I wanted to post what is working for me for my hiatal hernia, acid reflux and low stomach acid.
I thank GOD I finally figured out my remedy and I thank all the people posting in here for all your input and knowledge. Within the last 3 months I read (I think) in Earth Clinic almost every post relating to hiatal hernia, low acid stomach, enzymes, digestion you name so I could get as much info as I could to figure out what to do. I even purchased Ted and Bill's book on Amazon and all the meters they recommended to test your own health. By the way, it's an awesome book and the meters work great they recommend! A little about me: I'm 62 years old, female, and was diagnosed 8 years ago with a hiatal hernia, acid reflux, and gastritis.
They also tested for H-pylori and it was negative. Docs wanted to put me on antacids, but I refused them knowing at that time they don't cure anything. You've got to get to the real problem, I learned that working in health food/vitamin stores for years. My digestion in the last 8 years has been on and off good and bad. I used some supplements and baking soda for acid reflux and some digestive enzymes, I got by on that. I also narrowed down what foods were giving me trouble and stopped eating them or cut back. I am also type 2 diabetic and have a ton of food sensitivities. My mom had Crohn's disease, sisters and brothers have digestive issues too. Gut problems run in my family. Within the last 3 month my digestive issues turned for the worse. The hiatal hernia would not stay down and it seemed like I couldn't digest anything!! I was jumping with the warm water in my stomach after every meal with pain in my chest almost all the time from the hiatal hernia. All this ‘really' got my attention to dig in on the post on Earth Clinic and read…read…read. After some trial and errors on trying different remedies, I finally figured out my unique remedy.
I used a combination of products mentioned in some of the post and made notes on what I ate, took, and if it helped or made it worse. Here's what I've been taking for the last 5 days that's WORKING. I've not had my hiatal hernia in my chest and no acid reflux.
Products I'm using: Ginger tea (made from fresh ginger), ACV mixed with water, eating foods that contain natural enzymes for digestion (I can post the list I created if you want to read it, let me know) and the one I'm most amazed with - Premier d- Limonene liquid drops made by Premier Research Labs.
Here's what I do:
Every morning first thing: I drink a cup of warm ginger tea. I make it at night and just warm up. I don't have coffee for about one hour after drinking it. The ginger tea gets the digestive system going (muscles). Before every meal: I drink AVC (I started with ¼ teaspoon and now use ½ teaspoon) in 8 oz. of water. While eating I drink the ginger tea. Not a lot, about one cup throughout the meal. It was suggested to drink with meals by someone, so that's why I do it this way. Apparently helps stimulate digestion. After every meal: I drink 2 drop of the Premier d-Limonene liquid in 8 oz. of water after I'm done eating. Do not take it without food in your tummy. It even says on the bottle not too. I forgot one day and took it without food. My tummy didn't like it.
This is all that I'm doing right now. I will post again to update everyone on my progress. I am so happy because I was so miserable. Thank you again everyone for all your posts.
I suffer from a Hiatal Hernia which in itself brought on my suffering from GERD. I was desperate in finding a way out. So by the time I realized that I was suffering from a hiatal hernia (caused by a real bad vomiting episode)I was desperate in finding a way out of this ill feeling I was ALWAYS having. I found this website and tried ACV with some good results but it still wasnt the normal feeling I was looking for. I forget how I started on Prilosec but it gave me the best results but I was still was feeling ill. My doctor gave me Nexium, but that was no better than the Prilosec I was taking. I tried other over the counter acid reflux medicines also but with little or the same results. I then read a book on "_______". What I read about those drugs was a bit scary. You actually need the stomach acids you produce to digest the food you eat. Dilute or reduce the acid you need and you are allowing raw food through your intestines and bowels. Yikes! No wonder the makers of those drugs want you to use them for no longer than 2 weeks at a time! So I went back to the Internet to research my affliction again. Now, I dont want to take the credit, and I cant remember the site where I read my finding. So I give all the credit to that person who posted their results. But what I found and tried was too simple to ignore and that was ORANGE PEEL seasoning. Thats right! Just the very same Orange Peel Seasoning you can buy off your supermarket's shelves. Its somewhat expensive at $5-$6 for 1.5 oz's but a single bottle has lasted me nearly 2 months. I found a 16 oz bottle for less than $20 while searching the net. Well anyway, I use just a sprinkle on my breakfast cereal in the morning, and I sprinkle a little on my toast also, and I'm good for the day! All together the amount I use must equal to no more that a 1/2 teaspoon. I also have two cups of Chamomile Tea a day, one at 7 AM with breakfast and one in the evening around 7 PM. The Tea works wonders and settles me down. I find I really only need the Orange Peel once a day but twice a day wouldnt hurt I guess. So I'm really interested in other people's experiences with the orange peel so please write and share your findings. If you are as desperate as I have been in feeling normal please give this a try. I'm glad I did :-) Thanks
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Hi Liferr, I don't know whether your hair loss could be a result of taking Zantac. When I took it a few years ago my hair started to get very thin and would break off. Acid suppressing drugs can stop absorbtion o some minerals like iron and calcium. Also B vits. Maybe some of the suggestion on EC might help your reflux. My hair loss did stop when I stoped zantac and is thicker now, Hope this helps. All the best Christine
B12 Cure for Hiatal Hernia and Illoceal Valve Syndrome
For more than a year I suffered from very poor digestion, with hiatal hernia, a closed illoceal valve, and trouble breathing or standing up quickly. Thankfully I just recently found the main culprit. Lack of B12! After taking 1000mcg sublingual tablets (methylcobalamin) twice a day, my symptoms have improved tenfold! Not to mention I have much more energy, and way less stress then I did before. After suspecting that my b12 might be low earlier on in my search for a cure I tried the non-sublingual tablets, but they hardly proved effective. This could possibly be because lack of instrisic factor in my body, or bacterial overgrowth. But I should note that I eat very healthy, and prior to discovering this, I had done several parasite cleanses, colon cleanses, and liver flush. I also avoided gluten containing products too (as I still do), as I suspected my poor digestion might be from gluten intolerance.
Anyway, I'm sharing this info because I hope that someone else that suffers from hiatal hernia and the breathing problems that comes with it might find that they just need more b12.
I would also like to add that taking enzymes, betaine hcl (hydrochloric acid tablets), and probiotics helped with my digestion too. But in the end b12 seemed to be the major component I was missing all along. If you suffer from the above mentioned problems that I did, I'd advise getting your b12 levels checked, or simply trying the sublingual tablets (b12 is very safe to take even if you have adequate amounts) to see if they help!
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Liquid/gravity cure for temporary relief of hiatal hernia. Not sure if this has been reported, as I did not see mention of it; but I had found temporary relief of the painful swallowing when eating. I saw a site that suggested drinking one to two cups of water, and then dropping down quickly flat footed, from a raised calf-like position. This helps pull the muscle out of the diaphragm. It helped temporarily on a few occasions, but my best results so far have been from cutting out the carbonated soft drinks altogether. I am 3 weeks in and no more of the pain I would normally have, that would seem to only get better if I constantly raised my arms while swallowing. I am still having a condition of burping (especially with cucumbers, and bananas) but, have not had the heartburn that was almost nightly. I believe these other symptoms may subside as I get my body's chemistry back to more neutral (or alkaline). Btw, where would one get the PH paper I have seen talked about on here?
I hope my experiences/observations may help someone.
Hiatal Hernia: I would like to know if losing stomach fat can take pressure off the hernia therefore making me feel better and less sore/bloated?