HEADLINE from Washington University School of Medicine:
If you’ve been taking a PPI for longer than 2 weeks, STOP IT.
(Actually don’t just STOP. You have to wean off them because your body is now dependent. Nobody told you that would happen, did they?)
What kind of a person recommends taking pharmaceuticals that don’t fix the problem and have dangerous side effects?
GERD is not “Too Much” Stomach Acid
Did you know that the cause of acid reflux is NOT too much stomach acid? It’s TOO LITTLE.
Stomach acid is required to close the LES (lower esophageal sphincter), the flap that keeps stomach acid in your stomach and not traveling back up your throat. If you have too little stomach acid, that flap won’t close.
So conventional medicine, rather than fix the problem of too little stomach acid and closing the flap (which is SIMPLE TO DO), gives you a magic pill that stops your body from producing stomach acid so it won’t travel back up the throat.
This is insanity. 🤷♀️
Yes, it works in getting rid of acid reflux — the logic is clear. But it does not fix your digestive issues and causes other, MUCH BIGGER PROBLEMS.
Like increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and upper gastrointestinal cancer.
Like preventing you from getting the nutrients from your food (stomach acid is required).
Like leaving you exposed to food-borne pathogens, parasites and bacteria (stomach acid kills this stuff).
Non-Pharma Fixes for GERD, Heartburn
👉 Fixing your gut is NOT hard or expensive. A few simple diet changes, adding in a few quality supplements… SIMPLE. You don’t even have to exercise!!!
Big Medicine doesn’t recommend this route because there’s no money in it. And doctors aren’t trained how to heal you without drugs and surgery because there’s no money in it.
Which PPI are you taking?
omeprazole: Prilosec, Zegerid
dexlansoprazole: Dexilant, Kapidex