Stomach problems are so common and they really can destroy your life if left untreated. About a year ago I developed a serious stomach condition and I want to share with you all the mistakes I made and how I finally got better. This is my own, personal story.
So acid reflux, GERD, sour stomach, silent reflux… there are many names, but they all involve the stomach. About a year ago I injured my stomach, and I think it was from an experiment I was doing with high dose Turmeric powder. Yes, I do tests on myself, and sometimes it just does not work out so good for me. Well, this was one of those times, I was taking like 10 grams of Turmeric a day and combining it with a high acidic diet of red meat when one day on my way home from the clinic I had such a pain in my chest that I had to pull off the road. Of course, I immediately thought I was having a heart attack, damn carnivore diet! And so I crawled into the local urgent care center and did an EKG, which was fine. The next day I drove down to see a friend of mine Dr. Allan Tantumbam, who is an excellent internal medicine specialist and he listens to me and says, “Steve you have acid reflux”, Of course, I thought what not me no way, that’s for people who drink beer and eat hot wings… nope. So, as I do for all my patients I developed a plan to take care of this, except this time I was the patient. Dr. T, as good as he is, just wrote me an Rx for Omeprazole and said take a double dose, it should go away in a month or so. And immediately after I took about 40mg of Omeprazole, I noticed the pain disappeared completely. But after a week or so I started getting some horrible side effects from this drug, including anxiety and I decided to stop. When I did, I got the pain back again but this time twice as bad and I later learned this was called rebound and it is common in people who come off these drugs. So I am back where I started, and I began researching and realized I needed a better approach. Here’s what I did;
I ordered an H Pylori breath test. This is a bacteria that looks like a corkscrew, and it burrows itself into your stomach lining (corkscrews), and it excretes ammonia which is alkaline and neutralizes the stomach acid to protect itself from the acidity, and from there it usually creates stomach ulcers, and eventually it can lead to nasty things like stomach cancer. If you have this bug, you must first kill it with antibiotics, or specific herbal therapies, like Garlic, or Wormwood. Luckily I never tested positive for H.Pylori.
Next, we need to heal the stomach. At this initial stage, we do not want to introduce more acid, Apple cider vinegar is a big no-no at this stage, in fact IMO you never want to drink ACV, it is horrible stuff and can burn your throat and make you very sick. Instead, we want to soothe the stomach until it heals. For this you want to adopt a low acid diet, the one I used was from Dr. Jamie Kaufmann, MD. This means alkaline foods and no coffee, soda or alcohol. In my own case, I ate a lot of bananas, boiled chicken breast, potatoes, and rice. All plain. Oatmeal also was a staple. I took Hipep from Mediherb. These pills contain Deglycyrrhizinized Licorice root 12:1 extract from Glycyrrhiza glabra root 3.42 g, 285 mg per tablet, Chamomile flower 6:1 extract from Matricaria recutita flower 600 mg, 100 mg per pill, and Meadowsweet herb 5:1 extract from Filipendula ulmaria herb 500 mg, 100 mg per tablet. I took 2 of these after every meal, and it helped so much. I also took Chlorophyll Complex from Standard Process, which is a tremendous general product for any type of healing. I took around 9 of these a day in between meals on an empty stomach. Now in my case, I did find Pepcid really helped. Pepcid is different from omeprazole because it is not a pump inhibitor; instead, it still allows your body to produce acid, but it just reduces the output. I took 1 in the morning and one before dinner 20 mg each time and it really helped during this stage. You may not need the Pepcid, but in my case, I did and was glad it was available.
After about 2 months of this routine, I was feeling 60% better but not eating much, and I had lost weight. Honestly, I was pretty miserable and went through some intense headaches from caffeine withdrawal at this time. White Willow Bark really helped with this. So now I had this stomach that was healed up nice but not used to making enough acid, so I started digestive enzyme support, I used Zypan, which has hydrochloric acid (HCL) but also contains pancreatic enzymes. This makes for a much better choice than Apple Cider Vinegar. I would take 1-2 of these with each meal. After about a month, all my remaining stomach pain went away. If you are a vegetarian, you can use a substitute product for the Zypan called Enzycore, which only contains plant enzymes, and it will still produce results for you.
So at this stage, I backed off the digestive enzymes, only using them when I would eat a very acidic meal, say a ribeye steak or something like that and honestly I never went back to alcohol or coffee, and my stomach has been doing very well. I read that celery was really good for getting your stomach to make its own acid and so I tried juicing celery but to get the recommended dosage of 16 oz I need 2 bundles and they cost like 4 each, so I was not going to do that every day. Instead, I started taking a Celery Seed from Mediherb, 5ml a day and this is much cheaper and much easier for me to do. I stopped all digestive enzymes and just did the celery seed for another month and then I stopped that as well. Everything seemed back to normal, and now I don’t take anything for my stomach, but man the whole process took several months and during that time I had a few setbacks.
1. H. Pylori Breath Test
2. Dropping Acid Diet Book, Dr.Jamie Kaufman, www.voiceinstituteofnewyork.com/articles-and-publications/
3. HiPep Mediherb
4. Chlorophyll Complex Standard Process
5. Zypan Standard Process
6. Enzycore Standard Process
7. Celery Seed Mediherb
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Toxins attach to our cell membranes and block the channels that allow nutrition to flow into the cell as well as waste products to be removed. In some cases these toxins can also pass through the channels and enter the cell, destroying the mitochondria and essentially killing the cell. This is a standard mechanism for the development of many types of cancers.
Fortunately, our bodies have an innate system to remove toxins called the detoxification pathway. It is a complex operation that involves making the dangerous chemicals able to be excreted out of the body through our sweat, urine, and bowels. Exercise helps this process as does a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables. PEMF therapy assists in the removal of toxins, especially the heavy metals like those found in pesticides and herbicides, by literally shaking the cellular membranes and knocking the toxins off the channels. This releases the toxins into the bloodstream where they can be removed by the detoxification pathways. This seems like an ideal relationship, between PEMF and the removal of toxins, but there is a problem. Many sick people do not have well functioning detoxification pathways, in fact, I would say that just about everyone who I see in my clinic is compromised. For example, if you have arthritis, any amount of arthritis, your body's ability to detoxify is not working at an optimal level. In these patients, they experience side effects after they treat with PEMF because all the toxins are released from the cell into the bloodstream and they are not able to remove these dangers chemicals. What's even worse is that these toxins can efficiently redistribute into other previously toxin free cells. Typical side effects I have seen include elevated heart rate, rapid breathing, headaches, nausea, air hunger, anxiety, brain fog, disorientation, and internal tremors.
To prevent and lessen the side effects of detoxification there are several essential steps that a patient must take when they are treating with PEMF therapy.
1. Stay hydrated, with at least 64 oz of water a day. In most cases, you should include a small amount of sugar and salt in that hydration process.
2. Ingest a binder before starting your PEMF session. Binders are products that will attach to the toxins and allow them not to be redistributed into your system once they are cleared out of the cell. There are many useful binders available including Activated Charcoal, Detox Clay and Chlorella Tablets (broken cell wall).
3. Support your liver, kidneys, and bowels, these are your primary detoxification pathways. I have discussed ways to support these organs in other posts, but the key is healthy food choices. If you are constipated, you will not clear the toxins out of the system, and so in some cases, I will even recommend enemas.
4. Minerals. One of the side effects of toxin removal and heavy metal chelation is minerals get depleted. You want to make sure you are supplementing with good mineral support. I believe the most common mineral I see getting removed is Zinc, so make sure you are at least getting zinc replacement.
In my clinic I make all this easy, I will start patients engaged in PEMF therapy on SP Balance Detox Support Shakes (CLICK) I will have them do these shakes for the 10 days to open the detoxification pathways. In severe cases, we may do 28-day support, but that is usually not necessary. Also, I will recommend Chlorophyll Complex (CLICK) and Catalyn (CLICK) to help with binding and mineral support.
I believe PEMF is the future of medicine and holds the unlimited potential to help heal any illness. However, we must remember that with such a powerful tool there also exists the possibilities for injury for the inexperienced. I operate 2 XL PRO Pulse Machines seeing about 30 patients per day 5 days a week, and in the majority of cases when a person does not respond favorably, it is because their detoxification pathways are not strong enough. You can test these pathways in a variety of tests, but the one I use most is the urinary porphyrins. In 100% of cases, this test shows a significant increase in pathway activation. My personal research seems to suggest a significant improvement after about 10 hours with normalization somewhere after 30-40 hours of PEMF therapy. So PEMF is a long term commitment for the patient and must never be promoted as just a simple, harmless, passive modality. PEMF is the most dramatic treatment I have experienced in 18 years of practice, and both patients and doctors need to be educated in the safest most effective use of its technology to produce the most exceptional results.
The most complete blood test available is the Doctors Ultimate Wellness Panel (384532). This is available locally from Labcorp and it includes everything except hormones. I recommend that if horns are needed, they are done in a separate test. The Doctors Ultimate Wellness Panel contain all the standard tests plus it does a complete autoimmune panel. The cost of the test is currently $265.00 plus there is a $7.00 draw fee, this is the clinics cost for the test. You will pay exactly what we are charged except that you will also be responsible for the cost of a regular offie visit $75.00 to obtain and review all your results with Dr. Stokes. The list price of this test with insurance companies is over $1000.00.
Fasting / Avoid Exercise
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP 14); Lipid Panel with LDL/HDL Ratio; Iron, Serum with Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC), Percent Iron Saturation, Unsaturated Iron Binding Capacity (UIBC);Ferritin; LDH; GGT; Magnesium, Serum; Phosphorus, Serum; Uric Acid, Serum; Creatine Kinase, Total; Thyroid Panel with TSH; C-Reactive Protein (CRP), High Sensitivity; Cortisol; IgA, Total, Quantitative; IgE, Total, Quantitative; IgG, Total, Quantitative; IgM, Total, Quantitative; Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA), IFA with FANA Pattern; Glucose 6PD, Quantitative, Blood and RBC; Insulin; Fibrinogen Activity; Vitamin D 25, OH; Homocysteine, Plasma; Homoglobin A1c;Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Differential and Platelet Count; Beta-2 Microglobulin, Serum;Beta-2 Microglobulin, Urine; Urinalysis routine.
If you are interested in getting this blood test, privately, independently from your insurance company, just contact our clinic and we will make the arrangements. In the sample report above the patient tested positive for an autoimmune disease they never knew was causing them problems, plus they had a vitamin d deficiency. Our office number is (239) 275-7575
Stephen Stokes is a working physician in Fort Myers, Florida who owns and operates Advanced Pain Solutions. He has been in practice since 2001. Visit and subscribe to his you tube channel by clicking (HERE).