Salt as a natural cure?
I've been taking Losec (proton pump inhibitor) for just over 10 years, due to a damaged oesophigal sphincter caused by rapid weight gain/loss about 11 years ago. I'm a healthy weight and am pretty active for my age (30) through jogging. I smoke and drink a little which I know is bad, but bear with me.
Losec works really well for me, I never suffer from heartburn provided I take my tablets regularly and at the right time (once a day, in the morning preferably before breakfast).
Yesterday I went to an alternative therapies type convention. When I mentioned to one of the people with a display about my taking losec, he told me that this is a terrible drug and that I need to be off it immediatly. He claimed I will suffer side effects for the rest of my life and need to get off it now.
I told him that I have had a gastroscopy (I think thats it, the one with the camera down the throat) back when I was first diagnosed, and that every doctor I have seen since has told me that there are no problems with Losec. He said that this is rubbish and that doctors are paid by pharm. companies etc - the usual sort of thing.
He said that I can fix it by taking two teaspoons of salt in warm water each day, as it is generally caused by a lack of salt in the body.
Normally I wouldnt believe this sort of thing, but he was so passionate about it and seemed very switched on that I thought I should investigate it a little further.
Has anyone heard of this before, or any other natural remedies?