My name is Andrew, and I live in Ft Worth, Texas. The following is my personal opinion. I am not a doctor. I am simply sharing what worked for me and many other people who were fed up with conventional Acid Reflux/GERD medications that cost a lot of money, cause a lot of long term health problems and simply do not work.
If you want to cure your Acid Reflux and heartburn, I highly recommend you consider a new natural method. The medication that doctors prescribe may treat the symptoms of GERD, but they DO NOT heal you and cure this. Like most pharmaceuticals, the intent is to is treat you so you need to keep taking them. There is no money in cures, my friends. There is only money in treatment.
If you would rather keep on going to doctors, having tubes stuck down your throat, and spending money on antacids and proton pump inhibitors, then I wish you well. Just know that PPIs have a lot of potential to cause great harm if taken long term. I was told to take a particular PPI for 3 months, even though it clearly states in the warnings that it should only be taken for 2 weeks.
In November of 2014 I became sick with a cold, and along with that I had trouble breathing. The cold went away but the shortness of breath didn’t stop.
I went to the ER first because I thought I was very ill with some kind of problem in my lungs. The ER doctor told me it was anxiety, gave me some Xanax and sent me home. The Xanax did help, but the reason why it helped was because it was decreasing muscle tension in my throat. The underlying problem was still there. Also, a life lived on daily Xanax is not ideal. The addiction potential is very high with that drug.
After a few months of dealing with the constant breathing issue, I went to my family doctor. He sent me to have a barium swallow test, and that showed nothing unusual. Then I had a CT scan, and then an MRI. They were normal. He sent me to an ENT specialist who stuck a camera down my throat and told me that my esophagus was very red, and it was because of reflux. I didn’t believe it because I rarely had heartburn.
What I had was called “silent reflux”, and it is actually very common. You don’t even know you have it until you start to have trouble breathing or you end up with a condition called “Barretts Esophagus” or esophageal cancer. I was told to take PPI medication to fix this problem. My question was “for how long”, and the answer I got was “maybe a few months, maybe forever”. That did not sit well with me. I don’t like “maybes”, and the thought of being on this medication indefinitely made me very nervous.
I filled the prescription and started taking the pills. Nothing happened. I took those pills for 2 months with no improvement. We are conditioned to believe that our doctors always know what is best for us, and that prescription medication is the answer. That is not always true. I was really depressed about this issue and didn’t know what I was going to do. I was told that the acid in my stomach was eating the lining of my esophagus, and it could eventually lead to cancer. I was 42 years old and was not ready to deal with this kind of health problem.
I lived with this problem for about a year, and then I decided I needed to try something different. I was highly motivated because I still couldn’t breathe well. You never realize how important it is to take a full breath of air until you can’t. I was working full time and trying to raise my children, but I was completely miserable.
I started doing research online, and I finally came up with something.
I abandoned the PPIs and tried a natural method. In about 3 weeks, the shortness of breath went away and my throat was healed up. The inflammation went away completely. I could breathe normally.
So, my goal here is to review and present some natural methods that are WAY better than taking PPI medication. I am very much an advocate for the natural method. I don’t want to see anyone suffer with this for over a year like I did. I don’t believe that doctors are quacks, but what I do believe is that conventional medication is not the best method for dealing with this condition.