Here’s a question for ya today…
If you got on a plane and the pilot announced it was a “largely safe” aircraft… and that he has a record of landing intact “for the most part”… what would you do?
I know I’d calmly get up from my seat… and walk right back out the door and straight to the rental car counter.
Looks like I’m driving!
Now, keep that in mind when you hear about a new study that claims a common type of drug… one that’s used by MILLIONS of Americans, often every day… is safe.
Not COMPLETELY safe presents TOO MUCH DANGER
The new study looked at proton pump inhibitors, a.k.a. PPIs.
They’re supposed stop acid reflux… but they come with the minor cost of, say, a broken bone.
Or a deadly infection.
Y’know. Fun stuff.
They can even drain you of magnesium – leaving your levels so low you could suffer a serious heart problem.
But the new study wants you to forget all that bad stuff!
As Medscape put it, the drugs are “largely safe” when taken over the course of up to three years… “for the most part.”
This is hilariously stupid.
The drugs themselves have a warning right on the label that they’re for short-term use only… BECAUSE of the risks.
And the FDA ain’t exactly known for being TOO cautious!
Even the NEW study finds these drugs can increase the risk of stomach infections by about 40%.
I don’t know in what world that would be considered “safe.”
Oh right, in Big Pharma Fantasyland!
But what makes this so far BEYOND idiotic is that the study completely IGNORES one of WORST parts of these drugs…
They practically FORCE YOU into staying on them… FOR LIFE.
The drugs cut acid levels, as advertised… but then they play a dirty little trick, laying the groundwork for an ugly side effect.
It’s called rebound acid hypersecretion.
In other words… once you quit, your body actually makes MORE acid than ever before.
“OH MY GOD!” you think, as the acid reflux returns with an intensity you never imagined.
“Look at what this drug was protecting me from! I’d better take some more!”
But the drug didn’t PROTECT you. It CAUSED this.
The drug creates a condition that ENSURES you continue to need it.
Whoever came up with THAT “side effect” probably got a nice, fat bonus!
I’ve been doing this a very long time… and I’ve NEVER needed to put a patient on these meds for reflux problems.
The following three things work roughly two-thirds of the time:
- Acidophilus supplements can protect your esophagus without harming acid levels. When you have reflux, don’t just swallow the capsule; pop it open and dump the contents of the capsule into your mouth, and let your saliva do the rest.
- Digestive enzymes help ensure proper digestion, which in turn will restore and protect the critical junction that stops acid from bubbling up where it shouldn’t. Be sure to get one with betaine hydrochloride.
- DGL is a form of licorice that has one component removed (DGL means De-Glycerrhizinated Licorice). Chewing or sucking on a lozenge 20 minutes before eating can be very effective.
If you’re in that other third… and get no relief… see a naturopathic doc who can help nail down the true cause.
Whether it’s an undiagnosed ulcer, food sensitivity, or whatever – it can be FOUND and FIXED without a single PPI.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen