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Heartburn and Ulcers

A 25 year-old engineer was afflicted with terrible heartburn almost daily. For years, his pockets were filled with Rolaids. He even joked that he should buy shares in the company! One day, he reluctantly went to a chiropractor – on his wife’s recommendation – for a very stiff neck. His neck felt quite a bit better after the adjustment, but the big surprise came when he realized, a few adjustments later, his heartburn was totally gone! He had had the problem for years, had consulted numerous physicians and specialists and had been subjected to a whole array of very unpleasant tests (some of which you too might have experienced), all to no avail, with no answer or solution. And now, the heartburn was all gone!

He asked the chiropractor who was treating him how this was possible, and he responded that some of the nerves going to his stomach were not working properly, because they were “pinched” by bones out of place in his back. The patient was not sure what to think, but it’s hard to argue with success!

The chiropractor was not one from this office… but the patient was. This is the story of yours truly, Dr. Pierre. I was so impressed at how chiropractic changed my own life that I quit engineering to go back to school and become a chiropractor myself. It was a hard decision to make, but one that I have never regretted. Everyday, I see the wonders chiropractic can do in the lives of my patients, and I thought my story would make a great introduction to this week’s article: heartburn and ulcers.

Some interesting research on the subject was published in 1994 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Eleven adults with ulcer disease that was endoscopically confirmed (which means they actually inserted a camera in the digestive system to confirm the presence of an ulcer) were given a series of chiropractic adjustments and the results were compared to a control group of patients given traditional medical treatment. The results were spectacular: The chiropractic patients experienced pain relief in an average of 3.8 days, and clinical remission (confirmed endoscopically) an average of 10 days earlier than the control group!

This is consistent with the results that we see in our clinic with heartburn patients. The vast majority experiences relief quickly, and permanently in many cases.

So we hope that if you or someone you know experiences heartburn or has ulcers, you will give chiropractic a try – but sell the Rolaids shares first!

Patient Stories

Susanna Waldner

Susanna came to our office complaining of constant daily headaches, heartburn and numbness in her arms but the most unusual of her complaints was that she had completely lost her sense of smell (even to a dirty diaper!) After...

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Miriam Quiroga

Miriam Quiroga consulted our clinic in July 2006 for back and leg pain, headaches, dizziness, low energy, anxiety and panic attacks, heartburn, difficulty breathing and irritable bowel syndrome. On chiropractic examination, it was clear that...

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Patient Stories

Susanna Waldner

Susanna came to our office complaining of constant daily headaches, heartburn and numbness in her arms but the most unusual of her complaints was that she had completely lost her sense of smell (even to a dirty diaper!) After three cranial adjustments her sense of smell started coming back, as did her taste. Now her sense of smell and taste are completely restored; in fact her sense of smell may even be a little over sensitive to some odors (yes, some things may be better left un-smelled!) Her headaches are rare now, a “surprise” she calls it if she gets one and it usually only happens if she is really tense or tight. We thank Susanna and her colony for their support in driving 2 hours each direction for her care. We are a little sorry that Susanna now will have to endure some of life’s less than pleasant smells but we are thrilled that her health has improved so much!

Miriam Quiroga

Miriam Quiroga consulted our clinic in July 2006 for back and leg pain, headaches, dizziness, low energy, anxiety and panic attacks, heartburn, difficulty breathing and irritable bowel syndrome. On chiropractic examination, it was clear that Miriam`s nervous system was subject to severe interference from multiple spinal subluxations. Of special interest was the fact that Miriam had been trying to get pregnant for years but could not. After a few short months of chiropractic care, she announced to us that she was not only pregnant with one child but two! Miriam was adjusted regularly during her pregnancy and Scarlett and Xander, two beautiful healthy babies, were born (naturally!- rare for twins) on July 22, 2007. They were checked and adjusted as soon as they came out of the hospital. Miriam couldn`t believe how calm they were and how well they slept after being adjusted. It`s amazing what will happen when the nervous system starts working properly. Additionally, all the other symptoms Miriam complained about at her initial visit disappeared or greatly improved. Thank you Miriam for your trust and confidence!