Prohealth and Life Extension Magazine are reporting on the tendency of those taking heartburn medications to suffer nutritional deficits and other side effects. Heartburn medications are among the most frequently prescribed medicines in the US with sales exceeding $13.5 billion annually.1 Prilosec®, Nexium®, Protonix®, and Aciphex®are known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).They are the most powerful acid secretion inhibitors available today. Unfortunately, long-term use has been linked to nutritional deficiencies, bone fractures, an increased risk of bacterial infection, and even withdrawal symptoms.
Stomach acid plays an important role in the digestion of your food and nutrients. When the sphincter valve at the end of your esophagus fails to close properly, stomach contents including stomach acid leaks back up into the esophagus, damaging the delicate esophageal lining, causing heartburn. Drugs like Prilosec® inhibit the release of stomach acid and provide some relief. However, the continual reduction of stomach acid through medicines like proton pump inhibitors hinders digestion and absorption of key nutrients. This ultimately leads to deficiencies in key nutrients, such as vitamin B12, iron, calcium, magnesium, folic acid, and zinc. Due to the alteration in pH balance in your gut, the absorption of other nutrients is possibly at risk as well.
But there is another factor involved.
The Upper Neck Connection
Why is the sphincter valve at the end of the esophagus failing to close properly?
When a misalignment occurs in the upper neck, the nucleuses within the brain stem are affected. One of the functions of the brainstem is to control this sphincter valve through the Vagus nerve.
That is how an upper cervical corrective procedure such as NUCCA is able to influence the digestive system in both children and adults. By getting to the cause of the problem rather than covering up the symptoms.
If you or your child have suffered with acid reflux and a doctor has prescribed Prilosec® indefinitely, which is beyond the maximum recommended window of 8 to 12 weeks. And you are concerned about the long-term health complications to this approach.
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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com
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