How to Treat GERD Naturally - Art Solbrig Protocol

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GERD.

by Art Solbrig
February 01, 2021

GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, happens when the sphincter at the esophagus base that connects the mouth to the stomach no longer closes tightly and allows stomach acid and food to backflow into the esophagus, creating a host of uncomfortable symptoms. The esophagus becomes inflamed and irritated because it is not meant to be exposed to stomach acid.

Who Can Get GERD?

GERD is a common issue in the general population. I regularly post on a Parkinson's Disease forum and, interestingly, GERD is 4.1 times more likely to occur in people with Parkinson's Disease! (1)

Age is another common factor in people with GERD, but there are many more causes, which I will discuss below.

One popular school of thought is that GERD may be caused by too much stomach acid. Another popular counter-theory is that it is caused by too little stomach acid.

In any case, what happens is that stomach acid back-flows into the esophagus, the tube that connects the stomach to the mouth. Stomach acid is not supposed to get into the esophagus, but the esophagus becomes inflamed and irritated when it does. If left unchecked at the extreme, GERD can result in esophageal cancer.

Gerd Remedies

Common Symptoms of GERD

The main symptoms typically seen in patients with GERD are:

  • heartburn
  • burping
  • chest pain
  • sore throat
  • hoarseness
  • bad breath
  • noises in the throat

In severe cases, symptoms include:

  • gurgling noises caused by regurgitation of food or acid
  • bloating
  • stomach is hard to the touch

Remedies for Excess Stomach Acid

For the school of thought that GERD can be caused by excess stomach acid, antacids are often recommended.

Antacids

They include proton pump inhibitors (PPI) like Prilosec, Nexium & Prevacid, antacids such as baking soda or Tums, and histamine antagonists such as Cimetidine/Tagamet and Zantac, which work as histamine receptor antagonists.

Remedies for Insufficient Stomach Acid

For those that feel that GERD is caused by too little stomach acid, treatment may consist of supplementing with Betaine HCI, which also contains Pepsin.

Betaine HcL with Pepsin

Pepsin acts to break down proteins, assist in the digestion process, and naturally occurs in the stomach lining.

Betaine HCI is one of the body's first lines of defense to kill pathogens in food and help break down food proteins and improve absorption. Having enough hydrochloric acid is very important for overall health.

In actuality, GERD is often caused because the sphincter at the bottom of the esophagus is not closing tightly enough to prevent acid reflux or prevent stomach acid from entering the esophagus.
 
The sphincter can be repaired or replaced via surgery if it will no longer close tight enough to prevent acid reflux and may be required in severe conditions. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is how it is referred to.
 
The sphincter is a bundle of muscles, and weak muscles will not get the job done right and allow the sphincter to close tightly as it should to prevent acid and food from reentering at the bottom of the esophagus.
 
The addition of Betaine HCI with Pepsin is thought to possibly strengthen this muscle group.
 
Another school of thought is that supplementing with Betaine HCI (hydrochloric acid) with Pepsin can strengthen the sphincter and stop the acid reflux. The sphincter is purported to tighten in response to being exposed to more stomach acid via Betaine HCI.

I tried this supplement years ago with great success. More recently, GERD has returned and so I have again started on a Betaine HCI regimen with Pepsin. I will update this post as my experiment progresses.

Here is a link describing how increasing stomach acid may tighten the sphincter.

https://theacidrefluxsolution.com/a-weak-les-is-one-of-the-main-causes-of-gerd/

Why Does GERD Occur?

The following article link below may offer several reasons why GERD occurs, including: diet, stress, medications, age, bacterial infection, zinc deficiency, and stomach surgery.

As we age, hydrochloric acid production for the stomach declines (Hypochlorhydria), and there is further increased risk once we turn 65. (2)

Potential Remedies for GERD

Here are two links showing some of the most popular and researched natural remedies for GERD:

https://www.healthline.com/health/gerd/home-remedies

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4991651/

How Some People Have Used Betaine HCI for Acid Reflux

This study shows how Betaine HCl is used for Gastroesophageal Reflux.

Where to Buy Betaine HCl

Here is a link to a well-rated, inexpensive betaine hcl product on Amazon.

NOW Supplements, Betaine HCl 648 mg, Vegetarian Formula, Digestive Support*, 120 Veg Capsules


Since my current experiment taking Betaine HCl with Pepsin is still in progress, I will report back as soon as I find out if the supplement is as effective as the last time I used it years ago effectively to relieve GERD and related symptoms.

Homeopathic Remedies for GERD

Although hydrochloric acid is produced naturally for the stomach, some people do not do well with the addition of Betaine HCI and in those cases, there are other remedies such as Homeopathy, which is generally very well tolerated.

Homeopathic preparations for GERD include: Natrum Phosphorica, Iris Versicolor, Robinia, Nux Vomica, Phosphorus, Lycopodium, and Carbo Veg.

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Art's Gerd Protocol Update

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Posted by Art (California) on 06/18/2021 895 posts
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So this is the update to my GERD experiment that I promised as soon as my experiment was complete and it is now complete!

What I found out this time is that my condition was worse than last time I had GERD years ago. That time I was able to get by with less Betaine w/Pepsin tablets in order to strengthen the esophageal sphincter muscle group to prevent food and acid from back flowing into the esophagus. This time it required more pills for a slightly longer period of time. I started this experiment at the beginning of February 2021.

I was using capsules that contained 325 mg of Betaine each and as I titrated my dose upward, I ended up having to go up to 8 capsules at dinner before I felt the burn from to much Betaine and I immediately neutralized it with baking soda water and went down to 7 capsules with meals. This was more Betaine than I had ever had to take the first time I used this method and it was not very convenient to have to take 7 capsules with meals so I got some 650 mg tablets and took 3 of these with heavy meals and 2 with light meals.

Within a few weeks, I was able to reduce the dose to 2 tablets with heavy meals and 1 tablet with light meals. After a couple more weeks I was able to reduce to 1 tablet with all meals and in about another 2 weeks I was down to 1 tablet with dinner only. Every time I reduced the dose it was because I was starting to feel the "Betaine burn" and each time I felt it, I immediately drank water with baking soda in it to neutralize the excess acid. Soon I found that even one tablet of Betaine gave me the burn and I stopped taking it.

This is very similar to what happened when I used Betaine to get rid of GERD years ago and this time it worked again, but it required more Betaine than last time. I plan to keep Betaine HCI w/Pepsin on hand for use when I eat a large meal that includes meat just to help keep the esophageal sphincter muscle group strong and avoid the return of GERD.

I waited this long to update because I wanted to be sure the effects would be lasting and they appear to be because I no longer have GERD nor do I need to take the Betaine any more!

Art