Acid Reflux-Heartburn-GERD-Barrett’s Syndrome-Have you been diagnosed as having one of these?
If you were do you feel that you really understand just what it is? If your doctor explained it at all? Did you just accept the diagnosis and leave with prescription in hand and shuffle down to the drug store? (Doesn’t it seem as if there is a drug store every other building?)
Do you have any idea what you have? I mean you know you have terrible burning in your chest. What is an esophagus and where is it anyways? I doubt you even knew you had one of those until the add with Larry the Cable Guy kept ramming it down your throat with those annoying tv adds? (Doesn’t it seem that he’s everywhere–every channel? More about him later.)
Let’s clear some things up such as what are these conditions? Are you confused? Do you have one or the other? What’s the difference? Do I have to live like this for the rest of my life? Is there a cure? No one has told you that you can ever stop taken the purple pill have they?
Ok here we go—things you were never told by the people who told you what you have and told you you would take the medicine for the rest of your life.
- Heartburn—–this is when you get occasional burning in the chest. This is when we try to find something t blame such as your mother in law’s tuna casserole. We love to play the blame game.
- Acid Reflux——this is when the problem happens more frequently and you can’t pinpoint what to blame because it seems to be almost everything.
- GERD—-Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease. This is a bs term that essentially is telling you this acid thing is getting serious—— it not a disease. BUT- this is when the doctor might start dropping the C-word.
- Barrett’s Syndrome—-the end of the road. You do not want it to go this far. Essentially you don’t have an esophagus anymore.
Let’s not get hung up on the terms and the false ideas that they are separate conditions—they are not. So—what’s going on? It’s simpler than you may think.
The esophagus is the tube of flesh that runs from the throat to the top of the stomach. It is made of skin-fat and muscle. It is supposed to be lined on the inside by the bacterial mucosal lining. This lining protects this tender skin from the acid that travels up & down the esophagus.
Now here is where we expose the bs. The acid is SUPPOSED to run up and down this tube-we need it to. We would have a problem if it didn’t. It kills germs and cleans up the mess after we eat a meal.
This is another example of the blame game-the poor acid-just doing it’s job.
Folks–you don’t have too much acid—you have too little mucosal lining! You lost it when you took those antibiotics for whatever. No you have no insulation.
So what is the difference in these names for this burning sensation? There is only one condition and the rest is just a matter of degree. How much damage is there to the tissue. You see-w/o the mucosal lining the acid is eating the wall of your esophagus and by the time you feel any pain it has eaten a hole deep enough to hit some nerve tissue.
- Heartburn—-little hole—little pain.
- Acid Reflux–bigger hole—bigger pain.
Now it gets more interesting.
- GERD—-bigger holes but—now the body starts creating scar tissue to try to protect itself from getting scorched. Now you have a 2nd problem—-you are having trouble swallowing.
- Barrett’s Syndrome–now you have a real problem-you can’t swallow at all & you are in constant pain and the doc keeps saying that you are susceptible to esophageal cancer.
How did we end up here? When we blindly take the ant-acid pills it may blunt the pain leading you to believe everything is ok——–not. All the while the damage continues to rage on and one day you get the bad news—–you have Barrett’s.
This is really brought about by these fools like Larry the cable guy who bombard us with the idea that we should ‘take prilosec otc now so you don’t get heartburn in the 1st place.’ How dumb can you be—take an antacid before you even have heartburn?
AND our doctors who prescribe this junk and never tell you that you will ever get off the stuff. This is totally irresponsible. But-I guess I understand that it is because they have no idea how to fix it.
Last note—there are 2 people who have a duty to figure this out-
- Your doctor
It took me not more than one day of intense focus on the subject to figure it out & apprx one year of testing it on my patients to prove I was right. I did not even have to draw upon my medical background. It’s common sense-logical. It is not rocket science. Turn off the tv for a few minutes and just think.