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GERD - path to cure and prevent gerd from ever coming back

I am trying to wrap my head around the massive amount of information how is GERD caused and treated. GERD is caused by the lower sphincter of your esophagus relaxing abnormal or weakens, stomach acid ...
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Why is it suggested to avoid acid, but drink vinegar for acid reflux / GERD?

I have seen many websites and videos, some of which from real doctors suggesting, that acid reflux can be caused by having too weak stomach acid. I am not sure about the mechanism, but that is the ...
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Is it true that acid reflux is caused by low acid levels in stomach?

I have acid reflux, and I used to think that the problem is due to high acid levels. However, I saw a video by dr. Eric Berg and he suggests that it is due to low levels of acid. Is this true? I ...
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Does pepcin play a role in GERD/LPR?

Two popular books ("Dropping Acid" by Dr. Jamie Koufman and "The Acid Watcher Diet" by Dr. Jonathan Aviv) claim that tissue damage in GERD and LPR is caused by the digestive enzyme pepcin. In their ...
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Are canned/bottled foods acidified?

Two popular books ("Dropping Acid" by Dr. Jamie Koufman and "The Acid Watcher Diet" by Dr. Jonathan Aviv) claim that Title 21 of the FDA regulations require that all low-acid foods be acidified to ...
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Neutralize bile in stomach

In acid reflux disease, patients are advised to eat foods that can neutralize acid in their stomach to keep the acid level in stomach low enough, for example just a small cake can efficiently reduce ...
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What do these blood tests mean in general and why do doctors ask for them before taking action?

My doctor ordered some blood tests for me. I would like to understand what each test is for, meaning what information could be gathered from the results. W.B.C. Platelets E.S.R. C.R.P. Alpha feto ...
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Why is acid reflux (allegedly) often confused with chest pain?

I get irregular, sharp, short bursts of pain in my chest, on the left side, near my heart. Supposedly, heart and circulatory related pain is neither sharp nor short, so this pain may be muscle or lung-...
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What is "lax cardia"? [closed]

My upper GI endoscopy report impression says: lax cardia, grade a relux oesophagitis, erosive gastritis. What is "lax cardia"? My symptoms: abdomen pain around belly button, weight loss, belching etc....
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Acid-reflux safe breath fresheners?

I like my breath to feel clean after meals and have been chewing gums or using mints for years. While I knew that mint itself is bad for gastritis, I only recently heard that chewing gum is ...
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What is the long term side effect of lying after eating?

I've read online that we shouldn't lie down after eating because it'll contribute to acid reflux. However, I personally never feel the presence of acid reflux if I lie down after eating. What are the ...
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How do we know that our esophageal sphincters are malfunctioning in acid reflux without endoscopy?

If you have acid reflux that gives you severe level of mouth ulcers in such a way that you are getting multiple clusters of canker sores on your tongue and you can't eat or sleep anymore, does that ...
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Is it possible to strengthen/tighten the LES (lower esophageal sphincter)?

To my knowledge, in relation to GERD, certain things you aren't supposed to have include coffee, tea, spicy foods, citrus foods, and chocolate because they relax the (LES) "lower esophageal sphincter."...
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How long does someone with acid reflux who's just eaten have to wait before drinking water?

A friend recently told me that GERD patients (acid reflux) should not drink water with meals. I found an article that explains the reasoning. Basically, water dilutes the stomach acid required for ...
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Can GERD be caused by too little stomach acid?

Ever since the book, Why Stomach Acid is Good For You, I've wondered if it is true that GERD can be caused by too little, not too much, stomach acid. Is it possible that too little stomach acid can ...
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Causes of GERD when not responding to weight loss or PPIs

I have had symptoms of silent reflux for 5 months now and finally did a 24-hour esophageal pH monitor that confirmed I have reflux. I'm in my 30s, I am 40 lbs overweight (which I know is bad, but I'm ...
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What are effective lifestyle modifications for people with gastric acid reflux?

As many as 7% of Americans suffer from heartburn every day, and many more suffer it at least weekly. In the "old days", people with heartburn were advised to eat smaller meals, drink less alcohol, ...
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