Why Your Acid Reflux Medication Does More Harm Than Good

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Are you making your acid reflux worse by taking the traditional acid reflux medications your doctor has prescribed?

Are you on one of the big three acid reflux medications (Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid), and feel worse than you did before you started?

Were you told that if you didn’t take these meds, you’d end up with esophageal cancer?

Let’s review a couple of facts about acid reflux. It is actually caused by too little stomach acid, not too much. The traditional medications prescribed for acid reflux are proton pump inhibitors, which prevent your stomach from manufacturing stomach acid.

When you don’t produce enough stomach acid, your esophageal sphincter stays open. This allows stomach contents to rise into your throat, which causes the burn you assume is from too much stomach acid.

But the medications are further decreasing the amount of stomach acid you produce. Hence, these medications make acid reflux worse!

Think about that for a moment. How can reducing stomach acid be a good thing if acid reflux is caused by too little hydrochloric acid?

Proton pump inhibitors don’t treat the causes of acid reflux—they merely cover them up and give you short-term relief. In the long term, these drugs make your acid reflux symptoms worse and lead to severe side effects that include:

  • Barrett’s esophagus (the tissue in your esophagus comes to resemble tissue in your intestines)
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, bloating, belching
  • Bone loss
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Severe headaches
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Stomach bleeding
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Poor nutrient absorption

These side effects are often worse than the acid reflux itself.

How did we get here, to a spot where the “cure” is worse than the disease? Blame the Western medicine mindset that pills fix things. You can also blame the advertisers that publicize these amazing “medications” and use celebrity pitchmen to sell them.

The truth is you don’t need drugs to treat your acid reflux. Prescription medications don’t resolve your acid reflux, and they create more problems than they solve. In fact, the big three acid reflux meds come with a warning that they shouldn’t be used for more than two weeks a year. Many people take them daily for years.

The good news is that acid reflux can be treated. When you embrace dietary and lifestyle changes, you leave acid reflux behind. The natural path we use with our patients is a triple threat against acid reflux that includes healing, prevention, and personal support.

Our system doesn’t merely mask symptoms. It eliminates your acid reflux by relieving your stomach’s bacterial imbalances and restoring normal function.

You’ll repair your digestive system and improve your health, with no more acid reflux burning your throat or making you feel nauseated.

Our program is an individualized system of education and support. It includes food sensitivity testing and supplements that replenish your gut bacteria. You’ll have plenty of phone and email support all the way through the program.

You’ll get rid of your acid reflux and avoid all those side effects from traditional meds.

No more burning and no more discomfort.

Contact us today to get started.