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Posted by PD [1034.20] on October 10, 2004 at 14:08:34:

I have been reading the posts on GERD and the benefits of ginger. I went out today and bought 2 lbs of ginger root as weel as a juicer. I have been suffering from what my doctor thinks is acid reflux. I started showing symptoms in november of 2003. They eventually went away and have since come back with a vengence around august of 2004. What concerns me is that I'm 28 and am concerned that this may be a life long disease as my doctor put it. The first time I went to the doctor in December of 03, they sent me for chest x-rays and treadmill tests to make sure it wasn't my heart. Everything came back ok. This time my doctor has put me on Nexium, but it dosn't seem to be having any effect. I have a constant pain in my chest and sometimes it is painful for me to put push on my sternum. I am somewhat dissappointed with physicians who don't seem to find out what exactly is wrong with your, rather they take a best guess and hand you a prescription. I truly hope the ginger will work. I also read an article by Dr. HingHau Tsang. I understand that GERD and reflux can sometimes lead to ulcers caused by a bacteria H. pylori. Dr. Tsang recommends taking Deglycyrrihizinated Licorice Extract to kill the bacteria. Here is what he says about it,

"Take licorice Extract. It works to protect your gastrointestinal tract to prevent conditions like hyperacidity and acid reflux (GERD) which can lead to gastritis and ulcers. It enhances normal defense mechanisms that prevent ulcer formation. It increases the number of mucosal cells, thus increasing the amount of protective mucus that covers the gastrointestinal tract cells. It also improves the quality of mucus production, seems to increase the lifespan of the intestinal cells, and enhances the microcirculation of blood through the gastrointestinal tract lining. However, the glycyrrhizin -a compound within licorice extract can cause high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias and lower testosterone level in men.
Therefore it is recommended to use Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Extract (DGL) chewable tablets 20 minutes before each meal three times a day. Continue for 4-6 weeks. In test tubes, the flavonoids in DGL have been shown to kill Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that causes most ulcers and stomach inflammation."

Dr. Stoll, what are your thoughts on this? Also, do you recommend that I go ahead an request endoscopy to find out if there is any damage?



Re: GERD

Posted by Happygal (Jan) [2070.350] on October 10, 2004 at 20:34:27:

In Reply to: GERD posted by PD [1034.20] on October 10, 2004 at 14:08:34:

Hi PD,

Don't forget that Dr. Stoll says that in order to resolve GERD, it's important to do SR to relax the GI tract. The ginger juice will not permanently resolve it alone without doing SR.

If you have a constant pain in your chest, you might also have costochondritis (see archives) -- which is all about chest pain. Both costo and GERD have their roots in bracing (glossary) -- which is resolved through the practice of SR. Spend some time studying these concepts and you will understand what to do.

I agree, it is a shame that doctors don't have all the answers for us. I have found that the most effective way to get better has been to learn enough about my own condition. Then the doctors (the good ones, that is) become my allies in my healing process rather than the directors of it.

Best wishes,
Jan



Re: GERD

Posted by Jim [1630.4] on October 11, 2004 at 11:59:20:

In Reply to: GERD posted by PD [1034.20] on October 10, 2004 at 14:08:34:

To make a long story short, I had GERD and took Nexium for 6 months and it didn't help. I was worried about the things you were worried about too. I got a blood test to make sure I didn't have pylori, which I didn't. I did the ginger root juice thing for 3 weeks, and although the reflex did not TOTALLY go away, it mostly did and now a year later I am good. I meditate twice a day though so that probably plays a role in my health. I totally recommend trying the ginger root, it will work, and then meditating to make sure it doesn't come back.



Re: GERD -- TESTIMONIAL

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on October 12, 2004 at 07:21:54:

In Reply to: Re: GERD posted by Jim [1630.4] on October 11, 2004 at 11:59:20:

Thanks, Jim.

Walt

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Re: GERD

Posted by Steven [280.62] on October 12, 2004 at 09:47:10:

In Reply to: Re: GERD posted by Happygal (Jan) [2070.350] on October 10, 2004 at 20:34:27:

Hi Jan,

Then what do you do if the path you take (which is recommended by others here) makes a mess out of you? I am JUST getting over the agoraphobic conditions that came with the SR. I did this but by dealing with the mini panic attacks when I went out and just hoping they wouldn't come. I slowly kept pushing myself to go farther until I don't have them much anymore. I still won't go THAT far (like on a road trip which is over 2 hours drive) but I have gone over an hour away (by car) and stayed all day now.

I keep reading about SR and while the idea sounds great, my mind will never get over what happened to me when I jumped in. I NEVER want to be back in the position where I have panic attacks just from going out. That is a literal hell which is worse than any hell I know now. But the catch 22 is that I want to cure this already.



Re: GERD

Posted by Happygal [2070.350] on October 13, 2004 at 09:06:23:

In Reply to: Re: GERD posted by Steven [280.62] on October 12, 2004 at 09:47:10:

Hi Steven,

You take a different path. Sounds like you are getting over this. Glad to hear it.

Best wishes,
Jan



Re: GERD

Posted by Steven [280.62] on October 14, 2004 at 00:23:54:

In Reply to: Re: GERD posted by Happygal [2070.350] on October 13, 2004 at 09:06:23:

Different path such as what though? I almost don't like the idea of experimenting on one's self because when things don't work, you suffer, as I did.

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