Say Goodbye to Acid Reflux!

Say Goodbye to Acid Reflux!

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a painful, chronic health condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter (a muscular valve between the esophagus and stomach) relaxes, which causes the contents in the stomach to travel up the esophagus. This may cause painful acidic burning of the esophagus.

Obesity, pregnancy, and certain prescription medications can contribute to GERD as well as eating an unhealthy diet. Most physicians are quick to write a prescription to alleviate the condition instead of suggesting dietary changes. Long-term use of antacids are associated with many health problems, including vitamin B-12 deficiency and an increased risk of bone fractures. According to Dr. John McDougall, "Antacid pills are powerful enough to stop the production of acid by the stomach; to believe they have no other effects on the body is naive. Common long term side effects include: breast swelling in males (gynecomasty), loss of libido, impotence, mental confusion, and headache." He also says that we should not be surprised that they can temporarily or permanently affect cognitive functions of the brain.

Thankfully, diet and lifestyle modifications can quickly relieve the symptoms and arrest this painful and serious condition. Dr. John McDougall states, "The majority of people who attend my clinic report having frequent indigestion and about 25% are taking antacids when they arrive. Within a day of changing their diet almost all of them have discarded their antacids pills and are free of all stomach distress." This is pretty much my experience as well with the participants of the Engine 2 Immersions while I served as Medical Director, as well as with my own patients. 

If Dr. McDougall's participants are still having trouble, he asks them to stop the raw vegetables (especially the onions, green peppers, radishes, and cucumbers), all fruit juice (the whole fruit is fine), and hot spices. He will also raise the head of their bed by 4 to 6 inches." These are also strategies I agree with. 

Dr. McDougall's Medical Message on GERD is 3 minutes in length.

For additional information regarding GERD and asthma, click on the following links: 

(1) How do You Spell Relief?

(2) Better Breathing from Diet

John McDougall MD Links

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  1. Sean Carney

Please be aware everybody that the comment supplied by Guest - Elizabeth links to an Internet advertisement page which will attempt to hard sell you books and other resources. I suspect it was submitted here to increase search engine optimization ratings for that page.

Interestingly people who adopt our Starch-Smart System see acid reflux become a thing of the past without having to take or perform any other remedial actions! For more information on the Starch-Smart System visit http://www.drcarney.com/starch-smart-system

Another good blog post about Acid Reflux can be found at http://www.drcarney.com/blog/entry/how-do-you-spell-relief

We also see a lot of people touting the benefits of vinegar which is actually not something that we recommend. We once tried to interest a food delivery company that produced vegan foods to produce a line based on our Starch-Smart System but they could not do it because they shipped out food for one week at a time and without vinegar their foods would spoil. Vinegar is indeed a good preservative because it is harmful to tiny life forms. Our experience is that most everything that is harmful to tiny life forms is also harmful to larger life...

Please be aware everybody that the comment supplied by Guest - Elizabeth links to an Internet advertisement page which will attempt to hard sell you books and other resources. I suspect it was submitted here to increase search engine optimization ratings for that page.

Interestingly people who adopt our Starch-Smart System see acid reflux become a thing of the past without having to take or perform any other remedial actions! For more information on the Starch-Smart System visit http://www.drcarney.com/starch-smart-system

Another good blog post about Acid Reflux can be found at http://www.drcarney.com/blog/entry/how-do-you-spell-relief

We also see a lot of people touting the benefits of vinegar which is actually not something that we recommend. We once tried to interest a food delivery company that produced vegan foods to produce a line based on our Starch-Smart System but they could not do it because they shipped out food for one week at a time and without vinegar their foods would spoil. Vinegar is indeed a good preservative because it is harmful to tiny life forms. Our experience is that most everything that is harmful to tiny life forms is also harmful to larger life forms. Another issue we have with vinegar and of course alcohol is that it is produced from a food that is then separated from its fiber. Alcohol as well is much higher in calorie density than whatever was fermented was originally.

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  1. Deborah

There are so many wonderful benefits to eating a low-fat whole foods plant-based diet, and comfortable digestion is definitely one of them! My hubby & his Dad both had terrible, frequent acid reflux while eating the SAD (standard American diet). It stopped once they switched to the low-fat whole foods plant-based diet. They both have to still be careful about certain foods that still bother them, for example cucumber & raw onion. The change of diet is effective, has multiple benefits and no negative side effects. Drug "solutions" are much less effective, have zero other benefits & multiple negative side effects. Once we understand that good health comes from eating plants rather than animals, everything falls into place. :-)

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  1.   Republic of Indonesia...

your post about Acid Reflux and GERD truly informative. very helpful for me.
& thanks for your sharing! keep Blogging

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  1. Kaki

This is really great info. I suffered from acid reflux for many years and this is the type of advice that really helped me to overcome my problem. So, to all you sufferers, YES! There is hope! Just don't lose faith and know that your body can heal itself. I was lucky to find some great advice that helped me overcome my acid reflux and get better.

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  1. Sean Carney

Thank you Kaki for the words of encouragement. We are so happy to see that these principles worked for you!

Sean

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