Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium and Prilosec work by blocking our stomach acid (HCl). however they can have serious side effects. They have a negative impact on gut bacteria and this leads to an increase in the risk of several serious problems!
One study from Stanford University noted the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) the Journal PLOS ONE, and it was a very LARGE study. They looked at medical records of close the three million people, who took took these drugs and what their risk was of having a heart attack. What they found was the risk for myocardial infarction was increased by 16 percent and the risk of dying from a heart attack was DOUBLED in those individuals taking proton pump inhibitors (acid blocking drugs).
What about the brain? Another recently published study was published by The Journal of the American Medical Association, in their specialty neurology journal. In February 2016, this study looked at over 70,000 individuals age 75 or older. At the beginning of this study these were people who were not demented; they were cognitively intact. These people were followed about five and a half years. What they found was remarkable- the risk of developing dementia in people who regularly take these over-the-counter acid blocking medicines, as well as prescription PPIs was increased by 44 percent. Sadly, that is a condition for which there is no treatment. In conclusion the authors stated that the avoidance of PPI medication may contribute to prevention of dementia.
So what we’ve seen is a dramatic increased risk of two inflammatory issues- dementia and heart attack- associated with using acid blocking medicines. These inflammatory conditions quite possibly are related to changes in the GUT bacteria. I bring you this information to underscore the importance of caring for your gut bacteria. It may be one of the most critical things you can do for health and disease prevention!
If you’re needing help with gut discomfort, be it acid reflux or just plain discomfort after eating, ProActazyme #1525 can work wonders! ProActazyme is a broad spectrum digestive enzyme blend with proteases of varying ph actvity (important to digestive function). I’ve seen it relieve a friend’s misery of gastroparesis (paralyzed stomach) overnight!
Gastro Health #917 is a patented formula that kills H-pylori but does not kill the beneficial bacteria. It is recommended to be used for 3 months minimum, but continued use can help with gas, bloating and digestive discomfort is gone.
Other stomach healers: Intestinal Soothe & Build #1106 heals the stomach lining that has been degraded by H.Pylori bacteria. This is an important step that should not be overlooked- the healing of the lining! Take 2 caps 3x daily until 2 bottles are gone for optimal results.
Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice #1693 1 oz daily or 1 Aloe Vera capsule 2x daily #1686. Stomach Comfort #1820 if you feel you must have a tums. No aluminum in Stomach Comfort! PDA #3245- for the digestion of proteins and absorption of minerals. H.pylori causes a suppression of the normal stomach acid, so it is suggested you use Protein Digestive Aid (PDA) to bring the acid UP to an optimum level. Yes, you read correctly- increase the acid! It is estimated that 90% of Americans are actually DEFICIENT in stomach acid, not vice versa. More on that later!
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