GERD Symptoms

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a very common disorder. Gastroesophageal refers to the stomach and the esophagus. Reflux refers to the back-flow of acidic or non-acidic stomach contents into the esophagus. There is no known single cause of GERD. It occurs when the esophageal defenses are overwhelmed by stomach contents that reflux into the esophagus.

A band of muscles at the junction of the stomach and esophagus called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) normally acts, in conjunction with the diaphragm, as a barrier to prevent reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus. If that barrier is relaxed at inappropriate times or is otherwise compromised, reflux occurs.

GERD is characterized by symptoms and/or tissue damage that results from repeated or prolonged exposure of the lining of the esophagus to contents from the stomach. If tissue damage is present, the individual is said to have esophagitis or erosive GERD. The presence of symptoms with no evident tissue damage is referred to as non-erosive GERD.

Barrett’s Esophagus

In a small subset of patients with GERD, a complication has been identified as a potentially pre-cancerous condition. The condition is called Barrett’s esophagus. It is a condition in which normal tissue lining of the esophagus has been replaced by abnormal tissue lining called specialized intestinal metaplasia. Barrett’s esophagus is a risk factor associated with a type of cancer in the esophagus called esophageal adenocarcinoma. In a small number of people with Barrett’s esophagus cellular changes occur in the Barrett’s tissue that are considered pre-cancerous, or more likely to develop cancer than normal tissue.

The number of people who develop Barrett’s esophagus is relatively small. If Barrett’s Esophagus is present, talk to your doctor about regular endoscopic screening. In the absence of Barrett’s esophagus, there is no strong evidence that GERD is a risk factor for developing cancer.

GERD symptoms are often persistent, such as chronic heartburn and regurgitation of acid. But sometimes there are no apparent symptoms, and the presence of GERD is revealed when complications become evident.

Symptoms of GERD vary from person to person. The majority of people with GERD have mild symptoms, with no visible evidence of tissue damage and little risk of developing complications.

Periodic heartburn is a symptom that many people experience. If it occurs occasionally just after a meal and less than once per week, it is likely a “benign” condition.

Heartburn that occurs more frequently than once a week, becomes more severe, or occurs at night and wakes a person from sleep, may be a sign of a more serious condition and consultation with a physician is advised. Even occasional heartburn – if it has occurred for a period of 5 years or more, or is associated with difficulty in swallowing– may signal a more serious condition. People with long standing chronic heartburn are at greater risk for complications including stricture or a potentially pre-cancerous disease that involves a cellular change in the esophagus called Barrett’s esophagus.

Did you know – heartburn is not the only symptom of GERD


Chronic heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. Acid regurgitation (refluxed material into the mouth) is another common symptom. But numerous less common symptoms other than heartburn may be associated with GERD. These may include:

  • Belching
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • Water brash (sudden excess of saliva)
  • Dysphagia (the sensation of food sticking in the esophagus)
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Laryngitis
  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Erosion of the enamel of the teeth
  • Chronic irritation in the throat
  • Hoarseness in the morning
  • A sour taste
  • Bad breath

Chest pain may indicate acid reflux. Nevertheless, this kind of pain or discomfort should prompt urgent medical evaluation. Possible heart conditions must always be excluded first.

Alkaline Water: Clinical Documentary Reports from Doctors


Prof. Kuninaka Hironage, Head of Kuninaka Hospital

For over 10 years of my experience, my concept towards minerals, especially pertaining to ionic calcium in high blood pressure and other diseases is most significant. In accordance to the theory of medical Prof. Gato of Kyushu University on Vitamin K (because vitamin K enables the blood calcium to increase), or the consumption of more alkaline ionic water, the effectiveness of the increase in calcium in high blood pressure is most significant. Most illnesses are caused by too much fat in the diets, which lead to the deposition of cholesterol on the blood vessels which in turn constrict the blood flow. This results in high blood pressure.

By drinking alkaline ionic water for a period of 2 to 3 months, the blood pressure should slowly drop, because the alkaline ionic water is a good solvent which dissolves the cholesterol in the blood vessels.


Prof. Kuwata Keijiroo, Doctor of Medicines

In my opinion, the wonder of alkaline ionic water is the ability to neutralise toxins, but it is not a medicine. The difference is that the medicine can only apply to each and individual case, whereas the alkaline ionic water can be consumed generally and its neutralising power is something which is very much unexpected. Now, in brief, let me introduce to you a heart disease case and how it was cured.

The patient was a 35 years old male suffering from valvular heart disease. For 5 years, his sickness deteriorated. He was in the Setagays Government Hospital for treatment.

During those 5 years, he had been in and out of the Hospital 5 to 6 times. He had undergone high tech examinations such as angiogram by injecting VINYL via the vein into the heart. He consulted and sought treatment from many good doctors where later he underwent a major surgical operation. Upon his discharge from the hospital, he quit his job to convalesce. However, each time when his illness relapsed, the attack seemed to be even more severe. Last year, in August, his relatives were in despair and expected he would not live much longer. It so happened at that time that the victim’s relative came across the alkaline ionic water ionizer. His illness responded well and he is now on the road to recovery.


Overview of Alkaline, Ionized, Clustered Water

The use and knowledge of clustered, ionized, alkaline water (it is all of these things) has been growing for 30 years. In some countries, the medical uses of this water are well documented in peer-reviewed papers. Topics studied have included normalizing blood sugar levels, normalizing blood pressure, helping with colon and urinary function, reducing general acidity and chronic pain, flushing stored toxins, and many more.

Are these kinds of benefits possible? Why haven’t Americans heard about this before now?

Let’s begin with Dr. Otto Warburg (German) 1931 Nobel Prize. It was for his studies about cancerous tissue environments that allow or prohibit the growth of cancers. He discovered that cancer will not bro in alkaline environments of pH 7.0 or higher.  “Cancerous tissues are acidic,” Warburg stated, “whereas healthy tissues are alkaline.

Water can be split into H+ and OH- ions, if there is an excess of H+, it is acidic; if there is an excess of OH- ions,  it is alkaline.”

There cannot be a cancer researcher or physician who does not know of this turning point in the scientific understanding of cancer. But there are many approaches to cancer research, and American experts have not honed in on water. However, this field has been expanded enormously in many parts of the world and is growing rapidly in the U.S..

Oxygen is essential for human life, but too much oxygen in the body is not good. That is why free radicals are problematic. Alkaline, ionized water provides hydroxyl ions (OH-), whose extra electrons neutralize free radicals throughout the body. This antioxidant power travels inside the very structure of water. It can reach all parts of the body via our bodily fluids.