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Constipation and Bloating Stomach Caused By
Acid Reflux Medication

Dr. Karlo Mauro, N.D.

Drip. Drip. Drip. I had just opened the garage door and the smell of oil hit my nostrils.

"Darn it," I mumbled to myself as I opened the door to my car.

Sure enough, as I drove back into the driveway a big oil stain was revealed on the garage floor.

Twenty minutes later I'm at the auto body shop…

"No problem," the mechanic said. "We'll drain your oil and you'll be good to go."

"Drain it?" I said with a chuckle. "You're going to refill it, too, right?"

"Ah, no," he replied. "If we just drain all the oil out we can guarantee you won't have any more leaks."

Against my better judgment they drained the oil, I paid them $50 and headed off.

But before I made it halfway to the clinic the entire engine seized up. The car behind me didn't have enough time to stop. Slam! Next thing I know I'm flying through the windshield and…

And I wake up screaming. I look at the clock. 3:21am.

"What's wrong Karlo?" says my wife Natalia as she turns on the light.

"Another PPI nightmare," I reply wiping the sweat off my forehead.

I put on my glasses and head downstairs to the computer. Unable to sleep, I thought I'd write this article…

PPI nightmares. This is what happens to us naturopathic doctors.

Patient after patient comes into our clinics with indigestion and bloating. The story is always the same…

A person in their 40s to 60s sees a gastroenterologist about an acid reflux problem (GERD). Instead of fixing the "leak" between their esophagus and the stomach, the doc writes a prescription for a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). This halts the production of acid in the stomach, thus "solving" the problem.

But remember, your stomach isn't producing hydrochloric acid because it's angry at you. Permanently putting the gastric juices on hold can result in three major problems:

1. Inability to break down food – especially protein – leading to indigestion and a bloated stomach.

2. Inability to kill unfriendly bacteria entering your stomach which is a prime reason for the bloating.

3. Inability to absorb minerals like calcium and iron.

This can easily lead to life-threatening malnourishment, embarrassing indigestion and crippling osteoporosis.

Usually intestinal problems are multi-layered – especially if you've been suffering for some time. It may have started with acid reflux, and now you have constipation, bloating, gas and hemorrhoids.

The road back to a healthy digestive tract can also be very overwhelming.

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Yours in Natural Health,

Dr. Karlo Mauro, N.D.

Dr. Karlo Mauro, BSc, BA, MSEd, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Constipation Relief Strategies For Women


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