Heartburn meds linked to deadly form of cancer

There's no such thing as a "good" cancer... but some forms of this disease are a whole lot worse than others.

And on the long list of cancers you want nothing to do with, stomach cancer has to be near the top.

It's not just that it's one of the deadliest types of cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 30 percent.

It's that even when you fight this cancer and win... even when you beat the odds and survive... you could be living without part of your stomach and intestines, changing your life completely and permanently.

You want to do everything you can to AVOID this disease.

Instead, you might be RAISING your risk -- right now -- without even realizing it!

A frightening new study finds that a common class of medication taken by millions could lead to directly to stomach cancer.

The latest findings show that proton pump inhibitors taken to fight heartburn and reflux can increase your risk of this devastating disease by up to EIGHT TIMES!

That's not even the scary part.

Ready for it?

You DON'T have to take these drugs every day to face that risk!

Even occasional use -- taking a PPI an average of just once a week -- will more than double your risk of stomach cancer.

Taking the drug daily will increase your odds of this cancer 4.6 times, and the risk keeps rising if you keep taking it.

Popping a PPI daily for a year will increase your risk of stomach cancer by five times... while taking it daily for three years will increase your risk of by 800 percent.

What makes this study so alarming is that it focused on patients who had been treated for H pylori, a germ responsible for gut infections and ulcers that can also increase the risk of stomach cancer.

Everyone in the study had been given antibiotics, and the bacteria was completely eliminated.

In theory, they should have had a lower risk of stomach cancer.

Instead, just the opposite happened -- and it's all linked to those PPI drugs.

The shame of it is that almost no one even needs these meds in the first place. Sure, they bring down stomach acid levels, which probably sounds fantastic when you're fighting off the misery of reflux.

But stomach acid isn't actually the cause of reflux.

It's just a symptom.

Instead of popping PPIs to tame those raging acid levels, work with a holistic medical doctor who can test for and treat all of the possible causes of reflux, including undiagnosed food sensitivities.

For complete testing and treatment in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in Southern California? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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