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My experiences of Hiatal Hernia, gastro-oesophageal reflux (GORD or GERD), Barrett's Oesophagus, Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) and bile reflux


In 2008 I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, a long section Barrett's oesophagus and severe GORD. I was put on PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors). After nearly a year on PPIs I found that they were causing me bile reflux. The doctors brushed this aside - it seems that, as they cannot control bile, they simply ignore it. This caused me to do much research in the scientific papers to explain exactly what was happening to me and why. I found papers that show that bile reflux as a result to taking PPIs is almost universal and that it is dangerous!

After 4 years I weaned myself off proton-pump inhibitors and am now fit and healthy: the reflux hasn't gone away, but is under control and of course I still have the Barrett's oesophagus but it does not worry me. Here is my story with the results of my experiments with PPIs and the results of my researches together with the startling and worrying conclusion I came to.


  1. My life with gastro-oesophageal reflux.
  2. My experiments with PPI dosage and timing.
  3. Barrett's oesophagus - what is it and is it dangerous?
  4. Is Barrett's Oesophagus really a pre-cancerous condition?
  5. How and why Proton Pump Inhibitors actually cause more Oesophageal adenocarcinoma than they prevent
  6. Stopping PPIs - some notes on PPI withdrawal.
  7. Antacids and other ways of coping with excess stomach acid
  8. Medical papers: annotated list of papers relevant to PPI usage. It's long! Over 200 links! Few doctors are aware of these papers and they tell an alarming story of the harm PPIs can do!
  9. Why you should take some learned papers with a pinch of salt and a good dose of scepticism!
  10. Bile - the facts.
  11. Who I am - my mini-autobiography
  12. A graphic showing typical pH of foods and body fluids

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