My husband and I started your no-flour, no-sugar diet several weeks ago after purchasing your first book. After just a few days of religiously following the diet, I discovered that the acid indigestion that had been plaguing me for a very long time had disappeared. I searched your book from cover to cover for an explanation but couldn’t find one. My husband noticed the same thing, and doesn’t need to use antacids as long as he stays with the plan.

Dr. Gott

I can’t say that I am losing weight very quickly, but I certainly don’t miss the heartburn. I also feel a whole lot healthier than before. Perhaps others have noticed this unexpected (yet pleasant) side effect, as well.

We now plan to purchase your cookbook to add more variety to our stock of recipes. Thank you for such a wonderful and easy-to-follow diet.

DEAR READER: Congratulations on starting — and sticking — with my diet. As you have noticed, weight will not drop as drastically as it does on fad/crash diets. This means your weight loss is much more healthful and requires you to work toward goals. Soon, this way of eating will be more a lifestyle choice than a diet.

As for your reduction in acid indigestion, I can only assume it is due to a more balanced diet and a reduction in processed, fatty foods. Most people believe that excess stomach acid, indigestion and heartburn are the result of spicy or acidic foods. In some cases, this is true, but for the most part, highly processed and/or fatty foods are the real culprit. I am sure most gastroenterologists would agree that simply cutting out excess fatty foods could resolve the problem for many sufferers.

I hope you and your husband stick with my diet and continue to feel better and reach your weight goals.

To give you related info, I am sending you my Health Report, Hiatal Hernia, Acid Reflux and Indigestion. Others who would like a copy should send a self-addressed, stamped No. 10 envelope and $2 to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.

What is your opinion about the use of horse liniment for the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome?

DEAR READER: Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure — at the wrist — on nerves to the lower arm. I don’t see how horse liniment could help relieve such a problem. Having said this, I am open to learning from readers’ experiences.

If you have mild to moderate pain because of your carpal tunnel syndrome, use a wrist brace on the affected arm during activity, such as typing or writing, that may aggravate the area. For severe pain and impairment, see a neurologist who can test the nerves to find the source of impingement.

Dr. Peter H. Gott is a retired physician and the author of the book, Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Diet, available at most chain and independent bookstores, and the recently published, Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Cookbook.