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Let’s talk about why I don’t recommend medications like Pepto-Bismol, Tums, Quikeze, antacids and stuff like that. There are so many different types. This is a huge money spinner for many companies, as I’ve always mentioned. Go to the supermarkets and have a look at the medication sections, the drug sections or Walgreens if you’re in the States. Go to a chemist, basically. The supermarkets are interesting, if you go there and have a look at the section to see what kind of medications they sell the people, you’ll see rows and rows and rows and bottles and bottles of antacids. You’ll see poop pills, you’ll see gut pills, you’ll see headache pills. You see all the normal stuff there for the wine drinkers, the beer drinkers, the deep fry eaters, the junk food eaters. So those are all the drugs for those junky kind of people.
These medications are shocking, they’re really bad. Relying on them longterm is one of the biggest health mistakes you can make because you’re going to constantly undermine the function of your stomach and small intestine by putting a drug in there that actually does exactly the opposite of what you want that system to do. It’s almost like driving a car and having a problem and then saying, going to the [KR 00:01:20] and saying, what the hell there’s something wrong with this car? So then the guy sells you a Lamborghini or a Ferrari, and says, this is what you want. Okay. And then you drive it and you realize there’s something wrong with it. And the guy says, oh, I’ll show you how to fix it. We just get this huge, big piece of iron and we’ll just throw it out the back of the car and you can drag that along. That’ll slow it down a bit, if it’s going too fast for you, mate, we’ll just put a thousand pound weight on the back. You can drag that along the road.
That is stupidity. To me that’s the same way of thinking as relying everyday on Tums or Pepto or junk like this, okay. You’ve got a perfectly good system and you’re ruining it and retarding it by putting a drug in there. But what this will do, it will give you instant relief. And this is why people have it because having that hot liquid coming up the esophagus, okay, it’s shocking. It’s probably like a volcano erupting inside you. It’s terrible. I’ve had heartburn. I’ve had bad reflux in my twenties. Shocking heartburn, I know exactly what it’s like. It’s like you’ve got this lava fountain coming up. So anything you can do to relieve that instantly. Well, is a winner. Okay, it’s a winner.
It’s like people going to the casino and putting in a coin and winning 20 bucks. Wow, I’m going to make millions of dollars. I’m a winner. I’m a winner. You’re not a winner. You’re a fool. But people like to be fooled, right? They love to be fooled. They’d love to think if they can take this pill, they’ll cure this disease. You’ll never cure any disease with these medications. In fact, you suppress the symptom, which is what you’re trying to achieve, but in the interim you are wrecking your health.
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Now let me explain why you’re wrecking your health and why I don’t like these drugs. They lower the acidity of the stomach and the small bowel. That is bad because acidity is there for many different reasons. One of the most important ones is it stops you from getting germs inside your body, in through your gut, yeasts and viruses and bacteria. They get killed off with that low pH in the stomach and the small bowel. So when you change the pH, you’re changing the whole micro biology of the gut, all right?
You’re going to allow more bad guys to grow in there. The good guys won’t like it so much anymore. So many, many, many times I’ve had patients who’ve been on these drugs for sometimes 10, 20 years have got massive yeast infections in their gut. They’ve got bad SIBO. They’ve got chronic constipation. They end up with bone loss because they don’t get enough calcium in their body. They get mineral deficiencies because they’ve made their stomach too alkaline so they can’t absorb what they want from their food anymore. So they get insomnia, they start getting energy problems and they go back to the doctor.
Oh, I know what’s wrong with you. You need an antidepressant, you need the sleeping tablets. That’s what’s going to cure your disease. Yeah right, okay. Now I can see why people in America carry hand guns in their hand bags because they get annoyed with people’s telling stupid things like that. I’m not saying you should shoot doctors, but I mean, when you’re given dumb advice like that, it really makes you wonder. You go into a doctor for a symptom, you get a pill, you create three more symptoms that you get three more pills for. How convenient is that? Don’t fall for it. All right.
As I mentioned in a previous video, if you’re relying every day on an antacid, you need to work out why you need that antacid. Okay. You need to be your own doctor and find out what the hell is causing this reflux. Okay. What’s causing it? Is it a gallbladder problem? Is it a stomach problem? Is it a small bowel problem? Well, a good starting point for you is to work out what you’re eating. And if that has any effect on the reflux or heartburn and you know what, in most cases it does, it’s common sense. Something you’re putting in here is not really agreeing with something down here so think carefully what you’re putting in there. Okay. And that’s all there is to it.