The Downside of Heartburn Medicine

Many drugs are necessary and I will not try to say otherwise. But there are times when the medicine itself literally creates a whole new set of problems.  

Such is the case with drugs for heartburn.  They are called PPIs, which is short for proton pump inhibitors.  Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium are good examples of these as over the counter remedies for heartburn. These drugs are meant for TEMPORARY use, but the pain and discomfort caused by heartburn and acid reflux is often not temporary at all.

Briefly, PPIs work by suppressing stomach acid. The problem is that suppressing stomach acid over a long period of tum changes gut bacteria in a way that “promotes liver injuries and the progression of chronich liver disease.”

That is the beauty of My Miracle Tea: that it allows the body to heal naturally.  Those painful symptoms are indication of something WRONG that needs to be fixed, not covered up with medicine!

Long term use of PPIs can also cause

Kidney Disease
Serious Infection (Including C.Difficile)
Liver Disease
Increased risk of bone fractures and even heart problems.

If you, or someone you love, is battling acid reflux, heartburn, poor digestion or whatever else you want to call it and steadily popping thes PPIs,  I urge you to send the article below to them:

Heartburn Drug Downside
by Dr. Andrew Weil
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Question: Is it true that long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can cause liver disease and serious infection?
Should I stop using them?

Answer:  In a word: yes. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) block the secretion of stomach acid and are widely used to help relieve heartburn and treatgastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. They are also recommended for treatment of esophageal inflammation (esophagitis), esophageal ulcers due to acid reflux, gastric inflammation and ulceration. PPIs include Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. Both prescription and over-the-counter forms are available.

Here’s a rundown of some of the possible adverse effects of PPIs:

  • Kidney disease: Two large studies suggest that PPIs can raise the risk of kidney disease. One, published in 2017 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, found that more than half the patients who developed kidney problems while taking prescription-strength PPIs wound up with long-term kidney damage or end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. The data came from 125,596 new users of PPIs compared to new users of H2 blockers (another class of heartburn drugs less likely to cause kidney problems). In addition, a Johns Hopkins examination of medical records OF more than 259,000 people, published in 2016, found that PPIs appeared to raise the risk of chronic kidney disease by nearly 12 percent compared to an expected risk of 8.5 percent.
  • Serious infections: Research from Scotland published in 2017 found that people taking PPIs and H2 blockers were about 4 times more likely to develop a Campylobacter infection, 70 percent more likely to be diagnosed with difficile outside of a hospital and 42 percent more likely to develop this problem while hospitalized. In 2012 the FDA noted the risk of C. difficile seen in earlier studies of PPIs and urged people who take these drugs to seek medical help if they develop diarrhea that doesn’t improve. The data came from the medical records of more than 188,000 adults who had been prescribed a PPI or an H2 blocker at least once. Incidence of the bacterial infections was compared to that in adults who didn’t take any of these drugs during the study period.
  • Liver disease: A study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine published in 2017 found that suppression of stomach acid with PPIs changes gut bacteria in a way that promotes liver injury and the progression of 3 types of chronic liver disease. They first observed this in a study with mice, and then among 4,830 patients with alcoholic liver disease who were taking PPIs. Here, they found that the 10-year risk of a diagnosis of alcoholic liver disease was 20.7 percent for patients who were using PPIs, 16.1 percent for those who once took the drugs and 12.4 percent for those who never used them. While the investigators saw a link between PPI use and the risk of liver disease in abusers of alcohol, they couldn’t be sure that other unidentified factors were not involved. Still, they suggested that the increased use of PPIs and other gastric acid-suppressing drugs might help explain the rising rate of chronic liver disease in Western countries.

Other studies have found links between PPI use and increased risks of bone fractures, vitamin B12 deficiency, pneumonia, and, possibly, heart problems.

While PPIs work well on a temporary basis, I urge you to avoid long-term use. Rebound hypersecretion of acid when you attempt to stop taking a PPI or try to reduce the dose makes it very hard to get off these medications.

Instead of taking PPIs long-term, I urge you to make lifestyle changes and consider natural, non-drug remedies that can help eliminate the need for medication.

by Dr. Andrew Weil
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