stomach acid problems

  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.

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  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.

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