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DANIE
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   Posted 10/22/2006 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Joan M
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   Posted 10/27/2006 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you danie...I read both articles and found them interesting

DANIE
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   Posted 12/10/2006 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
EVERYONE, PLEASE READ this article.......it basically says what I've said all along. Get off drugs if you have GERD, do so by trying some of the self-help methods. For some of you just starting to research, look back at previous postings to get alot of information.

imalukatic
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   Posted 12/11/2006 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Great article, and not surprising. There's many conditions that can be healed without drugs. I managed to avoid surgery to remove a grapefruit sized cyst from one of my ovaries using only holistic medicine. That was over 10 years ago and I haven't had any reoccurances. We really are the captains of our own vessels, if we learn how to tap into it.
 
I'm happy to say that my reflux problem is all but resolved at this time. Now I can concentrate on my Leaky Gut and get on with life.

sillylilly
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   Posted 12/11/2006 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Imalukatic,

So you have really cured your GERD with the alkaline diet? That's great news and encouraging to all of us.     I'm still struggling with trying to get off the meds.  I'm trying to wait for a window of opportunity where I don't have any obligations because I'm telling you seriously, that my acid reflux can be so bad that the burning chest is unbearable when I try to stop the meds.  Everyone says it's bad at first but I don't know how I would sleep...do you have any recommendations.  How long did it take for your burning to stop...I don't want to damage my esophagus and LES muscle any worse...I've just got my tongue back in condition because it had acid burn scarring on it and was very sensitive. 

Sillylilly


imalukatic
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   Posted 12/12/2006 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sillylilly,
 
Yes I've cured my acid problem, but it was with more than just an alkaline diet. I've been very careful. I've been poaching any chicken or fish I eat to eliminate additional fats. I haven't added butter to anything. I found that avoiding anything fried or fatty has been the key. I just started adding almond milk (make my own) to my diet and it's working nicely. I'm slowly trying to reintroduce some kind of fats back into my diet...I need to put on a few pounds. I also noticed throughout this whole thing that Candida was indeed a huge factor for me. So I've been avoiding things like starchy potatoes and even sweet potatoes. I had a little sweet potato a week ago and it caused a bit of a acid flare up, which surprised me. But after a couple of days of being careful and drinking lots of water, my stomach was ok again. I've even been waking up lying on my back without any acid taste in my mouth! And the biggest surprise...my anxiety level is almost nonexistent now. It never occured to me that it was mainly caused by freaking out over the acid stomach. But now that everything is calm, the anxiety is out of a job.
 
If I were you I'd try the alkaline diet and my method of eliminating fried or fatty foods for a week or so before stopping your meds. Then wean off them to see how it goes. I don't believe in jumping from one frying pan into another when you don't have to. Give your body a chance to adjust to the alkaline diet first and then cut back to see how it works for you. Baby steps.
 
As far as sleeping goes. Even tho I found it really uncomfortable the first while, I slept on my left side and found it made a tremendous difference in how I felt when I woke up. The sleep will come as your stomach settles down and your anxiety decreases accordingly. It will work for you, but be patient. Just one task at a time. Initially I could barely think past my current meal and kept myself distracted doing things in between meals. As you improve, you'll find that it's less stressful thinking ahead a little. Now I'm even thinking about Christmas without feeling anxious about it.
 
And make sure you're drinking LOTS of water. I found that sometimes in between meals when I could feel the dry burn in the throat starting, I'd just drink some warm water (with a little sea salt in it) and it seemed to calm down the sensation. I keep a thermos of warm water next to my bed so if I wake up and my mouth feels dry, I just open it up and take a couple of gulps and it does the trick. Saves me from having to run down to the kitchen in the middle of the night.
 
Have you checked your pH yet?
 
Luka
 
 

sillylilly
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   Posted 12/12/2006 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Luka,

Yes, I checked my Ph and it is in the normal range everytime so that's not the problem.  I have been on the alkaline diet now for about a week religiously except for yesterday and a friend brought me some Christmas candy so of course I had to try it and I wasn't feeling to bad yesterday but today, I have had that nagging little acid throat all day off and on.  One day seems good and the next bad. 

Anyway, I am going to wean myself little by little and see what happens.  Just have to find the right time. I know what you mean about the stress...I can feel acid as soon as I get agitated about something.  Then I have to really count to 10, tell myself it's psycological or drink water to get centered again. 

Thanks for keeping us posted.    Silly


MOB1123
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   Posted 12/13/2006 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Danie,

Can you list some alkaline foods for us. I think stress is the biggest issue. But I believe diet can definetly help and abo****ely can;t hurt. Let us know. THanks.

DANIE
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   Posted 12/13/2006 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
MOB,
Here is the site that will give you some good info. on alkaline foods.
I had posted it previously, if you look back at my postings you will get more information.

http://www.ccone.com/nh1/alkdiet.html

The problem is that alkaline sites don't differentiate between alkaline foods and good alkaline foods for GERD sufferers. For example, lemons are considered alkaline because the juice turns alkaline when it hits the stomach acid. They were used in ancient times by Romans/Greeks for the digestive system. Of course, they are not to be used by GERD sufferers since the problem they have is the esophagus is inflamed/irritated etc. so something that acid would do more harm going down.
That's why I was so helped by DGL licorice. I took it 20 minutes before eating and it coated my esophagus thereby protecting it from any food that was being swallowed.

These are some of the things I ate, if you look back I already basically posted these foods. I went on a very strict alkaline diet, basically mostly vegetarian but with protein such as tofu, quinoa grains, millet grains. You can eat poached chicken or poached white fish, such as flounder for protein too.
No oils, no fried foods.

I ate dried dates and dried figs since I didn't have any sugar in my diet and I craved something sweet.

I also ate alot of vegetables such as kale, collard greens, spinach, sweet potatoes.

Watermelon is the most alkaline fruit there is.

Plums, prunes, blueberries are the most acidic. Wheat, rice, pasta, milk products are all acidic.

I did take vitamin supplements such as a multivitamin, calcium citrate with magnesium, a B vitamin.

Hope this helps.

Danie

MOB1123
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   Posted 12/14/2006 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe candida is a factor as well. What is good way to correct the balance?

whiskeygirl
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   Posted 12/14/2006 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Danie:

Thanks for the article. I do believe that you need to get off the meds. I didn't go cold turkey, took it real slow and that seemed to help me a little bit.  The akaline diet is definetly a contributing factor. My only problem lately is the sore throat, seem to get that alot during the day and at nite. This is a fairly new symptom for me.

 

Whiskey Girl

 


imalukatic
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   Posted 12/14/2006 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on the Candida elimination diet for about 2 months now. It's very strict and it has to be in order to be of any long term benefit. No dairy, no sugars of any type (only exception is Stevia), no fruit for at least the first couple of months, no white rice, no white wheat flour, no white pasta, and stay away from starchy veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and squash. Forget fruit juices, too. Drink lots of water. Use probiotics and supplements designed to help rid the body of the yeast.
 
The biggest impact this diet has had on me so far is reduced my anxiety considerably. My head feels clear again. My bowel movements have become very regular. My skin is clear and smooth looking. Even my teeth look whiter. My main problem is the Leaky Gut Syndrome I'm dealing with, which was caused by the Candida in the first place. But my gut is healing nicely thanks to the Candida elimination diet. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who's not feeling well on an ongoing basis. Candida likely has alot to do with it. There's tons of info about it on-line.

imalukatic
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   Posted 12/14/2006 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Whiskeygirl, that sore throat could be from anxiety. It could also be from Candida, which alot of people have and aren't even aware of. I made the dumb mistake of eating sweet potatoes the other day and it made my throat act up again. It flared up my Candida. My tongue got a little coated over night and I noticed I had a bit of a sore throat, too. It's passing now, but it takes a few days to work it out of your system, and the side effects of the die-off of yeast can make you feel yucky, too. Have you been eating any dairy or starchy products?

whiskeygirl
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   Posted 12/14/2006 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Imalukatic:

Yes, I do have 1-2 slices of white bread per day. I'll try and cut that out and see if it helps.

thanks,

Whiskey Girl


imalukatic
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   Posted 12/14/2006 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Whiskeygirl...yes, cut out the white bread and anything else that might have sugar and/or yeast in it. Also stay away from fermented foods. Vinegar is the worst because it's derived from yeast. Basically I was told to avoid all condiments for the time being. Try it a while and see if it helps. It may even help with the acid reflux. It's worth the temporary sacrifice if it means you'll end up feeling alot better in the long run.
 
Luka

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   Posted 12/14/2006 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I will cut out the bread - but my biggest problem is what to eat for breakfast, I tried the puffed millets and it didn't sit well with me - I was eating it everyday for close to 2 weeks. What else is there for breakfast? Fruit by itself won't cut it for me. Any suggestions?

imalukatic
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   Posted 12/15/2006 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Were you putting milk on the puffed millet? If so it was more likely the dairy you were having a problem with. I use whole millet or quinoa and cook them. I add a little almond milk that I make myself, fruit, and sweeten with Stevia and add some cinnamon for extra flavor. Can you tolerate brown rice cakes? I love using those since I've been allergic to wheat for years. They're great with egg salad or your favorite spread or topping you'd normally use with bread. I know people who eat soup for breakfast. Just eat whatever appeals to you as long as you can tolerate it.
 
In what way did the puffed millet not sit well with you? Just wondering.
 
By the way, almond milk, or any nut milk is easy to make and is actually quite delicious when used with other foods. The recipe I have for almond milk is thick and creamy and you have the option to save the strained almond bits and use them as topping for cereal, or for adding to other recipes. If you're interested let me know and I'll write out the recipe for you. All you need is a blender.
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