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4Rs for Better GI Outcomes

  1. Removing offending substances from the diet. Food allergens and other materials can negatively influence the intestinal environment and cause localized irritation or trigger the release of damaging chemicals into general circulation, affecting other tissues and organs. We offer a variety of metabolic detoxification programs to aid with this phase.
  2. Replacing digestive enzymes and stomach acid where necessary. Digestive factors and enzymes that help break down food commonly decline with age. This inhibits digestion and nutrient utilization, as well as the elimination of waste.
  3. Reinoculating the bowel with pre- and probiotics.
    Reintroducing health-promoting, “friendly” bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® helps maintain a desirable balance of GI microflora–critical to intestinal tissue (mucosal) health, immune function, intestinal barrier function, and digestion.*
  4. Regenerating the GI mucosa through proper nutritional support. GI mucosal cell regeneration is a natural process that can be supported by targeted nutrition.

For patients with gastric reflux on medications like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid – without necessarily repairing the gut and focusing just on the matter at hand, the protocol would be Zinlori 75 and Ulcinex (symptomatic relief).

If you wanted to work on repairing the gut and taking a more comprehensive approach, you could use a few formulas from the “4 R” program Dr. Jeffrey Bland developed years ago.  “Endefen” (supports gut mucosa repair) as well as “Glutagenics” (L-Glutamine, Licorice and Aloe) which would provide additional building and calming nutrients.

 The “4 R”program is what I use and I do recommend the Metagenics products (number 1-4 above). Call me or email me for the specific products.


Heartburn & Acid Reflux

Did you know the FDA issued a warning about proton-pump inhibitors (PPI) – Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid? The warning says “possible increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine with high doses or long-term use.”  Subjects who used PPIs for more than one year increased risk of hip fracture by 44 percent compared to subjects who didn’t use PPIs. I am very concerned about this drug in regards to hip fractures. You do have natural alternative choices. 

If nothing else you should ask your physician if you can take a lower dose or be on this drug for a shorter duration of therapy. 

PPIs also increase the risk of digestive inflammation and diarrhea caused by a bacterium that’s usually kept under control by stomach acid.

An alternative treatment plan to relieve heartburn and acid reflux starts with a probiotic supplement that provides highly viable, pure strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis along with supportive factors. This helps maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora and is designed to provide intestinal, digestive, and immune system support on multiple levels. This is an inexpensive and very effective method. Ultra Flora Plus (1 capsule 1-2 times daily), an acidophilus supplement is available through my website


In step two, believe it or not, acid is added, along with digestive enzymes – to complement the natural production of digestive agents in the stomach. It isn’t acid that’s the problem (you need it desperately for digestion); it’s acid reaching the esophagus that is the problem. Proper digestion allows for higher concentration of acid, yet protecting the esophagus. I do that using Metagest (1-3 tablets with meals) and Endefen (2 level tablespoons with 2-4 oz. of juice or water 1-2 times daily).