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HELP,,,,,,LICORICE???

I have been taking licorice root 500mg's twice a day before meals,and it seems as though its the only thing that works for hearburn. i have tried every prescription drug out there without succes until now. i dont know what is a good dosage for short term use of licorice root(not dgl) but stright licorice..is 500mg twice a day too much..will i get potassium loss for this dosage and other side effects such as water retention?  i plan on using it for only 2 montsh to see if my esophogus will heal up.  can someone help please?????? is this too much
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What brand are you taking ? Did you purchase DGL chewables ?
I too am trying this remedy again . This is day 6.
If you scan down through the messages there is another on DGL that is helpful too.
How long have you suffered and what did your doctor have you try ?
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Dear Mott,

I urge you to buy the DGL, which is the safer form of licorice, and will not cause high blood pressure, and will not cause edema, because the steroidal part of plain licorice has been removed.

You may have serious problems if you stay on regular licorice, even for a month.

The DGL (De-Glycyrrhizinated Licorice) will help to heal BOTH your esophagus and stomach. I will also post some Gastric Reflux Tips (without acid blockers) that can help to heal both your esophagus and stomach. Check 'em out! :-)

Sincerely, Concerned lady
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Some GASTRIC REFLUX TIPS (without acid blockers):

GER=Gastro-Esophageal Reflux. (Gastro=stomach. Esophagus=food tube.)

LPR= Laryngeal-Pharyngeal Reflux. (Larynx=voice box, containing the 2 vocal cords. Pharynx=throat, above the larynx. The larynx is above the trachea/windpipe.)

Reflux=acidic or alkaline stomach material that backs up into the esophagus (food tube), causing any of these problems: VCD/Vocal Cord Dysfunction/Laryngospasm attacks, cough, voice problems, asthma, globus (feeling of lump in throat), constant need to clear throat, worsening of sinus condition, sore throat, pre-cancerous conditions of throat &/or esophagus, etc.

SOME GER/LPR CONTROL THINGS WE DO, that we learned from the excellent book: STOMACH AILMENTS AND DIGESTIVE DISTURBANCES, by Michael T. Murray, N.D. See page 9, References, in my website: http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com   and, also see GER/LPR info on page 5, and on LINKS page.

PLEASE READ THIS GREAT BOOK. It may possibly be bought on-line, from Michael T. Murray
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How does one know if infact it is bile_ alkaline vs. acid. Do the same tests and drugs help ?
Day 7 of DGL and I do not mind the taste and let it sit in my mouth 20 minutes before all small meals.
A concern is the gum bleeding : does this small amount in a small person cause a blood thining effect ?
So wanting to heal and agree with you and the harsh drugs out there.
In April they had me quit after 2 weeks due to gums.
Is extreme weight loss a factor with GERD sufferers who don't seem to resolve the symptoms ?
I wondered do you work with a support group in your area since you are so informed on this condition ?
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Dear Karie,

I think that you need to find some better doctors to help you figure out what's going on exactly, in your case.

I don't know what you have, and nobody can really know, over the internet. Don't delay any longer. Find better doctors, now.

This is what we do. After getting some ideas from the internet, we go to a doctor, to get diagnosed. Then, we have choices of treatments, including natural ones.

Your big weight loss is alarming, and you need to find out whether you have more than just GERD, such as an ulcer, cancer, gall bladder problem, liver problem, pancreas problem, auto-immune problem, or something else going on.

No matter what you have, THERE ARE WAYS TO CURE IT!

The time to find out, is now.

Once you have a REAL DIAGNOSIS (or more than one), there will be NATURAL REMEDIES among all the treatments, so you will have choices of treatments.

Since nothing is working for you, so far, I think it means that you don't yet know what all is wrong. FIND OUT, by going to BETTER DOCTORS, for exams & testing.

Keep us posted!

While you are looking for better doctors, try all the REST of the gastric reflux tips, not just the DGL.

The reason I know a little about gastric reflux, is that my husband and I both have it, and I like the book by Michael T. Murray, that I recommend in the GASTRIC REFLUX TIPS. We're not part of a support group, since the "tips" have helped us.

Hang in there. Take action by going to better doctors, now.

Sincerely, Concerned lady
http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com

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Sorry about the multiple postings. I forgot which "thread" I was in...oops! :-)

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I Have had a endoscopy 7 months prior: No ulcer and told NUD or GERD , ultrasound : no gallstones,blood work for h.pylori negative, no blood in stool. Upper g.i. with barium 8 months ago: looked fine . See the dilema They ran tests and gave me drugs that did not help and so here is where I turn for suggestions. I do have another doctor appt. tomorrow
He said after the g.i. tests months ago it would go away with time , But the weight loss and suffering continues.
This is my 3rd attempt with DGL by Natural factors : Dr. Murrays
and again find my gums bleeding which I have been in for cleanings 4x previous. Never had this before . After six days of chronic pain, heat, I find a better day and want to continue healing stomach lining but wonder if it has a blood thinning effect or again my sensitive system which took me off H2's and PPI's is a side effect nightmare. Appreciate your insight and continue to follow all guidelines.........If we have missed something let us know ? I did have the Celiac blood test : negative.
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Dear Carrie,

I'm glad you will see the doc again, tomorrow afternoon. Is this a Gastro-intestinal doc, or ???

Have you tried the DGL by "Enzymatic Therapy?" See if this brand does NOT cause bleeding gums. Let us know.

Try chewing just ONE of the DGL tablets by "Enzymatic Therapy", for about 10 seconds to mix with saliva,--do this about 20 minutes before each meal.

Try ALL THE OTHER "TIPS" too, NOT JUST THE DGL.

Have you tried drinking a little organic CARROT JUICE?

Have you tried some Slippery Elm herbal tea, or throat lozenges?

Have you had someone put blocks on the floor, under the head-end of your bed, to create a slant/tilt, where your head will be 6 to 8 inches higher than your feet, while sleeping?

Are you wearing tight clothing? (belt, corset, etc.)

Do you lift weights, or bend frequently, or lift heavy objects?

How long were you on those acid blockers? Did you taper off them slowly, or did you suddenly stop taking them?

What medications are you taking right now, and for what conditions?

Ask your doctor to refer you to a HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST who might be able to find some nutritious (delicious) foods for you, that agree with your sensitive system, so that you can begin to get well again.

Besides your health situation, you need to get help to decrease any stress, because plain stress can harm the digestive systmem (stress can contribute to causing ulcers, etc.). Then, it can also be a vicious cycle, with illness causing stress, and stress causing illness!

Gums can bleed from not enough Vitamin C complex in your diet, but too much Vitamin C complex can irritate your stomach. Moderation is important, here.

Gums can bleed due to dental work. Do you floss after each meal? If not, flossing will help, but causes some temporary bleeding, until the gums get stronger.

Hang in there!

Sincerely, Concerned lady
http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com
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Dear Carrie,

I'm glad you will see the doc again, tomorrow afternoon. Is this a Gastro-intestinal doc, or ???

Have you tried the DGL by "Enzymatic Therapy?" See if this brand does NOT cause bleeding gums. Let us know.

Try chewing just ONE of the DGL tablets by "Enzymatic Therapy", for about 10 seconds to mix with saliva,--do this about 20 minutes before each meal.

Try ALL THE OTHER "TIPS" too, NOT JUST THE DGL.

Have you tried drinking a little organic CARROT JUICE?

Have you tried some Slippery Elm herbal tea, or throat lozenges?

Have you had someone put blocks on the floor, under the head-end of your bed, to create a slant/tilt, where your head will be 6 to 8 inches higher than your feet, while sleeping?

Are you wearing tight clothing? (belt, corset, etc.)

Do you lift weights, or bend frequently, or lift heavy objects?

How long were you on those acid blockers? Did you taper off them slowly, or did you suddenly stop taking them?

What medications are you taking right now, and for what conditions?

Ask your doctor to refer you to a HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST who might be able to find some nutritious (delicious) foods for you, that agree with your sensitive system, so that you can begin to get well again.

Besides your health situation, you need to get help to decrease any stress, because plain stress can harm the digestive systmem (stress can contribute to causing ulcers, etc.). Then, it can also be a vicious cycle, with illness causing stress, and stress causing illness!

Gums can bleed from not enough Vitamin C complex in your diet, but too much Vitamin C complex can irritate your stomach. Moderation is important, here.

Gums can bleed due to dental work. Do you floss after each meal? If not, flossing will help, but causes some temporary bleeding, until the gums get stronger.

Hang in there!

Sincerely, Concerned lady
http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com
Avatar universal
Dear Carrie,

I'm glad you will see the doc again, tomorrow afternoon. Is this a Gastro-intestinal doc, or ???

Have you tried the DGL by "Enzymatic Therapy?" See if this brand does NOT cause bleeding gums. Let us know.

Try chewing just ONE of the DGL tablets by "Enzymatic Therapy", for about 10 seconds to mix with saliva,--do this about 20 minutes before each meal.

Try ALL THE OTHER "TIPS" too, NOT JUST THE DGL.

Have you tried drinking a little organic CARROT JUICE?

Have you tried some Slippery Elm herbal tea, or throat lozenges?

Have you had someone put blocks on the floor, under the head-end of your bed, to create a slant/tilt, where your head will be 6 to 8 inches higher than your feet, while sleeping?

Are you wearing tight clothing? (belt, corset, etc.)

Do you lift weights, or bend frequently, or lift heavy objects?

How long were you on those acid blockers? Did you taper off them slowly, or did you suddenly stop taking them?

What medications are you taking right now, and for what conditions?

Ask your doctor to refer you to a HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST who might be able to find some nutritious (delicious) foods for you, that agree with your sensitive system, so that you can begin to get well again.

Besides your health situation, you need to get help to decrease any stress, because plain stress can harm the digestive systmem (stress can contribute to causing ulcers, etc.). Then, it can also be a vicious cycle, with illness causing stress, and stress causing illness!

Gums can bleed from not enough Vitamin C complex in your diet, but too much Vitamin C complex can irritate your stomach. Moderation is important, here.

Gums can bleed due to dental work. Do you floss after each meal? If not, flossing will help, but causes some temporary bleeding, until the gums get stronger.

Hang in there!

Sincerely, Concerned lady
http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com
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Karie,

Please remind me on what date the "dilemma" is posted.

Concerned lady

P.S. Have you tried all of the above ideas yet? If not, please try them.
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Dear Karie,

You said you are always juicing. What are you juicing, exactly? And are these foods organic?

If you are drinking TOO MUCH JUICE (it can happen!), you may be drinking TOO MUCH of some thing(s) that are irritating to your digestive tract!!! Even carrots, in excess, can become toxic! TOO MUCH of a "good thing" can be bad.

Try not juicing so much. You may need to slowly chew (or blenderize & then slowly chew) instead of doing so much juicing.

See a really good holistic nutritionist who might be able to suggest a different type of diet for you, that may be less irritating, yet yummy & nutritious!

Hang in there.

Concerned lady
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Good Questions:
Eating specialist in Internal Medicine since the G.I. department said Nexium should have had me back to health by now and the tests 8 months ago were ok.
I use Natural Factors chewables 400mg. each Dr. Mike Murray suggested and was told they all work the same at the Health store.
Sleep with tilt and have since onset, Never were tight clothing or lift anything : Too tiny and no upper body strength as is.
Stress: yes a year ago lost 4 close family members but truely healed with help.
Diet : Always juicing , walking, None of the no-nos mentioned ever. Lost 40 lbs 7 years ago and never went back.
Slippery Elm : husband loved
I am allergic
No medications besides DGL and crushed multi. OFf all ppi's etc. for at least 5 months now.Vit C blood test looked good 2 months ago.
See the Dilema.
Appreciate the concern.
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Dear Karie,

It sounds like the terrible tragedy started all your digestive problems. I urge you to try some or all of the following to see if these can help you recover:

1) Acupuncture done by a kind, caring, and expert person

2) Hypnotism (they teach you self-hypnotism, too)

3) Emotional support: a good psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, etc. to help you work through the grief that is still affecting your body, mind and soul

4) A very good holistic nutritionist who can work closely with you, to find nutritious foods that don't upset your digestive system.

5) DON'T CRUSH UP YOUR VITAMINS. You may be irritating your esophagus and stomach by doing this. Never take vitamins on an empty stomach!!!!!! (very irritating).

6) Meditation, &/or Yoga, &/or Tai Chi, &/or other healing non medicine methods that are calming.

Hang in there!

Sincerely, Concerned lady
http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com

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You sure picked a good name to use on this message board, Due to the concern you put into so many of us here.
I appreciate all your great suggestions again.
I do meditate and started therapy a year ago when it all began. We cut back on the juicing when I lost the weight and now just maybe 2x a week carrotts, celery. Love to eat apples,bananas.
Looked into hollistic nutrition in our area.
Great doctor visit yesterday and he did not seem displeased with DGL , So I will continue with a prayer. Long process..........
Took summer off and was told I am not promoting this But hope to locate cause. Interesting post about stools : yellow floaters.
It is all important. Guess even my stool is not up to par.
Thanks.
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