No perfect way to rid yourself of GERD

Topic Title: No perfect way to rid yourself of GERD
Created On: 01/07/2010 03:23 PM

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 07/14/2010 06:13 AM

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If you take a holistical approach and and not a one-dimensional treatment plan, it can actually attack ALL the factors responsible for acid reflux formation simultaneously from the root. I sufferd from acid reflux for 2years, in and out the hospital, going from this medication to that. Nothing worked for me at all and i was on the verge of giving up hope.. Untill 2 months ago I stumbeld upon this holistic approach which has helped me to the point were i dont suffer from no more symptoms.. I am so glad i found this and I know how it feels to be in that pain and I hope everyone would take that approach cause it really does help..
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 06/21/2010 03:15 PM

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I agree. As a matter of fact, it took me 3 doctors and a ton of medication. None of them were able to help me out. It wasn't until I went onto a raw foods diet and began drinking cabbage juice 4 times a day that I began seeing a huge improvement.

Just because I took the natural course didn't mean that I stopped seeing doctors though. They would give me other medications to try out in case if my home remedies stopped working, but I never had to fill them.

I am a huge believer in doctors, but when it comes to GERD, it turns out to be a guessing game because everybody is different...

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 01/07/2010 03:23 PM

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Swedish doctor, Dr. Lars Kundell, recently published a study that indicates no perfect cure for GERD. Those who opt for surgery and those who opt for medication have experience both benefits and drawbacks.

"Overall, surgery was better at controlling GERD symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation, but long-term omeprazole avoided postoperative difficulties in swallowing, flatulence and an inability to belch or vomit."

Simply put, it's impossible at the moment to rid yourself of this disease completely. No matter which method you prefer, there will be some drawbacks. It's make sense then for people who suffer from the disorder to identify which foods are especially troublesome and to cut them out of their diets. Dairy prodcuts are among the most widely complained about foods for those with GERD, so staying clear of milk and cheese as frequently as possible is a good idea.

As someone who does not suffer from GERD, I've noticed that everyone I know who has it complains about the pain after eating different foods. Simply - everyone's case is different. While doctors can make recommendations regarding what to eat and what not to and preferred treatment methods, it is crucial that those affected by the disease make their own cautious decisions.

However, at the end of the article, an editorial from Dr. Stuart Jon Spechler of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas is quoted as saying "I find it difficult to fathom why a typical GERD patient would opt for a potentially hazardous surgery to fix a problem managed almost as well as a reasonably safe medication."

Given the apparent lack of effectiveness of the surgery versus the side effects of any invasive procedure, some may just decide to skip the surgery althogether. This may be a good idea, but, as always, one should consult their doctor and make a decision for themselves.

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