I was diagnosed with acid reflux last year (symptoms- throwing up after eating acidic food, I.e. with tomato derivatives). My doctor prescribed me with PPI. After taking this drug for 6 months, my GI doctor told me to have a 2nd endoscopy. I was told I developed Barrett Syndrome and my stomach lining is all red (ulcer). Is started getting hungry at the middle of the night. After I learned my diagnosis, I researched natural remedies for this kind of disease. I stopped taking the drug and started taking the Aloe Vera juice. It's natural and no side effects. After a week of taking Aloe, all the acid reflux symptoms are gone. After 6 months of taking the Aloe, I went back to the same doctor and told him I stopped taking the drug as it has caused me more bad effects. He was not pleased with me for not taking the drug. He recommends for a 3rd endoscopy but he wanted me to take the PPI meds 2x the dose.
I went for a second opinion and found out that one of the doctors in my primary physician's office had the same problem like I do and he also takes Aloe Vera juice. I went to see a different GI doctor, he listened to my problem, and wanted me to have an endoscopy and see if there is any progress for just taking the Aloe. The result came out very good and the Barrett Syndrome I was told was not as bad as it was and was advised to continue taking Aloe. I was so relieved!
Now I shared my Aloe experience with my friend who had worst acid reflux than I had and she was so thankful because she no longer suffers from bad acid reflux. My doctor also mentioned that all of us have acid reflux it is just a matter of how bad it can be.
For all who suffers acid reflux, I recommend Aloe Vera juice that is pure aloe extract and balances stomach acid naturally. It works! Now, I start reintroducing the food that I love and it does not bother me no more!
West Liberty, Ohio
New York Ny
South Williamsport Pa
Fair Lawn Nj
I just wanted to let you know that taking 2 oz. (or so) of Aloe Vera before meals really helps coat one's esophagus and throat. If you have esophagitis or Barrett's esophagus caused by GERD, this is for you.
Before Thanksgiving, my esophagus was getting worse by the day. My chest was sensitive to touch, and I was getting a tickling cough. After only a week of taking aloe vera gel, my cough is gone and the burning in my esophagus is going down. My chest still feels sensitive, but not like before.
I also think aloe vera helps acid reflux, but I'm not sure. Any thoughts on this or any other GERD/esophagitis treatment? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if anyone knows how to get FRESH aloe vera gel, PLEASE e-mail me as it would be very helpful.
Falmouth, Cornwall, Uk
Auburn, Wa / Usa
Hi, I was diagnosed with B.E. last may (2015). My doc put me on ppi meds but I stopped taking them in late november 2015. the acid reflux reared up its ugly head again after eating my meals.
I started taking aloe vera juice, manuka honey, and hemp tea which does seem to settle my stomach. Most importantly, I make sure my stomach is empty of food before I go to sleep. Which means no eating 4 to 6 hours after my last meal and no liquids 1 or 2 hours before bed. This seems to work very well for me. I go for my next endo in may 2016.
Key Largo, Fl
Hi. After a gastroscopy procedure I was diagnosed with Barret's Esophagitis and a hiatal hernia almost two years ago after suffering for over a year. I was given Dexilant and it worked somewhat well to disguise the symptoms, yet like others here on this forum, I know the harmful effects and it also seemed to be losing effectiveness. At the time the specialist gave me the diagnosis she told me I was per-cancerous esophagus and beginning ulcer.
I have studied holistic health for most of my life and this medicine and its effects have worried me over the last almost two years. I am in a situation now where I cannot afford to buy it any longer either.
My concern is that I don't know what to take to cure the problem because of my symptoms so if anyone here has similar please let me know. People here have great success with ACV and Baking Soda. I did use baking soda before the problem got so intense I had to have the gastroscopy.
By the way at this time two years ago I did a 12 day fast on just organic aloe vera juice from whole foods I was that desperate. After that I decided to have a some organic veggie juice thinking I could now drink it and OMG it didn't last a moment in my system. Definitely it did me no good at all.
I throw up even water, but some foods surprisingly I discovered by accident I can keep down. I.e. pasta with cheese sauce, which I hadn't eaten for thirty years not liking it prior, but it was served for dinner where I was visiting. This blew my mind when I realized I wouldn't be throwing it up. Hard boiled eggs with a bit of butter I can keep down too. Veggies I can't keep down either. The problem I have is that I can't get past a mouthful of ACV without it coming right back up. I also have a greens organic, and a non-GMO, non-dairy, non-Soy protein powder full of good healthy ingredients, which I used to blend with coconut milk, and now I can't drink that either since stopping the PPI. I can only now drink little sips of water otherwise it comes back. Teas all come back after a mouthful. Coffee is out of the question entirely.
There must be a way to cure this and heal it holistically. I refuse to believe I have to live with this Dexilant which I read increases the possibility of stomach cancer if taking it over a long period. I also have osteoporosis before taking Dexilant and it must be even worse now. I feel that I am in very critical condition.
Another thing that happens is that the moment I even go to take my medication for hypothyroid and reach for the glass of water that my upper abdomen immediately swells and hurts and I haven't even had a sip yet. I sleep practically sitting up and now I also have developed this cough that causes me to throw up. I bring up a very clear gel like substance, not a mucous that is thick and then up comes my water or anything I have taken.
I would appreciate hearing back about this. Thanks.
Los Angeles, Ca
Fountain Inn, Sc
Fountain Inn, Sc
Fountain Inn, Sc
Los Angeles, Ca
Wichita Falls, Tx
My grandma and girlfriend's mom swear by Apple Cider Vinegar. I have a case of Barrett's and was on dexilant, which is stronger than prilosec, for three years and have actually gotten worse. So the past month I have been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother in it during meals and seem better than before and no heartburn other than a case of indigestion once in a blue moon. I'm hoping to solve this Barrett's before it gets worse naturally other than taking them horrible drugs doctors swear by that makes matters worse in the long run. I wish I did the Apple Cider Vinegar three years ago when I first started having the problems I have now.
I HAVE A SEVERE CASE OF BARRETTS ESOPHAGUS WHICH CAN LEAD TO CANCER IF NOT TAKEN CARE OF. PRESENTLY ON PRILOSEC 2XDAILY. STILL HAVING PROBLEMS. CAN APPLE CIDER HELP?
Looking to alleviate severe gerd which has led to Barretts E. Nexium hasn't helped. Only get minimal relief from ACV. Any suggestion? Thanks, Stuart
You asked for information on people taking medication and its correlation to GERD. I have taken, for 20 years Excedrin to treat headaches and migraines. There have been other meds taken over the years as well, both RX and OTC. Approximately 5 years ago I was diagnosed with GERD after an "attack" so severe that I had to seek treatment at the ER. It took me until about 2 years ago to figure out that the meds are at least in part contributing to my condition. I am scared now because after a respite from the disease for a few years, GERD is back and in full attack mode. I walk around all day every day with a feeling like I have a peanut butter sandwich STUCK in my throat. I feel stuff backing up in my throat. Faltering voice, sore throat, hoarseness, etc. etc. I am SUPER intrigued about the ACV and hopefully will be trying to purchase some either tomorrow or over the weekend. My insurance company is not allowing Nexium, which my doctor has prescribed; the insurance company will allow Previcid, but even with insurance consideration I fear that I will not be able to afford it. The only concern I have is the repeated comments I see on other web sites stating that individuals should not self treat or attempt to self treat GERD. I am at risk for Barrett's syndrome (or whatever it is called). Does anyone have a comment on the preceding paragraph concerning self treatment, or can anyone offer advice? Thank you and GOD BLESS!
Bradshau Stockton, please explain how going to the chiropractor helps. Thanks
i was diagnosed wih barrets esophagus about two years ago. The doctor told me to go on meds for life. I sought out an homeopath approach. I've been drinking two 12oz bottles of water with 2oz apple cider vineger/2oz lemon juice, 1half tsp cayene pepper. Mix and shake, chill and drink. Sometimes i'll also add some aloe juice. My throat very seldom burns. My diet also has changed and consists of less acidic foods verses more alkaline foods. I don't smoke or use caffine. I've been told the meds the doctor wanted me to be on for life, are known to eat the inner stomach lining, not a good thing! In one year i'll be going in for my second scope and we'll see the results then. One other thing that I try not to do, is eat then go to bed. I usually wait three hours, before going to bed. or if i'm too tired, i'll sleep sitting up in my easy chair.
Newton Abbot, Uk
I'm 60 years of age and never heard of Barrett's Esophagus...
With so much information and screening for Colon Cancer why aren't many of us familiar with Barrett's Esophagus as well as the risk of Esophageal Cancer? Shouldn't this be a routine exam during a colonoscopy if GERD (acid reflux) is very common in so many?
I've suffered with acid reflux on and off for about 10 years. Never once was an endoscopy ordered to determine the possible cause or to screen for a more serious condition. Over the years my doctor/s just prescribed various forms of relief in the form of medications such as Omeprazole/Prilosec, Ranitidine and Zantac. Although these drugs provided relief, it was temporary. Over the years my faith in doctors have diminished and I now spend a lot of my time on the Internet. I've decided it's tIme I take control of my health through self education and research. I've suffered with acid reflux on and off for about 10 years. Never once was an endoscopy ordered to determine the possible cause or to screen for a more serious condition. Over the years my doctor/s just prescribed various forms of relief in the form of medications such as Omeprazole/Prilosec, Ranitidine and Zantac.
Although these drugs provided relief, it was temporary. Over the years my faith in doctors have diminished and I now spend a lot of my time on the Internet. Time to take control of my health through self education rather than trust your doctor. This led me to learn about a procedure called Endoscopy. The (look inside) examination of the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body: most often referred to as an examination of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract, esophagus using a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube inserted through the mouth. Similar to a Colonoscopy (look inside) examination of the large bowel and the distal part of the small bowel with a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube inserted through the anus.
Learning about this procedure, I wondered why none of the doctors I saw (especially my primary care doctor) recommended this procedure, even with my history of Acid Reflux/GERD? It's written all over my medical records and I've had 4 colonoscopies in the past 9 years!
Nevertheless, it was time for me to schedule my 5 year routine Colonoscopy so I requested my new gastrointestinal doctor preform an Endoscopy at the same time. Findings? Barrett's Esophagus. A condition known to increased risk for Esophageal Cancer. I'm waiting for results and so disheartened that this condition could have been learned earlier. Baffled even more, wondering why after several physical exams and visits including acid reflux disclosure, my primary care doctor never requested an Endoscopy. My primary care doctor just continued to prescribe medications such as Omeprazole, Ranitidine and Zantac; a bandaid approach to my acid reflux (GERD) problems. Shame on him. Shame on any doctor who does not spend the short amount of time to look at their patients history when treated, especially when a patient comes in for an annual physical and a condition is chronic!!
The good news! I stopped taking the medications for acid reflux about 3-1/2 weeks ago replacing them with a few swallows of “baking soda water" (1-T to 16-oz of Arrowhead Water Bottle) during the day and I changed my diet. Within 10-14 days I had no need for the “baking soda water" with exception of a swallow or two, after I indulged in a known acid reflux trigger food/beverage - NO real acid reflux. Just a small warning which led me to my “baking soda water" solution. Now, 3-1/2 weeks on this diet and I feel so much better. Acid Reflux seems to be under control!! Even my joint pain has lessened and my energy level is up. A testimony to God's Food and a few supplements rather than the harmful bandaid approach with pharmaceuticals. Now just waiting for Endoscopy biopsy results.
Jan. 18, 2005 -- The number of Americans diagnosed with a common form of esophageal cancer has increased sixfold over the last 25 years.
About half of the estimated 14,250 people diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2004 have a form of esophageal cancer called adenocarcinoma. The esophagus is the long, narrow tube that brings food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach.
Although esophageal adenocarcinoma is relatively uncommon, researchers say it is now the fastest growing form of cancer in the U.S., and its incidence is rising faster than breast cancer, prostate cancer, or melanoma.
Some had suspected that the rapid increase in esophageal cancer rates might be the result of improved screening and detection.
People with Barrett's esophagus, a condition in which abnormal cells develop from long-term acid reflux, are more likely to get this form of esophageal cancer.
Esophageal Cancer Rising Rapidly
In the study, which appears in the Jan. 19 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers found that from 1975 to 2001, the frequency of esophageal adenocarcinoma rose approximately sixfold in the U.S. from 4 to 23 cases per million people.
I started my husband on 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil about 9 months ago to try and help with his arthritis. So far it has not helped with this problem but he went in for his bi- annual check up where they stick the camera down your throat. He has Barrett's which is a constant irritation of the esophagus. It can lead to cancer and the doctor told him it was not curable and that he would have to live with this for the rest of his life. All they can do is keep tabs on it.
Well, much to the doctors surprise that after evaluating this chronic disease for over 5 years, it was completely gone. The only thing I can contribute it to is the oil since nothing else has changed in his diet. I was jumping off the walls for him. Now to get that arthritis!
Having read various sites about harmful effects of PPI's, I have weaned myself off them. Nearly two years ago I was told I had a "slight" hernia, and - only when I asked further questions of the nurse rushing about (following a gastroscopy) did I elicit the information that I had Barrette's Oesophagus and she thrust some information in my hand. I had not realised then the significance of Barette's - but I do now, thanks to my own research.
Thanks to sites like this I have been taking DGL and I think this had a successful outcome. However, I note that your product, and every other DGL product, contains magnesium stearate which, I understand, is undesirable. Please advise (1) what effect this ingredient might have on me; (2) why do you include it, when so many sites - like Dr Mercola - say it is harmful; and (3) can you take it out of the product?
Also, how long is it advisable for me to continue taking DGL. I am currently eating a very high degree of alkaline food to assist the problem, with very good results. I have very small incidences of a little reflux, which I hardly notice, but am nevertheless conscious of the Barrette's.
I am planning to go to the Hippocrates Health Center in Miami in June/July, and with 3 weeks of high quality alkaline food I hope to have healed the Barrette's if it is not already healed.
I have read some of your comments and thought I would tell a little about my experiences. My dad passed away from esophageal cancer about 16 years ago. I now have acid reflux, Barrett's esophogus, and a hiatal hernia. I tried proton pump inhibitors but they did not do anything to help. Some of the home remedies (ie. Organic apple cider vinegar, lemon water) help temporarily but not long term. I have recently found out after years of dealing with acid reflux that I have celiac disease. I have drastically changed my diet by going without glutens, sugar, and dairy. I do not have as many problems with the acid reflux as I did. I have lost quit a bit of weight and just feel better overall.
I really, truly feel like most people with acid reflux have a gut issue that is causing the acid reflux. There has got to be an underlying cause for it. Please find a functional doctor or nurse practitioner who will check for a cause and not just treat the symptoms. I am very blessed that I finally found someone who would listen to my concerns. I hope this helps everyone with these concerns.
Everything I have read about barretts esopagus says to stay away from citrus but you suggest lemon and vinegar. It seems it would be rough on the throat. Can you elaborate on this? Thanks so much. I want to try some of the natural remedies but I want to be sure on this.
Thanks for your website!