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Posted by Aaron on July 15, 2003 at 13:21:23:

Here's an article I found today on my msn homepage.
Will people ever know the real reasons why they get this and so many other diseases???.......

Digestive Health & Wellness:
What causes GERD?
Special to MSNBC

It’s not entirely clear why some people develop GERD while others don’t. However, doctors have identified certain factors that seem to promote the disease – many of them having to do with the American way of life.
“GERD certainly seems to be much more common in Western countries than in the East or Africa,” says Dr. Kenneth DeVault, a gastroenterologist and associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. “We do know that our large-volume, high-fat diet plays a role in it,” he says.

GERD results when a muscle known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which normally allows food into the stomach but prevents stomach contents from flowing back up the esophagus, malfunctions. This allows stomach acid to travel back up the esophagus, causing heartburn, inflammation and other damage in the process. Overeating distends the stomach and weakens the LES, permitting acid to enter the esophagus. It can also lead to the production of high levels of acid for digestion, further worsening the problem.


Specific food can exacerbate GERD by weakening the LES, stimulating acid production or further irritating the lining of the esophagus, experts say. Fatty or greasy foods -- staples for many Americans -- are common culinary culprits, as are spicy foods like chili and hot wings and acidic foods such as tomato sauce and orange juice.

Other foods and beverages known to promote GERD, and heartburn in general, are peppermint, spearmint, chocolate, onions, garlic, alcohol, coffee and carbonated drinks. But not all of these will affect everyone in the same way, so heartburn sufferers may not have to give them all up – only those found to clearly worsen symptoms. Keeping a daily journal that documents food intake and any subsequent symptoms can help identify key dietary triggers.

When food is eaten can also impact GERD. Consuming foods before bedtime is a major contributor to heartburn flare-ups in the middle of the night. When people lie down on a full stomach, it’s that much easier for the stomach contents to creep up the esophagus. In addition, saliva production decreases during sleep, and saliva helps neutralize the acid. Patients, generally, are advised to eat the day’s last meal or snack two to three hours before lying down.

People living in the United States and other Western cultures tend to have lower levels of a type of bacteria known as H. pylori in their stomachs, and this too can promote GERD. The bacteria, which are believed to be a major cause of peptic ulcers, cut down on the production of stomach acid. So while less H. pylori means an ulcer-free stomach, it also means more stomach acid that can worsen GERD, explains Dr. Joel Richter, chairman of the gastroenterology department at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.


Obesity, which is skyrocketing in the United States, is another factor that can worsen GERD because excess abdominal fat puts pressure on the stomach, causing the LES to malfunction. However, not all obese people develop GERD and plenty of thin people also have it.

Abdominal pressure is one of the reasons that many pregnant women experience frequent bouts of heartburn. “Fifty to 80 percent of women in their second and third trimester develop reflux,” says Richter, “and that’s probably a combination of hormones and pressure from the uterus.”

Certain medications have also been linked with a worsening of GERD symptoms. Among them are aspirin and other pain relievers, nitrates, calcium-channel blockers, potassium supplements and certain antibiotics. In some cases, the problem is simply that the pills get stuck in the esophagus, causing irritation. Because of this, patients are advised to always take their medications in an upright position and wash them down with plenty of water.


Because most people seeking treatment for GERD are in their 40s or older, experts have concluded that age appears to play a significant role in the disease.

DeVault says some people may develop GERD because they have a weakened LES due to a hiatal hernia, which occurs when part of the stomach protrudes into the chest cavity. In addition, there’s some evidence that genetic factors may contribute to GERD. Smoking and stress have also been implicated.

Ultimately, GERD may result from a combination of factors, experts say. “GERD is probably an aging, wear-and-tear kind of thing,” says Dr. J. Patrick Waring, a gastroenterologist and clinical professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. “And there are certain things we do to perpetuate it.”

Resources: American Gastroenterological Association (
American College of Gastroenterology (
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (

Re: Maybe more people should visit this board to learn what really causes gerd......

Posted by
john on July 15, 2003 at 14:00:29:

In Reply to: Maybe more people should visit this board to learn what really causes gerd...... posted by Aaron on July 15, 2003 at 13:21:23:

hi aaron, thats the medical still spouting off the same things basically youll hear from any conventional doctor. im 24 and have had it since jan 1st. heres the thing the medical industry doesnt wanna cure it! look at the leading revenue prescriptions, most of them are prescribed for gerd. they dont cure you and they only actually help 25% of the people taking them, so if its only 1 outta 4 why are they being prescribed so much? obviously money and the doctors who prescribe them also getta kickback so they got no trouble writing the prescriptions. that article that was just released is actually outdated ina way. my friends mom works in a doctors office and she went to a seminar/dinner on gerd because of me. lol probaly upset cuz i cant eat her cooking anymore. seriously tho she said that the dr who gave the whole thing and who performes the surgery they gave patients on gerd said it is most common in young white men, and this guy is a surgeon and doesnt recommend the surgery at all, go figure! it lasts for 10 years at best if done properly and the success rate isnt high and theres so many horrible side effects. also he said there is some type of injection they are developing and hope to have it out as soon as possible for gerd but i really dont know much more about it. maybe id give that a shot but not the surgery.

when i went to the emergency room this past new years eve i was in so much damn pain like i couldnt describe. i couldnt eat anything for about 3 days prior to going there, as soon as i swallowed something it felt like somebody just lit a book of matches in my throat and chest. i had burning on the left side of my chest, in my stomach, down my left armpit and the side of me in my back, tightness in my chest, difficulty breathing, my back was locking up, nausea like i cant describe.. i could hardly get outta bed just to go to the emergency room new years eve. i seriously didnt know if was gonna come outta the hospital alive that day and night thats how bad i felt! scary at anytime, especially when youre only 23

heres the "great" medical industry for you. they gave me a cup that said maalox on it to drink. so i did and i could literally hear and feel this stuff goin down my throat through my chest and down to my stomach. low and behold i literally felt brand new again. but guess what that stuff only lasted a day. they prescribed me ranitidine a 150mg, that didnt work anywhere near the way that maalox did. that "hospital" maalox they gave is not available and nothing like the maalox in the stores. makes you wonder what they do put in there that makes it work so good, and if they can make you feel that good that fast from severe gerd howcome none of the drugs they have to it come even close. i was then on protonix for 1 day after i finished the ranitidine, 1 day becuz it bloated me and made me cramp up so bad. so then my doctor switched me to prevacid and this was in march. not totally bad the prevacid had toned my gerd down somewhat. the packaging info says only like 2% of the people get side effects from it, well i was one of the 2%. i was getting side effects like mood swings from it and id just put my feet up when id watch tv and theyd go dead.

in april i found this board luckily but reading up on gerd ina search on the net. i started taking the GRJ and it helped my symptoms about 200 times more than the protonix and ranitidine, and about a 100times better than prevacid. becuz of it i actually started going out more and feeling alot better, even becoming somewhat physically active again and im gradually working on that.

so you think the medical industry has no knowledge of ginger root juice? lol sure and jordan was the worst athlete in the history in sports. theyll prescribe you medicines like i mentioned thatll cost you or your insurance a couple hundred dollars a round that dont even help significantly, they mainly just help people with very mild gerd symptoms like occassional heartburn, not the millions like me who are dealing with it everyday! so howcome they prescribe all these drugs that hardly work if it all instead of telling you ginger root juice would ease your symptoms much much better and you dont have to take it for months or years like you do these drugs where the long term effects are unknown? you guessed it, as a famous deceased rapper would say its all about the benjamins. the prescriptons cost hundreds of dollars, i got a big cup of GRJ ata juice bar for 12 bucks which was way more than i needed.

without dr stoll and this site i would still probaly be in the horrific pain i was in the first 3 months everyday since i had this. the grj sr and most of all him have changed my life and made it worth living to me again. i got no trust in the medical industry now whatsoever. its a shame how people are blind about it like me until they become very sick and actually have to depend on the medical industry.

More people should visit this board to learn what really causes gerd.TESTIMONIAL

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 16, 2003 at 07:44:15:

In Reply to: Re: Maybe more people should visit this board to learn what really causes gerd...... posted by john on July 15, 2003 at 14:00:29:

Thanks, John.


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