Too little/too much acid?

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   Posted 10/21/2006 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
  In reading the various postings re: the efficacy of vinegar, DGL licorice, etc., I am wondering if anyone has believed what doctors have said:  that the cause of GERD might be too much acid or NOT ENOUGH acid.  This would explain why certain things offer no relief to some, and help others.

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   Posted 10/22/2006 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I read somewhere that the real culprit is the sphincter muscle itself and the acid comes up because it is spasming at the wrong time. This might be true because at night when everything is quite I can hear this very tiny sound of something squirting up in my esophagus and obviously I wasn't even eating anything. It's a very faint sounding little pulse that sounds like squirting. I think that's why we have heartburn at night even when we haven't had anything to eat for hours.

Has anyone else experienced this? Anyway, the man who wrote the article said that he tried 1000 mg of magnesium and in one month his GERD was gone. Evidently magnesium has a calming effect on the stomack. Of course, he stayed on a maintence dose to prevent further flareups.

What do you all think about this?

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   Posted 10/22/2006 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
The sphincter actually loosens and therefore allows acid to come up into the esophagus from the stomach.
SLEEP ON LEFT SIDE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, the acid can't come into esophagus then.
I have been taking magnesium, any one thing or multiple things can help us. Just have to be willing
to try them and avoid eating foods that will not allow us to heal the esophagus.
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