A new warning from the FDA should have you thinking twice before popping a proton pump inhibitor drug (PPI) like Nexium, Protonix, Prilosec, or Prevacid to soothe your heartburn.
If you're a regular Guide to Good Health Reader you already know that PPIs can be bad news...they have been linked to increasing your risks for hospital-acquired pneumonia, bone fractures, and magnesium deficiencies. But, it turns out, the acid-suppressing drugs have yet another super-nasty trick up their collective sleeve.
According to the FDA, a proton pump inhibitor drug (PPI) may increase your risk for chronic diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile (C. diff) bacterium. It seems that while the drugs are suppressing your stomach acid they're also making your gut a much friendlier place for C. diff to grow and thrive.
And trust me when I tell you that you don't want dangerous...and sometime deadly...C. diff running the show in your intestines.
Your best bet for ending your acid reflux problems without resorting to a potentially dangerous proton pump inhibitor is to consult a naturopath who will likely use a combination of probiotics and digestive enzymes to soothe your digestive troubles once and for all.