GERD Remedies: Folk Medicine and Holistic Treatment

Last Modified on Sep 03, 2014

GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is an increasingly common digestive disorder that can result in extreme pain and damage to one's overall health. Usually, this condition is the result of some weakness or problem in the lower esophageal sphincter at the base of the esophagus, above the stomach. This valve should prevent the stomach's contents from returning up toward the mouth, but weakness or damage can make this seal faulty.

Acids escaping from the stomach can then burn the esophagus and throat, causing the common symptom of heartburn while often further worsening the leaky valve that initially caused the health issue. Sleep is often interrupted by the pain of the condition, and because lying down can exacerbate the upwards flow of stomach acids; and over the long-term GERD can result in a number of additional conditions, including a restriction of the throat from inflammation and even certain cancers. Natural remedies for GERD include changes in diet, especially acid/alkaline pH adaptations, and changes in physical posture, especially at night.

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Posted by Sharon (Lockport, IL) on 03/19/2008

[YEA]  Eating a handful of raw almonds stops GERD dead in its tracks. My daughter ate almonds throughout her pregnancy whenever heartburn hit. It worked for her also.

Posted by Nick
Johnstown, PA
[NAY]   See i have the opposite reaction, when i eat any kind of nuts, my acid reflux gets hella worse.
Posted by vanya
Frankfort, IN
[YEA]   ALMONDS have to be raw!!! If they are roasted your reflux will get worse! Other nuts will not work for reflux! I eat raw almonds every time when I feel the acid is comming back, and it works... thanks

Apple Cider Vinegar   59  3   

Posted by Dropjaw28 (Washington, DC) on 09/02/2014

[YEA]  Wow. I have been suffering with GERD for 10 years and like most people, have been using proton pump inhibitors every day. I've also been anemic (iron and B12 deficient) for at least the past few years. I only recently connected the two issues through research on my own after taking iron and B12 supplements didn't help my anemia. Prevacid was preventing my stomach from absorbing needed nutrients - is the theory. I wanted to get off of the Prevacid, but my acid reflux was debilitating.

I've used ACV many times for sinus infections, but taking it every day wasn't something I was sure I could do. After about 4 weeks of taking it 2-3 times per day (2 teaspoons in cold water) my reflux was completely fixed to the point that I'd forget to drink it since I wasn't dying from reflux symptoms. I'm not gonna lie, it was difficult; ACV is acidic itself and can cause temporary worsening of reflux, it also doesn't taste great. While using it for sinus problems I'd always mix it in green tea with raw honey, but honestly the cold water mix was easier to get down.

I've been making an effort to drink it once per day for general health, but I have gone weeks without it with no reflux, even when I sometimes drink coffee or wine. Thank you Earth Clinic!

Posted by Happy2tell (Adelaide, Australia) on 04/07/2013

[YEA]  Hi there, three years ago I suffered from whooping cough which made my asthma worse as well. I needed to take prednisolone (steroids), as well as other asthma medication by the bucketload to be able to breathe. I ended up with systemic thrush and GERD (reflux for short) and was put on nilstat and nexium. If I ran out of nexium or ate something fatty, the reflux would almost choke me, to the point where I went to hospital to see if I had cancer of the throat. I had also gone back to study and was really stressed, which made the reflux worse as well. No cancer, but no reason for the the reflux to be so bad.

After a bit of research, I started to take apple cider vinegar with honey as I was desperate. The reflux disappeared almost immediately. Goodbye nexium. It has been over 4 months now and I have had no problems with reflux whatsoever. If I have had a spicy or fatty meal, I chase it with Apple Cider Vinegar and honey and I have no problems. I now have a cold and am sipping on Apple Cider Vinegar and honey.

Posted by Zark
Emerald City, The Land Of Oz
37 Posts
[YEA]   Yes, I did try ACV for my reflux. It did work but I had to take it regularly, and I was concerned about my teeth - they started to hurt from all the acidity.

Rutin worked better for me as the reflux has now been gone for a few weeks and I don't need to take anything regularly to keep it that way. In other words it was a proper cure. Just don't take when pregnant as it could possibly bring on delivery.. maybe.

Posted by Beryl (London) on 06/26/2012

Hi - I've been suffering with digestive problems for some time now, belching, pain, and the doctor two months ago prescribed Lansoprozale, which for the first two weeks was very successful in relieving the symptoms and also vertigo which I'd had for three years, but then I started with dull pains in my back and arms, which I attributed to the Lansoprozale. So I had a two week break from it and, of course, the pains in my stomach and the vertigo returned. I tried again with the Lansoprozale and started with a nasty cough which disappeared after I stopped taking it. The doctor then put me on Omeprazole, and after just two capsules my throat felt as though it was swollen and my chest hurt.

I'm now wondering whether I have low stomach acid, though when I mentioned it to the doctor she dismissed the idea. However, today after experiencing stomach pain I took apple cider vinegar and got almost instant relief.

I've also been taking bentonite clay this last week, but I am wondering if I have low stomach acid whether taking the clay would make things worse, by removing what little acid I had from my stomach. Goji

Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
704 Posts
Hi Beryl, If you feel you have low stomach acid, add betaine hcl. You can take tablets when you eat. I read about it here on EC about a year ago and added it in because it just felt like my food would sit in my stomach for such a long time! That alone creates so many problems and according to my Traditional Chinese medicine doctor, is a root cause of many disorders that most people don't even associate with their digestion or lack of, I should say.

I don't think the bentonite clay would add to the low stomach acid. As a matter of fact, the benefits of bentonite clay are amazing! It always needs to be taken on an empty stomach and will help regulate your intestines, whether it is constipation, diarrhea, indigestion or even ulcers. Clay works to help heal the whole body so its benefits I think outweigh your fear of it causing low stomach acid. One thing you must be aware of though is that because it has such powerful binding abilities, you must separate any medication use from clay use by 3-4 hours.

Hope this information helps you make an educated decision. Take care, Lisa

Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
949 Posts
Hi Beryl... There is a very simple way to improve digestive problems. First, take both betaine HCL and pancreatin enzymes at mealtimes.

If you are low in stomach acid then keep increasing your bretaine hydrochloride tablets until you feel your stomach is too acid. Then cut back by one tablet and stay at this dosage until you again feel an acid feeling in the stomach. Keep cutting back like this until you no longer have to take the betaine.

Secondly, taking half a teaspoon of Sea Salt twice a day with water outside mealtimes will help to supply the the necessary chloride to help regenerate your stomach acid to proper levels again.

Bentonite clay should normally be taken outside mealtimes. It has a gentle action (I've used it) which helps to remove pathogens, heavy metals and toxins electrically from the intestines. The Bentonite clay particles have a negative charge which attracts positively charged heavy metals, pathogens etc which are thereafter safely excreted later.

Posted by Wplush (Honolulu, Hi, United States) on 05/25/2012

For the past year, I've been suffering from what I believe is acidosis. My medical doctors initially thought it was GERD, but couldn't find any significant evidence of GERD. I tried all medicines for GERD and even went through surgery to fix it with no avail. In the past year, I began breaking out in Eczema for the first time in my life. My current symptoms are a dull/burning pain in my stomach, throat, mouth, tongue, and lips. It's pretty constant throughout the day. I've read so many good things about ACV so I decided to try it. I've been using 2tps in water 3-4 a day for the past 10 days. My skin is slowling improving amazingly as my dermatologist just gave me a steriod cream which barely helped. The dull/burning pains in my stomach, throat, and mouth still remain but I believe it is linked. It could be inflammation or something similar. But the skin changes and digestive issues happened around the same time so that's why I think they are linked.

People of Earth Clinic, what do you think? Do you think my issues with my skin and the burning pains are related? How long do you think it will take for my body to get the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar? Thank you.

Posted by Dud
Up The Creek In, Wv, USA
Wild guess:

1] you are addicted to milk and drink it every day.

2] your body is in-tolerant of milk, and gives you a burning gut syndrome. [= inflamed intestines]

Posted by Lana (Burnaby, Bc) on 12/09/2011

[YEA]  I tried and can't believe that all these years I had been suffering with such horrible heartburn. I was seeing a therapist for depression from being in constant pain from gerd. Nothing helped. I mean I tried everything.

This is my first week on Apple Cider Vinegar today was the first day I haven't had pain from heartburn in 10 years!!!! So grateful that I tried this. just a couple teaspoons in the morning and a couple in the afternoon first time in so long I have NOO pain.

Posted by Jimmy (Janesville, Wisconsin) on 07/29/2011

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  So, I started taking Apple Cider Vinegar for my gerd and in 4 days it seems to working well areadly I take 2 tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 tbs of honey in 160oz mountain water an sip it all day. My only problem is that tounge feels a lttle burnt and looks teared up and white is this normal?

Posted by Cara (Nashville, Tn) on 06/03/2011

I have suffered from reflux for most of my 40 years and am at my wit's end needing relief. I have taken a variety of PPIs over the years and they have "managed" my GERD to varying degrees of "success. " I put those terms in quotation marks because I am discovering that the relief I've received is at the expense of my health in other areas. I have pernicious anemia and even taking B12 shots do little to keep my levels at a normal number. I'm also experiencing iron-deficiency anemia and other malaborption problems that I am convinced are related to the medication I'm taking. I want to get off of it, but am hesitant because of the pain and disruption this causes. (It also aggravates my normally very mild asthma. ) I bought some HCl/enzyme capsules, but after 3 pills, my esophagus burned like it hasn't in a very long time. I think I'm going to try the ACV approach along with a papaya digestive enzyme and probiotics. I hope that reestablishing the healthy flora in my digestive system will help me achieve real success and restore my health on many levels.

If anyone has other suggestions I welcome them. Thanks!

Posted by Mike
Montreal, Quebec
HCl/enzyme capsules will work IF YOU KNOW HOW TO CONSUME THEM PROPERLY. Don't take HCL without water or milk otherwise of course it will burn your esophagus because it is pure acid. The best is to take it before, between or after a meal. HCL is important against GERD because it kills of many bacterias that regularly causes your reflux problem. ACV is good also but bad for your liver since it is a form of pure vinegar. Try HCL/Enzyme as a first and let us know the effect it has on your digestive system then if that does not work, there is also plan B. Mike
Posted by Dixie
Aptos, Calif
Can you use regular Vinegar too and Hintz Apple Cider? When I was a child I drank it all the time. Now I have Acid reflex and sometimes even with medication it gets out of control so I hate it. Am willing to try this and would love if it works to get off medication all together. Also heard if you take medication for this it takes away from your bones and that isn't good.

Thanks, Dixie

Posted by Nylle
Falls Church, Fairfax County
2 Posts
[YEA]   The best and most effective cure for acid reflux, even the most serious case, is to drink one to two tablespoonful of Sesame oil on a empty stomach first thing in the morning. It will be difficult to stomach during the first few days but there after you will acquire a taste for it. Also take the same quantity fifteen minutes after the night meal. Please do not drink any water immediately after drinking the oil it will defeat the purpose. It has to be taken every day for about ten days for a permanent cure. The roasted sesame seed oil is more effective than the cold pressed and it has to be 100% pure oil. This oil is available at any Chinese grocery. It is also very necessary that one drinks hot water with one's meals. Drinking cold or iced water or drinks after each meal will only prolong the ailment and inhibit cure. Spicy and/or oily food for the night meal is a no, no. It will only aggravate the stomach acid.
Posted by Hannah
Paris, France
6 Posts
Hi Nylle, I'm interested in the sesame oil. I have some virgin oil that I started using for oil pulling, but I am not sure I understand which oil you are recommending. So in the scheme of Extra Virgin, Virgin, Refined and Pure, you are saying to get Pure is that correct?

Will it specify that the sesame seeds have been roasted on the bottle, or is the name "Pure" simply a way of stating that roasting is a part of the process?Are there any brands you would recommend?

I currently live in Paris, France and the nearest Chinese grocery is not near at all. I did see a Pure sesame oil at my local grocery store but I wasn't sure if it would do.

Also, is this a cure for GERD or only acid reflux? Thanks for your help!

Posted by Osama (Khobar, Saudi Ar) on 05/31/2011

I suffer from GERD which disturb my life Im using nexium 40 daily it is good but I read on the net about the benifit of apple cidar , Im interisting in using it but I want to know 2 things

1- how to use

2- where I can find to buy

Posted by Arsh
Dubai, Dubai, Uae
Hi osama,

1- u can buy organic ACV (apple cidar vinegar ) at a pharmacy which does sells natural or health nutrition supplements is the requirement, as it would be unpasturised and would be consumed in water.

2- for GERD - Acid reflux...

as prescribed by previous posts by followers..

mix 2 teaspoon / ( increase it to 2 tablespoon with time ) in one glass of water (8oz approx )

for best result so that ur stomach shouldnt get irritated ( try adding sodium bicarbonate ) yes its soda bicarb and not baking soda powder....

this too is available at same such pharmacies.

this wil help to neutralize bit of acid to alkalanize it to ph 6 - 7.

here Acid ( ACV) is used to treat acid reflux (another higher kind of acid ).

hope it helps u.

I have same condition since many years and I am trying it since a week. first day it did irritated my stomach so I taken anacid ( omeprazol) which is the only solution being given by doctors till date....but since last week, now im not having any anti acid pills, and its keeping fine!

lets hope inshallah this should help us all to cure our long held ailments amin!

Posted by Lauragrace (New York, Ny) on 05/24/2011

[YEA]  Well it's been 2 days since starting the standard ACV cocktail for GERD. I'm putting 2 teaspoons of organic ACV into a full glass of spring water and adding 2 teaspoons of raw organic honey. It's actually delicious, but most important of all is that I haven't had to take a Prilosec in two days!!!!!

I'm also following GERD guidelines re eating but that alone hasn't helped in the past. I've read a ton about ACV and its vitamins/minerals and all the positive benefits of this cocktail.

I stopped taking daily vitamins so I can really test the effectiveness of 2 ACV cocktails a day. Yesterday I had 3 but tasted and smelled the vinegar a little too much so cut back to 2 today and feeling great.

I was concerned about the effects of ACV on the liver and teeth and possible damage to the esophagus but further research hasn't turned up anything specific so I shall continue forging ahead! Thanks for this great site.

Posted by Jim
Houston, Tx.
If the ACV does not work for you, try ACIPHEX. It is a prescription that works better than Nexium. I have been on it for about 4 years now nad can count the number of times I have had a breakthrough on my hands. When I was taking Nexium I had breakthroughs every week at least twice and a lot of times more. ACIPHEX helped me, my doc says it's like Nexium but made a little bit different(just like man and apes! ). IT REALLY WORKS!!
Posted by Bev
About 5 times a year I suffer with an attack that is either heartburn, acid reflux or gerd. For me it is very painful and I even get a fever sometimes. But I wanted to share what brings me the most relief during an attack and that is throwing up. Even if I have to induce it it helps so much with the pain. Instant relief.

Posted by Lauragrace (New York, Ny) on 05/22/2011

[YEA]  I'm a 63 year old woman suffering from GERD for about 3 years now. I had an endoscopy 2 years ago that confirmed 'mild' GERD and was put on the usual OTC drugs.

If this is mild I'd hate to have the 'severe' form!!

Prilosec is the only OTC that works for me and last night I had to run to the all night pharmacy at midnight to get it because I had run out and felt the symptoms creeping up.

I've had nights of horror, waking up vomiting and barely making it to the bathroom to throw up dinner I had eaten hours earlier.

Like all of us I am concerned about the long term effects of damaging my esophagus and besides that I can no longer stand living with all these symptoms and pain.

I am a business owner and my business is suffering because of my lack of sleep and the discomfort and pain I'm dealing with daily.

I found this site earlier today and immediately went to the health food store and bought _____ Organic ACV and raw organic honey. I just finished dinner (ate too much because I'm starting a GERD diet tomorrow, so I splurged on tonight's dinner).

After the last mouthful of dinner I put 2 teaspoons of ACV in an 8 oz glass of cold filtered water, added 2 teaspoons of organic honey, stirred the honey for several minutes and drank the mixtures. It actually tasted great.

Of course drinking this on top of a heavy meal is ridiculous, but I wanted to try this as soon as I finished dinner as a passage to a new, healthier me.

As I'm trying this I'm belching but don't feel the pain I felt before I drank it. Could it be working this quickly? I just finished the drink 5 minutes ago.

Minor problem... I suffer from migraines and can't completely cut coffee from my diet. I can try and find low acid coffee but according to what I read on this site if GERD happens because of low acid how can a low acid coffee help?

Wow, my chest actually feels less tight. It's been 10 minutes now since I finished the ACV! I'll keep you posted! Thanks so much for this great information.

Posted by Kimbely
San Antonio, Tx
I was checking on the the young lady that wrote in on the site who is a business owner. I was wondering how is it going? Has The ACV worked? My Nephew Is suffering from acd he is fourteen months, on alot of medicine.

Posted by Erica (Redmond, Wa) on 04/22/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been trying the ACV with and without the baking soda off and on for three or four weeks. I keep going off of it because my teeth become so sensitive and my tongue burns even when I use the baking soda. I use pH testing strips to make sure it is at least 7.0 pH and I even use a straw. I have been diagnosed with silent gerd so I really don't know if the ACV is helping because I do not have any obvious symptoms. My worst symptom is the dry mouth from the dryness in my throat. It is so annoying and I really want the ACV formula to work.

Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Are you diluting the ACV in water? You can even put it in juice. It shouldn't burn if it is diluted.
Posted by Ang From Texas
Amarillo, Tx
I put my ACV in with my hot tea and Stevia. It's GREAT!!!!

Posted by Deedee67 (Conshohocken, Pa) on 03/20/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been suffering from GERD for about 10 years and been taking Nexium that long. I feel like the Nexium is having bad effects on my body so I wanted to get off of it. After seeing this site, I ordered ACV. Started taking it today only to discover that I feel like vomitting after it goes down. I have a bad gag reflex and I am not sure I can tolerate it any more. Any suggestions?

Posted by George
Suwanee, U S A
I put a tablespoon of it in about 7 oz of tart cherry juice that I was already taking for some heel pain, and I can barely taste the ACV. Guess you need to mix it w/ something of your choice .
Posted by Jtoz54
Morris Plains, Nj
The reason that the ACV made you feel nauseous could be that you are Salicylate Intolerant. I am. I am allergic to aspirin. Aspirin is a salicylate. It comes from the bark of the willow tree. All plants produce salicylates as a natural insecticide. So I am allergic to all fruit except bananas n peeled pears, most vegetables, coffee, tea, all vinegar ( except rice and malt) olive oil (I can have canola n sunflower oil) Mints, almonds and especially tomato sauce. So for my acid reflux I take 1/2 tsp baking soda in 1/2 glass water at night. After I gave up salicylates in two days all my symptoms were all better: migraines, dizziness, nausea, asthma, arthritis, dry eyes, nosebleeds and foggy headed feeling. A good book about this is "Salicylate Intolerance and The Healthier I Ate the Sicker I Got".

I will probably look into the test for the pylori bacteria in stomach and the pills with hydrochloric acid sounds plausible too.

Posted by Paigeinphilly
Philly, Pa
[YEA]   I was diagnosed with GERD a couple of yrs back.. The first thing the Dr. wanted me to do was to get on meds and quit all of my fave foods and drinks... NO..... So I did research, saw so many positive reviews for ACV... Tried it... Felt like gagging... So I switched to ACV tablets... You can find them in every heath store and even WalMart for only a couple of bucks... This has been a heaven send... I have been GERD free for yrs...naturally.
Posted by Michelle
Chicago, Il
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I like to Thank everyone for sharinig their experiences and remedies. I was diagnosed with gerd 3 weeks ago. Was given prescription version of pepacid, didn't seem to get better, got worse started feeling sharp pains when I ate certain foods, which never happened before. I felt hopeless at 26 yr. Because for the most part I've been healthy and active all my life. Researched alot of sites and saw positive reviews for ACV and almonds for heartburns, decided to try it and through the grace of God have been feeling much better and even have started slowly to eat some of the normal foods that arent recommended for those with gerd. I started taking a yoga class and got a chiropractic massage. Little by little im slowing improving. I will keep everyone in my prayers for a full recovery.
Posted by Horrorvacuii
Brooklyn, Ny, Usa
Michelle! I'm another Michelle from NYC, also 26, also diagnosed this summer (with LPR/silent reflux). I feel slightly better knowing there are two of us. ;)

I've made insane dietary changes. I have basically been reduced to smoothies and basic non-acidic foods. I drink green smoothies with banana and also 2 tablespoons of olive oil each morning/night, followed by a combo of honey and tumeric paste. The olive oil is anti-inflammatory and helps sooth the throat, though my symptoms are less about soreness and more about the lump-in-throat feeling and excess mucus.

I take ginger, garlic, and echinacea pills each day, drink tons of water, and have started light dance classes again to relieve stress. Since being diagnosed my anxiety has gone through the roof (long process of not knowing what it was/being misled by doctors/being misdiagnosed and put on the wrong meds... horrible summer) and that doesn't help the healing process.

My mother had some version of this at my age and she recommended the ACV. I am now drinking 3 cups of water with 2 TBSP per day, and 90% of my symptoms are gone including pain in my throat and the burning sensation in my chest after eating. I hope that's enough relief for my body to start healing--but I don't plan to change my diet back to normal any time soon.

I did buy one awesome book that shed so much light on this condition for me, and has a ton of GERD/LPR friendly recipes that are really delicious. It's called "Dropping Acid" and it's a cookbook/text book. Easy for people who aren't scientists to understand exactly what's going on inside of them.

I know how miserable this condition is (I work in nightlife and fashion, and it's made me feel like an isolated lab experiment). Good luck to everyone. Xx

Posted by Susan
Cupertino, Ca
[NAY]   ACV can not cure acid reflux. It makes it worse. I personally expericed it. It makes the buring sensation even worse. Indigestion is due to low acid in the stomach so ACV may help. Acid Reflux is the opposite, too much acid in the stomach, ACV is really bad for it.
Posted by Erika
Arlington, Virginia
I was unexpectedly diagnosed with silent reflux after going to an ENT for a regular voice checkup in August of this year '11. (I'm a singer) I was also just beginning to see a little blood when I brushed my teeth in the morning. All this time I thought the bleeding came from my gums not my esophagus. He diagnosed it as a severe case of acid reflux and put me on a high dosage of Lansoprazole (before meals) and Ranitidine (bedtime).

After about a week I began to develop symptons e.g. numbness in fingers, high heart rate etc. Someone introduced me to "Dropping Acid- The Reflux diet Cook book and Cure" by Koufman, Stern & Bauer. The book gives the acid and ph levels of many foods so I followed their guidelines. I eventually dropped the medication for symptoms stopped and I was afraid the meds may have a detrimental effect. The book is absolutely wonderful!! I plan to stick with this regiment for the rest of my life. I have never felt better and I am losing weight without trying. It revealed not only the usual culprits e.g. caffeine, chocolate, tomatoes etc. but also revealed less known culprits such as peppermint, carbonated drinks and sometimes cucumbers (depending upon your personal makeup) Everyone's toleration is at different levels when eating certain borderline foods such as cucumbers. I determined cucumbers were not good for me during this healing stage because it was the only thing I ate one evening and then side effects occurred that night.

I had a setback last week when I travelled out of town for 4 days. I ate airport food and my host's food. I had just started Mag Relax (powder form), which is great by the way, for muscle spasms and didn't realize it was loaded with acid. I also failed to follow the directions to mix with 'cold' water instead of room temperature. Yesterday, the old acid symptoms returned again. Lesson learned.... know the content of your vitamin supplements and prepare for out of town trips.

Thru my previous victory, I am still so very encouraged that I and many others can beat this! The jury is still out on ACV. I've tried it off and on. Some say to drink it diluted WITH a meal while others say to drink in the morning or in between meals. Again, I need a scientific explanation to fully embrace the idea.

Thank you all for your postings. This site is wonderful!


Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Erika, I had a quick read of the reviews of the book you mentioned. I don't think they are giving you the right advice at all. Acid Reflux is caused by a LACK of acid in your stomach not too much acid. If as told in the book you eat lots of alkaline foods you are still not fixing the problem. If you don't have enough acid in your stomach the acid won't be able to digest the foods properly and your body won't be able to absorb nutrients properly.

Iodine regulates acid in your stomach. You are probably deficient in iodine and that is why you have a problem in the first place. Iodine is needed by the whole body. Deficiencies cause many many problems including acid reflux.

Google Dr. Flechas on youtube talking about the lack of iodine and how it relates to stomach acid. The lack of iodine is what causes the throat cancers and stomach cancers according to Dr. Flechas. It also causes endometrial cancer (which starts off as endometriosis)...

The reason ACV works is because it puts back acid into the stomach which helps digest the food. It then breaks down to an alkaline after digestion but it still doesn't fix the deficiency. The same with lemons. Google "why stomach acid is good for you"...

You will get lots of problems down the track if you don't fix what sounds like an iodine deficiency.

If the author Dr. Kaufmann has been studying reflux for decades why does she not mention iodine deficiency or that reflux is caused by a lack of stomach acid?

Posted by Rosario (Virginia Beach, Va) on 11/06/2010

[YEA]  I can attest to the fact that the ACV has cured my GERD! I've been taking Nexium since May 2009 until Sept 2010. Initially, the Nexium helped ease my GERD but in recent months, my condition was back to square one with having acid reflux/heartburn each time I ate and difficulty sleeping at nights. Thank goodness I found this site! I decided to start drinking the organic ACV tonic at a low dosage of 2 capfuls in 4 oz. Water, plus 1 tbs of raw honey, three times a day. 6 weeks later, my upper GI endoscopy results showed normal esophagus/stomach with no signs of tissue damage... Plus, no hiatal hernia! A small one was discovered a year prior so maybe it shrunk?. My surgeon couldn't explain why it was no longer there, but he encouraged me to continue taking the ACV while it obviously worked for me. I'm now able to sleep at nights with one pillow versus four!

One day, I forgot to drink the tonic, realizing that the I didn't have any symptoms that usually trigger or remind me to take it. I'm now just adding two capfuls of ACV and honey in my cup of hot tea that I drink an hour before bedtime. In addition, my cholesterol levels improved dramatically to normal levels and my physician even took me off my high blood pressure medication. I'm just sooooo happy and thankful for finding this site. Now I'm not only able to share my experience here but by forwarding this site to other people I know that suffer from this disease.

Posted by Danny56
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Hi I Use raw Apple Cider Vinegar With The "Mother" When Using it For My "Acid Reflux". is it More Effective To Just Drink it With A Glass Of Warm Water instead of Adding Honey To it?
Posted by Mike
Canandaigua, Ny/usa
I have GERD and Acid Reflux - 1yr. I also have a small H-hernia. I take zegrid before lunch and before bed. I HATE taking meds. I have used the ACV Mother dosage for 2 days 2x a day. My stomach feels much better, but my Acid Reflux has picked up - with little heart burn. I also swallow and burp often throughout the day and at night. Can I expect these symptoms to decrease over time? Is it best to sip the dosage over time or ingest quickly? Should I take the dosage on empty stomach? Before meals? With meals? After meals? ANY HELP WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!

Posted by Joanne (Keller, Tx) on 05/21/2010

[YEA]  Please help me... I stopped taking a gerd med. I started drinking the unpurified apple cider vingegar. I got sick with a bug recently and had to go to an instant care...they gave me an anti naus. med. The specialist is upset with me for stopping the gerd meds he recommended. He says I shouldnt be drinking the unpurified vinegar as its acid and I have too much acid in my system. I have been drinking about one oz to 8oz of water a day...Sometimes, I do it twice a day..mostly once a day...when I have an attack or so, then I increase. I have been doing real good..stayed off the meds for months.

Please help me out...I read the site's new recommendations and will try the new dose...the gerd meds cause a number of problems as I have been reading.

Posted by Carly
Seattle, Wa
Those gerd meds are terrible things from what I have read...They keep you from digesting anything...which means you are not getting much nutrition out of the foods you eat.

If you had been off the meds for months, and been okay...well, doesn't it stand to reason that you may have picked up some kind of a flu bug?

Personally, I think that that specialist isn't all that special. I would look for a more forward thinking doctor if I were you. Best of luck Joanne!

Posted by Anchorman
Lanc., Pa
Joanne, Been on meds for 20 years. I started taking half the meds 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with the 2 Tablespoons of ACV and 8oz. water after every meal and take a ginger capsule once a day. Try introducing everything slowly. Some people are giving up too quick. Aloe drink might help. Good luck.
Posted by Joanne
Keller, Tx
Hi.. back again. I figured out what set off my attack. I was taking some eye vitamins. They are a good product and my eye dr. liked them..He is great and hates those gerd pills...Well, I really got sick with my intestines etc...I read the replies and decided tonight to start on my unpurfied acv again before bed. I have had an ultra sound of my gut..seems spasms and stress...I am having the stomach test where they put the camera down me...I have done alot of reading. anyone hear about orange peel extract for gerd...cant use with uclers tho. Acidophilus I read is supposed to be good for gerd too. I read about breathing with abs area too. I know the vinegar worked for me before. I started drinking it in june of 09...Then I reached a point I didnt drink it all..I thought I was cured. This last sunday, when I took the eye vit, it burned. And it was then when it hit me....What had I changed in is the first day of no eye vit, and I am drinking my vinegar as I type this out.

I want to thank you for responding to me. I am not going to say much to the specialist when I see him. Someone just suggested let your primary doctor know and leave it at that.. I dont understand why so many allopath drs refuse to believe in anything but pills.

Posted by Luvfishin
Charleroi, Pa
In response to... "I dont understand why so many allopath drs refuse to believe in anything but pills."

it's all about the money.

Posted by Sam
San Jose, Ca, United States
2 Posts
Because without Pills doctors and Pharmacy will be out of business. Who will pay for there million dollar homes and Mercedes-Benz? I have had bad heartburn for past 7yrs now. Been taking all sorts of heartburn medicine. It just relieves the pain but I feel other problems with fatigue and joints hurting problems.

I just started taking ACV with Gatorade or 2tsp Apple Cider Vinegar with 1tsp raw honey and 8 oz of water.

I feel much better after only 4 days of taking it. I will continue to take this until all my symptoms are gone. Not all doctors out there care about patience, they only care about what health insurance you carry.

I think the best is to read true stories and testomonies about natural remedies cure and try it for yourself.

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