Once upon a time, a young couple went to a chiropractor upon the recommendation of a friend, seeking help for a bad back. It was a bizarre and somewhat helpful experience which caused a few raised eyebrows in our completely non-naturally-minded minds. (That’s a nice way of saying that we thought she was looney tunes cray-cray.)
This was a few years before we began our journey into real food and natural health awareness, and to be quite frank – we were ignorant. She had a can of diet coke on her receptionist’s desk, and it had a paper skull & crossbones taped on, with the word “poison” emblazoned above. We looked at one another and rolled our eyes.
Like I said – at the time I thought she was cuckoo and way over the top. (My, how things change. I’ll now preach the dangers of the evil aspartame to anyone who’ll listen…)
I still remember the visit fairly vividly. She guessed/knew that Chris had eaten beef for dinner after poking around his mid-section with her hands. That was weird. They talked about him being on a daily prescription medication for acid reflux. It was bad and getting worse – the doctor had already upped his dosage. He didn’t know what to do.
She told him to go home and drink a spoonful of vinegar.
“Say what now??!”
We did all we could to contain the eye rolling and stifled our laughter. Clearly this lady was out to lunch. He has terrible acid reflux, and you want him to drink acid? Ummm, no thanks.
She claimed that the acid reflux was actually being caused from the stomach originally not producing enough acid, and therefore going into over-drive and producing way too much, which causes it to come up the esophagus and creates that horrible burning pain of acid reflux. It was a horrid cycle, which repeated itself daily – hence the prescription meds.
We left the office still thinking she was nuts… but what did we have to lose, really? The acid reflux gets worse for a few hours? We figured it was worth a shot… so we went home and tried it.
The next time the reflux hit at mealtime, he poured apple cider vinegar into a spoon and swallowed it straight.
Ten minutes later… the reflux was gone.
This method continued to work. At first he would have to take a spoonful or two daily. Then it lessened. Eventually he was able to go off the prescription meds altogether.
Now, years later (probably about 7-8 years?) he doesn’t experience acid reflux at all any more. I think he has taken a dose of vinegar maybe once in the last year.
Somewhere along the way we became firm believers in embracing a natural and holistic approach to health, and we have never been healthier or happier.