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KatherineG
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   Posted 7/29/2011 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nickles,
 
I told you I would let you know what the Naturopath suggested.  I had my 1st appt. yesterday.  She took blood for IgG and IgA food sensitivity testing.  She told me many of the people she has seen with GERD have food sensitivities.  I'll get the results of those tests in a few weeks. The plan is to eliminate any foods that I am sensitive to and take helpful supplements which either promote better digestion or promote healing of my esophagus.
 
She give me a powder that I have to mix with water and drink before each meal, it's a mixture of a bunch of good stuff, L-Glutamine, Glycine, DGL, Aloe Vera inner fillet leaf extract, Zinc carnosine, N-Acetyl-Glucosamine.  I also have to take a digestive enzyme with each meal and a high quailty probiotic once a day.
 
I'm also watching my diet, but I have posted about that before. I'm also still on PPI regimen.  I will wean down or off eventually (if I can) but right now I must stay on them, relatively new diagnosis of LPR.  Acid damage shown via endoscopy and I have an appt. coming up with EN&T for the throat eval.
 
Hope you are doing well.
 
KatherineG

Nickles
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   Posted 7/30/2011 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I have been doing slightly better this whole week.

What digestive enzymes did she recommend?

Which probiotics did she recommend?

The powder combination looks good, I read about that in my books an research but not in that combination.

Is the whole supplement all in one or is each individual suppl needs to be mix?

Did you have to pay for it?

Also what area are you in I am here in Southern CA...so my naturopath is here by the West coast by the beaches in Santa Monica and Venice.

I am waiting on some special test results this week.

She told me about the food sensitivites....So as of now I am not eating gluten. I am doing away with dairy.


Its been 2 months since I started seen here but the 1st few weeks i felt mostly bad but these last few weeks have been better.

Is she/he expensive?

I am still a student so she gives me discount and payment options :)


As of now I am taking,

Mastic Gum
Digestive Enzymes-Complete Gest
DGL
Multivitamin
Probiotic-I am taking Culterelle

We are going to add or subtract or change after we get the results..
Eating almonds, carrot juice, celery juice and papaya juice.

Anyways let me know anything else and I'll share anything else that she tells me.

KatherineG
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   Posted 7/31/2011 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I was taking "Wholezyme" already so she said to keep doing it.  It comes from Whole Foods Market.  It is a vegetarian capsule and contains Bromelain, Papain, Protease-Acid stable, amylase, lipase, protease, lactase, cellulase and hemicellulase. I'm going to bring the bottle to my next appt. to see if she thinks there is a better one, although I think this one is a quality product.
 
The probiotic is from Klaire Labs, it is a multi species with 25+ billion CFUs per capsule.  It contains, 12 different strains.
 
The powder supplement is all in one, just mix 1 tsp with a little water before meals.
 
Yes, I had to pay for the supplements, and also the lab tests and the appointment, it was expensive but mostly because of the lab tests.  The appt. and supplements weren't too terrible, although none of it is cheap that's for sure. 
 
I live on the east coast.
 
I have not eliminated any entire food groups yet, I'm just following the sort of generic GERD diet you read about on-line, no coffee, no chocolate, no alcohol, nothing high fat or spicy, no citrus, tiny portions, etc.  I've limited dairy quite a bit but did not want to eliminate anything 100% untill I get the test results back.  Although, I only have a little low fat mozzarella here and there.  I've mostly been eating plain chicken, saltine crackers, apples, bananas, broccoli, breads, you get the idea, just little bits here and there.  I'm hungry a lot but eating is problematic still.  I've been trying to add a fiber supplement here and there too (usually benefiber).
 
We are on similar supplements it seems, aside from the Mastic Gum, which I may try but I don't want to do too much at once.  It's overwhelming and hard to figure out what exactly is working, ya know?
 
I want to add a vitamin but I am afraid it'll bother me, I'm going to wait until my next appt. with the Naturopath to see if she recommends anything.
 
I'm glad to hear you are doing better.
 
Keep in touch!

Nickles
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   Posted 7/31/2011 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Katherine,

Good to hear, you finally got to see her. So is she just testing for possible allergens or did she requests other test?

I am taking a cheap multivitamin for now, its NatureMade from Target.
But I am switching to PUre Essence "One n only" for men. This is the one my dr. recommended.

Well the Mastic Gum, was due to H pylori.
I am interested in that combination of amino acids you bought from her? What is it called and where do you get it?

Yah i am still trying to find a good probiotic but the results this week will tell us a lot.

What about eating nuts for fiber? This is what I eat.

I successfully eliminated Gluten from my diet for 1 month and a half and dairy for 2 weeks, feel somewhat better but not super better.

Did she say a possible cause for you, besides the allergen?

You know what I do? I take a list of questions, doubts, natural herbs or supplements I want to know about and ask her. She can answer all my questions, there is usually a lot of natural stuff so is good to consult with her. I also take a list of my current diet and ask her, what should I eliminate? What should I eat more?

What did she say about continuing your PPI's?

KatherineG
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   Posted 8/2/2011 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Right now all she is testing for is the food sensitivities. She felt that was the 1st logical step and then we'll proceed from there.

She has me on "Wholezyme" digestive enzymes from Whole Foods market to assist with digestion.

Heartburn Tx from Vital Nutirents - L-Glutamine, Glycine, DGL, Aloe Vera inner fillet leaf extract, Zinc carnosine, N-Acetyl-Glucosamine. This is supposed to help heal the upper and lower digestive tracts.

The probiotic is from Klaire Labs, it is a multi species with 25+ billion CFUs per capsule. It contains, 12 different strains.

I'm meeting with her again in about 3 weeks. She said to continue the PPI therapy for now. Her goal is to wean me off slowly (eventually) but it's going to take some time. If I don't take them now, I suffer tremendous reflux, seriously it's so bad, in particular the LPR is just so gross and painful :o(

Keep in touch!

Emu1984
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   Posted 8/2/2011 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so excited to read this thread!!!

I am big on alternative means for healing our bodies. Although it is nessary for me to have the surgery done (next week), I went off of the Nexium because I am not a fan of medications. I began seeking out Alkalized Foods and Probiotics by accident! I was craving certain foods and after looking for recipes, I came across websites for an alkalized lifestyle. Another coincidence was when I went to get some vitamins and Super Foods (Spirulina, cacao, Super Greens) I came across Acidophilus and purchased it without knowing what it was. I wanted to bring it home and research it and turns out it is a probiotic, something my body needed.

Taking the probiotic daily has greatly helped my digestion. I also do a lot of juicing with carrots, coconut water, avocado, mango, spinach to name a few. Although these foods have helped curb onset of severe acid reflux I was facing before, I am still prone to it with the damage done to my LES.

Thank you for your posts. Would love to continue reading what you both discover with changes you are making!

KatherineG
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   Posted 8/2/2011 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Emu1984,
 
Happy to share the info. I'm just looking into anything that might work.  LPR is no fun, I have symptoms everyday, as do many people on this forum.
 
I'll keep you posted on any other info. I get from the Naturopathic Dr.
 
Take care and good luck with your surgery.  Please let us know how it goes!  
 
KatherineG

KatherineG
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   Posted 8/2/2011 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Nickles and Emu1984,

Does the juicing work? Do you do this instead of eating solid foods? I don't have a juicer but am willing to puchase one if it is something that will help.

KatherineG

Nickles
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   Posted 8/2/2011 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Emu,

We will keep you posted.

Katherine I juice Papaya and eat it for breakfast before anything. Lately it has helped me somewhat. It contains the papain enzyme found in pneapple and papayas I think or bromelain.

I also juice carrot juice or celery juice here and there before meals.

It helps sometimes but I think I need to do it more consistently.

I think it is better somwhat because you can just take it in as a liquid instead of biting it and chewing it. Sometimes juicing is better for those who have sore throats and the fiber can irrititate it somewhat.

I dont have a high tech blender, I bought the mini hamilton portable like 15 oz cup with one speed. Pretty cheap at Target and Walmart.

However once I start getting more money from my job I will buy the NInnja blender to mix a bunch of more veggies together.

Plus all veggies contain natural enzymes.

Keep me posted on how you feel when taking those supplements.

I am still waiting on those tests resultsssss ahhhh it is driving me crazy waiting for them. Anyway i'll let you know

KatherineG
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   Posted 8/3/2011 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Nickles. I agree it is hard to wait.  Patience is a necessity with this condition and I find it hard to be patient sometimes!
 
Talk soon.
 
KatherineG

Emu1984
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   Posted 8/3/2011 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Juicing does wonders! I have a cheaper model, too. I have juice every morning with coconut water and add whichever fruits/veggies are in season that won't have a bad reaction with me. Carrots and cucumber seem to be great as well as pineapple. I did a lot of research on benefits of juicing and have been pleased with results so far. I have my probiotic about 30 minutes prior and the two have made me FEEL better, too!

jasmine8
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   Posted 8/11/2011 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's another alternative that helps me a lot Capra mineral whey but just 1tsp at a time or you'll bloat. I love it!

KatherineG
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   Posted 8/12/2011 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, jasmine8, I'll have to google that. In what way has it helped you?

jasmine8
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   Posted 8/14/2011 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Capra is an alkalizing beverage. It's goat whey. It's the only thing I can drink that doesn't cause reflux. Water really hurts me. My husband says it helps the swelling in his joints because of all the sodium phosphate in it. In fact he doesn't have to take malexicam any more it helped so much. I think it's a great supplement. Not a miracle but it's been a life saver so I don't get dehydrated

jasmine8
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   Posted 8/14/2011 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Ps I juice cabbage. It is disgusting but cabbage is supposed to be the best for digestion. It's the vegetable with the highest amount of l-glutamine in it which is the main amino acid your stomach is made of (if I understand it correctly). It doesn't help my reflux because nothing does but I feel like it helps me rebuild all the damaged cells. Even though I still reflux EVERYTHING I eat by eating clean the reflux is not as toxic. You should see the difference in my EGDs. It's amazing. Anyone who says eating clean doesn't help, hasn't tried.

KatherineG
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   Posted 8/14/2011 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
All good to know and worth trying, thanks Jasmine8.
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