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Hi All, I am a 29 Yr male diagnosed with a duodenal ulcer and slight GERD symptoms 5 years back, I have been using Aciphex (Rabeprazole) for treating the same, even though i feel better i wanted to get rid of it, but once i stop even the low dose the symptoms come back.
Lately for the last 3 weeks i am experiencing pain in the upper stomach between the ribs and stomach, also i have noticed burning sensation in the chest and esophagus. I went to a GP and she suggested some antibiotics along with Omeprazole, even then i get the burning some times.

I have been reading many posts about GERD and Nat Phos 6X as a treatment option, Can any doc suggest if its OK for me to use the same, I want to cut down on Aciphex or Omeprazole for the rest of my life. Also i have high thirst in the evenings after dinner which makes me drink more water. Please suggest
  arvindmanda on 2010-08-01
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To Arvindmanda

Please read the post which I am copying from the original you posted today on the other thread which answers your questiona sna details the therapy I have formulated through the years to treat a common ailment GERD.

My therapy for you is also the same.

Nat Phos 6x Biochemic Cell Salt dose 3-4 tablets after each of 2 main meals

Arnica 30c in the Wet dose taken twice daily.

The Wet dose of any Homeopathic remedy is made as follows:

Order the remedy in a 5ml Ethanol pack also referred to as Liquid Dilution in a bottle preferably with a dropper arrangement.
Get a 500ml bottle of Spring Water from the nearest supermarket.
Pour out about 3cm of water from the bottle to leave some airspace.
Insert 3 drops of the remedy into the bottle and shake the bottle hard before you sip a capfull which is the dose.
Shaking the bottle hard is homeopathic succussion and this shaking must be done every time before sipping a capful of the bottle which can be used as a dose.

Report your response in a week after you start this therapy.

It is understood that you will not use other drugs or medication unless on a SOS basis while on this therapy aka 'Joepathy'

Re: Dr. Joe De Livera - Natural GERD Remedy Help PleaseFrom Joe De Livera on 2010-04-24I am copying below a post I made on another thread which will give readers more information on the therapy that I use for GERD which may be of interest to this thread.


Re: Reflux acidityFrom Joe De Livera on 2010-04-20I chanced upon this thread which dates back almost exactly to 5 years ago and pertains to a common ailment that the majority of the population in developed countries suffer from -- GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) aka Gastric Problems. These problems often are experienced after a heavy dinner and many have been rushed to the ER in the early hours of the morning in the mistaken assumption that they suffer from a heart attack as the intense burning pain experienced is symptomatic of an Infarct. They are relieved to be informed that they only suffer from a Gastric problem which is soon cured by some drug usually an antacid which neutralizes the acid and relieves the patient almost immediately.

It is only when this Hyperacidity turns chronic that the patient is in serious trouble as the drugs that are used are usually the PPI's (Proton Pump Inhibitors) which were first introduced in 1988 and were hailed at that time as the ultimate in the treatment of GERD. Unfortunately this euphoria was short lived when reports started to arrive that these new fangled drugs were the cause of other more serious side effects which include cancer, and other diseases too horrible to contemplate. I have copied an article below which gives more data on these negative side effects.

It is often a source of wonder to me why patients who suffer from some form of Gastric ailment are not made aware of the benefits they can derive from Nat Phos 6x which I first used and prescribed way back in the early 70's when I was new to Homeopathy. I presume that one reason is because there is a general suspicion of all Homeopathic Remedies on the part of the majority of the population especially MD's who are programmed not to be misled by the remedies used by Homeopaths which are only equivalent to placebos.

Big Pharma decided last year to soft pedal pushing the sales of PPI drugs as they were advised by the AMA and other medical bodies to reduce their sales pressure in view of the many cases of negative side effects some of which were traced back to the use of PPI's.

I am glad that I chanced upon this Thread which run into all of 6 pages and I hope that my 'discovery' of Nat Phos 6x used with Arnica 30c in the Wet dose for the treatment of GERD will help patients to overcome their ailment which is not usually easy to cure.

The testimonials of the patients who were cured on this thread will testify to their cure and the efficacy of the 2 remedies Nat Phos 6x and Arnica 30 which I have prescribed for the cure of GERD.

I cannot help referring to the cordial tone evidenced by Gavini Murthy in his responses on this thread in the early years since it was first started. Murthy was one of my first patients at that early stage when he was seeking relief from his weight shortly after I first advocated the use of Nat Phos. He even advocated its use even though in later years he was one of my strongest critics and was also responsible for coining the term 'JOEPATHY' which he used in a derisive sense to describe my 'this for that' therapy as he felt that it did not follow the strict rules of Hahnemann but invariably cured the patient much to the chagrin of the classical fraternity of homeopaths lead by Gavini who had to reluctantly observe the responses of grateful patients some of which are evidenced on this Thread.

I would like to mention here that this term Joepathy is now listed on Google with over 1400 hits where many cases that I have cured are listed. Each of the hits usually have about 5 others of a similar nature on each listing of the disease and the total number of cases can be in excess of 3000. I was also agreeably surprised to note that the listing on Google under 'Joe De Livera Homeopath' now exceed 2000 cases many of which constitute information and prescriptions on many ailments that other classical homeopaths would not dare to use purely because my therapy does not confirm to the classical form of Homeopathy.

My stock answer to those classical homeopaths who even now criticize me is that I am only interested in the cure of the patient and not the method used in doing so. And I continue to do so completely free of any financial compensation at my advanced age of 81 years.


Long Term Proton Pump Inhibitor Use
Omeprazole began to be used in 1988, and since then proton-pump inhibitors have remained central to the management of acid-suppression disorders and are unchallenged with regard to their popularity among doctors and patients. They were considered safe but there are some concerns about the possibility of an association with cancer, infection, and gastric atrophy; current concerns about long-term proton-pump inhibitor therapy are centred mainly on a possible association with fundic gland polyps and between Helicobacter pylori and gastric atrophic changes. Long-term proton-pump inhibitor usage accounts for the majority of the total proton-pump inhibitor usage. Long-term usage is difficult to define and most patients take proton-pump inhibitors non-continuously. Data indicate that a substantial proportion of long-term users do not have a clear indication for their therapy and there is thus room for reduction or rationalization of treatment. Overall, on-demand therapy is more cost-effective than continuous therapy and should be considered wherever possible.

Heartburn Medication May not be Safe -- Side effects of proton pump inhibitor drugs
Proton-pump inhibitors that block stomach acid production increase the risk of an increasingly common infectious form of diarrhea. Taking a heartburn medication such as AstraZeneca's Nexium or Losec or their generic versions significantly increases the risk of diarrhea blamed on the Clostridium difficile bacteria. Frequently prescribed anti-heartburn drugs called H2 antagonists that include GlaxoSmithKline's Zantac double the risk of the bacterial diarrhea. PPIs and H2 antagonists reduce gastric acid, allowing for bacteria to multiply in the digestive system. Clostridium is the third-most common type of infectious diarrhea in patients aged 75 and older. Exposure to Clostridium difficile bacteria, which causes infection and inflammation of the intestine, previously occurred mostly during hospital stays, but cases have increasingly been contracted in community settings. While antibiotics formerly blamed for outbreaks of the illness have declined in use, the acid-blocking drugs have become steadily more popular to treat ulcers and conditions such as gastric reflux disease.

Even in those without previous heartburn symptoms, proton pump inhibitors can give rise to such symptoms after the drugs are stopped. 'It thus seems that the drugs induce the symptoms they are used to treat, which might lead to dependency on such drugs,' says co-author Dr. Christina Reimer, from Køge University Hospital, Denmark. Such dependency might explain why use of the medications is increasing. Gastroenterology, July 2009.

The US Food and Drug Administration recommends that the coadministration of omeprazole and Plavix (clopidogrel) be avoided, based on data showing that the proton pump inhibitor reduces the efficacy of Plavix by nearly 50%. Other drugs which inhibit the CYP2C19 drug-metabolising enzyme should also be avoided in combination with clopidogrel.
Joe De Livera last decade
Thanks alot Joe for the quick response, One more questions do i need to follow any diet restrictions when on this therapy
arvindmanda last decade
Avoid coffee, preserved meats like sausages, bacon, coke and all canned beverages.

Drink at least 3 ltrs water daily.
Joe De Livera last decade
Failed to mention:

EXERCISE on a regular regimented basis. This is essential to help your body to get back to normal which I estimate it will do in about 2 weeks with a bit of luck.

Report your response at least weekly.
Joe De Livera last decade
Sure Joe, thanks for the advise i would get the medicine and report you the progress
arvindmanda last decade
Also one more question Joe before i start this therapy, I have read that GERD occurs because of weaking of lower esophageal sphincter, does homeopathy cure this too, i mean does it restore the lower esophageal sphincter?
arvindmanda last decade

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