A Three-Step Program Program for Preventing Esophageal Cancer (Dr. Kaufmann)

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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 5/11/2012 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
My dr. tells me I have extremely low risk and all cancer develops from Barrett's. Some of these seem to be contracticed by Koufmann.

http://www.jamiekoufman.com/2012/05/10/a-three-step-program-program-for-preventing-esophageal-cancer/

To be honest I have in general had a bad feeling about her and feel like she is scare-mongering at times. Just my opinion though, and I can't say I base it on much more than a general feeling having read her stuff.

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 5/11/2012 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Also, she notes an irregular Z-line as pre-Barrett’s. Anyone seen this before? I have an irregular z-line, but was told its common when you have a hernia...

WJF
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   Posted 5/11/2012 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Fear arises from mind not from words and text. With a clear mind and understanding of the facts and figures, we are able to separate the truths and non-truths in the text. Then fear will not arise.

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 5/12/2012 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry, WJF, I have to disagree on this one, although I usually agree with you 100%. From what I have seen in this article, Dr. Koufman uses inflammatory statements which are meant to scare people. Her statement that acid reflux is THE cause of esophageal cancer is false, misleading, and fear mongering.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 5/12/2012 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I have benefitted significantly from the Koufman diet, but I agree with what has been posted here. There are many gaps in her book, and the fear-mongering about Barrett's and esophageal cancer is the worst. Her book also includes an anecdotal story about this diet "curing" Barrett's. This is just not believeable to me.

stkitt
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   Posted 5/12/2012 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
JPT,
 
The article you posted:

This research study was sponsored by the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A. The authors have no other funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Each of us takes away from a research study what we choose.

Kindly,

Kitt 


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aeshleyrose
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   Posted 5/12/2012 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, JPT, but to call other members' opinions "ridiculous" is offensive to me.

DOGGBONES
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   Posted 5/12/2012 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm torn right down the middle on Koufman. Sometimes "she" really seems to think/look outside the box, and other times I agree there seems to be fear mongering. Having said that, I do follow her low acid low fat diet 80% of the time but I also try to do low carbs and other methods as well.
 
I've posted on here my personal diet, meds, and natural methods on the post barretts gone. I was dx with barretts in June 2011, and after following my plan I was declared in March barretts free. So what "healed" my barretts? Which was it, the western meds, Koufman, or natural methods? Was it all combined?
 
I have not read Koufmans book, so I'm not sure if I followed her method to cure barretts but I will try to read that part of it .
 
I will say I think they're all in it together (DR.'s, governments, pharm.)! Sick people make "a lot" of money for the people that make the world go round. Yes, I get a little bitter over the fact "they" can make a ie; phone do 100 things (gps, internet, banking, stock trading, bla, bla), but they can't "find" cures for all these illness that have been around for 1,000 of years.
 
Doggbones
 

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/12/2012 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree Doggbones. I respect Dr. Kouffman and I think she has a great guide for how to help manage our condition. The issue here is that there are so many ideas and theories about reflux and not a lot of real solutions. Many articles and research contradict each other and as the sufferers, we are left confused and frustrated. Doctors are not on the same page and Reflux is still poorly understood. My thing is that you have to just do your best to follow the diet and whatever works for you either medication or natural remedies. Make sure you get checked out and tested. You can't worry about getting cancer everyday or you will live your life in fear and miss out in it.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/12/2012 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
The diet does help but it doesn't elliviate all the symptoms in me and others. Maybe it will over time but it does help.

sk55
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   Posted 5/12/2012 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
What was this post about anyway?

This is not the first time someone post something about dr k. Just to put something negative about her.

Some dr. are lax about cancer and some dr. Are more aggressive about cancer.

Just because u don't agree with her research. It doesn't make her a fear monger.


Why can't we just talk about the good things shes done? Like providing hope and relif to a lot of LPR suffers.

stkitt
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   Posted 5/13/2012 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
sk55,
 
This is a discussion of members opinions:

Discussions however, should be balanced and suggestions concerning the scientific validity of such remedies are open for discussion also. We are all entitled to our opinions and when those differ from one another, we can show respect even if we disagree.

I believe that the members have eached shared their opinions and at this point I do not see any deliberate flaming. If you wish to post in this thread I would ask that you share your opinions respectfully.

At this time I will allow this thread to remain open.

Kindly,

Kitt

 


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refluxguy
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   Posted 5/13/2012 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
according to my gastroenterology Doc GERD can lead to cancer - he determined I was at a pre-cancer stage.
By no means did he give me the idea there was 100% change of progressing to cancer - rather, because i was at this pre-cancer stage, the chances of cancer were higher then if i were not at a pre-cancer stage.

I found a natural product that worked wonders for me and my gerd is no longer the issue it was - not gone completely but on a scale of 1 to 10, where i was a 10, I am now a 1. I get more heartburn than reflux and manage it quite easily.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/13/2012 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
What is the natural product u use?

DOGGBONES
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   Posted 5/14/2012 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Me too??? So what was the product?

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/14/2012 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I think he said he was using Manukaguard Nutralise - Manuka honey with ACV

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