Many patients who suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, have been prescribed acid-reducing medications with mixed results.
While some find a small measure of relief, they are finding increasingly that between the side effects and the limited benefits, drugs are just not a viable long-term solution.
As well, drugs don’t tackle the real problem with GERD, which is acid washing up into the esophagus, usually due to a faulty sphincter or valve at the top of the stomach.
But advancements in treatments are finding inspiration in unlikely places-like the jewelry cabinet.
Drugs for acid reflux are far from an ideal fix. They cause thinning of the bone and can also cause fatigue, depression, and arthritis. But not treating GERD is not an option, considering how disruptive it can be and the long-term risks associated with untreated symptoms.
For many people, though, medications either don’t work, cause too many side effects, or are simply not tolerated by the body. A last resort for many patients is a surgical procedure called a Nissen fundoplication (or fundo for short). This is where a section of stomach is surgically repositioned around the base of the esophagus where the faulty sphincter is.
This surgery is extremely invasive, and brings with it a host of downsides. But scientists now think they may have found a less invasive surgical fix for GERD in a device that is basically a magnetic bracelet for the esophagus.
It is placed during a less invasive laparoscopic surgery. The way it works is that the magnets hold the esophagus shut like the sphincter would have, and when they detect swallowing or food present, the bracelet, called a LINX device, opens to let the material pass. It closes up again after the food goes by.
It was approved in the US by the FDA in 2012 and is already being used with some noticeable success, but doctors warn caution for 2 reasons. First, any surgery is risky, even laparoscopic. Second, the long-term effects and success of the LINX bracelet have yet to be studied. Some people have had bad reactions to it and it doesn’t work for everyone.
The real frustrating thing for me is that I know from my own experience and from the feedback of hundreds of clients that Acid Reflux (heartburn/GERD) can be completely cured using nothing but ingredients you already have in your home, but people just don’t know how easy it can be.
Get rid of your acid reflux in 5 minutes using this simple recipe…