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Posted by Marcia (Someset. England, Uk) on 04/19/2012

I have read with interest, the suggestions for help with acid reflux on this site. I have suffered for years with this problem and have now resigned myself to taking proton pump inhibitors to ease it. Digestive disorders are on both sides of my family so I'm thinking it could be partly hereditary. The tablets do make me feel more comfortable, I do watch what I eat as well. I just wish someone could wave a magic wand and make it dissapear altogether.

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Posted by Asterio (New Orleans, La) on 03/26/2012

I really don't know what I have but it sounds similar to what you guys are talking about. I'm not going to the the doctor cause, first, I don't have money for that and two, I lost faith in them long ago. Tomorrow I start my war against this stuff. I got a lil overwhelmed at the beginning with all your remedies but I said to myself... Well something has to work. So I'm using them all. I'm getting tomorrow: aloe vera, honey, cabbage, coconout oil, garlic, mastic gum, peroxide, ginger, turmeric, acv, baking soda, cayenne and glutamine. I'll try to use them separately to see what happens, I'll let you guys know!! Thanks for the info!! . By the way, I was so stressed out about this pain that I just had a lil baking soda, garlic and maple syrup (I had it abandoned in my cooler and I know it's good for you) and... I don't know if its in my head or what but I feel a lil better :) somebody wants to try? maybe it does help a bit! . Love you all!!!!

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Posted by Christine (Nottingham, England) on 01/04/2012
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Does anyone know if probiotics can make reflux worse? I cannot understand why this would be, however it appears to make my reflux worse. Thanks.

Replied by Humphry
(Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada)

When I had a parasite (and I did not know it) my acid reflux got much worse when I took a probiotic. I think this is because the probiotics were fighting for a place in the intestines and trying to dislodge the parasites.

I had chronic giardia which cause numerous problems in addition to diarrhea and stomach issues. I had constant acid reflux. Once I took medicine (flagyl) to kill the giardia I could take probiotics without flaring up my acid reflux.

Incidentally, it has been 8 months and my acid reflux hardly ever flares up (I follow the paleo diet, eat coconut oil regularly and take probiotics daily).

I believe acid reflux is a symptom of something else. I used to think when I took the probiotics and got horrible acid reflux problems that it was the probiotics but it wasn't - it was actually a parasite.

Get a stool sample done and find out what is going on in your stomache and intestines. Because of what I went through I still get stool samples taken whenever my stomach does something weird to make sure I dont have giardia or any other parasite or bug.

Replied by Christine
(Nottingham, England)

Thank you for your response Humphry, I had thought about parasites. It is nice to know we are all trying to help each other on this great site. Thanks again.

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Posted by Mollie (Riverside, California) on 01/04/2012

I just wanted to add something to help with the problem of Acid Reflux.

I had this problem in the past and this might help:

1. Place blocks of wood under the two legs of your bed where you sleep near the headboard side. Not so high that you slide off but raised slightly so that your upper body is slightly raised so that your acid will have to stay down and not come up to where it will give you trouble. When I was suffering from panic attacks years ago the acid reflux would inflame the situation.

Baking soda about 1 tablespoon in a glass of water (I used more) and/or antacids (Tums/Rolaids and even Maalox) will help.

You might even want to go so far as get on a bland diet if the problem is really bad.

I was told that as a last resort some people need surgery for acid reflux. But it would be better to control the problem without surgery.

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Posted by Fieldmouse202 (Deferiet, Ny, Usa) on 12/21/2011

Hi, I have suffered from sore throat and heartburn and chest pain nearly daily for almost a year now. I have been taking Nexium now for 3 months. After little relief, I am seeing a gastro. Apparently my esophagus appears normal and I am now monitoring my pH levels in my throat with a probe. My readings appear normal (6-8 pH) but I am still experiencing the "typical" GERD symptoms. I am baffled because I thought for sure I had GERD, now I am not so sure. What could this be? I am feeling hopeless because now, it seems, there will be no diagnosis after this testing. =( Thank you so much for your time and what you all do! Aloha, Liz

Replied by Hkw612
(Oakland, Ca)

When I initially found out I had reflux with no reason for getting it, it turned out my gallbladder had "died" and I didn't know it. I had to get it removed and have been on a low-fat diet ever since. You have to ask to have a scan done because most doctors won't offer it up. Hope that helps.

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Posted by Elena (Western Us, Usa) on 11/20/2011

I added to my alkaline diet and probiotics a few more things that have given me some incremental improvements: I only eat seafood for the "meat portion", chew baking soda gum and in July 2011 I had my Vit D levels checked. They were low. So I put myself on 6,000 IU Vit d3 drops and the level of searing pain reduced substantially. The reason I tried Vit D is that I read it stregthens muscles. I thought maybe it could improve the contractions of my LES/UES. My Vit D test in Oct 2011 went to 44 so I reduced my Vit d3 drops to 4,000 IU units. My ENT saw me and was surprised that the bottom of my throat was healed but my upper throat still shows acid burn marks up to the molars. I am hoping that with time maybe my throat will heal. I looked at my throat yesterday and it depressed me. I only look at my throat once every 3 months. I can't bear seeing how bad it looks. But at least the bottom of my throat is not searing.

My Drs have told me there is nothing more they can do for me. I'm pretty down about it but at least I'm better than I was a year ago when I thought I'd be dead by Feb 2011. It's beginning to sink in that I will have this for the rest of my life. I saw the top GI Dr in the northern part of the state I live in and he advised that I have a vagel nerve problem and that it would take 10 years for science to figure out how to treat it. Very depressing that so little can be done for LPR. There is nothing on the Upper Esphogeal Spinchter (UES) that I can find. No clincal studies.. Nothing. No research being done on it that I can find. My Lower Esphogeal Spinchter shows that I went from a 40 ph to .4. My Drs say it is normal reflux and that the fundo surgery looks like it worked but that there may be a secondary problem that they can't figure out. They don't know what is wrong with me. I came out of the fundo surgery 10x worse... Seriously depressing. But I keep a smile on my face for my family and at least my pain is so much better with the Vit D3 drops.

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Posted by Sabrina (Philadelphia, Pa) on 09/29/2011

I have tried ACV and HCL for low stomach acid and have had side effects from both. I heard that gelatin can increase stomach acid and was wondering if anyone knew anything about this? I want to try this but I don't know how much. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Posted by Del (Sunshine Coast, Australia) on 07/28/2011
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Ted's Remedies. Please be very careful if you suffer from acid reflux. I suffered for over ten years and used many remedies including conventional medicine only to find out after a routine stress test that I required a triple bypass. During the stress test the reflux became worse and I was pulled off the treadmill and given oxygen and nitrolingual spray which helped to lessen the burning. I was amazed by this as I had no other symptoms other than a little breathlessness which is also common with reflux. It was explained to me that women often have different symptoms than men and it was actually the reflux that made my cardiologist take notice. Just be aware that reflux can be caused by more than one reason. I do not have reflux now since the surgery.

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Posted by Singer (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 05/13/2011

I'm a singer from Toronto. My reflux problems started in December. Now it's May and I'm still suffering. Nexium didn't help. Neither did dexilant. I've been to an ENT and have been waiting several months to see a GI specialist. I've had several tests. Apparently, hernia has been ruled out. So has an ulcer. The diagnosis after x-rays and an endoscopy was "mild gastritis". I'm a otherwise healthy person who exercises and eats quite healthily and am average weight. This condition has significantly impacted my career and I'm frustrated by the lack of treatment. I'm determined to become an expert about reflux to (a) get my career and health back (b) help others who are frustrated by doctors who don't know and medication that doesn't work.

I'm working on my PhD now and hoping to include this topic in my specialty. I would love to hear from other singers from anywhere. I would also love to hear from singers anywhere from Toronto to Kingston to form a support group of sorts. I'm shocked by how little is known about this. The non-traditional healers seem to have far more knowledge than the allopathic doctors (licensed doctors who prescribed pharmaceuticals). I would love to hear about any doctors you felt were knowledgeable or not helpful and to hear any stories from singers with this condition. This is a life-altering condition about which there should be more knowledge of cures. Please feel free to post, but also email me directly: dearsistermoon(at) Thank you. Good luck!

Replied by Kathie
(Houston, United States)

I struggled for years with acid reflux... To the point it was diagnosed as precancerous Barracks-esophagus I now juice fresh aloe vera (scrape the inside of the plant out and mix it with some water using a hand blender. I drink this before I go to bed or on an empty stomach. This is very healing to the GI track. Do not juice the outside of the plant, it will give you the runs!

DGL (deglycerized licorice) coats your throat and GI track. Take about half an hour before eating and at bedtime.

Take digestive enzymes. Much of the time, we just need some extra help to digest our food. This also is great for skin issues and general healing.

baking soda (about a teaspoon to a cup of water) will soothe reflux.

_____s vinegar (about a teaspoon in a cup of water) helps with digestion and helps to alkalize your body.

I am also about to add L-Glutamine to my regimen. It is very healing to intestines.

The last time I went in for an endoscopy/biopsy, my Dr. Said everything looked very good and I did not nee to come back for two year (I usually have to come in once a year for this procedure)

Best of health to you


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Posted by Pamela. (Sunshine Coast, Australia) on 05/08/2011

You don't need a disclaimer here. There are NO 'professional medical preventions, diagnoses, or treatments'. It simply doesn't exist. Drs only wait until the esophagus is so badly burned by stomach acid that it turns cancerous, only then will they step in with their chemo and radiation 'therapies'. It's frightening and rather Fransteinian.

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Posted by Lili Garib (Calgary, Canada) on 04/30/2011

I have a very bad acid reflux. Even with two Nexium 40 mg I have a lot of acid. I just found your site and I bought apple cider vinegar. Today for the first time I had it with honey and warm water. My question is should I only mix ACV with honey and water or for my case which is very bad one. I should take ACV with baking soda. And with 2 tbs ACV how much should I add baking soda? Can I continue taking Nexium and the same time taking ACV? Please help me I am really suffering from it. It is killing me.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

Lili, you are getting acid reflux because you probably have too little acid in your stomach not because you have a lack of it. If you add baking soda to the mix you are again making your stomach acid too alkaline so the problem will only improve temporarily. You also would be wise to have digestive enzymes to help digest your food better.

I also read recently that salt "increases" acid in the stomach (of course natural sea salt not processed salt). Another reason to add salt to our diets.

Google dangers of antacids and see the results.

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Posted by Larry (Munster, Indiana) on 04/28/2011

Just a heads up for those of you who have some type of stomach discomfort. About a year ago I had a nagging upset stomach which would go away after using over the counter prilosec. After a month or so the problem would come back. I researched my symptoms on the Earth Clinic and came up with a fairly effective treatment of apple cider vinegar & baking soda, along with mastic gum and a few other stomach healers. I had on and off success but just could'nt get rid of the upset stomach feeling for good. So I contacted a specialist and underwent the 'endoscopy' procedure. (which is a minor invasive look into your stomach). I was suprised at what I didn't have. I had all the symptoms of the H-pylori bacteria, but the results stated I had the beginning of an ulcer, probably due to diet and stress, and eating late at night. (no h-pylori) I have been placed on Nexium which has controlled my discomfort quite well.

My point is make sure you diagnose your malady. Sometimes close, ain't good enough. I still use Earth Clinic as a valuable help aid and most remedies are organic which makes them relatively safe. I did get some relief for my stomach thanks to Earth Clinic however you can't cure it if you don't know what it is...

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Posted by Cynne (Bradenton, Fl, Usa) on 01/22/2011

I started the Apple Cider Vinegar tx yesterday and am hoping for success. I have been dealing with acid reflux for about 6 months and was about at wits end when I happened upon ted's recipe for tx. I will also follow the suggestion of foods and drinks to avoid and 5 small meals thru the day. Will report back in a week.

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Posted by Carolyn (Prescott Valley, Az) on 12/12/2010

I have been suffering with a nagging cough on & off for years. Occasionally it bothers me during the day and always at night, sometimes to the point of vomiting. My naturopath thinks I might have acid reflux, which has inflamed my esophagus. He wants me to see a G.I. Doc & get scoped. I don't have heartburn so I don't know how I could have acid reflux. I would be SO grateful to know if anyone else has issues with such a horrible, ongoing cough & any suggestions. Thank you SO much.

Replied by B.g.
(Dallas, Texas)

Sorry to hear of your problem. My aunt also suffers from a continuous cough and throat irritation. She went to a G. I. Doctor and was diagnosed with acid reflux. The doc told her to take a tablespoon of liquid malox twice a day. She says it seemed to help at first but now the cough has returned. I am going to check into getting some of the enzyme tablets at the health food store for her and see it they make a difference. My aunt doesn't experience any other problems except the cough and throat irritation.

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Posted by Ted (Pismo Beach , California 93449/ Usa) on 08/09/2010

All PPI's work fine for me, but they are causing extreme muscle leg pain. When I stop taking Prylosec or prevecid, the pain stops next day, but of course the acid starts up again and I so does the leg pain. Two of my MDs think I'm making this up, they have never heard of this. Have you ever heard of this? I have reflux from everything, even water. When I lay down flat, my reflux stops within minutes. Do you have any ideas?

Replied by Jcee

To Ted from Pismo Beach

First of all PPI's cause magnesium deficiency which will cause leg cramps, etc. You need a magnesium supplement and in my opinion, to wean yourself off the ppis.

Here's what worked for me. Went to a health food store and bought a bottle of 'cell salts' a little different than the homeopathic pills. Got the 'nat phos' #10 in the 6X. Took two or three pills after my main two meals each day. Started working amazingly well by the third day. First two days may be iffy but by the third day I got great results. Has worked great for two acquaintances also. The nat phos will balance out your pH.

Once it starts working, wean yourself off those also.