The Purple Pill Gives Me Heartburn

Now we hear that it doubles the risk of stomach cancer. Why? It curtails the absorption of key nutrients, like antioxidants, B vitamins, and minerals, and it messes with your gut flora. The latter determines how anything we put in our mouth will work, including cancer drugs. We have talked about this previously under the concept of POSTBIOTICS.

It is sad to hear that some patients are still being told acid blocking drugs cannot be stopped, even though there is so much evidence that a plant-based diet—which is high in antioxidants—will cure just about everyone of ulcers, and heartburn. If you still have problems, drink some alkaline water with apple cider vinegar. BTW, the same diet will prevent 2/3 of cancers.

So, ask yourself, why is the purple pill advertised, and prescribed so much?


Gastric Cancer Risk Doubled With Long-term PPI Use, J. Gut Epub October 30 2017; Medscape – Oct 31, 2017.

Plant-based diet as effective as proton pump inhibitors in treating laryngopharyngeal reflux, researchers say

In “Well,” the New York Times (9/7, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports that “a plant-based diet is just as effective as proton pump inhibitors in treating laryngopharyngeal reflux,” researchers found in a six-week study involving “85 patients with an average age of 60 treated with the P.P.I.s Nexium [esomeprazole magnesium] and Dexilant [dexlansoprazole], and 99 treated with alkaline water and the Mediterranean diet, a regimen low in meat and dairy, and rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, beans, fruits and vegetables.” The findings were published online in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

A Comparison of Alkaline Water and Mediterranean Diet vs Proton Pump Inhibition for Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online September 7, 2017.

Gut bacteria may have impact on whether certain cancer therapies will work, research suggests

Reuters (11/2, Hirschler) reports that studies suggests “cancer patients with high levels of good gut bacteria appear more likely to respond to immunotherapy.”

STAT (11/2, Keshavan) reports that the studies, published in Science, “add to a growing body of research suggesting that the composition of gut bacteria can fairly dramatically affect how well cancer treatments work.” In one study, investigators “studied a PD-1 inhibitor immunotherapy…in patients with kidney and lung cancer.” The researchers “found that patients who had taken antibiotics recently – for urinary tract infections, for instance – had lessened survival rates when compared to those who had not.”

HealthDay (11/2, Norton) reports that in the other study, “researchers focused on 112 patients with advanced melanoma.” The researchers “found that those who’d responded to PD-1 therapy tended to have a gut ‘microbiome’ that was distinct from those of patients who did not respond.”

Gum disease linked to higher risk for certain cancers in older women

Reuters (8/1, Rapaport) reports that research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention suggests “older women with gum infections are more likely to get many common cancers than their peers who have perfect oral health.”

The New York Daily News (8/1, Dziemianowicz) (8/1, Dziemianowicz) reports that investigators looked at “data on 65,000 postmenopausal subjects between the ages of 54 and 86 enrolled in the ongoing Women’s Health Initiative.”

Medscape (8/1, Jenkins) (8/1, Jenkins) reports that the researchers found that “postmenopausal women with a history of periodontal disease, including those who have never smoked, are at significantly increased overall risk for cancer as well as site-specific cancers, including lung, breast, esophageal, gallbladder, and melanoma skin cancers.”

Gender differences in cancer susceptibility: role of oxidative stress

J. Carcinogenesis (2016) 37 (10): 985-992 Cancer statistics indicate that compared to women, men are more susceptible to cancer. In literature analysis based on about 600000 scientific references covering male- and female-specific carcinogens, estradiol and testosterone, oxidative stress emerges as one critical factor that could offer explanation for the gender disparity observed.

Apoptosis by dietary factors, J. Carcinogenesis 2007;28:233 In spite of substantial progress in the development of anticancer therapies, the incidence of cancer is still increasing worldwide. Recently, chemoprevention by the use of naturally occurring dietary substances is considered as a practical approach to reduce the ever-increasing incidence of cancer… By making modifications in the diet, more than 2/3 of human cancers could be prevented…. Dietary chemo-preventive compounds offer great potential in the fight against cancer by inhibiting the carcinogenesis process through the regulation of cell defensive and cell death machineries.

Do You Hear What I Hear? Physician-Patient Disconnect on Cancer Prevention Patients do not have cancer prevention discussions with Primary Care Provider.

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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