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  • Jaeme
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    19 – I have been using a chewable DGL Tablet by Natural Factors. I like the taste a lot, and seems to help.

    JI
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    I also use the Natural Factors brand. It contains dextrose while other brands contain sugar alcohols, a definite no-no.

    Anonymous
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    Thank you JL and Jaeme will add the natural factors to my arsenal, do you only take it as needed after a meal or after every meal for protection weather needed or not?

    Jaeme
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    The instructions on the bottle are to take 20 minutes before a meal (some others say up to an hour before) – it is supposed to help coat the stomach to help it heal and according to the label “improve the integrity of the natural mucus lining of the stomach and intestinal wall”.

    londonlyon
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    Hello HealthyNow or Anyone else out there!

    I’m so encouraged by your posting. I have been on PPIs for 10 years and when I read your post I realized that after my very first scope, the doctor mentioned that I had part of my stomach cells in my esophagus—but he made no connection with my LPR! So, if you see this I would love to speak with you in further detail about how you removed your symptoms. I’ve been on Dr Robillard’s diet for a month now and things seem to be getting better but are somewhat complicated by weaning myself off PPIs and that I have recurrent vocal fold granuloma because of reflux.

    Any info from ANYONE out there would be appreciated!

    thanks!

    Anonymous
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    Hi London Lyon, my voice still has good and bad days. I wonder if I have a vocal fold granulomas. I read up on it and it sounds like the only thing Drs do for it is PPI’s. I was only on them for 3 months and I developed other symptoms that I had never had before. Namely bloating, burping and gurgling stomach, also was having several bowel movements a day. I really don’t want to go back on them. What does the Dr. Tell you to do about the granulomas.

    londonlyon
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    YOu should get a laryngeal scope to see if you have a granuloma. If you do, the cause could be improper use of the voice, in which case you could see a speech therapist. Or it could be the result of acid reflux. PPIs can be successful in treating granuloma. They worked for me in the beginning but then, not at all.

    Norm Robillard
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    Hi Jaeme,healthy, 19better54 Eucalyptus and AussieNana. I just dropped in on the thread to say hello. Thanks for sharing your stories and helping each other adjust to the Fast Tract Diet and posting additional tips and supplements that have helped you. I apologize that I don’t get to spend more time on the forum, but my project deadlines have been slipping lately and it’s tax time!
    But I just want you all to know that I support you in your journey to better health and I really appreciate your posts!

    londonlyon
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    Hi healthynow,

    I have the same condition as you and would love to talk to you further about ectopic mucosa and your road to recovery. Please get in touch with me!

    Thanks,

    londonyon

    Jaeme
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    Thank you for your concern & support Norm- we know you are busy & in demand. We all are grateful appreciate your interactions with us here, and for hosting this forum! Having a community to share experiences, advice, etc. is good “medicine” 🙂

    healthynow
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    Hi londonlyon. Sorry it took me so long to respond. What can I say? My very first symptom of Gerd was a very hoarse, disappearing voice. Then came the feeling of this huge lump in the throat which I found really alarming. I went back to my thyroid specialist to see if the nodule on my thyroid had come back. He said no and sent me for a Barium Swallow test which confirmed a lax sphincter. When I heard heartburn, I first didn’t believe it, because there was no burning sensation at that time. The burning, chest pain, throat pain, constant burping and bringing food back up soon followed though. I also had bad earaches. I was told there was lots of mucus. Also, always mucus in the throat. I was started on various P.P.Is. None seemed to work or not for long. Dosages kept increasing. I tried everything else I could . DGL, aloe juice, Reiki, apple cider vinegar etc. I changed my diet to no coffee, no alcohol, no acidic foods etc. to no avail. I ate dinner early, sat upright for hours before bed, tried to sleep on an angle (ridiculous), lots of pillows, you name it. Nothing helped. Then came severe constipation . I said to my doctor that I believe it was from the medication. Don’t we need the acid to digest properly? But they are educated to treat this a certain way and can’t get beyond it. Since I knew someone who died of esophageal cancer I was quite scared. I read ‘Wheatbelly’ and stopped eating wheat. It helped with the bloating and gas, but not with Gerd. So I kept searching the internet for a solution and came across ‘Heartburn Cured’. I stopped my drugs cold turkey and went on the super low carb diet. The first week was hard. I had major withdrawal signs from my high carb diet, felt week and dizzy. But I stuck with it. I read the FP book over Christmas and further adjusted my diet by taking out more fibre namely flax and dark chocolate . I am generally symptom free now unless I fall off the wagon and eat something I shouldn’t. Then it takes a few days to get over that. By the way, my journey on this diet started a year ago. I recently had another gastroscopy to make sure I am on the right path. That was when the ectopic mucosal patch in the esophagus was discovered (it was missed the first time). The doctor told me everything looks good and to keep on doing what I am doing. It is not an easy diet to stick to, but so worth it. I cook everything from scratch to avoid all the hidden sugars, even ketchup, BBQ sauce etc. Sugar is everywhere. I have found a few very good websites to help me regarding food and bought a Spirelizer to turn zucchini into pasta. I am happy to share more tips. Hope this helps.

    londonlyon
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    Thanks healthynow, for your detailed response. I’m glad things are working out for you.

    I’m particularly interested in the mucosa patch and the fact that you are able to stay well, even with this condition. It was my understanding that this patch is capable of secreting acid, which I felt could further compound digestion/acid conditions. I’m meeting with my gastroenterologist in a few weeks and hope to get further advice. But the fact that you are symptom-free, even with the patch, gives me hope.

    I find the diet challenging at times. but it’s been relatively easy to get off grains. I allow myself brown rice pasta from time to time. I have not done the FP calculations on my own but I use the tables in the back of the book and make my own judgements based on similar foods and GI indexes and fibre content.

    Anyway, thanks for your response—if you have any more information on mucosa patches and how to deal with them, please let me know.

    thanks,

    londonlyon

    healthynow
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    I think it is important to give this a good chance. It can take some time for the symptoms to go away. I have only been symptom free for the last couple of months. And they come back as soon as I eat stuff I shouldn’t ,like dark chocolate . Otherwise I don’t actually count FP. I did for a few days, then realized, as long as I stick to the low FP foods, I am in the 30 range.
    I still get some mucus in the throat, but don’t have the hoarse voice anymore. But as long as my esophagus isn’t inflamed I am happy. I don’t feel that this can be cured, only managed.

    Good luck with your doctor’s appointment. Hopefully he/she has an open mind.

    Jaeme
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    Reportedly up to 90% of people with LPR use their voice for work, such as singer, teacher, public speaker, etc. (Me included). Any of you fit that category too?

    catherineben
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    I’m a singer and hoarseness is my main LPR symptom. It’s something to do with the pressure of the diaphragm or something as to why more singers get LPR.

    The Dropping Acid diet does work for me but it’s too restricting if you take away wheat so I’m looking for a more permanent solution. I would love if FTD works and will try it when I’ve finished reading!

    If anyone has any more information about stopping hoarseness on this diet please let me know!

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