Heartburn drug warning: New study links PPIs to Alzheimer’s disease

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heartburn(NaturalHealth365) Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are one of the most widely used prescription medications used today to treat heartburn, and GERD. In fact, more than 15 million Americans were using prescription PPI drugs back in 2013. This means that an average of $10 billion dollars was spent on these drugs in 2013 alone!

Got heartburn? Be warned – PPIs don’t come without consequences. For example, a recent study done in 2016 has shown that these drugs are linked to dementia. German researchers have found that older adults who take proton pump inhibitors have a 44% increased chance of developing dementia than those who did not take this class of medication.

Are PPIs being used and prescribed inappropriately?

Have you seen the newest addition to the over the counter PPI medications available without a prescription? Nexium, also known as the ‘purple pill,’ has recently made its way onto the pharmacy shelves, not requiring a prescription. This is allowing consumers to take this medication without the discretion of a medical professional – which increases the risk of harm.

Not only this, but Britta Haenisch, Ph.D., from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases stated that these medications are commonly over prescribed and that according to some research, up to 70% of all PPI prescriptions could be inappropriate.

READ THIS RIGHT NOW – if you suffer from heartburn

If you are wondering why these drugs are more frequently being prescribed, it’s likely because of the diets we see today. The standard American diet (SAD) is often to blame for many of the health conditions on the rise today, and GERD or acid reflux is no exception to this rule.

Acid reflux is caused by things like fried and fatty foods, high alcohol consumption, caffeine intake, smoking, obesity, and poor lifestyle choices. The standard American diet certainly does not help with the prevalence of acid reflux seen today.

In order to reduce the prevalence of GERD, it’s important to take a look at dietary and lifestyle choices and to start focusing on whole and natural foods. The main point here is simple: you CAN eliminate unwanted digestive problems without the need for toxic drugs.

Long term use of PPIs linked to another serious health problem

The list of potential side effects from long-term PPI use doesn’t stop at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. These medications have been linked to 20-50% increased risk of chronic kidney disease.

The more of this drug you take, the more your risk increases. One study found that twice a day users of this drug were 46% more likely to develop kidney disease. That almost doubles your chances just by taking a medication.

A natural way to stop heartburn and protect your health

You may be asking what you should do from here? We know that these drugs are commonly prescribed unnecessarily so, what should you do? The first step is to determine if PPI use is even appropriate for you. Given that these medications are commonly prescribed unnecessarily – there may be a chance they may not be the answer for you either.

Addressing dietary changes and lifestyle factors as the cause of heartburn or GERD is another great place to start. The truth is: you CAN prevent GERD and other digestive problems without the need for medication.

Here are a few good tips: Avoid sugary, processed foods. Eat organic (fresh) food – as much as possible. When hungry between meals, try to snack of fruits and veggies. In addition, try eating smaller size meals and chew your food really well.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to find a naturopath or other healthcare provider that understands the power of nutrition.

References:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/heartburn-drugs-ppi-prilosec-nexium-prevacid-risk-of-dementia
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/common-heartburn-drugs-linked-with-kidney-disease
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/858909

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  • Victor R

    No surprise all medications even over the counter ones have side effects. Again, they do not solve the problem.

  • Nathan Palmer

    The entire premise behind antacids is wrong. Close to 80%of people who complain of heartburn really have too little hydrochloric acid and enzymes in the stomach. The people who have too little stomach acid can’t digest food properly. Antacids make a bad condition worst.

    • Sandy

      “Antacids make a bad condition worse.”
      That seems to be the business plan for the entire pHARMaceutical industry. Make a bad condition worse while collecting large profits at the expense of the old, the ill and the weak.

  • Laura West

    Food nutrients are dependent on stomach acid for their digestion. The people that pop these antacids wind up short on nutrients. The most important B vitamins and calcium depends on an acid medium in the stomach to be absorbed. People who rely on antacids usually will wind up with too little stomach acid.

  • Trent Hines

    One reason people are more prone to Alzheimer’s disease by taking antacids is they aren’t getting their B vitamins. This is especially true of B1, B2, B4, folic acid and B12. In nursing homes people’s dementia improves with B vitamins. Yet, older American’s are put on antacid drugs, while at the same time they produce less stomach acid.

  • Darby Hanson

    A poor diet can come back to bite you. Our digestion system is not meant for all the garbage we put there. I am sure many people would improve with a diet human’s were meant to eat.

  • Roy Fluer

    There is something most people don’t know. People over the age of 50 can have a structural weakness such as a hiatal hernia. The general complaints of this condition include heartburn.

  • Norman Pearl

    Eat until you are only three-quarters full. This is important, because if your stuffed the churning in your stomach will force food into your esophagus. This is because you don’t have enough room in your stomach. This is one of the causes of heartburn.

  • Brenda Herbert

    Does anyone ask why GERD is so common? It has to be due to lifestyle. I think stress plays a role, because when under stress digestion suffers.

  • Alan Vaugn

    I got GERD from a prescription drug. This is more common than people realize.

  • Eddy Hudson

    When I was taught how to food combine, I improved my symptoms. For me that was an important change that helped to stop the reflux.

  • harh

    What about drinking ACV, Apple cider Vinegar, water, lemon and a little bit of stevia, that works for me, I have no problems with indigestion

  • Ty Shlackman

    The Medical Medium Anthony William says to drink celery juice on an empty stomach. It contains a unique blend of seven different acids the body needs to produce hydrochloric acid to properly digest protein and protect the gut from pathogens.

    Acid reflux is actually caused by bad acids produced by pathogenic organisms traveling up the esophagus not by too much stomach acid or stomach acid traveling up the esophagus.

  • John

    “GERD” is such a ridiculous name for this issue. Take some once living source HCL and watch the acid indigestion, reflux, etc. go away within a few minutes. You don’t have to change your lifestyle!

  • Jane

    Surprised no one suggested this ancient and continuing solution: APPLES. I find RED apples work much better than yellow, and green do not seem to work at all. Whenever I feel GERD coming on, I eat an apple. Organic only, of course, and RED Fuji apples work the best for me. After a while, I only need to eat 1-2 apples a day to keep the GERD away, and the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” perhaps came from this relief. Now I can just eat a quarter apple a couple times a day, and NO GERD, NONE! I have told many friends over the years, and apples ALWAYS work for them too. Remember – RED apples (yellow and green do not work). And interestingly, a couple friends say that Organic Fuji apples work the best for them too.

  • Sandy

    Drink dilutes apple cider vinegar to quell acid reflux. Most reflux is because of TOO LITTLE stomach acid, and the food’s sitting in the stomach rotting. A way to stimulate production of your natural stomach acid and digestive enzymes is to take a drop or two of gentian extract on your tongue a few minutes before you eat. The bitter taste of gentian stimulates your digestive processes naturally and without any side effects.