Thanks Bill for the protocol and all other info.
I am 71 year male, fit and active, but virtually all my life I have suffered with throat clearing small cough. In England 12 years ago used to suffer badly with bloated stomach which doctors diagnosed as stress related..... that was really debilitating..... Anyway I read an article in The Daily Mail, UK, around 6 months ago about a woman who always had sore throats and could never get a diagnosis until a locum doctor arrived and took an interest and solved the mystery, it was GERD. So this set me thinking. When leaving UK 2003 and living in France, I found that when eating BBQ meat I sometimes could not swallow it and the food became stuck in my osophagus which would only move after gulping a glass of water. Anyway over the last 12 years this has very slowly got worse to the state where I had to make myself sick to get rid of this blockage, I could feel the food starting to be digested and bubbling in my osophagus and it was starting to happen much more frequently. I used to get heartburn on and off, it was strange.... I could go for 3/4 weeks without any heartburn and then for 2 weeks I would get it and take Rennies which always immediately stopped the heartburn. #
On a very few occasion I would get only what I can describe as acid coming into my mouth when I would be asleep and immediately waking me up. This was really terrible and took probably a good hour to get rid the awful taste in the mouth and throat.
Finally early this year I went to the doctor and then specialist for endiscopy and they found that I had a hiatus hernia, an ulcer but no signs of cancer thank goodness and so the doctor then put me on Omprazole. Well at first they made things feel better and I could swallow food much more easily and the doctor then for whatever reason double the daily dose and told me I would be taking them for the rest of my life!
I didn't like to hear this..... so started looking for alternatives.... at the same time I found that my swallowing problem was returning even while taking these tablets. So I decided to get off them and reduced to one every other day and from 18th May have not taken even one. I have been taking sodium bicarb when I get heartburn and I have also started taking bentonite once a day and iodine drops and now I have started with the ACV natural and hoping that all will get better, plus I have bought some Betaine tablets and started taking today. One thing that contributes to my throat clearing I think and my general congestion is a post nasal drip caused by my allergic rhinitus which I have had for 35 years or so. I had ops. on my nose to help breathing but nothing worked. So I am taking Ebestina for the allergy side and Flixinase for my nose to keep it clear. I guess that this problem has a bearing on my GERD......
So anyone with similar problems and cures, love to hear from you....
Bill, thanks again for a great column.
Having all the symptoms (and diagnosed) of GERD, several years ago I started taking enzymes with HCL. Ended with terrible, sharp pains in my stomach. HCL was definitely not for me!
North Carolina, US
San Fernando, Philippines
I just want to thank you so much, Bill for the advice regarding Betaine HCL in the acid reflux forum. I have been suffering from pylori caused duodenal ulcer for a year and a half. It was so frustrating because I would think I had stabilised through various treatment only to experience a return of the pain. After reading your detailed explanation about low stomach acid I took a chance and started taking some with every meal.
I tried gauging how much to take based on the size or protein and fat content of the meal and I have been given my life back. Most experiences with ulcer cures seem effective mostly with stomach ulcers and very few seemed to make it as fas as the duodenum. I started trying to experiment with alkaline waters and enteric coated alkaline pills but the relief was inconsistent.
When I read about CCK from your link and the impact on the duodenum, I knew this was a major find for me. I am just so happy that I want to scream it from the mountain tops! Things I have tried: antibiotics, ppi, mastic gum, colloidal silver (helpful but no cure), peppermint oil, slippery elm, aloe Vera, probiotics, beta glucan, wobenzyme, Roberts formula, gastrazyme, gastromend, zinc carnosine, activated charcoal, homeopathic remedies, herbal remedies, cranberry juice, kombucha, baking soda, oregano oil, etc. I'm sure I have forgotten quite a few but nothing helped consistently.
i can now eat and drink anything and I know I won't be awakened in the middle of the night with extreme gastritis.
San Diego, Ca
West Coast, Us
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