You wanna know when things are REALLY BAD with a drug?
When the establishment actually ADMITS there's a problem… and says it's time to TAKE ACTION…
Without being FORCED into it.
So I gotta wonder…
Just HOW BAD are things with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) given for reflux… that they're now URGING people to QUIT them???
We might NEVER find out!
I can take some not-so-wild guesses, though – because these drugs are FAR WORSE than anyone has officially let on.
And if you're among the 40% of seniors who take them at least some of the time, then I've got what you need to safely quit and get real drug-free relief without the risk.
It always happens when you create a monster: Eventually, the monster turns on you.
PPI drugs did MONSTER sales… brought in MONSTER profits…
And now are having MONSTROUS effects on the people who've been taking them… especially long-term users.
These drugs have been linked to risks for:
potentially deadly infections (especially pneumonia)
nutritional deficiencies due to absorption issues
bone loss, including bone breaks and fractures
…and honestly, that's just the SHORT list!
So now, the establishment is starting to warn most people OFF the drugs…
With a new report in the journal Gastroenterology that says TOO MANY people are taking them TOO OFTEN…
And facing UNNECESSARY danger as a result.
They say unless you have a very specific and very serious condition requiring the meds – idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Barrett's esophagus, complicated reflux (NOT the usual cases), that kind of thing – it's time to work your way off, with a doctor's help.
Normally… I'd CELEBRATE that. But I'm gonna hold off on the balloon drop.
First, they CAUSED this problem in the first place… with the overuse of the meds AND the push to make them available over-the-counter so people could unwittingly SELF-MEDICATE themselves right into the danger zone.
And second, until I see some REAL results… until I see an actual real-world effort to cut the use of these medications… I'm going to remain skeptical that they're actually trying to "help" patients.
If you're not on them, DON'T start. And if you are on them, DON'T keep taking them.
Of course, there's an ugly catch built into that…
If you've been using the meds regularly, quitting can cause what's known as a rebound effect, where the acid comes back worse than ever.
This ISN'T a sign you have extra bad reflux and need the meds. The meds CAUSED this effect!
It's almost as though they were DESIGNED to make you THINK you need them.
That's why the best approach is to work with a doc who can help WEAN you off the drugs without so much misery…
Although it can be a little tricky no matter what you do.
For quick relief from reflux agony, try something called DGL. The "L" is for licorice -- but it's an herbal root, not the candy. (The "DG" is for deglycyrrhizinated, meaning a potentially harmful compound called glycyrrhizin has been removed).
But also take another action: Get control over the cause of your acid problems.
For most people, a combination of acidophilus supplements and digestive enzymes will do the trick…
But a doc who practices naturopathic medicine can help customize a more specific plan of attack for you if necessary.