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Acid Reflux: Remedies Not Working

Posted by Dan (Williston, Ohio) on 04/02/2007

Tried almost everything on the acid reflux page, I'm 57 years old, I read that stomach acid decreases with, did low stomach acid cause my Barretts(if that's possible) or was it justexcess acid ?......I wan't to go in the right direction....I balanced my ph using your recommended procedures, they WORK, but I still have that burning sensation under my sternum, ACV seems to make me worse...but buffering with just baking soda helps.....need a clue, thanks Dan

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Dear Dan: It is true that stomach acid decrease with age, but it is also true that acidosis increase with age too. You can tell that the older you get the more constipated it becomes. If you still find ACV is a problem, just add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the ACV taken twice a day. More people, especially men seemed to prefer larger doses of baking soda than a woman.

If it is STILL a problem, than just take baking soda. It should be noted that the body produces low stomach acid, to prevent further damage to the intestinal walls whenever the body or the intestines lack the sufficient bicarbonates necessary to neutralize the stomach acids. Therefore, low stomach acid MAY not be the cause, it may be a bicarbonate deficiency, and in very rare cases, a chloride deficiency. The chloride deficiency is very easily handled with sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt per liter of water, but for most people, this is rarely the case, with possible exception for those who eat an all organic diet.

Often taking baking soda only for two weeks, the body will usually have sufficient bicarbonates necessary to take the ACV and baking soda.