Monday, March 19, 2007

Too Much Stomach Acid? Acid Reflux? Your Doctor May Be Treating The Wrong Problem, And Doesn't Even Know It.

If you watch any form of television these days, it seems that pharmaceutical ads bombard us with maladies that might make you wonder if you, too, couldn't benefit from the Little Purple Pill, or need a Luminescent Butterfly to flutter around your room at night, encouraging you to drop off into Dreamland.

This article, posted by The Olympian Online, gives you a good perspective about investigating your own health imbalances, and asking well-reasoned questions to your MD, before you go out and get your indefinitely prescribed dose of an acid-blocking drug.

Here's the start of the article:

Doctor explains the myths of digestion

If you pay attention to TV commercials for acid-blockers such as Zantac, you'd think stomach acid is the Darth Vader of all substances and that it must be suppressed at all costs.

Got nasty problems such as heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, gas, indigestion or constipation? You have too much stomach acid, the commercials say. You must shut it down by adding your cold cash to the other $8 billion or so annually spent on over-the-counter or prescription acid-blocker medications.

But that solution is completely backward, says Dr. Jonathan Wright, a natural medicine guru who practices at the Tahoma Clinic in Renton. Wright is keynote speaker April 21 at the Puget Sound Wellness Association's third annual Healing Arts Expo at the Worthington Center at Saint Martin's University in Lacey...

For the rest of the story, please click this link now:

Doctor explains the myths of digestion - Living - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington

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