Best Diet for me so far

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ericapeace2000
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   Posted 3/25/2013 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
 The past year I have done a lot of research on diets and suppliments. What has been working best for me has been a combination of Koffman's diet with the Fast Track Diet (Dr. Norm).  I take the PH level of foods (eating higher PH) from Koffman and the avoidance of all carbs with moderate and high fermantation potential from Dr. Norm.  I find that I have to eat gluten free still as well as low dairy and lower fat (for right now as I have been so far removed from fat for so long).  I am still on Nexium, but do have future plans to ween off if possible. I have been on the diet for 2 weeks and I am going to give it another 2 weeks to decide if I should go down to 20mg of nexium versus the 40mg I am on.  As I said, I am not symptom free but this combination has been the best for me so far.
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough) ; Gluten free since 2012; low dairy since 2012

sunbeam48
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   Posted 3/25/2013 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Erica, I'm glad to hear you are doing well.

Alexxx
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   Posted 3/25/2013 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Sunbeam just told me about great success with the fast track diet and i just e mailed the autor to see if he thinks it would help me because i have also bile reflux in the majority of cases.
Lets see what he answers, but i might have to do something like you since I also have gastritis because of the bile reflux and i cant tolerate acid foods. Fat does not work well for me because of the bile reflux so i just tolerate a few nuts (i think this agrees with the fast track diet). Lastly and sadly i have allergies to dairy (casein and lactose) as well as wheat so this complicates things for me.
Oh I forgot.. i have a Little adrenal fatigue and a few minutes ago i realized high glycemic foods which are some of the ones with low fermentation potential have to be consumed moderately since they make adrenal fatigue worse...
I might have to end up carrots (not a lot because of the FP) and chicken!! LOL =)
I just started an homeopathy treatment and i´ll see how it goes..
PPIs gave me this terrible bile reflux.. all i had was a Little burning in my stomach and after 15 days on omeprazole BUM!!! All the bad symptoms appear which i know now are bile reflux after my endoscopy.
But you know what?? Even though its hard, we have to stay positive and think we´ll get well because being negative only makes symptoms worse. I thought after a year with reflux 24/7 nothing good would come out of my endoscopy but you never know!!
Hopefully Dr Norm would be able to help me since all the doctors I know just give me partial ones.
Just wanted to let you know you are not alone in this fight.
You all in this fórum are such a nice group of people!!!

Pat Tall
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   Posted 3/25/2013 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Alexxx. Keep us posted on what Dr Norm has to say about bile reflux or is it bile acid? I've been told there is a difference. I have the Fast Track book and implement as much as possible but don't know if it help specifically with bile. Thanks for listening. Best regards.

Alexxxxx
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   Posted 3/25/2013 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I sure will...hopefully he will answer. From what i understand there are very few options for bile reflux...basically bile goes up to your. Stomach and then since the les is not working goes up to the esophagus as well. The doc told me bile is alkaline but it does damage the stomach and esophagus...that is why i have gastritis also. My endoscopy shows a nasty yellow liquid in the stomach even though i had not eaten in 10 hours!
My symptoms are burning at times but that is mostly from gastritis and a 24/7 lump in my throat..no pain...nothing else.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 3/25/2013 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Sunbeam: Thank you for sharing the diet and for checking in on me.
 
Norm's theory is that Small Intenstinal Bacterial Overgrowth  from eating hard to digest carbohydrates causes excess inflammation and gas in the small intestine which then puts pressure on the stomach and the LES, which from all the pressure pops open when it should not. It is posible that if this diet eliminates the issues in the small intestine , it may help  the LES function better, thus helping with bile reflux.  I hope that makes sense. I am not a doctor, I am just guessing!
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough) ; Gluten free since 2012; low dairy since 2012

Alexxx
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   Posted 3/26/2013 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Erica... I think you got it right from what i´ve read so far!! .No answer yet =(.. but today im trying chia seeds after meals.. someone told me to take physillum husk but those hurt my stomach an bloat me so i searched around and i found that chia seeds do the same thing.. if you take them dry they are suppossed to soak up the excess of acid.i´ll try for a couple of days and let you know!
In the meantime we will wait for Norm´s answer hopefully!
Here is the link and she answered me she uses them to stop her reflux. I know we sould not believe everything we find but chia seeds are actually pretty healthy and a good source of omega 3 so if it does not do anything for my gerd ant least should help inflammation and other things fatty acids do!!
http://www.naturalremi-teas.com/Natural-Remedy-for-GerdIBS.htm

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 3/28/2013 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Any response from Dr. Norm?
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normjr1
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   Posted 5/23/2013 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alexxx,
Your email may have escaped me, so if I haven't answered, I can answer it right here. Erica has it right. The whole premise of the Fast Tract Diet is to remove the excess fuel from difficult-to-digest carbs that can feed bacterial overgrowth leading to gas, intragastric pressure and reflux which contains not only acid but bile, enzymes and bacteria. Stopping the reflux should limit bile reflux as well.

bazza76
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   Posted 5/24/2013 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
sounds interesting this, have to check it out thanks Erica! good luck with the diet!

fight-gerd
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   Posted 6/12/2013 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Dr. Norm: I would love to have your advise and consulatation. Let me know how to reach you - or - pls. see if you can drop me a line.

Thanks

Pat Tall
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   Posted 6/12/2013 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2594335

Fight-gerd. He has web site, his book is available on Amazon. The above link gives loads of info about the Fast Tract Diet. There are several forum members following the diet. Hope you receive this note. Wish you the best. His email address is on his web site.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 6/12/2013 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Norm can be reached for consultation through the digestive Health Institute.  I found his consultation invaluable.  The book is a good start, but he gave me additional ideas to try.  Email is Rhea@digestivehealthinstitute.com<Rhea@digestivehealthinstitute.com>;
 

fight-gerd
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   Posted 6/13/2013 9:28 PM (GMT 0)   
Thanks for the replies. One question

Fast track says eating fatty food is OK - e.g. Cream
Koufmann says eating fatty food is not OK.

Any opinions ?

sunbeam48
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   Posted 6/14/2013 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
My LPR symptoms improved while I was on the Koufman diet, it was developed for people with LPR. While on the Fast Tract diet I was able to get off my meds, it treated the underlying GERD more effectively. I still have occasional heartburn, controlled by taking a TUMS.

fight-gerd
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   Posted 6/16/2013 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
sunbeam - Did your weight drop before or after this diet ?

sunbeam48
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   Posted 6/16/2013 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
My weight has been pretty stable. I lost 10 pounds when I first developed GERD because I couldn't eat much, but I slowly healed, went back to my normal weight. I'm pretty active, so that helps control my weight. Neither of these diets changed my weight.
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