Having grown up in an upper-middle-class neighborhood inevitably means some restriction to your exposure to average American life. If you grew up in an exclusive part of town such as Chicago’s North Shore or Northwest Washington, you or your parents had to take proactive steps to force you out of the bubble. That sort of thing happens, but even then it is often artificial. For example, your parents made you help out in a soup kitchen during high school, and you volunteered for Habitat for Humanity during college. In those cases, you might have had brief exposure to some of the most downtrodden people and disorganized neighborhoods, but you still have little idea what life is like in an ordinary working-class or middle-class neighborhood.
It should be mentioned that many people use baking soda for treatment of heartburn and indigestion; however, you should exercise caution when using this remedy. Baking soda contains sodium which can raise your blood pressure and make your blood too alkaline if taken in large amounts. While drinking a glass of water with a 1/2 teaspoon soda added is not likely to be dangerous, many people claim that you can use this treatment as often as needed until you get relief. Over consumption of baking soda can have serious health consequences, especially for those with heart conditions.