Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar Suggestions
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
- Avoid Caffeine
- Betaine Hydrochloride
- Cabbage Juice
- Carri's Remedies for Gerd
- Catnip Tea and Aloe Vera
- Chamomile Tea
- Corn Meal
- Cpap Machine
- Dietary Changes
- Digestive Enzymes
- Digestive Enzymes, Baking Soda
- General Feedback
- Gentle Remedies for Gerd
- Gerd Medication Side Effects
- Gerd Surgery
- Glutamine, Chamomile Tea
- Licorice Root Extract
- Mangosteen Juice
- Marshmallow Root Tincture
- Milk Powder
- Multiple Remedies
- Pickle Juice
- Reader Theories
- Remedies Needed
- Soft Cheese
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
09/03/2008: Kelly from Beaver, WV: "I am writing to say that I have had GERD for 30 years since I was 10 years old. I was put on the tagament as a child, then prilosec as a young adult, etc, etc. I now have been taken the Zantac 150mg for..."
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Apple Cider Vinegar
09/03/2008: Kelly from Beaver, WV: "I am writing to say that I have had GERD for 30 years since I was 10 years old. I was put on the tagament as a child, then prilosec as a young adult, etc, etc. I now have been taken the Zantac 150mg for I guess 5 years with no help. I eat them like candy. I have recently (past few days) ran out of meds and am in excrutiating pain with spasms, etc. I also have the hiatal hernia for 9 years. I have just found this website and I am going this very minute to store to find some Apple Cider Vinegar. I am a little scared it will burn since the burning has been in my ears for (2) days and spasms are relentless. I will let you know how this remedy works and I am praying it will. Thank you for the website's info."Replies
09/04/2008: Melissa from Milan, PA replies: "I have had Acid reflux for a year because I went on the cabbage soup diet which involves a lot of tomatoes and onions. For one week that is basically what I ate. I got a cold and lost my voice but my voice did not come back after my cold was gone. My esophagus began to burn all the time. I tried ACV but it burned my throat even more. However no one told me to mix it with water. I took it straight. I only tried it for a few days. I went on prescription medicine and it helped for a while but now this summer I have been eating fresh vegetables and it is happening again. I want to heal so I am going to try ACV with water this time. Thanks."
[YEA] 09/02/2008: Gary J. Herman from Hackettstown, NJ: "I have been on all types of acid reduction products since 1970 for acid reflux disease, gerd and a hiatal hernia. I used prylosec when you could only take it for two weeks at a time because it caused cancer in labratory rats.When my Dr.told me I could take it everyday, I asked him if the rats got better? I have been taking ACV for only five days and it seems to be helping. I have been using two tablespoons and a teaspoon of honey in eight ounces of water. I am still not sure whether or not to take baking soda with it and what that would accomplish if I do use the baking soda."
[YEA] 08/31/2008: Ellen from Arlington, TX: "I have had GERD for almost 3 months. I did not know what it was until I researched it on the internet.I had been eating a lot of spagetti made with diced tomatoes as well as drinking tons of coffee and peppermint tea constantly. Apparently my diet brought about the GERD in the first place. Then about 2 weeks ago I caught a stomach virus from my daughter.My husband caught it too so I know for a fact that it wasn't just the GERD. Suddenly I could not digest anything at all. The reflux was unbelievable and unrelenting. I tried OTC meds like Zantac and Tums, as well as using sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to control it at it's worst. Nothing was truly working and I was living on crackers and honey for days. My throat hurt and I had the globus sensation. My throat felt so swollen and tender that I could not sing or talk with any force. I went to the doctor and he gave me samples of Aciphex. I tried that the next day but I felt horribly lightheaded and developed a bad headache.
I decided I wasn't going to go through a second day like that. I did an internet search and found this website. When I read about all of the people who were helped by drinking ACV I ran for the kitchen. All I had was Heinz brand ACV but I drank 1 tablespoon in about 8 ounces of water. I felt relief within minutes. I drank it with every meal that day. I kept the meals light and stomach friendly. That night I bought the good brand at Whole Foods(the one with the mother). The next day the globus sensation was gone. I continued that dosage with every meal for several days. After I began to feel better I cut back my dosage to about 1 teaspoon to 8 ounces of water. I usually only drink it once a day now in the morning, unless I feel like I might be starting to have reflux after a meal. Then I drink a smaller amount to counter the reflux. I am able to eat most regular foods now, although I'm being more careful about what I eat now and the amount. Keep in mind that I had a stomach virus as well as GERD so I think it took a little longer to recuperate than if I had only been dealing with GERD. Thank you all so much for your testimonials. They have made a huge difference in my life. I am eating and singing again, and feeling so much better.
All the best,
[YEA] 08/13/2008: Maggie from Brick, New Jersey: "I have suffered with GERD with a year. I could not eat tomato sauce, choclate, soda or fried foods (basically 90% of my diet :). I also could not lie flat in bed. The pain was constant, no matter what I ate, how I ate, when etc. I was put on the typial meds which either did nothing or made the pain worse. I was eating antacids like tic tacs. I asked the MD why I developed GERD as I have no risk factors for it and was unsatisifed with the answer of "it just happens". As a nurse, I need to know the reason why. The pain had to stop. I was not going to go through this the rest of my life. I came across your web-site and thank you and Thank God!! I used the regular ACV and it worked a little. My sister in law talked me into trying the organic ACV with the enzymes and I have used it for two weeks AND HAVE HAD NO PAIN!! I am back to eating whatever I want. I realized I felt better when I had raviloi for lunch followed by pizza for dinner and NOTHING HAPPENED! Previously, I would have been in pain for hours and eating meds and not able to lie down. I still get pain in my stomach if I'm stressed out, combined with bad food, and I rely on an OTC med that works, now one pill is all I need. But I have gone to eating meds to taking nothing!! I checked with my MD first who could neither recommend or dissuade me from using it, but he had no problems with me using it and basically said "knock yourself out". Thank you for being there for us who suffer and I wish someone would do a study on this so that others could be pain free as well.I can also sleep flat again, and on my back, with no pain. I take a tblsp in the morning in 12-16 oz water (be sure to shake the bottle) and again at night before bed. I feel great otherwise as well. It's like my stomach is happy!! Thank you thank you thank you"
[YEA] 08/02/2008: Elizabeth from Carrollton, VA: "I have had GERD for so many years and relied heavily on the meds. After reading the patient insert on Prevacid recently, I was scared into seeking alternative treatment. Well, here I am. After trying the ACV, straight like wiskey :-), I burned worse than ever, then went about my day, and after five hours I realized that my symptoms were gone and that I had not taken my usual calcium anti-acids. I understand the new concept that it is an under-production problem and not over-production. This makes perfect sense that an acid would be the cure. I will keep you all posted on my progress. Thanks to Earthclinic for putting this very helpful information "out there"."
[YEA] 07/14/2008: Debbie from McMinnville, Oregon: "SUCCESS WITH ACV!
I have been on Nexium for about 3 years. Prior to that, I had been eating Rolaids like candy and taking ranitidine OTC. I had my share of "breakthrough" acid over that period of time, and I had my doubts as to whether or not this was the correct way to treat my heartburn/GERD. It seemed as if we were just treating the symptoms not the underlying issue. Since my insurance company will no longer cover Nexium, I decided that it was time to find another route for relief.
A couple of friends who are studying to be naturopathic healers suggested I check this site. Thank heaven they did! My husband and I tried ACV with the Mother and we found almost immediate relief. We have only been using it for a few days, but I have now been off Nexium and all OTC products for heartburn/GERD, my husband has not awakened with acid problems during the night, and we are very happy with the results thus far. We will continue to use ACV and tell everyone about our wonderful results!
Thank you so much for this site! I will refer to it whenever I am in need of suggestions for other ailments.
10/16/2008: Kristi Gallow from Midrand, South Africa replies: "Hi there. If you are taking ACV in water for acid reflux, you might want to add Aloe Juice, must be organic and natural without additives 15ml morning and evening. It helps soothe damaged tissue and mucosa both in the stomach and esophagus. It works for me."
[YEA] 07/03/2008: Keith from Nashua, New Hampshire: "Yesterday, I wrote concerning my first time using the Apple cider vineger. My condition was pretty severe - Gerd and/or acid into my throat and nose area, extreme pain and/or burning in the lungs. I have been dealing with this oondition for years, but it has worsened up until yesterday.
Today, I feel like I have woken up as a new man. I think my body is still trying to get used to the fact that I have no pain right now. I am totally amazed...
Yesterday morning I started out with two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vineger around 8:30AM or so. It was almost immediate that my body began to react. Withn the first few hours of taking the first dose, my stomach began to feel better.
Through out the day yesterday, I had taken a total of 4 doses at 2 tablespoons each. These doses were not accompanied by water or diluted with anything else. Just straight Apple Cider Vineger.
About halfway through the day, the burning sensation in my lungs went away.
Usually at night time, I have huge amounts acid or when going to bed. Not this time...
I am shocked. My body is literally shocked... I have never felt so relieved of these symptoms for years... This morning after waking I only felt a little acid, but this ws nothing compared to what I had been dealing with for years... I have already taken my first two tablespoons this morning and there is now no gerd...
I will keep using the Apple Cider Viniger! I want to thank all of you who have posted all of these remedies here and your results to which inspired me to make that change to using the Apple Cider Viniger!!!
Apple Cider Viniger works!"
[YEA] 06/10/2008: Chef Maria Maria from Tempe, AZ: "I was doubter, I wasn't sure to believe the hype about using alternative meds, but after being told I have Acid reflux and trying to deal with the pain I truly believe. Last Tuesday, I got really bad heart burn induced by the stress at work, my boyfriend leaving for the summer to work and eating a heavy breakfast. I got home took a couple of tums and tried to go to bed when I had this sudden burst of wonderful acid up my throat. The pain got to point when it was hard to swallow eat and drink food! Now come on I am a chef tasting and eating food is my life and I am not able to work effectly nor sustain myself it was a complete bummer. Long story short I had this 1 ton elephant feeling on my chest and the raw pain in my thort didn't help either. I wen to urgent care. I was prescibed prevacid and instructed by the doctor that it will take time to heal the irriation in my throat and really there is nothing you can do for the pain. I immediately called my mom because my grandma also suffers from GERD as well and she gave me some helpful tips butI wanted result immediately. I first changed my diet and put my self on eating soft foods and whole grains which I am still doing Completely stopped drinking coffee :( tried honey, drinking kombucha tea which worked but got expensive. And ate soft rolaids like taffy. I fried recommended this site and this simple and inexpensive drink 2 TBSP ACV 1 TBSP desert honey and 1/4 tsp baking soda and 8 oz. of water. I can definately say that after drinking the drink it has soothed my raw throat and I an able to eat and drink things a lot bettter now and the heaviness on my chest isn't as bad but it is still there but at least I can starting eating and drinking since it hot out here ( it was a 107 today) being able to drink the fluids is important. Thank you all for your help."Replies
08/19/2008: Pat from Maspeth, New York replies: "When treating your acid reflux with ACV (with the mother) raw honey & water, is this on an empty stomach? I'm on day three, taking it in the morning on an empty stomach & my stomach feels like it's being eaten away. A gentleman who spoke poor english at a health food store told me on an empty stomach, I think? I would appreciate your feedback. Thanking you in advance, Pat"
[NAY] 03/25/2008: Chrissy from Pittsburgh, PA: "I don't quite understand how Apple Cider Vineger even though a low acid, but an acid, would help anyone. I took 1Tb with 8oz of water and instantly I got heartburn and it all started coming back up. The next morning was even better, I had horrible diarrhea for hours. I have had severe gerd with tachacardia for over a year as a result of hydrocodone es and Robaxin (muscle relaxer). The recipe for ACV with Baking Soda sounds even worse, isn't that what makes the volcano eruptions in the science projects? I don't want my stomach to ingest that!"Replies
07/05/2008: Linda from Fairbanks, Alaska replies: "Dr. Jonathan Wright, M.D. has recently published a book entitled "Why Stomach Acid is Good For You." He has been testing hundreds, maybe thousands of patients for their stomach acidity. He says that 90 % of patients that have been previously diagnosed with high stomach acid are really low in acid!
This explains why apple cider vinegar probably works. He recommends more HCl and pepsin (to help disgest protein). He believes that when the stomach acid is strong enough this may kick in a mechanism for the spincter door to shut and thus keep stomach acid away from the esophagus."
11/11/2008: Karen from Warrington PA, USA replies: "chrissy, try one teaspoon in 16 oz of water a just take little sips of this all throughout the day ...make another 16 oz bottle with again one teaspoon of acv , i use organic shake it first....this may work much better for you."
[YEA] 03/18/2008: George from Toronto, Ontario, Can: "ACV cured my GERD. I've been suffering from reflux for 3 years. My symptoms include sore throat, gas backing up and excessive amounts of phlegm to the point I was having difficulty talking. Also, I would get these "vomit spasms" from my stomach whenever I eat any solid food. X-ray revealed that I had a loosened esophageal sphincter. The doctor gave me Zantac, Patriot and Nexium all with limited success. Finally I gave up and looked on the net for alternatives beside these expensive drugs. Found this site and decided to try ACV, it was 4$ for a large bottle so I really didn't have much to lose. I mix 2 tablespoon acv with water and honey and take it 2 times a day: One morning and one after dinner.
The result was immediate and amazing. All the symptoms disappeared. The spasms stopped, the sore throat is gone and I can speak clearly now. ACV is trully a miracle cure. Thank you so much for this site.
[YEA] 02/21/2008: Katherine from Wellington, New Zealand: "I found your website after being given three months supply of omeprazole. I felt I needed to research the condition in more depth.
I am glad I have not had to take any. The Apple Cider Vinegar worked wonders with my very very sore throat almost immediately. The relief from the constant pain was hard to believe. I can now sing in the choir again. My throat feels wide open. It is hard to describe the sensation...
I have had a lump in my throat for years. My throat' was getting more and more dry and hoarse which spoiled the enjoyment of singing in the choir. My breath is much better. My chest is still tight, the sensation of a band wrapped around it, but not as bad as it has been.
I had a very bad virus three years ago with agonising cough and was prescribed strong ibuprofin for the pain from torn chest muscles.
Although I did not take many I did not realise the side effects.
I have stopped coffee and red wine and will try to cut back on bread products. My bed is propped up and I think I am sleeping better.
I take two cap fulls of ACV in 500ml water three to four times a day. It works for me, I understand GERD is a chronic condition and I intend to keep taking the ACV for the rest of my natural. I also mix up a concoction of manuka honey one teaspoon, big pinch slippery elm powder, pinch of powdered ginger, capfull aloe vera juice, capfull ACV, half cup apple juice and top up with water. Give it a good stir and sip during and after meals. It is delicious. I think the internet is just marvellous and your website excellent."
03/19/2009: Joy from Manila, Philippines replies: "Hi Sriram from India, the sensation you felt was probably not acid reflux. Taking ACV, for me, feels like taking wine. It produces a burning sensation as it goes down the esophagus."
[YEA] 10/26/2007: Yadira from South Gate, CA: "Hi, I've been taking ACV for two weeks now and I am feeling much better (No more sore throat, dull chest pain...). I was diagnosed with GERD about four years ago and was given Prevacid -later prilosec. I thought all was lost unit ACV. Question though, will I have to take ACV for the rest of my life or will I eventualy completely heal?"
[YEA] 10/01/2007: Matt from London, UK: "I've had serious GERD for 8 years. When the meds stopped working I consulted a specialist and bit the bullet and underwent a Lap. Nissen Fundoplication. 12 months after the op. (after a year indigestion free!) the symptoms returned and even worse...the meds (every type I tried!) gave no relief at all. Well I just discovered your incredible site and like so....SO many other testimonials on ACV, I AM ASTOUNDED HOW EFFECTIVE THIS REMEDY IS! From the first gulp I could feel it working. I've just had my 1st day waking up without a burning gullet and mucus filled throat, and even better, the constant throat clearing is gone completely :) All within 1 day of discovering this incredible, yet simple and cheap remedy. ..still astounding that professionals and doctors in the OZ & UK don't seem to know about it? You guys are fantastic - keep up the popularity and spread the word!!"
[YEA] 06/19/2007: Melissa from Wilmette, IL: "I developed GERD after an ulcer which the doctor suspected was caused by excessive use of ibuprofen. Prilosec worked wonders at first, but gradually I developed size effects such as lower GI problems and burping. So I tried' ACV. At first it seemed to get worse, but gradually it got better and disappeared. I also made some dietary changes such as avoiding processed foods and adding high quality protein and omega 3 fatty acids. I weaned myself off the ACV and was off it for awhile, but a vacation where I consumed a lot of triggers brought it back. Seems like I can use ACV only when needed and just be careful when I'm not using it."
05/16/2007: Ted from Cleveland, Ohio: "My remedy is Nexium and ACV combination. I use the ACV twice each day and Nexium as I feel necessary. Without the ACV I would have to take Nexium every day or even twice per day. What I have not tried is stopping the Advil or the Aleve. Being 52 years old and very busy, I need the drug for joint pain relief but that is what is next on my agenda.... By the way, my Father died from having GERD but was a smoker, the esphogeal cancer killed him, so this is pretty high on my "radar" screen. Ted"