Those of you who have followed this blog know that I am not a fan of the over prescription of PPI medications to treat heartburn (GERD). It is effectively treated with Functional and Chinese medicine, so there is no need to use these dangerous medications long term. New research released this week shows that chronic use of PPI’s alters the gut to allow for infections that can lead to chronic liver disease. Read about this risk to the liver here.
For those of you who haven’t read my original blog post on how heartburn (GERD) can be treated effectively with Functional and Chinese medicine you can find it here.
And, finally, I’ll link to an article that came out a few months ago which really summarizes all of the risks associated with these medications. You can find that here.
As I detailed in my original blog I struggled with this painful condition. It wasn’t until I discovered the root cause through functional testing (H. Pylori infection) and corrected it with natural medicine protocols that I finally was free of any medications. If you are struggling with GERD please contact us. We can help and, quite frankly, the evidence is in that it is dangerous to mask the symptoms with medications.
Duncan Macdonald, L.Ac.