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The many ways heartburn drugs can kill you

 

Here we go again.

The pharmaceutical industry has made yet ANOTHER “slip-up” that has potentially threatened the lives of millions of people using one of its toxic medications.

This time it’s ranitidine (aka Zantac).

The FDA recently recalled ranitidine because it contains N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a human carcinogen, and the attorneys are lining up to file a tsunami of lawsuits on behalf of cancer sufferers.

What makes this particularly frightening is that Zantac was at one time the best-selling drug in HISTORY…so you can just imagine the potential exposure here.

In addition to wondering if their cancer risk has been increased, most acid reflux sufferers that used ranitidine are probably wondering, “Now what do I do?”

Well, before you “slide over” to purple pills or their cousins, here’s what you must know…

The dangers of PPIs (proton pump inhibitors—like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium)

PPIs achieve their desired result by disabling your stomach’s ability to produce acid for digestion.  Less acid in your stomach means less acid to rise up in your throat and set your chest on fire.

But interfering with your stomach’s innate biological functioning can have these deadly consequences:

1- Chronic kidney disease

PPIs can cause kidney inflammation (called acute interstitial nephritis) which can progress to chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease and ultimately kidney failure (death).

2- Heart attack

In addition to reducing acid in your stomach, PPIs also reduce the acid activity of lysosomes—cells that breakdown proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids.  They also impact cellular functions, including those related to blood clotting.  And they damage the inner lining of your arteries.

All of which raises your risk of heart attack (and death).

3- Weakened immune function

PPIs cause poor digestion (because stomach acid is needed to properly digest proteins), which leads to imbalances in your gut microbiome.

Since your gut houses 80 percent of your immune system, unhealthy changes in the makeup of the microbiome can lead to weakened immune function.

Your immune system protects you against cancer, so this is yet again another way PPIs raise your death risk.

4- Dementia and Alzheimer’s

In the course of sabotaging your digestion and absoprtion of nutrients, PPIs also increase your risk of dementia and Alzhemier’s due to reduced absorption of essential brain nutrients (especially Vitamin B12).

In addtion, PPIs have been shown in studies to increase the brain’s concentration of amyloid-beta—an amino acid that is the main component of the characteristic amyloid “plaques” found in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the US.

5- And more!

Over and above the ways PPIs can potentially kill you, they also:

  • Cause gas, bloating and constipation (because of destroyed digestion)
  • Increase your risk of fractures (due to reduced absorption of bone-building vitamins and minerals)
  • Lead to low energy levels and metabolism (a result of impaired Vitamin B12 absorption)
  • Make you more susceptible to food poisoning (since stomach acid kills many dangerous microbes in your food)

 

So what is the answer?

Now that you see that PPIs are basically no safer than ranitidine, it’s time to look at what’s really happening with your acid reflux, and take safe, natural measures to eliminate it at its root cause!

Acid reflux (aka GERD or heartburn) is nothing more than your body being unable to properly break down and digest what you’ve eaten.

And there are four primary reasons that this happens:

#1: Your diet

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is murder on your digestive system.  It’s loaded with processed foods, fast food and meals that are next to impossible for your body to effectively break down.

If you have a typical diet like this, it's time to face facts--YOUR DIET is a primary cause of your misery. 

Accept it, stop making excuses and do something about it--like changing your diet to include more nutritious REAL foods, and lay off the soda while you’re at it. 

Make your meals inherently easier to digest.  My Great Taste No Pain system will show you how to do this.  It’s just a matter of pairing foods together in your meals that your system can break down easier!    

I guarantee you will see a HUGE difference in your reflux almost immediately

#2: Enzyme deficiencies

If you've eaten a typical American diet for quite some time, chances are excellent that you have expended far more digestive enzymes than Nature intended you to because processed foods are very hard for your system to break down.

As a result, your body's ability to produce proper enzyme levels may be diminished...and this can be a major contributing factor to poor digestion and acid reflux!

If you suspect low enzymes are a concern for you, then a full-spectrum enzyme formula like Digestizol Max can give your body the help it needs to completely break down all your foods!

Plus its herbal blend (including ginger, fennel and peppermint) helps to soothe inflammation in the GI tract. 

Digestizol Max has been helping to eradicate acid reflux and heartburn for thousands of our satisfied clients for over 10 years!

Now that’s success! 

#3: Stress

Digestion is a parasympathetic process, meaning your body must be in a relaxed, non-stressed state for it to be accomplished. 

Eating in a relaxed state also encourages you to eat slower, which means that your body can recognize satiety before you overeat (which in turn can mean weight loss!).

But if you instead eat when your sympathetic nervous system is in gear (such as when you're working, driving, emotionally upset, rushing, etc.) that can have a devastating impact on your digestion and lead to reflux.

So slow down and relax!  Avoid eating in a stressed state.  Set aside time for meals and don't eat on the run. 

#4: Smoking

Smoking harms your digestive system in a number of ways.

Smokers get peptic ulcers more often than nonsmokers.  Smoking also raises your risk of developing Crohn's disease and gallstones, and it can worsen liver disease and pancreatitis.

In addition, smoking is associated with cancer of the digestive organs, including the stomach and colon.

Oh, and it worsens heartburn and acid reflux too.

So if you are a smoker, these are several more very good reasons to quit. 

There are a lot of smoking cessation aids and programs out there—pick one and get going.  And don’t get discouraged if you fall off the wagon—just get back on and try again!  Most smokers report having to try quitting several times before they succeeded.

However, I must caution you against resorting to vaping or Chantix.  Vaping presents health dangers of its own, and the list of frightening side effects from Chantix includes anger, anxiety, behavior changes and suicidal thoughts.

When you safely and naturally help your body accomplish digestion, a whole new world without acid reflux will open up for you!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia


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6 comments


  • I have been on an acid reducing drug for over 20 yrs. (from Nexium to now omeprazole) prescribed by my gastroenterologist. As a child I had too much acid in my system but they couldn’t seem to find the problem in those days. I never eat fast food, drink sodas or eat sugary desserts or foods. I maintain my weight & exercise. But still when I try to wean myself off these PPIs, the acid attack hits & I have had to go to the ER several times. My doctor says I absolutely must remain on an acid reducing med or have serious esophageal problems. I take your probiotics & the digestive enzyme, but nothing eliminates my problem?? So when you say stop these meds, I have a hard problem accepting this other than your desire to sell your products. Not everyone can just stop if it means serious consequences.

    BJ on

  • I agree with David. I believe the above described is a little on the oversimplification side. I believe the LES valve is where the root cause often lies. I have been prescribed a PPI to take daily for years but I try not to take ANY Rx drugs. I take it only as needed. (Some days I just don’t need it). I believe the body can heal itself with good diet, exercise and quality sleep. In my case, it seems any food can trigger the reflux. Also, when I exert myself physically or even bending down, I know it will trigger. That’s what leads me to believe heartburn can often be a physical condition (LES disfunction) rather then a chemical condition(surplus acid). If anyone understands the mechanism of the LES more in depth and how to re-gain its’ function or has an alternate natural method, I would like to hear it!

    Brett

    Brett on

  • I have tried to control my stomach issues through
    diet, powdered vitamins and herbal mixes and
    vitamins. There is no easy fix when it comes to
    chronic stomach issues and this article and several I have read are very misleading.
    I am not a junk food eater and eat very healthy
    and have never been a smoker.
    I tried the Great Taste No Pain Diet to relieve my
    constipation and it did not help me at all. Again,
    it is not that simple. Many different variables affect
    the stomach and upper/lower intestines and Yes
    Stress plays a great roll.
    It is very frustrating to read these articles, try
    your suggested solutions only to be very disappointed when they don’t work as you claim
    they will. I have found that there are many variables to help ease a chronic stomach issue
    AND each person must discover what works for them. No body is exactly the same and a lot of
    it quit frankly is trial and error. Not only that, what may work for a while quite often will suddenly
    stop working and you must change your approach
    and strategy.
    I just want to let everyone out there know they are not alone and not to give up if this or that recommended approach does not work.
    Keep trying and finding out more information
    and never give up. Also, it is important to get
    in tune with your own body and what works for you.

    Toni on

  • Does the list also include pantroprazole?

    Ivan on

  • Does the list also include pantroprazole?

    Ivan desforges on


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