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GERD and Protein Pump Inhibitors: Seeking Alternatives

GERD and Proton Pump Inhibitors: Seeking Alternatives

Ingrid Pincott, ND

Proton  pump inhibitors (PPIs) are one of the ten most prescribed drugs in North America. PPIs are used in the treatment of acid reflux or GERD. I see at least one patient every week who is taking PPIs and wanting to get off them.

Bob, age 45, is a typical example. He has been taking PPIs for years and his GERD symptoms were not completely under control. He also had developed a rash he could not get rid of through conventional treatment so he is ready to try and improve his health. Certainly if a person is in severe gastric pain due to hyper-secretion of stomach acid, these drugs are useful to treat the acute phase. The side effects of long term treatment include: Decreased blood flow to the stomach, bacterial overgrowth in the stomach, hyperplastic polyp formation in the stomach, increased bile reflux and increased food allergy because food is not digested properly. Hypersensitivity reactions that can occur include urticaria, contact dermatitis, and drug rashes.

One of the reasons an MD might recommend a PPI for life is due to Barrett’s esophagus which increases the risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC).  However, in some recent research published by F. Hvid-Jensen, 2014, the risk of developing EAC increased with PPI use due to the increased formation of polyps while taking the drug!

Other complications of long term PPI use include: gastrin secretion increases, contributing to the risk of colon cancer, and esophageal adenocarcinoma; women taking PPIs have an increased risk of hip fracture, and reduction in bone density; there is also an increased risk of developing community acquired pneumonia especially in the elderly; and, finally, there is an increased risk to developing C. difficile as well as an increased risk of having a heart attack.

I recommended to Bob to come off PPIs gradually over six months to avoid rebound excess stomach acid. Some patients I have seen come off a lot faster than that because they did many other changes at the same time. For example removing wheat from their diet, eating a low carb diet, and eating food in proper combination helps a great deal to reduce GERD symptoms quickly. I put Bob on my candida program which addressed a lot of these recommendations in one protocol. The “yeast” killers help to kill off harmful bacteria and taking a strong probiotic away from the “yeast” killers helps establish a healthy microbiome. I told Bob this treatment program has helped many with chronic GERD.

I also have great success with a digestive aid containing  licorice, marshmallow and slippery elm that is aimed to heal the  stomach and help digest starches and fats without the use of protease, which can aggravate these cases in the early phases of treatment.

I saw Bob one month later. He was using the PPIs much less and was amazed. His skin was beginning to clear and he was much less itchy. He continued on the candida program for another two months and once he was off the PPIs I recommended a slightly stronger digestive enzyme. During this time I noticed on his blood work results that his liver and gallbladder were abnormal so I added a bile thinner and detoxifier for at least three months.

At the six month mark, Bob had lost 20 pounds due to the diet changes, his liver enzymes were back to normal and the only digestive aid he needed were the probiotics and the digestive enzyme. Often the symptoms of too much stomach acid are the same as too little stomach acid. The rest of his maintenance health program included B complex, vitamin B12, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin D and a calcium magnesium complex. PPIs deplete magnesium and B12 so we had some catching up to do because he had been on them for so many years.

[A version of this article originally appeared in the Campbell River Mirror, March 25, 2016.]

Welcome Dr. Jeffery N.D. to Campbell River at Healthy Way Foods: May 13

Come to Healthy Way Natural Foods to celebrate NatMedWeek and welcome Dr. Jeffery ND to Campbell River.

Dr. Jeffery ND is taking over Dr Pincott’s practice in Campbell River. He starts seeing patients on Tuesday, May 31st.

In celebration of Naturopathic Medicine Week,  Dr. Jeffery will be at Healthy Way Natural Foods on Friday, May 13 from 1 to 4 pm. Come by to meet the new doctor and taste some healthy treats.

Women’s Health Forum May 9

Dr. Andrea Rayburn ND and Dr. Ingrid Pincott ND are offering a Women’s Health Forum for all ages.

Topics to include Peri-menopause and Menopause, Anxiety and Depression, as well as Prevention of Female Cancers.

Where: Campbell River Community Center (Lounge)

When: Saturday, May 9th, 10am-1pm

Sponsored by: Healthyway Natural Foods, Steiner Bakery, the BCNA

Door Prizes!

Entrance by donation with all proceeds to support the Campbell River Women’s Resource Center
For more information please contact: 250-286-3655 (Dr. Pincott) or 250-336-8349 (Dr. Rayburn)
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Dr. Andrea Rayburn

Dr. Rayburn is a general family medicine practitioner who welcomes patients of all levels of health. With an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion, she works with her patients to educate them on how to become an active participant in their own health.

She can be reached at 250-336-8349 or drrayburnnd.com.

Dr. Ingrid Pincott

Dr. Pincott has been practicing naturopathic medicine since 1985 and is currently practicing in Campbell River.

She can be reached at (250) 286-3655 or www.DrPincott.com

Dr. Pincott Open House May 11-15

May 11-15th Dr. Pincott will be hosting an open house all week.

  • Monday, May 11th Carmen will be available from 9am – 3pm to offer free Candida testing.
  • Tuesday, May 12th Dr. Pincott will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks.
  • Gluten free snacks will be available every day during this week.

So come on down and check us out!

Dr. Ingrid Pincott

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Dr. Pincott has been practicing naturopathic medicine since 1985 and is currently practicing in Campbell River.

She can be reached at (250) 286-3655 or www.DrPincott.com

It’s Official! Naturopathic Medicine Week May 12-18, 2014

Today is the first day of Naturopathic Medicine Week across Canada.

Check out this official recognition from the mayor of Kelowna, BC:

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Naturopathic Medicine Weeks across Canada: cand.ca

Special Movie Screenings of GMO OMG in select cities in British Columbia: bcna.ca

Other events across the province, including free doctor visits, talks, and more: click here

 

BC Naturopathic Doctors Need Your Help

In 2008 the current Liberal government made a pledge to ensure that publicly funded and privately owned medical laboratories in BC were accessible to licensed naturopathic doctors.  Unfortunately, that pledge has not been acted on.

Please Ask the BC Government To Keep Their Promise

With an election on the horizon, and a recent cabinet shuffle, we are asking patients of naturopathic doctors across BC to write to the health minister and/or their MLA.

Write Your Local MLA or the Health Minister

Mailing Address:

Hon Dr Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Health
Room 346, Parliament Buildings
Victoria  BC  V8V 1X4

Sample Letter:

Dear Minister,

I value the health care I receive from my naturopathic doctor (ND).  I am investing in my own health and expect my ND to be able to practice to the full extent of their education, training and expertise.  Unfortunately, arbitrary barriers in this province prevent my ND from having access to diagnostic tests. My taxes fund BC labs but my competent primary care provider cannot access them. This is not in my interest nor in the public interest—and it costs your government money.

In the 2008 Throne Speech, your government promised to remove barriers to NDs accessing labs but after several years this problem still has not been resolved. As we near the next election, your government has an opportunity to keep its promise, improve health care for all British Columbians and save health dollars.

Please advise me that you will keep your promise and that your government will act upon this Throne Speech commitment.


How You Can Help

Find Your MLA: you can find your local MLA at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia website www.leg.bc.ca/mla/. The site lists MLA mailing addresses and email addresses. There is also a contact form at www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-4.aspthat you can use to send them a message. Handwritten letters have the most impact (but an email is fine too!).

Thank You!

Please share this message and ask your network to show their support, too (click the green share button to the left of this article).

Events in Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino

In celebration of BC Naturopathic Medicine Week, Dr. Jeannie Doig, Dr. Nathan Gagne and Dr. Andrea Rayburn are offering FREE 15 minute meet and greet consults, 20% off supplements discounts, draw prizes, refreshments, and samples.

Port Alberni Open House – Dr. Jeannie Doig and Dr. Andrea Rayburn

Date: May 5, 2012

Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm

Call ahead to book your FREE 15-minute consult at 250-723-9888.

Family Chiropractic Clinic
4574 Elizabeth St.
Port Alberni, BC
250-723-9888
drjeanniedoig.com
drrayburnnd.com


Tofino Open Houses

There are two open house events in Tofino at the Pacific Rim Chiropractic and Naturopathic Clinic.

Open House – Dr. Jeannie Doig

Date: May 7, 2012

Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm

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Call ahead to book your FREE 15-minute consult at 250-522-0033.

Open House – Dr. Nathan Gagne

Date: May 9, 2012

Time: 12:00 – 3:00pm

Call ahead to book your FREE 15-minute consult at 250-725-2588.

Pacific Rim Chiropractic and Naturopathic Clinic
318 Main St.
Tofino BC


Ucluelet Open Houses

There are two open houses at the Pacific Rim Chiropractic and Naturopathic Clinic in Ucluelet.

Open House – Dr. Jeannie Doig

Date: May 8, 2012

Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm

drjeanniedoig.com

Call ahead to book your FREE 15-minute consult at 250-522-0033.

Open House – Dr. Nathan Gagne

Date: May 10, 2012

Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm

Call ahead to book your FREE 15-minute consult at 250-725-2588.

Pacific Rim Chiropractic and Naturopathic Clinic
1636 Peninsula Rd
Ucluelet, BC


See all events details, including maps when you use the event calendar at the top right of this web page.

Free Seminars and Open House New Westminster – May 12, 2012

Boucher Institute Seminars and Open House

On Saturday, May 12 the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine will celebrate Naturopathic Medicine Week (May 7-13) with two free Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine seminars and a Clinic Open House on our campus in New Westminster.

Ever wonder how seeing a naturopathic doctor can benefit you and your family? Want to know more about the roots and principles of naturopathic medicine? Our Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine seminar captures the basics of naturopathic medicine (including nutrition, prevention and popular treatments), and delves into a brief history of the profession. This 45-minute talk is ideal for anyone who wants to explore the fundamentals.

The Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic Open House is a public favourite, and is suitable for all members of the family – from babies to seniors. We’re offering free spinal assessments; zinc tally tests (assesses zinc levels in the body); blood pressure measuring; blood glucose testing and AOB blood typing, as well as a limited number of 15-minute introductory consults.

Come alone, or with family and friends, and expect to gain a better understanding of the efficacy of naturopathic medicine and your total health picture.

Event Details

See the event listing at binm.org or Facebook. We strongly recommend that you pre-register with us, as seating and private consultations in the Clinic are limited.

Free Seminars

Lecture I: Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine – 11am – 12pm

Lecture II: Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine – 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Clinic Open House

10am – 2pm

*All our facilities are stroller and wheelchair friendly.

About the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine is a graduate-level, accredited naturopathic medical college located in New Westminster. We graduate naturopathic doctors who have a passionate belief in the value of complementary medicine and who are committed to leading our world toward sustainable health. Our campus is also home to the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic. With first-rate natural health-care for the whole family, the Clinic equips our interns with essential hands-on experience in the art and science of practicing naturopathic medicine.


The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
#200 – 435 Columbia Street, New Westminster B.C., V3L 5N8
Telephone: (604) 777-9981
binm.org

See all events details, including maps, when you use the event calendar.

Tasting Day in Campbell River – May 8, 2012

A Tasting Day at Dr. Pincott’s Office

Visit Dr. Pincott’s office on Shopper’s Row in Campbell River on May 8th to sample delicious, healthy food.

Dr. Pincott and her staff provide food made from her recipe book and a local bakery and Healthway vitamins store provide samples and handouts of gluten free foods, foods made with no dairy and goat milk products.

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Stop by, and receive a goodie bag with samples of greens and protein powders that we supply in our office. There is also free candida testing that day and information on clinic services.

Time: 10:00 – 3:00pm.

If you’re not near Campbell River, Dr. Pincott’s free recipes are on her website and she adds 12 or more recipes to it per year.


Dr. Ingrid Pincott, ND
300-1170 Shopper’s Row
Campbell River, BC V9W 2C8
Phone (250) 286-3655
Toll-Free (800) 898-6699
Fax (250) 850-2078
drpincott.com

See all events details, including maps, when you use the event calendar.