The Natural Way, July 19 edition

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Folks, I think I've done it. Getting off of a daily dose of over the counter acid reducer named ranitidine also known as Zantac was something I thought I couldn't do.

This is an older style acid reducer used for chronic heartburn, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and for other medical reasons like hiatal hernia symptoms. Generally, it has been replaced by a newer drug class called proton pump inhibitors (PPI) like Prilosec and Nexium.

Long ago, as a young man I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. This is a common condition, some say one in three people have one, that I likely inherited from my father who had one.

When the condition acts up the pain and discomfort of heartburn kicks in. Some doctors suggest watching what you eat just like with that commercial showing the chicken wing slapping the guy on the face.

Trouble is, with me a glass of water could bring heartburn. I have used natural supplements to reduce symptoms (tried them all) but found I could only get a full night's sleep by taking ranitidine.

I didn't think there was much more I could do though the ranitidine and PPI long term effects aren't good ones. I grudgingly accepted my fate but kept an eye open for other options.

Two new supplements had to come on the market before I experimented on myself in an effort to get off of this group of drugs with known side effects.

I combined a supplement from premier Lane Labs called Nature's Lining and a novel Aloe Vera named Herbal Aloe Force hoping for a good outcome.

Nature's Lining is a small chewable tablet done with food with each meal. It does have clinical science proving it works while the Herbal Aloe Force is organic, raw, whole and extracted from the live plant without heat treating. This unique Aloe additionally has digestive/immune friendly Essiac herbs namely burdock, sheep sorrel, slippery elm and rhubarb among other infused herbs.

I've dosed myself twice daily with 6 ounces of the Aloe Force and chewed one tablet three times per day of Nature's Lining. These supplements aren't cheap but for two weeks I've been off the ranitidine -- difficult at first -- and sleeping the night through.

I don't know yet how long I'll have to continue, for now I'm off the drug!

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