Four More Reasons to Avoid Acid Reflux Drugs in Chico

Lately it seems that acid blocking drugs in the classification of proton pump inhibitors - such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and their generic forms - are making news almost every week. And the news is not good.

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Reason # 1: Researchers at Johns Hopkins University (Journal of the American Medical Journal [i.e. JAMA] Internal Medicine, Feb, 2016) have found an association between taking proton pump inhibitors (known as PPIs) and kidney disease. Researchers show that there is a 20 to 50 percent greater risk of chronic kidney disease among proton pump inhibitor users than those who did not take the drugs.

Chronic kidney disease affects more than 13 percent of Americans, and can lead to kidney failure, dialysis and death.

Reason # 2: A second reason to rethink continuing proton pump inhibitors is that a Stanford University study from PLoS One, June 4, 2015 One has linked PPI use to increased risk of heart attacks.

While we know heart attacks result in death, how often do we know that PPI’s are a factor?

Reason # 3: A third and worrisome reason not to take the PPIs, (and you may want to write this down if you are taking them lest you forget) is their link to dementia. A recent article in JAMA, Neurology Feb. 15, 2016, which examined a large study of 73,679 older Germans, showed a 44 percent increase in dementia among older adults that take PPIs. One factor that may explain why there seems to be increased dementia among PPI users is that PPIs decrease absorption of Vitamin B12.

Reason #4: A fourth reason to rethink use of PPI’s is that using PPI’s has been associated with 2.4 times increased risk for stomach cancer.  A new study published in Gut, Online, October 31, 2017 showed that people who were treated for H-Pylori infection had a 2.4 time higher risk for stomach cancer if they had been placed on PPI’s.

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Are PPI’s worth losing your mind over when there are safe, natural alternatives?

Here’s The Kicker

A spokesperson from AstraZenica, maker of Nexium, says that proton pump inhibitors “are generally safe and effective when used in accordance with the label”. Note the words: when used in accordance with the label – Proton pump inhibitors are approved only for short term use of four to eight weeks according to their labels. PPIs have not been tested and approved for use year after year as most patients take them!

If chronic kidney disease, heart attack, and dementia are not enough to make you rethink the purple pill, perhaps other adverse reactions linked to PPIs such as C-diff intestinal infections, osteoporosis and bone fractures, poor absorption of minerals, and cancer of the esophagus might cause you to pause and consider a healthier alterative to medications for your acid reflux or heartburn.

People - Man & Woman at Beach

Maybe its time to join the thousands of patients at the Digestion Relief Center that have found relief for acid reflux without the harmful side effects of acid blocking drugs. Call Dr. Patrick today at 530-899-8741 to find out how you can live your life without the pain of acid reflux and the dangerous side effects of acid blocking drugs.

Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC  of Chico California, specializes in natural relief for GERD, heartburn and acid reflux as well as food sensitivities, intolerances and digestive problems. Dr. Patrick can be reached at 530-899-8741.

© Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, 2016. All Rights Reserved.

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