Silent Reflux

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux, is a long-term condition where stomach contents come back up into the esophagus resulting in either symptoms or complications.Symptoms include the taste of acid in the back of the mouth, heartburn, bad breath, chest pain, vomiting, breathing problems, and wearing away of the teeth. Complications include esophagitis, esophageal strictures, and Barrett’s esophagus.

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Chris Kresser on GERD What Everybody Ought To Know (But Doesn’t) About Heartburn & GERD by Chris Kresser. March 29, 2010 The hidden causes of heartburn and GERD by Chris Kresser. April 1, 2010 More evidence to support the theory that GERD is caused by bacterial overgrowth by Chris Kresser. April 2, 2010 How your antacid drug is making you sick (Part A). by Chris Kresser. April 10, 2010 How your antacid drug is making you sick (Part B) by Chris Kresser. April 12, 2010 Get rid of heartburn and GERD forever in three simple steps by Chris Kresser. April 16, 2010

Norm Robillard - Digestive Health Institute

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Dr. Jamie Koufman - The Voice Institute of New York

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Dr. Mercola Website Mercola - Non-Drug Options for GERD - October 12, 2002 How to Treat GERD - April 23, 2003 - By Tom Cowan, MD Heartburn Can Be Treated Without Hazardous, Habit Forming Drugs - March 02, 2016 - By Dr. Mercola 15 Natural Home Remedies for the Treatment of Heartburn, Acid Reflux and Ulcers - April 28, 2014 - By Dr. Mercola

1. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar

As mentioned earlier, acid reflux typically results from having too little acid in your stomach. You can easily improve the acid content of your stomach by taking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water.

2. Betaine

Another option is to take a betaine hydrochloric supplement, which is available in health food stores without prescription. You'll want to take as many as you need to get the slightest burning sensation and then decrease by one capsule. This will help your body to better digest your food, and will also help kill the H. pylori bacteria.

3. Baking soda

One-half to one full teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in an eight-ounce glass of water may ease the burn of acid reflux as it helps neutralize stomach acid. I would not recommend this as a regular solution but it can sure help in an emergency when you are in excruciating pain.

4. Aloe juice

The juice of the aloe plant naturally helps reduce inflammation, which may ease symptoms of acid reflux. Drink about 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice before meals. If you want to avoid its laxative effect, look for a brand that has removed the laxative component.

5. Ginger root or chamomile tea

Ginger has been found to have a gastroprotective effect by blocking acid and suppressing helicobacter pylori.9 According to a 2007 study,10 it's also far superior to lansoprazole for preventing the formation of ulcers, exhibiting six- to eight-fold greater potency over the drug! This is perhaps not all that surprising, considering the fact that ginger root has been traditionally used against gastric disturbances since ancient times. Add two or three slices of fresh ginger root to two cups of hot water. Let steep for about half an hour. Drink about 20 minutes or so before your meal. Before bed, try a cup of chamomile tea, which can help soothe stomach inflammation and help you sleep.

6. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for addressing any infectious component. Once your vitamin D levels are optimized, you're also going to optimize your production of about 200 antimicrobial peptides that will help your body eradicate any infection that shouldn't be there. As I've discussed in many previous articles, you can increase your vitamin D levels through appropriate amounts of sun exposure, or through the use of a safe tanning bed. If neither of those are available, you can take an oral vitamin D3 supplement; just remember to also increase your vitamin K2 intake.

7. Astaxanthin

This exceptionally potent antioxidant was found to reduce symptoms of acid reflux in patients when compared to a placebo, particularly in those with pronounced helicobacter pylori infection.11 Best results were obtained at a daily dose of 40 mg.

8. Slippery elm

Slippery elm coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines, and contains antioxidants that can help address inflammatory bowel conditions. It also stimulates nerve endings in your gastrointestinal tract. This helps increase mucus secretion, which protects your gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity. The University of Maryland Medical Center12 makes the following adult dosing recommendations:
        Tea: Pour 2 cups boiling water over 4 g (roughly 2 tablespoons) of powdered bark, then steep for 3 - 5 minutes. Drink 3 times per day.
        Tincture: 5 mL 3 times per day.
        Capsules: 400 - 500 mg 3 - 4 times daily for 4 - 8 weeks. Take with a full glass of water.
        Lozenges: follow dosing instructions on label.

9. Chinese herbs for the treatment of "Gu" symptoms caused by chronic inflammatory diseases

So-called "Gu" symptoms include digestive issues associated with inflammation and pathogenic infestation. For more information about classical herbs used in Chinese Medicine for the treatment of such symptoms, please see the article, "Treating Chronic Inflammatory Diseases with Chinese Herbs: 'Gu Syndrome' in Modern Clinical Practice," published by the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

10. Glutamine

Research published in 2009 found that gastrointestinal damage caused by H. pylori can be addressed with the amino acid glutamine, found in many foods, including beef, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables. L-glutamine, the biologically active isomer of glutamine, is also widely available as a supplement.

11. Folate or folic acid (vitamin B9) and other B vitamins

As reported by clinical nutritionist Byron Richards,15 research suggests B vitamins can reduce your risk for acid reflux. Higher folic acid intake was found to reduce acid reflux by approximately 40 percent. Low vitamin B2 and B6 levels were also linked to an increased risk for acid reflux. The best way to raise your folate levels is by eating folate-rich whole foods, such as liver, asparagus, spinach, okra, and beans.

Mercola youtube Dr. Mercola on the Real Causes of Acid Reflux

allergies: caffeine usually too little stomach acid Himalayan salt. Treating Chronic Inflammatory Diseases with Chinese Herbs: “Gu Syndrome” in Modern Clinical Practice by Heiner Fruehauf

What Causes Heartburn?

After food passes through your esophagus into your stomach, a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) closes, preventing food or acid to move back up. Acid reflux occurs when the LES relaxes inappropriately, allowing acid from your stomach to flow (reflux) backward into your esophagus. But it's important to understand that acid reflux is not a disease caused by excessive acid production in your stomach; rather it's a symptom more commonly related to:
  • Hiatal hernia1
  • Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection (H. pylori bacteria is thought to affect more than half of the world's population, and has been identified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization2)
While these two conditions are unrelated, many who have a hiatal hernia also have H. pylori, which cause a chronic low-level inflammation of your stomach lining that can result in an ulcer3 and associated symptoms. If you have a hiatal hernia, physical therapy on the area may work and many chiropractors are skilled in this adjustment. The hypothesis that H. pylori infection is responsible, or at least a major factor, for producing the symptoms of acid reflux stems from the work done by Dr. Barry Marshall, an Australian physician, during the early 1980s.

Martie Whittekin

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Dr. Thomas F. Lee

Dr. Thomas F. Lee is a retired Biology professor and author of seven books. He has been diagnosed with LPR. This blog acts as a running update for his ebook, "All About LPR: The Silent Reflux Story" available on

All About LPR by Dr. Thomas F. Lee

Hiatal Hernia - Josh Axw DNM, DC, CNS

Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine. In 2008, he started Exodus Health Center, which grew to become one of the largest functional medicine clinics in the world. Dr. Axe has created the second-most visited natural health website in the world at, which has over 10 million monthly visitors, where the main topics include nutrition, natural medicine, fitness, healthy recipes, home remedies and trending health news. Acid Reflux Symptoms, Causes & Natural Treatments