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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)


Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition in which contents of the stomach flow back (“reflux”) into the esophagus potentially causing symptoms (e.g., heartburn) and injury to esophageal tissue (Patti 2012; Longstreth 2011). GERD is one of the most common health conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, and close to 20% of Americans experience heartburn weekly (Richter 2010, Locke 1997).

Pharmaceutical behemoths rake in nearly 14 billion dollars annually from the sale of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in the U.S. alone (Katz 2010) However, long-term use of acid blocking drugs can impair nutrient absorption and may lead to deficiencies with dangerous consequences. For example, chronic, high-dose therapy with proton pump inhibitors and histamine-2 receptor blockers can significantly increase the risk of hip fracture (Corley 2010).

In addition to robbing your body of critical nutrients like calcium, magnesium and vitamin B12, PPIs can also cause a rebound effect when they are discontinued, potentially exacerbating GERD symptoms (Khalili 2012; Sheen 2011; Roulet 2012).

Furthermore, conventional treatment strategies call for increasing the dosage or adding another acid blocking drug when PPIs fail to relieve GERD symptoms, which occurs in up to 33% of cases (Fass 2009). Worse yet, as much as 69% of prescriptions for PPIs are written for inappropriate indications (Katz 2010).

In this protocol, you will learn about the causes of GERD, as well as evidence-based treatment strategies with scientifically studied natural compounds, and specific steps to take to avoid the potential dangers associated with the chronic use of pharmaceutical acid-blocking therapies.