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Posted by Gil (Niagara, Ontario) on 03/09/2009


I would just like to say to those wanting to give up, DON'T!

I was not feeling too much better @ first, but gave it some time. The ACV has helped so much, that I haven't taken any meds in over 3 months! I was taking two Prevacids a day before for my Gerds. When you get good results, spread the good news so others can enjoy the benefits as well.


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Posted by Richard (Bishops Stortford, Herts UK) on 03/08/2009

I have just started to use ACV, and the early signs seem good (2TBS 8oz). However, it is early days yet, so I am not counting my chickens yet. I have long history of GERD, and have been diagnosed with a Granuloma, on my vocal chords. At the same time this arrived a weird itching sensation arrived too. Usually at the base of my neck, but also in my cheeks top of chest, and sometimes on my tummy. It is not like a normal itch, it feels like something is movin in my skin, and it goes red too. Could this be part of the effects of the acid? Or is this something else? Any advice gratefully received.

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Posted by MK (Washington, DC) on 03/03/2009

I have been on some type of GERD prescription for at least 10 years. I was getting desperate because I haven't been able to sleep through the night lately, even with maximum stomach meds. So I started doing some research online and found out about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). My Chiropractor mentioned it before, but I never tried it. Well, I've been off my Protonix/Zantac for 5 days. And it's even better than the medicine because since I've been using the ACV, when I lay down I don't feel stuff come up into my esophagus. I'm still playing with the ACV dosage and the timing, but I'm so much better already and sleeping better, WITHOUT the drugs. I take 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water at mealtime 3 times a day and 1 teaspoon before bed. If I wake up in the middle of the night with any heartburn, I eat 1 or 2 apple slices and it stops it right away and keeps it from coming back up better than the drugs. It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by S (Novi, MI) on 02/24/2009

I get GERD occasionally by eating too much sometimes. I take 2 tablespoons of ACV or red wine vinegar and down it, within minutes I burp and the mucous feeling goes away. The vinegar makes me hypersalivate which I think helps a lot.

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Posted by Marty (Chicago, IL) on 02/21/2009

I am a believer of ACV and it has really reduced my AF. I eat apples and drink 1-2 TSP of ACV in my morning and evening Apple juice. I find this combination settling to my stomach. I have had GERD for probably 27 years (I am 50). Sleeping on my right side for awhile and then waking up gasping for air with bile in my throat was not very pleasant for me or my wife! I have GREATLY reduced my tums and pepsid AC/Priloec intake. I love alcohol, chocolate, coffee and sweets of every kind. I have now addapted a life-style change for the better. The pot and 1/2 of coffee in the am has been reduced to a couple of mugs. I start to feel a little stomach upset and I grab my apple and like magic, the discomfort disappears. I have found this website a blessing! Thanks! Marty

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Posted by Ken (Woodstock, CT) on 02/15/2009

After reading all the positive responses to apple cider vinegar curing GERD I figured why not. I have spent thousands of dollars, countless anguish, and many sleepless nights why not try vinegar.My most severe symptom was some type of anxiety attack when I lay down horizontally to go to sleep. I also had the usual symptoms of waking up choking and severe sinus congestion. Obviously not getting a good nights sleep is beggining to take it's toll. I was up late not able to sleep, and reading your site. I had some balsamic vinegar ,so I took about 4 swigs a minute or so apart and got almost immediate relief. I slept for ten hours only woke up once, and was not choking. I will brush with a little baking soda on my teeth trying not to swallow to protect my teeth from acidity. I can't prove it but it feels like the acidity from the vinegar washing on my hiatal hernia caused the stomach valve to close and my constant indigestion was gone.One night and I am quite hopeful. Thank you for your website.

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Posted by VAR (Los Angeles, CA) on 01/07/2009

I believe that I have acid reflux. I've had a horrible burning in my esophagus and severe nausea. I went to the doctor and they gave me a drug which is usually used for GERD. But, I hate taking medicines long term and the doctor didn't even tell me I needed to come back and take more of it.

So, every time I've gotten the burning sensation and nausea, I've taken ACV (and it was the aweful tasting grocery store kind), but it totally works. I've discovered that I don't even need a lot of the ACV in water for it to be effective. I used to use about a teaspoon to a tablespoon of ACV with a 8 oz cup of warm water and honey. It tastes horrible, but it works so fast! Now, I take maybe a capful of the ACV in 8oz of water and even that works fairly well. But I'd like to try the daily regimen or the tablet form to get this under control.

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Posted by Rebecca (Simi Valley, CA) on 12/25/2008

I was diagnosed with GERD a year ago my valve between my esophagus and stomach was gone and I had surgery to rebuild it last Jan. I started having symptoms again in Nov I was nauseous for a month straight after many expensive tests ( i moved states) they told me I have Gerd (surprise) and put me on Nexium (expensive)and Reglan, to no avail.

I found this site and wow! Thanks so much. I wanted to give you all some help I found. I drink the ACV hot in lemon tea with honey tastes like strong apple cider but it is much more palatable! I can eat all foods thanks to ACV and I am only nauseous maybe 1 out of 15 days instead of everyday. What a life saver.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all and thanks for sharing such vital info.

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Posted by Gil (Niagara Area, Canada) on 11/29/2008

Wondering if anyone has ever had chest pains from Gerds? I used to take Fosamax for a few years until it made me have acid reflux. I was diagnosed with Gerds about 5 years ago. I am on two Prevacids a day and most times they don't work. I had heard about the ACV a few years back but was afraid to try it in case it would make things worse. I don't do well with plain vinegar, so why would this be any different? I was in so much pain this week, that I picked up a bottle of the plain stuff last night @ the grocery store. I only took a half a tsp in 8 ounces of water with a little maple syrop and I am feeling a bit better.

What troubles me is the chest pains. I have never had them so bad. It was burning in both breast bone area and also in my upper chest. A bit of pain in my right arm as well. I think it is all related to the acid. Has anyone had similar problems?? Was also nauseated @ the beginning of the week when this all started being so bad. It woke me up just sortly after 1 pm. I have IBS as well as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, so I never know what is happening. I see some people on here use organic ACV. Is it better than other types??

Replied by Gil
(Niagara Area, Canada)

Have been taking ACV for two days now. I have been taking two tbsps in a 8 ounce bottle of water with honey and sipping @ it all day long. I have noticed that it is helping somewhat. I have been getting gas after drinking it and bad cramps. Also now i have pains in the pit of my stomach. Has anyone else had these reactions and should I be taking it only in the morning and @ night? Could it be also that it isn't organic ACV?? Please, any feedback would be apreciated!

Replied by Shawn
(Toronto, On)

In response to Gill: I used to have horrible chest pain and throat pain from reflux, esp. at night. I started sleeping with 2 pillows. That helped. I tried ACV by itself and mixed with a bit of baking soda--the latter worked best. But the best thing that worked was changing my diet--no processed food, only whole food. I drink a lot of green tea, no coffee anymore. I eat mainly vegetarian. If I eat fatty foods, I have a hot liquid with it to help digest it.

I also had fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue as well as some lupus-like symptoms about 8 years ago. I decided against prednisone and instead researched alternative approaches. Along with eating a balanced whole food diet, I added fish oil/flax oil and turmeric capsules, which both reduce inflammation--I highly recommend both. It took around 5 years in total of being dedicated to my health, but I'm proud to say that I'm now free of all those health issues. The only thing left is occasional IBS and heartburn, which I treat by lightening my diet, having lots of warm liquids and using ACV with baking soda when desperate. What I learned was: Prevention works better than treatment. Good luck.

Replied by Sharayah
(Castro Valley, CA, USA)

It's very important to go to your health food store and get organic ACV with the "mother". Buying ACV from the grocery store is made more for pickling and salad dressings etc. I first drank some of this and it tasted very foul and gave me very bad cramps and heartburn. Switch to the health food ACV and you will be OK.

Replied by Becky
(Yamhill, Or)

Gil, a number of years ago I came home from work with severe chest pains. I finally told my husband and he took me to the hospital out of fear it might be a heart attack. After thousands of $$$ of testing, my heart was fine and they ruled it as acid reflux. So I take daily Omeprazole. I am starting tonight with Organic ACV, because it has natures "mother" in it which is benefical. From what I have read it is also good for your skin, washing with it starting with the feet and working up. This is an inside out product.

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Posted by Frank (Potomac , MD USA ) on 11/08/2008

I was Rx Nexium that control my symptoms for awhile but if I stopped the medication I was back in pain. I also had a hard time lying flat on my back to sleep. I also got to a point that I had to eliminate certain foods from my diet. I read the messages on this site and was impressed. I tried taking the ACV 2 table spoons in a glass of water . After 2 weeks I stopped the Nexium and I no longer need any medication, I am back eating anything I want , I breath better , I sleep flat on my back without any problems. Im a physician myself and I think the current medical analysis and cause of GERD is wrong. I think the cause is either
1. Low Stomach Acid Production " under production "
2. Yeast infection
3. Unkown Parasite

Item 1 is less likely I think its either 2 or 3 , the ACV kills the organisim over a 1-2 week time period . Just my thoughts . ACV has saved my way of life . Thank God for sites like this!

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Posted by Carolyn (South Bar, Cape Breton Nova Scotia Canada) on 11/01/2008

Thank heavens for finding this site... my birthday is on Oct. 31st and I was in dire pain from GERD just been diagnosed .. hadnt picked up my meds yet and went to WED to research Holistic REM... well mixed the ACV with water and it burned going down but after that I felt much better... it is next day and am not experiencing any burn at all... so will keep you posted Thanks

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Posted by Alan (Windsor, UK) on 10/27/2008

Having suffered for a while with the symptoms of GERD my doctor put me on a repeating prescription of PPI's, Omeprazole and then lansoprazole. The side effects of these plus the reducing effectiveness led me to this site.
I tried 2 tbs of apple cider vinegar once a day in water but gave up too soon - after a few weeks. Well the pain and unpleasant symptoms continued and I jumped backed to the PPIs. After a few days of the side effects and the fact that they weren't treating the symptoms any longer I decided to go back to the Apple cider vinegar but decided to give it a go for a month. I used 2tbs,three times a day, occasionally adding a quarter teaspoon of bicarb. After a few weeks the symptoms went away.

I would like to point out that I gave up drinking fizzy drinks as well & so perhaps the combination worked. Frankly I don't care as I am now sleeping so much better and have even reduced the number of times I have the ACV.

I guess the moral of the story for me was that you have to be prepared to be in it for the long haul.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by John (Fishers, IN) on 10/07/2008

ACV: I have suffered Gerds for years and have been on Nexium, Prilosec and PRevicid. I eat ante acids like they are candy...I decided to try this remedy the other day and it felt a little better, but then I started getting an unbelievable burning in my stomach. I am still taking tums and I am currently trying not to take this other medicine. Doctor has me on zantac, not sure what to do. How much time is needed on this, it literally feels like my stomach is on fire. I want off of Nexium because I think it is causing my vertigo....anyone else have vertigo issues???

EC: How much apple cider vinegar did you use? Was it well diluted with water? Was it an organic brand? More details needed, please!

Replied by Bev
(Seattle, WA)

Not only will Proton Pump Inhibitors cause vertigo, they also cause headaches...for me...migraines! I'm referring to Prevacid, Nexium, Prilosec, etc. I took Prevacid for almost 3 years, went off of it and didn't have a migraine for 10 months. When I started coughing up bile my doctor told me to go back on Prevacid. On the 3rd day of taking Prevacid I ended up with a migraine that lasted 2 days. It was awful. I've since gone off the Prevacid and am now using what Ted talks about: 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of soda mixed in 1/2 glass of water. I took it after I ate this afternoon and can't believe how much better I feel. Thank you Earth Clinic and Ted for your time and insight!

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Posted by Holly (Aliso Viejo, California) on 10/05/2008

Over the last year, I've noticed occasional burning in my throat that was similar to heartburn. I've also felt like I had something stuck in my throat. Last night when I went to bed, the pain and spasms were so severe, I actually considered going to an urgent care facility. I eventually fell asleep sitting up.

This morning, my internet research indicated that I probably have Laryngopharyngeal Reflux or "LPR" which is similar to GERD, just higher up in the throat.

Looking for a natural remedy, I found this website about ACV. 30 minutes ago, I drank 2 teaspoons of ACV mixed in a glass of water. I'm already feeling some relief! Keeping fingers crossed that this is the remedy I'm looking for! Thank you everyone for taking the time to post your thoughts! I think you just saved me a lot of "heart (burn) ache".

Replied by Willie
(Los Angeles, CA)

Holly, I haven't tried ACV as a remedy yet but am curious: I am a singer and am curious about your LPR. Did it affect your voice in anyway? Did it make you hoarse or gravely, or noticably reduce the range or resiliency of your speaking/singing voice?

Replied by Shannon
(Orlando, FL)


10/10/2008: Willie (wwisely [at] earthlink [dot] net) from Los Angeles, CA replies: "Holly, I haven't tried ACV as a remedy yet but am curious: I am a singer and am curious about your LPR. Did it affect your voice in anyway? Did it make you hoarse or gravely, or noticably reduce the range or resiliency of your speaking/singing voice?"

My husband is a professional singer and a few months ago was diagnosed with LPR, along with a polyp on one vocal cord and the other with a slight rupture. UGH! Last thing a singer wants to hear. It does affect your range and can give you a hoarseness, but so can a polyp. I know you don't want to hear this, you should go to a ENT who specializes in singers (ask around) to check for any vocal cord damage. My husband let it go so long he would lose his voice after one night of singing, you don't want that. They tried to put him on an acid suppressor, but we refused, since I was able to control my acid reflux naturally. He modified his diet, gave up alcohol, cigars (occassional), and started taking Digest Gold (plant enzymes). He dones not take ACV, but I do and have had mixed results. If my stomach is burning and it's just in my throat (lump, burning) it helps. But if my stomach is burning, it seems to make it worse. That's me and everyone is different. Go get checked out and if you do have LPR, try the home remedies here and on other sites 1st, before going on a script. I want on a proton inhibitor and it made me way worse, I could only sleep straight up. We need acid to digest our food. Enzymes help alot too! Good luck!

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Posted by Kathleen (Billings, Montana) on 09/19/2008

I have both GERD & Hiatal Hernia, and found that the Apple Cider Vinegar tablets made my condition worse (in fact my doctor told me not to take it anymore). So, what brand of apple cider vinegar do you recommend for me to take that Will help?

EC: We've never been great fans of the tablets! Any organic brand will do.

Replied by Pam
(Colorado Springs, CO, USA)

ACV apple cider vinegar for Acid Reflux. Dont use the tablets use the real thing, _____s make an excellent Oraganic ACV. And with some people it takes longer than just a few times of trying it. I use 2tbsp ACV in 8oz cup of hot water with honey.

Replied by Kevin
(Leesburg, VA)

Interesting to see yours got worse. Here is an idea.... I buy into a good portion of Dr. Amato's blood type principals. The vinegar or vinegar tabs making your reflux worse suggests to me that you produce enough stomach acid on your own: and that is suggestive of type O.

I am an O and will soon begin a vinegar regiment soon BUT I will bring the vinegar to neutral or more alkaline by adding baking SODA (sodium bicarbonate) to my solution as discussed in places on this site. 1/2 tsp. Baking soda (plus a pinch) should neutralize 2 tbs. of 50 grain / 5% acidity ACV .

My G.E.R.D. was vanquished when I eliminated breads and most wheat products from my diet. Best Wishes

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