|Dr. P (Jeffrey Phillips)|
It all started at the University of Missouri where Jeffrey Phillips, Pharm. D, was developing a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) for adults called Zegerid. It remains the only immediate release PPI on the market today. That alone was an incredible undertaking but because of Dr. P’s passion for helping people he soon became the acid reflux whisperer. It’s also where the first versions of TummyCare Max were created to help little babies suffering from infant GERD.
He had treated a few infants and children at the beginning stages of his research and development of Zegerid when a Mom who had the pleasure of receiving Jeffrey Phillips’ assistance with her little baby suffering from infant GERD contacted him (what was this Moms name?). There was a family in trouble. Children and Family Services was threatening to remove the Mom’s baby because she had brought her son in multiple times for dehydration, and it was apparent the baby had been vomiting and there were other signs such as inconsolable crying. The pediatrician that the parents had been seeing turned them in for potential abuse.
Devastated and afraid the parents reached out to a Mom that just happen to know a little bit about acid reflux and recognized the symptoms right away. She called Jeffrey Phillips. Because of his incredible passion to help he jumped on a plane and flew to the family’s side, did some diagnosing and began treating for infant acid reflux. Yes, this story had a happy ending. The baby refux was treated the doctor that reported them for abuse was retracted. Today their son is close to 20 years old and is happy and healthy even after two whole years of treatment, which included PPI’s.
Mama’s started coming out of the woodwork and this was all before the Internet so mostly by word of mouth, which is pretty incredible. Thousands of Moms over the years all touched by his passion to help. It wasn’t long before Jeffrey Phillips was endearingly called Dr. P and his reach to treat infants with acid reflux was far. Moms finally found help from someone who actually listened and had answers. The answers that were created and backed by the clinical trials done by Dr. P and Marcella Bothwell ENT at the University of Missouri. Those clinical trials soon became known as MarciKids dosing.
The acronym for MARCI having a dual meaning:
It’s short for Marcella – MARCI
It stands for Midwestern Acid Reflux Children’s Institute
The University of Missouri ran the program treating infants with reflux under Dr. P’s guidance for close to 15 years till one day the University decided to close it down. As you can imagine Moms cried out because they no longer had anywhere to turn for effective treatment. Babies were getting sick and began suffering again. The emails were pouring in begging for help.
That’s when Dr. P stood up and took matters into his own hands. He couldn’t withstand the cries from the Moms. So he decided to produce TummyCare Max on his own. And that’s how it all began. Much like anything else, it started with a good idea and a ton of passion.
Today Dr. P can still be found in our Facebook group helping Moms and their baby’s overcome the insurmountable pains and difficulties associated with Infant Acid Reflux and helping confused and desperate Moms find answers, support and help.