Heartburn Medicine Can Do More Harm Than Good

Heartburn Medicine Can Do More Harm Than Good

     As they say on TV, “Talk to your doctor….”  Only talk about getting OFF heartburn medication.  Heartburn medicine is one of the most widespread examples of the conventional approach to disease.  None of the drugs cure the condition and continued use can actually harm the body, sometimes seriously.  Yet, apparently, 15 million Americans would rather take the medication than change their ways.

     The class of drugs is called proton pump inhibitors, or P.P.I.s.  They are prescribed for acid reflux, which is a serious disorder involving corrosive stomach acid reaching the soft tissues of the esophagus.  The constant irritation can cause serious damage and even lead to esophageal cancer, which is frequently fatal.  In addition to heartburn, it can cause a persistent dry cough, sore throat, frequent throat clearing, bloating, difficulty swallowing, and more.

     While the acid reflux requires treatment, the medications are linked to side effects and complications including nutrient deficiencies, joint pain and infections, bone fractures, heart attacks, and dementia.  Certainly, the treatment should not be worse than the disease.  Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be.  There are any number of lifestyle changes that can help.

     Eliminating acidic foods and adding high-fiber foods is very helpful one-two improvement.  Fiber improves digestion and reduces pressure on the lower region of the esophagus.  A combination of raw and cooked vegetables will support healing.  A wide selection of raw fruits should be enjoyed daily.  These changes assist in losing weight where necessary while returning the body to a healthier state.  Developing a regular exercise routine will increase circulation of lymph, which helps to remove toxins from the body.

     If all those measures don’t eliminate acid reflux, it should at the least allow for the lowest possible dose of a P.P.I.  The condition is serious and important to get under control, so, as they say on TV, talk to your doctor about getting off your heartburn medication.  Read the article here.

HEARTBURN STUDY REVEALS A BIG SURPRISE

HEARTBURN STUDY REVEALS A BIG SURPRISE

It seemed to make perfect sense.  The pain and discomfort of acid reflux, commonly called heartburn, comes from stomach acid backing up into the esophagus.  But it takes several weeks from the time stomach acid is introduced into the esophagus for damage to occur.  Since a chemical burn is felt immediately, as when battery acid is spilled on your hand, scientists suspected some other process was at work. 

The new findings revealed that refluxed stomach acid stimulates the esophagus to make small proteins (called cytokines).  These proteins, in turn, set up the process of inflammation.  It is this inflammatory response that actually causes the damage.  Because of these findings, future treatment of acid reflux could focus on the inflammatory cells themselves.  My naturopathic approach to heartburn relies on identifying and avoiding foods that contribute to acid reflux, as well as supporting digestive function.  Acid reflux can occur when the body has difficulty breaking down foods, so supporting digestion often provides a more natural solution to acid reflux.

Our Locations

Downtown
Sacred Healing Arts
1188 Bishop St # 1509
Honolulu, HI 96813

North Shore
Sacred Healing Arts
62-203 Lokoea Place
Haleiwa, HI 96712

Fax: 808-792-3336

Get Directions

Get Direction on Map »