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Warning If You Take Acid Blockers, Acid Reducers, Antacids, H2 Receptor Blockers, etc...

by Dr. David Minkoff March 27, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

Warning If You Take Acid Blockers, Acid Reducers, Antacids, H2 Receptor Blockers, etc...

Do you take common acid blockers like Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Zantac, Pepcid, Etc...?

"Contrary to popular belief, acid reflux, indigestion GERD and other conditions are NOT a result of excess stomach acid.  Having too much stomach acid is actually an extremely rare phenomenon."

STOP IMMEDIATELY and consult your Physician about the following things you NEED to be concerned about.

Problems with acid blockers and similar products (Including PPIs, and includes all OTC and Rx formulations):

  1. Contrary to popular belief, acid reflux, indigestion, GERD and other conditions are NOT a result of excess stomach acid. Having too much stomach acid is actually an extremely rare phenomenon.
  2. Most users don't follow the usage instructions and or safety precautions. Most users don't understand these products do not treat any underlying condition that may be happening in the body.
  3. Research has shown that acid blockers are highly addictive. After six weeks of use, people get a rebound hyper acid secretion when they try to stop taking them. This "Niagara Falls" of acid flow causes many people to dangerously choose to resume using the acid blockers and continue them long term.
  4. Long term use has grave consequences. Product warnings for all these products are limited to short term use and it's NOT just for manufacturers to cover themselves.
  5. Your doctor may not even tell you the grave side effects of these products or instruct you in proper use.
  6. Contrary to popular belief, many digestive problems like heartburn, reflux, and GERD are caused by too little stomach acid, esophageal damage and other digestive issues unrelated to the amount of acid you have. A higher stomach pH (less acidic) supports several negative consequences for your digestion.
  7. They weaken the valve between the stomach and esophagus, which then allows gastric juices into the throat.
  8. Hydrochloric acid is critical to extracting important vitamins and minerals from your food – vitamin B12, folate, vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc, just to name a few. Without the acid, your body cannot extract the potential nutrition available, regardless of how much you eat.
  9. They deactivate the digestive enzymes you need to get nutrition from your food. With high pH over time, your body will actually stop making these important enzymes resulting in long term nutritional deficiencies.
  10. They create imbalances in your gut microbiome, leading to even more negative health consequences.
  11. Heartburn medication is only a bandage, a quick fix. We need to go to the root of why the body is creating this condition. A heartburn medication is a synthetic drug to stop the stomach acid, but the stomach needs acid to protect itself.
  12. Continued use may lead to arthritis & osteoporosis and other muscular/skeletal issues.
  13. Acid reflux drugs may increase risk of stomach cancer, according to a recent study [1]. It's the fifth most common cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death.
  14. Those with GERD do themselves great harm, research now shows GERD is a result of inflammation, it's an immune reaction and taking acid blockers greatly compounds this underlying issue as acid blockers cause inflammation.
  15. Studies have shown prolonged use leads to increased risk of contracting an intestinal infection caused by clostridium difficile bacteria.
  16. As pointed out in #13, they cause inflammation. Acid blockers may be contributing to the explosion of inflammatory diseases we are afflicted with in the US as well as the resulting opioid epidemic.

"Medicating the issue away with these products will not work as none of them "treat" a condition, they only mask the symptoms."

Here are a few tips to get you pointed in the right direction on this issue. 

  • Already on something doctor prescribed? Get with your physician ASAP and ask to be fully informed on the product's impact, side effects and alternatives.
  • Are you already taking these, self-prescribed? Get with your physician ASAP and ask to be fully informed on the products impact, side effects and alternatives.
  • Is your doctor telling you these are safe? Get a second opinion. Remember iatrogenic illness (illnesses caused by bad medical advice from a doctor is the third leading cause of death in the US.)

The solution: Acid reflux, GERD, indigestion and all similar associated conditions are generally related to poor lifestyle and dietary choices.  Medicating the issue away will not work as none of them "treat" a condition, they only mask the symptoms. These issues can be treated with diet, exercise and healthy supplementation, including products that contain Betaine Hydrochloride, Pancreatin, and Pepsin, such as Full Spectrum Digestive Support.

For more info. click here to learn more about the three key digestive supporting ingredients.

 



References:

  1. Waldum HL, et al. "Proton Pump Inhibitors (Ppis) May Cause Gastric Cancer - Clinical Consequences. - Pubmed - NCBI." Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. N. p., 2019. Web. 13 Mar. 2019.
Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.

He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.

In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.

The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.

Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 44 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



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