Don’t Be a Nerd about GERD Treatment

Did you know by age 40 our body makes less stomach acid? And that by age 60 half of us can’t make enough stomach acid to properly digest food?

If you were visiting with a friend and they told you, “I’ve been diagnosed with GERD” - even if you didn’t know what it was - it doesn’t sound very good. 

And you would be right!

What is GERD?

Gerd, Acid Reflux, Heartburn, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder.

Most people have heard of heartburn, but GERD?  GERD, aka heartburn or acid reflux, stands for Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder. (Heartburn is really a descriptive word of what people feel when they have GERD.)

Eating is one of life’s most treasured pleasures for many of us. If you suffer from heartburn however, eating can turn into a burning sensation that can take the pleasure out of the most delicious meal.

Is Stomach Acid A Good Thing?

GERD symptoms occur when acids from the stomach move up through the muscular opening in the diaphragm and into the esophagus. This creates a burning sensation, indigestion or worse, a regurgitation of stomach contents.

While your stomach lining is designed to handle these acidic compounds, your esophagus is not. Untreated, acid reflux can eventually damage, ulcerate or even cause a precancerous esophageal condition known as Barrett’s Esophagus.

The most common treatment for GERD is drugs. Muscle relaxants, asthma drugs, and beta-blockers however have ancillary side effects that create problems with the very conditions they are supposed to treat.

Are You Getting Burned By Heartburn Drugs?  

If you are one of millions who suffer from these conditions, it is sad that you may be using the wrong approach. 

Despite what the commercials say, you don't make too much stomach acids. The fact is that it’s likely you are not making enough stomach acid. 

Our stomach acid exists to activate enzymes to digest our food. Antacids, or acid blocking drugs, block the natural acid production our stomach needs to digest our food. People think antacids work because they give symptomatic relief but they do not get to the real cause of the problem. 

In addition, antacids cause osteoporosis -bone loss, impede digestion, create bowel problems and promote serious bacterial infections in the gut, impacting our immune system. Patients often report a myriad of symptoms once they start taking acid blocking medications: heartburn headache fatigue bloating and bowel problems.

If You Get To The Cause …You Can Get To The Cure

In our clinic, we have found many GERD sufferers have one of more of the following that is causing their upset and that can be treated without using harmful drugs. 

  1. Inadequate stomach acid and digestive enzyme production.  Did you know that by age 40 our body makes less stomach acid? And that by age 60 half of us can’t make enough stomach acid to properly digest our food? 
  2. Food sensitivities or intolerances, particularly wheat, sugar, chocolate, onions, tomatoes and citrus, among others, that cause protracted digestion problems.
  3. Mechanical or structural weakness with the diaphragm, also known as a Hiatal Hernia. A Hiatal Hernia occurs when a portion of the upper stomach protrudes up through the diaphragm. 

The danger of an untreated hernia is that GERD patients are treated with dangerous drugs for a suspected stomach, heart or circulatory problem when, if fact, it can be a simple structural problem. If it is a structural problem with stomach and diaphragm muscles, they can be corrected with manual adjustments from a doctor who understands advanced body mechanics.

Want Real Relief from Heartburn? Consider Alternative GERD Solutions

If you do not like taking drugs with negative long-term side effects or are contemplating surgery for any of these conditions, consider treatment with a doctor who has a different approach. In our clinic, we have helped thousands patients in Northern California get relief from heartburn by using a multidisciplinary treatment approach that addresses the unique cause(s) of your GERD. 

If you suffer from any of these conditions, schedule a personal consultation to learn how Dr. Patrick’s approach might be right for you. Call Dr. Patrick at the Digestion Relief Center, Chico  California, at 530-899-8741 today so that you, or someone you love, can food again!

Dr. Patrick Giammarise D.C., Internal Health Specialist, Founder of the Digestion Relief Center, in Chico,  specializes in effective, natural relief for GERD, food sensitivities and digestion problems. Learn more at

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