Reduce acid reflux

Thursday, November 18, 2021

I’ve written about the travails of using prescribed and over-the-counter drugs for reducing acid reflux (GERD, heartburn) several times. This group of drugs is very commonly used daily and is in fact one of the biggest selling and profit-making pills ever.

The group is call proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Specifically, the names Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Omeprazole and Aciphex come to mind.

All of these reduce the production of stomach acid. Reducing stomach acid does reduce acid reflux but it also slows down the time it takes for your stomach to empty into your small bowel.

If you eat on top of the slow emptying stomach, you most certainly can cause reflux of food and digestive juices. The treatment for reflux can cause or add to the problem

I have written a series of columns in which I described how prescribed drugs can and often do interfere with the absorption of necessary nutrients. This is little known, as it is rarely talked about.

Nutritional deficiencies can be diagnosed as a new ailment contributing to having yet another prescription written.

Common sense tells us the more drugs we take and the longer we take them, the risk of nutritional deficiency would increase.

So far, I’ve discussed the drugs for lowering blood pressure like Lisinopril, statin drugs to reduce cholesterol and Metformin (glucophage), commonly used for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. To find out if there is a drug that reduces nutrition in your bathroom cabinet, simply Google “nutritional deficiency drugname.”

Suppose the prescription medication bias with huge amounts of corporate money backing it is entirely backwards. Suppose the prescription drug is actually interfering with the absorption of the nutritional supplement.

Suppose it is well-established that prescribed drugs often and commonly create new ailments by causing vitamin and mineral deficits — what would you do? Think about this, as this is more often the case than we can imagine.

Consider the possible impact of the long list of heartburn/GERD drugs above on the reduced absorption of folic acid, B12, beta-carotene, calcium, iron and curiously thyroid hormone levothyroxine and synthroid.

Yes, it is true that reducing stomach acid can cause anemia, tiredness, skin troubles, osteoporosis (bone thinning) and then all of the troubles of low thyroid (and there are many of them).

All of this can be countered by proper nutritional supplementation. It may be possible to replace the drugs with naturals but the rebound effect is powerful — this reduces in time.

The ecological thought for the day is that we need to do what each of us can. Blah, blah, blah just won’t work anymore.

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