Heartburn, GERD, and Acid Blocking Drugs

Today I received an informative newsletter from a colleague.  One item he included looks at the issue of gastric problems with antiacid drugs.  Here the information looks at the link between these drugs and the development of polyps as well as paralysis of the stomach and gut dysmotility.

Gastric Polyps from PPIsDr A Breck McKay, in a letter to the British Medical Journal, said " long term use of PPIs cause gastroparesis, delayed total gut dysmotility and bloating" Patients suffer  acute, explosive, exacerbation of their gastritis and reflux, on attempted cessation of the PPIs. While the PPI drugs block acid production, these drugs actually stimulate hormones like gastrin, cholecystokinin, and glucagon which in turn stimulate growth of acid producing cells to massively increase and thus, are able to produce large quantities of acid, suddenly, when inhibition from the acid blocker PPI drug stops.
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PPIs and related drugs cause many problems and they are not quite as safe as you may have been led to believe.

Selections from Natural Health News
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Jun 23, 2009
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May 13, 2009
For most people who would like a natural replacement for anti-acid drugs start first by getting a true evaluation of the hydrochloric acid level in your stomach. If it is low then consider using Betaine HCl supplements. ...

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