acid reflux

  1. Don’t fall for this BOGUS safety alert about your heartburn [False alarm!]

    Americans are DITCHING some of the most dangerous drugs in the pharmacy… and turning to SAFER options for acid reflux.

    We should CELEBRATE that, right?

    Well, friend, you’d better believe the drug industry ISN’T celebrating.

    They’re in full-blown PANIC mode!

    See, they don’t look at the part where drugs for reflux such as PPIs are DANGEROUS.

    No, they’re only looking at the balance sheet… where these meds are some of the most PROFITABLE.

    When people SWITCH, they lose big bucks.

    So, in a desperate attempt to save their bank accounts, they’re pulling an ugly little stunt behind the scenes.

    They hoped you’d never see it…

    But today, I’m going to pull back the curtain… and EXPOSE how they’re putting the screws to your doctor right now…

    To get you BACK onto their money-making drugs.

    More importantly, I’ve got what they’re so afraid of: safe and proven home remedies that’ll chase away the excruciating agony of acid reflux.

    The SURPRISING cause of your acid reflux… and how to FIX it

    The new report in Medscape – a website for doctors and nurses and such – urges doctors to be frank with patients about the “limited evidence” and “potential risks” of reflux treatments.

    No, they haven’t finally come to their senses about reflux drugs like PPIs, whose risks are serious and, in some cases, SEVERE…

    Nope.

    It’s only the NATURAL stuff they want docs to rip into!

    And of course, the report delivers a whole lotta claptrap.

    Here’s a real beaut…

    The report claims apple cider vinegar – a time-tested reflux remedy some people swear by – is “toxic” when it has acetic acid concentrations of 20%.

    Except as the same report quietly notes, the apple cider vinegar people use contains less than 5% acetic acid… and most people dilute it FAR beyond that.

    Uh...why bring it up then???

    So they can make a bogus safety claim, of course!  

    Then the report claims vinegar shouldn’t be used anyway since it’s acidic and “reflux isn't related to a lack of acid but is due to an excess of acid.”

    And that, my friend, is so much BUNK… I started yelling at my computer like a crazy person.

    It is absolutely proven that not enough acid can CAUSE reflux, since low levels weaken the esophageal sphincter. That allows any acid left to reach the wrong place -- even when levels are low.

    In other words… if that’s the cause of your reflux… then something like apple cider vinegar can be EXACTLY what you need.

    Yet these ninnies are trying to scare you away from it!

    The report isn’t ALL negative. It actually recommends melatonin for reflux – something I’ve never really had near the top of my list for reflux, but certainly worth a shot.

    Apple cider vinegar isn’t at the top of my list either, for that matter…

    Most people see much bigger improvements with acidophilus supplements and digestive enzymes.

    In fact, this easy approach works for about 2/3 of patients.

    And one of my favorites is DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice).

    If you’ve tried ALL of the above… and still aren’t getting relief… get tested for other possible problems.

    You’ll want to rule out an undiagnosed ulcer and/or hidden food sensitivity.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. Do acid reflux drugs pack the world’s most DEVIOUS side effect?

    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.

    Well… MOSTLY.

    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.

    Or pneumonia.

    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

  3. Solve your chronic digestive problems by cranking up the engine of your stomach

    So what's my big beef with drugs like Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec? It's not much, really. Just that they mask your digestive problems, don't solve them. Plus -- once you start taking one, you may never get off it. Let me explain why… Millions of men and women across the country use proton-pump inhibitors (PPI) like Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec to improve their acid reflux, chronic indigestion, or peptic ulcers. These drugs work by shutting down the enzyme in your stomach that produces acid. But shutting down your stomach's acid production is never a good idea. In fact, if you suffer from acid reflux, chances are you don't have enough acid in your stomach. And it's only by adding more acid and enzymes to your system that you can the make the symptoms of this "chronic" problem disappear. More on how to do that in a moment, but first, consider this… Scientists prove PPIs induce acid reflux in healthy patients Scientists in from Copenhagen University studied the effects of PPIs on 120 healthy volunteers. (Just to be clear, these were people who'd never even had an occasional bout of acid reflux.) The patients were divided into two groups. One group got a placebo (sugar pill) for 12 weeks. And another group got 40 mg per day of esomeprazole (the PPI in Nexium) for eight weeks followed by a placebo for four weeks. So what did they find? Did both groups fare about the same? Of course not. In fact, during the wash-out phase (during weeks nine through 12), 44 percent of the patients who took a PPI experienced a "clinically relevant acid-related" symptom compared to only 15 percent of the placebo group. That means, after they stopped taking the darned drug, almost half of these folks experienced acid reflux, heartburn, or dyspepsia for the first time in their lives! Why did that happen, you ask? The study's authors called it a "rebound." You see, when the patients stopped taking the acid-suppressant, their bodies went into withdrawal. The researchers theorize that their bodies started over-producing a hormone that stimulates stomach acid. And this was during a clinical trial, with healthy volunteers! Just consider how this might play out in millions of homes across the country with someone who really suffers from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Say a man has a bout of acid reflux. He has trouble getting rid of it. So he starts taking Nexium. He thinks he's got the reflux under control after eight weeks, so he goes off it. But then the symptoms return. Based on the conclusions of this study, his rebound symptoms could technically have been induced by the PPI! But he doesn't know that, of course. He just knows the symptoms came back. So he goes back on the PPI. I don't know about you, but in my book, that's called an addictive drug. It's a drug that you can never get away from scot-free. Soothing your stomach without drugs There are lots of options for controlling acid reflux without resorting to drugs like Nexium. Basically, the goal is to create a digestive environment that doesn't allow reflux to occur. First off, I would encourage you to add a probiotic like acidophilus to your daily regimen. Go for a capsule that contains billions of units of this beneficial bacteria. And you don't just swallow it with meals. Instead, you'll want to open up the capsule and pour the contents down your throat. Let your natural saliva wash it down. That way, your throat and esophagus will get coated with all soothing bacteria. This will also aid in your overall digestion. You should also add some "full spectrum" digestive enzymes to your regimen. You see, acid reflux occurs when your stomach doesn't produce enough acid. As a result, your food doesn't get properly digested and it starts coming back at you. Digestive enzymes crank up your stomach's engine and allow helpful acid to flourish. The enzymes also help you to properly break down all food types (proteins, fats, and carbs). Take them immediately after meals, so as to augment, not replace, the body's manufacture of its own enzymes. When acid reflux just won't quit Occasionally the combination of acidophilus and digestive enzymes isn't enough to stop severe acid reflux. You may have even developed an ulcer. If that's the case, you may experience relief with DGL, a form of licorice that has one component removed (DGL means De-Glycerrhizinated Licorice). Chewing or sucking on it 20 minutes before eating can be very helpful in difficult cases. If you've been dealing with acid reflux for a number of years, you probably already know to avoid spicy and acidic foods. But you may not know about lesser-known triggers for acid reflux such as flour products (sorry, no pancakes!), sugar, and even alcohol. Definitely avoid these triggers as well. I would also suggest eating several small meals throughout the day, instead of three all-you-can-eat feasts. This is approach is far easier on your digestive tract.

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