Ive been fighting this GERD thing for over a year now. Long story short. GERD for me is caused by not enough acid NOT TOO MUCH.
AFter modifying my diet (removing all milk products) it was getting better, but never went away and I had keep taking these
proton pump inhibitors. Ive tried NEXIUM, PRILOSEC, and I have a standing prescription for Pariet, as well as carrying tums
and drinking soda water. And all of those medications for me gave me the most unbelievable constipation imaginable, burping, etc, etc...
Look Im not trying to sell anything, and Im trying to not be a fanatic about this, but my doctor and the specialist both told me that
my symptoms were from acid over production, but neither of them checked to measure my acid production.
Apparently there are some simple tests. But they sure were eager to line me up for a gastroscopy!!!
Finally my sister told me that after having the same diagnosis for a while, she went to see a naturopath. The naturopath said to get to
a health food store and get BETAINE with PEPSIN. Betain is really a beet source of Hydrochloric acid in a
gellcap, and of course pepsin is an enzyme. Im presently taking BETAINE with PEPSIN (the ones Im taking are 650 mg of Betaine with 162 mg of PEPSIN).
I take two with every meal, and I can even skip a meal. These cost me $21 for 180 pills (yes you figure it out cheap cheap cheap)
In one week I went from as bad as ever to being pretty much symptom free.
And I can pretty much eat anything I want (christmas turkey dinner for example) a couple of beers after work!!!!
In reading on the internet the theory is if there is not enough acid in the stomach the valve
on the top of the stomach doesnt realize that stomach is full of slightly acidic partially digested food, and it doesnt close fully.
The slightly acidic stuff leaks out of the top and hits the very sensitive areas that are not protected and you feel really bad.
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Find a naturopath in your area and go and see one. Like me you have absolutely nothing to loose!!!!!