Dear Dr. Cannell:
I don’t recall which vitamin D newsletter it was, but I do remember you were looking for people who suffer from acid reflux. Well I had been a sufferer for 5 years and decided I didn’t want to be on meds my whole life since I am only in my early 30s. Therefore, I did my research and found that by taking between 2000-5000 IU of vitamin D daily has made my symptoms completely disappear. I am happy to report that I am off meds and can enjoy foods I had not been able to in quite some time. I have shared the vitamin D news with others in my family who suffered from acid reflux as well, and they are having success being on vitamin D and off meds. I hope you find studies to support this because it works!
Great news. I doubt it works for everyone and, to the best of my knowledge, no scientist has even measured vitamin D levels in the condition. However, a weak muscle is involved, the muscle between the stomach and the esophagus. Vitamin D increases muscle strength and should help the condition in some people.
Here is also an opportunity for a researcher looking to break into the vitamin D field. Simply do a cross-sectional study measuring vitamin D levels in people with gastro esophageal reflux. I bet they are lower than controls.