Last Modified on Feb 28, 2014
Get natural remedies to treat Barrett's Esophagus (Barrett's Syndrome), a digestive ailment related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia. While rare, this digestive ailment can cause irritating symptoms and can lead to cancer. Barrett Esophagus is most likely to occur among those who have a long history of GERD, but not every acid reflux sufferer will experience the symptoms of Barrett's Esophagus.
Barrett's Syndrome is characterized by a change in the nature of the cells lining the esophagus. Prolonged exposure to stomach acid causes these cells to morph into structures more like those that line the intestines than the cells that are properly found in the esophageal lining. This change can later trigger esophageal cancer. Barrett's can also be associated with chest pain, possibly related to esophageal spasm.
Home Remedies for Treatment of Barrett's Esophagus
Typical GERD home remedies like apple cider vinegar may reduce symptoms of that ailment and with it the symptoms of Barrett's Esophagus. Additionally, aloe vera juice may soothe the throat, and any other steps to control heartburn and GERD - such as reducing your weight, quitting smoking, and eating smaller meals - is likely to help control Barrett's Syndrome. Anti-inflammatories, and specifically N-SAIDs such as aspirin, may help reduce inflammation in the esophagus and reduce you risk of developing cancer.
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/05/2009: Dylan from Phoenix, Az, United States: "Hello all,
I just wanted to let you know that taking 2 oz. (or so) of Aloe Vera before meals really helps coat one's esophagus and throat. If you have esophagitis or Barrett's esophagus caused by GERD, this is for you.
Before Thanksgiving, my esophagus was getting worse by the day. My chest was sensitive to touch, and I was getting a tickling cough. After only a week of taking aloe vera gel, my cough is gone and the burning in my esophagus is going down. My chest still feels sensitive, but not like before.
I also think aloe vera helps acid reflux, but I'm not sure. Any thoughts on this or any other GERD/esophagitis treatment? Let me know at email@example.com. Also, if anyone knows how to get FRESH aloe vera gel, PLEASE e-mail me as it would be very helpful."
12/13/2011: Kathryn from Falmouth, Cornwall, Uk replies: "Hi All I have just been looking up Barretts Disease, my very good friend has just been diagnosed, I am a Disrtibutor of Aloe Vera Products and, after a particularly difficult few days of not being able to eat much, apart from ice cream, I gave my friend a bottle of Aloe gel, hoping it would help, after a few hours she came to my house (next door) and hugged me she said it had helped her to feel much better and had enabled her to eat some real food. Aloe has amaizing properties. I hope this is helpful."
04/03/2012: Crr from Phoenix, Arizona replies: "I have finally learned that to get a rating of the size of Barretts Syndrome, it must be fully controlled with 6-8 weeks of acid pump inhibitors (prilosec otc is one of the few on the market), then a sample taken for the level rating of the condition.
From this intel the use of the laser light to remove the unhealthy tissue is the current "cure". The length of the problem, is not equal to the grade of cancer it is becoming. Hence, I know my length is 4. I am under a physician at Mayo Clinic, and on prilosec x2 per day for 6 weeks to control it enough to determine with a sample that has no irritated tissue in it, how close to cancer I really am.
The warning is that when you go off the acid pump inhibitors , there is a pendulum swing to the production of much more acid than you were producing before it, for a period of time. I will be on the Aloe Vera and Brioschi in the middle of the night for that experience.
I was given the example of using nasal sprays, then experiencing the excess plegm activity when you stop using the spray, until it equalizes back to what has become normal for you.
To avoid the problem again, I decided to go on the Arbonne Essentials and stick to their Detox Spa . It is Vegan Certified and keeps you alkaline. Cancer doesn't enjoy a robust growth in an alkaline condition, and the products resolves a lot of the problems in the stomach by changing your diet. I do have to take the 10,000 orac score vitamins with food, and I find I have fewer Barretts Syndrome problems if I avoid coffee and gluten. The consultant I found at boathouse(at)amerion.com has been really helpful.
To avoid the Barretts length , I found out too late, that simply using a bed with an elevated top, uses gravity to keep the acid in the stomach better when sleeping. A cheap simple fix was found at Ikea in the bed department.
Hope that helps."
10/01/2012: Dave from Auburn, Wa / Usa replies: "I have found that apple cider vinegar, essiac tea, DGL, cottage cheese/flaxseed, msm, enzyme, ginger and calcium/magnesium/zinc, red rice yeast and boswellia gives me relief and it seem to be improving my condition. Also I gargle with Listerine and CamphoPhenigue. Inflammation is a major problem Most of this I do before bed time. Each one of these have a function."
11/24/2012: Teresa from Arlington, Texas replies: "dgl licorice heals! look it up licorice DGL"
Apple Cider Vinegar
02/22/2014: Morganaspirit from Vancouver, Canada: "Hi. After a gastroscopy procedure I was diagnosed with Barret's Esophagitis and a hiatal hernia almost two years ago after suffering for over a year. I was given Dexilant and it worked somewhat well to disguise the symptoms, yet like others here on this forum, I know the harmful effects and it also seemed to be losing effectiveness. At the time the specialist gave me the diagnosis she told me I was per-cancerous esophagus and beginning ulcer.
I have studied holistic health for most of my life and this medicine and its effects have worried me over the last almost two years. I am in a situation now where I cannot afford to buy it any longer either.
My concern is that I don't know what to take to cure the problem because of my symptoms so if anyone here has similar please let me know. People here have great success with ACV and Baking Soda. I did use baking soda before the problem got so intense I had to have the gastroscopy.
By the way at this time two years ago I did a 12 day fast on just organic aloe vera juice from whole foods I was that desperate. After that I decided to have a some organic veggie juice thinking I could now drink it and OMG it didn't last a moment in my system. Definitely it did me no good at all.
I throw up even water, but some foods surprisingly I discovered by accident I can keep down. I.e. pasta with cheese sauce, which I hadn't eaten for thirty years not liking it prior, but it was served for dinner where I was visiting. This blew my mind when I realized I wouldn't be throwing it up. Hard boiled eggs with a bit of butter I can keep down too. Veggies I can't keep down either. The problem I have is that I can't get past a mouthful of ACV without it coming right back up. I also have a greens organic, and a non-GMO, non-dairy, non-Soy protein powder full of good healthy ingredients, which I used to blend with coconut milk, and now I can't drink that either since stopping the PPI. I can only now drink little sips of water otherwise it comes back. Teas all come back after a mouthful. Coffee is out of the question entirely.
There must be a way to cure this and heal it holistically. I refuse to believe I have to live with this Dexilant which I read increases the possibility of stomach cancer if taking it over a long period. I also have osteoporosis before taking Dexilant and it must be even worse now. I feel that I am in very critical condition.
Another thing that happens is that the moment I even go to take my medication for hypothyroid and reach for the glass of water that my upper abdomen immediately swells and hurts and I haven't even had a sip yet. I sleep practically sitting up and now I also have developed this cough that causes me to throw up. I bring up a very clear gel like substance, not a mucous that is thick and then up comes my water or anything I have taken.
I would appreciate hearing back about this. Thanks."Replies
02/22/2014: Mike62 from Denver replies: "Morganaspirit: I am not sure I can assist you but I can try. I am not sure why but I like to study the food plants, animals, and well people eat. After reading your sad story of so much suffering I am surprised you are alive. The reason I say this is because the cells require proper nourishment. When they don't get enough they eat the tissues. I believe this to be the root cause. I was very sick. The way I got well was to experiment. This is hard for a sick person to do so maybe getting a loved one to assist would be a good idea. Vegetables want to be fertilizer for the seeds so they make some of their nutrients hard to digest to discourage herbivores from eating them. Fruits want to be eaten for herbivores to propagate the seeds. Their nutrients are easily digested. The most easily digestible fruit is banana. Whole Foods has whole trade bananas. These are organically grown but lack the costly certification. They are also the least costly. You can try raw wildflower honey. Avocados are also easy to digest. Because you were able to eat cheese, eggs, and butter, you can try raw vital pastured eggs, raw grass fed hamburger, colostrum, and raw cheese. You can try black chia seeds. They are less costly online. Brown Cow plain yogurt might be beneficial. In my opinion you are going to have to find some raw organic and grass fed whole foods that you can eat so you can recover."
02/22/2014: Jos from Thailand replies: "Hi to Morganaspirit in Vancouver,
Sorry to hear of your gastric problems, have you tried mixing food thickeners to your food and drinks? There is a product called Nestagel which works quite well and helps to keep food down and without irritation, I believe it's mainly used for children and elderly people but maybe worth experimenting with, also try to research other food thickners which maybe of benefit to you as they coat the lining of your osophegus, and help to stop the burning sensation. Weight loss may be a problem for you and when desperate try Bengers food, another "old fashioned" food for invalids and children with hiatal hernia problems. Keeping yourself raised up when sleeping is essential for your oesophageal probs and I really wish you well. I had a young baby with reflux and I learnt about thickening food to keep it down in her stomach, I appreciate you are not an invalid but thought some of these ideas may help you."
02/23/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Morganspirit, sounds like you have to have well-cooked, easily digestible foods for right now. Look into Traditional Chinese Medicine for your situation."
02/23/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Morganaspirit: It's obvious that the acid factor of ACV irritates your Esophagus, so do drop that. I had the same problem w/ the thyroid meds. One of the noticeable symptoms of hypothyroid is reduced ability to swallow, which implies that the esophagus is directly effected by insufficient thyroid hormones.
So, the only way to bring about a fix is to treat the esophagus and the thyroid simultaneously. Starting w/ the thyroid, take the magnet on your refrigerator and apply it to your thyroid glands for 10 min 2x day. Switch from levothyroxine to Armor Thyroid meds w/ any luck from your MD. supplement Lugols Iodine (much info here on E.C.). Take 500mg L-Tyrosine 1x day for two weeks and then up to 500mg 2x day. At this point you may need to split the thyroid med in half but you will need thyroid checked for sure. Vit-E is very good for protecting all the glands and thus improving their function. The best form of E is mixed Tocopherols & Tocotrienols. Coconut Oil is also very good for the T.
Now for the esophagus. Burst 5,000 iu Vit-A in mouth and let it slowly drain down the throat or take small spoon of Cod Liver Oil by mouth using the slow method. 15 minutes later suck an Elderberry/Zinc Lozenge. These two should both strengthen and soothe. DGL form of Licorice will also help soothe."
02/23/2014: Morganaspirit from Vancouver, Canada replies: "Thank you Timh from Ky, and Somewhere, Europe, jos from Thailand, and Mike 62 from Denver. I appreciate all of your input. I do love avocadoes Mike, bananas I am very allergic to unfortunately cause I love them.
Jos, food thickeners sound like a very good idea because they coat the lining of the esophagus. I have never heard of them so will research as soon as I get off this site.
Timh, I do take desiccated thyroid. Learned that one a few years ago! But you are right that the thyroid seems to be mixed up with everything. I never thought of using a magnet on my thyroid but what a great idea. I need a lot of thyroid every day so it would be amazing to split it in half. I will certainly try the Vit-A. Does it taste fishy though? Thinking of Cod liver oil you mentioned. Aside from the esophagus problems I have a very difficult time with smells, especially fishy smell. I can't even walk into a fish store without throwing up. I take coconut oil and use it for cooking. Perhaps that would work as well as Vit-A?
I am going to try these ideas you all gave me today, and Somewhere, Europe you suggested TCM. I went to a naturopath who taught at the TCM college here and he was useless. His big plan was for me buy his protein powder and take that daily as well as pay him $150/hr for his consult. He gave me a sample and it upchucked within five minutes so I am a bit distrustful of TCM if that is the recommendation. I like the ones I got here today and will use them all. Thank you."
02/23/2014: Gtcharlie from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Hi Morganaspirit,
I want to chip in a few points here that is away from the main drag; not with the intention to negate what others say, but to add a different approach that is more in line with the Eastern philosophy.
1. Avoid all cold drinks or foods, including raw foods taken cold, even water from the refrigerator! Because you don't want to excite your stomach needlessly. And you don't want to lower your body's core temperature suddenly either. So, please stick to foods/drinks that are a bit above lukewarm, but way lower than to burn your mouth.
2. Use ginger as often as you can, but not as much as you can. Large amount of ginger can upset your stomach, in moderation, it can curb regurgitation effectively. Ginger can also warm your stomach up which will reduce the excessive stomach acid. GERD can be from insufficient stomach acid in some cases especially with the elderlies. But judging from what you say about the ACV, it is not your case.
The best way is to take a ginger tea with honey daily - thinly cut fresh ginger 15-20 slices with skin on, add in 8 oz of water and bring it to boil. Remove from the stove and stir in one t-spoon honey. Press the ginger slices a bit while mixing the honey in with the spoon. Save half of this concoction in a thermal for later use. Sip this tea slowly as hot as you can take. Inhale the steam through your nostrils while waiting for the tea to cool down a bit. By doing so, you can warm up your upper chest. Reheat the rest from the thermal a few hours later to finish it. Less in amount and more in frequency is the key to avoid burdening your stomach. If you can take in the whole 8 oz once, then brew a second cup later.
Always add some fresh ginger in your cooking. Ginger candy is a good choice for snacking.
If you like cinnamon, you can use it to replace ginger at times or supplementing the ginger tea with it. But be sure to buy the cinnamon from Indonesia or Srilanka since it is for medicinal purpose. You will find them at Amazon.
3. Take liquid foods for easy digestion; thick soap like beef and barley is a good choice. Avoid foods that cause bloating and gas. Chew slowly and longer when eating solid foods to let the saliva to breakdown carbohydrates. Proper nutrition plays a big part in one's health!
4. Rub your stomach often: use both hands to rub your stomach (right under the sternum) with a little pressure. Move in a circular motion and reverse the direction alternatively. Give it a few pumps if you can in between. Do it before meals and relax your stomach muscle by practicing deep breathing at times. You need to strengthen your diaphram.
If these help and when situation is stabilized, you can start making fresh potato juice in the morning and drink it with an empty stomach - at least half an hour prior to breakfast. Add an apple if you like. But be sure to leave both the potato and apple out of the refrigerator to prevent taking in cold liquid in the morning!
Potato juicing is good to curb cancer cells, and for any ulcer too! A very popular remedy in Asia popularized by a welknown Japanese monk.
All the best to you!"
02/23/2014: Morganaspirit from Vancouver, Canada replies: "Thank you GT Charlie. I discovered this thing about not having cold water this week and on the weekend when it finally hit me that my overnight lukewarm water had not bothered me at all to drink it. Usually I have it ice cold from the frig and so you are right on there. I will slice up my ginger and try that again. I use to make fresh ginger tea. I used to also keep fresh slices in my water jug to sip on as well and I see it is time to do this again. Cinammon too I love so will make sure it comes from Indonesia or Sri Lanka. Thanks so much for your input.
Unfortunately I used the PPI Dexilant to get through the past two years and it is only when I realized it was also not working as well, that is when I knew I had to tackle this problem now. My problem is that I work 12 hr days and alot of that time is sitting at my desk and that is a problem too with that pressure. I spose I can heat up the ginger tea in the microwave at work although I hate to use it. Thanks again."
02/24/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Morganaspirit: Yes, the Cod Liver Oil or Vit-A smells like fish, so you will need to fallow it directly w/ Elder/Zinc Lozenge. The Iodine/L-Tyrosine will likely be necessary in improving your T hormone status for the short-term until you do the Magnet, Vit-A, and Zinc begin protecting and healing the Thyroid. All this has worked for me as my last test showed normal without having previously taken levothyroxine for many weeks.
Do report your results for others."
02/24/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Morganaspirit,
Really, my heart goes out to you...you have suffered so much.
I love what the EC writers have posted and have two observations:
First, to add to the previous suggestions on what you might be able to eat, have you tried papaya? The raw fruit, not the capsules but the fruit itself?
Papaya is an amazing fruit packed with enzymatic power... soothing to the lining of irritated throat and stomach...it is wonderfully anti nausea. What ever is causing the problem, you certainly are deficient in enzymes and a good starting point is papaya. Start with the real fruit as I said and after eliminating the tiny black seeds (a good source of anti parasites) just take a tiny bit on spoon and eat. If no negative reaction, try a quarter teaspoon and so forth until you can eat a quarter cup at a time. If you can tolerate that much, the Papaya will start its wonder working impact on your system.
Second, I'd love to more find out the CAUSE of what you are experiencing. I understand the Barretts Syndrome diagnosis, but I mean before that. Here is my point; We are dealing with (largely) what you can eat now. That is vital because clearly there is a sense of urgency here...and that is why I threw in my suggestion of papaya. But all these suggestions, by and large, speak to the symptoms and do not address the cause.
I guessed one possible cause as an enzyme deficiency issue but that might more fit the symptom category.
Would you please give us some more information on the history of what led to this problem. I'm always wondering at causation and try to get to the bottom line cause for the symptoms. Often I find an infection that preceded symptoms, for instance.
So...could you give a brief history... like this; when did you first begin experiencing difficulties...from youth? From birth? Do you suspect genetic? As I said, I've often found a viral/ fungal ... pathogenic trigger, and hence "basis" for the symptoms.
Here's a typical story line...maybe it fits and maybe not: Victim X suffers from nausea for past five years. X first experienced illness four months after visiting Caribbean islands. Doctors cannot find cause. Possible answer; Parasites.
Or: Victim Y suffers from endocrine system issues with manifold symptoms. Six months prior to symptoms, suffered from severe case of strep. Possible cause; virus.
So, anything you can tell us as to cause...more of the history can help with underlying cause solution."
02/24/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Hee, hee, Morganspirit, I learn the Chinese stuff that I want, off the Internet and from books. I take the info that seems right to me and experiment with that. Why pay? Having said that, I did go to a practitioner to get the Chinese "diagnosis name" of my condition (according to them. I always take it all with a grain or two of Celtic Salt :))."
02/24/2014: Morgana from Vancouver, Canada replies: "Timh from Ky, I cannot tolerate even the smell of fish oil. I would be heaving before getting the capsule close to my throat but I was thinking that perhaps coconut oil might be a good substitute. Thanks. By the way I have a very sensitive stomach. Even happening upon a dead fly makes me vomit.
Dave thanks for your reply. I do love papaya, but so many fruits made me throw up in the past three and half years that I gave up on them. I will try your suggestion with just a tiny amount at a time. I do know it has powerful enzymes and if it stays down, it would be wonderful to eat it as much as I can keep down.
As to the beginning of this problem, acid reflux began about five years ago at age 59, but it wasn't until the end of 2010 that it began to be uncomfortable.Up to the acid reflux beginning the only time I had stomach problems was my horrid reaction to smelly things or revolting looking things and then anything I had in my gut came up. I was one of those women during pregnancy who vomited the whole nine months.
Actually interesting you bring up possible parasites as a source cause I used to wonder about that. The day it began I had bought myself a frozen lasagne to have for a quick meal after work. I had just begun my present job the month before, twelve hour days and was too exhausted to stand at the counter and cook after a long day beginning at 4am.
This is the first time in my life I bought one of those dinners, since my preference is more holistic and fresh food, but I did and that night I did have a violent reaction like a stomach flu which continued for several days and then I caught a bad cold which turned into a bad chest infection. The chest infections have been recurring over the years since childhood when hay fever first hit. It always changed to chest infections which lasted for weeks and weeks and that could be asthma I found out recently.
Since I never got stomach flu's ever, it has only now occurred to me that it might not have been the lasagne at all and that it could have been a bad flu beginning with stomach and turning into the chest infection.
Back to the problem. I was coughing very much, pulling tummy muscles when the problem began late 2010, and this continued for weeks. After that finally ended the real problem began in my stomach and upper abdomen. Those weeks of horrid gut wrenching coughing must have caused the hiatal hernia. It just got worse and worse and my doctor sent me on the rounds to have ultrasounds on every organ and nothing showed up and finally after a year of this and being in exactly the state where I am now, I insisted on seeing a gastroenterologist and then had that diagnosis after a gastroscopy and biopsy, and told I had to take Dexilant for life.
It was such a relief to have a solution that I happily took those pills and then when I found out just how dire it is to the system it began to make me very uneasy and to want to find another way. I really didn't think there was another way until finding this forum...so then I have hope.
Another thing that happens when I have anything at all, even lukewarm water my tummy area around my belly button as a centre swells and hurts immediately and as I said it can begin before I even have the liquid or food.
I remembered giving my dog Slippery Elm when he had digestive issues and am thinking that perhaps that might be a good thing to drink prior to eating anything or drinking anything even water. Funny how I never thought of that before.
By the way, my job hours are very stressful for me and I have been doing it almost four years and that may have alot to do with it too. Next year I will be 65 and can retire so maybe that will make a difference if I can get through this without it all turning to esophageal cancer.
Thanks for your input and for any further suggestions."
02/24/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello again Morgana (spirit) from Canada,
So excited to get your follow up post!
The "history" of your disease ... and yours is indeed a disease is now much better understood by your last post.
You gave a great lay out of the key events and here's what I think given the evidence concerning the issue of causation and what is underlying the symptoms.
As you said, the day it all started (building on some reflux already present but not the main issue)... was the uncooked lasagna. I gather it was either under cooked or just let get to room temp from frozen condition. Couldn't tell which, but got for sure that it was not cooked.
Whatever... the problem was in the Lasagna. What was in it? Do you recall? And I doubt if you'd remember but do you recall if it was an imported variety. THAT would really give us a good slap on the huntin' dog's back if we knew it was a Mediterranean import. (Lots of Montezuma's revenge...yes, the Mediterranean... not just Mexico.) Amoeba, e coli, etc etc. are possible. Look up Amoebic dysentery on Wikipedia. The one of some interest is the "trophozoite" which is an amoeba that is non cyst forming. That amoeba produces symptoms without hurting liver. You need the BEST parasitologist to exclude the possibility that you do NOT have such infection.
Montezuma's revenge can be either viral or bacterial.
And let's just talk "mundane" infections caused by a good ol' American virus, fungus or bacteria.
You got the infection .... whatever it is from the lasagna. "The day it started..." that was the uncooked lasagna day.
What to do? Well, if me, I've already said I'd get a parasitologist to eliminate the possibility of parasites... and next...if not parasites, go to the old standbys to kill infections....Colloidal Silver (I now do a little dance at the mention of CS ... no doubt the Cherokee blood that runs through me).
I'd take a lot...I would be drinking at least six teaspoons of CS daily on empty stomach (which is what you usually have). I wrote a little article that the EC staff was nice enough to post under "Colloidal Silver" ...the Remedies section. I think mine's the second one.
So my contention is that CS will kill the underlying infection, if the experts say the problem is not a parasite. There are "natural" parasite killers covered in Earth Clinic, but after reading the autobiography "MD" which is about a parasitologist, I think I'd first get a determination of whether the cause just might be parasitic.
But do look at the Wiki article on Amoebic dysentery I mentioned and see if the symptoms discussed with the two types of amoeba relate to your problem. If not.... turn to virus killers....eg.....CS."
02/24/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Morgana,
A paragraph I failed to put into the long post just below this one....yes a bad infection as you mentioned from childhood could be the cause... Still....either would indicate an infection as the cause. And that's what we're looking for ... the cause."
02/24/2014: Morgana from Vancouver, Bc replies: "hi Dave,
The thing is I had a frozen lasagna probably McCains or something like that and of course I heated it in the oven for the requisite time.
Good idea on CS. Have some in my fridge. Thanks for your input. Morgana"
02/25/2014: Morgana from Vancouver, Bc replies: "An update. Just wanted to tell you who contributed to my question that I am able to hold down avocado and papaya, so today for work I made myself a little salad with those, but I also added raw zucchini which I knew would be okay and I use the spiralizer to make it look like spaghetti. I also added raw apple and voila I have kept it all down and no heartburn.
It is a beginning and beats having to survive on fettucine, which is not something I like but when it was the only thing to stay down for a meal, what the heck.
02/26/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Morgana, thanks for coming back to report. We're delighted at the good news, it's a very good start!"
02/27/2014: Ed from Ct. replies: "Many things can bring on a hiatal hernia...most common is while sitting- bending at the waist, as if to tie shoes. This will force the stomach into the diaphram. When the irritation begins things to avoid, temporally, (for 7 to 10 days) would be tomato sauce, spicy foods, COFFEE, too much ruffage as raw veggies, rice, and alcohol.
What to eat would be stewed veggies, pasta-no tomato sauce. Cream sauce and the like is OK. Mainly soft foods. They do not have to be bland just not spicy. This will also cut down on acid reflux. And indigestion.
If this becomes chronic, a visit to a chiropractor that practices kenisiology Is in order. I do not know if ACV helps with this as I have not had to try it as yet."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/30/2013: Andrew from Wyoming: "My grandma and girlfriend's mom swear by Apple Cider Vinegar. I have a case of Barrett's and was on dexilant, which is stronger than prilosec, for three years and have actually gotten worse. So the past month I have been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother in it during meals and seem better than before and no heartburn other than a case of indigestion once in a blue moon. I'm hoping to solve this Barrett's before it gets worse naturally other than taking them horrible drugs doctors swear by that makes matters worse in the long run. I wish I did the Apple Cider Vinegar three years ago when I first started having the problems I have now."
10/13/2011: Libraladee from Huguenot, New York: "I HAVE A SEVERE CASE OF BARRETTS ESOPHAGUS WHICH CAN LEAD TO CANCER IF NOT TAKEN CARE OF. PRESENTLY ON PRILOSEC 2XDAILY. STILL HAVING PROBLEMS. CAN APPLE CIDER HELP?"Replies
[YEA] 10/13/2011: Sudburygirl from Sudbury, Ontario replies: "I have it too. I have been taking ACV with Baking Soda for about a year. Just had another biopsy - Dr. Said all is well. I will take it the rest of my life to prevent this from spreading."
[NAY] 01/17/2010: Stuart from Wisconsin Rapids, Wi Usa: "Looking to alleviate severe gerd which has led to Barretts E. Nexium hasn't helped. Only get minimal relief from ACV. Any suggestion? Thanks, Stuart"Replies
[YEA] 07/21/2010: Susanne from Lynnwood, Wa replies: "If you use apple cider vinegar, be sure to use the kind with the "mother" in it - the cloudy stuff that drifts to the bottom. If I have a symptom I find it works - and I add a tsp. of honey. Also, use a good digestive enzyme with first bite of food and a probiotic each day. Don't eat fatty foods and avoid wheat and dairy. Get adequate sleep and exercise a bit. These measures can be difficult but it's absolutely worth it. I don't have to take the worthless and dangerous meds and haven't had heartburn for months. (My doc says it's okay unless my bi-annual scope tests shows further damage -- which they haven't. )"
Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Vitamin B Complex
10/05/2006: Rebecca from Houston, TX: "You asked for information on people taking medication and its correlation to GERD. I have taken, for 20 years Excedrin to treat headaches and migraines. There have been other meds taken over the years as well, both RX and OTC. Approximately 5 years ago I was diagnosed with GERD after an "attack" so severe that I had to seek treatment at the ER. It took me until about 2 years ago to figure out that the meds are at least in part contributing to my condition. I am scared now because after a respite from the disease for a few years, GERD is back and in full attack mode. I walk around all day every day with a feeling like I have a peanut butter sandwich STUCK in my throat. I feel stuff backing up in my throat. Faltering voice, sore throat, hoarseness, etc. etc. I am SUPER intrigued about the ACV and hopefully will be trying to purchase some either tomorrow or over the weekend. My insurance company is not allowing Nexium, which my doctor has prescribed; the insurance company will allow Previcid, but even with insurance consideration I fear that I will not be able to afford it. The only concern I have is the repeated comments I see on other web sites stating that individuals should not self treat or attempt to self treat GERD. I am at risk for Barrett's syndrome (or whatever it is called). Does anyone have a comment on the preceding paragraph concerning self treatment, or can anyone offer advice? Thank you and GOD BLESS!"Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Rebecca: Just take ACV 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. There is a difference between treating oneself and just making changes in eating certain dietary supplements.
Often most diseases are simply an issue that the body is due to pathogens, vitamin and mineral imbalances, or pH imbalances. I make sure whenever I get sick from an unknown causes, I must correct all the imbalances.
Mineral imbalances can be corrected by just taking 1/4 teaspoon of dead sea salts or any good sea sea salt to on liter of water as a normal drinking water. Sea salt is unusual in that it has trace minerals that is not found in our food. So this is why they are so important. Maybe drinking more of this (as they done a century ago) can help with a great many conditions.
Sometimes buffer is the issue. Then take ACV but with sufficient buffers. Often for adult dosages ACV 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of warm water, taken twice a day, one in the morning and once in evening on empty stomach should help correc the buffer imbalances.
Pathogens are the cause of lowered immunity and as a result, taking licorice extract, glycine, selenium, garlic, zinc acetate (50 mg/day), magnesium chloride, 250 mg/day and some good electrolyte salts packs they sell in drugs store (sometimes called hydration salts)will correct the potassium and sodium imbalances.
The most important nutritional imbalances I have found associated with GERDS or Barrett's Symptoms is an imbalances or deficiency in vitamin B complex. So taking vitamin B complex, where B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B8 at 100 mg. each, except for B12 at 100 mcg, for example taken 3 times a day is often seem quite helpful. All these are just an attempt to correct nutritional imbalances. Additional Bs can be taken from Brewer's Yeast (B13) and royal jelly (high in B5).
Barrett's Symptoms seem to be more in line with supplement more on selenium, zinc, garlic, magnesium, B5, B8, and silicon (from oatmeals) then most GERDS and have more to do with the rebuilding of cellular structure, electrolytic correction then most GERDS. The other issue is the importance of vitamin C, especially sodium ascorbate, about 250 mg./day. Most simple reflux are usually best handled just taking any kind of buffer solution where you take twice a day. Such as 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water once in morning and evening. It will correct most pH imbalances needed.
If parasites is the cause of the Barrett's symptom, then a simple 10 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide with only 1/8 teaspoon of borax to 1/2 glass of water sipping slowly over about 30 minutes. If relief is not obtained within an hour or so, then parasites (or nanoparasites) is not the issue.
If you are doing the right thing, it won't take weeks, or months, or years to get to notice improvement. It takes only hours. SO just keep an eye to the ball and see what is making it worse, but especially what is making you better. The list that I prepared is where you should start as being a good candidates to get improved health, by dietary supplements of course, not a treatment of medical conditions. Correcting imbalances of course might make you feel better, but I have seen people get cured so often that sometimes imbalance may be at issue here. As an example, of someone being cured of acid reflux, I have to look no further than my own mother, who was cured after 3 days of my own intensive research to cure her. It was serious since she COULD NOT SWALLOW ANY FOOD FOR THREE STRAIGHT DAYS.
Even water she could not drink. By a stroke of luck, I have bought frozen royal jelly before, and being very rich in Vitamin B5, I gave her 1 teaspoon and within minutes I noticed an improvement. She was permanently cured from that one teaspoon and the acid reflux never came back. It was triggered when she ate sea food, so pathogen were the issue but somehow the B5 rich frozen royal jelly did the trick. My home might have B5, but at 100 mg. it was hardly enough.
I also have a friend who had acid reflux, but it was bought about from a medicine allergy. Again, back to the old drawing board, and she was cured within 30 minutes after taking magnesium chloride. For her condition it was a magnesium deficiency triggered by a drug allergy. Sometimes drug allergy will often trigger across the board vitamin B deficiency. This is why brewer's yeast is used, it also have B13, but you can't find that in drug stores! Neither will you get B17, which is found in apricot seeds. So changing your diets is not even treatment, it is changing your habits to get a broad spectrum of nutrition to achieve a balance, holistically anyway. I have another friend of mind, also from acid reflux and she lives in Cholburi, Thailand. I told her about sea salt, sodium thiosulfate (6-12 drops in one glass of water), and some fulvic acid. It was gone in one day. And to think, she spent years finding the cure! I guess she was looking at the wrong place. For her condition it was a simple mineral imbalance.
I can list all the acid reflux I have seen, but whatever the name, you may call it, it is either pathogens, mineral imbalances, vitamins, electrolytes, or the pH. Should correcting imbalances don't work then you should consider what "conventional medicine" calls treatment"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/19/2011: Chris from Vancouver, Bc replies: "I've had great results from the B Vitiams. My GERD and heartburn have been bad for a year and half. Tried all the drugs; Nexum and such. They only managed to suppress my Hiatel Hernia. Since Ive been doping ive on B Vitees I hardly ever get heartburn and dont need to use Nexum."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon, Cayenne
[YEA] 03/03/2013: Steven from Beloit, Wisconsin: "i was diagnosed wih barrets esophagus about two years ago. The doctor told me to go on meds for life. I sought out an homeopath approach. I've been drinking two 12oz bottles of water with 2oz apple cider vineger/2oz lemon juice, 1half tsp cayene pepper. Mix and shake, chill and drink. Sometimes i'll also add some aloe juice. My throat very seldom burns. My diet also has changed and consists of less acidic foods verses more alkaline foods. I don't smoke or use caffine. I've been told the meds the doctor wanted me to be on for life, are known to eat the inner stomach lining, not a good thing! In one year i'll be going in for my second scope and we'll see the results then. One other thing that I try not to do, is eat then go to bed. I usually wait three hours, before going to bed. or if i'm too tired, i'll sleep sitting up in my easy chair."
[YEA] 02/26/2012: Penny from St Helier, Channel Islands, Uk: "Having read various sites about harmful effects of PPI's, I have weaned myself off them. Nearly two years ago I was told I had a "slight" hernia, and - only when I asked further questions of the nurse rushing about (following a gastroscopy) did I elicit the information that I had Barrette's Oesophagus and she thrust some information in my hand. I had not realised then the significance of Barette's - but I do now, thanks to my own research.
Thanks to sites like this I have been taking DGL and I think this had a successful outcome. However, I note that your product, and every other DGL product, contains magnesium stearate which, I understand, is undesirable. Please advise (1) what effect this ingredient might have on me; (2) why do you include it, when so many sites - like Dr Mercola - say it is harmful; and (3) can you take it out of the product?
Also, how long is it advisable for me to continue taking DGL. I am currently eating a very high degree of alkaline food to assist the problem, with very good results. I have very small incidences of a little reflux, which I hardly notice, but am nevertheless conscious of the Barrette's.
I am planning to go to the Hippocrates Health Center in Miami in June/July, and with 3 weeks of high quality alkaline food I hope to have healed the Barrette's if it is not already healed."
[YEA] 04/04/2011: James from Savannah, Ga Usa: "I cured my Barrett's. After 3 years of regular upper GI inspections, on my 4th I was declared free. It was during the 2nd year of my Barrett's that I followed this 'regimen'. Here it is:
First and foremost, DO NOT EAT AFTER 5 AT THE VERY LATEST.
You are probably on some proton pump inhibitor. Although a good thing, it does a number of what I believe are contrary effects. By lowering your stomach acids, food takes much longer to digest. Thus, you can't expect your stomach to be clear of food for at least 6 hours. Secondly your stomach enzymes are now out of balance due to your lowered acidity. So your food isn't digested and absorbed fully either.
Keep all meals small.
You probably already know this. Large meals aggrivate hiatal hernias, GERD.
If you must eat a large meal, make it breakfast. And have it before you have coffee. And if possible, keep the coffee under 2 cups.
For the first 6 months of my regimen, I was in the strange habit of making large dinnerlike meals upon waking. I found it very soothing, and was of course very hungry! I made mild curries, stews, mild mexican dishes, and traditional breakfasts.
Never, ever have a large meal with alcohol.
Nothing against alcohol, as I will later disclose. But wine, beer along with an even medium size meal seems to 'shut down' the digestion. I was in misery many times from this one-two combo. If you must do both the same night, drink alcohol either a couple of hours before, or a couple of hours after the meal. I don't know why.
Cocktails seem to be easier on the system, in moderation. Less yeasty, filling.
If you get that gnawing, hungry feeling that many HH and GERD sufferers get, I found chewing gum helped a lot. It gets the saliva flowing, and saliva seems to calm the stomach.
You can eat hot food, but not very hot, and not too often.
I was addicted to super-spicy food. I love it. Learn to love the flavor of those spicy foods, not the 'intensity'.
Eat tons of Broccoli.
I ate broccoli in my stir fries, omlettes, mexican dishes, indian food, salads - whatever. I became addicted. If you hate broccoli, it's probably because you grew up in a household where it was cooked to an awful olive drab. Buy FRESH broccoli, and just steam or stir-fry until it is a richer deep green. Still crunchy, not mushy. I believe broccoli is a very, very powerful food.
Eat tons of Onions
Same as above. You can cook the hell out of the onions if you want. Put em in every cooked dish.
Same with Garlic
Avoid prepackaged meals/mixes/sauces
This stuff is industrial poison when taken in quantity. Use spices with tomato sauce, ethnic sauces as a base. Yeah those sauces are prepackaged, but they're to be used lightly and 'doctored' with garlic, onions, spices.
Yogurt will make you fat if you eat too much. So every day, just have a cup of it. It's full of 'friendly' bacteria for your stomach. Just to supercharge the yogurt, I would take vanilla yogurt, and add a teastpoon of spirulina to it, mix it in. Spirulina is a powerful source of exotic and crucial nutrients, and smells like hell. But mixed in vanilla yogurt, trust me, it tastes downright good! I called this mix 'The secret weapon".
This stuff is great. It's a grain, you cook it like oatmeal. Add broccoli, garlic, onions and some boullion, (add _____'s Amino's) you've got a great 'salty hot dish'. I know people who cook this up in the morning, add milk, honey and cinnamon, and they've got a sweet breakfast porridge.
Granny Smith Apples
I read somewhere online that eating even half of a GS Apple can reduce the gnawing HH symptoms. It often worked.
I know what you're saying. No. Way. Hear me out: I hated sauerkraut. I hated that mushy awful crap they put on hot dogs. I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. I happened onto some at a fancy restaurant, when I was presented with a salmon on a bed of sauerkraut.
It is great. It is also loaded with digestive enzymes and is a GREAT snack food when you are hungry. I urge you: Get some, try it cold. Try to find the unpasteurized kind if you can, like PowerKraut if you can find/afford it. I have the feeling this stuff is a healing food of the Gods, like Quinoa, Aloe, Broccoli, Papaya.
Avoid Sugar and Sweets
I'm lucky this way. I don't like sweets at all. But I thought I'd mention it because it may have been instrumental in my recovery.
If you must eat out, just order an appetizer.
I know it's tempting to 'live it up'. Yeah, you'll have to live with it later. If you have to order an entree, try for the love of God to just eat a little and take the rest home. NIBBLE at the restaurant.
NO CARBONATED BEVERAGES!
I cannot emphasize this enough. I drank quarts of diet coke every day. The damn stuff expands in your stomach and creates the whole problem. Additionally you ingest Phosphoric Acid, burning away at your esophagus. Run like your hair is on fire from all cola products, and avoid carbonated as well.
The 'two tea" combo
Every morning I would load up a giant tea ball with a combination of green tea and 'red berry tea' (this is available at coops and health food stores in bulk form) and make about half a Mr. Coffee pot of it. Three mugs. It wakes you up, and you are bathing your esophagus in antioxidants and "red plant phytonutrients/cancer fighters". I believe this is VERY IMPORTANT>
Later in the evening, an hour before retiring, I would make a cup or two of just the red berry tea (don't want caffeine then! ) and substitute the green tea with aloe vera juice. I think this is even MORE IMPORTANT. I believe that my Barrett's was primarily caused by 'upper GI sloshing" into the esophagus at night while asleep.
-if I'm going to have stuff sloshing all over my Barrett's, why not make it something that fights it and sooths it? This tea and nightly regimen may be the most important part of the whole regimen.
This wasn't intended to treat the Barrett's but seems to help combat they gnawing HH feeling you sometimes get. Heat up some water, pour some powdered ginger into a glass, add honey, stir. Let the ginger settle to the bottom if you like.
Apple Cider Vinegar.
I went on occasional 'binges' of drinking AC Vinegar diluted in water, once daily for weeks, then would discontinue. Just too much to do, and not much fun. But I did this enough to note. It seems to alleviate HH symptoms as well.
I have a theory: I'm a 'sloucher'. And I sit in a slouchy chair in front of a computer a lot of the time. Or while watching TV. If you look at a crowd of men (women too but men seem more pronounced) you'll see two types: "slouchers" who seem to lean over their chests, and 'belly pushers", guys who stick their guts out and lean back in a way. I've also noted that 'slouchers' tend to be quieter, restrained people, and 'belly pushers' more aggressive, outspoken people.
I think that 'slouching' is more than physically conducive to HH/GERD. I think the body is 'building and holding stress' in the lower esophageal region. Muscles are tensing, nervous system excited, but it's all staying there. So, every day I would do this before exercise or yoga, or just by itself.
The Belly Pushing Exercise
A note of caution: keep very aware of potential dizziness, feeling faint. If you feel that way, quit and kneel down and let the feeling pass.
1. Stand normally. Notice your breathing. You're probably breathing into your chest. And your shoulders are leaning forward. Pull your shoulders back!
2. Take a deep breath INTO YOUR BELLY, making the area around your belly button stick way, way out. RELAX your stomach muscles. See how big you can make your belly! Pretend you are a fat guy, and this air in your belly is your fat. Do this several times, making sure to hold in the air for a while. Remember the shoulders.
3. Now do it again just the same, but this time pay attention not to your belly, but to your Solar Plexus - that's the region above your belly but just below the center of your ribcage. Note that it isn't relaxed. Try to do the same breaths, but once you've relaxed the belly, relax the Solar Plexus, as if you are 'expanding the air' into that region. This actually takes a lot of practice to do, and you'll often get dizzy from it.
If you're holding your shoulders back, you may notice a tension on either side of your neck, near the collarbone. THEN you know it's working. It's working as a stretch/tension/massage on the region and you'll know it if you repeat this, because eventually it relaxes. Internally, you can visualize a sort of 'thoracic push'. Do this a few times if you can. Remember, just duck down and take a breath if you feel faint/dizzy.
After doing this for a few months, I've gotten to the point where I can 'move' my musculature outward almost like a wave - from belly out, then upward to solar plexus, and chest and then back downward - with little effort, even sitting in the office.
I try to do this exercise regularly - almost daily - because the old 'slouching habit' is a lifelong imprint that returns quickly.
The Reverse La-z-boy.
This isn't really anything but a short-term fix for when you have a HH 'gnaw attack'. If you have a recliner, set it in front of the TV facing AWAY from the TV. Now, set it into full recline position and sit BELLY DOWN in the recliner, so that your chin is at the head of the recliner, and watch TV. This seems to rearrange things inside so that you have some temporary relief of the HH, and you can watch TV while doing so. I have read books this way, I just put a footstool below the head of the la-z-boy.
I consumed an awful lot of supplements, but I have for years before my HH. I will simply list the ones I took specifically for this regimen, then follow it with my 'normal' heap o' supplements. That said, there's no reason to assume that my normal supplements weren't instrumental in my recovery as well.
Candida cleansing supplements.
I think this may be the most important supplement you can take. The symptoms of this fungal infection are varied and elusive. But I'll tell you: I got on these and not just did the HH symptoms lessen, I felt great. I thought candida was one of those hypocondriac diseases, but now I am convinced. I believe that Candida is a very powerful antagonist that may enable Barrett's.
DO IT. Take these for six months along with...
Drink Metamucil or equivalent every day. IMPORTANT!
I tended to drink it in the EARLY evening as a 'snack', believe it or not. Never take it at the same time as vitamins. It just soaks 'em up. It keeps it all moving DOWN, not up.
I also take a wide variety of vitamins, the 'alphabet variety' plus aminos ahd antioxidants as a lifetime practice.
I've done basic yoga for years: Sun Salutations, a few other things. But at the beginning of this enterprise I took up running. It not just is good for your cardio but you are always 'bobbing', pushing stuff downward. I do three miles a day.
If you're not a runner, Try three miles, but just run a block, walk a block. Then two blocks, one. Then three, one. After a month you'll be fine, able to run it with just a few half-block walks.
I smoke. For six of the 12 months I was on Chantix. I smoked very, very lightly on Chantix. One or two a day, max. Many many days with none. It worked. Got off Chantix, smoked again. There is utterly no doubt that smoking is a strong factor in Barrett's. Try to quit. You know they're relaxing your stomach sphincters. That's real bad. If you can't:
1. If you eat, don't smoke. If you smoke, don't eat. In other words, no 'after dinner smoke'. Keep them separated by hours at least.
2. If you are drinking in the evening, and a smoker: try to smoke as little as possible. Alcohol multiplies the smoking/GERD syndrome.
3. That morning smoke. If you must have it, skip breakfast. Otherwise, you'll be suffering all day. If you have breakfast, don't smoke for at least two hours after breakfast.
If you feel you are drinking too much, do something about it like joining AA. Or follow the 'European Model" and learn to drink reasonably and not declare yourself 'diseased and must abdicate to God'.
I found that if I was suffering from HH symptoms most DURING THE EVENING, that two alcoholic drinks relieved my symptoms immensely. Note I said IN THE EVENING. I do not advocate 'medicinal drinking' during the day.
If I was out on an evening of drinking, I always made sure to drink some water at the end of the night, then drink some red berry tea/Aloe or just chug some Aloe before going to bed. This, again, made sure that whatever was 'sloshing over my esophagus' was healing more than damaging. I think fermented beverages are a bad thing: the fermentation enables candida and is generally impure, and also fill you up, providing a 'toxic esophageal slurry' for bedtime. Beer and wine are 'dirty' liquors.
I switched to distilled mixed drinks, asking for seltzer water rather than tonic. Careful though, those mixed drinks can carry a punch! If you're a beer drinker, don't down them like beer. To you beer drinkers: Craft your buzz: don't get carried away and become an alcoholic or fool. Mix your drinks weak, then you can have lots of them.
TO THOSE OF YOU WHO GO OUT AND SMOKE AND DRINK (COMMON VICTIMS OF BARRETT"S)
Think about it: A night of drinking and smoking. You go home to sleep. Your throat is coated with nicotine, your stomach full of alcohol. That combo sloshes around in your upper GI all night. No wonder you have Barrett's! Do yourself a favor, no matter how tired/drunk you are: try to taper off in your last hour, and then go home and drink the red berry/aloe mixture or just aloe, and drink a good size glass, not a sip. Turn the slosh into a healer, not a killer. And brush your teeth and tongue first!
ONE MORE THING
I got one of those wedges to sleep on that raises your upper body. A great investment. It takes some getting used to, but after a while you prefer it. It really, really helps! It keeps the 'slosh' downhill."Replies
09/09/2011: Iamkywoman from Morgantown, Ky replies: "Hi I'm Debbie from Kentucky and I would like to know how James from Savannah is doing, he posted on this site on 4-4-2011! I was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus in December 2010. I have been told some many things not to do but not a lot about what to do, except give up lots and lots of things. I really enjoyed your information you posted in that I may try some of these things for myself. I realize we are all different and in different places in our walk but just frustrated. I will be going back in December of 2011 for my 1st check up after being told I had this condition. I'm curious to see if its stopped or has changed in anyway. I was told it could not be reversed only slowed down. I lost my brother to Esophagus cancer 5 years ago and I'm concerned I may be on that path. Again, please thank you taking the time to post all the information you did and I'm so happy for you that it has helped you! May some of it or all it help someone else!
Thanks - looking for ideas for diet :)"
12/20/2011: Lawson from Sunderland, Tyne replies: "Great advice! How much barrets did you have? as I have about 7 cm. Did it completely cure it?. I'm definitely going to take your advice but how long did you do this for? Thanks"
01/02/2012: Lawson from Sunderland, England replies: "Hello james what kind of aminos and antioxidants you taking? thanks"
01/24/2012: Jill from Dc replies: "I would love to know what "red berry" tea you used to fight GERD. Is it Gogi berry tea? Hawthorne berry? There seem to be several possibilites to choose from that fit yuor description. Thank you."
07/21/2012: Heartch from Miami, Fl replies: "I was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus two weeks ago after coughing for almost three months non-stop. It was so bad, I either fractured my rib cage or did some damage to my intercostal muscles; the pain is extremely severe. I also have hiatal hernia so my doctor has put me on Nexium. My understanding is that the purple pill actually affects your bones so calcium supplements are a must and for women, 1 a day vitamins. I am trying DGL along with a few other vitamins. I have been informed that I will have to be on Nexium for the rest of my life and that idea did/does not sound appealing to me at all considering I rarely take an medication. I am a non-smoker, rarely drink, never been overweight, and in pretty good health. How I got this baffled my doctor, but it shocked me even more because I eat healthy but tasty foods; I cook a lot of our meals from scratch using lots of vegetables, chicken, turkey, and fish. I will try some of the suggestions on this site and hopefully they will help. I have drastically changed my eating habits and cut sugar, caffeine, regular milk, sodas, any spicy and acidic foods out of my diet and have taken to eating bland and mostly either steamed or raw vegetables. Not one to eat non-fat foods, I now am consuming non-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, soy milk (that took some getting used to but it's ok now), and eating dark leafey vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, collard greens, etc). I ate those before, but I'm consuming them more than ever. I'm also eating smaller meals and dinner before 6:30 pm since I go to sleep around 11pm anyway. With these changes, my coughing has gone away (except when I forgot to take my Nexium one moring, but it wasn't as bad as before which leads me to believe that the pill does have some affect on containing the acid). I will try to bed tilting next.
One thing I did find in my research is that we are supposed to avoid peppermint. Has anyone noticed an increase in chest pains?
And I would love to know how James is doing these days. Your story and others gives me hope.
And thanks so much everyong for sharing your suggestions. If this site is around, I will update down the road. My next endoscopy is a little over a year from now and I'm hoping to have a positive report. I would love to go back to eating everything (except less spicy) and in moderation again."
04/18/2013: Kimberley from Cairns North, Queensland, Australia replies: "James, thank you so much, I feel I have died & gone to heaven reading your comments & so many of the things you have chosen to do I also have, but you have certainly added to my repertoire.
I have had Barretts for goodness knows how many years, however it was first discovered in 2006 when I volunteered to take part in a reflux drug trial and was required to undergo an endoscopy. My Barrett's however made me ineligible but the diagnosis enabled me to be prescribed Nexium which certainly did the trick & later went on to Pariet which was better.
In my ignorant bliss that the meds were manna from heaven, I continued to eat & drink the same as I always had & had endoscopies every two years. At times I had shocking reflux & would increase my meds, usually due to drinking just before retiring. But I was not about to give up drinking nor coffee which I would have as soon as I woke up. Over the years the only side effect problem I seemed to have was lack of B12 absorption & had to take B12 injections to get this level up.
Two months ago after an evening with friends who had cooked dinner for me, nothing too outrageous (roast chicken & chick pea & egg plant salad), & a few glasses of wine & a very sweet dessert, I developed very bad reflux symptoms & also very bad stomach reaction & flatulence. I was sent to a dietician by my doctor who said I had IBS. Further tests made me doubt this diagnosis & the GP also said he thought it was probably due to my Barrett's.
I then started reading up & researching all I could & came to the decision that my digestion system was not doing a very good job, I had a hemaview & was told that my blood was very acidic & there was a lot of garbage collectors evident in my blood meaning there was a lot of work for these to do.
At this stage I decided that I wanted to have a healthy body & thought that Pariet (proton pump inhibitor) was probably a major cause of my problems. I then gave up coffee and gave up alcohol entirely (I was a two cups coffee, 1/2 bottle of wine daily person). I also vowed to never drink diet cola again (also a big favourite of mine). I also started taking digestive enzymes & probiotics & adding a few more alkaline foods to my diet whilst I ate all the food left in the house before going on the track of totally eating all the good food recommended for reflux & health in general (that starts in two days time). I asked two doctors about going off the PPI & was told I would need that for the rest of my life because I had Barrett's, unless I had an operation. So I booked an appointment with the gastroenterologist. I have to wait over a month.
But I so wanted to go off Pariet & had read that it should never be prescribed forever! So last Saturday (almost a week now) I stopped taking it & also propped my pillows up in bed, started drinking green tea, eating good yoghurt, with rolled oats, fruit (kiwi fruit, apples & pears & pineapple), fruit juice & dried fruit & nuts for breakfast - all of which I soak together overnight. Apparently the rolled oats can cause abrasions to the oesophagus if not soaked. I have small meals & have started to buy quinoa & brown rice & gluten free bread & pasta. I eat no sweets (gee I loved them), no desserts & lots of green veges, especially salad leaves. I do not eat after 7pm at night. I was also a great lover of very hot chillies, fresh, picked & sauces. I have stopped these entirely as well
On rising I have a swig of olive oil, followed by a good amount of EFAs (1700 mgs), found in various compounds, liquids & capsules with fish oil.
Have I had any reflux symptoms, very mild but really it reminds me of burps after eating as a child, nothing like anything I have experienced in the last 25 years. I have also been to another naturopath who has prescribed a number of supplements, including slippery elm because my blood from another hemaview he rated as 2.5/10 & he said it showed signs of a very acidic/toxic body, poor liver function & poor digestion.
Now I know this regime seems pretty drastic - well it does to me anyway. But what I hope is that after being on this strict diet for 6 months & then having another endoscopy my Barrett's will be the best it can be & I can prove to the doctors that you do not need to be on PPIs for life.
At that stage my digestive system should be working well & I can then have the occasional coffee or glass of wine, sweets & spicy food without causing dramatic symptoms to my body.
I do not want to take supplements either for the rest of my life, but am unsure whether the lack of nutrients in food today will require at least some. Only the future will tell. Every day is one step closer to having a healthier body & no GERD. I don't believe Barrett's will disappear entirely but who knows.
I am also investigating taking hydrogen peroxide food grade 35% diluted. Heard it can cure many diseases why not Barrett's!"
04/09/2013: Gary from Utah: "My 'brief' history:
I have had a large, benign, multi-nodular goiter for about 8 years with I finally had removed last August 2012 (complete thyroidectomy). I felt fine afterwards, healed up quickly and began taking Naturethroid for thyroid replacement.
The next month I decided to lose weight (was 305 pounds at that time, waaay too big! ) and started a raw juice fast/cleanse. This worked well and I actually dropped 30 pounds quickly, but I also developed reflux and an esophageal mucosa (blister) at the beginning/top of my esophagus because I neglected to continue peeling the lemons I was putting into my juice drinks (the peels of lemon have caustic juices/oils in them which I am convinced caused my reflux to begin).
Upon going to my doctor he put me on dexilant (a strong proton pump inhibitor) which I took for approx 2 months, then discontinued because I felt better plus it was making my ears ring very badly. About 3- weeks later I got the flu in early Jan 2013 and a tooth infection which I treated with antibiotics. At this point the feeling of something being stuck in my throat (irritation) returned and I again visited the doctor, he gave me another type of anti acid inhibitor (I'm sure that's all he knows how to do lol) and I discontinued that after about 4 days because it made me feel awful. I then just went and purchased a 20mg pepcid AC type medicine and took it for another month or so, but started feeling progressively worse.
This entire time I kept juicing but took out the lemons! I watched my diet carefully but started having reflux symptoms in my esophagus (burning that I haven't felt before) I had NO history of reflux prior to this time.
I then came across EarthClinic and similar sites that talk about Candida forming in a low acid environment and believe I was actually 'feeding' the bacteria in my stomach with the carbohydrate/sugar rich raw juices I was drinking) that I was ingesting each day so I discontinued juicing.
Since then I have had an Endoscopy which showed I had intestinal metaplasia (beginning of barrett's) and the blister in my throat is still there (called an abnormal mucosa).
I am still experiencing reflux like symptoms (burning in chest, irritated throat) and have started with Ted's alkalizing baking soda drinks, etc. I tested negative for H pylori but I suspect a candida infestation and was hoping for some insights from Ted/Bill on what course of action I could take to rid myself of the reflux/candida and get my normal throat back! I've been on the baking soda drink for about a week (about 1/2 teaspoon 3-4 times a day in warm water, the Apple Cider Vinegar irritates the blister in my throat so I can't take that just yet).
Thanks for any help/insights...
04/10/2013: Anon from Anon replies: "Hi Gary, I had the same. I bet you are deficient in vitamin A and D. I was and I took fish oil and my symptoms vanished. If you are feeling unwell it is really helpful to take a hair mineral analysis because if anything is way off it will be highlighted and you yourself can take action before invasive treatments are necessary."
04/11/2013: Gary from Utah replies: "Any idea where the best place(s) to have a hair mineral analysis might be?
11/29/2012: Lilian from Petaling Jaya, Selangor,malaysia: "I was told by my doctor after a scope that I had Barrett esophagus.. I am very worried. On medication now. What is the chance of been cured. Pls help. I couldn't sleep whole night. I am 52 years old."Replies
11/29/2012: Anon from Anon replies: "Hi, If I were you I'd get a hair analysis test done, it's highly likely you are deficient in vitamins a and d. At their core a lot of illnesses are due to deficiencies of vitamins and minerals it could be that you are intolerant to dairy and or gluten and that is stopping further absorption. Look to see if you have other symptoms. Keep a diary- do any foods make your situation worse? Aloe Vera juice heals the digestive tract but if you keep eating stuff your body can't digest then it will reoccur. Food combining and or juicing veggi diet would help and if your tests proove you are deficient in vitamin a and d then you should look to taking a good quality oil like cod liver oil or flax oil."
11/29/2012: Muslim from Oslo, Norway replies: "Hi Lilian sorry to hear the bad news. I dont know much about the disease you have. I did tho research for pictures and read a little at wikipedia. All I can say is to pray to God and try Apple cider vinegar, coconut oil and molasses. These three remedies do work excedingly good for many conditions. You will know when you read about the feedback people have given on Earth Clinic. Any way do not lose hope "for every disease there is a cure" I wish you good health and may God help you. Have a nice day/night."
11/29/2012: Angela from Sweetwater, Tn replies: "I've had it for six years now and I have taking the medications. I was worried to at first, but six scope later it has remained the same. I take bs molasses, organic coconut oil and Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda ( sometimes). Good luck it's not as bad as it seems this many years down the line. Just have to avoid high acidic foods and don't miss your yearly scopes. Best wishes God bless and keep you."
01/09/2013: Sean from Grants Pass, Oregon replies: "I had GERD for well over a year. Doctors just said keep taking Prilosec. I tried not to take it and endure the pain. No coffee. :( Then I learned about ACV. A shot in some water. Then rinse mouth with baking soda to protect your teeth. At first I had to drink the ACV twice or more a day, but overtime less often. Now I'll take it when I've eaten late or something. I think it's not too much acid in the stomach but not enough.. So the food stays there too long. ACV will keep things moving and let you heal."
07/28/2012: Linda from Cape Town, South Africa: "Hello there.... could you please help me. i was diagnosed with barretts. the very early stage... i have been on nexium and now changed to altasec... i would rather go on the natural way.. hear that bicarb and apple cider vinegar works and can help stop it completely... please can you advise me on how to take it and if i must stop altasec 20mg one a day as i wake up.... thank you so much for your lovely site... god bless."
11/29/2010: Evelyn from Lakeland, Florida: "I was diagnosed with chronic Acid Reflux, Hiatal hernia, Barretts esophagus and mild gastritis and was prescribed 2 Omeprazole 20mg a day. The pills don't seem to be working; In fact it is getting worse. I have a pressure in my chest all the time. My heartbeat is irregular. I have been experiencing hair loss. I am also upset that I was told that I would be on these pills for the rest of my life. I have not tried the ACV and worry that it will upset the Barretts. If anyone out there has any suggestions I would really appreciate your feedback. I have also suffered from chronic cough but have been using Saline nasal spray every night before bed and in the morning. My cough is completely gone. I lived on cough drops. It is worth a try. Thanks to everyone on this site. I will certainly try some of these remedies."Replies
11/29/2010: Mike from Montreal, Quebec replies: "Evelyn its always nice to hear from someone with almost identical digestive issues I had for the first time in my life that started about a year ago. I am now completely free from the symptoms you mentioned BECAUSE I DECIDED NOT TO TRUST DOCTORS AT ALL!! . I am in no way attempting to sell a specific product so use your judgment and DON'T BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT. That is so important!!! Because doctors are well known to prescribe drugs that is the result of a completely wrong diagnostic of your disease. When you trust ANY doctor and decide to take his or her prescribed medications then you are at very serious risk of making your disease get worse. If you really care about your health then don't be afraid to EXPERIMENT. I have done so towards my medical problem that was similar to yours which took me about a year and you would not believe how many natural products I have tried until I was able to find the right combination!!! Here is how I cure my problem:
(1) I started eating RAW fruits and vegetables at least twice a day. This would include carrots, beets, romaine lettuce, spinach, parsley, radish, cucumber, broccoli (yes in raw form),
And all the fresh fruits available at the supermarket including fresh pineapple. MAIN RESULTS: huge impact in completely getting rid of my heartburn.
(2) Lots of fresh salmon cooked in olive oil.
(3) Chicken soup everyday (chicken fat builds the immune system)
(4) 4 cups of green tea with peppermint. It was hard at first to keep eating fresh fruits and vegetables but in the end it was all well worthed because I feel I now have the same energy level I had when I was a healthy 20 year old.
Evelyn, whether you realize it or not you may be on course to a complete disintegration of your whole digestive system so you must rebuild it like I have done so from scratch. The way to do so is at mealtime you must consume enzymes and especially Betaine HCL to help the healing process of your whole digestive system. It is similar to wearing a cast to mend a broken leg rather than continue to apply pressure on it. Enzymes and Betaine HCL will act as a supporting agent for your whole digestive system giving your stomach, liver and pancreas a much needed rest after every meal. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables will provide the necessary minerals and vitamins desperately needed by your body to rebuild your digestive system. I hope you take this advice seriously because I can never picture myself in a hospital bed under extensive sedation rotting away in unspeakable pain because of terminal illness that could have easily been prevented from eating the right kinds of food that my body needed all along. I was very fortunate that my disease did not reached an uncontrollable state because in total I only suffered 2 quite major heartburn and immediately took severe action to avoid the endless cycle of heartburn followed by antacid until your body becomes at risk of reaching cancerous stages. One heartburn is too many and is clearly signs of a deterioration digestive system I would not want to picture myself as a means of passing away in unbearable pain. I am not trying to scare you Evelyn, but rather hopefully help you recognize the warning signs that a significant change in eating habits is in order before irreparable damage to your whole digestive system is done.
It worked so well for me with no more heartburn, back to normal liver enzyme levels, cholesterol levels in the normal range and above all having disappointed my doctor who insisting that I have my gall bladder removed. Based on my ultrasound test just completed last week the radiologist in her own words stated "... Your gallbladder is not quite 100%". Again I am not trying to sell any products here and have no reason to lie about my remarkable recovery at the age of 58. I hope you will find this account of my personal experience with severe heartburn a motive to experiment with natural products until a cure is found. DON'T PUT IT OFF!!!! Everyday you allow to continue may add one more nail in your coffin. That is what got me paying attention to eating the right kind of food.
As a last remark I would say the greatest contribution in my opinion for completely restoring my health had to be the result of mainly consuming large quantities of Betaine HCL. This in combination with as many fresh fruits and vegetables along with plenty of salmon and chicken fat was the magic bullet for me. I always say that each heartburn is equivalent to a heart attack for a patient with a weak heart. The end results always lead to further deterioration and eventually... Well you can take it from there. Mike"
11/30/2010: Peter from Chicago, Il replies: "Hi Mike,
Your post is very informative. Can you educate me how does chicken fat help with immune system ? Whenever I make my chicken stock, I always skim that off, maybe I should not do that in the future."
11/30/2010: Mike from Montreal, Quebec replies: "This is the most informative link I have found about the health benefits of saturated fats: www.health-report.co.uk/saturated_fats_health_benefits.htm
Have ever heard about grandma's old chicken soup recipe for treating a cold?
12/17/2010: Name from City, State replies: "Don't know if it would work for you but when I lay down to sleep some nights there is a lot of pressure in my chest. Avoiding coffee and salt and taking valerian root or magnesium sulfate makes it go away."
07/13/2009: John from Ft. Defiance, Va: "barrets esophagus and acid reflux
I along with my father suffer from heartburn. I'm 60 and he's passed away. I had terrible pains in my chest for years but thought that was the way it was. Went on a flight, that night had great thirst, drank oj in the am and had a bad esophogal rupture, nearly fatal. Cauterized and ok. Put on nexium, full fealing, then protonix about 8 years ago. Then got rocky mtn. spotted fever. At first not diagnosed even though I'd seen the red bullseye. Thought it was lymes but that was negative. Finally put on antibiotics which made me extremely ill, nausea etc. Still had problems and went through another round. Terrible nausea. This went on for about 1 1/2 years and still current. At some point I became extremely nauseated by protonix and all other similar drugs. I'd rather take a chance on dying from barrets than live like that. Any alternatives to nexium, protonix, prevacid, kapidex? Any info greatly appreciated. My gastro dr. says there's no other way to go. Thanks"Replies
12/17/2009: Galina from Lombard, Il replies: "Hi John, You could try to coat your esophagus by taking a intestinal powder that contains L-Glutamine, N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine, Gamma Oryzanol, Cranesbill Root, Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Marigold Flower and Marshmallow Root with the scoop there and a glass of water. You could find this powder at Whole Foods. Also, for softening of esophagus try MSM, buy it at Whole foods. Try to drink fltered or baby water and keep drinking a lot, a gallon a day. B vitamins may help. Also, elevate your bed 6-8 inches, where your head is. Try to buy at Whole Foods probiotics, __________, and take a half pack in the morning and and half in the evening with a little bit of water to just make a solution. May also take a pill probiotics. Check your gallbladder, do a HIDA scan and ultrasound and on the HIDA scan see if your ejection rate is above 50-60%. If so, your gallbladder may be overactive and it may cause lots of gallbladder reflux. Also try herb pills like Bee Propolis, Cod Liver Oil or Fish Oil, Biotin; they are all natural, buy them at the Health food Store, like Whole Foods, cause you do not know what is in the other pills sold at the regular pharmacies. No coffee, cigarettes, juices, spicy, fried, acidic and fast food! Try to eat soft lean meats like chicken, rice, potatoes and FISH! Hope it works for you."
06/21/2010: Paul from Gold Coast, Qld Australia replies: "hi my problem started o9 dec,i had an endoscopy ,told i have barrets and chronic gerd,this happened over night two weeks after my endoscopy,one of my problems was a cramp like stomac ache,this i put down to nexim / antibiotics i was on to get rid of the helibactor i had ,so all of a sudden i have barrets ,real bad ,so im put on somac...no good bad stomac pain still have chronic barretts ,im very desperate im reading on the net,drinking apple cider vineger dropping zomac like lollies ,trying everything,no good ...on my tenth visit i get a referial go to a specialist,two days later im fixed . i was currently on a drug called zoton fast tabs ,was taking them at night ,i all so used zomac to get through the day ,the specialist told me to take the zoton in the morning , take the zomac to get you through,, bam'''' i have no more barrets ....'' just like that....now mind you ,i was on the best diet, no fat ....like i mean no fat in my diet at all .....now i can eat what i like again ,in moderation ,of corce ,i am 42 years old ,still young at heart very fit i surf every weekend i ride my pushy every second day , and puch weights ,it is good to be well again .i was very stressed over this ,now im in controll ..i hope this helps some one as i once was very desperate... PAUL"
08/17/2011: Cheryl from Worcester, Mass replies: "my husband just went through surgurey for Barretts and is having big problem eating, they scraped his esophogas, cant seem to keep anything down any help? cant take cider, or vinigar it burns he is raw inside?"
05/02/2012: Curemefast from Chicago, Il, Usa replies: "Paul - can you please give your email id or email at saravanscm at gmail dot com.. I would like to see your specialist. Thanks."
01/31/2013: Brandy from Aurora, Il replies: "I just saw the comment on taking zomex and zoton. Is it true, you was heeled after taking those? Did they take anpther another look"
05/08/2009: Marla from Coppell, Tx: "I need help on what to take for my barretts..... I was wondering if you could help me.. What will help my body with alkalinity.... I am in great health don't need to lose weight ............. This is the only thing wrong with me and I was bulemic when I was younger and wanted to know if this could have created my condition.... I dont have any major symptoms except a little reflux that is nothing to speak of.... They found my Barretts on an upper GI and I am a 46 year old female.
06/02/2009: Susanne from Seattle, WA replies: "Eva and Marla, I feel for you. I was diagnosed with Barretts almost three years ago. I'd seldom had heartburn until I woke in the middle of the night with that terrible burning sensation all the way thru to my back. Doctor prescribed Omepresol, then doubled the dose, but it didn't help. I stopped taking medications (despise them and their side effects), instead taking digestive enzymes and an HCL with pepsin tablet with first bites of food. Also take a probiotic and avoid fatty foods. THIS WORKS for me! What a RELIEF! I had a second (whatever it's called when a camera is put into the throat/stomach) and the doctor told me to continue doing what I'm doing. If I ever do have indigestion I take a couple tsp. of apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it) in water followed by a tsp. of honey. (Get local honey that hasn't had all the good stuff ruined by heating to too high a temp.) Marla, I can tell you just the thing to bring your body to the proper alkaline/acid balance, but it involves a product name, so email me Susanne@WaterHarmony.com if you are interested. Good luck to you both!"
12/17/2009: Galina from Lombard, Il replies: "Hi Susanne, I was diagnosed with Barrett's as well, have chronic acute gastroesophagitis, hiatal hernia and GERD, to name a few of them. I would appreciate if you could e-mail me the product to bring my my alcaline/acid balance in e-mail. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org Please write down any other information about what you do, so that I could try that as well. Thank you very much Susanne!"
06/09/2010: Mitzi from Portland, Tn replies: "Hi Susanne,
Yesterday I was diagnosed with Barrett's and am trying to find a natural remedy. I only drink filtered water and try to eat mostly oragnic foods. I don't eat a lot of fatty foods, but I do love spicy foods. So I know that I have to stop that. As well as my coffee every morning (UGH!!). Would you please email me at email@example.com with the product to bring my alkaline/acid balance back to normal? I am going to pick up some aloe vera juice and DGL Licorice today as well. THANKS!!!"