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Reflux and Weight Gain

Posted by L (Anonymous) on 12/22/2011

Dear Ted, I'm writing to you with hope of an answer to my problem. I have had reflux for around 7 months now, and I have tried numerous ppi's and h2 blockers which bring me very little relief and cause me to gain weight rapidly. I am 43 years old I have a healthy diet, and exercise regularly so the weight gain is definitely due to the pills. I have been to my doctor many times about this but he won't listen to me. I am incredibly frustrated over this as I know I am doing everything possible to lose weight but I am failing miserably. I should tell you that I take digestive enzymes and ester c which is acid free vitamin “C” with my meals, I drink plenty of water, I chew dgl (liquorice) between meals, I take probiotic yoghurt with my breakfast (which is All Bran, rice milk, and Goji berries) and I drink ginger tea. I'm still getting reflux when I eat certain foods, but it's a bit better. I honestly don't know what else to do as I've tried everything I can think of and I'm still not able to lose the weight that I have gained over the past few months. I do have other medical problems which include hypothyroidism, asthma, adult acne, constipation, and regular headaches. I would be forever grateful if you could help me with these ailments.

Thanking you so much in advance.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Much of the problem stems from hypothyroidism, GERD, taurine deficiency, and constipation. The PPI's is definitely causing the weight gain but it must be replace with some other natural substance that gets rid of the GERD.

The PPI's can also cause constipation and people who eat healthy are not healthy because most supplements out there contain calcium, which causes constipation and contains very high heavy metals, especially if you're vegetarian. It is found from fertilizer used that contain heavy metals as the source, and the way they are processed in powdered supplement is they used spinning blades which are metals (sometimes cheap non stainless kind) that is the source of heavy metals.

To help GERD, there are a couple that help: raw papaya 3 meals a day, bromelain, humic acid (if powdered less then 1/16 teaspoon) whenever there is GERD, digestive enzymes also help, but if you have loss of appetite, you need to take B50 vitamin B complex until the loss of appetite is gone. I have also found that in certain cases adding more hydrochloric acid to the stomach before eating helps digest the food and helps reduce GERD in some cases, but it also reduces flatulence.

The hypothyroidism combined with constipation and low digestive enzyme is usually what causes weight gain. SSKI is taken at about 5 drops a day a night may help your condition for hypothyroid. There are two types of fungus in the body, one suppresses the function by uptake of thyroid which causes hypothyroidisim, and the other fungus causes hyperthyroid. I haven't gotten around to treating the fungus which lead to hypothyroid, but you can apply lavender oil with some vick's vapor rub to the thyroid area and may help kill some of them. And to support some of that SSKI is taken every night from 1 to 10 drops. I usually start with 1 drop first.

Regular headaches and constipation may be relieved quickly if taken 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate after meal or just eating green apples as they have some potassium citrate in it.