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Rich
Monday, August 21, 2006, 1:34pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I have posted this question directly to Dr.D'Adamo, but it is so important to me that I want to throw it open to the forum as well.

I am 55, Male, O type Rh -  (will know my secretor status in a week or so).
I was diagnosed with a hiatus hernia about 5 years ago, and I had to have my gallbladder out in 2003.

I am also an opera singer.

This style of singing, which uses the diaphragm a lot, often brings acid reflux problems to the singer. Of course one could argue that the lifestyle, with it's performance stress, tensions, dramas, changes of location, meals out in strange restaurants etc., doesn't help the acid problem either, and I am sure there is something in that.

Over the years I have been inclined to blame any vocal problems on bad technique, but recently I have talked with fellow singers who have consulted their throat specialists and been diagnosed with acid reflux. They don't suffer from heartburn, or have a hiatus hernia like me, but during the course of their work they experience the voice closing down as if to ptotect itself from acid reflux. When I heard their symptoms I recognised them at once.  

The remedy seems to be antacids, and apparently this works.
The trouble is that I am trying to go in the opposite direction and get myself off antacids. In just over a month the BTD has pretty much done away with my heartburn, but I still get the problem of my voice closing down after a small amount of singing. The acid is obviously still affecting the larynx area.

If fellow singers without heartburn or hiatus hernias get this problem, how much worse is it for me, who has both?; and how much more difficult is it going to be to find a remedy?

I don't really want to mess around with my digestion just when I am starting to get it working natuarally, but I am hoping this is not going to boil down to a career decision.

Would it be a health disaster if I went back on the antacids for the sake of my singing?

Apart from giving up singing, is there another way around this?

I'd appreciate any insights.

Rich.

 
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Hello Rich,

I (not a singer) too had a reflux problem pre-BTD, which disappeared within a couple of weeks upon following the diet. I believe you will eventually get rid of that problem as well.

I don't know how compliant you are, so I'll recommend that you stay away from coffee (reg/decaf) and black tea.

Food combining, i.e. not eating carbs in the same meal with animal protein helps. Do your best to stay away from sweets/desserts. Alcohol is also to be avoided.

Are you drinking sparkling mineral water? That helps O's a lot in decreasing/neutralizing the excessive stomach acid.

Do you still have hiatus hernia? I've read here in the forums that people had it fixed by skilled chiropractors.

Cheers,
Yaman


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These suggestions from Dr. D'Adamo would apply to Type O as well.  
http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/ask/archives/00000248.htm

Straight fresh ginger juice and sparkling mineral water (as mentioned by Yaman) would also be helpful.

Slippery elm bark gruel may be helpful to your vocal chords as well.
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Rich
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Hi Yaman,

Thanks for your post - yes I am pretty compliant right now. This summer has been all about turning my health around and I've been quite strict so far. The chiropractor idea sounds fascinating and I'll chase it up straight away.

Yes I do drink sparkling water, at least I hope it's the right kind. It's not the expensive Perrier type - but in the UK it's called soda water and you get it from the supermarket - carbonated water with an acidity regulater added.  My 4 year old daughter is quite addicted to it.

I could do more in the way of food combining too.  If I ever get heartburn it is always quite a long time after a meal, almost an hour before the next meal. Perhaps that is significant.

Hi Vicki,

Thanks for that link. It looks good and I'm going to have a good read after my tea.
Would you drink the ginger juice at any particular time in relation to eating?



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Victoria
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Rich, a product called Acid Soothe is a wonder in my opinion.  It is not a conventional anti-acid, but rather a combination of enzymes and herbs.  Click



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Hi Rich,

About the acidity regulator in the soda water, could be citric acid - citrate buffer, which is quite common. And you know what, it is corn-based!

You don't have to go for Perrier, you can even prepare your own soda water, just by mixing (sodium) carbonate (known as the English Salt in Turkey, how'bout that) with water. Sodium carbonate is sold as baking soda (not baking powder, which is completely different, full of avoids)

Is your little daughter type O? Otherwise soda water can be bad for her..

Now if you feel the acid an hour before meals, than soda will definitely help.

Good luck, and you'll never walk alone here , see, among other things I'm a Liverpool fan
Cheers,
Yaman


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Hi Yaman,

As it happens I have some baking soda. I'll make some now.

Usually ginger is something you take before a meal to set the appetite up. Is it also good for afterwards?

Don't know my daughter's blood type yet. When I was born the blood type information was given free but this is no longer the practice in England. It's been hard enough establishing the BTD for myself so I am going to have to work very slowly on my wife and daughter!

You must have been awhile in England, what the story?

Thanks again,

Rich.
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Rich
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Hi Victoria,

Acid Soothe looks very useful. Would you say it was acceptable to the BTD in a way that medical antacids (those that reduce stomach acid) are probably not?

Rich.
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Hi Rich,

I have visited England (and Scotland) many times since 1982, all of them for business, including professional training. In some occasions I stayed for a couple of weeks.

But I always loved (and still do) watching the English football, word has it that you guys play it best among yourselves rather than international tournaments I believe there is some truth there..

Cheers,
Yaman


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Hi Victoria,

Acid Soothe looks very useful. Would you say it was acceptable to the BTD in a way that medical antacids (those that reduce stomach acid) are probably not?

Rich.


I would say yes.
The enzymes are only digestive aids, to help break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates.  There is no hydrochloric acid in them.  Also, there are no chemicals at all.  
Amylase
Lipase
Marshmallow Root
Gotu Kola
Papaya Leaf
Prickly Ash Bark
Cellulase

Marshmallow root is recommended for type O's prone to ulcers.
Gotu Kola is recommended for type O's an an aid to healing.
Papaya leaf is a digestive aid.
Prickly Ash Bark is not mentioned in the BTD literature, to my knowledge.

It's all natural stuff.



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