New Here - I THINK I might have kicked my GERD

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AnnaBean
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   Posted 2/4/2014 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
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)


AnnaBean
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   Posted 2/4/2014 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
P.S. The reason I take the wheat bran in hot water and then wash it down with tea or coffee is because it is like swallowing sawdust. There's no flavor, not offensive, but if you drink it in hot water it goes down the esophagus easier. At least for me.

Any questions, just ask. I am glad to help anybody cope with this awful problem. I was looking down the road at surgery if I didn't get this situation under control.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 2/4/2014 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you! Getting off acid-reducing meds enables your digestive system to heal slowly. I just take TUMS occasionally, not every day. I was on Nexium 80 Mg and still not well controlled. The gas definitely pushed stomach acid up into my esophagus. Once I controlled the gas, most of my heartburn was eliminated.

AnnaBean
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   Posted 2/4/2014 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmmm....I wonder if this isn't a "chicken or egg" thing.

I've had GERD for almost 30 years and tried everything from TUMS to Pepcid AC all the way up to the big leagues. Nothing has worked well until now.

But it seemed that the Rx were causing the gas, not the disorder itself.

Jasper607
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   Posted 2/9/2014 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Just curious, what do you think the wheat bran contains that has stopped the GERD. I am gluten sensitive and watch my intake of all grains. And it seems that high carb food also is a contributor. I have had LPR or GERD for 5 years but don't really have a definite diagnosis. But I suffer every day, and I've had every test there is out there. Thanks for your reply😊

AnnaBean
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   Posted 2/9/2014 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Jasper607 said...
Just curious, what do you think the wheat bran contains that has stopped the GERD. I am gluten sensitive and watch my intake of all grains. And it seems that high carb food also is a contributor. I have had LPR or GERD for 5 years but don't really have a definite diagnosis. But I suffer every day, and I've had every test there is out there. Thanks for your reply😊


I don't know how or why it works on my GERD. Maybe it works as a sponge or something. I just asked my husband. He says he thinks it acts as a sponge and absorbs the acid. Makes sense. It's just raw wheat bran, the outer hull of the wheat kernel.

Only 50 calories for 3 tablespoons and that's all I need daily.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 2/10/2014 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Over the time I've belonged to this forum, I've seen an amazing variety of stories and remedies. These stories reflect a lot of individual differences, and also the fact that what one believes in will often work.

AnnaBean
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   Posted 2/10/2014 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
sunbeam48 said...
Over the time I've belonged to this forum, I've seen an amazing variety of stories and remedies. These stories reflect a lot of individual differences, and also the fact that what one believes in will often work.


Faith didn't fix my heartburn, and I truly believed for a couple of years that Omeprazole would, but it didn't. A drug that turns off the pump that creates stomach acid is a temporary fix and a bad long-term plan. A natural food that absorbs the acid and promotes regularity is a mechanical action, and it works great if you have no problems with allergies to anything in wheat.

I hope anyone here who had GERD as bad as I did will try it.
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