Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Condition Description

Gastroesophgeal reflux disease (GERD) is a common condition that results from reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus, causing damage or irritation to the esophagus

Common Symptoms

  • Heartburn, acid reflux or difficulty swallowing
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Hoarseness
  • Chest pain

Underlying Causes

  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Food allergies
  • Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid)
  • Obesity

Traditional Approach

  • H2-receptor antagonists like Ranitidine (Zantac), Cimetidine (Tagamet), Famotidine (Pepcid) or Nizatidine (Axid)
  • Proton pump inhibitors like Omeprazole (Prilosec), Lansoprazol (Prevacid), Rabeprazol (Aciphex) or Esomeprazole (Nexium)
  • Prokinetics like Metoclopramide (Reglan)
  • Surgery for complications resulting from scarring of the esophagus

Our Approach

  • Test for and treat any yeast overgrowth or food allergies
  • Therapeutic trial of betaine hydrochloride where Hypochlorhydria is suspected
  • Where obesity is involved, improved diet and increased exercise to reduce weight