As clinicians, we always strive to give our patients the right tools to succeed in their personal health and wellness goals. To that end, a focus on gastrointestinal health is a key component of any comprehensive treatment plan. As Hippocrates said 2400 years ago, “All disease begins in the gut.” We know that addressing gut health is critical for our patients’ overall health and well-being.
Many people are currently relying on prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications to manage GI symptoms such as heartburn. In fact, it is estimated that 113 million proton pump inhibitor prescriptions are sold each year. While symptoms may improve with these treatments, the use of certain medications can also lead to undesirable, sometimes even fatal, side effects.