I've been waiting for a couple of months to post here because I wanted to be sure my experiment to cure my GERD actually is working. I think it might.
I'm not here to sell anything, so keep reading. I fixed my problem for $2.79 a month by taking 3+/- tablespoons of raw wheat bran daily in a cup of hot water, washed down with coffee or tea. Seriously. I started this regimen about
3 months ago. I'm now down to maybe an Alka Seltzer 1 or 2 times a week. And still taking my wheat bran cocktail every morning.
History: At it's worst I was on 80mg of Protonix daily. That was 5 years ago. Lots of stress due to death of my husband from cancer. I hated the Protonix because it created such bad constipation and trapped gas high up in my chest, like around my diaphragm. Really uncomfortable.
Gradually I moved back to 40mg of Omeprazole (Prilosec) but that didn't always work. I was still having GERD attacks several times a week, and daily if I didn't take the Omeprazole. And the Omeprazole caused constipation too, so then I was taking senna at night. And just never feeling very good at all either.
A few months ago I remembered taking wheat bran in the late 70s (along with brewer's yeast for vitamin B, etc.) and I just thought why not try it and see if it would at least get me off the senna laxative every day.
I NEVER thought it would get rid of the GERD, too! But it did. And of course it has a great side effect of extremely high fiber so everything is extremely streamlined now. I feel a whole lot better, too. More energy. No more gas, distention, constipation or heart burn, unless I'm under a lot of stress and then I take an Alka Seltzer.
Try this and see if it doesn't work. Give it at least 2-3 weeks to really start working for you and then give it a couple of months to get completely off the ant-acids, etc. Initially I actually started taking the wheat bran cocktail twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. Now I've backed it down to just the morning dose.
I used to be big on natural remedies and then became disenchanted with them over the years, but wheat bran has really worked for me. Some big grocery stores sell it, otherwise you have to get it in health food stores. It will simply say "Wheat Bran" on the label. Google Red Mill brands if you are not familiar with it.
GOOD LUCK! Get off the Rx!!!
Post Edited (AnnaBean) : 2/4/2014 6:46:17 PM (GMT-7)