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Posted by
jan peterson on October 21, 2003 at 13:59:07:

Dear Dr. Stoll,

I am about to start on the ginger regimen, and I have a
question.

I have been diagnosed with laryngeal reflux, which has
different symptoms than typical gerd. (Apparently the
acid passes quickly through the esophagus to the
larynx, so therefore, no heartburn. Instead, coughing,
throat clearing, etc.) I have read in a paper from the
Wake Forest Medical Center that the mechanism of
laryngeal patients is different that with gerd patients --
ie, typical gerd patients have esophageal dysmotility
and lower esophageal sphincter (LES) dysfunction,
whereas laryngeal reflux patients generally have
relatively good esophageal function, but faulty upper
esophageal sphincter (UES) function.

I also read in the same paper that experimentally
instilling acid in gerd patients typically results in an
increase in tone of the UES. But that this is not the
case in laryngeal reflux patients -- that UES is not as an
effective barrier to prevent laryngeal reflux.

So what I'm wondering is whether this toning of the
UES could be the mechanisim by which the ginger
treatment works, and if that is the case, is it likely to
work as well with laryngeal reflux?
Thank you,
Jan



Re: laryngeal reflux (Gerd related.) Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 22, 2003 at 07:50:16:

In Reply to: laryngeal reflux posted by jan peterson on October 21, 2003 at 13:59:07:

Hi, Jan.

This is a "bracing dominent" form of GERD bordering on pharyngospasm. The GRJ will still probably help but only eliminating the bracing will resolve this. SR!

Let us know how you do.

Walt

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Re: laryngeal reflux

Posted by jan petersenf on October 24, 2003 at 21:16:55:

In Reply to: laryngeal reflux posted by jan peterson on October 21, 2003 at 13:59:07:

Dear Dr. Stoll --

I have started on the ginger juice and already the acid taste at
the back of my throat is gone. I have been meditating for about
two months now and have experienced that other-worldly state
(theta waves, I assume) only about half-a-dozen times. Is this
unusually slow progress? I'm also doing cranial sacral therapy
once a week. To speed up the muscle relaxation process, I am
considering adding rolfing and hypnosis.

But I have noticed that in the last month, my neck has gotten so
tense that it's constantly painful. Could that be a symptom of the
laryngeal reflux?

Also,I have been doing weight machines at the gym for 20 years
and I am very reluctant to stop, even though I've heard it's not
good for hiatal hernias. Do you have any opinion on that?

Many thanks, Jan



Re: laryngeal reflux

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 25, 2003 at 07:40:19:

In Reply to: Re: laryngeal reflux posted by jan petersenf on October 24, 2003 at 21:16:55:

Thanks, Jan.

You are part way there with your SR. Perhsps trying a few other techniques?

I would keep up the low weight, high reps types of weight training but avoid the really heavy stuff.

Walt

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