get a nutrition-rich food and avoid putting chemicals on my skin every day.
I just put approximately 1/4 teaspoon of Chlorella powder in water every morning, drink it down, and I’m good to go. This green algae did the trick for me.
There hasn’t been much research on whether consuming chlorophyll reduces body odor. The scientific articles we were able to locate dated back to the 1950s. Perhaps others can share their own experience with this natural supplement.
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist. Teresa Graedon holds a doctorate in medical anthropology and is a nutrition expert. Email questions to www.peoplespharmacy.com.