There's a new call for the feds to put more warnings onto common heartburn drugs. Big whooptie-do. Any warning slapped onto these meds now is way too little and far too late.
Millions are already hooked on proton pump inhibitors like Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Prevacid -- and whether they know it or not, they're every bit as dependent as a coke fiend or a painkiller junkie.
As Public Citizen points out in its letter to the FDA -- and as I warned you years ago -- the PPIs now used by more than 21 million Americans every year can actually make stomach acid problems dramatically worse, not better.
But here's the great paradox of these meds: They don't make you feel worse. Not right away, anyway. Heck, you might even feel so great that you tell all your friends how the "purple pill" saved your life.
But when you try to stop taking the drugs, that's when it hits you: Acid reflux like never before, CAUSED by the very drugs you thought were keeping it at bay. It's so common it even has its own name: rebound acid hypersecretion.
So you go back on the meds -- and next thing you know, you're hardcore a PPI junkie who can't go more than a meal or two without a fix.
The longer you take these meds, the more likely you'll face the other risks -- including bone breaks, infection, and serious kidney problems. These meds can also suck the nutrients right out of your system, leaving you dangerously low on magnesium and vitamin B12.
Fortunately, there's a much simpler way to beat reflux: Drink fresh cabbage juice, 8 ounces at a time, until your stomach comes back in line.
Believe me, no one's ever going to get hooked on that.