For a good - or bad - 30 years I had suffered from middle-of-the-night, fire-in-my-stomach, bile-in-my-throat acid reflux issues. I vividly recall the first time I ever woke up in the night gagging, spitting, gasping for breath thinking to myself, 'What's going on? 24 is to young to die!' I didn't die that night, but what started out as an occasional, nightmare happening soon became a consistent, 4-times-a-week-or-so reality in my life. What also began that night, of course, was a 30 year search for answers - 30 years of pills - mainly chalky and gross; liquids - mainly thick and unpleasant to swallow; occasional doctor visits; lots and lots of money spent on these attempts; and, basically, failure.

At 54 I had reached a place where, if I wanted any sort of assurance that I had a reasonable chance of a peaceful, eventless night, I could not eat after 4:30 or 5pm; I had to stear clear of a whole list - and a growing list - of different foods and drinks; and I had to accept the fact that my own, particular life-style was at the mercy of my stomach. What to do?

Apple Cider Vinegar - I capitalize these words because that's how important they have become in my life and in the quality of life in my life. I had heard of the benefits of apple cider vinegar for years - my wife had a grandfather who drank it constantly. It was not, however, until I read a piece in the local newspaper on home remedies - and after a particularly unpleasant attack the previous night - that I decided to give apple cider vinegar a try. With much fear and trembling - my stomach is on fire during these events anyway, and how is adding vinegar to the mix not like adding gasoline to fire? - I stirred a table-spoon of apple cider vinegar into 8 ounces of water, put some antacids on the nightstand thinking that surely I would need them, and then slept like a rock.

For almost 4 years now I have nightly taken my apple cider vinegar and since that first night I have been totally free of acid reflux problems - not one event. The pills are gone, the antacids aare gone, the liquids are gone. I eat what I want, when I want and the apple cider vinegar takes care of the issue. Though I have tried several different brands and they all work, I have settled on an organic product - 'Braggs' - that particularly suits me. My apple cider vinegar drink is more important to me than a pillow in terms of getting a good night's sleep. Whether it's 'Braggs' or some other brand, I highly recommend apple cider vinegar to deal with acid reflux problems.