1. Heartburn drugs can rob you of B12

    How PPIs can leave you deficient in critical nutrients

    They're common drugs that can leave you absent-minded, sad, tired, weak and suffering from the indignity of muscle spasms -- and odds are, you know someone who's taking them right now.

    That someone might even be you.

    The drugs are stomach acid meds, especially proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. New research confirms these drugs can rob you of vitamin B12, boosting your risk of a deficiency of this critical nutrient by 65 percent.

    Running low in B12 can damage the brain, leading to mood problems and that memory loss I just mentioned. Low B12 can even cause dementia or dementia-like symptoms.

    Since you need B12 to make red blood cells, running short can cause anemia -- leaving you exhausted and weak. You even need B12 for your nerves, with low levels leading to spasms, tingling, numbness and more.

    This isn't just a random link. It's a real one -- one I've seen before -- and it exists because it's in the very nature of how these drugs work: they reduce levels of stomach acid.

    But far from being your enemy -- or even the cause of your reflux, when all is said and done -- that stomach acid is actually essential. You NEED it to digest food and absorb nutrients. Cut those levels with a drug, and you could suffer from serious deficiencies.

    And low B12 is just the beginning.

    PPIs can pull the calcium from your bones, boosting your risk of breaks and fractures. They can choke off your magnesium supply, leading to heart problems and even death.

    And if that's not enough, PPIs can alter the bacterial load in your stomach and expose you to the risk of infection with C. diff, a bug that can literally cause you to poop yourself to death.

    There are bad ways to go... worse ways to go... and then there's C. diff.

    There's a much easier way to deal with heartburn, reflux, GERD and more: Fresh cabbage juice. Drink 8 ounces at a time until you feel better.

  2. 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.

  3. Heartburn vs. hip fractures

    If you had to choose right now between heartburn and a hip fracture, it wouldn't be much of a choice. Yet countless people choose "hip fracture" every single day when they pop a proton pump inhibitor like Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid to soothe their heartburn.

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