Heartburn, or GERD is also known as acid reflux. GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and is very common. In fact, it affects over 60% of Americans just like you. But most people don’t realize that GERD often causes some very painful symptoms. They include stomach pain and burning, chest pain, coughing, trouble breathing, heartburn, and “paying the price” for eating certain foods. It may even prevent you from sleeping. If you leave it alone it can actually wear out the lining of your food pipe (esophagus). This can cause choking and even throat cancer.
The Common Solution
Many people try to calm their painful GERD symptoms with over-the-counter medications. The most common are antacids. Would you believe Americans spend over $2 billion dollars on antacids (According to IRI). Eventually antacids no longer work. As a result, people often turn to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). The most popular ones include omeprazole (Prilosec and Nexium) and lansoprazole (Prevacid). According to Consumer Reports, PPIs are one of the highest-selling drugs in the U.S. In fact sales were $9.5 billion in 2014.
Harmful Side Effects
Unfortunately, most people do not know about the harmful side effects these drugs can cause. First of all, did you know that both of these meds lead to constipation? But it gets much worse. According to a major medical university, this type of constipation causes bowel toxicity and greatly increases your risk of cancer. But did you know they can also weaken the lining in your stomach. And this of course causes ulcers? What’s worse PPIs also cause further problems. PPI’s can also cause osteoporosis, and serious heart problems. This is because PPIs rob calcium from your body.
Your acid production is a direct result of your digestive health. And while I don’t diagnose or treat any disease (including heartburn, acid reflux or GERD), I can help support healthy digestion. And of course this, in turn, promotes healthy stomach acid levels. I provide this support with a specific plan. And this plan usually includes custom dietary changes and the correct enzyme supplements. Of course I only make recommendations after scientific testing based on sound medical principles.
Are you concerned about stomach health? Is your condition painful when it hits? Are you missing out on work family or fun? If so, give us a call and set up a consultation. Or are you constantly “popping” antacids or PPI’s? I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.
A promise to our patients
If you decide to call us and set up a consultation, we will provide direct, personal attention in a peaceful and unrushed atmosphere. We are dedicated to helping you reclaim your healthy lifestyle without harmful drugs or surgery.
For more information, please contact us at 425-868-0120.
*Enzyme nutrition helps the body function properly—it’s not used to diagnose or treat disease.