Stomach problems are so common and they really can destroy your life if left untreated. About a year ago I developed a serious stomach condition and I want to share with you all the mistakes I made and how I finally got better. This is my own, personal story.
So acid reflux, GERD, sour stomach, silent reflux… there are many names, but they all involve the stomach. About a year ago I injured my stomach, and I think it was from an experiment I was doing with high dose Turmeric powder. Yes, I do tests on myself, and sometimes it just does not work out so good for me. Well, this was one of those times, I was taking like 10 grams of Turmeric a day and combining it with a high acidic diet of red meat when one day on my way home from the clinic I had such a pain in my chest that I had to pull off the road. Of course, I immediately thought I was having a heart attack, damn carnivore diet! And so I crawled into the local urgent care center and did an EKG, which was fine. The next day I drove down to see a friend of mine Dr. Allan Tantumbam, who is an excellent internal medicine specialist and he listens to me and says, “Steve you have acid reflux”, Of course, I thought what not me no way, that’s for people who drink beer and eat hot wings… nope. So, as I do for all my patients I developed a plan to take care of this, except this time I was the patient. Dr. T, as good as he is, just wrote me an Rx for Omeprazole and said take a double dose, it should go away in a month or so. And immediately after I took about 40mg of Omeprazole, I noticed the pain disappeared completely. But after a week or so I started getting some horrible side effects from this drug, including anxiety and I decided to stop. When I did, I got the pain back again but this time twice as bad and I later learned this was called rebound and it is common in people who come off these drugs. So I am back where I started, and I began researching and realized I needed a better approach. Here’s what I did;
I ordered an H Pylori breath test. This is a bacteria that looks like a corkscrew, and it burrows itself into your stomach lining (corkscrews), and it excretes ammonia which is alkaline and neutralizes the stomach acid to protect itself from the acidity, and from there it usually creates stomach ulcers, and eventually it can lead to nasty things like stomach cancer. If you have this bug, you must first kill it with antibiotics, or specific herbal therapies, like Garlic, or Wormwood. Luckily I never tested positive for H.Pylori.
Next, we need to heal the stomach. At this initial stage, we do not want to introduce more acid, Apple cider vinegar is a big no-no at this stage, in fact IMO you never want to drink ACV, it is horrible stuff and can burn your throat and make you very sick. Instead, we want to soothe the stomach until it heals. For this you want to adopt a low acid diet, the one I used was from Dr. Jamie Kaufmann, MD. This means alkaline foods and no coffee, soda or alcohol. In my own case, I ate a lot of bananas, boiled chicken breast, potatoes, and rice. All plain. Oatmeal also was a staple. I took Hipep from Mediherb. These pills contain Deglycyrrhizinized Licorice root 12:1 extract from Glycyrrhiza glabra root 3.42 g, 285 mg per tablet, Chamomile flower 6:1 extract from Matricaria recutita flower 600 mg, 100 mg per pill, and Meadowsweet herb 5:1 extract from Filipendula ulmaria herb 500 mg, 100 mg per tablet. I took 2 of these after every meal, and it helped so much. I also took Chlorophyll Complex from Standard Process, which is a tremendous general product for any type of healing. I took around 9 of these a day in between meals on an empty stomach. Now in my case, I did find Pepcid really helped. Pepcid is different from omeprazole because it is not a pump inhibitor; instead, it still allows your body to produce acid, but it just reduces the output. I took 1 in the morning and one before dinner 20 mg each time and it really helped during this stage. You may not need the Pepcid, but in my case, I did and was glad it was available.
After about 2 months of this routine, I was feeling 60% better but not eating much, and I had lost weight. Honestly, I was pretty miserable and went through some intense headaches from caffeine withdrawal at this time. White Willow Bark really helped with this. So now I had this stomach that was healed up nice but not used to making enough acid, so I started digestive enzyme support, I used Zypan, which has hydrochloric acid (HCL) but also contains pancreatic enzymes. This makes for a much better choice than Apple Cider Vinegar. I would take 1-2 of these with each meal. After about a month, all my remaining stomach pain went away. If you are a vegetarian, you can use a substitute product for the Zypan called Enzycore, which only contains plant enzymes, and it will still produce results for you.
So at this stage, I backed off the digestive enzymes, only using them when I would eat a very acidic meal, say a ribeye steak or something like that and honestly I never went back to alcohol or coffee, and my stomach has been doing very well. I read that celery was really good for getting your stomach to make its own acid and so I tried juicing celery but to get the recommended dosage of 16 oz I need 2 bundles and they cost like 4 each, so I was not going to do that every day. Instead, I started taking a Celery Seed from Mediherb, 5ml a day and this is much cheaper and much easier for me to do. I stopped all digestive enzymes and just did the celery seed for another month and then I stopped that as well. Everything seemed back to normal, and now I don’t take anything for my stomach, but man the whole process took several months and during that time I had a few setbacks.
1. H. Pylori Breath Test
2. Dropping Acid Diet Book, Dr.Jamie Kaufman, www.voiceinstituteofnewyork.com/articles-and-publications/
3. HiPep Mediherb
4. Chlorophyll Complex Standard Process
5. Zypan Standard Process
6. Enzycore Standard Process
7. Celery Seed Mediherb
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Stephen Stokes is a working physician in Fort Myers, Florida who owns and operates Advanced Pain Solutions. He has been in practice since 2001. Visit and subscribe to his you tube channel by clicking (HERE).