Newspaper headlines and television shows have reported a surprising health alert: Using common acid-lowering drugs may have surprising and serious side effects.
The latest Canadian study finds that long-term use of acid reflux drugs (Proton Pump Inhibitors) may boost the risk of osteoporosis related bone fractures. Regular use of acid-suppressing drugs is associated with increased risk of hip fractures, probably because of impaired calcium absorption.
Common Antacids and Acid-Lowering Drugs Do Not Treat the Cause of Acid-Reflux
This class of drugs such as Prevacid, Nexium and others, are among the most widely prescribed in the country.
But acid-lowering drugs may not effectively treat the underlying cause of acid-reflux, because heartburn is almost never caused by an excess of stomach acid. The problem occurs when the stomach acid ends up in the wrong place, coming up into the esophagus instead of remaining in the stomach.
The body makes stomach acid for a reason. We need stomach acid for digestion of protein and absorption of minerals like calcium and iron. Stomach acid is also essential for preventing the growth of bacteria and yeast in your stomach. So it’s no wonder that by curbing acid with drugs can lead to problems. Taking acid-suppressors may increase the risk of acquiring a food-borne intestinal infection or lead to the overgrowth of bacteria in the stomach and small intestine. Overgrowth of bacteria in the stomach probably explains some other risks generally associated with regular use of acid suppressors including vitamin B12 deficiency, stomach cancer and pneumonia.
If these drugs can boost risk of hip fractures and food borne illness, what natural therapies can we take for acid-reflux?
The good news is that there is an effective natural approach that can help reverse the causes of acid reflux and improve symptoms. Dr. Leo Galland’s integrated medicine approach can help stop acid reflux—without the use of risky PPI’s.
In The Heartburn and Indigestion Solution, a new electronic booklet, you can learn simple and effective steps to heal heartburn:
The signs and symptoms of Acid Reflux (GERD): Its not just about acid, but about the proper movement of food and fluid through the bodygastrointestinal tract.
Why you need stomach acid: proper digestion, and to help fight food-borne infection.
The surprising risks of taking acid-lowering drugs: higher risk of bone loss and food poisoning, for example.
In The Heartburn and Indigestion Solution, you can learn the program Dr. Galland has developed for addressing acid-reflux and indigestion naturally.
Get the natural secrets for fixing acid reflux and heartburn: