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musicaes07
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   Posted 4/11/2012 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
 
I have been trying almond milk and it helps me almost immediately. I have also notice that exercersing 4 days a week helps  I am staying away from meds. I do agree with other people in this forum. It is hard to stay away from Prilosec I have done it for 2 weeks so far and it seems I am cotroling it pretty good sofar.  However, I still don't understand, with all the scientific discoveries, there is got to be something or Lower sphincter exercises to strenght this important muscle.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 4/12/2012 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Deep breathing I heard can be helpful. Check out chewing non mint gum it really helps me

musicaes07
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   Posted 4/12/2012 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello

Thanks for the response. Yet another day with no omeprozole or prilosec thank GoD for nutural remedies... and self control!!! I will try the deep breathing, and if chewing works Amen amen!!! that is awsome, I mean about the gum idea I will definately try that. I am on a mission to research what strenghts the shpincter muscle since it is the root of the GERD PROBLEM. It is amazing and ironic how researchers and doctors say that theres is no way to gain strenght for this muscle, If there is now way to strenght it than why is it call muscle?

Thank you for your feed back..What do you eat and don't? :)

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 4/14/2012 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Low fat low carb. Look into the koufman diet

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 4/14/2012 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
http://www.njsurgery.com/html/Diseases/gastro_reflux.shtml

Hi there, and well done on your progress. I'll add almond milk to my "to do" list!

This point has been argued before, and no doubt will be again . . . but... I was told by a doctor (admittedly not a GI specialist) that the LES is more of a flap than a sphincter. It's not like other true sphincter muscles like those we can exert control over to hold the wee etc in! The above link says the same - so I don't think you can exercise it. However, you can exercise your diaphragm, which may help hold things in place and for this reason some members do yoga exercises.

Keep us posted on your progress,

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 4/14/2012 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
"Some scientists feel that the cardiac sphincter is not a true sphincter valve, so may not include it when listing the different sphincters in the digestive system."

(Wisegeek's page on the subject).

Some references say it's a physiological sphincter rather than a true structural one i.e it can act like one but it isn't made like one anatomically. I have found other material on the subject but it's to heavy going (techy) to make sense of (for me).

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

InSoFla
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   Posted 4/16/2012 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
For years I suffered terrible GERD, and I was on Nexium for a good 2 + years, without much help.
 
 
Then when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, and the meds didn't work for me, I had to come up with some alternatives to help myself, which worked great in putting my UC in remission.
 
 
BUT as a side effect of a few of the steps I did, my GERD went away.
So I thought I would share these with you:
 
 
1) After every meal, I would use organic slippery elm powder, about 1 1/2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon in 1-2 oz. of room temp filtered water, wait for it to gel just a little and then drink it down. What the slippery elm powder does is: it coates the whole alimentary canal.
 
 
2) I started a food combining diet, and that made a huge difference, because if you mis-combine the wrong foods it will create havoc, gas, distension, and the acid will back up....painfully so. Here's a link that explains about the food combining: http://cureforulcerativecolitis.com/step-1-methodology-to-eating
 
 
Since doing these steps, I have ZERO GERD! What a relief! I even get to sleep through the night without that aweful chlorox-like burn that used to wake me up by choking me.
 
 
You can rest assured your doctor won't tell you about these 2 steps because he/she probably doesn't know about them, and it doesn't put money in his/her pocket (or big pharma's pocket) if you are cured and never come back for this complaint.
 
 
Anyone try these methods?
 
 

Dx - UC 09/2010.Tried various Mesalamine enemas/suppos/pills with Prednisone for several rounds without any help.PaleoDiet of proteins,veggies,salads, fruits, & protein shakes w/almond milk, Liquid Minerals& Vitamins,Maca powder,L-Glutamine 15g, D-Ribose 5g,L-ArgEthylEster,chia seeds,VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3 100,000 IU every 10 days.Transdermal LDN put me remission!

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 4/16/2012 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing. I have a friend with UC who has a also been much helped by food combining - she has small children but manages to do it nonetheless!

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

InSoFla
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   Posted 4/16/2012 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
MMM,

It's amazing what a simple thing like that can help, and yet your doctor won't tell you about it ....
Dx - UC 09/2010.Tried various Mesalamine enemas/suppos/pills with Prednisone for several rounds without any help.PaleoDiet of proteins,veggies,salads, fruits, & protein shakes w/almond milk, Liquid Minerals& Vitamins,Maca powder,L-Glutamine 15g, D-Ribose 5g,L-ArgEthylEster,chia seeds,VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3 100,000 IU every 10 days.Transdermal LDN put me remission!

Carrie48
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   Posted 4/16/2012 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Insofla:

Were you able to get off the nexium? I may try your suggestions.
DX with Lyme and Erlichosis in January 2010. January-August: Biaxin and Amoxicillian. September 2011 - ? on Rifampin and Zithromax. Symtpoms mostly neuro and have 20 small lesions on brain.

InSoFla
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   Posted 4/16/2012 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Carrie,
 
After 2 years on Nexium, which didn't work, I had to stop it.
And then I found the food combining and slippery elm bark powder and BINGO, it worked like a charm. NO MORE GERD. No more Nexium. No more sleepless night with acid flowing up.
 
I strongly urge you to try both of these things. The link for food combining is a pretty good one, it gives lists of things that are no-nos in terms of food combining, and things that are ok. Very comprehensive. It's a resource I've had and go back to often. Well worth the money I spent on it.
 
When you try these things, please let me know how you progress.
I think you'll be amazed at its progress.
Dx - UC 09/2010.Tried various Mesalamine enemas/suppos/pills with Prednisone for several rounds without any help.PaleoDiet of proteins,veggies,salads, fruits, & protein shakes w/almond milk, Liquid Minerals& Vitamins,Maca powder,L-Glutamine 15g, D-Ribose 5g,L-ArgEthylEster,chia seeds,VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3 100,000 IU every 10 days.Transdermal LDN put me remission!

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 4/17/2012 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
food combining isnt too difficult. Eat in the following order:

Fruit First
Veggies next
tghen Meat OR starch.
Do not eat meat and starches together.
GERD people should not eat starches anyway

Do not drink water as you eat. I drink a glass of water at the end.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 4/17/2012 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Erica.

Insoflo, when I click on your link it takes me to a page selling the Great Taste No Pain system - there are no food combining instructions on that link, that I can see.

Thank you

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 4/17/2012 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Musica, how much almond milk do you drink for relief?

Thank you for mentioning almond milk - I don't know if it'll help my GERD but it's a nice addition to my dairy free regime (been dairy and wheat free for over 20 years).

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

InSoFla
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   Posted 4/17/2012 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
MMM,
 
You're right, the link explains the basic principles of food combining and why it's important. The book is very thorough and has long lists of which foods can and cannot be combined.
 
Basics are:
 - fruit on an empty stomach, and only 4 hours after any meal.
 - proteins can only be combined with veggies (non-starchy)
 - carbs can only be combined with starchy veggies
 - drink all the water you want, even throughout your meal
 
Hope this helps.
Dx - UC 09/2010.Tried various Mesalamine enemas/suppos/pills with Prednisone for several rounds without any help.PaleoDiet of proteins,veggies,salads, fruits, & protein shakes w/almond milk, Liquid Minerals& Vitamins,Maca powder,L-Glutamine 15g, D-Ribose 5g,L-ArgEthylEster,chia seeds,VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3 100,000 IU every 10 days.Transdermal LDN put me remission!

musicaes07
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   Posted 4/18/2012 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello
 I am so sorry I have been out the loop for a while since my GERd has simmer down and is not been that serious as it was before. But its still there... And WOW!! thanks everyone for the suggestions for helping me and others to make this GERD deamon cool off!!!
 
Thanks Ericapeace2000, I  have not heard of the Koufman diet, but i will look into it Thank you:) I notice you posted how  some foods should be eaten, I will tried that I have also heard that some people drink a glass of water before a meal.
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Low fat low carb. Look into the koufman diet
@@   mudmagnetmum  Veteran Member:: thank you for your input. Since I discover that almond milk works as relief, I have started to carry a ziplock bag with almonds everywhere and It works like  charm. However when acid  shoots up,  I eat an almond or two and no hearburn pain. I am glad that almonds works as relief, and i would rather eat almonds every day than take omprezole, prilosec, or zantac everyday.  I am comming to a conclusion that the acid reflux will always be there until the sphinter is close like its soppose to be. Here.. as a community we have come up with GREAT ideas to cope with GERD Which is AWWome!!    actually i am trying the exercises for the diaphragm, which may help hold things in place.. and yoga sounds  fun.. thanks everyone..

 

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 4/18/2012 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Dr Koufman has a book out which I have. There has been success from people if you read on amazon.com. My doctor confirms that a low fat, low carb diet full of lean meat, chicken, turkey and fish as well as veggies and fruits is not only a good reflux diet but also the healthiest diet, period. It takes some getting used to, but I have found it helpful. Almonds are also very good. I also carry a bag of almonds with me incase I get hungry and need to eat something quick. I also think chamimille tea non caffinated of course with honey has helped. I also drink purified aloe vera juice and manuka honey. I also have DGL tablets on hand.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 4/18/2012 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear of people doing so well. I haven't yet found one thing that gives immediate relief (or even within an hour) - not drugs, not DGL, aloe vera, any kind of drink (water and all forms of tea make it worse), or other natural remedies. I think licorice and marshmallow help but they have no impact during a flare up (which can last hours, days or weeks). I think I've already tried chewing almonds but maybe I'll try again . . . . .

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

musicaes07
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   Posted 4/18/2012 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
@mudmagnetmum
thanks for the response,  the almonds so far are doing the work for me... just a minute ago decided to take the risk and ate the famous indian momosa's I think i am spelling it wrong.. anyway this babies are delicious but spicy. delicious in the mouth but once they reach my esophagus I expected the burning sensation so I ate three,, and right after that took my magic litte almonds and 2 minutes later I was back to normal, but i did eat like 10 of them.. hope fully you find somthing that works for you,,, i have also hear that  a small protion of rice after a meal work... i have not tried it yet but i will later:)
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