The heartburn commercials never mention the long-term consequences of using over-the-counter or prescription heartburn, acid indigestion, or acid reflux medicines. They never mention that one of the side effects you may experience is chronic indigestion (gas and bloating are signs of chronic indigestion). The drug that is a treatment for acid indigestion has a side effect of chronic indigestion!
Other side effects of using drugs such as Prilosec/Omeprazole, Prevacid, Pepcid or PPIs (proton-pump inhibitors), are: maldigestion, malabsorption, muscle loss (sarcopenia), osteoporosis, chronic pain including stomach pain, gas and bloating, SIBO, constipation, use of stool softeners, chronic fatigue, and even brain fog, or a heart attack!
Your stomach is an acid organ. It is acid by function. It has acid producing cells. It has an acid resistant lining. Your stomach's acid is important. If your stomach were working optimally, you would never feel the stomach acid, but if it were not working optimally, it would be a different story. Your stomach might need help, but it doesn't need to be shut down. Taking an antacid is like taking an anti-stomach pill!
Do you want to get better? Let's deprogram your beliefs from the commercials! Heartburn is the feeling like you have excess stomach acid. Heartburn is your symptom. "Heartburn" is a description of what you think the symptom feels like. A symptom described as "heartburn," or "acid indigestion" has its causes. The causes are what lead to the symptoms in the first place.
Your heartburn symptom is the result of something causing it, and it sure feels like excess stomach acid. The words, "acid indigestion" or "heartburn" are your symptoms resulting from their causes, but your heart isn't burning and your stomach is not having too much acid. These misleading words are only descriptive. They are not the causes.
So what is causing the feeling of excess stomach acid? Remember, the symptoms you feel are the result, they are not the causes of your heartburn. It feels like something burning—like there is too much acid, but that's not the case, it is just the symptom. The true causes of heartburn are due to something else. Those things cause the symptoms.
Imagine that your stomach doctor could turn-on your stomach instead of just turning it off. Imagine that your stomach could start functioning like it did when you were just 25 years old. Did you have heartburn back then? No! Yet, your stomach was producing plenty of stomach acid back then, without any acid indigestion. It was producing enough stomach acid, and it was producing a good quality stomach acid, so you never had heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, bloating or GERD.
The cause is NOT too much acid. The causes are fermenting, putrefying, rancidifying food.
You need the help of an alternative, integrative doctor
Instead of a gastrointestinal doctor turning off a tired, worn-out stomach that needs help, you need help to turn it back on. This is the opposite of antacid therapy, or other stomach acid inhibitors like Zantac, Nexium, omeprazole, or Protonix. This fact is important, but it is not enough to help you. There is a complex weaning process. It is too simple to think that you can use this info to just treat your condition all by yourself. You went to your Los Angeles gastroenerologist (GI doctor) who prescribed Prevacid, or Zantac, or Tagamet, or Lansoprazole, or Pepcid, or Nexium, or omeprazole and all the treatments failed. Now is not the time to try self prescription, or treatment without the right professional help. You just need the right help: an alternative doctor.
The best Los Angeles gastroesophageal reflux doctor to see is the one who has extensive knowledge of your many body systems that influence your stomach and gastrointestinal function. He understands how they work together and integrate with each other. He has a wider perspective than a GI specialist who may only focus on one system of your body, or only your acid indigestion: your stomach symptom.
Natural medicine treatment
Since chemical pharmaceutical therapy has already failed to resolve your heartburn, acid indigestion acid reflux, bloating, GERD, or IBS: irritable bowel syndrome, you will need a knowledgeable integrative doctor who can use natural alternatives to help you. Your new doctor must have a powerful command of the herbs and natural nutritional concentrates necessary to rebuild your digestion, such as Okra Pepsin E3, which could be a great starting point for your return to better health.
Your lasting solution is not about temporarily covering your symptoms by shutting down your stomach (which leaves you more susceptible to getting a parasite). Here in Beverly Hills, we use a system of functional medicine that is second to none! Our experience and extensive expertise in cases like yours, is why our such a large percentage of our patients have great results.
Say goodbye to indigestion or bloating. Call or contact us today in Beverly Hills to get started.