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Hamhoc
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   Posted 4/27/2007 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried it yesterday.  I can't say for sure if it helped or not, as I was having a good day with the symptoms anyway.  My question is this.  Can I also eat regular black Licorice as a treat and get a similar effect?  Or does it have to be the DGL tablets?

DANIE
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   Posted 4/27/2007 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
DO NOT EAT REGULAR BLACK LICORICE......that causes high blood pressure.  DGL licorice has the part that causes high blood pressure removed.  Please do a search on this site for ALL my postings on DGL, they are extensive.  I was definitely cured by the DGL licorice.
Keep using it...it can only help you.
Danie

porcelain doll
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   Posted 4/27/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Danie:  Did you use the DGL along with your PPI?  I really want to eventually get off the PPI but I can't at least not yet.  I am barely making progress with my PPI after 4 months.  I did try about a week ago but had to take the Nexium again because I could feel the acid coming back and was scared of taking two steps back.  How long did the DGL take for it to help you?  Did you try another natural alternative like probiotics, or aloe vera?  I have read your postings but don't remember if you took it with your PPI.  Thanks, Porcelain Doll Maker....

harrytoronto
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   Posted 4/29/2007 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I was doing research.. PPI's are hard to quit because of rebound symptoms that can last at least 2 months.
so quitting nexium will be dificult task.. I take DGL for a long time.. 6 months, I can't really spot visible difference but studies indicate it is as good as taking H2 acid suppressors.. like pepcid or zantac.

DGL's more of a aid than cure.. I would recommend it when you are about to step down to H2 suppressors from PPI.

PPI have acid rebound period of 2 months or more... while
H2 have acid rebound period of 10 days or so..

during these periods, you won't be able to avoid those heartburn symptoms, but if you pass those period safely, you might have beaten GERD.

the success rate is not so high in studies.. in one of the studies I read, it's 27% which is pretty darn low.

so you need to come up with a carefully designed plan with long taper down therapy. maybe go 40mg PPI to 20mg for 3-4 weeks.. then move to 10mg for another 3 weeks or switch to zantac or famotidine.

Hamhoc
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   Posted 4/30/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to say that I baught the DGL Licorice and have been taking it since thursday with my daily dose of Nexium X2. This might be a bit early but I have felt GREAT ever since. I have also been eating a lot of Broccoli Sprouts (said to kill H. Pylori). Today is the first time I have felt any symptoms but I am at work and I left the Licorice suppliments at home unfortunately.

porcelain doll
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   Posted 5/2/2007 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Harrytoronto:  No wonder so many of us can't get off the PPI because of the "rebound effect."  The problem is that these doctors don't bother to tell their patients that these pills are only supposed to be taken for a short time and not indefinately.  I am going to try and get off the PPI (Nexium) but will have to come up with a good strategy because if I don't I will not win the gerd battle.  I have been on PPI's for almost 1 year and my bone density test came back worse than last years simply because I am not absorbing calcium.  The examples you give for weaning down the dose sound like a good plan.  I hope I can achieve this with the help of my doctor.  Thanks.....

DANIE
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   Posted 5/8/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
All I can say to all of you still suffering is that DGL worked for me, it worked for a few others that were posting on this site quite a while ago too.
 
It's working for someone I know that works in my building - he was taking Nexium for 10 YEARS and just stopped it cold turkey -  I had told him to check with his doctor, of course. 
 
Of course, his doctor (like mine, including specialists) didn't even know about DGL licorice (which by the way does NOT CAUSE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE - the glycyrrhizinate normally found in licorice is taken out).
It has been shown to work like Zantac.
He is only using DGL supplements now, and while still controlling his diet and eating his dinner early in the evening, he is no longer taking DRUGS!
 
 
If I were any of you I would at the very least try the DGL (dissolve 1-3 tablets in your mouth 20 minutes before eating anything and at BEDTIME - DON'T DRINK ANYTHING AND GO TO SLEEP ON YOUR LEFT SIDE).
 
Try as much as possible to train yourselves to sleep on your left side, the acid in your stomach cannot seep up into your esophagus if you're on lie on the LEFT!!!
 
Eat your dinner early and don't eat at least 3 hours before going to sleep.
 
 
 
I have told ALL my doctors about DGL licorice and they ALL agreed with me that they will tell everyone they know (including family members who have GERD symptoms) about it.  They also agreed, since they know me well, that they will recommend it to their patients just like they would give them a prescription for a drug.
 
My gastroenterologist also will use the DGL and he told me "PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE ON THE GERD DRUGS FOR TOO LONG".  Well, unfortunately many of you are and you should DO something about it.
 
I was on Prilosec for ONE MONTH and had a rebound effect and never took another drug again.  I started eating ALKALINE food (see my many postings on all that, too much to write now) and using DGL  supplements.  Within ONE month I was over all the symptoms (mine were so weird that it took an endoscopy to find out that I had GERD - I only had severe nausea and dizziness - never pain in the esophagus). 
 
I really feel sorry for all of you suffering, I know exactly what you're going thru BUT, I'm giving you an answer to your misery.  Believe me, I know what a miserable life you have with GERD. 
Try the DGL and other tips I've given you, what can it possibly to do you -CURE YOU??????
 
My best to all,
Danie
 
 

pjwy
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   Posted 5/9/2007 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm following more or less Danie's tips for the reflux but I wonder if either Danie or someone else could give me a bit of advice?

My question.. I've read from time to time that a low carb diet can help with reflux as well but this seems to neccessitate eating a fair amount of protien foods which CONFLICT with the Alkaline diet I'm striving towards!

Is there such a thing as a low carb diet which is Alkaline as well? or is this a silly question?

DANIE
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   Posted 5/22/2007 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't keep posting .....please go back and check all my postings on ALKALINE way of eating and DGL use, you will have all the answers. Please keep taking DGL licorice, it's what cured me. I got GERD from taking Advil and going right to sleep!
I know 2 people that listened to me and are now off Nexium (they were both taking it for 10 years plus) and controlling their GERD symptoms with just DGL and eating small light meals.

pineappletree
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   Posted 3/31/2010 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
i signed up here just to say that dgl & an alkaline diet are working for me in controlling my gerd! after over 10 years of ranitidine, famotidine, and then progressing to ppis (which gave me terrible side effects that made me feel even worse), i have been without acid reducing pills of any kind for 5 days now! i feel physically and mentally better than i have in a long, long time. :)

zeldagoblin
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   Posted 3/31/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
pineappletree, hello. I am very interested to hear what side effects were caused by your PPIs. I feel my symptoms have worsened since my PPI dosage was doubled, my throat feels awful. In my side effects list it says my PPI can cause Pharyngitis. Well my worst GERD symptom has been a lump in the throat, so needless to say I really don't want anything to make THAT worse. I am defiinitely going to look up these DGL supplements.

mimi 22 boys
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   Posted 7/17/2010 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not so sure that everyone should stop taking PPI's, because it so difficult to tell if, indeed your reflux is worse. I have the burning acid in my throat with difficulty swallowing. Upon trying to come off of the PPI, it was worse. Then I began taking a H2 Blocker. I thought it was helping at first. But that was only if I did not eat what I consider to be a normal healthy diet. There was so much food affecting, me adversely and I was having so much difficulty swallowing and sleepless nights, as well as new symptoms such as coughing, etc, that I had to make a decision. I now feel, that in my case my reflux has progressed. ( I am not saying that there was no rebound involved) My advise is to talk to your doctor and do not make this decision alone. You have to look at the risk when you let acid reflux damage your throat and at your quality of life you have trying to be off of the drug-sometimes at a cost to your health. I am happy for all who were successful in doing this, but please do be careful.

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 7/17/2010 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. I've been having great success lately with drinking a glass of water that has either the juice of half a lemon or two capfuls of apple cider vinegar in it with each meal. It really helps me. I think the vinegar has better effects than the lemon and it really doesn't taste too bad once you get used to it. Quite refreshing. Vinegar is also very good for your skin so an added bonus.

PJWY I tried the alkaline diet and had good success with it. I cut out potatoes and subsituted them with sweet potatoes. I also stopped eating any bread or cereals. For protein I ate poached eggs for lunch with salad and had a small piece of meat with my evening meal and lots of veges. It definately helped me.

Another thing I find very effective is chewing raw almonds. They seem to sooth the symptoms quite well. Also I like to drink 20mls of aloe vera juice before each meal and I take slipperly elm tablets and psyllium husk tablets. Digestive enzymes are also very good, plus camomile tea.

mimi 22 boys
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   Posted 7/18/2010 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
You are doing a lot ! I am glad it works for you!

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 7/18/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Danie it's great to see you back I find your posts really interesting as I prefer the natural way too.

joe1619
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Total Posts : 293
   Posted 7/28/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
dgl, aloe none of that worked. not sure it hurt but never helped. glad when it does for some fewer prescriptions the better
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