I have suffered from Acid Reflux for about 5 years. I have enjoyed many of the typical symptoms, Lump in throat sensation, burning behind breast bone, throat palpatations, excessive mucous etc. I have tried every remedy I could find including Ted's alkalizing forumla's primarily Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking soda. As with most remedies I have found nothing seems to work for long. I had the best success with ACV and Baking soda but it too stopped being as effective after about a year.
With all the remedies I have tried I think at best I could only describe the results as controlling my symptoms. This no longer seems to be the case, my acid reflux seems to be gone entirely. This is a direct result of taking Garlic supplements daily.
In researching this condition I found a few articles claiming that the active healing ingredient in garlic called Allicin is one of the only natural ways to kill the H pylori bacteria in the stomache. its widely believed that a high percentage of people with reflux have this bacteria.
Over Christmas I was having an exceptionally bad episode and out of desperation ate a couple raw cloves. After my mouth stopped burning I was amazed to note my symptoms had subsided. I have since been taking garlic and over the course of a couple months all of my symtopms have ceased. I quickly switched to galic supplements from Wall Mart as taking raw garlic was too poweful and was causing some social implications.
Garlic is one of the trigger foods we are supposed to avoid, I believed this to be true and would not have tried this if not out of desperation. It may well be responsible for the occaional heart burn I have had since but this has been minor and typically reiieved with a few almonds or some candied ginger. All of my other more concerning symptoms are gone.
reading up on Garlic you will find it has a lot of benefits including fighting some types of cancers. One of the other benefits is bowel regulation. I did not think I had a problem in this area but its now apparent that I did. I think its this issue that led to my acid reflux in the first place.
I hope others will try this and hopefully get the same benefit. Its my hope that if this works for others that we can spread the word and help others. I know this condition can really get you down over time and can seem hopeless but like the X-Files the truth is out there. Good luck to all of you
Hello Folks... Just finished reading about side effect of using AVC and acid reflux. All of you who complain about acid reflux: always eat at the table, do not go to lay down after meal. More likely acid reflux is caused by wrong position at the meal and after. Food is just pushing up. Eat less and be active after meal. The same applies to the children and infants. What do we do? We feed them before bed time so they will sleep better. Do not do it because it is the beginning of suffering from acid reflux in the near future. Acid reflux is an acquired ailment so do not do things leading to it: bad position at the meal, overeating, taking nap after and eating too much acid forming foods, coffee, alcohol, tobacco. Greetings
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.
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!!!!
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.
(Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)gmail.com Thank you. Good luck!
(Houston, United States)
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.
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.
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...
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.