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Wondrous Roots Radio Notes - Dangers of acid reflux medications - April 29, 2017


SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017 – Got heartburn?  No problem!  Just take this PILL!!!!  – Ah… if it were only so simple – the dangers of proton-pump inhibiting drugs (PPIs), why you need more stomach acid (not less), and how to really fix things from the roots up!  

Got heartburn?  No problem... just take this pill!


Popular proton-pump inhibitors:  Turning off much more than acid production!

Let's take a second look....

  • You NEED stomach acid!
  • The vast majority of people with acid reflux have acid reflux because they don't make ENOUGH stomach acid
  • Digestion - the pH of the stomach needs to be around 1-2 in order to digest food properly
  • Stomach acid kills bugs that aren't supposed to be able to survive and stay in your body, such as
    • Enterococcus
    • Streptococcus
    • Staphylococcus
    • E. Coli
  • People on proton-pump inhibitors are at greater risk for infection with
    • Clostridium difficile
    • Campylobacter
    • Salmonella
    • Shigella
    • Listeria 
  • Significantly increased risk for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Proton-pump inhibitors prevent the protons involved in parietal cell activity from making the necessary electrical connection to produce stomach acid. But did you know that there are proton pumps in cells throughout your body, and these get inhibited, as well?  Other areas of health then affected include:
    • Kidneys
    • Cardiovascular
    • Cognition - brain health
    • Bones - osteoclasts, the bone cells responsible for the resorption of calcium, also possess proton pumps, and their activity is thought to be directly affected by PPIs



 some other causes of acid reflux

  • Hiatal hernia
    • Here's some tactics you can use to help with that:
      • Drink 2-4 glasses of water in the morning on an empty stomach and get up on the first
        step of the stairs and jump off to both feet for a total of six times, or if not accessible to
        stairs, get on your tippy toes and fall back on your heels firmly. Do this 6 times every
        morning to weigh down the stomach so it slides back down into the abdomen from the
      • Hiatal hernia egg 
      • Chiropractic care
    • Possible systemic complications of hiatal hernia 
  • Heliobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection - interestingly enough, stomach acid is needed to kill this pathogen


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