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April 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 173

My friend Carla and I were on the phone yesterday. She is also a nurse and we were discussing proton pump inhibitor drugs. These are drugs for stomach acid reflux. Carla informed me of something I did not know. All PPI drugs are now labeled with a warning. The warning is related to higher rates of a type of diarrhea called c. difficile infection. This is a type of diarrhea that can create serious intestinal issues and is not easily gotten rid of.

Acid reflux and gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) are very similar. This occurs when the acidic enzyme juice of the stomach is able to slip past the valve located at the very top of the stomach and enter the esophagus which is alkaline. You feel a burning sensation. This can occur if you lie down too quickly after a meal, weight gain, overeating, having a hiatal hernia, from some types of medications, and some foods also contribute to this.

I am a nurse, so I am not telling you to avoid your physician with this condition. My disclaimer is that I do not diagnose, treat, and give medical advice or cure. However, I personally choose to try a more natural solution before seeking medical attention and asking for a prescription. I'm currently 53 years old and I am not on any OTC or prescription medications. I'm blessed and I know I'm rare.

We were discussing risks versus benefits of the PPI drugs. Personally, I don't like the idea of having the overgrowth of c.difficile consume my intestines. I've been a nurse a long time, and I know from dealing with patients in the hospital what that smells like and the complications that occur. It requires, of course, more medical intervention by way of prescriptions drugs. Do you ever notice that drugs are prescribed to help with the side effects of other drugs, and it starts this vicious cycle of polypharmacy?

I have in my library of natural health books, many suggestions to help with acid reflux. I personally use essential oils with many symptoms. There is an essential oil blend I use called Digestzen. You can put a drop or two in a gel capsule along with a drop of ginger, wild orange and peppermint. I have actually just added a drop to water and stirred it really well and just drank it. Sometimes I use just peppermint. Sometimes peppermint helps and some people say it makes their reflux worse. It works for me though!

I also keep papaya tablets in stock for myself which helps with digestion. Mike and I use something called Stomach Comfort which also helps. I have a wonderful library of symptoms cards which tell exactly what herbs/essential oils are good for that particular symptom.

Ezekiel 47:12 "And by the river upon its bank, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for food, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall its fruit be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to its months, because the waters flowed out of the sanctuary: and its fruit shall be for food, and its leaf for medicine." My belief that God created medicine for us through nature is mentioned in this verse. Plants, herbs, essential oils, fruits and veggies were all created for our health and healing.

You can also avoid or limit these foods or items: alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, chocolate, garlic, onions, citrus, tomato, spicy, fatty foods, or tobacco. My idea is to promote awareness and empowerment. When you are educated you have choices. When you are not educated and empowered with all possibilities you are at the mercy of the knowledge or belief base of your practitioner to make your health care decisions. Ultimately, we are in charge of our own health.

You can contact me to discuss any of the essential oils or herbals I mentioned in this article. You can email me at for more information.

Joyce Harrell, RN, OCN is a Christian holistic nurse who provides natural solutions to common health problems. Joyce utilizes the art of nursing by implementing essential oils, enzyme therapy, vision boards, wellness coaching, and nutritional therapy to help you create an environment for your body to best heal.

I am a Christian Holistic Nurse. I believe in whole-person wellness by concentrating on the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection. I provide education and information on Natural Solutions to Whole Health Issues. Utilizing doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, Enzyme Therapy, Low Glycemic Nutritional Education, and Kaizen (small steps) coaching, I educate you to be responsble for your self and health care. Trained as a wellness coach, I utilize Small Steps for Permanent Change, Wellness Inventory Assessment, and The Loomis Institute Assessment for Enzyme Therapy. I believe you are creative, resourceful, and whole; therefore you hold the key to your wellness. I just help you unlock your potential for whole personal health and wellness. You may contact me at or

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