heartburn drugs

  1. Are you addicted to heartburn meds?

    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.

  2. Heartburn meds linked to more pain & suffering

    I've been saying for years that people taking heartburn drugs don't really need them... and now the mainstream is finally ready to agree with me.

    An editorial in the Archives of Internal Medicine says that up to 70 percent of prescriptions for proton pump inhibitors -- drugs like Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid -- are completely unnecessary. Wait another year or two, and they'll probably say it's 100 percent.

    It's coming... because when the worm turns, it really turns -- and now, FIVE new studies in the Archives show how the overuse of these meds can do everything from shatter bone to make you poop your brains out, possibly even to death.

    I'll get to the deadly bowel evacuations in a moment... but first, the bones. One study on 161,000 postmenopausal women found that those who took these meds were 47 percent more likely to fracture their spines and 25 percent more likely to do the same to their wrists.

    The study found that calcium supplements didn't make a difference for these women. Not that I'd expect them to -- the only thing calcium candies will do for your bones is give you sore jaws and cavities from chewing on the things. But that's another story -- go into my archives and read the November 2009 issue of the Douglass Report for more on bone health.

    And if brittle bones aren't enough, two more studies show how these meds can leave you fighting the potentially deadly stomach bacteria, Clostridium difficile.

    These awful poop monsters are the only organisms tough enough to survive a PPI attack on your insides. And if you're unlucky enough to dance with C-diff, you'll feel like those insides are spilling out.

    C-diff can cause severe diarrhea, toxic megacolon and even death, especially in seniors.

    One study found people in hospitals who take PPIs every day are 74 percent more likely to come down with C-diff infections. Those who take these meds more often are twice as likely. And another study found that PPI patients are 42 percent more likely to see C-diff relapses than those who pass on heartburn meds.

    Having fun yet? And you still think PPIs are the best way to keep your hot dog from repeating on you?

    If you want to break free, go into my archives and read the August issue of the Douglass Report -- you'll never need another "purple pill."

    And if you've read all this and still want to take these meds, then I can't help you.

  3. Heartburn drugs: all harm, no good

    If you take heartburn drugs, you don't need me to tell you the odd paradox of these meds -- the more you take them, the more you need them.
  4. Heartburn drugs: all harm, no good

    If you take heartburn drugs, you don't need me to tell you the odd paradox of these meds – the more take them, the more you need them.

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