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Connective Tissue Disorder That Causes Acid Reflux and Chronic Utis

Posted by Elaine (Hamden, CT) on 11/05/2006

I have a connective tissue disorder that is responsible for many different problems. One is a weak esophagus sphincter that never closes, causing acid reflux. Another is chronic UTIs. I have been taking Protonix for five years for the acid reflux and D-Mannose for the UTIs. Both work pretty well. I would like to get off of the Protonix for obvious reasons and the D-Mannose, because it is costing me $75.00 a month just to stay comfortable. I have also figured out that my connective tissue disorder was as a result of a zinc deficiency. I discovered this while using Splenda a couple of years ago. All of my symptoms flaired up as a result of the zinc that gets depleated by the clorine that Splenda is processed with. I now take an extra 50mg of zinc daily. This has helped most of my symptoms. But, the acid reflux and UTIs continue on. I just took 2 Tbs of ACV, 1/4 tps of baking soda with some honey. My tongue is buring a bit. But, this happens frequently for me. I see that you suggest that some start with baking soda only for the first couple of weeks. Can I do this and continue to take the Protonix. I ask because when I have tried to treat my acid reflux with banking soda it has not worked in the past. I have also started taking B-12. Can you advise me on what direction I should take? Also, whatever plan I follow, should I discontinue taking Protonix now or wait until the other treatments are working? Your help is much appreciated.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Vitamin E have been known to help esophagus closing in some cases. But usually a bug present maybe causing the real problem. So try taking a tablespoon of licorice extract twice a day for a week and see how this fare. This should also help with acid reflux too.

Cranberry is not just D-Mannose it is also high in sodium benzoate. So taking sodium benzoate might help UTIs also. A small amount is only needed, such as 500 mg.

However, a much cheaper solution is 1 heaping teaspoon of sea salt in one glass of water. One dose is all you needed for the entire week. It will kill. A more effective UTI formula, is sodium citrate, or 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 citric acid.

If baking soda has not worked in the past, it is either you don't it long enough, e.g. about 1-2 weeks, or the dose was small, e.g. less than 1/2 teaspoon /day. The other possibility appears to be a fungus/bug issue that is causing the problem. So taking hydrogen peroxide 3% 6 drops with 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda well mixed might work better. Try taking some chromium supplements too, as this will reduce the fungus issue in the stomach somewhat. However, a copper/zinc imbalance issue for you appears to be the real problem, so taking 25 mg/day of sodium molybdate will help, if they have that size. Most they make is in mcg. so I guess you just have to take more of it. Molybdenum is well known for controlling the sensitie copper/zinc imbalance and it has often worked much better than expected whenever such imbalance do exist, such as the acid reflux problem due to copper/zinc imbalance.

You can continue what you do, but you need to stop temporarily such as a day, to see if it works or not. Otherwise you won't if you just took everything. The biggest problems about forums is that some took everything and didn't know what it was and everybody else was just left guessing. And those who were cured and if the condition came back, chaos reigns once again.

Connective tissue issue is a problem also of vitamin C, sodium ascorbate 500 mg/day. and possible zinc copper imbalance issue. So just continue taking zinc, but you might consider taking some unsweetened cocoa, as it is high in copper and take molybdenum to correct both pH imbalances AND the critical copper zinc ratio. I think molybdenum should help you a lot.