This week my favorite fashionista Diva Debbi is hosting Fashion Flash. There is reason that she has more than 12,000 Polyvore followers. Her eye for color , shape and texture comes through in her amazing style posts. With fall hard upon us, I can’t wait to see what she has created for colder weather.
My BFF from college never smoked, but when she turned 50, Annie developed a chronic cough that never went away. A non-smoker she has tried the usual medications for asthma, but nothing really seemed to work. When she asked my pulmonologist husband for help, he suggested she visit a ear, nose and throat specialist ( ENT) to examine her larynx. He explained that about 30% of his patients with annoying, chronic coughs had reflux rather than pulmonary problems.
Dropping Acid by Jamie Koufman, MD not only explains how this works but offers a full lifestyle program to control problems. The list of “don’ts” is long, but Dr Koufman offers extensive science behind her recommendations. For example, she explains how soda triggers symptoms and that the rise in the number of peope with reflux is prarallel to the rise of soda consumption. Other recommendations include no food three hours before going to sleep. The list of food triggers can be daunting to cooking and eating out but Dr Kaufman offers dozens of genuinely appealing recipes.
Garlic, onions, butter and tomatoes are well known reflux triggers are also key ingredients to many cooking styles and countries. Dropping Acid has managed to coax rich enjoyable flavors without the usual seasongs. She uses ginger, coriander and prociutto to build taste and texture for meals that are delicious and reflux proof.
Dr Kaufman, a noted laryngologist now has a companion book – The Chronic Cough Enigma. She offers a clear differtial diagnosis of the different types of reflux and the best treatment options. Keep in mind that over 50, reflux is increasingly likely and this pair of books is a valuable tool for dealing with this all too common problem.
As it turned out Annie , an attorney for Holocaust survivors, does not keep 9-5 hours ( more like 9 to 9). And as long as I have known her, she has had an open can of Tab on her desk. I gave her my copy of Dropping Acid and I am looking forward to hearing the results.