Tonawanda News — Stomach pain can easily be mistaken for chest pain and may have you visiting the local emergency department to check it out.
Once the imminent heart attack is ruled out, the diagnosis of GERD, gastritis, reflux, hiatal hernia, ulcer or esophagitis is most likely to be made.
The outcome will be a prescription for Prevacid, Protonix, Nexium, Zantac or omeprazole. These are just some of the protein pump inhibitors or acid blockers that will put you on the slow road to malnutrition and a B-12 deficiency. These drugs put a band-aid on your symptoms but do nothing to reverse or cure you. You will like them at first, as they will help ease the pain, but did you ever consider trying to find a reason that the reflux or pain happened in the first place? Do you believe you suffer because you lack a pill? Think again.
These drugs were meant to be used short term, but because we didn’t fix anything, people cannot come off them. Withdrawing off these drugs is usually a very uncomfortable experience, but I assure you it is well worth it. Many individuals state that the pain of withdrawal is worse than the pain that started it all. Many do not realize how long term use predisposes the individual to osteoporosis.
Sadly and shockingly, I see a large number of infants and children placed on these drugs. Unfortunately, this is an all too common scenario in our health care system. These drugs prevent digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Why not try removing dairy from the diet instead? Frequent colds, earaches and mucous conditions are likely to disappear.
It may have started with an intolerance to dairy — but most will suffer through it in order to drink their supposedly “good for you” milk and enjoy their summertime treat of ice cream. But the more you expose your body to offending foods (mostly wheat and dairy), your body becomes weary and eventually can’t buffer the blow any longer.