Acid reflux disease and cancer
Could a supplement called MSM be the answer?
Acid reflux or gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a condition in which fluid splashes from the stomach into the esophagus. This liquid contains mainly acid with some pepsin and bile. All three of these fluids are potentially dangerous to sensitive esophageal tissue, acid being the most damaging. This refluxing fluid can inflame and damage the lining of the esophagus (esophagitis). If this condition is allowed to become chronic, it can eventually develop into Barrett’s esophagus, which is the precursor to esophageal cancer.
Up to 15 million Americans experience acid reflux on a daily basis. People of all ages are susceptible to this condition. Older people with acid reflux tend to be more severely affected than younger people. 13,000 people are diagnosed with esophageal cancer each year. At least 12,000 people die from it. The overall survival rate is very low. Acid reflux is the biggest known risk factor for developing Barrett’s esophagus, which can develop into esophageal cancer.
Barrett’s esophagus occurs when chronic acid reflux or esophagitis is not controlled. Through constant inflammation and damage, the normal cells that line the esophagus called squamous cells develop into specialized columnar cells. Columnar cells are not normally found in humans and can become cancerous.
Although this can happen to anyone, it usually occurs in people over the age of 40 who have had regular heartburn attacks for more than five years. Some of the symptoms are difficulty swallowing and being awakened at night by the pain of heartburn. Some people do not have any symptoms.
Scar tissue can develop from the constant attack of acid on the sensitive lining of the esophagus. The tissue can thicken and harden, causing the esophagus to narrow. This can make it difficult to swallow food or even water.
I am a firm believer in natural cures versus conventional medicine. When I go to the doctor it is for diagnostic purposes only. Then instead of undergoing a series of harmful pills and painful procedures, I try to heal the condition myself using alternative methods. I have found that MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has the ability to soften scar tissue, making it flexible and permeable. I believe that by taking MSM on a regular basis, the serious problems associated with chronic acid reflux can possibly be avoided.
MSM has been touted as the best natural healing agent since vitamin C. It appears to have the power to reduce pain and inflammation. It is currently used to treat a wide range of ailments including rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and gout. It is even used as a treatment for snoring and constipation. MSM has been used with great success in horses and dogs to control inflammation associated with allergies.
I use MSM to relieve the summer allergies of my twelve year old Jack Russell Terrier, Jack Pot. It works like magic. By giving her a gram of MSM in some cheese twice a day, I have reduced her itchy and watery eyes, which are associated with airborne allergies, to a minimum.
I also use MSM drops for my eyes. Obviously, it has the power to reduce, if not prevent, cataracts. It seems to dissolve them. My mother had cataracts in both eyes. His ophthalmologist removed one. When he told me what he had, I prescribed MSM drops immediately. When he returned to the doctor for his preoperative examination of the second eye, they discovered that the other cataract had completely disappeared.
Are not cataracts a form of scar tissue? I think the scar tissue and Barrett’s esophagus have an important connection. So, if MSM does, in fact, have this beneficial effect on scar tissue, perhaps it can prevent, or at least improve, Barrett’s esophagus. Maybe MSM can help prevent this type of cancer? I don’t know, but I will continue to take it instead of undergoing so-called “modern medicine.”
If you decide to go the allopathic medical route, the diagnosis of Barrett’s esophagus involves an endoscopy. The doctor inserts a long mechanical tube down the throat to view the esophagus and perform a biopsy. It cannot be a very pleasant procedure. What if the results are negative? Most likely, your doctor will prescribe medications that have harmful side effects. Some of these medications include H2 blockers such as cimetidine, ranitidine, and famotidine. Or he may prescribe the medications omeprazole and lansoprazole, which are proton pump inhibitors.
Some of the side effects of these medications are: headache, intestinal disorders such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain, excess gas in the stomach and intestines (flatulence), dry mouth, skin reactions such as rash and itching , inflammation of the skin (dermatitis), dizziness, pain in the muscles and joints, swelling of the legs and ankles due to excessive fluid retention (peripheral edema), tingling (paraesthesia), depression, agitation, confusion, difficulty sleeping ( insomnia), drowsiness, liver or blood disorders. The list goes on and on.
If the medications don’t work, he will most likely suggest a surgical procedure called a fundoplication, which involves removing the damaged part of the esophagus and attaching the remaining section to the stomach.
For my part, I will continue to search for and experiment with natural cures for acid reflux. I think perhaps the medical approach could be worse than the disease itself.
I was a victim of acid reflux for many years. I had disappointing experiences with doctors, who knew nothing about nutrition or alternative medicine. Basically doctors only know how to write prescriptions. They don’t know anything about healing. They are only taught how to treat symptoms by selling drugs that support the pharmaceutical industry.
The proton pump inhibitors, which my doctor prescribed, ultimately did not work for me. Besides the harmful side effects caused by these drugs, no one really knows what their long-term effect is on the human body.
Since conventional medicine did not help me, I was highly motivated to explore alternative means of healing myself. After much research and experimentation, I found natural ways that allowed me to finally cure my acid reflux condition. MSM was one of them.