what ckgmd is cleverly trying to say is, "We PHD's know everything. It's not possible for anyone else to know anything about the human body or the workings of the natural world." You could go through hundreds of them, they are all trained to know what drugs work best, too bad it's by pharmaceutical companies. So what; the average PHD went to school for 8-10 years and studied a vast general amount of knowledge. Yes they know a lot of interesting things, but they can't claim to know everything. Most if not all medical doctors are trained to think in a certain direction, their arrow always points N, no other direction matters. This is what is fundamentally wrong with the current state of affairs in the medical profession. Their way is the only way and its 100% correct, how dare you know anything about your own body. Now it's becoming competition for your money, and a lot of drug manufactures are seeing people try different things, which as he pointed out, is not always anything more than "claims" and smoke and mirrors. Which isn't any different than western health care at the moment. Bottom line is trust yourself, trust your instinct. Which according to westren philosophy doesn't exist. I have watched two people die because doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong. One had a lung infection, which they didn't treat soon enough because, "they weren't sure". The other died of bleeding ulcers. Good thing she was on PPI's huh. The doctors sewed her up only to discover they didn't do it correctly. I was sent for an MRI for a pinched nerve in my shoulder, apparently it was just low blood pressure that was making my arms tingle, not a pinched nerve.
There are other treatments out there, D. Norm's is one of them. I take what I've learned over the past 10 years in this one area, ONE area, that I am earnest and serious about, and tell people. I feel I have a moral obligation to do so. Not everyone who believes in alternative methods is a crack pot. Given, a lot are. Sure, things like x-rays, MRI's, asprain, Benedryl, stitches, casts, birth control, etc. are great. But look what happened to vioxx, and dozen of other medications. Saying that there is only one way of looking at things is like saying, "everybody else has slaves, so should I." or, "everone else thinks women aren't smart enough to vote, I guess I should too." Being steeped in dogma, and trained to think one way is like being a private in the military, run forest, run.
It is irrefutable,
1. PPI's help.
2. They are a band-aid, not a cure.
3. NO ONE, knows what the long term effects are. They've only been out for 10-15 years. Even if it was 20 thats not enough for me.
Did you know? Doctors get "incentives" from HMO's and pharmacutical companies. Gifts bonuses, etc.
What do I get? Nothing. Only hope, for you, for me, for others in pain. And a little more knowledge about natural solutions to natural problems, than your doctor. Why? Because he or she doesn't care, and doesn't want to know. To them it's all myth any way.
Really, learn a lot, learn, learn, learn. Then try a few things. If it doesn't work, then go back on PPI's. I'd give you the shirt off my back. At the very least a few things you could try to make you feel better.
We're all here to learn. Not to say there's only one way, my way. That's riddculous. If somethings not working, don't take more of it, the logic behind that is insane.
Remember you may not have enough acid. That's why people say lemon juice or vinagar helps sometimes.
I'm still learning, because I don't know everything.