Getting Rid of Acid Reflux Permanently – This Acid Reflux Drugs Fracture Bones
It is common for infants to spit up their food after a meal, but if they also vomit, cough, and choke frequently, struggle to eat, and fail to gain weight, then a well-meaning doctor may decide to prescribe a drug for acid reflux.
But a study just published in the journal Pediatrics shows that these drugs also put your child at risk of bone fractures early in their lives.
There are two common drugs for acid reflux: proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine H2-receptor antagonists (H2RAs), and they’re sometimes prescribed together.
The authors of the new study looked at 851,631 children born between 2001 and 2013 who were tracked for at least two years.
Kids with cholestasis (a bile disease), osteogenesis imperfecta (a brittle bone disease), and those who were maltreated were left out of the study.
11% of these kids were prescribed one or both of these drugs before their first birthday (which seems kind of ludicrous, but there you go…)
0.9 percent received PPIs, eight percent received H2RAs, and two percent received both.
Those youngsters who took an anti-acid drug before birthday number one also broke their first bone eight months earlier than those who received no such drugs.
The children who received PPIs were 21 percent more likely than their peers were to fracture a bone during childhood and those who received both drugs increased their childhood fracture risk by 31 percent.
H2RAs alone had no effect, but they clearly amplified the harm of the PPIs for the kids who took both drugs before their first birthday.
Those who took the medication the earliest and the longest had the greatest risk of early bone fractures. That’s some disturbing reading.
The researchers made sure that sex, preterm birth, obesity, and other such characteristics did not affect their findings.
Drugs should always be the last resort for your children (and maybe for yourself, too) so try lifestyle remedies before you reach for the acid suppressants. Here’s what to trial:
- Feed them small meals more frequently rather than large meals infrequently. A full stomach puts pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (the ring of muscles that keeps food down where it belongs).
- Avoid feeding from bottles with large-sized nipples, as this may allow the milk to flow too fast.
- Add some oats or other cereal to the milk or start the baby on solid food early (with your pediatrician’s permission, of course).
- Make sure your baby does not sleep with its head downwards. A small elevation of the head might help, especially in the first two hours after a meal.
Luckily, most infants grow out of acid reflux at around one year of age when their lower esophageal sphincters become strong enough to keep food down and their digestive systems mature.
Getting Rid of Acid Reflux Permanently – How Over-the-Counter Acid Reflux Meds Break Your Bones and Cause Arthritis
Waking up with that horrible, sour taste in your mouth and your chest burning with acid reflux, your first impulse is probably to jump for the medicine cabinet.
And what’s the damage? After all, these pills are sold over the counter, nothing but simple calcium or other ingredients that cause no side effects. Right?
Think again, because new research has shown that the side effects of these “innocent” acid reflux pills can be lethal.
Acid reflux is a frustrating condition; and, if left untreated, can ultimately lead to several serious diseases such as esophageal cancer.
Americans spend tens of millions of dollars treating the symptoms with prescription medications called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, to quell the discomfort.
Most experts agree that for the vast majority of sufferers, diet is the key culprit. They go on to also agree that changing the way one eats, as well as how much during each meal, can go a long way to naturally end it without having to resort to medication.
However, many people figure that diet changes might be too hard and that a pill is easier- so what’s the harm?
As it turns out, PPI drugs, which work by shutting down some of the pumps in the stomach that produce acid needed for digestion, also interfere with a host of other systems in the body.
For one, doctors are noticing a dramatic uptick in bone fractures and osteoarthritis among regular users of PPI medicines.
The problem is that PPIs are known to interfere with more than acid production. They also interfere with the body’s ability to absorb protein and calcium, both of which are needed for healthy bones and joints.
This is of particular importance to people who are already at risk, such as those going through menopause or taking medicines that also interfere with calcium absorption like calcium channel blockers, used for high blood pressure.
It has also been seen that PPIs interfere with magnesium absorption, which can cause bleeding problems and increase a person’s risk of developing other bowel-related issues.
Further, PPIs have been shown to affect blood vessel health by narrowing the arteries, spiking blood pressure.
For the little amount of temporary relief, many natural health practitioners caution that it just isn’t worth the extra problems the side effects of these drugs bring to the party.
Their advice, instead, is to have an honest look at diet and lifestyle and see if making even just a few, simple changes can turn around the reflux naturally.
Not sure where to start with eliminating your acid reflux, and don’t want to head to the medicine cabinet every day?
Getting Rid of Acid Reflux Permanently – Acid Reflux – 7 Foods You Didn’t Know Cause It
If you frequently suffer acid reflux/heartburn, you probably know of many foods that trigger it.
Spicy foods are on the top of the list for many people. Tomato sauce and pizza late at night might be in there, too.
But there are some foods that most of us think are completely safe that sneakily cause acid reflux without being noticed.
The next time you get acid reflux, just check if you’ve had any of these foods that day. It’s not spicy food that’s always the culprit.
- Fried foods: You might love your French Fries, but your stomach doesn’t. They are high in fat content and are the foods most often associated with heartburn and acid reflux.
- Soda: This doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that soda is packed full of carbonated bubbles that expand inside the stomach and increase pressure inside the stomach walls inducing acid reflux. The worst kind of sodas are the ones that are caffeinated or acidic, which most of them are anyway. So, try to avoid them completely.
- Chocolate: Chocolate is often seen as a calorie bomb or a tooth decay expert. Believe it or not, it’s also on this list of foods that can induce acid reflux. In fact, it packs a triple whammy – there are stimulants (caffeine and theobromine), cocoa, and fat and all these ingredients can cause reflux.If you still insist on having your dose of chocolate, at least go for the dark chocolate. It is a slightly better than milk chocolate.
- Alcohol: Even though alcohol is not as acidic as soda, it can cause the muscle flap connecting the stomach and esophagus causing acid reflux. Minimize or avoid alcohol and don’t mix in orange juice or soda in it when you drink it at all.
- Dairy products with high fat content: Use high fat dairy products like butter and cheese with caution. Too much of it can cause reflux, especially if you eat them regularly.
- Fatty meat: Certain meats like lamb and pork are rich in fats and tend to remain in the stomach for a longer time as it gets digested causing acid reflux. You can choose lean meat over fatty meat and keep it to once a week to avoid chances of getting acid reflux.
- Coffee and caffeinated drinks: you don’t have to worry too much if you’re happy with a cup of coffee a day. But if you drink coffee every couple of hours, you’re definitely inviting trouble. Herbal tea or green tea are good options in place of coffee. Try them out instead!
For more ideas for getting rid of acid reflux permanently, watch this video – What Triggers Your Acid Reflux, and What Solutions Will Work
This post is from Scott Davis’ Acid Reflux Solution. This program helps you to cure your heartburn and acid reflux by using natural remedies to quickly heal your stomach without dangerous medicine or risky surgeries. It can also help you to remove some disorders of acid reflux such as constipation or IBS.
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