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Using Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Silent Reflux

Posted by Stanley on 12/01/2008

I just started using the apple cider vinegar last tuesday, and it seems to make things better in my chest, but not so much in my throat. I am 20 and i have silent reflux, i did my research and saw that my symptoms fit exactly what i was reading.I had a endoscopy done in the summer and they found nothing my stomach and esophgus was fine, and i started to use ensymes called Acid-Ease. I wanna if it is safe to use the apple cider vinegar to treat the silent reflux or go see a doctor.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

The decision to go see the doctor often rests with the individual whether it is serious enough to see them and the reasons to see or not to see are many. For example, I can't go see the doctors because I can't afford it and as a result I have to make up my own remedy somehow!

The cause of silent reflux compared to an acid reflux is that there's no heartburn, which means acidity in the stomachs isn't so severe to cause a heartburn. But it can shoot up all the way to the nose, which is why sometimes is called LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux). This is due to constriction of involuntary muscles caused by excessive calcium, and lack of magnesium. An involuntary response may also happen if the body is high in certain heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury, lead, amongst others. I can't be so specific on this issue with exception of getting a hair mineral analysis if I really wanted to know. When heavy metals are high in the body, involuntary contractions are high, that happens during the sleep. Apple cider vinegar does help some as it lowers calcium level inside the body and it is often excess calcium that causes such contraction, although not a complete picture.

A magnesium supplements, such as 500 mg of magnesium citrate (or magnesium chloride) without calcium is preferable so that muscles dont' contract involuntarily and flow up. Sometimes a weak muscles of the stomach opening does that, but unlikely in this case since it shoots up all the way to the nose. In hat instances, it requires a different remedy altogether. It takes about two to three weeks to notice improvement when magnesium is taken, but to further the detoxification process, it also helps that at least 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water is taken one a day, although I may take more when I am more sick, but that's usually the starting point. The effect of alkalization increases the oxygen level and helps prevent neural problems that signals such involuntary contraction. However most improvement is seen with magnesium. Still heavy metals needs to be chelated and removed, such as chlorella supplements 250 mg once every three day, or cilantro one teaspoon once every three days. I prefer a less agressive form of chelation so that the blood is not filled with too much chelation agents.

Generally speaking most oily products are triggers to silent reflux as they are high in heavy metals during the cooking process, especially nickel, iron, and lead that is sop up in the cooking pans and then reaches the body and disturbs electrical communications in our nervous system, leading to involuntary contraction.

Alkalization with baking soda is not to be underestimated, neither is baking soda with lemon juice, such as 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in 1 glass of water taken twice a day as another way of alkalization, besides just baking soda. It helps reduce calcium faster too. For apple cider vinegar I prefer 2 tablespons with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in one glass of water taken twice a day. These seems to help reduce this problem and works well along with magnesium supplements.

In case the condition doesn't respond, sometimes it come from a b complex deficiency and taking twice weekly B50 b complex often helps reduce whatever that is left or if it doesn't respond. A good clue is general weakness and may mean the body needs some b complex.