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Acid Reflux and the Emergency Room - An Insider's Report

Do you remember what it felt like to be rushed to the hospital, believing that you had a heart attack, had breathing problems, and didn't know what to expect next?

If you're like me, I'm sure you can remember the emotion of a particular event (especially the first time it happened). After calming you down with a strong sedative and some tests, the truth is revealed. You have no heart problems. You have what is known as Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD) or simply Reflux Acid. And for a while you experience what is known as Heartburn.

Nothing serious, the doctor and his nurse (or others) claim.

You take a moment or so to thank God that this is not something worse, and the resident doctor assures you that you are not alone because other men in the ICU are only diagnosed with GERD and give you a brief talk about stress and diet and how it works and make a person's reflux worse. She provides you with your emergency medicine, medical prescription, along with advice for a follow-up from a specialist.

Obviously, you follow the doctor's instructions, take all the recommended treatments and return to your normal lifestyle. That lasts for two weeks at the peak. Then it happened.

One more time.

You rushed to the emergency room. For the same thing.

Why not?

According to gastro-enterologists (people who specialize in digestive disorders), acid reflux occurs when stomach acid leans down to the lower esophagus to the throat and causes irritation. The level of reflux varies because it can only be an occasional nuisance but if ignored, it can turn into a life-threatening disorder.

But why can't prescribed drugs eliminate this problem? What's wrong with taking this medicine?

1. Normal liquid or antacid (e.g. Maalox, Tums, Kremil)

2. Medicines to reduce acid secretion (e.g. Nexium, Prevacid, Losec, Zantac)

3. Drugs to improve the action of the abdominal muscles (e.g., Motilium, Plasil)

Almost everyone with GERD knows that they only prescribe this type of medication for 1-2 weeks. After that, they should stop and the medicine should do its job. More often than not, this does not happen.

But when you rush to E.R again, you're still given the same thing (or in larger doses this time). In the worst case scenario, you will be given additional medication.

Have you ever asked yourself why conventional medicine focuses more on acid reflux symptoms rather than the cause of this problem? Why do they insist on using a "band-aid" approach when there is a natural and safe way to get rid of your condition ... for good?

It's a good thing to tell me about them before it's too late.



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