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Quote RichardT Replybullet Topic: What caused your Barrett's?
    Posted: 01 Nov 2010 at 12:33pm
I think it would be interesting to compare notes on what caused everyone to get Barrett's.

I know in my case it was primarily a hiatus hernia. The Barrett's probably developed when I was a little over my optimum weight.

So what caused yours?

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Quote Jojo Replybullet Posted: 01 Nov 2010 at 6:21pm

From my first pregnancy in 1970 i have allways suffered from acid reflux. Suppose to many wrennies and settlers and not getting it sorted with my GP. Not knowing how serious reflux can be.

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Quote RichardT Replybullet Posted: 01 Nov 2010 at 7:09pm
Yes, the effect children have on us mere males is bad enough. The effect on the ladies can be far worse.

Looking at the members list - well, the first two pages - membership here is fairly equal between the sexes.
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Quote WJ12 Replybullet Posted: 01 Nov 2010 at 8:31pm
I think my Barrett's was caused by 10 years of eating to much, which resulted in weight gain. My symptoms of reflux were very mild with a feeling of something in my throat after eating and a cough. Also I would choke on my food which resulted in me gasping for air on numerous occasions. Being diagnosed with Barrett,s is not nice but it has probably  done me a favour as I have lost 2 stone and my symptoms have all but gone. I have not choked on my food since I have started taking omeprazole, which is a big relief. The saying '' you are what you eat '' is probably true in my case.
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Quote RichardT Replybullet Posted: 02 Nov 2010 at 8:32am
> I think my Barrett's was caused by 10 years of eating
> to much, which resulted in weight gain.

Yes: so far the three causes I had thought of had emerged.
Hiatus hernia
Pregnancy
Overweight

A combination of the above is of course likely in some
cases. Being overweight could of course cause a hiatus
hernia, as could pregnancy.

Suggest you read the JACN (Journal of the American
College of Nutritionalists) report on peanuts. Read up
also on coconut oil. Links on my www site:   http://www.
Torrens.org.uk/Med/Refs.html

Being diagnosed with HH, Barrett's, Cholesterol imbalance,
weak kidneys made me take much more interest in diet. I
was not particularly over-weight. I'm 5'9" and was 73kg.
My comfortable weight is now around 67kg.

At least you have a healthy job - or are you driving a
van?
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Quote WJ12 Replybullet Posted: 02 Nov 2010 at 8:44am
 I drive a van but it walk about 3 hours a day. I have noticed also as a result of losing weight my back problems have all but disappeared. It is so hard in today's society to keep an ideal weight with the naughty food's being so cheap. I will never be thin but I  have reduced my body mass index reading by 4 and I intend to keep my weight down, and hopefully lose a bit more.
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Quote chrisrob Replybullet Posted: 02 Nov 2010 at 9:27am
My Barrett's was caused by acid reflux.

My excess acid was caused by stress at work (not from the children but from the boss who felt threatened).
My hiatus hernia made it easier for the acid to reflux.

I was not overweight, then: 10st 7lbs (67Kg) and 5'8" tall and, unless you've been a junior school teacher on your feet all day and working 100 hour weeks, you don't know how physically demanding the job can be.

PPIs causing anaemia & hence lethargy resulted in weight gain of 3 stone (I went up to nearly 14 stone (192 lbs, 87 Kg)) which didn't help reflux. I'm now an active, healthy 10st 10lb (69Kg) (BMI = 23) though could perhaps lose another few pounds.

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Quote RichardT Replybullet Posted: 02 Nov 2010 at 9:36am
> I have noticed also as a result of losing weight my back
> problems have all but disappeared.

Being over one's optimum weight does indeed cause all sorts of
problems. Optimum weight is highly individual - not something
the doctors can tell you.


> It is so hard in today's society to keep an ideal weight with
> the naughty food's being so cheap.

Cheap food is usually tasteless in my experience. The supermarket
prepared foods all seem to aim at the lowest common denominator
(but some are lower than others). If it's bland, nobody will
object to the taste. Tasty food will be tasty to some, distasteful
to others.

If that theory is correct - educate your palate to like good,
tasty food. Start cooking your own meals.

I am fortunate: I have never had a sweet tooth and have always
been catholic in my food tastes. I have re-educated by palate but
it can be very difficult.


> I will never be thin but I  have reduced my body mass index
> reading by 4 and I intend to keep my weight down, and
> hopefully lose a bit more.

Good luck there. There are several papers on the www that claim
(with good reason) that taking coconut oil actually makes you
loose weight. I found that difficult to believe until I started
eating peanuts to help enlarged prostate. Mu wife is trying to
lose weight, but she also finds peanuts difficult to resist. so
both of us have been eating regularly about 75gm (or more - we
don't count them!) per day. Neither of us have put on weight. If
you believe accepted dietary wisdom that should have caused us
both to gain weight horrendously.
> I have noticed also as a result of losing weight my back
> problems have all but disappeared.

Being over one's optimum weight does indeed cause all sorts of
problems. Optimum weight is highly individual - not something
the doctors can tell you.


> It is so hard in today's society to keep an ideal weight with
> the naughty food's being so cheap.

Cheap food is usually tasteless in my experience. The supermarket
prepared foods all seem to aim at the lowest common denominator
(but some are lower than others). If it's bland, nobody will
object to the taste. Tasty food will be tasty to some, distasteful
to others.

If that theory is correct - educate your palate to like good,
tasty food. Start cooking your own meals.

I am fortunate: I have never had a sweet tooth and have always
been catholic in my food tastes. I have re-educated by palate but
it can be very difficult.


> I will never be thin but I  have reduced my body mass index
> reading by 4 and I intend to keep my weight down, and
> hopefully lose a bit more.

Good luck there. There are several papers on the www that claim
(with good reason) that taking coconut oil actually makes you
loose weight. I found that difficult to believe until I started
eating peanuts to help enlarged prostate. Mu wife is trying to
lose weight, but she also finds peanuts difficult to resist. so
both of us have been eating regularly about 75gm (or more - we
don't count them!) per day. Neither of us have put on weight. If
you believe accepted dietary wisdom that should have caused us
both to gain weight horrendously.
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Quote RichardT Replybullet Posted: 02 Nov 2010 at 12:47pm
> My excess acid was caused by stress at work (not from the children
> but from the boss who felt threatened).
> My hiatus hernia made it easier for the acid to reflux.

You have my full sympathy there. Around 1980 I went to the
doctor with GORD (not that I knew it as such) and was prescribed
Libraxin - basically a muscle relaxant, not used nowadays. That
worked, so I assumed my stress was tensing up my muscles and
contorting my innards. I eventually learnt to recognise such
stress and deliberately relax myself.

I do not know if stress actually causes extra acid.

In 1983 my marriage broke up. It was clearly the relationship
foundering which had stressed me. More history on the www site.
However, as I had always had a tendency towards an 'acid
stomach' so I must have always had the hernia - undiagnosed.

My father was a dental surgeon/consultant, who has written
several books on dentistry (and other subjects). He has strong
theories about body chemistry, in particular blood pH. As a
result of this, he had a strong tendency to prescribe sodium
bicarbonate - which very often worked. In fact his colleagues
called him Sodi-bic Torrens. So you may guess what I took for an
acid stomach.
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Quote WJ12 Replybullet Posted: 02 Nov 2010 at 2:31pm
The main foods that I have cut out are cheese and bread, which I used to consume far to much of. Also I have given up coffee and tea. Most of food I eat is usually home cooked but I now control  the portion sizes. I used to feel hungry soon after meals and then snack which I no longer do. I am lucky that I do not have an hiatus hernia so being overweight and overeating caused pressure on the GOJ. I now weigh 8lbs more than I did when I left school 30 years ago.
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