proton pump inhibitors

  1. Proton pump inhibitors can increase stroke risk

    Heartburn drugs linked to stroke risk

    Everyone loves a big holiday feast. But the hours afterward?

    Not so much!

    This time of year, stores stockpile heartburn meds like they're candy canes... and some folks pop a pill such as a proton pump inhibitor before every big December party.

    It's a bad habit to have even for occasional use -- but millions of Americans aren't just using these drugs every now and again.

    They're fighting a never-ending war with stomach acid and taking the drugs DAILY.

    Some folks take them two or three times a day!

    That's not just a bad habit. It's a DEADLY one, as the latest research reveals the ugly truth about regular use of PPI drugs: They can increase your risk of stroke.

    Folks who take the highest regular doses of these drugs -- the equivalent of between two and four capsules per day -- face a higher risk of ischemic stroke. That's the form triggered by a blockage in one of your arteries

    An ischemic stroke cuts off blood to the brain -- and that causes part of the brain to practically shut down, leading to those terrifying warning signs such as slurred speech, a drooping face, and loss of control over one side of your body.

    If you don't get help quickly, this form of stroke can lead to permanent disability... and even death.

    And if you take PPI drugs, your risk of facing this nightmare scenario jumps by more than 20 percent overall.

    The risk is higher for some drugs than in others.

    One drug in particular, pantoprazole (a.k.a. Protonix) can increase that risk by as much as 94 percent!

    Another one, the wildly popular esomeprazole (Nexium) can increase the risk by as much as 50 percent, while omeprazole (Prilosec) and lansoprazole (Prevacid) can boost the odds by as much as a third.

    The study doesn't show why these drugs would trigger a stroke, but research I shared over the summer shows how they can help create the perfect conditions for a blockage by "aging" your arteries.

    That makes it more likely for fat and other junk to stick to the walls rather than pass on through, causing the ugly buildups that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

    And those are just SOME of the risks of these drugs, which have been linked to everything from dementia to cancer.

    There are far better ways to get a grip on heartburn and reflux problems, starting with watching what you eat.

    Sometimes, the trigger is obvious, like spicy foods or alcohol.

    But many folks have a "hidden" trigger, something not as easy to spot. Food additives such as MSG can do the trick, and in some folks even gluten can cause acid to start bubbling up.

    A holistic doctor can run some tests that can help detect those triggers so you can learn to avoid them. And if you're in the San Diego area, I can run those tests here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in Southern California? I can also offer advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. Proton pump inhibitors linked to dementia

    Common heartburn drugs linked to dementia

    One of the toughest parts of my job isn’t fighting any specific disease or condition…and it’s not even the endless battles against clueless medical bureaucrats.

    No…those are plenty bad, but there’s something far worse.

    It’s watching patients suffer needlessly because of mainstream medical treatments that either don’t work or work only with unnecessary risks – like the proton pump inhibitors commonly given for acid reflux and heartburn.

    And if you’re among the 60 million Americans battling reflux… if you’re on or have considered taking those drugs yourself… it’s time you knew the TRUE risks, because PPIs can do far more damage than your doctor will ever let on.

    One new study finds that this class of drugs – which includes best-sellers such as Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec – could even increase your risk of dementia.

    According to a study in JAMA Neurology, seniors who took proton pump inhibitors were 44 percent more likely to battle this devastating disease. But the gents in the study faced an even higher risk – they were 52 percent more likely to suffer from dementia after taking PPIs.

    As bad as that risk is, it’s hardly the ONLY reason to avoid the drugs.

    It may not even be the BIGGEST reason to make sure you never touch a PPI, because these drugs can wreck you far worse than a stomach acid problem ever will. They can block calcium…leading to bone breaks. They can block magnesium…leading to heart problems.

    They’ve even been linked to esophageal cancer.

    And if you try to stop taking a PPI, it can cause your reflux to come roaring back with a vengeance. That’s quite a trick they’ve got up their sleeve – a side effect so common it even has its own name, “acid rebound.”

    It’s so bad people end up right back on the very drugs they were trying to get rid of, a self-perpetuating vicious cycle that almost guarantees you’ll never get any real relief.

    But there are far safer ways to battle reflux.

    I’ve devoted an entire chapter to natural therapies for acid reflux in my best-selling book, Prescription for Natural Cures; and based on the letters and emails I’ve received, I know it’s changed lives and helped folks just like you avoid those dangerous medications.

    As the book says, a supplement containing a full-spectrum blend of enzymes can help you digest food more effectively and stop reflux before it starts – and that’s just one option for drug-free reflux relief.

    I’ve just finished a cover-to-cover revision of the book, with the latest breakthrough therapies for acid reflux and hundreds of other conditions. That makes it the most comprehensive guide to natural remedies available today.

    You’ll find the new Third Edition of Prescription for Natural Cures available at bookstores everywhere and online from Amazon.com starting this month.

  3. The peanut butter cups of bad meds

    For drug makers, it must have been a "you got your peanut butter in my chocolate" moment -- but instead of "two great tastes that taste great together," you're about to get two bad meds that are even worse together.
  4. Babies being given stomach acid meds

    Here's a quick way to tell if you've picked the right pediatrician for your new baby: Tell him the baby spits up or vomits and cries about it afterwards. If he smiles reassuringly and says, "that's what babies do," you may have found a keeper.

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