This is from one of the newsletters of an admired clinician, Dr. Bruce West, Founder, Health Alert/Immune Systems, Inc.
Sometimes it is easy to recognize how people like me are worlds apart from the standard physician. In a letter to the “Ask Dr. So-and-so” newspaper column, a woman complains of indigestion. She says she has been on omeprazole, an acid blocker, for over a year, but suffers nausea, frequent vomiting, and severe, debilitating stomach cramps. She was diagnosed with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia. She was concerned that her prescription wasn’t working and that it was blocking her absorption of minerals and calcium [very astute].
The answer from the medical media expert was an explanation about what GERD and a hiatal hernia are. He went on to confirm that acid blockers can indeed interfere with nutritional absorption. He explained that her cramps and vomiting were unusual, but that her prescription was probably correct. In the end, she was recommended to continue her prescription, probably for life, and get back to her prescribing physician.
The better answer would have been:
- For starters, eliminate all wheat, gluten (wheat, rye, barley, and oats), all processed, and all dairy for 15 days. If this resolves your problems, you can stop your prescription because you have cured yourself by eliminating the major cause of the problem. Simply continue to eliminate these things from your diet and eat a Mediterranean diet, modified to exclude gluten, processed foods and dairy. This will also help you lose weight if you need to, or gain it if you need to.
- It is possible that you have insufficient stomach acid. This would account for cramping, and even possibly [indigestion and] GERD. If this is the case, your prescription is making you worse, and should be stopped. To test this hypothesis, perform the Zypan Test: Temporarily stop your prescription [notify your physician that you will be doing so] and take one Zypan tablet with meals for a day. If this causes increased burning, you are suffering from excess stomach acid. If, however, the Zypan has no effect or makes your digestion better (an 80% probability, and even greater probability if you are over 40), use 2 to 3 Zypan per meal on the second day. If your digestion is improved, you are definitely suffering from insufficient stomach acid. This would explain your nausea and stomach cramps. In this case, you should not be taking any acid blockers, and you will need to take from 1 to 3 Zypan tablets with each meal for six to 12 months. [Zypan is sold only to healthcare practitioners, such as chiropractors and nutritional therapists.]
- If Zypan resolves most of your problems, but a hiatal hernia is still causing GERD symptoms (reflux, etc.), you will need to have your hernia manually corrected. This can be done at home with a partner, or with the help of a chiropractor or therapist who is trained in correcting this condition. Ask an alternative healthcare practitioner, such as a nutritional therapist or chiropractor.
- Experience tells me that these simple procedures will resolve your problem, but if it fails, the problem may be with your gallbladder. These problems are also easily corrected in most cases. Again, ask your nutritional therapy practitioner [or other alternative healthcare practitioner].
- In summation, stay away from “non-foods” that can cause your digestive problems, avoid unnecessary prescriptions, do not submit to surgery for your GERD or hiatal hernia, eat properly, and use the digestive enzyme testing and therapies I have outlined for you. If you do these easy things, you will have simply cured yourself and have improved your indigestion, your absorption of nutrients, your energy levels, and removed the threat of serious side effects from acid-blocking drugs.
Now, there is an answer that is true and that could actually resolve digestive problems, not just treat the symptoms with medication that can hamper the nutrition you need for good health.
Health Alert, August 2010/Volume 27, Issue 8