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I shut down on April 16 2014 out of shear disappointment. I had been contacted by several people asking details about my self-treatment programs. I gladly shared all the information I had – and discovered my self-treatment programs became the core of several commercial products costing anywhere between $60 and more than $200 monthly. Since my self-treatment programs costs are quite reasonable, these thieves were making and selling products at an obscene profit level.

My own disappointment gets set aside now. I am posting the same information at I am not purchasing a domain again, this will be part of my personal website. This, and all websites that I self-publish, are all at my cost. If you find the information useful, consider a Paypal donation. It will help offset the costs and would be much appreciated.

Since closing the first website, malnutrition (or malabsorption) have not been kind to my skin. I have had flare-ups of seborrheic dermatitis. This is a skin condition that causes redness, itching, scaling, and flakes. Seborrhea (short form of seborrheic dermatitis) is also called skin dandruff. I've found an inexpensive treatment for this as well – far more effective than the steroid based creams doctors prescribe and a fraction of the cost.

I have had three incidents since April 2014 that are worth passing on to you. 

The first happened in February of 2016. My wife and I were joined by another couple for a dinner in Rochester NY. There is a restaurant there called Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano (actually in Victor NY, which I believe is a suburb of Rochester). Absolutely outstanding food, superb service and reasonable prices. No wonder they are mentioned in Consumer Reports as the #1 italian restaurant in the USA. For us to get there is a 3 hour drive – and it's worth every second of the drive (there and back) for an outstanding dining experience. While there, I started to feel the initial start of pancreatic pain and a major problem. I am a Canadian in the USA. Any medical expenses, such as a hospital visit, are entirely out-of-pocket. The other option is an almost 2 hour drive back to Canada to a Canadian hospital. Ah, wait a second ... I am in a restaurant. I called over the waiter and asked him to check with the chef. If they had it, would he bring me a teaspoon of baking soda? He checked and came back with a small bowl with baking soda. I immediately mixed a small amount with water and sipped at it over a few minutes. In less than one minute, all the pain was gone and we finished an incredible meal with no more worries. Since this happened, I have been carrying baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) with me in my medical carry along bag. I will never ever be without baking soda again.

The second and third incidents all involve others. In the first case it was a friend (approximately 40 years of age) that I was having lunch with. The second case was with another friend (approximately 83 years of age) that I was enjoying a coffee with. These two incidents are unrelated, and about two months apart. In both cases, I noticed that my friends looked like they hadn't slept in days. Both looked worn out, both had bags under their eyes, both had reaction times that were quite slow. Since both stories and replies from them are nearly identical, I will relate this as one story.

"Man, you look wiped out. Have you been losing sleep lately?", was my remark to get this started. "I haven't slept in days. I haven't had much to eat, and I'm dead tired. My throat feels like it's on fire. If I lay down, it gets even worse." was the general tone of the replies. So I asked some questions ... "is it food? drink? are you taking anything for this?". "Yes, I have been taking {medicine}, but it's not doing much. All I get is a bit less of the burning for about 30 minutes ..." 

Several days of feeling this way and losing sleep? "Describe the feeling please, I'd like to know more about this", was my further probing. "Well, it's acid reflux. I think the doctor calls it GERD.". GERD stands for GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease. It's not quite acid reflux, but results from that. It is a burning sensation affecting the esophagus (throat). When it becomes chronic, the effect is essentially that the sphincter that closes to prevent stomach acids from going up the esophagus become damaged and no longer form a seal. More burning and the sphincter is permanently damaged. So, prescriptions for ever.

"Uh, I have something with me that will help. Do you want to try it?" was my comment after listening to their sad stories. "It's a natural product that you probably already have at home in the cupboard and costs just pennies a day ..."

The answers in both cases were affirmative, but I could tell they weren't expecting much. So, I reached into my medicine bag and pulled out the baking soda that I now carry with me everywhere I go. If my medicine bag is too conspicuous, I also have a small plastic bottle that I can put into my pocket and carry it along. It's always with me. 

I mixed up 1/8 level teaspoon in a tall glass of water (about 8 oz.) and stirred it up. 

I watched as they drank this. The first guy wouldn't put the glass down until it was finished – and then I thought he would wring out the glass. I could tell from the facial expression and amazement in his eyes, while he was drinking, that it was working. "The fire is out" he said when he put the glass down on the table. And, it's been out ever since. I've been in touch with both of my friends, and both report the same thing. No more lost sleep, no more burning, no more acid reflux, no more symptoms of GERD.

So, in deference to these idiots that stole my self-treatment strategies to line their pocket up with the hard earned dollars of people suffering from inflammatory pains (pancreatitis, arthritis, etc.) and the complications of high acidity in their bodies, I am reposting and adding to the original information of my self-treatment programs. 

I have nothing to sell. I don't put links in that generate advertising money. It's my way of paying back. I am on this side of the grass. I've found ways to deal with my health issues that keep my hard earned dollars out of pharmaceutical money pit. Hope you find some useful strategies that you can use too.

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