What Do GERD and Osteoporosis have in Common?

  Alice was the receptionist at the senior centre where I volunteered weekly. She had an engaging sense of humour and a young fresh attitude toward life, though her 70 year old body was stooped with a pretty prominent dowager hump. Her head was positioned forward and downward so it was difficult for her to look up. In the afternoons her grandchildren would show up at the centre so she could watch them after school while she worked. Her duties at the centre also included mopping the floor which was painful on her neck.   Alice was not a complainer by any means but since she had been put on Fosomax for osteoporosis “prevention” she had begun suffering from stomach pains which was wearing down her energy and causing too many sick days. She became worried about her job and her future security and that’s when she showed up in my office. Maybe there was something she could do about her diet. It seemed like she was becoming intolerant to more and more foods and losing her appetite.   Alice had a long history of indigestion, gas and reflux which she had handled over the years with antacids. Taking antacids for many years for GERD or indigestion is a fast track to osteoporosis. The reduced stomach acid will prevent your body from digesting and utilizing the very nutrition your skeleton needs to stay strong.   Most people with GERD and heartburn are actually suffering from INsufficient stomach acid. Instead of taking acid soppers and stoppers, they need supplemental digestive acid and enzymes. When treating the symptom and not the cause...