Have Acid Reflux? Heartburn medications have a serious downside. They may sharply increase the risk of pneumonia. For some, this risk might be acceptable in order to get some much- needed relief from chronic heartburn or acid reflux. The sad truth, however, is that this tradeoff is not a good one simply because heartburn and acid reflux drugs often worsen the very problem they're designed to relieve. Acid is not the problem! YOUR FOOD COMBINATIONS can be part of the problem, so learn to FOOD COMBINE. Simple rules, right there, CLICK on that URL. Rules like never eat protein with sugars or starches. Eat them with greens. But May we also share a newage, natural therapy used to successfully treat many cases of heartburn, acid reflux and indigestion. This treatment as ridiculously simple and cheap. So far so good! The cure will stop more than 2/3 of all heartburn and reflux cases, though Doc who gave it to us notes that the most difficult situations (such as overt ulcers and other serious gastro intestinal illnesses) will require a more aggressive approach. For the remaining 66+ percent of cases, a treatment consisting primarily of acidophilus and digestive enzymes will do the trick. In  Dr. Spreen's words: "Acidophilus supplements (powder form, the liquid tastes awful) protect the esophagus without killing acid (while killing the pain almost immediately). The hassle is, you have to keep it handy and take it often if you don't solve the whole problem, which involves tightening the GastroEsophigal sphincter. That can be done using the English herbs (Potter's Acidosis) or by improving the environment of the stomach, which then tightens the junction on its own but requires a bit more effort.

"When the stomach is low on acid it tends to also be low on digestive enzymes. Believe it or not, the solution (along with acidophilus protection) is to add acid and digestive enzymes at the same time. Remember, it isn't acid that's the problem (you need it desperately for digestion); it's acid reaching the esophagus.  "Proper digestion allows for higher concentration of acid while tightening the GE junction and protecting the esophagus. I do that
using Super Enzymes by TwinLab, two capsules at mid-meal. I hate to push just one company, but it's one of the few enzymes that includes betaine hydrochloride, a plant-based form of acid like what's in the stomach (you hope) - plus it's available everywhere. I'm sure there are others.

"A trick with acidophilus capsules is that, with reflux, you must
open the capsule and let the saliva carry it down the throat to the
stomach. Dose is no problem, as the supplement represents a
sample of the billions of 'good guy' bacteria that you want in the GI
(gastrointestinal) tract (and in which most people are woefully

Acidophilus is available at most supplement stores and through
many Internet sources. And according to Dr. Spreen, refrigerated
varieties in capsules or powder form are best. He writes: "They
should be measured in billions (with a 'B') of cfu (colony-forming
units). You take 1/4-1/2 teaspoonful (or equivalent capsules by
opening them) right before meals and bedtime, plus anytime that
you experience the burning. It's best to just let the saliva take the
substance down the throat, but a few sips of water are okay.

"It's possible to be sensitive to high doses of acidophilus, but
uncommon, and even less so if there's a chance of levels being low
(as in reflux problems). If that occurs you just stop or lower the
dose temporarily and then see how much you can build back up

We first told you about Potter's Acidosis in an HSI Members Alert
about two years ago. This unique herbal formulation consists of
three natural ingredients:

* Meadowsweet is a flower, used for centuries as an astringent and
an antacid, and is a proven anti-inflammatory.
* Medicinal vegetable charcoal works to absorb toxic matter in the
stomach and neutralize excess acid.
* Rhubarb is also a known astringent and digestive aid.

Together, these botanicals make Potter's Acidosis a powerful
natural remedy for indigestion, acid reflux, and other types of
stomach problems.

Potter's Acidosis is made by Potter's Herbal Medicines, a British
company. You can call Potter's directly at this number: 011-44-
1942-405100. Or you can order Potter's Acidosis online from
either of these web sites:, or

At this time, the only sources for Potter's Acidosis are in the
United Kingdom, so note that the prices are listed in UK pounds.