not as well-known as its predecessors acid reflux and GERD, Barrett's esophagus
is a term that conjures up fear.
And when it's given to you as your diagnosis, terror is more
like it. Because Barrett's can often lead to throat cancer.
If you have acid reflux or GERD, and especially if you're on
acid-reducing drugs, you are a prime candidate for developing
Here's the scoop on Barrett's and what you must know in order to prevent it or slow it:
What is Barrett's esophagus?
Barrett's esophagus is a condition where the color and the type of cells lining your lower esophagus change, becoming more like the inside of your stomach or intestines instead.
This is most often the result of repeated exposure to stomach acid -- in other words, acid reflux or GERD. Obesity (especially around the abdominal area) can also be a risk factor.
Although Barrett's esophagus symptoms are usually related to acid reflux/GERD, it's also possible to have NO symptoms at all...
This can be especially dangerous because people with Barrett's esophagus have an increased risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma -- the most rapidly increasing cancer in the United States.
So to not even know you have Barrett's esophagus means it can quietly exist and manifest into cancer.
Barrett's esophagus and cancer
Once cancer occurs, depending on the degree of severity it can result in losing your esophagus.
The surgery is called an esophagectomy. This involves removing your esophagus and the top part of your stomach. A portion of your stomach is then pulled up into your chest and connected to the remaining undiseased portion of your esophagus.
To say this is traumatic is a vast understatement.
Possible complications of esophagectomy include breathing problems, increased risk of dangerous infection, lowered immune system, damage to your larynx (voice box), difficulty swallowing and frequent vomiting.
Clearly, Barrett's is something to take seriously.
A diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus is a clanging alarm bell.
People who have it are frightened into thinking that they MUST avoid spicy foods and tomatoes, and take acid reducing drugs for life (the typical protocol).
But you know what?
Neither is true.
You don't have to give up spicy foods or tomatoes -- you'll see in just a moment that these foods are actually GOOD for you.
And here's something I bet you don't know: Acid reducers make Barrett's esophagus WORSE -- not better!
Why acid reducing drugs make Barrett's esophagus worse
The most common "treatment" for acid reflux/GERD and Barrett's is acid reducing drugs -- PPIs (like Nexium "the purple pill," Prilosec or Prevacid), or H2 Blockers (like Zantac, Pepcid or Tagamet).But these drugs, believe it or not, actually make the acid problem even WORSE.
PPIs and H2 blockers "work" by stopping your stomach's acid secretions.
But acid digestive enzymes are NEEDED to properly digest proteins. So when your stomach secretes acid when you eat protein (like meat or cheese), it's doing its job and should not be interfered with.
But that's exactly what the drugs do.
And while they may stop some discomfort, they also stop the stomach from doing what it must do to properly break down your food.
As a result, your digestion is greatly slowed and even stopped.
Your stomach senses this and tries to secrete more acid to kick-start digestion again, but it's eventually stopped again by the drugs.
This cycle can go on for 8-10 hours or more and results in a blob of badly digested, putrefied food sloshing around with the acids in your stomach.
Now, guess what happens later, especially as soon as you lie down?
Up, up, up it comes into your throat and...
Hello Barrett's esophagus.
This can also lead to trouble "down south." Because when your foods are not broken down like they should be, you can also experience gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
The safe, effective approach
If you want to minimize your chances of developing Barrett's esophagus (or help prevent it from worsening if you already have it), you have to do just one thing...
Make sure your digestion is efficient!
When your digestion is accomplished thoroughly and completely, there is no putrefying mass of food or acid to rise into your throat.
In other words, you help eliminate the source of Barrett's (& acid reflux/GERD)!
This can be accomplished in two easy steps:
1- Through your diet
This means replacing some acid-creating foods and meals that are causing this mess and replacing them with some alkalizing foods and food combinations that digest quickly and easily.
Note that alkalizing foods include spices and tomatoes -- they are actually GOOD for you and your system!
And note that even the best, most nutritious foods can be acid-forming to your body IF they are eaten with the wrong other foods. It's not just the food you eat that counts -- it's what you eat TOGETHER that's the biggest issue.
Eat the wrong things together, and your food sits in your stomach for HOURS. Then the acid comes up into your esophagus.
If you're not sure where to start, I can help you.
My best-selling digestive health system system will show you step by easy step exactly what to do.
The GTNP manuals spell out which foods are acid-forming vs. alkaline. They also show you exactly what foods go well together and what combinations to avoid.
Nice and easy.
If you do what I tell you to do, your stomach (and your whole body) will likely respond very quickly. Overproduction of acid can ease in as quickly as the first few days.
Without acid rising up in your throat, your esophagus can start healing.
And that's great news to people with Barrett's.
2- With enzyme supplementation
If you've eaten typical acid-forming, hard to digest meals for a long time (or your whole life), chances are excellent that your body's ability to produce adequate enzymes for digestion is reduced, impaired or even non-existent.
This is especially true if you've been on acid reducing medications (like the purple pill).
Digestizol Max digestive enzymes can help give your body the boost it may need to keep your digestion nice and smooth -- and help make acid reflux, GERD and Barrett's a thing of the past for you.
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Now, if you'd like to hear it from someone who's gone through this and healed it himself, you got your wish. Because Rick and many other people like him are living proof that Barrett's CAN be healed with efficient digestion.
So heeeeeeeere's Rick!
I have been cured of Barrett's Esophagus! Please post my testimony if you wish (I've explained some of the terms for your readers below).
Barrett's esophagus is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) is damaged by stomach acid and changed to a lining similar to that of the stomach. My GI doctor told me it can lead to cancer. There is a surgery you can get but it's complicated.
Thanks to some help from above and your eating plan: I am very happy to report that I don't have Barrett's Esophagus anymore!
I was born with a sensitive stomach. But it never really bothered me that much until I reached my 30's. After eating a regular meal, whether it was a burger and fries or a full course dinner, I would have serious bloating and heavy belching (GERD).
This problem grew worse through my 40's and now that I am in my 50's, the problem got completely out of control. I began to have such radical, violent belching episodes, mainly right as I tried to lay down to sleep, that I knew I needed to look into it.
A little over a year ago I went to see a GI doctor and he did an endoscopy on me. With this procedure, a doctor is able to see the inside lining of your digestive tract. After the procedure I was told I had Barrett's Esophagus.
I was given drugs to take to save my life (Nexium).
In search of a natural cure, I began to haunt health food stores. I befriended a young woman who ran a health food store in my area. I told her of my problem and she explained that the drugs were going to turn the acid off in my stomach and the food would just sit in a pot of horrible, undigested stew until it made its way through and out of my body.
She said I would be inviting all kinds of other problems by doing this. The same week I talked to the health food gal, I found your site and immediately ordered the "Great Taste No Pain" books and began to follow the food combination chart.
Last week my time had come to get my (doctor ordered) annual endoscopy. During the pre-op I told my doctor, who is a highly regarded and respected GI doctor, I had changed my diet instead of taking the pills he prescribed.
After the procedure I saw the results in the pictures: everything was crystal clear!
I waited a week to get the biopsy results (a sample taken from my esophagus lining) and yesterday I was told that I no longer have Barrett's Esophagus! I was told the doctor wanted to see me in five years to make sure I was still free of it.
So here's more living proof of your amazing and logical plan doing miracles.
I thank God, the health food store gal and I thank you!
To your health,
PS: Cathy's off
have to rave about your Digestizol Max product. I have had
numerous upper and lower GI's; diagnosed with polyps,
diverticulitis and they are questioning whether I have Barrett's
had been taking Nexium for about 7 years--now I have arthritis
in my neck and am a minus 2 in my left hip.
am now off of the Nexium and have never felt better! My stool is
formed, my stomach swelling is gone and I could just kiss you!
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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