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Gastroesophageal reflux is often just a $100 million word for heartburn ...accurate tests
done by allopathic doctors include a barium study. After drinking barium, x-rays of the
stomach and esophagus are taken while you are twisted and turned in various positions
to see if the stomach acid leaks back into the esophagus. Another test involves
swallowing acid using instruments to measure the strength of the circular muscle
between the esophagus and the stomach. After all the various tests, treatment by
allopaths usually consists of antacids, a drug like Tagamet to decrease your stomach
acid production or meds to relax the muscles of your digestive tract.
One of the least expensive, most simple tests to decide what is actually going on is to
swallow a capsule with a string attached to it, the capsule dissolves and releases its
contents of acid. The string is pulled back up and its color changes indicate the place
where the acid was released. This test costs $10 and of course, i have oversimplified it...
but your doc will understand.
Often the reflux is actually due to a hiatal hernia, in which case symptoms include: pain
behind the chest bone, sour stomach, heartburn, indigestion and possibly pain in the left
arm as well as reflux. All a h. hernia is, is an enlarged hole behind the diaphragm
through which the esophagus passes from throat to stomach. They used to do surgery.
it never worked very well. They stopped that. Now they usually give antacids and
instruct folks to eat smaller meals and sleep with their head of the bed elevated
somewhat. if you have problems holding a deep breath for at least 40 seconds there is
a good chance that this is your problem.
Better way to treat a hiatal hernia: begin with an 8 ounce glass of warm water first thing
in the morning... not hot, not coffee or tea or juice or cold water...
Then, while standing bring your arms straight out to your sides and bend your elbows so
the hands are touching your chest... stand up on your toes as high as possible and then
suddenly drop down on your heels hard. Hard enough to get a pretty good jolt. Do this
about 10-12 times. Then, still standing with arms up as before, pant short quick breaths
for about 15 seconds.
The warm water will act as a weight in your stomach; the warmth relaxes the muscles to
prevent cramping. The arm stretches stretch the diaphragm to open the hole behind it,
dropping down on your heels jerks the stomach back out of the hole and panting then
tightens up the diaphragm muscle to close the hole back up to keep your stomach out of
it. Do it every day, even after you quit having the reflux...for weeks at least, as it will
tone up everything in the area to help insure no re-occurrence.
Remember after eating (fairly small meals at a time) do not lie down or sit in an
overstuffed soft chair...walk for a bit instead. Also, if you have reflux problems any time
of day or night, do the above exercise. If this doesn't work the stomach can be manually
pulled back down where it needs to be, but you cannot do that for yourself...so I won't
bother explaining it. This procedure requires a doc that knows how to do it... it is
extremely painful but doesn't take too long and often it only needs to be done once or
twice to totally stop chronic reflux. One of the CALM folks who had a chiropractor friend
of ours do this procedure for her, has not had a recurrence in over a year after 5 years
with the problem (before she told us about it)
Next point, if you have a lot of gas and bloating it is most commonly due to difficulty
digesting protein... first quit all dairy foods for awhile. If you have been taking antacids,
which actually do the opposite of what you need since protein digestion requires lots of
hydrochloric acid, stop taking them. The symptoms of too much acid are EXACTLY THE
SAME as the symptoms of too little. Test yourself by, the next time you are bloated or
gaseous, try a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice... if this helps, you have too little acid
and can just take a tablespoon of one of the above with each high protein meal. Also, if
your problem has to do with protein digestion, when eating a meal with protein and other
foods, eat the protein first... if fruits and veggies and such get in the tummy first, all the
acid will be dumped outta the way to digest those foods, and when the proteins come
down there just isn't enough acid to deal with it all. Also take digestive enzymes - a
complete formula. if you need info re getting one i will help.
Understand that, in particular, dairy food is a primary cause of chronic gastrointestinal
disorders in folks who are lactose intolerant, including 25% of Americans and 75% of
folks worldwide...(and quite common for Jewish people (both European and non-). This
refers to folks who lack the enzyme lactase which we need to break down the sugar
(lactose) found in milk... the undigested sugars ferment in the colon and cause gas,
bloating, reflux, cramps and diarrhea... many folks will have complete relief of these
symptoms after 2-3 weeks of no dairy products.
There are more than 25 proteins in cow's milk which can cause allergic reactions in
people, having nothing to do with lactose intolerance too... these proteins may be treated
as foreign invaders and prompt an immune response manifested as sinusitis, asthma,
earache, congested or runny nose, skin rash, eczema, fatigue, irritability etc. If you
suffer from these as chronic problems, consider that you may be allergic to cow's milk - if
this is the case I can help you overcome said allergy. Alisa was born severely allergic to
dairy, she is no longer. Tho she cannot overdo dairy. she has been known to eat lots
of cheese pizza and a bunch of ice cream in one sitting with no resulting problems.
Vitamin b12 can also be a big part of the problem... first, it is found mostly in proteins...
second, its distribution in the body can be easily interrupted by mental or physical stress,
by oral contraceptives, laxatives, poor thyroid function, too little iron or calcium or B6...
too much fiber...too little hydrochloric acid etc. Many drugs sold to treat gastric problems
also interfere with b12 absorption. Zantac and Tagamet are 2 good examples in the u.s.
Prilosec (omeprazole is the generic name) is often given to patients with reflux and it
very seriously impairs b12 assimilation. This is according to studies done at the East
Carolina University by Dr. Stefan Marcuard; reported in the annual of internal medicine
94;120(3):211-5 in case your doc wants to read up on this. Norwegian studies have
shown that depression can often also result from deficiencies of B12. The British
Journal of Nutrition in 1973 reported b12 deficiency can cause chronic fatigue... also
arthritis, bursitis, psoriasis, eczema, hives, m.s., diabetes, acne, herpes, lupus, muscle
cramps. Allergies, Crohn's disease, reflux, etc can all be relieved for some patients by
simply supplementing with b12.
Many medical doctors don't want to give b12 shots unless a patient is anemic but this is
an older attitude that is slowly changing even in this country where the A.M.A. is quite
stodgy and slow. Eventually you could do a maintenance program orally using
supplements or adding 2 tablespoons a day of Nutritional Yeast (NOT bakers or brewer's
yeast, only nutritional yeast [hippie dust]will do) but BUT BUT if you are having any
digestive problems you will probably need to get b12 by injections first from your doc,
and then ask him to show you how to do your own at home. Even high doses of b12
have no undesirable side effects that i could find in any literature anywhere.
If you cannot get the injections you could try supplementing with high potency B12,
figuring that some of the vitamin will get thru your digestion ok... 100mg tablets are
available for sublingual use, which can bypass much of your digestive system. I have
read in numerous places that today docs are often using oral supplementation rather
than injections for lots of people successfully for a lot of conditions. Remember that
most nutritionists say if you are supplementing with a single B vitamin you need to take
more of a complete complex as well so the balance is not thrown totally off-base. A "B-
50 or a B100" would be a good idea. and capsules are always better than pills due to
the fillers and binders used in tablets.
Also activated charcoal, available at any pharmacy, can help with all gas problems... just
don't overdo any of the things i might suggest cuz too much of anything throws stuff out
of balance. Another possible reliever with few side effects is chewing gum which tends to
increase your saliva production by nearly 140%. Saliva contains proteins, mucin,
prostaglandin E2 and epidermal growth factor which all help protect the esophagus.
Many folks i know have found relief from chewing gum before and after meals.
Ginger is an herb that can do wonders for reflux, as well as for the entire digestive
process. According to Dr David Williams of Irving Texas, it can be "more effective for
acid reflux problems than any over-the-counter or prescription medication available. I
would suggest using a teaspoon of the freshly grated root each day. if
that's.inconvenient, then try taking 1,000 milligrams (mg) of the powder" (in capsules).
Ginger is often used to help with acute conditions but is most often used for chronic
problems. When using herbs for chronic conditions (tonically), it is best to follow the
"Rule of 6's", a method of applying the rest/activity principle. Periodic rest periods allow
the effects of the herb to be adapted permanently by our physiological and
emotional/psychological systems. This principle is fundamental to all of nature and
governs all growth, development and evolution. By incorporating a conscious plan of
rest/activity we can strengthen the healing process.
This is why I recommend the "Rule of 6's" when dealing with deeper or long-term
dysfunctions. Use the herbs for 6 days on and then take a day off. Do this for 6 weeks
on and then take one week off. Use the herbs for 6 months, then take one month off.
Use each rest period to study yourself, in order to decide whether or not you have
chosen an herb that is working for you, whether or not it would be beneficial to continue
using that particular herb or compound. Note that each rest period allows the herbs'
effects to become integrated into your physiology.
If, during an extended rest period, your symptoms begin to return, cut that rest period
short but do not skip the next rest period. If the recurrence of symptoms continues with
subsequent rest periods you can assume that either you need different or additional
herbs, need to try another system such as Homeopathy, Acupuncture or Allopathic
medications, or need to consult some sort of specialist.
Addendum: If you believe, after reading the above, that your problem is a hiatal hernia, I
can provide more information.