Q: Dear John,
I am currently taking Previcid and have been since March. I have had all kinds of tests including an endoscopy and colonoscopy and nothing major has been found. I have been diagnosed with possible Celic disease and am now on a gluten free diet for 10 weeks when another blood test will be taken to determine if my levels have gone down. I am very interested in knowing if one of your digestive products can replace the Previcid. Please email me to let me know what I can take and how much is to be taken daily. Thank you!
R: Dear Virginia,
Logos does not have anything to “replace” Previcid in terms of blocking stomach acid production because doing so leads to severe health consequences. Our Creator designed us to have strong stomach acidity, and for very good reasons. Without the acidic environment of the stomach, we are left open to invasion by airborne or food born pathogens, and our ability to digest and assimilate nutrients is compromised… especially proteins and minerals.
Furthermore, research indicates that raising the pH (lowering the acidity) of the stomach causes highly caustic bile salts to be solubilized and concentrated in the squamous cells lining the esophagus (something our Creator never intended), which may explain why esophageal cancer has skyrocketed since the introduction of PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor) drugs.
Reflux is a symptom, not a disease. It is a byproduct of our hectic lifestyles, our nutrient poor, sugar filled diet and our xenobiotic chemical exposure. It is caused in most cases by an imbalance of intestinal flora, fungal overgrowth, digestive enzyme deficiency and/or a lack of stomach acidity. In some cases, surgical intervention is required to relieve symptoms of reflux (i.e.- hiatal hernia or esophageal sphincter repair).
The vast majority of people suffering with reflux can find permanent, inexpensive and non-intrusive relief by simply restoring and maintaining normal physiology in the gut. In the process, they will improve their overall health immeasurably. Instead of addressing the underlying causes of reflux, millions of people every day turn to acid blocking drugs for a quick fix of their symptoms, not knowing there is a high price to pay for doing so.
Digestive health is so crucial to overall heatlh that nearly two thirds of the nutrients in the Burgstiner Wellness Protocol are aimed at restoring and promoting normal physiology in the GI tract. Essential Digestion, Essential Flora, Essential Omegas, and Liver CS Plus all have a direct and profound impact on gut health by controlling overgrowth of yeast and other pathogens, restoring digestive efficiency, reducing inflammation and promoting detoxification pathways.
MagnifiCal supports digestive health as well by reducing systemic calcification and helping to alkalyze the body while promoting proper acidity in the stomach… with a wonderful bonus of strong bones. Weak bones are another insidious side effect of acid blocking drugs.
Getting back to your question, the two most important products in the protocol to support digestion would be Essential Flora and Essential Digestion. The enzymes should be taken one before or with each meal and the flora one in the morning and one at bedtime.
Often our customers tell us that at the first sign of a reflux episode, if they empty an Essential Digestion capsule into their mouth and let it coat their esophagus with their saliva alone, it will give them almost immediate relief. I must say that I have tried it and it worked very well for me too. Some of the herbs have a somewhat bitter taste, but it was well worth it for me. You can just wash it down after a few minutes.
Delayed food allergies are a growing problem in our culture, and another telltale sign of man’s departure from a wholesome diet. Good decision to remove glutens from your diet… they provoke inflammatory responses in a vast number of people. Allergy testing is a valuable tool to help you find out what foods you are reactive to so that by avoiding those foods, you can lower your burden of inflammation.
In addition to all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that serve to fuel metabolism, Complete Thymic Formula contains thymus glandular materials that revitalize your thymus gland (the master gland of immunity) so it can produce immune modulating proteins to balance and strengthen immunity.
Thanks again Virginia for sharing your concerns. I hope this helps your understanding of the underlying issues involved with reflux and how to best overcome the problems associated with it. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns, and keep us posted on your progress.