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For GERD: If Not An Acid Blocker Drug Then What?

Written by Wellness Club on February 22, 2010 – 7:29 pm -

If You Don’t Want Me To Take An Acid Blocker Drug, Then What Drug Should I Take?


By Nurse Mark


Big Pharma sure has done a great job of brainwashing America (and much of the rest of the world): The Big Pharma spinmeisters have not only managed to convince people that their symptoms and complaints are somehow the fault of our frail, pitiful human bodies (rather than a direct result of lousy diet, toxic environment and unhealthy lifestyle) they have created an absolute, unwavering, even fervently religious belief that the mighty gods of Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and the lesser deities of the smaller drug companies have the answer – the cure – the salvation – for whatever ails us in the form of some one or other of their patented concoctions.

Even those who fancy themselves to be following a more “natural” path to health often fall prey to the “magic bullet” syndrome that has been insinuated, promoted, and perpetuated by Big Pharma for decades: the idea, the belief that somewhere and somehow there is one special thing – one magic bullet – in the form of a drug or a vitamin or an herb that will “do the trick”.

If only it were so…

While there is no doubt that Big Pharma has their lap-dogs at the FDA working overtime to suppress any knowledge of natural solutions that might lead to better health, and to eliminate any competition to their patented toxic potions by whatever heavy-handed means necessary (see our recent alerts: Vitamins To Be Outlawed! and Dietary Supplements In The Political Crosshairs Again! Action Alert! for action you must take if you want to preserve your right to vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural remedies!) we here at The Wellness Club will never try to tell you that there is any one simple, magic natural cure – it is just not that easy!

In fact, that is the very definition of “Holistic Medicine” – at least as far as we are concerned: human health is a complicated subject, and must be approached in a comprehensive, all-inclusive way. There is rarely a simple, one-substance fix to any health concern!

K recently wrote to ask:

I read the article on acid blockers by Nurse Mark.  If not acid blockers, what do you recommend in their place?


Nurse Mark answers:

Hi K.

I’m not sure which of our recent HealthBeat News articles you are referring to – but the bottom line is the same in all of them: no one suffers from GERD or heartburn because they are somehow lacking adequate amounts of acid-blocking drugs in their system. The cure for GERD is to correct the underlying problem, not to just shut off acid production. There is not any other drug that we would recommend in place of acid blocking drugs – not H2 antagonists, not proton pump inhibitors, not even simple pH modifiers like calcium carbonate, aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, sodium, or bismuth subsalicylate: these are all drugs and substances intended and approved for short-term use only. Please re-read these two articles for some self-help ideas:

Help – I’m Hooked On Acid Blocking Drugs!



There Is Relief For GERD – But Why Take Our Word For It?


And if that doesn’t help, please read the article written by Dr. Myatt herself on the subject:

What’s Burning You?


For those who are absolutely unable to wean themselves away from acid-blocking drugs – and it can be a difficult chore for some – there are some protocols that involve gradual stepping-down of drugs combined with supportive natural supplements that are very effective. This does involve working with a knowledgeable holistic physician like Dr. Myatt though – so you might want to consider at least a Brief Phone Consultation with Dr. Myatt to discuss your options.

I know that this is not the easy answer you were looking for – but I hope that re-reading these articles will give you some self-help ideas and that if you are still stuck that you will consider a consultation with Dr. Myatt.

Nurse Mark

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