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Acid Relfux Disease - The Pharmacuetical Hoax!

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The medical community would have you believe that only drugs can 
treat and heal acid reflux disease.  This is simply not true...

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Acid Relfux Disease - The Pharmacuetical Hoax!
Copyright © 2006 Charles Stewart Richey
REFLUX GONE FOREVER, Natural Acid Reflux Remedies

The medical community would have you believe that only drugs can 
treat and heal acid reflux disease.  This is simply not true -
there are natural ways to heal this condition.   PPI drugs 
(proton pump inhibitors), like Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and 
Protonix should only be be taken for eight weeks, at most. 
Doctors are aware of this, but most patients continue to take 
these drugs on a permanent basis.  Unfortunately, there are no 
studies determining what the long term effects of these drugs 
are on the human body.

PPI drugs actually shut down the pumps that produce the stomach 
acid necessary to digest food.  You have to wonder how the human 
body digests and assimilates food properly without stomach acid. 
How does a body remain healthy without the proper digestion of 
food?  Is this natural?

I used to suffer from acute acid reflux.  I was addicted to a PPI 
drug... that certain "colored pill".  After several years of 
taking this drug, my condition became worse and I was told to 
double the dose.  I began to feel sluggish and tired.  My vision 
suffered and my blood pressure went off the charts.  I realized 
that these were probably side effects of the PPI drug.  I did 
some research and found that there were hundreds of possible 
harmful side effects, including: Headache, diarrhea, nausea, 
abdominal pain, dry mouth, aggravated constipation, enlarged 
abdomen, back pain, chest pain, anemia, allergic reaction, 
hypertension, tachycardia, goiter, tinnitus, facial edema, 
conjunctivitis, vision abnormal, aggravated depression, 
dizziness, hypertonia, nervousness, cystitis, insomnia, 
migraine, anorexia, acne, dermatitis, glycosuria, hyperuricemia, 
hyponatremia, arthritis aggravated, tongue edema, ulcerative 
stomatitis, impotence, insomnia, to name a few.

I mean, who needs tongue edema, impotence or aggravated 
constipation?  Good God!  I knew that I had to stop taking this 
drug!  But when I tried, the acid pumps, which had been shut off 
for so long, went wild and produced more acid than ever before. 
I have never suffered so much in my life....even drinking water 
gave me severe indigestion.  My doctor suggested that I get back 
on the pill.  He had no other advice to offer.

I became determined to beat this dreadful condition - beat the 
curse of the big drug companies!   I really had no choice, 
because medical science, apparently, had no solution for my 
problem.  I began extensive research on the subject and found 
out some very interesting things.

Acid reflux is big business.  It's a drug company's dream come 
true.  Millions of  Americans suffer from acid reflux.  Many 
millions more experience the pain of  heartburn, ranging from 
once a month to every day.  This affliction is the result of the 
splashing up of fluids from the stomach into the esophagus. 
These fluids are composed of hydrochloric acid,  pepsin and 
occasionally liver bile. Stomach fluid helps break down the food 
we eat so that it can be digested. The hydrochloric acid in the 
stomach fluid helps prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying in 
the stomach and intestines. Although hydrochloric acid also helps 
the body absorb vitamins and nutrients, it is a very strong 
corrosive. The stomach holds this powerful acid in check with a 
special protective lining. The esophagus, however, does not have 
this protection.  When acid splashes up through the lower 
esophageal sphincter into the esophagus,  we have the problems 
of heartburn, gerd, or acid reflux.  This condition, if left 
unchecked, can eventually lead to Barrett's Disease, or cancer 
of the esophagus.

Of course, I found all this to be quite scary and, since drugs 
were not the answer for me, I had to find alternative ways to 
treat this condition.  I researched the subject even further and 
found a plethora of natural things that could heal acid reflux. 
First of all, I learned that acid reflux is not a disease, but 
a condition that begins when the esophagus becomes irritated. 
Let's say that you are watching an exciting ball game on TV. 
Someone hands you a bag of corn chips and without thinking, you 
eat them too fast, without chewing  properly.  The jagged edges 
of the chips have caused little lacerations in the esophagus that 
you're not even aware of.  Later that evening you are invited to 
a Mexican chili party.  The spicy tomato sauce in the chili 
further irritates those injuries.  You wash down the chili with 
alcohol or soda, making it even worse.  Before you know it, you 
have a full blown case of acid reflux.  Until you allow your 
esophagus to heal, you will continue to suffer from this 

I was astounded to find that the esophagus can be healed in about 
three days.  Simply eating  foods that are easy to digest, three 
or four times during the day, and omitting the regular big meals, 
is the key.  I ate fruits like bananas, melon and apples during 
the day.  I  snacked on walnuts and almonds.  I found that eating 
slowly in a relaxed atmosphere and chewing food well helped 
enormously. There are foods and drinks which should obviously 
be avoided like those which are fried, spicy, or too crunchy. 
Alcohol and carbonated drinks are a definite no-no .  We are all 
aware of which foods trigger our indigestion.  You just have to 
avoid them for a few days until you are over the hump.

There are many natural herbs and health store items which can 
assist in this healing process.  Slippery elm, Twig tea, aloe 
vera juice, licorice products and orange peel extract can be of 
great value, just to mention a few.  Removing stress from your 
life is essential during this period.  Yoga and meditation are 
worth considering to ward off the daily angst.

I managed to stop taking those harmful and expensive drugs, in 
favor of natural remedies.  I cured my acid reflux condition.  
I am drug free.  You can do it too. 

Charles Stewart Richey 
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