Millions have relied on this medication for heartburn relief.
For years, you, your friends, and all your loved ones were allowed to swallow this common over-the-counter drug that was hiding the darkest and ugliest of secrets.
Many folks used it every day to manage their heartburn pain. You might even be one of them.
Then last year, boxes of ranitidine – brand name Zantac – were finally pulled from shelves over concerns of a link to cancer. A concern that the feds first tried to downplay even as the med disappeared from stores and was BANNED in other countries.
Now, we know the truth. This stuff not only won’t be returning to stores…
It NEVER should’ve been out there in the first place.
Feds failed to act fast on cancer link
Just last year, you couldn’t swing a cat in the antacid aisles without knocking over some Zantac or its generic ranitidine versions.
Then, after tests turned up evidence of a dangerous cancer-linked chemical called NDMA, the FDA very slowly and very grudgingly asked for a voluntary recall.
The agency’s initial advisory even downplayed the threat.
Now, of course, the feds claim they had no idea how bad the problem was. And they insist if they had, they certainly wouldn’t have put people at risk.
NOT good enough. It’s literally THEIR JOB to test the drugs and know the risks. It’s THEIR RESPONSIBILITY to protect us from these threats.
And they failed, on every level. The feds put any one of us who continued to use this “safe” over-the-counter drug at grave risk.
Popular heartburn drug WORSE than we thought
But wait, it gets worse.
Those tests that revealed the threat? The feds didn’t even conduct them. An independent lab called Valisure did all the work. Scientists working there uncovered the shockingly high levels of NDMA inside EVERY version of ranitidine it tested.
It wasn’t just that something accidentally slipped into a batch of meds either. It was the drug itself. Valisure says the molecules aren’t stable, and as they degrade, they turn in NDMA.
The FDA now admits this “impurity” can INCREASE over time and when the med is stored in warm conditions. And they’re finally pulling the plug on this dangerous drug and telling patients to try other meds instead.
But are those other drug options REALLY any better?
Personally, I always find simpler is best. And hands down the simplest fix for heartburn is the one your grandmother probably used: Stir a teaspoon of baking soda into a tall glass of water.
Let it sit just long enough for the water to turn clear, and drink up for some quick and easy relief without the risks.
For a more serious and ongoing battle with heartburn and reflux, consider DGL, a form of licorice root that can tame acid and deliver natural relief.
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