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From: Leslie (cpe-69-76-7-63.natnow.res.rr.com -69.76.7.63)
Subject: Re: Q about inflammation in esophagus
Date: February 8, 2007 at 5:56 pm PST

In Reply to: Q about inflammation in esophagus posted by joanne on February 8, 2007 at 10:56 am:

Timely; my husband was just diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus, which is what will result from long-term GERD, or acid reflux, or heartburn if it is not dealt with.

I have a section in my nutritional healing book which is on GERD, I will list the foods it says to avoid. By the way, my husband's basic problem is that the esophagus is enlarged, therefore the acid spashes back up into the esophagus. In order to protect itself, new tissue grows in that area and that is why it can be serious, because new tissue means higher risk of cancer in that area.

I have used this book over and over and it has so many suggestions and so much information I cannot list them here, but here are the foods that trigger acid reflux:

Caffeine-containing products, carbonated beverages, creamy cheeses, desserts, eggnog, fats, friend foods, gravies, rich sauces, marbled meats (none of that!) onions (especially raw - interesting), peppermint, poultry skin, processed foods, spearmint, spicy or highly seasoned foods, sugar, tobacco, or tomatoes.

There are so many suggestions in this book you might want to go get your own copy, they have this book on display at the local Fred Meyer for people to consult. Suggestions such as trying raw potato juice, drinking a glass of fresh cabbage or celery juice every day, aloe vera juice. I have some aloe vera juice that is amazing, it tastes just like water -- normally aloe vera juice has a really weird flavor, but this is exactly like water, it's George's Aloe Vera.

You might be able to control this with supplements, dietary controls and other ideas, at least it's certainly worth a try. Here's something else interesting that you might want to know: drugs that suppress the production of stomach acid used over a long period of time may lead to damage in the stomach lining, thus increasing the risk of benign or malignant tumors.

At any rate, do your homework because at the beginning of symptoms often you can control a genetic predisposition toward a disease by measures other than drugs, it's certainly worth a try.



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