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sandraluski
Thursday, August 12, 2010, 9:02pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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This is my VERY FIRST post on ANY blog!!!   I recently had an endoscopy and biopsy done that indicate acid reflux.  Not really being bothered by heart burn (except on a rare occasion). the doctor said mine is "atypical".  My cardiologist and I are thinking that my heart arrhythmia issues are related to acid reflux or cardio spasms (also having to do with digestion).  In an effort to try a "quick fix" for 2 months to see if my heart symptoms disappear, I reluctantly agreed to take Dexilant (proton pump inhibitor).  After two days of Dexilant, my feel swelled.  Thinking it was due to tight high heel shoes that i wore to a wedding, I didn't think much of it.  It wasn't until day 6 of swelling that i thought it might be a reaction to the Dexilant.  Then on the morning of the 7th dose, my tongue and mouth tingled with some swelling, I had wheezing and palpitations.  The pharmacist agreed that it was an allergic reaction to the Dexilant; the doctor dismissed the idea of it being an allergic reaction, and told me to continue the medication.  I had already stopped it and have no intentions of going back on it.  

My situation is further complicated by the fact that i am following Dr. D'Adamo's ARTHRITIS diet with positive results BUT, as far as i can tell, some of the foods that are good for arthritis ARE NOT good for acid reflux...onions, cayenne pepper, ginger, etc.  

Bottom line is...I want to control my acid reflux NATURALLY!!!!!  Does any one have any advice, experience with this?  

Sandraluski  
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The first thing we need to know is what your blood type is...  Dr. D.'s information is based on blood type or that mixed with blood type...


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.I want to control my acid reflux NATURALLY!!!!!  Does any one have any advice, experience with this?  


yes, follow your guidelines...Dr D has digestive formulas to help you heal your compromised gut and flora ecosystem.
they are anti inflammatory by excellence and will restore your issues....
compliance is key
check out the protocols, available from the drop down menus above


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my blood type is O.  
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Hi,
Welcome sandra, I would like to chime in on this one.  When I first started the blood type diet (BTD) I had reflux, but no pain or burning just the sour taste when sleeping @ 2 am.  I went on BTD & stopped all supplements that I was taking from my ND.  I do not have reflux except for the rare occasion when i slip up & I do eat lots of onion, garlic, etc. just not late @ night. I try to have dinner @ 7pm or earlier.  I also eat a smaller meal @ dinner time.  I love onions & eat it daily, lots of it.  I do not take any meds so that made it easier, meds can cause reflux.

My doctor wanted me to go on prilosec & I refused to do it.  By suppressing your stomach acid you will make your digestion problems worse.  I would not take any acid suppressors longer than 2 weeks.  I recommend you be very compliant on the diet & make sure not to eat later than 7 pm.  I think you're definitely having a reaction to the Dexilant & was right not to continue taking it.

Try the diet & not be scared into taking the meds.  Did they check for heart problems?
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i have had every imaginable heart test...most recent was a calcium score that indicated that i have NO coronary artery disease.  In other words, my coronary vessels are totally clear and normal.  I have a strong heart in every respect.  tachycardia and arrhythmias plague me.  I'm thinking that if i can get my acid reflux under control, the arrhythmias and tachycardia will disappear... my cardiologist is inclined to think my problems are due to acid reflux as well.  He is going to be disappointed to hear that I am off the Dexilant and that i don't want to take a medication to control my ARD.  

Does anyone know how soon after eating a food, one might experience heartburn or discomfort?

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He is going to be disappointed to hear that I am off the Dexilant and that i don't want to take a medication to control my ARD


you do need to follow his prescription or find another doc, to avoid conflict


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Grass fed beef..not organic corn fed..... grass fed, might have to buy it on line.
Give that acid something to do besides irritate your stomach.

Gastro D.... polyflora O....are a good start for you. Drop down menu above reads "products."

Find a support group we have a few around the country.


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One of the ways that I am managing it is drinking a lot of seltzer water...it has been a blessing.  I also know that while I heal I am more sensitive to starches and sugars, even if they are not avoids.




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Seltzer helps with acid production.


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Really?  I have found that my acid reflux has disappeared since I started drinking it.




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I didn't have acid reflux until getting pregnant (3yo & 2yo).  I feel the effects almost immediately with most foods - sometimes not until hours later.

Avoiding wheat and dairy makes my symptoms almost non-existent.

I also eat every 2 hours.  If I let myself get too hungry I get the nasty acid taste in my mouth and my throat/chest is on fire.

A friend's doctor told him that acid reflux/heartburn immediately after a food was a sign of an allergic reaction to it.  Don't know if that's entirely true or not though.


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again, individuality and seen through bt/gt physiology lenses....
seltzer or other acid building aids may in fact do the opposite in As and ABs.....
just follow the lists accordingly and you ll be fine


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Really?  I have found that my acid reflux has disappeared since I started drinking it.


Helps decrease it in an O ( exactly what you want in an over producing O, A's don't want to drink it, it will decrease an already low supply.



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Thanks, that explains it!




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I suffered from acid reflux problems for nearly 20 years.  I was given every antacid ever marketed dating back to when Pepcid was prescription only up to the new purple Nexium pill and everything in between.

Remaining compliant on my BTD has completely eliminated my reflux and indigestion issues all together.  

I can't say avoiding this or that or adding a specific food "cured" me.  IMO it is a combination of doing all the things recommended by Dr. D for my blood type and adhering to his advice with 100% compliance that healed me.

I haven't taken any medication since beginning the BTD.  Stick around, find out your beneficials and avoids and stick to your guidelines as well as you can.  You'll be fine and healed in no time.  

My gut was in terrible disarray from the decades of antacid abuse and I healed rather quickly.  Best wishes to you!  
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I suffered from acid reflux and heartburn most of my life.  Eating for my blood type took care of most of it.  The Genotype diet improved it even more.

Finally I eliminated gluten a year ago, and that did wonders for solving the problem

The only time I get it now is if I eat fruit during the day.  Heartburn within an hour.

If the Arthritis diet contains foods that create acid reflux, Sandraluski, it's fine to eat less of them.  A large amount of garlic will do it to me, also, especially raw garlic.  But a little eaten cooked on a regular basis is fine for me.  Same with Onions.  Cooked is definitely easier on my digestion.



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Sandraluski,

I am a type O+ non-secretor and suffered with acid reflux for more than five years until recently.  I had been on Prevacid for four years and just stopped taking it this past June 2010.  I was diagnosed a year ago with an auto-immune disorder that manifested itself as rheumatoid arthritis.  In addition, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and have suffered for years with acid reflux, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, skin problems, and chronic sinusitus.  I also had many other unexplained symptoms including numbness in my hands and feet, heart arrhythmias, dental problems, extremely low energy, constant diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, chest pain, high blood pressure, and night terrors.

In June 2010, after my doctor had no answers and wanted to send me BACK to a rheumatologist (who offered no treatment) I instead told my doctor I was going off of all prescription medications (high blood pressure, prevacid for acid reflux, cholestyramine for diarrhea) and all pain relievers (I had been taking high doses of either Tylenol or NSAIDs every night for four years to help me sleep through constant pain).  I did research on arthritis cures and found the gut connection to rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune disorders (like Lupus).  I also found the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the Paleo Diet, and Dr. D'Adamo's Eat Right 4 Your Type Diet.  They are all similar with the most compelling similarity being the avoidance of gluten, dairy, and processed sugars.  I specifically follow Dr D's ER4YT diet because it is more specific to my blood type and my condition than the others.  Also, Dr D has published a book about using the ER4YT diet to treat arthritis and other inflammatory and auto-immune diseases.  It sounds like you already have this book.

So, here are the results!  After one day on the ER4YT for Blood Type O, I had absolutely no acid reflux after eating a meal.  This was the first time in six years I could recall not feeling bloated and feeling like I had thumb tacks in my esophogas after eating.  After three days on the plan, my arthritis pain reduced to a level 1-2 from a daily level 7.  After a week, the intestinal pain and diarrhea had cleared up.  Within 10 days after starting the diet I had lost 5 pounds.  The first week, I was hungry quite a bit but I realized it was because I overloaded on fruit and fruit juices (100% natural), which was kind of a carbohydrate overload and my insulin levels went haywire.  After that I cut out the fruit juices and just drink water and I have whole fruits which don't have as much concentrated fruit sugars and also provide fiber.

It is now August 2010 and I've lost a total of 10 pounds.  I'm really not trying to lose weight (although I'm not complaining as I have a little too much still).  I'm eating as much as I want of lean meat protein, vegetables, and a few servings of fruit and nuts per day.  I have a ton of energy, I exercise a lot, I don't feel hungry and I'm nearly pain-free.

For blood type O's, Dr D says that onions, cayenne pepper, and ginger are good for us.  I wanted to let you know that I eat onions about 4-5 times per week and cayenne pepper also 4-5 times per week.  Also, I take supplements daily that contain ginger.  None of this has caused my acid reflux to return.  I have learned to be careful and distinguish between what the popular media says about my conditions (acid reflux, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.) and what Dr D says in the Arthritis book for Blood Type Os.  The popular media often makes generalizations across the entire population, which includes Blood Types A, B, and AB, which all react totally differently to the same foods.

The key for me was cutting out gluten, dairy, and processed sugars, with gluten being the most important, I think.  Two weeks ago, I accidentally had gluten in a restaurant meal and I knew it right away and for the next 10 days.  Within 1/2 hour after the meal, I was bloated and had acid reflux.  Later that day I was a little dizzy and nauseated while the gluten was passing out of my stomach.  Two days later, the gluten leaked into my blood stream and settled into my joints (which is where gluten goes in the body) and triggered my immune system to attack my own joints, causing severe arthitis pain.  This pain slowly subsides over the course of 8-10 days.

Good luck curing your acid reflux and healing your intestines before it turns into an auto-immune disorder!
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great testimonial!
thanks for sharing!

think I already congratulated you, yesterday.....no worries!


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I'm still a believer in food combining. Mine tends to disappear when I do this. I'm kinda doing the BTD & food combining together. There is more to food combining but basically you don't mix carbs with proteins...


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I have experienced GERD and take prilosec at times.  I find it is very helpful and improves my digestion, and i feel better all the way around.  Are there any good explorer supplements that normalize acid production?  A Ph reading noted that my overall stomach acidity is on the higher end regardless of diet i hav eaten.
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I try not to take it too much though.  I have noted certain foods and drinks that really upset it.   Sodas, too much tea, excessive fatty greasy foods, hot foods (spicy or temp.), potatoes, fatty meats.

Chicken, lean beef, lettuce, onion, pineapple, rice seem to really help it.  I recently ended a round, and will go a mth or two before taking anything again.  Will modify some things and see how it works.
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Taking Prilosec blocks absorption of essential nutrients.  I was on every imaginable antacid for 20+ years.  Discover the offending items and eliminate them from your diet.  Continuing to consume things that make you produce too much acid does a lot of damage to your gut.  The medications have horrific side effects too and does absolutely nothing to heal you.  All they do is allow you to eat things which would normally cause you digestive distress.  The sooner you eliminate the meds and offending foods the quicker reflux will be an issue of the past!
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Are there any good explorer supplements that normalize acid production?


following your GTD will gradually balance out your digestive issues

check all there is available for digestion up at the DPN store


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