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Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD

Posted by Jim on July 31, 2001 at 22:37:46:

Is there a connection between hypoglycemia and gerd? I've been struggling with both and am wondering if one maybe leads to the other.

Recently, after eating some refined carbs over a few days, I developed severe shortness of breath. The next day I had a severe hypoglycemic reaction. I've been on a whole foods diet for about a year, though not perfect, and have practiced SR for about 10 months, but I have not been able to beat this gerd (there have been many times that I thought I was close to beating it). Now I screwed up and ate too many refined carbs and am once again miserable.

I had not had any symptoms of shortness of breath or hypoglycemia for a long time, and suddenly they are both back at the same time due to a poor diet. GERD is usually discussed on this board, and other books I have read, as being associated with LGS, candida, or h. pylori, but I tested negative for these. So I'm wondering if my past life of consuming refined carbs on a daily basis led to hypoglycemia which, along with some very stressful circumstances, eventually led to gerd. Does this sound plausible?

Also, the diet on Dr. Mercola's website is very strict on whole grains, suggesting complete elimination, whereas this site and Beth's book seems to suggest whole grains are okay. Over the past year I have made my own whole wheat bread (which includes a lot of honey) and I have usually felt better while including this bread in my diet. But now I wonder if the hypoglycemia, which was under control, was kept lurking just under the surface because of the whole grains and honey, and then it took the refined carbs to put me over the top again. So if I eat a low carb diet, including very few whole grains, can I get rid of both problems?

Thanks,

Jim



Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD

Posted by Helping you on July 31, 2001 at 23:53:43:

In Reply to: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD posted by Jim on July 31, 2001 at 22:37:46:

Hypoglycemia is best treated with diet. eating small amounts of food every 2-3 hours can control it well. Include protein in every meal.

Some supplements to consider are magnesium, Vitamin B6, Chromium picolinate. These help to stablize your blood sugar.

The connection to GERD is that the same foods that trigger your hypoglycemia, trigger your GERD. Other than that, there are no other biochemical connections between the 2.

You may not be getting well with your GERD due to high or low hydrochloric acid levels. I am a big believer in the Heidelburg Gastric Analysis for measuring HCL. If low, supplementing HCL can actually stop your GERD.

Eating smaller meals, which helps hypoglycemia, also helps GERD. I suspect that refined foods cause GERD for you because no hydrochloric acid is needed to digest these foods so the HCL just builds up.

GERD is also related to a hiatel hernia so you may want to be checked out for that

food sensitivities can cause GERD. Immuno Labs has the best food allergy test I have ever seen. It is over 94% accurate and can save time from standard elimination diets although it is said that elimination diets CAN be 100% accurate if done properly with patience.

The buisness on grains is somewhat misleading. Grains can be apart of the diet without causing problems. The problem is the way grains are being touted as the most important food. After all, it IS at the base of the food pyramid. The logic is simple. Our genes are the same as our prehistoric ancestors that ate little or no grain. by eating grains, we are going against what we are designed to eat. Certainly, eating 1-2 servings of a grain (prepared properly) is not going to damage your health unless you are a celiac or have severe allergy to grain. Go to www.westonaprice.org for more on grains and proper preparation.

I hope this helps you.



Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 02, 2001 at 10:56:45:

In Reply to: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD posted by Jim on July 31, 2001 at 22:37:46:

Hi, Jim.

Listen to Helping.

Both of your conditions have their roots in the hypothalamus. What are you doing about SR?

Walt



Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD

Posted by Jim on August 02, 2001 at 12:01:02:

In Reply to: Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD posted by Walt Stoll on August 02, 2001 at 10:56:45:

Dr. Stoll,

I have been practicing twice daily meditation for about 10 months, and obviously it isn't working. I've signed up to see a biofeedback specialist, who thinks he can possibly cure this in about 20 sessions (which will be very expensive), but I can't get in to see him until the end of this month. My meditation seems as if I should be getting to the proper level, as I get very relaxed and it was good enough to overcome a prostate problem.

Hopefully the biofeedback will help, but after 10 months of SR I'm losing faith. I've been experiencing severe sinus pressure/shortness of breath, over the past 2 weeks now. There have been many times in the past few days where I wondered if I should go to the hospital because I felt I was on the verge of collapsing. This is ridiculous. All of this because of a few refined carbs?? My diet was mostly whole foods.

If I had tested positive for candida, at least I would know what the problem was and have a plan of attack regarding antifungals, etc. This problem seems associated with what I had eaten, not any new stressors. Now it doesn't seem to matter what I eat. I'm back on a strict whole foods diet and plan to stay on it, but so far, no relief. I get severe shortness of breath about an hour or so after eating, even if it's just fresh veggies.

Is Jack Kevorkian out of jail yet? I'm ready...(just kidding, though barely).



Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD

Posted by Jim on August 02, 2001 at 12:17:49:

In Reply to: Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD posted by Helping you on July 31, 2001 at 23:53:43:

Thanks, HY.

I'm aware of most of what you've said, but I haven't looked into allergies yet and hope to do so soon. But if it's food sensitivities, then I'm suddenly sensitive to everything I eat, or at least it seems that way (see my response to Dr. Stoll).

It's extremely frustrating to be this sick again, after having gone several months without these severe symptoms. It's almost more than I can take. I can't understand how a few refined carbs can suddenly lead to such severe sinus pressure and shortness of breath. If I had candida it would make more sense to me. I have no new stressors in my life - if anything I have less - so I can't believe it's stress or that suddenly my SR is not as effective.

It sure feels like there is a connection between the hypoglycemia and gerd; afterall, we're talking about one body, and everything is connected. So I'm not sure how you can say there is no biochemical connection between the two, even though I recognize there are probably many people that have one of these problems without the other.

I have eaten more meat lately, trying to include more protein because of the hypoglycemia, but now I'm wondering if my diet has become too acidic as a result. Regarding whole grains, I had just ordered some diastatic malt so that I can follow some of the recipes in Beth's book, and now having read the info on Weston A Price, I see they recommend only sour dough breads. Good grief. There is just too much disagreement when it comes to nutrition.



Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD

Posted by Helping you on August 02, 2001 at 14:18:05:

In Reply to: Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD posted by Jim on August 02, 2001 at 12:17:49:

I know how difficult it is to decifer all of this information. It is almost like a religion where it is necessary to BELIEVE in something and follow it without making yourself nuts. This requires research and knowledge and application. many times you need to TRY things to see what works best.

To control hypoglycemia, all you need is to have the amount of protein per meal that your body requires. Pick up the book "The Zone Diet". You don't necessarily need to follow the diet but follow the directions for figuring out your protein requirements. Lets say you discover you need 80g of protein a day. Spread that 80g over 6 meals a day (maybe 12g per meal or thereabouts). Once you know your protein needs, simply eat more vegetables than meats at each meal. If you do this, you cannot become too acidic. Make sure to balance it with a little fat like butter or olive oil. Do this every 2-3 hours per day and you will not have hypoglycemia. You may need a late-night protein snack. For someone like you, I would recommend a shake, something like MYOPLEX. This DOES have milk protein which I do not like but the casein is absorbed very slowly and it would keep you from getting low blood sugar in the middle of the night. Also, take 200-400mcg of chromium picolinate to balance your blood sugar better.

Keep in mind also that blood sugar regulation is also related to thyroid function and adrenal function. You will get the most repair out of your adrenals if you go to sleep at 10PM (adrenal repair takes place between 10PM-1AM). You could also take licorice root but do not take it for longer than 7 days in a row. It will raise your blood pressure but you probably need it. Licorice builds the adrenal glands exceptionally well

If your thyroid is underfunctioning, this will help give you an idea of how bad it is. Take your oral temp with a mercury thermometor 3 times a day and average it out. The average temp is what you will record. Record the average temp for 5 days in a row and post it here. I can tell you what is likely going on. Make sure NOT to use a digital therm. Also, the first temp reading should be taken 3-4 hours after getting up in the morning. then, after that, spread out the other 2 readings throughout the day.

I think that the relationship between the GERD and Hypoglycemia has to do more with a bracing effect than anything else. You are right on the money by saying that you have "one body" and everything is connected.

Lets see if this does not help the GERD too. This WILL help the hypoglycemia as long as you follow the protocol.

In regards to your GERD, you may have HIGH STOMACH ACID. GERD can be caused or exasberated by low OR high stomach acid. I think you may have high stomach acid because when you eat refined foods, you get it worse. The reason you get it worse, is because NO HCL is needed to digest refined foods so your HCL just builds up. Eating more protein foods will help the HCL go to work.

Follow Dr. Stoll's Ginger juice protocol. I also recommend you get the Heidelburg Gastric Analysis. This is an indespensible tool for you. Please locate a doctor that can do it. Food sensitivity testing may also be a good idea as long as it is performed at Immuno Labs.

I hope these suggestions will enable you to focus on the solutions instead of all of the conflicting data out there. If you eat a diet high in plant foods and moderate in clean animal food, essential fats, low sugar fruits, and a few servings of whole grains and legumes, you cannot really go wrong. All you have to account for, is how your body handles these foods and it what ratios it can deal with them in. I doubt you are having sensitivities or problems with all foods. You may, however, be combining foods in a way that your body cannot process. Try eating starches and proteins at different meals and see what happens there.

There is a lot information here so you may want to print it out and underline the important points or write down any questions you may have.



Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD (Testing for validity of SR. Archive in SR.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 04, 2001 at 08:30:55:

In Reply to: Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD posted by Jim on August 02, 2001 at 12:01:02:

Hi, Jim.

I would suggest finding another biofeedback instructor if this one will not cooperate to check your method in one session. This guy cannot know that you have anything to "cure" until he checks what you have been doing all this time. If he does, then you will know whether it is working or not. If it is, let me know. If not, try another method (many listed in the relaxation book to try). Then get tested again in a couple of weeks. Use the chart close to the front of the book to decide what to try next.

Your reaction to your diet is a hypersensitivity to something. The most common things you eat are the most likely to cause this. Using a elimination/provocation diet is the way to find out which food it is. You can find that out in a week for each food tested. See the diet archives for the protocol. This will usually not be resolved with SR.

However eliminating the LGS (Which the SR will resolve.) wil allow you to gradually stop being hypersensitive (about 6 months), following total elimination, so you can probably get away with reinstituting it to your diet.

Hope this helps.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt

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Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD (Archive in LGS.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 04, 2001 at 08:36:02:

In Reply to: Re: Connection between hypoglycemia and GERD posted by Helping you on August 02, 2001 at 14:18:05:

Thanks, Helping.

Namaste`

Walt

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