Recently, a Gastroenterologist ordered one of my patients to get back on an Acid Blocker, Prevacid. She had stopped it because her heartburn was gone. He testily asserted that heartburn cannot be cured. “Where did it go, then?” retorted my patient. She did not expect a response, or another consultation with him.
Is it possible that intelligent people can be so deceived by Big Pharma? He also told her not to take probiotics—“they are worthless,” he said.
Take a look at this article…
Diet, lifestyle changes may help minimize acid reflux symptoms without PPI side effects
“The New York Times (3/20, Brody, Subscription Publication) “Well” blog reports that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for heartburn “are now linked to a growing number of complications, ranging in seriousness from nutrient deficiencies, joint pain and infections to bone fractures, heart attacks and dementia.” According to the Times, consumers plagued by acid reflux would be wise to consider an alternative approach, namely diet and lifestyle changes that can minimize symptoms and even heal damage already done.”
They left out kidney damage, and disturbed microflora. But, other than that PPIs are deemed safe enough to be sold over the counter.