laryngopharyngeal reflux

March 21, 2011

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

A more common term for Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The only difference is Laryngopharyngeal reflux describes the damage GERD does specifically to the ‘voice box’ or larynx.

When gastric acids slide up past the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) it enters the throat and can reach as high up as the mouth and sinuses, in fact even the lungs are susceptible to exposure.

Normally this gastric acid burns the mucus lining of the throat away over a period of time, because it refluxes, or regurgitates up and then drips down, usually not spending a lot of time there.

On the other hand, with Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) the gastric acid gets hung up on the vocal cords and doesn’t drip away as fast, the same goes for the sinus area.

The stomach acid is strong enough to eat glass, so if you get acid reflux up into your larynx repeatedly, you’re going to end up with Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR).

You can imagine what the symptoms would be easy enough. Hoarse voice, choking feeling and heartburn complain are sure signs that old stomach acid is erupting up into your voice box and dissolving your flesh.

As with GERD, Laryngopharyngeal reflux starts with a simple case of heartburn, but for one reason or another it becomes chronic.

If your heartburn keeps coming back you need to remedy the problem at the root level. Many people make their simple heartburn and acid indigestion issues into something worse than it should be by only treating the symptoms.

As with any dis-ease or health issue, if you fall for using gimmicks to just cover symptoms, the root cause will still fester.

If your Laryngopharyngeal reflux is caused from you over eating and then immediately lying down, taking antacids isn’t going to stop it from happening again and again.

Besides antacids are really bad for you, especially if you eat them all the time . . . they’re chocked full of heavy metals and other unwanted ingredients.

So if you suffer from Laryngopharyngeal reflux, change your diet and lifestyle habits and don’t expect some magical pill to make it all right.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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October 30, 2010

Gastric Reflux and Build?up of Acid in Muscles

You have muscles that protect you from one of the most dangerous caustic acids in the world?your stomach acid.

Gastric acid, or stomach acid, is so dangerous it can actually burn glass, so imagine what gastric acid is doing to millions of people who suffer from gastric reflux.

Another word for gastric reflux is Laryngopharyngeal reflux.

People, who suffer from acid indigestion, heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) in fact, usually suffer from a mineral deficiency which leads to a gastric acid shortage. The ironic thing is that people who suffer from a gastric acid deficiency are hard to tell from people who suffer from an over production of gastric acid. The root causes are different; however the damaging effects remain pretty much the same.

Before gastric reflux can fully develop, a build-up of gastric acid eventually weakens the muscles that protect the throat and vocal cords from the gastric acid reflux.

The gastric reflux happens because as a result of a gastric acid deficiency the food in the stomach becomes stagnant and piles up to the roof of your rib cage where the muscles of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) are trying to protect you.

Because of the lack of stomach acid, food remains undigested and goes through a toxic form of fermentation. As these toxins build-up the starving body desperately strives to produce random spurts of corrosive gastric juices. These gastric juices are released at the top of your stomach lining and sit there bubbling and churning away at a massive amount of fatty foods and all the rest of it.

Unfortunately the gastric reflux builds-up in the LES muscles, weakens them and is forced upward. Gradually the same thing happens to your larynx, or voice box, this is the stage defined as gastric reflux.

Basically the flow of gastric acid and powerful digestive enzymes becomes reversed as gastric acids are allowed to reflux upward . . . chemically basting the once sensitive lining, tissue and muscles of your throat, voice box and mouth area.

This degenerative process is also called GERD, or gastro-esophageal reflux disease. It is from the build-up of gastric acid in your larynx which causes Laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR).

When LPR is persistent enough it can cause a non-cancerous growth on the back of your vocal cords, called a granuloma.

Symptoms of LPR can include:

  • A choking sensation
  • Sore throat
  • Voice changes
  • A sensation of something caught in the throat
  • Frequent coughing and throat clearing
  • A sour or bitter taste in the mouth

Those symptoms of acid reflux, acid indigestion and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), such as heartburn, burping and chest pressure are not always experienced as symptoms of gastric reflux, or LPR.

To avoid build-up of gastric reflux on your vocal muscles don?t start treating just the symptoms, learn how to address the root cause.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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