Acid Reflux & GERD

You don't have to live with Acid Reflux or GERD. We can fix it naturally. Before you try surgeries or decide to live on over the counter medications or have to jump through hoops with your sleeping and eating, you owe it to yourself to explore what alternative medicine has to offer to permanently resolve your condition!

Acid Reflux / GERD occurs when the contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus, resulting in a variety of symptoms such as heartburn, reflux and even chest pains.

In a healthy person, the valve between the esophagus and the stomach closes when there is enough acid in the stomach and can remain open when there is not. This creates heartburn, which is widely considered the first symptom of acid reflux or gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). It can result in a constant chest burning or warming sensation.

As people age, or when they are on medication this can also reduce the amount of stomach acid and you can get acid reflux symptoms. Additionally, there can be an infection in the stomach which can also cause these symptoms.

Acid reflux symptoms are not uncommon. Over 60% of the US population have grown accustomed to experiencing a reflux related symptom over the last 12 months. Even so, this is not a normal or ideal healthy condition. When it happens regularly over a period of 2 to 3 times in a week with no visible relief, then you likely have acid reflux or GERD.

It is not uncommon for patients seeing a conventional doctor to simply be prescribed an over the counter antacid, acid blocker or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These class of drugs work against the symptom but often leave the underlying cause left untreated.

Making matters worse is the fact that these class of drugs were never intended for long term use according to the drug manufacturers and can lead to negative side effects such as increasing the risk of spinal, forearm/wrist, and even hip fracture in chronic users. Also without adequate acid, your body will not digest adequately and this can lead to malabsorption and nutritional deficiencies. A lack of adequate acid can also increase the risks of food poisoning and infections. Compounding matters is that with the symptoms suppressed by the drugs, you are less likely to be aware of the damage that is still occurring as the acid continues to do damage to the esophagus, which can lead to conditions such as Barrett's Syndrome and esophageal cancer.

Conventional Treatment for GERD & Acid Reflux

Most conventional doctors will treat acid reflux by attempting to suppress symptoms. Over the counter medications are a very temporary fix at best and if you read the medication's package you will see warnings not to use the medicine beyond a few weeks, due to severe long term complications they create in the body. What you really need is a permanent solution which addresses the cause of the reflux at its source. Let's face the facts, you don't have a Nexium deficiency! There's some other problem.  

Get Acid Reflux Help!

Acid Reflex varies in severity from a minor annoyance to a very uncomfortable condition with symptoms including reflux, burning sensations & chest pains. 

60% of adults experience some type of reflux disease in a given year & approximately 7 million people have some symptoms of GERD.

Acid reflux is unnatural and you don’t need to suffer with it. Suppressing symptoms with antacids often makes the condition & your health worse.

Since 1998, we have treated the root cause of acid reflux disease, allowing patients to eliminate symptoms and improve their health naturally. Contact us today to rid yourself of acid reflux.

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Natural Acid Reflux & GERD Treatment

At LifeWorks Wellness Center, once we have a confirmed diagnosis, a natural GERD treatment program will be devised for the patient. This will be tailored specifically to each individual. We will perform a variety of diagnostics to determine the underlying cause of your GERD. Everyone is different. You may have an H Pylori infection, or gut dysbiosis, undetected food sensitivies or food allergies, imbalance in the gut biome, overgrowth of yeasts or imabalance of gut bacteria, or even a mechanical issue such as a hiatal hernia. Once the root issues are determined, we will proceed to treat the actual cause(s) of the issue.

We commonly find that GERD/Reflux is a multifactorial condition, meaning that the cause is often not 1 thing but multiple things. These combining issues set off a “chain reaction” throughout the body, leading to chronic acid reflux and GERD. Each underlying cause has to be treated to get a permanent resolution.

Our treatments are natural and non-invasive. Often times we find the gut to be in poor health, we may find bacterial overgrowths, mold, poor intestinal motility, leaky gut, and other gut issues which create back pressure on the LES valve, leading to reflux. Once we identify the problem, the fix is relatively stratightforward. 


My doctor at LifeWorks Wellness Center worked to identify the imbalances that I had in my body in a way that was totally new and different from anything I had seen before. I had never had any prior exposure to energy medicine or Applied Kinesiology but was totally fascinated. I started on the supplements that he recommended and also started allergy elimination treatments. Within weeks, I was already feeling improved. My allergic reactions were becoming less and less. After 3 months, I started weaning off my prescription drugs and had so much energy and stamina. Within 6 months I could not remember the last time I had an asthma attack and my food allergies were almost eliminated. My nerves were calmer and I had no more panic attacks. My digestive enzymes were normalized and I did not suffer from acid reflux after meals. I did not need any asthma drugs or any other prescription drugs. Personally coming to LifeWorks has been a complete blessing in my life. My health is finally not a problem for me any more. I can enjoy my life and eat without the worry of an allergic reaction or aspirating. According to my husband, “LifeWorks saved my life”. S.R.



 My journey began 7 years ago.  I was experiencing severe hair loss, hormone fluctuations, slow thyroid, neuropathy, acid reflux, severe digestive issues, low vitamin levels and extreme fatigue, the list went on and on. After about 30 doctors and probably over $30,000 in doctor bills and supplements, only 1 doctor discovered that I had a bio-toxin illness brought on from breathing black mold.  The problem was he didn’t have enough experience to treat me. Thank God for Google!  That’s how I found you and it was a leap of faith coming to you, but I am so glad I did. I think you are an amazing doctor.  You’re much more knowledgeable about the human body as a whole than any doctor I have met.  You are also truthful in what you consider your areas of expertise. You’re also willing to listen and work with a patient on things they may find difficult.  Most doctors nowadays just write pills based on bloodwork. They cover up the symptoms, not cure the patient. A special thanks to: Lisa who’s very loving and really looks after you in the IV room. The 2 Angels, they have names that suit them! Amelia such a sweetheart and Mary Pat always with a good story. Leslie keeps you busy and laughing in the HOCATT room. And everyone else, a truly wonderful group. Sincerely, Deb G.  

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Clearwater & Tampa’s Best GERD Doctor

Lifeworks Wellness Center is long recognized as one of the foremost natural health clinics in the US. While GERD and Acid Reflux is super annoying, it's not extremely difficult to resolve. We have been using an alternative approach to effectively treat GERD for almost two decades. Our patients get off the PPI's and the relentless discomfort caused by acid indigestion and over time can sleep easier and enjoy the foods they once enjoyed.

Our clinic is world reknown and with patients flying in from all over the world for treatment for a variety of difficult chronic conditions, because they simply can’t find natural treatment & solutions where they live.

We have helped many patients with GERD and we would love to help you, too. 

Solve Your Acid Reflux Today

If you are having chronic problems with acid reflux, it's time to put an end to it. We can treat your acid reflux in a natural, healthy way so that your digestive system may be restored to a normal healthy function and you can say goodbye to chronic GERD and acid reflux.

To become a patient, or for more information, feel free to call our New Patient Coordinator at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online web form with your request.


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Dr. David Minkoff, M.D.
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In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established Lifeworks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.

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