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Cured the GERD!

Posted by MI, too! on March 26, 2003 at 02:06:45:

I have posted on this subject before, shortly after stumbling onto this site two or three months ago. I searched the archives, read the advice to try ginger juice, and did so. Gained some relief, briefly, then it was back again, as bad as ever.

Bought some expensive tapes to listen to and change my alpha, beta, and probably my omega brain waves, as well! Changed my habits of reading and participating in political news and discourse, to calm my fevered brain, reminded myself frequently not to brace -- and continued to eat Rolaids like candy to stop the fires roaring within.

Then, came the dawn! Insight. I noticed that I had no heartburn, reflux, GERD, or whatever one wishes to call it on the days I ate no bread or wheat products! All this time I had thought it was the fat in the pizza and tacos and the butter or peanut butter on the bread that caused me such grief.

I asked the naturopath nutritionist teaching a community college class I attend if food sensitivities or allergies could cause reflux. "Yes," he said, "and wheat and dairy products are the worst offenders." Ka-ching!!

Since that night several weeks ago, I have had reflux only a couple of times when I took for granted there was no wheat on the menu, and then found there was some hiding in unexpected places, such as the modified food starch in tomato soup, enchilada sauce, or canned baked beans.

Blessed relief!

An e-mail friend I told about this replied that some time back she had been eating a macrobiotic diet and suffered horrendous ulcerative colitis. The GI specialist on her case insisted that she must go on steroids, nothing else could be done. (The woman was in her thirties, for crying out loud! Steroids would have shortened her life expectancy up for sure.) She wisely refused. Instead, she went to a naturopath doctor who charted her diet for six weeks and pronounced his opinion that soy allergy was causing her grief. She cut out soy, and gave up her macrobiotic diet, and cured herself almost as quickly as I have.

In another post here, I asked if anyone had an idea what could cause bright red flushing of one's face, apropos nothing. One kind soul wrote back and said his daughter flushed too, until she gave up wheat. Ka-ching, again! My face doesn't flush now, either. Nor do I get a stuffy head any longer at totally unexpected times -- an allergy I was disgusted to find I had acquired after these many years. I can throw away the nasal spray the doctor prescribed for that, too!

A cousin who has terrible GERD so painful she has worried that she was having a heart attack is now charting her food intake -- she writes that there are definite spikes in the problem on days she eats a lot of sugar. Off to a health food store in search of stevia, she will, I predict, soon be writing that her volcanoes are calming, also.

Now, I am reading No More Heartburn, by Sherry Rogers, MD, to learn more about healing. She wrote a funny line that cracked me up: "The road to health is paved with good intestines!"

The soy victim friend says now that she has healed her digestive tract, she can once again enjoy small portions of that food, except for tofu. I hope one day to be able once again to enjoy the wonderful whole grain breads that come out of my bread maker -- at least once in awhile. And, if not, I am still massively thankful that I stumbled on the answer to my own particular problem. I do hope this account will help someone else searching for relief from misery, too.



Re: Cured the GERD!

Posted by cris on March 26, 2003 at 07:35:19:

In Reply to: Cured the GERD! posted by MI, too! on March 26, 2003 at 02:06:45:

Congratulations! And don't forget to thank the SR for giving you the mental clarity to figure out your problem.

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Re: Cured the GERD!

Posted by Sally on March 26, 2003 at 09:18:29:

In Reply to: Cured the GERD! posted by MI, too! on March 26, 2003 at 02:06:45:

That's a great testimonial! Walt has pointed this out for years but I am going to seek out all my "gerd" acquaintances and mention this again.

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Re: Cured the GERD!

Posted by Sean on March 26, 2003 at 10:25:25:

In Reply to: Cured the GERD! posted by MI, too! on March 26, 2003 at 02:06:45:

MI,

Great story. Liked the "Ka-ching" part :)

glad you were able to figure things out; what a relief huh.

How long did you suffer with this?

I have a slight GERD like problem too; its only slight and it doesnt really act up anymore (try to avoid the offending foods). But I am trying to figure out the cause; going to clean out my colon and liver and especially my diet and see if things change.

I hope you can also someday eat those foods you enjoy; maybe you can. You may still have some healing left too do.

Sean



Re: Cured the GERD!

Posted by MI, too! on March 27, 2003 at 02:52:06:

In Reply to: Re: Cured the GERD! posted by Sean on March 26, 2003 at 10:25:25:

Well, Sean, I think I began having this problem in earnest about two years ago. Just off and on, when I over-indulged in some favorite meal, before that. Then three days of tarry stools sent me to my GP in fear of an ulcer. I had been burning and belching like a volcano. The upper GI fun event with the barium turned up no ulcer, just reflux. The doc wanted me to go on Prevacid or some other prescription to control acid. At the time, I wondered if my problem might not be too little acid to give good digestion, so I tossed the sample pills in the back of the cupboard and tried to deal with the problem with several kinds of digestive enzymes.

They improved the problem somewhat for awhile, just as the ginger juice did temporarily in December. Added the acidophilus (spelling?) and probiotics, too. Nothing gave permanent and reliable relief. The situation worsened last summer (antibiotics on several occasions for things like a bladder infection and a root canal, etc., finally wiped out all the good flora and fauna in my innards), and the fires were going full speed from then on.

All that time I was having the flushing and stuffy head, too, and never even thought to connect them all to one likely cause. So, with complete and utter relief occurring virtually overnight, you can imagine my joy at feeling well once again. I have reached the age of Medicare, but still live a busy and very active life, gardening, bicycling for miles, volunteering at a local school, providing childcare for grandkids, and enjoying other hobbies, as well having developed a unique reading program that can teach any child to read (yes, we are very successful with autistic, Down Syndrome, apraxic, and other special needs children, as well as providing normal kids an exceptionally fast route to literacy), which we publish and market. So...needless to say, I don't have time to be ill.

I know there are probably many reasons for GERD to develop, but I am so pleased to tell my own surprising story with the idea of encouraging others to hunt diligently for causes of their misery, rather than just pop the purple pills!

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Re: Cured the GERD! TESTIMONIAL

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 27, 2003 at 07:03:49:

In Reply to: Cured the GERD! posted by MI, too! on March 26, 2003 at 02:06:45:

Thanks, MI.

Your testimonial may help convince others that, if they keep looking, they will probably find their cause(s).

Namaste`

Walt

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Thanks!

Posted by Joanne on March 27, 2003 at 10:41:53:

In Reply to: Cured the GERD! posted by MI, too! on March 26, 2003 at 02:06:45:

I'm glad you posted this. I suspected mine was connected to wheat too, but every one I asked said it wasn't likely. I've found that mine is also exacerbated by stress.

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