Dr. David Minkoff’s Health Blog

GERD, Leaky Gut & H. Pylori: Optimum Health Report #361

GERD, Leaky Gut & Helicobacter Pylori: causes, symptoms and treatment

Dear Readers,

Greetings all!

Did you know that if you have a resistant H Pylori infection, a low nickel diet can improve the treatment success by 50%? We never use antibiotics for H Pylori because our outcomes are nearly perfect with nutrition supplements alone. From now on, I am going to suggest that patients do it for the 6 weeks that they are on the nutritional program.

Have a great week.

Dr. David I Minkoff, MD

A woman's abdomen suffering from Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is often caused by a spiral shaped bacterium called Helicobacter Pylori (H Pylori).  H Pylori uses its whip-like tail to burrow into the stomach or intestinal walls, causing extreme discomfort.

Acid reflux and heartburn are common digestive conditions that many people experience.  However, when symptoms occur on a weekly basis you may be diagnosed with GERD.  Most people try to manage the discomfort of GERD with over-the-counter medications.

In addition to H Pylori, GERD is caused by frequent acid reflux – the backup of stomach acid or bile into the esophagus.  During the act of swallowing, the lower esophageal sphincter – a circular band of muscle around the bottom part of the esophagus – relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into the stomach.  Then it closes again.  However, if this valve relaxes abnormally or weakens, stomach acid can flow back up into your esophagus, causing frequent heartburn.

Click here to learn more about GERD.

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Dr. Springer Discusses Leaky Gut & Food Allergies

Click on the video to hear Dr. Springer’s talk.

Prolozone is the treatment we recommend for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.