When doctors can’t take their blinders off

Your primary care doctor probably won’t even ask about your gut or digestion — and, therefore, he’ll miss the root cause of your symptoms.

And if you’re trying to improve your health or figure out what’s wrong with your body and you are NOT spending some time working on or investigating your gastrointestinal system… then you are wasting precious time AND money.

But this disease affects so many organs in the head, neck and chest that your primary care doctor could conceivably refer you to an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctor… a Pulmonary (Lung) doctor… or even an allergy specialist.

You could even end up at the dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office!

And one of those specialists is likely to misdiagnose you… and put you on drugs you don’t need.

I hope that you can move forward with this knowledge by:

  •  trying to sleuth your own symptoms (and always think “gut” with any chronic symptoms)
  •  trying natural therapies for some of the symptoms before resorting to drugs
  •  don’t let any specialist pigeonhole your diagnosis

The scary thing is that some people have been on steroid inhalers for 30 or 40 years for asthma that they don’t have. People take allergy medicine for just as long to alleviate symptoms (cough, post nasal drip, hoarseness) of allergies that don’t actually exist.

People have spent a lot of money on hearing aids for hearing loss that could’ve been stopped if this condition had been diagnosed earlier in life.

And people have died from cancers of the throat, neck, and larynx that could’ve been saved if their doctors had recognized this condition.

A case against PPIs

The first time that I really believed and understood this disease was about 10 years ago, when an opera singer came to my office.

It was quite obvious to her that when she ate certain foods or ate too late at night, she literally could not do her job! Her voice box was clearly being altered by the acid, and she wanted an integrative medical approach to the condition.

She didn’t want to take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) because they really hadn’t helped her… and she was aware of the incredible dangers that can occur if you use them over a prolonged period of time.

Slowly but surely, multiple studies have been leaking out from the conventional medical community showing the incredible risks associated with long-term use of the antacid medications.

Most of the risk is with the long-term use of a class of these medications called PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) such as Nexium, Protonix, Achipex, and Prevacid.

Here is the shocking list of disease risks that have been linked to the long-term use of PPIs:7,8,9

  •  heart attack
  •  stroke
  •  kidney disease
  •  fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine
  •  diarrhoea associated with C. diff infection
  •  pneumonia
  •  “Traveller’s Diarrhoea” (a.k.a. “Montezuma’s Revenge”)
  •  potentiation of SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)
  •  low levels of magnesium, B12, calcium, and/or iron

Amazingly, most of these medications have been deemed safe enough by the FDA to be allowed to be sold over the counter!

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

Full references and citations for this article are available in the downloadable PDF version of the monthly Nutrition and Healing issue in which this article appears.

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