In your practice you’ll likely encounter clients who are taking prescription medications. We see it all the time.
And while it’s not within the scope of our practice at the Functional Nutrition Alliance to advise people whether or not they should be taking pharmaceuticals, we do like to explain cause and effect.
Nothing that goes into the body goes without consequences – good, bad or both.
In the Functional Nutrition Lab trainings we talk extensively about the consequences of both functional and impaired digestion.
We look at ‘what’s going on in there’ that can lead to a host of symptoms seemingly unrelated to the gut – things like depression, psoriasis, joint pain, fatigue, Hashimoto’s and more.
Each year, I see that one of the biggest revelations for practitioners in the Digestive Intensive and Full Body Systems is the discovery of the importance of the role of THE STOMACH in both digestion and overall health.
The chemistry of the secretions, the mucous lining and the wicked strong muscles all have an important job in relationship to the food we eat.
There’s powerful stuff happening in there!
So what’s the cause and effect of taking a drug that affects the stomach?
Prilosec is a PPI (proton pump inhibitor). It’s used to decrease the production of stomach acid to help prevent heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
Prilosec isn’t the only one.
There are a good number of PPIs including Prevacid, Nexium and at least 40 other brand name pharmaceuticals that are among the third highest-selling class of drugs in the U.S..
It’s highly likely you’ll encounter a client or patient on a PPI in your practice.
By taking a PPI we miss the opportunity to uncover what’s going on in there.
What’s the cause?
These are the questions I encourage you to be asking behind the scenes.
Do you need to know the pathophysiology of every drug? No way! (Unless pharmacology is your passion.)
But when your client’s success (and therefore yours), is being compromised by something other than their morning latte and doughnut, you might want to take note.
Let’s look at the simple pathophysiology of a PPI.
THE PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF A PROTON PUMP INHIBITOR
Proton pump inhibitors suppress gastric acid secretion by inhibiting the hydrogen potassium ATP-ase enzyme system at the secretory surface of the gastric parietal cells.
Here’s the breakdown…
Cut-to-the-chase: There are constituents within the sheath of your stomach that are meant to help you break down your food.
What are the consequences of inhibiting an essential digestive function?
What’s the effect?
Now, like I said, it’s not our job to take our clients off their meds. It IS our job to help them understand how to welcome and initiate better health.
That’s why they seek our help!
Our ability to connect the dots and support their transformation is in our hands.
Are you ready to understand what’s going on in there so you can help more people and touch more lives?
If you’re ready, then I’m here to help you help them.
Step 1: Start to incorporate the principles of cause and effect in your thinking today!
Functional nutritionist and educator Andrea Nakayama (FNLP, MSN, CNC, CNE, CHHC) is leading patients and practitioners around the world in a revolution to reclaim ownership over our own health. Her passion for food as personalized medicine was born from the loss of her young husband to a brain tumor in 2002. She’s now regularly consulted as the nutrition expert for the toughest clinical cases in the practices of many world-renowned doctors, and trains a thousand practitioners online each year in her methodologies at Functional Nutrition Lab. Learn more about Andrea here.