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Posted by Vigiil on 03/12/2008

Dear Ted, I have just about the same symptoms as most of the people writing in regarding acid reflux but more importantly i have the same experience with traditional doctors. A kind of patent Nexium will cure everything solution and attributing my stomach problems to me just being a nervous person. I am 31 and all of my life i have been a healthy, i smoked for 12 years but quite 4 years ago, i am an occasional drinker, and have used some recreational drugs especially in my teens. This all happened after a trip to Amsterdam 5 years ago, where i ate some hallucinogenic mushrooms and during what was a very unpleasant 12 hours puked up the mushrooms, i remember there being yellow stuff and clear liquid along with the undigested mushrooms and that the sensation to puke was so intense despite there not being much to puke up, so i was thinking if i might have somehow forced and over stretched and permanently damaged the muscle that keeps the acid in the stomach. In any case, things vent more or less back to normal, except in the following months i had two occasions of what felt like food poisoning, with intense spasms and feeling cold. Also i started having shortens of breath and thought i might have asthma (which i never had before), so i stopped smoking and than stopped drinking and as the years passed, i cut out spicy food, hard liqueur, beer, coffee, tea and while that temporarily made things a little better i was on a downward spiral and the stomach was getting worse, with more shortness of breath to the extend that i had a hard time falling a sleep and fainting sensations after eating. Symptoms as of now are:
Pain in where the stomach and lungs meet also in the lower part of lungs
Dry throat when i wake up
Difficulty sleeping through the night
Difficulty falling asleep
Difficulty breathing
pain in the lover back right side
feels like i have a lump in my stomack
dificulty swallowing food
feeling like lump in throat
In the past 4 years, due to me stopping to smoke, i had allot of flues, basically when ever there was a flu i would catch it. But have not had flu really in 3 years. But after taking Nexium i started having what i best could describe as a feeling of unrest in arms and legs, like there was a circulation problem, with pain in hip joints and foot joints as well as under the foot, it felt like pain underneath the muscle not the muscle it self, maybe inside the bones. Doing exercise did help, but this became worse till i finally got my self ex-rayed and blood tested again, saw a neurology doctor, all said i was fit and that i was just probably stressed and imagining this. Now i do work in a high power job and i have stress, but i have been getting plenty of sleep 10 h+ over long periods, do joga, eat healthy, am happy and if i compare my self to average joe i am really OK.
So i started the ACV 2 spoons in a glass of water followed by 1/2 spoon of baking soda in half a glass after lunch and in the afternoon 1/2 of only the backing soda. I did take my Nexium this morning but was thinking of skipping it tonight and rather have a 1/2 spoon of baking soda in water before going to bed. I have to say my stomach feels rather sketchy, not sour, just full and creepy, despite the only thing i ate today was, oatmeal with bananas and cinnamon, brown rice for lunch, chicken (white meet only) and brown rice for dinner I can breath deep but i have some pressure feeling on my chest. I am usually OK during the day, especially when not sitting bent forward, but am bad after eating, and very bad when laying down to sleep, with the shortness of breath kicking in and although that usually subsides if i lay still in a half sitting position. But do to drinking allot of water i have the habit now of going at least 10 times to piss a day and 1-2 times a night. This standing up and laying back down can make the symptoms worse again.
Could you recommend daily program for me to get better?
Should i continue to take Nexium until the ACV or Baking soda kicks in?
How many times can i take this per day?
If i feel a flaring up of the acid an hour or so after taking the 1/2 baking soda or ACV should / take i make some more?
I hope you can help, in any case thank you for your website, very generous of you
kapom kap


Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Much of our diets are not healthy even if a person were to think they are on a healthy diet. The problem is that most people including me do not know what is a healthy diet because of so much disinformation and lack of understanding. What I do know for sure is 90% of our diets are acid forming, and most processed food are not healthy and sometimes are downright dangerous with aspartame, from diet Coke, Coke zero, diet Pepsi, Pepsi Max, vegetable oils in fried foods, and a host of other problems. Thus alkalizing is a life time event, but not necessarily everyday. I have been alkalizing myself like this on and off for the past 35 years since I was only 9 or 10 when I first had a terrible flu and been doing that using Arm & Hammer's baking soda. But it is my bad habits that I only take it when I am not feeling well or sick, and later years I found that I actually needed to take it more often if I really bothered to monitor my pH. Of course other things need monitoring too, such as urinary sugar, salinity, etc. but those are not as serious as the pH issue. Besides, if the urine pH becomes acid, the sugar goes up along with it. And obviously if the sugar goes up, infection MRSA, bacteria and sickness set in. I don't even have to test on 100 rats to prove certain foods is dangerous when the pH meters show that I get extremely acid (it when as low as a pH of 4 on my urine after taking Diet Coke or other aspartame products), to know that I can get sick very soon or before anything ever happens. Spring water is high in carbonates and bicarbonates, but how many live in the mountains? The only way I can survive is to prepare some analogue of Mother Nature, and one of her products of bicarbonates can come in the form of sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, soluble silica, sodium thiosulfates, and other things that is beyond my understand of her infinite wisdom. I am only understanding just a small fraction of what these can do chemically to our body to make us healthy. However for me to go into these deep infinite understanding of Mother nature and what remedies she can have to offer is beyond any email postings I can do, except to keep things a simple as possible and try to consider the issue of availability of such products that it can be used quickly and conveniently. There is a wide ranging causes of acid reflux but it is always the alkalization that effects thousands of biochemical reactions in our body simultaneously, hence the broad effects it has on our health. This is why pH is the primarily consideration. the other considerations might be dechlorination, antioxidants, oxygen (peroxide and ozone), minerals, vitamins and amino acids. If you are well aware of a developing science of epigenetics, which means that a supplements can cause the body to produce changes in the body from making a simple skin cell iinto a fat cells, muscle cells, nerve cells, or cause the cells to change it's GENETIC expression from just the environmental natural products, then I can realize that I can almost find a major remedy for most of the remedies on just that concept alone. Q: Is this a short term' treatment (if so,how long?) or is this something i will continue for the foreseeable future? A: It's a long term remedy. I have been doing it for the last 35 years or so. Is the goal to get the stomach alkalized enoch to start the baking soda + ACV? If so why ad the ACV? And how long? I would give it about 3 weeks, before going ACV AND bakingsoda. ACV is good in that it is anti-inflammatory too. I read you told someone that the baking soda depletes minerals or something in your bones. Are there any supplements that are mandatory when doing this treatment. Actually the most common problem about mineral depletion is the metabolic acidosis, not the baking soda or alkalization. Acid bloods leeches out the calcium and mineral from the bones much like eating coke and very sour foods to cause enamel erosion, or even acid rain on Greek Statues. The only way a baking soda will deplete mineral is that you haven't taken mineral supplements. Is ph 7.6 bad, how do i bring it down? Interestingly when the body is low on bicarbonates the pH can be very high or very low. A pH of 7.6 is not bad. Its bad if the pH is 8, but it has nothing to do with taking too much baking soda. The most common cause is a pathogens killing a healthy cells and the urine is high in proteins, signifying dead cells. These protein degrades to form and ammonia compounds which causes the urine pH to be very alkaline. In medicine doctors would sometimes give baking soda to neutralize the toxic ammonia or excess alkalinity. In any case assuming that the body is too alkaline NOT BECAUSE of the pathogens (in acid reflux, it is the pathogens and bicarbonate or lack of it is the cause), then a simple way to be more acid is simply to take some vitamin C, ascorbic acid, or have an apple, where the apples I used are the Green granny's apple. MRSA is a tricky one since the hospitals haven't find a way to get rid of it, but then they are not trying to find out. Give me only a couple of days in a hospital and I would find a perfect way. So it doesn't require millions in research. However in general, I found MRSA is sometimes due to a magnesium deficiency, and metabolic acidosis where alkalinity will help, through the use of a more powerful alkaline remedy such and a couple more to kill the MRSA: 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of sodium carbonate (washing soda and is a baking soda precursor before reacted with carbon dioxide). Taken twice a week. 500 mg of magnesium citrate taken once per day. Curcumin one teaspoon three times a day. Since milk of magnesia pH is about 9 used topically and might be mixed with curcumin and this is the pH where the MRSA can't survive, applying this to the area will kill the MRSA too. MRSA have a weakness on magnesium and alkalinity. Adding some colloidal silver to milk of magnesia might help too, at least that's what I did in the past to kill off the staph in the past. Also some iodine supplements (from kelp now and then) and zinc gluconate 50 mg for about 5 days out of a week or two or three weeks, should be able to raies the immunity to fight it off. Still alkalizing is most essential and I am sure about this, because three major reasons why our ocean's water is so sterile: 1. Sun 2. Oxygen 3. Salinity 4. Alkalinity The oceans' water pH averages 8, and most harmful bacteria are almost completely killed at 9 or above, 8 would kill most off and salinity would and oxygen and sun's UV would kill whatever else is missing. This is why ozone and a weak hydrogen peroxide drops added to drinking water helps, not only to kill it but detoxifies MOST OF THE harmful chemical toxins that is recirculated in our body and these are found in most major tap water, not just the chlorine but also pharma drugs. The common dose I might use can be anywhere from 3 drops 3% H2O2 in a glass of water to 10 drops. Even if I have money and I do live in U.S., I won't get a health insurance anyway because I don't trust the system as I do in other countries. Cuba seems better than the U.S. It's probably the corruption where the larger the companies become the bigger is their Jaws. lol.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Dear V: The cause of acid reflux has always been an unknown pathogens that appears to behave like a fungus, and can be initiated from antibiotics use, or even the eating of a contaminated mushroom. Actually many antibiotics are made from fungus and mushrooms are also a fungus too. Most of this yet to be identified acid reflux causing pathogens can often be reduced if the body has sufficient alkalization. There are certain views I have, that is subjected to change as to how to best alkalized. Generally it takes about 2 weeks for the body to have sufficient alkalinity under the current dose of 2 tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar plus 1/2 teaspoon (or a milder 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda) in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day. As can be noticed the frequency most people who do take the remedy is at least twice a day, but I prefer 3 times a day. The reason for that is that people are working so they can't take it in the afternoon or late afternoon due to busy work schedules. Therefore, if a person feels the need to take more frequent dose, it is often helps that he can take it more frequent so as to reduce the time from two weeks to properly alkalize to perhaps within a couple of days for the body to attain the alkalization to not only restore the acid/base digestive process causing the acid reflux or even the alkalinity sufficient to kill off the pathogen causing the acid reflux. In general oatmeal and eating rice is a great way to reduce acid reflux because it is both high in silicon. I sometimes go for faster method using a water soluble form of silica such as sodium silicate drops taken twice or three times a day to increase the resistance. The chemistry is complicated, but silica in presence of the body's chloride forms a polysilicate chain which basically blocks off the pathogens from further expanding colonies as well as strengthen cell walls to be more resistance against the invading pathogens causing the acid reflux. Still much of the symptoms describe, especially drinking wine, liquor, cigarettes, and other common problems, will quickly deplete the body of antioxidants, especially vitamin E, vitamin c in general, but also effects the immune system, lowering the zinc level, while alcoholic drinks definitely lowers the body's vitamin B complex, causing tightness of the chest, which in the later future can lead to heart attacks. This incident happened with a comedian such as Paul Lynde that had vitamin B deficiency and can cause the heart to quickly degenerate itself from alcohol depleting vitamin Bs, especially the thiamine where alcohol block their absorption. It should be noted that the most common deficiencies I have seen with people with acid reflux is always the water soluble vitamin of C and Bs and even for normal person like me, I needed to take it at least once a week. Mind you an alcohol drinker will have much more severe acid reflux than an ordinary person because of the resulting vitamin B deficiency, along with vitamin C. This is why alcoholics have heart problem, but it is also why people with this deficiency can also cause acid reflux. The link is really simple, alcoholic drinker, and people without sufficient B complex (such as pregnant woman) will have a more severe acid reflux. Not only is zinc and magnesium, especially the magnesium is also needed, since magnesium helps with sleep, as is some b complex, but also reduces muscle tightness and spasms. The fact that the stomach had spasms while taking mushrooms or spasms indicated lowered vitamin B status and magnesium. So it would seem people taking certain contaminated mushrooms may need more magnesium and vitamin B to help protect against toxins that may be introduced by the body. Therefore, one can take it as frequent as they wish on alkalization, but not too much to cause a laxative effect. However, there are other forms that effectively alkalized faster, but they are stronger forms such as 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of sodium carbonate (washing soda) in 1/2 glass of water that can get rid of acid reflux sooner since the sodium carbonate added helps reduce the carbon dioxide pressure by absorbing it. At least that's the take on current research regarding the carbicarb treatment. As for me I think the sodium citrate (proper name is trisodium citrate) taken 1/2 teaspoon taken 3-4 times a day in 1/2 glass of water is often the best alkalization I know of. I still need to conduct some research regarding the effectiveness of a carbicarb verus the trisodium citrate remedy. However, for most people the sodium citrate more or less is somewhat similar to the 2 tablespoon of lemon juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, preferably taken 2-3 times a day at least. The citric acid of lemon with bakiing soda will have some trisodium citrate, which will more uniformly alkalize the body through better too. However, my experience is that the carbicarb is more excellent in the extremities alkalization where circulation are poor, however in acid reflux, extremities might not be the issue, but may help if the circulation is already low in the stomach areas due to various problem foods but especially the pathogens that may able to neutralize the beneficial effects of baking soda as fast as we take them, so a stronger form might also be considered.