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My Dr. told me that this Barrett’s Esophagus leads to Esophageal Cancer- “nasty and has a low cure rate”

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Barrett’s esophagus refers to an abnormal change (metaplasia) in the cells of the lower portion of the esophagus. It is characterized by the replacement of the normal stratified squamous epithelium lining of the esophagus

Hi Cancer Coach- My name is Bryan.  I’m a 37 year old male living in Toronto Canada.  I had a
procedure done last week that examined my stomach.  I was told I had acid
burning or inflammation on my esophagus.  The doctor told me that there was
no indication that there were any further problems.  He gave me a medication
that would prevent the acid reflux and told me I have to change my diet to
avoid triggers. He told me after that he wants to make sure I do not have something called “Barrett’s Esophagus”.

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He said there was no indication I have it but because of the inflammation from the acid damage to my esophagus, he can’t be certain.He told me I need to heal my esophagus first and scheduled me back for
another examination in 6 months to check again to make sure I do not have this.

I’m pretty worried since he told me that this Barrett’s Esophagus.  leads to Esophageal cancer which he said is “nasty and has a low cure rate”.

I was researching how to prevent and help myself from having this issue in the future and I came across your website.  My question to you is what do you
recommend that I do or what do you suggest I do to help prevent this and if I
do end up with the Barrett’s Esophagus, how best to treat it and prevent it from turning
into Cancer?

I’m sorry if my questions aren’t very good.  I’m ignorant about the specifics
with this Barrett’s Esophagus  and Esophageal cancer. I’m just worried now after
being that the doctor doesn’t know for certain if I do not have it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Regards,
-Bryan


Hi Bryan-

I can under how you feel. While you do not have cancer, you have a form of “pre-cancer.” Your risk of developing esophageal cancer is up to you, really. I’ll tell you why.

Statistically, the risk of a person who has BE getting EC is about 1% according to studies. However you can increase or decrease your risks through nutrition, supplementation and other evidence-based, lifestyle therapies.A good example is a supplement called curcumin.  

Studies indicate that curcumin supplementation reduces the risk of EC in BE.  Further, there are foods that may reduce BE thus reducing your risk of EC.

I am a cancer survivor and cancer coach. I encourage you to include anti-BE nutrition and supplementation into your day and see your doctor again as he requested.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks and good luck,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor 
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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The BioAvailable Curcumin Formulas

“Based on a review of these studies, it is evident that better bioavailability of formulated curcumin (CU) products is mostly attributed to improved solubility, stability, and possibly low first-pass metabolism”

A search of the Pubmed database for the word curcumin yields 601 studies spaning health topics from multiple myeloma and colorectal cancer, to chemotherapies that synergizes with CU, to Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis and more. Based on years of reading studies and personal accounts, I think it is safe to say that CU supplementation is safe and relatively inexpensive.

I have read about myeloma patients taking daily doses of CU from 400 milligrams to 8 grams (1000 milligrams = 1 gram). By almost any measure, CU is a safe, inexpensive wonder drug.

The only challenge is that CU is famously difficult to absorb in the body. In other words, a person has to mix curcumin with some sort of fat (coconut oil, chocolate, etc.) or take a brand of curcumin capsule that is already formulated to be more “bioavailable” in order to derive the full benefit of CU.

The study linked and exerpted below reviews different formulations of CU. The study itself lists the three most bioavailable formulation/brand of CU and I’ve added an excerpt from a further review from Consumerlab.com that lists four additional bioavailable brands of CU.

I consult the independent evaluation service Consumerlab.com frequently. For one low annual payment, I can read about and evaluate all of the nutritional supplement that I take.

David Emerson

  • Myeloma Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Recommended Reading:


Curcumin

CU is a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants. It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric (Curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavoring, and food coloring.[1]

Bioavailable curcumin formulations: A review of pharmacokinetic studies in healthy volunteers.

“Curcumin is a widely studied natural compound which has shown tremendous in vitro therapeutic potential. Despite that, the clinical efficacy of the native CU is weak due to its low bioavailability and high metabolism in the gastrointestinal tract. During the last decade, researchers have come up with different formulations with a focus on improving the bioavailability of curcumin. As a result, a significant number of bioavailable curcumin-based formulations were introduced with the varying range of enhanced bioavailability.

The purpose of this review is to collate the published clinical studies of CU products with improved bioavailability over conventional (unformulated) CU. Based on the literature search, 11 curcumin formulations with available human bioavailability and pharmacokinetics data were included in this review. Further, the data on clinical study design, analytical method, pharmacokinetic parameters and other relevant details of each formulation were extracted.

Based on a review of these studies, it is evident that better bioavailability of formulated curcumin products is mostly attributed to improved solubility, stability, and possibly low first-pass metabolism. The review hopes to provide a quick reference guide for anyone looking information on these bioavailable curcumin formulations.

Based on the published reports,

exhibited over 100-fold higher bioavailability relative to reference unformulated CU. Suggested mechanisms accounting for improved bioavailability of the formulations and details on the bioanalysis methods are also discussed.”

According to Consumerlab.com:

“Novasol has the highest bioavailability (185 x compared to unforumulated CU), followed by Curcuwin (136 x), Longvida (100 x), Meriva (48 x), BCM-95 (27 x), Curcumin C3 Complex + Bioperene (20 x), and then Theracumin (16 x).”

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Has My Acid Reflux Become Barrett's Esophagus or EC?! - PeopleBeatingCancer says a couple of years ago

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Heal Barrett's Esophagus, GERD and Eliminate Risk of Esophageal Cancer says 3 years ago

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demerson says 9 years ago

I am a 3 time cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer
7 years ago. I have since had 2 more episodes. I am convinced I had these
relapses for two main reasons. I did not learn my lesson on dealing with
stress and the wrong diet. I was 170 lbs the second time and in great shape
but not internally healthy eating a body builders diet not realizing I was
still feeding cancer as well. I am my own lab rat. I was told this last go
around at 130 lbs I would be on chemo for life and a short one at that. I
subsequently change my diet to a sugar free grain free vegetarian based
mostly raw diet eating some high quality animal protein from time to time. I
also take dozens of high quality supplements a day. Ranging from enzymes to
vitamins and liquid organs cleansers. I have gone from being bed ridden and
dying to 150 lbs and working out and running again. I feel at least if I get
hit again I will be strong enough for a round of chemo. My belief is that the
body and gut in particular has all it needs to promote good health when on
the right local diet. I am hoping that you feel the same and wonder if there
is anything you could add to my experiment. I do feel my body coming back to
life. I was in a sad state down as low as 120 lbs and lymph's lighting up
like a christmass tree. My veins were all collapsed blood was like syrup my
organs saturated with poison and I was too week to get out of bed. I truly
believe that my diet and suppliments made me rise from the dead.
Louis

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demerson says 9 years ago

Hi Bryan-

Your questions are fine- you have done an excellent job of recounting your experience. I will try to both calm your fears while alerting to specific issues. If you have any more questions be sure to ask them.

1) "I was told I had acid burning or inflammation on my esophagus." This wiki info offers a good explanation of what you may have-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastroesophageal_reflux_disease

2) "The doctor told me that there was no indication that there were any further problems." excellent

3) "Baretts Syndrome" Yes, GERD (explained above) sometimes will lead to Barrett's Esophagus. As the article linked above, GERD can lead to BE and BE can lead to Esophageal Cancer. But you must focus on one stage at a time. Right now, you are just a regular guy with heart burn.

4) Your doctor is correct- "He told me I need to heal my esophagus first." In your effort to heal your GERD, please consider curcumin supplementation.

http://peoplebeatingcancer.org/blog/if-curcumin-heals-gerd-will-it-prevent-esophageal-cancer

I take Dr.'s Best with bioprene as bioprene enhances the body's ability to absorb curcumin-http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_8?url=search-alias%3Dhpc&field-keywords=curcumin&sprefix=curcumin%2Caps%2C173

Also consider other natural therapies to heal your heart burn-http://www.naturalnews.com/035720_acid_reflux_natural_remedies_heartburn.html

5) "My question to you is what do you recommend that I do or what do you suggest I do to help prevent this and if I
do end up with the Syndrome, how best to treat it and prevent it from turning into Cancer?"

I think you have experienced the fear of cancer without actually hearing the words "you have cancer." As you can read above, my advice is to understand your current situation (GERD) and to take the steps to heal your heartburn now. There is lots of time and many steps if EC is in your future so I don't think it does you much good to worry about it now. Focus on getting healthy.

Take it easy,

David Emerson

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    demerson says 9 years ago

    Hi David,
     
    I really am thankful to you for taking the time to respond to me and answer my questions.  It is truly a great thing that you do for strangers.
     
    I've started changing my diet this week.  I have a weak spot for chocolates and cookies but I realize that they were "killing me softly" so to speak.
     
    I have alot of research to do and will look into the links you've kindly posted below.
     
    Thanks again David for all you do.  Not just for me, but for everyone.
     
    Warm regards,
    -Bryan

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      demerson says 9 years ago

      Bryan-

      Thanks for the kind words. Keep in mind that I don't consider the people who contact me to be strangers. I consider cancer survivors and caregivers members of a club that none of us chose to belong to. While you don't technically belong, you were smart enough to reach out to me in an effort to stay out of the club. And it sounds as though you are smart enough to never join. I've got to work on this analogy some more, but I hope you get the idea…
      As for changing your diet- if you are like me, as I ate less and less of the bad stuff (think sugar, red meat, alcohol) I wanted it less and less. I still eat a little bad stuff but lots less than I used to.

      I don't think your GERD will become BE or EC but keep me in mind as a resource.

      Take it easy and good luck.

      David Emerson

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