Stop Acid Reflux Safely – Most Common Acid Reflux Treatment is Lethal
The most common treatment for acid reflux is a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs. The latest estimates suggest that 15 million Americans are taking one of these drugs on prescription, and that’s without counting users who get them over the counter, so the actual figure could be even higher.
This is disturbing because a new study in the journal BMJ now shows that this abundantly used drug type increases your risk of death from a whole range of serious chronic conditions.
American researchers looked at data collected by the American Department of Veterans Affairs between 2002 and 2004. They found that doctors had prescribed PPIs for 157,625 people and H2 blockers (another type of acid reflux drug) for 56,842 others.
They noticed an extra 45.2 (per 1000) more deaths in the PPI group compared to the H2 blocker group, which shows pretty clearly that PPIs pose a greater risk of death.
They further break that down into 17.47 circulatory system deaths, 12.94 cancer deaths, 4.2 infectious and parasitic disease deaths, 6.25 reproductive and urinary systems deaths, 15.48 cardiovascular disease deaths, and a small number from chronic kidney disease.
For some people it wasn’t clear from the medical documents why PPI had been prescribed, but for that group we know that an extra 22.91/1000 of them died from cardiovascular disease, 4.74 from chronic kidney disease, and 3.12 from stomach and esophageal cancers.
These statistics held true for people who had a history of these diseases as well as those that didn’t.
It seems that the longer people took PPIs, the higher their risk of death from cancer, and from diseases of the circulatory and reproductive and urinary systems too. And this was true even for those people who took very low doses, so they’re bad news no matter how little you take.
The most common PPIs are Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Aciphex, Zegerid, Dexilant, and Protonix.
These drugs are used to suppress stomach acid production when too much washes up into your esophagus and throat. Unfortunately, it seems that they do a lot more besides, and researchers have pointed out these dangers several times before.
Scientists don’t know exactly why PPIs are so dangerous, but the new study proposes some possibilities:
PPIs alter our gut bacteria by killing some and allowing others to flourish.
They damage the endothelial cells that line our blood vessels and lymph nodes, and they cause those cells to die faster.
They increase oxidative stress.
They disrupt normal cell growth, which might lead to cells becoming cancerous.
They destroy the immune cells in the mucous of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Whatever the cause may be, it is clear that you are probably going to be safer if you don’t take these drugs at all.
Stop Acid Reflux Safely – Why You’re NOT Sick Despite Your Doctor’s Diagnosis
You are probably much healthier than your doctor thinks. And most certainly a lot healthier than your collection of prescription medicines suggests.
In fact, you are probably much healthier than you have been led yourself to believe.
Dr. Teppo Jarvinen, of the Department of Orthopedics and Trauma at the University of Helsinki, wrote an article in a recent British Medical Journal that argued that it has become the norm for doctors to prescribe medicine, not because you are sick, but because you might get sick.
In other words, drugs are prescribed not for existing conditions, but to prevent ones that have not yet happened. Prevention of something that may or may not happen has now become a disease in itself.
For this reason, where a British hospital chart used to have room for five medications, it now has room for 30, and the British medical system is responsible for 18 drug prescriptions per person per year. The rest of the Western world is probably in a similar situation.
Osteoporosis is a good example, with many women being prescribed drugs to prevent the loss of bone mineral density in their postmenopausal years when they are supposedly at increased risk of osteopenia or osteoporosis. But as a thorough literature review in the May 2015 edition of the Journal of Internal Medicine reveals:
– 85 percent of fractures in elderly women are not due to osteoporosis but to falls because of muscle weakness
– Bone mineral density does not predict fractures in the elderly
– Osteoporosis drugs do not prevent fractures anyway.
Given that the drugs are expensive and far from side effect-free, the massive over-prescription of these drugs seems unjustified.
According to a 2008 article in the British Medical Journal, up to 70 percent of people with prescriptions for proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have neither stomach ulcers, nor a chronic inflammatory condition that justifies the PPI prescriptions. It is not supposed to be given to people to prevent occasional heartburn after fatty meals.
Health authorities in the U.S., Britain, Australia, and many other countries around the world recommend that statins (cholesterol drugs) be prescribed for healthy people to prevent cardiovascular disease, even if they have only a 10 percent chance of developing it (7.5 percent in the U.S).
Meanwhile, after conducting a thorough literature review, medical specialists argued in a 2013 edition of the British Medical Journal that healthy people with a smaller than 20 percent risk of cardiovascular disease do not benefit from statins and that these drugs do not change the age at which they die or even the severity of the cardiovascular complaints from which they suffer later.
All these are cases where drugs are prescribed to prevent, rather than to cure. Even worse, in some of these cases research shows that they do not have a preventative effect, anyway.
There are many reasons for thinking that overprescription is a bad idea.
Most importantly, if people are put on drugs, they may not be as motivated to change their lifestyles to prevent diseases. If you know you can take a proton pump inhibitor afterwards, you won’t even think of preventing heartburn by skipping the fatty meal. This holds even more strongly for regular exercise to increase muscle strength and decrease fracture-causing falls, and for healthy dieting to reduce cholesterol. Drugs replace behavior modification and healthy lifestyles.
Furthermore, virtually all drugs have side effects. They clash with each other. They overwork your liver and kidneys that must break them down and excrete them.
Finally, they drive up the revenue that governments and private health insurers spend on healthcare. This leads to higher taxation and higher insurance premiums.
Stop Acid Reflux Safely – How Heartburn Causes Heart Attack (be warned)
But it might not be linked in the way you think.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, affects more than 20 million Americans. Likely, there are many millions more suffering, but the 20 million estimate is the number who are currently prescribed a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
What is alarming, and what the study found, is that people taking these drugs are at a 20% increased risk of suffering a heart attack as compared to those who don’t take the drugs.
PPIs are drugs better known as Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid, among others. The increased risk is caused by the drugs’ effect on the lining of blood vessel walls. This interferes with blood flow, leading to a dramatically increased risk of having a heart attack.
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