Dangers of Acid Lowering Drugs
Dr. Phil Pappas
|The use of acid reducing medications is a huge business
and risky for your health.
nine percent of the population has low stomach acid.Yet many doctors treat reflux by lowering
stomach acid that is already too low.There are many problems
arising from drug induced achlorhydria or hypochlorhydria
(low stomach acid). Low levels of stomach acid can
cause dangerous and disturbing health problems.
stomach acid can lead to the following:
to digest foods properly. This will result in a general
malabsorption of proteins. Achlorhydria or Hypochlorhydria as induced by
antacids (tums) and H2 blockers (Zantac, Tagamet) and protein pump
inhibitors (Prilosec, Nexium) substantially increases one's risk of
osteoporosis. Severe bone loss has been reported when using these drugs.
to absorb trace elements. Trace elements are essential for
normal body function. If these are not present then the biochemistry of
the body will slow, organs will slow and this will accelerate the aging
process. Expect to see people getting diseases, such as cancer, heart
disease and neuro-degenerative conditions, before their time.
to sterilize the stomach contents. More
susceptiblty to gut infections such as gastro-enteritis and enteroviruses
such as Epstein-Barr virus, Coxsackie virus, Echovirus and so on. Gastric
acid is an essential part of normal defenses against disease. Those on
acid lower drugs have a higher risk of pneumonia and increased risk of
serious infection if hospitalized.
to gut microbes. Gut microbes are miniscule
compared with human cells and can easily spill over into the bloodstream
with the potential to cause allergic or inflammatory reactions. Irritable bladder or interstitial cystitis
is an obvious case.Increase risk
of diseases including arthritis, venous ulcers, rosacea,
"intrinsic" asthma, mesenteric adenitis, rheumatic fever, polymyalgia
rheumatica and others can be explained by this mechanism.
brain. Low levels of microbes in the brain may ferment
neurotransmitters into LSD and amphetamine like substances (to cause
hyperactivity, psychosis and more) or ferment out serotonin,
acetylcholine, GABA to cause low mood and depression. This may explain a
whole range of psychiatric conditions and establishes the mechanism of the
widely observed food-mood connection.
risk of stomach cancer. Having the wrong bacteria and
yeast in the stomach will irritate the lining of the stomach and increase
one's risk of stomach cancer.
of vitamin B12. Using a proton pump inhibitor such
as Omeprazole (Prilosec), will reduce absorption of vitamin B12 to less
than 1% of expected.
factor for cancer.Many bowel tumors are driven by microbes in the upper fermenting
gut. We know that helicobacter pylori infection is a risk factor for stomach
So how do you manage reflux? What
can an individual do to prevent damage to the esophagus? First, stop eating the
things that cause reflux.
juice, lemon, lemonade, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, tomato, mashed potatoes,
French fries, raw onion, potato salad
wine, coffee, beer, soda or carbonated drinks and possibly tea
corn and potato chips, high-fat butter cookies, brownies, doughnuts, creamy and
oily salad dressings, fried or fatty food in general
and cheese, spaghetti with marinara sauce and many cooked tomato products
cream, milk shake, ice cream, cottage cheese
that bothers you
Next you need to change some habits.
- Don’t sit or lay down after a meal.You need to walk for at least fifteen minutes
- Lose the gut
- Eat smaller amounts of food
- Never eat within four hours of bedtime
There are many products that can help.
- Mastic gum will cure an ulcer, kill the
bacteria in the gut and also help with reflux
- Artichoke is a common digestive aid dating
back thousands of years
- Fenugreek, licorice, fennel and ginger are
well known digestive aids
- Digestive enzymes help digest food
- Probiotics correct bacterial flora for
- See www.earthfoods.us for products