Have you ever noticed how young people in good health never seem to have indigestion? It is because their stomachs make enough acid to digest their food. But as we age, our stomachs make less and less acid. By the time we are 60 years old, our stomach acid has dropped off up to 75 percent less from when we were 20.
Okay, now think this through. If we are making significantly less stomach acid, then what’s up with the billions of bucks we spend on antacids to treat our “acid reflux”, GERD and etc.? Maybe, just maybe, it isn’t an overproduction of acid in our tummies but rather a lack of it. Millions of dollars go into advertising to convince us that we need the latest and greatest antacid when in fact we usually need more hydrochloric acid. (more…)
Whether it is in our gut or on our teeth, bacteria survive and thrive in a structure that they create around themselves called biofilm. (more…)
Acid reflux is the condition where food and stomach acids regurgitate back into the esophagus, causing burning pain in the lower chest accompanied by a host of other symptoms such as bloating, belching, sore throats, snoring, difficulty breathing and ulcers. (more…)
GERD is an extremely common problem in the U.S.. 44% of Americans suffer from it at least once a month, and 20% suffer from it weekly. (1) Drug companies make $7 billion a year selling acid suppressing drugs – primarily proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Prilosec and Aciphex. (more…)
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a $13 billion-a-year industry in the US. There were 119 million prescriptions written for these drugs in 2009. Omeprazole and lansoprazole are also available over the counter. PPIs are indicated for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett esophagus, and peptic ulcer disease, and to aid in the eradication of Helicobacter pylori overgrowth. They may also be prescribed for symptoms sometimes associated with GERD such as chronic cough, asthma, and chest pain.
Generic and brand names include:
esomeprazole (Nexium) (more…)
Q: I’ve been having stomach problems, and my doctor wants to put me on a prescription to suppress acid production. But don’t our bodies need stomach acid? I mean, it’s there for a reason, right?
Acid Reflux, or GERD as it is commonly referred to, affects a great deal of the population. Poor diet and stress are the most common contributors to this uncomfortable condition. It occurs when food is not properly broken down and digested by the stomach acids and enzymes. If left untreated, it can damage the lining of the oesophagus. Instead of reaching for prescription medication (such as proton pump inhibitors), there are a number of natural and herbal remedies that one can make use of. (more…)
A friend (I’ll call her Sandy) just emailed that she spent 10 hours in the Emergency Department yesterday with chest pain. Her chest felt totally constricted and she couldn’t breathe. It began, she said, after a siege of heartburn in the morning and she said she hadn’t lifted anything that morning.