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.

Tags: gastrointestinal issues | acid reflux | inflammation

The American Gut Is Not Healthy

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 04:45 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Gastrointestinal issues plague some 60 million to 80 million Americans. There are more than 48 million doctor visits and 21 million hospitalizations for gastrointestinal problems each year.

Twelve percent of all inpatient hospital procedures are performed for intestinal issues.

Those numbers don’t lie — the American gut is not healthy.

When I practiced conventional medicine, I hated hearing patients complain of gut issues, because there wasn’t much I could do.

I had been taught that when someone complained of burning in his or her stomach or upper chest that it was probably due to an inflammation of the stomach and esophageal lining.

This results from producing too much acid, and the excess going up the esophagus instead of staying in the stomach — what we call “acid reflux.”

Doctors are taught to prescribe antacid medications for the condition.

Yet while these medications can relieve the symptoms of acid reflux, I have seen very few patients over the years who produce too much stomach acid.

On the other hand, I’ve seen many patients who fail to produce enough stomach acid, and as a result, suffer from recurrent reflux symptoms.

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