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Tacos Light My Fire

The sales of proton pump inhibitors like Nexium in the US alone is 2.3 billion dollars a year and worldwide 22 billion and growing. These medications are used in treating what today is referred to as GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease).

Betty who is in her early 60’s started experiencing GERD about 7 years ago. She describes her symptoms as a “burning that starts in stomach and comes up into throat. I have to sleep with the head of my bed elevated. But even with this it wakes me up a couple times night with a sore throat. I am taking one prescription medication during the day and Prilosec at night but I seem to become immune to them.” Along with this she had significant fatigue.

I started treating Betty with acupuncture and after just two treatments the pain sensation over the stomach disappeared and she found she was not waking up at night. After 5 treatments she returned excited stating that she had eaten a taco for the first time in a long time without any problems. She avoided them because as she said “tacos light my fire.”

Betty is off her medications for GERD and enjoying those foods that she had to avoid for years. GERD often can be cured with acupuncture and homeopathy and not just managed with medications like Prilosec or Nexium. Just think of the money it would save our health care system.

Terry Pfau, DO, HMD

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