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Posted on 02-13-2014

If you're suffering from heartburn, acid reflux and other digestive problems, you're not alone.  Nearly 100 million Americans have digestive problems, and they account for 37 million doctor's visits every year.  But almost everyone who is taking the drugs most doctors recommend is getting sicker with each pill they take.

When you go to the doctor for stomach problems, the solution offered you is usually a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).  These drugs reduce stomach acid and include Prilosec and Zegerid, available by prescription or over-the-counter (OTC), as well as Nexium and Prevacid, and their generic counterparts, omeprazole and pantoprazole.

Annual sales of OTC Prilosec as of a few years ago were $400 million; Zegerid is over $200 million.  There were also 92 million prescriptions written for PPIs in 2010, which made their manufacturers more than $14 billion, the fourth largest sales for a class of drugs.  Numbers 1, 2 and 3 on the money-maker scale, in case you're curious, are antipsychotics, cholesterol-lowering statins, and antidepressants.

How are these drugs killing you?  When stomach acid is reduced, it stops your digestive system in its tracks.  Since the proper function of every organ and system is dependent upon the nutrients extracted from the food and liquids we ingest - which process begins with stomach acid - you can count on a deterioration of general health.

Some of the consequences of taking PPIs include:

  • Low magnesium levels - which can cause seizures, irregular heartbeats and muscle spasms
  • An increase risk of hip, wrist, and spine fractures, especially for patients over 50
  • Pneumonia
  • Serious infections caused by the bacteria that causes inflammation In the intestines.

Al of these risks have the subject of FDA advisories - although it's doubtful that someone going to a drug store to get Prilosec is aware of them

The good news is that there are safe, natural alternatives that help promote healthy digestion without the serious side effects associated with most OTC and prescription drugs.  Our clinic has helped hundreds of people eliminate digestive distress using natural, whole food enzymes and probiotics.  Schedule a complimentary consultation to find out if this safe, natural alternative can help you eliminate digestive problems without the need for drugs with potentially dangerous side effects.

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