DGL Licorice and why doctors don't mention this

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phixgrrrl
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   Posted 6/28/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I've heard good things about this w/regard to gerd. I have 3 questions:
-does this help on someone who's esophagus closes at the bottom (I guess the main reason for gerd) or does it just help w/stomach lining?
-why has neither of my docs recommended this?
-Any other "natural" remedies you suggest that you've had luck with?

I even read that the DGL Licorice is better than the Rx meds. Is it good enough to go off my Prevacid? I worry about the Prevacid b/c when I go off it, everything is worse.

gpalmos
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   Posted 6/28/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Dr. Andrew Weil is a big proponent.

Also, there is a forum member here, I beleve the name is Danie, and that member is aslo a big proponent.

As for, me it truly works. It has not gotten me off PPis but it has certainly help lessen my acidity.

DANIE
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   Posted 7/8/2007 4:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Great to hear that someone else has been helped by DGL licorice (does not cause high blood pressure, that part has been taken out).
I can testify that it healed me and many others that listened to me (on this site and in real life). At the very least it's gotten people of the darn drugs that will eventually cause you many more problems.
Good luck everyone - try this, what do you have to lose!
You have only to gain your good health and your life again. I know when I had GERD last summer, I had no life!!

DANIE
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   Posted 7/8/2007 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
gpalmos,
I know someone that was on nexium for 10 years and is controlling his gerd with only DGL now. He is waiting for the day when he can go off the DGL but I keep telling him it might take more than a couple of months.
Hope you will try to go off the PPI's you're on soon.

Ocaladee
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   Posted 7/14/2007 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I am very interested in your alkaline diet and DGL licorice treatment for GERDS.   So far I have not been able to determine what food is or isn't helping.  I have given up all obvious acids (coffee, cokes, nicotine, spicy foods, fried foods, etc), but am still having problems.  I am new to the forum and can not seem to find your post on the diet. 
Thank you
Ocaladee

porcelain doll
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   Posted 7/14/2007 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Ocaladee, I too am desperately trying to get off the PPI but you have to be careful about it.  You have to wean your self off very slowly because if you don't you are going to get "rebound acid" and be miserable for quite a while.  Here is my strategy!  First, I was on a double dose of Nexium for months 40mg twice a day, then I switched 40mg a.m. dose, then 20 mg p.m. dose, it has been day #3 that I have been taking 20mg a.m. dose and 20mg p.m. dose (when I went down I had some slight discomfort/chest pain but I will have to see how I will do today).  Then probably in 3 weeks I will take 10mg a.m. dose, then 10 mg in the p.m. Hopefully, after 3 weeks of that I will see how I am doing and then try an H-2 blocker like Zantac.  While all of this is taking place, I am vigilant about my diet (staying away from the gerd offending foods, spicy, fried, carbonated drinks, no coffee, etc...)  Also, I am using the DGL as recommended by Danie.  The only thing I have noticed with the DGL is that my stool is very dark in color sometimes with a reddish tinge (I know too much information).  I was wondering if this is normal?  I know it isn't blood because I would be able to tell.  Look at this website as this is how I got the idea to wean myself off.  These doctors just dispense these PPI like crazy but never bother to tell us about the negative long term effects.  I wish you luck but don't quite cold turkey.  Porcelain Doll Maker....
 
check this website on weaning off PPI:  www.acponline.org/journals/news/jul-aug04/ppis.htm

friendlygal
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   Posted 7/14/2007 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
DANIE, I am so glad to hear that DGL worked for you.  MY LPR is at such a terrible stage that it affects my social life (I can't date, I am in pain and major discomfort 24/7).  I tried DGL.  It didn't work for me.  For people in my case, should I just take more DGL than others, in order for it to work??  I think that because our bodies are different and because some of us might have more extreme conditions, not everyone is as easily curable...But, I will try it again.

friendlygal
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   Posted 7/15/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   

indersonu, thanks for your advice.  but i've tried everything.

i thought i wasn't supposed to eat wheat bread so i'm really confused about whole wheat products.  are you saying that i can eat wheat bread?


friendlygal
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   Posted 7/15/2007 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I'm taking PPIs.  I have just read on the computer how difficult it is to treat severe LPR.  And mine is extremely bad.  So that must be why it is so, so difficult for me to get rid of mine.  I even read that some people in extreme situations like mine take PPIs 3 or 4 times a day!!!! 

DANIE
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   Posted 7/23/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I found that 1-2 DGL tablets were not working for me so I went to 3-4 after I read Dr. Weil's advice on taking it.  That apparently worked.  Have to take them consistently though and always before going to bed at night. 
I was also on a totally alkaline diet.....go back to the summer months of last year to see all my postings on it.  I started the pages so they aren't buried somewhere.

friendlygal
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   Posted 7/23/2007 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Danie, I tried 3-4 tablets consistently...I'm not saying that what you are saying won't work for someone else...It's just that for me, personally, that doesn't work...
 
Maybe someday it will, but not now...and i tried it for months...

DANIE
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   Posted 7/23/2007 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Friendlygal,

Sorry you haven't had any success.  I was taking the DGL but on a very strict alkaline diet along with it.  Not that easy to do but I have very strong willpower.

Wishing you well.


friendlygal
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   Posted 7/23/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I have extremely strong willpower too, believe you me.  I also tried an alkaline diet.  But I got GERD from not eating, and I was so thin (108, I know it's not thin for people who are used to that weight, but that was very thin for me)...I'm lucky I'm alive.
 
So maybe having a strict diet wasn't a good thing for me, coming off of not eating at all...

GassyLassy
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   Posted 7/31/2007 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi folks,

Friendly girl, just interested in your comment that you got GERD from not eating, could you explain that a bit more please? :-)


friendlygal
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   Posted 7/31/2007 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   

GassyLassy (intersting screen name. :)),

I didn't eat after my cat died, I didn't eat after other really bad events...And then my stomach started to digest itself and I ended up with "vigorous GERD" (that's what my reports say), a twisted colon, and severe LPR.

 

 


GassyLassy
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   Posted 7/31/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi friendly,

Thats interesting to me, i also have Crohns (hence screename :-) ) so i have bouts when i don't eat much and i noticed thats when the GERD kicked in most.  I'm having a bad attack at the moment, i'm new to GERD so not sure of all the ailments, i have blistered bumpy tongue at back, my mouth, gums, tongue are all burnt and my throat feels swollen, usual symptoms i guess, but i've been on omeprazole for over a month thought it might have kicked in by now?  Just wanted to know...when do you go back to doc?


friendlygal
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   Posted 7/31/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   

GassyLassy,

I'm going to go to a naturopath who is also a physician.

I am tired of GIs.  Nexium made me feel so sick.  PPIs just don't work for me.


GassyLassy
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   Posted 7/31/2007 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
That should be interesting to see what they come up with.....hope it goes well for you :-)

Halls
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   Posted 7/31/2007 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
PPI's don't work for me either Please let us know what the Naturopath doctor says. I'm interested to know what treatment they put you on.

friendlygal
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   Posted 7/31/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Sure, I'll be going to the naturopath tomorrow.

UCH, I just tried to eat like a normal person (since I know that I have been going hungry every day, due to all the pain from eating.)...So I pushed myself to eat today, small portions throughout the day.  I am terribly bloated now and the GERD is at full swing.

I may have gotten this from starvation, but now that I have it eating makes the GERD bad too.  It's like nothing works!!  I really hope the naturopath works.  She's actually a naturopath and a homeopath. 

I'm burping up a storm now.  uch!

friendlygal


Halls
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   Posted 7/31/2007 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
bless your heart friendly gal. I wish you the best of luck tomorrow. I am ok when eating small healthy meals during the week, but once I eat a burger with fries or something like that on the weekends I start getting bad GERD!

friendlygal
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   Posted 8/1/2007 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Halls, then it sounds like PPIs DO work for you (if you are fine when you eat healthy meals)...

Halls
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   Posted 8/1/2007 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not on any PPI's and I didn't say they don't work for me, they do, I just can't take them because of the nasty side effects!!!!!!

friendlygal
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   Posted 8/1/2007 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Halls said...
PPI's don't work for me either Please let us know what the Naturopath doctor says. I'm interested to know what treatment they put you on.
Halls, OK, well you said that they didn't work for you...Glad if they do then!

Halls
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   Posted 8/1/2007 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
No, I didn't say they don't work for me, I said I can't take them because of the side effects. I'm not glad they work for me cause I can't take them so there is nothing to be glad about. I get severe headaches on all of them, dry mouth, tight muscles, dizziness, and overall just feel awful on them, so in a sense they do not work for me because I can't take them.
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