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Acid Reflux and Esophagitis

Dr. Gardner,

Can you recommend a supplement please for grade one esophagitis and a small sliding hiatus hernia? I refuse to take any conventional medication.  Thank you.

Esophagitis is usually caused by reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus. Conventional medications decrease stomach acid so it is not so harmful to the esophagus, but the stomach acid kills organisms introduced in food and is the major mechanism to break down proteins.

Many people on long-term acid blockers have amino acid deficiencies after months or years. I recommend the following:

  1. Try to identify which foods are contributing to the reflux and avoid them–usually it is carbohydrates or meat
  2. Swallow aloe vera liquid which will coat and soothe the esophagus and stomach
  3. Try a number of other supplements and decide which ones work for you:
  • DGL also coats the heals the stomach
  • panacreatic enzymes to help digest food
  • Betaine as an acid stimulant (some reflux is caused by inadequate acid production and food sits in the stomach for a longer period of time)
  • a homeopathic called Nux vomica helps tighten the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach, thus reducing reflux
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Reflux (GERD)

A reader writes:

Well i been diagnosed with Gerds by endoscope since 2006. It was so bad i went from 130lbs to 115lbs. Dr put me on prevacid 30 Mg am and 30 Mg pm.during this time i was able to eat and gain and gained my weight back. Off meds 2009 . I stayed with a bland diet. I thought i was cured so i started eating what i should not eat in 2012 and now feb 2013 i am with Gerds again. Worser than in 2006. Dr put me back on prevacid same disagree. Symptoms now are mid upper back pain, growling stomach,pain in stomach, tickling in mid upper stomach that makes me cough. Dr put me on liquid carafate, to coat ulcers or damaged stomach while it heals. Nothing was i read about juicing cabbage. It has L-Glutamine which is a botonic acid that cures ulcers. But its so nasty. So i put cabbage, carrots, apple, cucumber, Brussels spout, and beets or broccoli. But i wash veggies off with vinegar and water to kill pesticides and bacteria. Since this is a raw produce once u juice it, u have to drink it right away cause the nutrients disappears quickly when air hits it. Also it can develop bacteria if u store it, but if u store it add 1 lemon to preserve juice. But i Jus drink mines right up. After i drink my juice i eat 1 hour later, whole grain oatmeal with raisins. I make this from scratch that way i know what’s in it. Scramble 1 egg in olive oil. And drank soy milk or water. For lunch i will eat fruits. For dinner boil chicken or baked fish with corn or sweet peas. No bread no junk food no sofas no candy. And i am seeing results and its march 11 2013. I stopped carafate last week and use DGL tabs to coat my stomach. Carafate is good but it was making my heart skip beats. No pain in stomach, no more coughing spells at night, no bloatness, no pain in upper mid back. I am gonna keep this routine up and will update once i stop all meds. Hopes this helps and GOD BLESS

My response:

I’m delighted that you are enjoying greater health.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is common, but often responsive to safe and effective supplements and life adjustments. What causes it?  The problem is that the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus does not adequately close, thus permitting the highly acidic stomach juices to reflux or regurgitate up the esophagus. Since the esophagus tissue that lines it does not tolerate this acid, it causes damage to the esophagus. Over time, changes may occur in the lining of the esophagus that may eventually be a precursor to cancer, called Barrett’s Esophagus. Conventional medicine treatment typically consists of two options.  One is to take antacids, which have aluminum in them (as Carafate does). This may build up in the body as a toxic metal. The other treatment is to reduce the production of stomach acid. Unfortunately, the stomach acid has several uses–it kills the viruses and bacteria that may be on the food we eat, and it is the major player in the breakdown of proteins. This is why people on these medications often have amino acid deficiencies months and years later.

My treatment approach is as follows:

1) Try to identify what foods are contributing to the problem and avoid them–usually they are carbohydrates or meats, but the cause may be almost anything. Processed foods are a common cause of GERD.

2) Coat the esophagus and stomach lining with a soothing substance, like aloe vera or vitamin E oil.

3) Some supplements have proved helpful–DGL helps heal the stomach lining, homeopathic Nux Vomica helps to tighten the gastroesophageal sphincter; pancreatic enzymes help to break down poorly digested food which may contribute to reflux; Betaine stimulates gastric acid production to help digest proteins (undigested proteins may be the cause of reflux); Probiotics to improve the whole intestinal tract.

I have additional options that can be of help to you.