If you take a heartburn drug the news seemed to be about as bad as it could possibly get.
You read about it right here in Healthier Talk. A wildly popular medication… taken daily by millions of Americans… was found to be contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical.
Well, that WASN’T as bad as it could possibly get after all. In fact, it just got a whole lot worse.
As it turns out, this popular heartburn drug likely isn’t just “contaminated” with this dangerous toxin. According to one new report…
It IS THE dangerous toxin.
A series of new tests uncovered something stunning. The problem with ranitidine (generic Zantac) may not be that something slipped in during the manufacturing process.
It could be the very nature of the heartburn drug itself.
Is this cancer trigger lurking in YOUR heartburn drug?
The news came as a shock as generic forms of this heartburn drug were pulled from shelves around the country.
Nations such as Canada, Germany, France, and Switzerland even issued a recall.
Not here, of course. The chickens at the FDA seldom take clear and decisive action against a drug. They’re too afraid of drug companies.
But some of the drug’s makers voluntarily pulled it from shelves anyway. And several drugstore chains such as CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart stopped carrying both generic and branded versions of the heartburn drug.
But if a new report is any indication, it might never come back. At least not without MAJOR changes.
Researchers say they’ve discovered the real problem. The drug molecule itself is unstable.
As it breaks down, it forms N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). That’s the cancer-causing chemical found inside the drug that led to it being pulled from shelves.
Most of the experts assumed it was there because something went wrong on the manufacturing line. But if the new reports are accurate, nothing went wrong… and it’s not the manufacturing.
It’s the heartburn drug.
The FDA is already disputing the report. Which just goes to show you who’s side they’re REALLY on. But at least two different independent groups have revealed this problem.
Tests by the independent pharmacy Valisure found that when exposed to high temperatures – like if you leave the heartburn drug in your car after picking it up from the pharmacy – levels of NDMA jump.
Even MORE shocking is that in another test by the company, levels of the chemical jumped to more than 3,000 times the FDA “safe limit” when the heartburn drug was placed into conditions that mimic the human stomach.
Research from Stanford seemed the confirm those findings. They found that levels of NDMA in urine shot up by 400 times within 24 hours of taking the drug.
Ditch the drug risks and try THIS instead
Of course, the mainstream is now telling people to switch to other drugs that don’t have this problem. And maybe they don’t. But that doesn’t make them any safer overall.
Heartburn drugs can lead to infection, bone loss, kidney risks, nutritional problems, and more.
Here’s a better idea. Get your heartburn under control naturally by targeting those things which could be behind your reflux including…
- processed foods
- citrus fruit
- medication side effects
- eating too late
- exercising too soon after eating
- too LITTLE stomach acid
And when you feel that telltale bubble in your throat, don’t reach for a heartburn drug. Reach for some baking soda instead.
Stir a teaspoon into a tall, cool glass of water. Wait a few seconds for the water to clear, and drink up. Quick-relief. Zero risk. And it’s so cheap it’s practically free.