I’ll say one nice thing about the FDA. After all, we’re entering the season of giving.
When the chips are down… times are tough… and it feels like everyone’s turning on you… I hope you have a friend in your corner who’s as loyal to you as the FDA is to its drug company pals.
Right now, one drug is down and out… as tests found some cancer-linked crud inside the generic heartburn med ranitidine (a.k.a. Zantac).
A perfect opportunity to get OFF meds and ONTO safer alternatives… right?
NOPE! Not as far as the FDA is concerned.
They’ve turned this into a marketing opportunity for their dear, dear friends in the drug-industry.
A terrifying message for reflux patients
The drug was found contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which has been linked to cancer.
But here’s the thing…
It may not ACTUALLY be “contaminated.”
Turns out the drug might actually TURN INTO this chemical in certain situations…
Like, for example, in your stomach.
You’d think they would want to figure that out BEFORE they started selling it to millions!
So, Zantac – both the name stuff and the discount no-name versions – is disappearing from stores.
And the FDA is stepping in to “help.”
But they’re not helping you.
They’re helping drug companies capitalize on the panic by naming all the heartburn drugs that supposedly DON’T have NDMA!
Hey, pal, cancer risk got you down? Let’s turn that frown around – here’s a bunch of other meds you can knock back like M&Ms.
No NDMA here!
I’m not gonna waste your time by repeating the FDA’s list.
Even if it’s true… and I’m not convinced it is… it could be only a matter of time before those meds get their own moment in the spotlight for one risk or another.
If you’ve got a little heartburn, turn to licorice – and I don’t mean the junk leftover from Halloween.
You want actual licorice root.
Don’t take any ol’ supplement or extract. By itself, the root has low levels of glycyrrhizin, which can sap you of potassium... and kick off problems worse than a little reflux.
Look for a supplement with the glycyrrhizin removed. It’s been “deglycyrrhizinated” -- but for your sanity’s sake, you just have to remember “DGL.”
If that doesn’t do the trick, build up your digestive enzymes, also available as supplements.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen