proton pump inhibitors

  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. 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.

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  3. The common med that's destroying you from the inside

    The proton pump inhibitors taken by millions to lower stomach acid levels work so well they actually create the perfect breeding grounds for a bacteria called Clostridium difficile.
  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 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.

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