While many adults with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) turn to the Internet for information, it is also common for reflux sufferers to consult a book for information about the disease and treatment options.
Below, I have assembled my top 10 books for adult patients with GERD. There are three types of books on GERD: General Information,** Diet and Recipes** and** Alternative/Complementary Treatments**.
General Information about GERD:** 1. Heartburn and Reflux for Dummies by Carol Ann Rinzler and Ken De Vault, MD.**
The Dummies book series is well known for providing up-to-date, comprehensive information on any topic, and this book is no exception. I found the book to be easy to read and full of interesting facts about GERD. The diagrams, lists and humorous comics make this book a good reference.
2. 100 Questions and Answers about GERD: A Lahey Clinic Guide by David L Burns, MD and Neeral L. Shaw, MD
The book uses a question-and-answer format to answer just about every question about reflux. There are many excellent graphics to illustrate the text and a comprehensive glossary of terms.
3. Coping With Chronic Heartburn by Elaine Fantle Shimberg
The newly diagnosed patient with GERD will find information on the causes and complications of the disease as well as treatment options.
4. Positive Options for Hiatus Hernia: Self Help and Treatment by Tom Smith, MD
The book is a comprehensive guide for patients diagnosed with Hiatus Hernia, reflux and related conditions. There are clear descriptions of a sliding hernia, rolling hernia and esophageal spasm. This is a little book that is packed with excellent information.
5. How to Stop Heartburn: Simple ways to Heal Heartburn and Acid Reflux by Anil Minocha, MD and Christine Adamec
Written by a gastroenterologist, the book provides comprehensive information about the disease, treatments and diet options to reduce symptoms.
Diet and Recipes:** 1. Tell Me What to Eat if I Have Acid Reflux: Nutrition you can live with**** by Elaine Magree, MPH.RD**
Written by a dietician, the book offers an overview of treatment options and plenty of advice on foods to eat/avoid. There is information on dealing with special situations such as eating out and holidays.
2. Chronic Heartburn: Managing Acid Reflux and GERD through understanding Diet and Lifestyle by Barbara Wendland and Lisa Marie Ruff
There are more than 100 recipes for patients with GERD as well as information on diet and lifestyle options. The colorful illustrations and cookbook format make this book easy to read and reference. The book was written by a registered dietician.
3. Eating for Acid Reflux: A handbook and cookbook for those with heartburn by Jill Sklar and Annabel Cohen
The book is a handbook on GERD and a cookbook all in one. The 100 recipes are designed to be low fat and low acid to ease digestion.
Alternative/Complementary Treatments: ** 1. Digestive Wellness by Elaine Lipski**
This popular book is a well known reference on treating a variety of digestive conditions. The third edition has been updated and contains information on diagnosis, testing, diet, lifestyle and natural remedies. The comprehensive index allows the reader to look up specific symptoms and find information to discuss with the doctor.
2. Healthy Digestion the Natural Way: Preventing and Healing Heartburn, Constipation, Gas, Diarrhea, Inflammatory Bowel and Gall Bladder Diseases, Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and More By D. Lindsey Berkson
The book offers natural remedies and specific treatments for a variety of digestive issues. The section on diet allows the reader to develop a customized diet to match individual needs and preferences.