Caution: This post is going to contain some graphic content. You may or may not want to continue reading. I mean it’s not gross and graphic like the HORRIBLY AWFUL movie that we watched on Netflix the other night that literally gave me nightmares for 2 nights, leaving me in a very bad mood and feeling as if I had done something wrong and needing to visit a Priest for confession and I’m not even Catholic. Yes, It WAS that BAD! It was like a really bad car accident where you hate everything about it but you can’t stop looking at it. I’m not going to share the name of the movie because just in case Nicole Kidman, Mathew McConaughey or John Cusack are reading my blog, I would hate to offend them, uh because “it’s their job” and / or because “it’s art” Bullshit! Everybody has choices and they chose to make that trash, even for their kids to possibly see some day, which is beyond messed up. It’s just my little opinion which means nothing and actually has nothing to do with medicinal supplements or new eating habits. Sorry, moving on now….
This is the situation. Right now at this very moment I have a 5 alarm fire burning in my chest with the occasional reflux of sour disgusting mucus surging up into my throat, causing coughing and sometimes my throat to close up. It’s as if I have a cauldron of billion degree lava in my stomach and chest just waiting to blow like a volcano. Now, before I continue I should tell you that I went to the doctor about this very thing and I was going to be scheduled for an upper GI scope with another doctor, but as it turns out the “specialist” can’t see me for about 6 months. Fine…. whatever….
I have been taking Ompralzone for about 25 years now. Along with the reflux and heartburn there are also other digestive issues I deal with that really are T.M.I to talk about. Look , I am not a doctor and I do not play one on tv. But since I can’t get an appointment for almost 6 months to see a specialist, I figure that gives me a little time to try other alternatives to hopefully give me some relief from all this discomfort.
I went to my local health food store and met a very pleasant gentleman who seemed to be very knowledgeable in his business. (I actually think the store is his business) He was very intuitive and honestly took the time to listen to my story and what I was hoping to accomplish. We discussed the process of weaning off of the Ompralzone while healing my digestive system as it begins to start working again in producing the natural acids it’s supposed to. Yes, I have discussed with my doctor the desire to stop taking ompralzone and his response was “if it isn’t broke, why fix it” That’s fine and good except that my body has become used to the 40mg I’m currently taking and seems to be wanting more. I don’t want to do that. So, this is what I’m going to do…
- Stay away from carbohydrates and sugars (except the naturals such as fruits and veggies)
- Eat (homemade from raw milk) yogurt daily for the probiotic
- Stay away from caffeine (decaffeinated tea only – I am not a coffee drinker)
- 1 tsp of extra virgin organic coconut oil mixed in my hot tea every morning (it sounds weird, but it really is good)
- 1 chewable tablet of Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice before every meal
- 2 tablets of Superzymes after each meal
- 1 tablet of coconut & aloe daily supplement in the morning and before bed
- 2 ounces twice daily of aloe vera juice
- 1 turmeric gel tab daily
- 1 tablespoon organic AC vinegar daily
- Slowly wean myself off of the Ompralzone over the next 90 days.
My second trip to the health food store I picked up a few more things and returned the turmeric gel tabs because I can add ground turmeric to the L-Glutamine in a glass of aloe juice each morning, which cost a lot less than the turmeric gel tabs. I also picked up a second aloe juice and the DGL Ultra to keep at work. The Slippery Elm I’ll carry in my purse to use as needed for acid heartburn flair ups. The L-Glutamine will help heal my digestive system, which after 25 years of abuse I’m sure needs it.
Some habits I need to change are:
- Chew my food well
- Don’t eat fast, slow down
- Stop eating before I’m full, eat smaller portions
- Don’t eat or drink anything 2 hours before bed.
- No white wine… so sad, so very very sad.
Can you tell I’m anxious / nervous about this? This process of weaning off of Ompralzone is going to need to be a long patient process, and I am not a patient person at all. But if I don’t take my time with it, it could cause me even more discomfort and damage to my digestive system.
Keep in mind, I am doing this for personal reasons, and I did check with my doctor. I’ve also been tested for specific food allergies, and I have none. I’ve just not treated my body very well in the past 25 years with the not eating well, smoking and wine and now my body is paying for it. I’m doing this in an effort to get away from the proton pump inhibitors such as Ompralzone (generic for Prilosec). Look them up, you’ll see why I want to get away from them, it’s not good! But more importantly I want to start treating my body better. I am certainly not suggesting this for anyone else. But if this interest you and sounds like something you may want to do also, certainly talk to your doctor before you try any of these things because I am not an expert.
If you have any suggestions for me I’d love to hear them too.
Till Next Time