Heartburn: It’s not the acid!

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Say you are cutting a bunch of lemons. Juice is all over your hands. Does it hurt? No, unless you have a small cut, or some other skin break. Do you get the analogy?

Heartburn is not due to excessive acid in the vast majority of people. It does become a problem when the lining of your esophagus is INFLAMMED and OXIDIZED.[1] But, what came first? Your poor diet keeping you from restoring the health of the cells lining your esophagus. They are constantly “molting.” So, stomach acid that frequently does come up the esophagus, finds those cells already set to get further inflamed.

Stomach acid is there for a purpose. Blocking its production can lead to MANY problems, most of which result from improper food digestion and absorption. This is compounded by the imbalance acid-blockers like Prilosec and Nexium create in the gut flora. It can significant enough to increase your risk of heart attacks in the future.[2]

So, is it worth it to you to pop a Purple Pill before/after eating that pizza, or any other food that “is fighting you?”

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Read past blogs on the side effects of Acid Blocking drugs like Prilosec and Nexium. Here is an update: PPIs prematurely age cells that line the inside of blood vessels, study suggests

The Houston Chronicle (5/10, Hawryluk) reports that research suggests “proton pump inhibitors prematurely age the cells that line the inside of blood vessels, making them less resistant to blockages that can cause heart attacks and strokes.” The findings were published in Circulation Research. The findings, from “lab tests,” may “explain why other studies have shown increased risk of heart disease in people who use” PPIs, “said study senior author Dr. John Cooke.”

  1. “Association of Acute Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease With Esophageal Histologic Changes,” JAMA 2016;315(19):2104
  2. “Proton Pump Inhibitor Usage and the Risk of Myocardial Infarction in the General Population,” Epub J. PLOS One June 10 2015
Hugo Rodier, MD is an integrative physician based in Draper, Utah who specializes in healing chronic disease at the cellular level by blending proper nutrition, lifestyle changes, & allopathic practices when necessary.

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