Healing Heartburn and GERD | Majid Ali MD
HEALING HEARTBURN AND GERD
Mold Allergy, Adverse Food Responses, and GERD
In my experience, individuals with GERD and GERD-related lesions are nearly always associated with mold allergy and adverse food reactions. This is why I consider it a high priority to detect and effectively address these problems. It is well recognized that GERD is often associated with recurrent sore throats, sinusitis, recurrent ear infections, and lung scarring (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis). However, a causative role of allergy is not accepted in mainstream medicine, which, in my view, is a serious error.
- Eosinophilic esophagitis (allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus ) is an esophageal disorder predominantly triggered by food antigens. A six-food group elimination diet achieves remission in more than 70% of adult patients with Eosinophilic esophagitis.1
- Eosinophilic esophagitis is an emerging disease characterized by esophageal eosinophilia, lack of responsiveness to acid-suppressive medication and is managed by allergen elimination and anti-allergy therapy. Although the pathophysiology of EoE is currently unsubstantiated, evidence implicates food and aeroallergen hypersensitivity in genetically predisposed individuals as contributory factors.2
The stomach sickens when it slumps. Unable to be moved on by rhythmic wave action of the stomach wall, highly acidic food backs into the esophagus and causes injury and inflammation there. The stomach goes limp–loses its tone and motility–for two reasons: deep disappointments of life and toxins from the bowel.
That is the full story of the disorders called:
(1) acid reflux disease
(2) GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
(3) Barrett’s esophagus
(4) esophageal ulcer disease
(5) erosive esophagitis
My view is at variance with that of doctors that use drugs to treat reflux-related lesions. I draw my main conclusions from:
(1) my study of more than 5,000 stomach biopsies during 29 years of work as hospital pathologist; and
(2) caring for over 300 individuals with reflux disorders with non-drug measures to restore the strength of the stomach. The esophagus heals when the stomach returns to its true nature.
Symptoms of GERD
The most common symptoms of GERD and GERD-related problems are regurgitation, heartburn, nausea, excessive salivation, and chest pain. Notable among other features of GERD include hoarseness, throat clearing, wheezing, asthma, erosion of dental enamel, some cases of dentine hypersensitivity.
Guidelines for Restoring Stomach Strength
In chronic cases, it is essential to rule out the coexistence of tumors in the stomach or esophagus with endoscopy and, if warranted biopsies. For controlling symptoms of GERD, and healing inflammation and ulceration in the esophagus, following are my guidelines.
1. Self-compassion to address issues of deep disappointments and anger
2. Universal compassion to deepen the effects of self-compassion
3. Dr. Ali’s foursome:
4. Rebounding limbic exercise (high frequency, low intensity, preferably with a safe trampoline);
5. Restoration of bowel health with anti-fermentation measures (foods, spices, herbs, and, if needed, anti-fungal medication);
6. Restoration of liver health (in order to speed up neutralization of mold toxins from the bowel);
7. A six-week trial of gluten-free diet; and
8. Short-term use of medications during the time of learning and practicing the above measures.
As for the last measure, my preference is use liberal amounts of aloe water (one ounce four to five times a day) along with the older, safer, and less expensive drugs, such as ranitidine, and cimetidine).
H. Pylori Infections
H. Pylori infections of the stomach are becoming common. Acute cases with severe symptoms usually require the use of a course of bismuth and a suitable antibiotic. However, the infection recurs in nearly all cases until the stomach regains its strength and rythmic activity. Therefore, the measures given above are just as crucial for H. Pylori infections as for GERD and GERD-related problems without an associated infection. Mastica is helpful in some cases.
1. Molina-Infante J, Arias A, Barrio J, et al. Eosinophilic esophagitis is an esophageal disorder predominantly triggered by food antigens. A six-food group elimination diet achieves remission in more than 70% of adult patients with EoE. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Aug 27. pii: S0091-6749(14)01011-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2014.07.023. [Epub ahead of print]
2. Raheem M, Leach ST, Day AS, Lemberg DA. The pathophysiology of eosinophilic esophagitis. Front Pediatr. 2014 May 30;2:41. doi: 10.3389/fped.2014.00041. eCollection 2014.
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