Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Treating Acid Reflux

Monday, 03 Jan 2011 11:21 AM


Question: I recently started taking medication for acid reflux. But the medication would cause more problems than the reflux. Do you know of a natural remedy I could take instead of omeprazole?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Omeprazole (Prilosec) is part of a class of pharmaceutical medications known as proton pump inhibitors. I describe the problems of this class of drugs in greater detail in my book, "Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do."

You are right: There can be many problems associated with long-term use of proton pump inhibitors. First, you should search for what is causing the reflux. Common causes of reflux include having too much abdominal weight, eating a poor diet, and not drinking enough water.

These problems can all be rectified by eating a healthier diet and losing weight.

Sometimes aloe vera juice can provide good relief from reflux. However, you do not want to let reflux esophagitis persist — it can be associated with severe problems such as esophageal cancer. A holistic approach to reflux can minimize the use of acid-blocking medications.

Keep in mind that sometimes these medications are indicated for severe reflux cases.


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