Heartburn Drugs Linked to Stomach Cancer & Heart Disease

antacidsAnother study has linked commonly prescribed heartburn drugs to fatal health conditions. This isn’t the first time that research has shown that these drugs have serious side effects. Also linked to liver disease and kidney disease, it may be time to reconsider popping those antacids and looking for an alternative. The class of drugs that were looked at is called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These are commonly prescribed to treat gastrointestinal conditions that involve an excess of acid production. Nexium, Aciphex, Zegerid, Dexilant, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix are only some of the brand names that PPIs have taken over the years. Continue reading “Heartburn Drugs Linked to Stomach Cancer & Heart Disease”

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Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Kidney Disease

sick-manAnother reason to be wary of antacids. Research published online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that patients who regularly use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be at increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

The new study findings are based on medical records from 173,321 Veterans Affairs patients who were prescribed a PPI and 20,270 other patients prescribed a histamine H2-receptor antagonist (H2-blocker). Over 5 years of follow-up, the results showed that 15% of people using PPIs were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, versus 11% of those on H2-blockers. After the researchers weighed other factors, PPI users still had a 28% greater risk. Continue reading “Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Kidney Disease”

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What Can I Take for Chronic Heartburn?

heartburn 1Recently, a friend asked me what he could do for heartburn. He popped antacids like candy, just to get through a meal. Tired of this, he was searching for a more a natural approach.

Heartburn is all too common and can no doubt become a difficult challenge. The good news for him and many others who suffer from chronic heartburn is that with the use of both dietary modifications and supplementation, symptoms can improve.

Antacids are often used to provide temporary relief from heartburn through inhibiting the production of digestive enzymes and decreasing the amount of digestive acid produced in the stomach. While they can take away the symptoms initially, with long-term use the situation can worsen as the continued inhibition of enzymes and acid causes further digestive sluggishness and difficulties.

Here are a few supplements I suggest:

1) Heartburn Free: The key ingredient, orange peel extract (ROH10), provides lasting relief without shutting down the production of stomach acid and the dose is every other day.  Continue reading “What Can I Take for Chronic Heartburn?”

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New Warning About Heartburn Medications

Heartburn is one of the most common GI problems in America. It is a condition where stomach acid is regurgitated up into the esophagus giving rise to symptoms such as chest discomfort, wheezing, asthma, hiccups, and hoarseness. Acid reflux can cause damage to the lining of the esophagus and should be taken seriously.

Heartburn medications are widely available, both by prescription and over-the-counter. They work by blocking stomach acid from being produced. As a result, they disrupt the body’s ability to absorb calcium, along with other important minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. High doses of these medications or duration of use longer than 1 year have been associated with an increased risk of fractures to the hip, wrist and spine. This concern has led to a recent FDA announcement that popular heartburn medications such as Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium will now come with a warning linking them to an increased risk for fractures. The FDA has also advised that the over-the-counter proton pump inhibitors (Prevacid, Prilosec, and Zegerid) should only be taken for a maximum of 14 days. Continue reading “New Warning About Heartburn Medications”

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