GERD – Heart Burn: Causes and Treatments

Causes of GERD or Heart Burn

Food allergies – test with an IgG & IgE Food Sensitivity blood test

Foods that decrease lower esophageal sphincter pressure (the LES is the barrier that prevents reflux from the stomach to the esophagus): peppermint, coffee, alcohol, and chocolate, high fat content of food, low fiber content of food

Low acid production – thus BETAINE, which is acid (HCl), can replace stomach acid. Stomach acid is needed to digest food. Stomach acid stimulates the pancreas to product digestive enzymes.

Acid blockers

Asthma inhalers

Histamines in RED WINE

Steroids – prednisone

NSAIDS – like Motrin

Benzodiazepines – like Xanax

Osteoporosis meds – like Fosamax





H. pylori – the ulcer causing bacteria

Candida (Yeast)


Treatments for Heart Burn / GERD (not all apply to every case)

Cat’s claw – ease the dose up – start 250 mg 3 times a day – up to 1,000 mg a day (divide the dose into 3 doses) – if the Cat’s Claw is “TOA free”, reduce the dose by 10 X. Cat’s claw is anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, and has anti H. pylori properties.

Zinc-carnosine – 400 mg  (can help restore the healthy lining of the stomach and reduce H. pylori)

Colostrum (the product Tegricel from DFH is an example) – this is a product that is like a protein powder, but has immune colostrum which may help soothe and heal the GI tract

Probiotics – very important in overall GI health and has profound systemic effects on allergies and many disease process

Eliminate food triggers

Increase natural production of stomach acid – sea salt, Himalayan salt (contains chloride to make HCL, plus 80 mineral)

Betaine – dose to slight burning and then back off from that dose (helps kill H. pylori, the ulcer bacteria)

Vitamin D – helps reduce infections

Herbals – wormwood, Artemisia (can help ulcers and gastritis), Kyolic garlic (active against H. pylori)

No grain diet – this lowers glucose and INSULIN

Example products:

GastroMend HP by DFH – Vit C, DGL (licorice), Mastic gum, Methylmethioninesulfonium, Zinc-carnosine

Aloe/200x by DFH – Aloe vera (200:1)

Tegricel Colostrum by DFH

Probiotic Synergy

GI Microb-X – tribulus, sweet wormwood, mag caprylate, berberine, grapefruit seed, barberry, bearberry, black walnut  (IF H. PYLORI PRESENT)

Apple cider vinegar – dilute 1-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar w water and drink w meals – if this doesn’t help, BETAINE (stomach acid) may be needed.  Take BETAINE – if you feel burning from the acid, you don’t need any more – milk or baking soda will stop the burning.

Reference: “The Role of Diet and Lifestyle Measures in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease,” Meining A, Classen M, Am J Gastroenterol, October 2000;95(10):2692-2697.
Summary: Fatty meals should be avoided, since fat reduces the lower esophageal sphincter pressure.

Sweets, such as candy bars, may cause reflux due to their high osmolality and high fat content.

Chocolate has been shown to provoke reflux by reducing lower esophageal sphincter pressure.

Carbonated beverages may aggravate reflux mechanisms.

Juices, in particular citrus products, were found to provoke reflux symptoms in about one-third of nearly 400 heartburn sufferers.

The avoidance of large meals is recommended.

Weight reduction is a significant component of the management of GERD.

Generally, it is recommended that alcohol consumption be avoided, although this is not universally accepted.

It has been shown that the left recumbent position is associated with reduced acid reflux in the esophagus compared with the right lateral decubitus position. Some individuals may receive benefit from having their head elevated.