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  1. Feds ignoring call for stronger warnings on PPIs

    Dangerous heartburn meds headed to court

    It's been 75 years since Mr. Smith went to Washington -- but it looks like Jimmy Stewart never finished the job.

    Because there are a group of government stooges who need the wake-up call of a lifetime... who need a reminder that they answer to YOU and not the billion-dollar drug companies shoving millions into their coffers.

    And they all work for my favorite federal punching bag -- the FDA.

    It's been two and a half years since brave Americans like you stood up and filed a petition INSISTING the FDA put its most stringent "black box" warning on dangerous proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium and Prilosec.

    And our government is acting like it lost your signatures in the mail.

    Consumer protection group Public Citizen is now hauling the FDA to court and demanding that they respond to the petition and admit what I've been telling you for years -- PPIs are more likely to break your heart than cure your heartburn.

    PPIs have been linked to everything from C. diff infections to osteoporosis -- in fact, one study found they'll send your hip fracture risk skyrocketing by 31%!

    But don't expect to find ANY of that information clearly identified on your typical PPI warning labels, which are so short they could practically win a haiku competition! And when Public Citizen brought the science to the FDA, demanding accurate labeling on PPI products, all they got was the Simon & Garfunkel routine -- you know, the sound of silence.

    The FDA's "I know nothing" Sergeant Schultz routine isn't just garden variety negligence -- it's against the law. That's because the FDA is required to answer petitions about the deadly drugs it approves -- even if, God forbid, it doesn't want to.

    Now, with a judge's gavel aimed straight at their foreheads, the weak-kneed feds are arguing that adding a black box warning to PPIs is a "complex" issue.

    Complex for who?

    Having more knowledge about PPI risks won't harm you or the docs who foolishly prescribe these poison pills. But it may hurt billion-dollar drug conglomerates like AstraZeneca that are buying up so much TV ad time they're practically forcing McDonald's off the air!

    Well, justice may be blind -- but she's not poor. And you can bet Big Pharma will deploy its army of high-priced attorneys to make sure all you see on a Nexium box are smiling babies and kittens.

    But you don't need some skull-and-crossbones warning label to tell you what you should already know. PPIs are useless, dangerous, and more likely to make your digestive issues worse over the long haul.

    And watching our government fumble its way through a lousy explanation on why it can't give you the facts... why you don't need information that could save your life... is bound to give you the one thing PPIs are supposed to prevent.

    Heartburn.

  2. 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.

  3. When two-for-one is a bad deal

    Pills and more pills. First you've got the pills you're supposed to take, and then you've got the pills you've got to take to deal with the side effects from the first ones.
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. Study paints false picture of GERD treatments

    A new study compares the effectiveness of a popular antacid to surgery for patients who suffer from severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)...as if those are the only choices.
  7. Risky Statin Drugs- Reshelved by the FDA

    IThey shot it down because the proposed labels for the drug didn't adequately articulate who should and shouldn't take it - not because they know the drugs are too dangerous to patients' hearts and livers to be popping like breath mints.

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