Acid-suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors or PPIs are considered so safe that they can now be purchased over the counter as Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec. House brands include esomeprazole, lansoprazole and omeprazole. But two new studies presented at the annual conference for doctors treating kidney problems indicate that regular use of such medications can increase the likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease. In one study of 10,000 individuals, those taking a PPI were 20 to 50 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease over fifteen years. The other study included more than 240,000 people for 17 years. They, too, were more susceptible to chronic kidney disease if they were taking a PPI. (ASN Kidney Week, Nov. 3-8, 2015)……today digestive disturbances plague Americans more than ever before! WHY??…not an easy answer but part of the the solution is the realization that we need to accept the following responsibility: what we eat, how we prepare and or modify what we eat, when we eat it and how much we eat has a tremendous influence on “how we feel”…..answers to these issues sometimes is a “bitter pill to swallow” because many of us eat based on convenience rather than a way of nourishing ourselves…keep a food diary of your daily food intake and play ” Sherlock Holmes” to uncover possible food situations that accentuate your symptoms…and if you feel the need for a “Dr. Watson” input, we are always available for you.