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Is a Yearly Endoscopy Necessary for Barrett's Esophagus?

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 09:04 AM

Question: I was diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus, and each year my gastroenterologist does an endoscopy and a biopsy of the tissue. Is this necessary?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

Your doctor is trying to be careful, since Barrett’s esophagus is associated with a high incidence of cancer. Cancer develops because the tissue is constantly irritated by a reflux of acid.

To reduce free-radical damage and inflammation, take curcumin, quercetin, hesperidin, ellagic acid, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin E), buffered vitamin C, tocotrienol, and multiple B vitamins.

Avoid iron supplements, high meat diets (especially red meats), and omega-6 oils. White tea three times a day also reduces risk. Once on these supplements, your pathology report should improve. Then, perhaps, you could avoid such frequent biopsies. Biopsies can cause inflammation.

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