1. PPIs in new fracture link

    If a permanent case of the runs isn't enough to keep you away from proton pump inhibitors, maybe this will do the trick: These drugs can also leave you crippled for the rest of your life.

    I've told you before how PPIs can block the absorption of both calcium and magnesium, leaving you high and dry when it comes to the two nutrients your bones need most.

    Now, a new study shows what actually happens to those bones (in case it's not already obvious). A rock-solid new study out of Harvard that used data on some 80,000 nurses tracked since 1982 found that these meds can boost the risk of hip fractures by more than a third.

    Think that's bad? The increase in risk shoots up to 50 percent in women who take these drugs for at least six years.

    Now, if you've never taken a PPI you probably think it's nuts to take them for six years. And you're right -- it's nuts to take them for even six minutes.

    But these meds are like crack for heartburn patients.

    The more you take them, the more you need them -- because every time you try to stop, the stomach acid comes back with a vengeance.

    It's called acid rebound, and it's not a return of the original problem. It's a worsening of it that's CAUSED by the drugs, leading to a vicious cycle of meds that can go on for years or even decades.

    The best way to avoid all that is to not get started on these drugs in the first place.

    I've found the simplest way to get relief from stomach acid problems is with eight ounces of freshly squeezed cabbage juice, taken as often as necessary.

    If that doesn't work, you'll need to make some bigger changes. I have everything you need to know about out-of-control stomach acid problems -- and how to stop them cold -- in the August 2009 issue of the Douglass Report.

    Not a subscriber? I've got the cure for that right here.

  2. Shocking rise in arthritis rates

    Obesity won't just make you fat, sick and dead -- it'll also leave you crippled, weak and battling constant pain.

    We've reached stunning new levels of national feebleness: New numbers show 52 million Americans -- that's nearly a quarter of all adults -- now struggle with arthritis. Twenty-one million of them say the condition is so severe that it limits what they can do.

    But apparently, it didn't limit the ability to have another double cheeseburger, fries and cola -- supersize, please -- since these arthritis-stricken Americans just so happen to be overwhelmingly obese.

    In fact, they make up the overwhelming majority of the arthritis patients -- suffering from the condition at nearly double the rate of normal-weight people.

    According to the CDC, 18.9 percent of normal-weight women and 13.8 percent of normal-weight men suffer from arthritis... but it hits 33.8 percent of obese women and 25.2 percent of obese men.

    And more than 60 percent of all obese people will suffer knee osteoarthritis at some point in their lives.

    But what would you expect? Human knees were perfectly engineered to support humans... not 300-pound flesh mountains.

    One study by Johns Hopkins University Hospital found that 10 extra pounds increases the force on each knee by between 30 and 60 pounds with every step.

    Just imagine what being 30 or 40 pounds overweight will do!

    The researchers behind the new study say arthritis is now our leading cause of disability, and costs us $128 billion a year -- and it's not going to get any better in the foreseeable future.

    It's getting worse... much, much worse. The researchers estimate that by 2030, 67 million Americans will be suffering from arthritis.

    I have no idea how they arrived at that number or how accurate it'll turn out to be -- but it wouldn't be surprising. Heck, if anything it sounds a little on the low side.

    Of course, arthritis isn't limited to obese people. Live long enough, and you're bound to experience it yourself.

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