I have put a question mark against the title of this post appear to indicate the fact that I’m not trying to sell the product.
Actually, I’m trying to find a good home remedy for heartburn caused by hiatal hernia problems.
One of the things that I found keeps coming up again and again as I do my research on the Internet is a program which describes itself as a home remedy for heartburn – and it’s called Heartburn No More.
The reason I’m doing this is because I have a friend who’s actually suffering excruciating pain – or rather, he was suffering excruciating pain – from a hiatal hernia, and the associated reflux.
Needless to say, he’s been to his doctor who has prescribed omeprazole.
Like everybody else who takes this, he initially obtained great relief from acid reflux symptoms – as you may know, omeprazole is the latest generation, the so-called “gold standard” of acid production blocking medications (actually it is a proton pump inhibitor) devised by medical researchers.
And indeed it is effective, but what people don’t tell you about omeprazole is that it’s “addictive” – in the sense that once you try and stop taking it your symptoms of acid reflux come back far more intensely than they were in the first place, making it extremely difficult to stop taking this medication.
As if that weren’t bad enough, it’s also associated with bone demineralization, leading to hip fractures, infection with Clostridium difficile, and a number of other symptoms that also seem rather unpleasant if not potentially dangerous.
There are websites on the Internet that strive to offer people who are trying to come off omeprazole useful advice, such as taking Zantac as an intermediate medication whilst they wean themselves off this powerful substance.
However what’s missing, as you might expect, is some long-term and permanent solution for the problem of acid reflux.
My friend was actually considering surgery – the kind of surgery where they twist the stomach round the oesophagus to stop reflex by forming an artificial valve. (Nissen fundoplication.)
I advised him not to have this operation done, because it inhibits vomiting – which strikes me as very dangerous in itself. I mean, suppose you ingest some kind of poison and your body wants to eject it by vomiting?
I believe good judgement and common sense strongly indicate that we shouldn’t be taking these medications, and if that’s true, then anybody who’s been using omeprazole needs some kind of alternative system to prevent acid reflux.
Heartburn No More may or may not be a good solution to the problem of acid reflux but as far as I’m concerned it’s a darn sight better than omeprazole.
The good news is that my friend has actually come off this medication by very very slowly cutting down his dose over a long period of time, using Zantac as a stop-gap, and he’s now switched to the strategies described in Heartburn No More. So far the signs are good, and he is not experiencing acid reflux or discomfort.