There is a mistake when I mentioned bulimia, which is an overeating disorder like the case of Karen Carpenter, she had Anorexia nervosa. What I meant was she was having eating disorder to prevent bulimia and ended up overdoing it and died of anorexia. These people go on a low calorie diet especially eggs, which contains the biotin and that may have initiated the anorexia nervosa, and ended with a range of deficiencies, B complex, vitamin C, B1 especially, and tryptophan which is already low. Biotin and tryptophan is very low in human diets anyway so that may trigger anorexia, when she goes on the Simmerman diet, which is very effective form of controlling weight loss, more effective than Dr. Atkins, in which Dr. Simmerman concentrates on high protein diets free from fats and carbohydrate. But at the same time these diets are lacking in tryptophan and biotin, especially. I usually make it simple and B complex (with biotin) as a simple cure for anorexia. Of course you needed stomach acid, such as betaine HCl for stomach acid, to help make them hungry.
Daytona Beach, Fl
I tried the Ted remedy and it just tastes so awful. Then I read on the side of the bottle their own recommendation for a Apple Cider Vinegar drink.... It is two teaspoons, not tablespoons, in 8 oz of filtered water and 1-2 teaspoons of organic honey. This is delicious and seems to have made a difference, maybe the honey coats the stomach but this really worked for me.
The ratio of baking soda to ACV is 1:8 (which is supposed to create normalized ph in the blood)... Or 1:6. Either way works. Depending on how bad the situation or your own tolerance. Always mix into about 8 oz of water. Also, I recommend rinsing your mouth afterward. You don't want any ACV remaining in your mouth and damaging the enamel on the teeth. Using 1/4 tsp baking soda to 2 tsp ACV for mild situations/tolerances is an example of a 1:8 ratio. Using 1 tsp baking soda to 2 tbs. ACV is an example of a 1:6 ratio (1 tbs = 3 tsp). My husband and I have both had success with these formulas, and with ACV alone. I think the 2 TBS ACV & 1 tsp baking soda work best if you can tolerate it. People with high blood pressure might do well to stay on the lower side since baking soda is high in sodium.
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
I have had acid reflux for many many years. I was taking Pariet which is/was the cheapest medication I could get for it. If I missed my morning pill my stomach reminded me come the afternoon. On those occasions that (usually the evening) when I get a bad attack I have found 1 thing that works... Eno (tap a little mound into the cap and add it to luke warm water (not cold because it won't fizz), chug it down while its super fizzy, within 20secs your gonna burp a few times and the burning goes away like magic. Now I said I used to take Pariet religiously until a few weeks ago when I started having fruit smoothies in the morning (2 cups frozen mixed fruit, 1 cup bottled water, 5 tbs or fat free vanila yogurt is the basic mix, I add 1 tbs of liquid kelp and same in protien powder). During the morning I may get a very slight burn and burp alot but I haven't (knock on wood), had a nasty burn in the last week. Also, it could be that I stopped smoking about a month ago...:)
I have had Acid Reflux as long as I can remember and was hospitalized at 9 yrs old for test for ulcers. The diagnosis was "acid stomach". Sugar is the number one culprit for me with greasy foods coming in a very, very close second. I have found that if I keep my digestive system clear and clean (daily bowel movementS ;plural) it is somewhat better. I have been on Protonix twice daily for several years and I am starting to have side effects. I also have "breakrough" with the Protonix on occasion. I don't mind the taste of the ACV and use ACV with the mother, but for some reason anything that is pickled or using a lot of vinegar makes my migraines more frequent and worse. I don't get "heartburn" during the day as long as I stay on the Protonix, but after I go to bed I wake up choking and sometimes throwing up from the acid if I have not had a good day of elimination plus if I have eaten anything with sugar or "grease". I cannot eat Pizza Hut anything because of the oily, greasy content in their sauces. One bite of anything from their menu sends me into a serious acid reflux episode. Stress is a serious cause also of GERD and I have more than my share of that. I am going to go to the health foods store today and get what I need to getnoffnthe prescription meds before more damage is done to my body. I plan to use the ACV, Aloe and other remedies listed here to see if I can stay off the Protonix. While I want very badly to get off the Protonix it is so simple to just pop a couple of pills as opposed to having to take time to mix a formula to drink. Best wishes and sympathies to anyone at suffers as I do.
P.S. something I have found that will help in a pinch is if I wake up at night choking really bad with it and I am on the verge of throwing up I will come to the kitchen and get a slice of white bread and eat it. For some reason it seems to absorb the acid. Anyway it has helped me AFTER the fact.
Bismarck, North Dakota
Dear Dealing with lifelong acid reflux, I had this problem too for several years. Now I have no sign of acid reflux. What worked for me was getting on a good regimen of Methylcobalamin B12 sublinguals and Metafolin (folate). B12 is involved in hundreds of functions including the turnover of new cells in the gut. When I don't get enough B-12, the first thing that happens is that I get gastritis and acid reflux. Some people have said that low stomach acid causes acid reflux which is likely true---the body needs acid in the stomach to produce B-12 so it makes sense that these things are tied. The second thing that helped was using Raw Protein each morning. This particular formula has live probiotics and enzymes. Make sure you have enough potassium in your diet because as your body begins to heal, it will use more potassium.
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Googled information leads one to believe that the body is lacking in iodine if one is suffering from acid reflux. Worth looking into. :).Hope you are healed soon!
San Fernando, Philippines
Hi Moomie... If your doctor has determined that your digestion problems are caused by high stomach acid without having the proper tests, then he or she is just assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that you have excess stomach acid problems. It's generally true to say that 80% - 90% of all reflux problems are actually caused by too little stomach acid. I have helped many people with candida problems and many of them had reflux problems -- some as serious as your problems. In all instances, I advised that they had too little stomach acid and successfully helped them recover all the same way. Here are my detailed reasons for doing this.
See this link:
Doctors always advise PPIs for bad reflux because that's what the Merck Medical Manual, their medical bible, tells them to do. However, it's far more sensible to have either a Heidelberg pH Test(invasive) or a blood, hair and urine analysis(non-invasive) to accurately determine and confirm whether you have too much or too little stomach acid.
The main remedy for to little stomach acid is to take betaine hydrochloride and preotease enzymes (that contain pancreatin, chemotrypsin, bromelain and papain) with other supporting nutrients.
By way of further description:
* When food enters the stomach, the hydrochloric acid secreted by the stomach normally works to kill all the bacteria and the protein-digesting stomach enzymes(pepsin) partially digest the food with the muscles around the stomach helping to mash and breakup the food. The purpose of this stage is to fully prepare the food for the next stage -- main stage duodenal digestion in the upper intestines.
* When the stomach acid is at the correct strength -- and only when it is at the right acid strength -- a hormone is released into the blood called secretin which in turn triggers the secretion of the pancreatic enzymes in a solution of bicarbonate(alkaline) into the duodenum for main stage digestion.
* If the stomach acid or food chyme mixture in the stomach is not at the correct acid strength (low acid) then the pancreatic enzymes and juices will not be triggered and released for main stage digestion(which is alkaline alkaline) in the duodenum and the acid food mixture (chyme) will just sit there in the duodenum stagnating, rotting and fast breeding bad pathogens with associated spread of pathogens into the upper intestines leading to further problems later. This also causes reflux.
* Another twist to this problem is if your body also lacks bicarbonates. As already described, your pancreas needs stores of bicarbonates to neutralize the acid food mix or chyme coming into the duodenum from the stomach. So if you are lacking bicarbonate stores in the pancreas, the acid food passing into the duodenum will not be neutralized and, again, acid intestine and reflux will be the result with further dysbiosis and pathogen spread.
* You must therefore insure that your stomach acid levels are at their correct strength and amounts for proper and complete digestion to occur
* You must have adequate stores of bicarbonates in the pancreatic juices to fully neutralize the acid chyme or food when it passes from the stomach into the duodenum for main stage digestion.
Here is the remedy:
You must find your own dosage in the following way. What you are doing is using the BH to up your acid strength and help to increase the stomach acid stores. Everyday take one extra pill at mealtimes until you get an acid or nauseous feeling. Then cut back on your dose by one or two tablets. Maintain this dose until you again feel acidic or nauseous -- then cut vback again. Do this until you no longer have to take the BH -- in other words your stomach acid is at the correct strength and you are cured.
To give you an idea, I've read about one lady who was tsking 7 betaine hydrochloride tablets at mealtimes. She cured her stomach acid, reflux and digestion problems fairly quickly.
Take doube the dose recommended
Use magnesium chloride in the form of magnesium oil. Dosage is 8 drops in water at mealtimes.
As B50 or B100. Take this everyday
Regular dosage as advised. Iodine is also needed for proper stomach acid formation. Also kills bacteria/fungus/parasites. All good.
Supplies chlorides to help formation of stomach acid in the stomach. 1/2 tspn in a gass of water once a day.
San Fernando, Philippines
I forgot to add in my last post that Ted's bicarbonate with water remedy should also be taken 1/2 hr to 1 hour after meals to help restore the bicarbonate stores in the pancreas and to help assist main stage digestion(which should be alkaline for all the enzymes to work and do their job correctly).
1/4 to 1/2 tspn of sodium bicarbonate(baking soda) in a half glass of water is the remedy.
Bill, is there any other way to get bicarbonates than sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)? Whenever I take this I get heart palpitations at night. I've tried increasing slowly my potassium and magnesium but still get them. Thanks.
Lifelong acid reflux can be cured by eating probiotic rich foods like home-made kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and lacto-fermented veggies. Kefir especially is incredible since it goes into the gut and re-colonizes by adding more good bacteria to your body. Much needed!
San Fernando, Philippines
Hi Palpy... Usually the cause of problems taking Ted's bicarbonate remedies is due to mineral imbalance in the body. But there are other factors that can also cause heart palpitations as well -- such as kidney problems, allergies, adrenal fatigue, heavy metals and such.
To give you more of an idea what is wrong, best to get a hair analysis done. This will tell you what mineral imbalances you have as well as what heavy metals you have in excess in your body.
Also, the kidneys should properly regulate the electrolyte minerals in your body -- Calcium, Sodium, Magnesium and Potassium -- so if, for example, you find that you have a higher or lower than the normal amount of one of these minerals in your blood then this may indicate a mineral problem caused by incorrect diet or might indicate a mineral regulation problem with the kidneys -- since the kidneys are the main regulator of minerals in the blood and normally does this job quite easily.
Dear Ted; I have been suffering from Acid reflux for about 2 years and have been on Nexium on and off. Fortunately, I have come across earth Clinique and found your remedy. I started your remedy about 3 weeks ago and it works wonder for me. Thank you very much. Your remedy is so helpful.