Do you remember what it felt like to be rushed to that part of the hospital, thinking you had a heart attack, having trouble breathing, and having no idea what will happen next?
If you’re like me, I’m sure you can remember the emotions of that particular event (especially the first time it happened). After calming you down with powerful sedatives and a series of tests, the truth was revealed. You don’t have a heart problem. You have what is known as gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) or simply acid reflux. And for a time you experienced what is known as heartburn.
Nothing serious, assures the doctor and her nurses (or so they say).
You take a minute or so to thank God that it was not worse, and the resident doctor assures that you are not alone, since that other boy from the ICU has just been diagnosed with GERD and he gives you a brief talk about stress and the diet. and how it creates and exacerbates reflux. She gives you the emergency medicine you need, a prescription, along with advice for getting a follow-up check-up from a specialist.
Obviously, you follow the doctor’s instructions, take all the recommended treatment, and return to a normal lifestyle. Which lasts for a maximum of 2 weeks. Then it happens.
They take him back to the emergency room. For the same.
According to gastroenterologists (people who specialize in digestive disorders), acid reflux occurs when acid from the stomach travels back down the esophagus into the throat and causes irritation. Reflux levels vary, as it can be just an occasional annoyance, but if not taken care of, it can turn into a life-threatening disorder.
But why doesn’t the prescription drug eliminate the problem? What’s wrong with taking these medications?
1. Liquid or regular antacids (for example, Maalox, Tums, Kremil)
2. Medicine to reduce acid secretion (for example, Nexium, Prevacid, Losec, Zantac)
3. Medicine to improve the action of the stomach muscles (for example, Motilium, Plasil)
Most people with GERD know that these types of medications are only prescribed for 1 to 2 weeks. After that they are supposed to stop and the drug is supposed to do its job. However, most of the time, this is not the case.
But when he is taken back to the ER, he is still given the exact same thing (or in larger doses this time). In the worst case, you are given additional medications.
Have you ever wondered why mainstream medicine focuses more on acid reflux symptoms rather than the root cause of the problem? Why do you insist on using the “band aid” treatment approach when there are natural and safer ways to get rid of your condition … forever?
Good thing someone told me about them before it was too late.