It’s not bad enough that our risk for dementia rises with age, mainstream medicine seems intent on doing everything it can to raise those risks even higher.
Take their go-to treatment for heartburn, for example.
I’ve warned you before about the many dangers of proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPIs) that are commonly prescribed for acid reflux or heartburn.
PPIs such as Nexium, Prevacid, Zegarid, Aciphex, Protonix and Prilosec are incredibly popular with around 100 million prescriptions being written for one every year. And then there are the over-the-counter versions, which help drive PPI sales to up over $15 billion dollars a year.
PPIs could raise your dementia risk by 44% (or more!)
The trouble is, these drugs not only don’t work (well, at least not the way they intend them too, anyway) they can lead to dangerous nutritional deficiencies, cause users to become dependent on them and they’ve even be linked to cancer. And that’s just for starters, I’ll have a bit more on some of those risks in a moment.
But now researchers say they’ve uncovered yet another reason to avoid them. It turns out if you’re a senior they could cause your risk of dementia to skyrocket. And we’re not talking about a small jump here.
According to the study published in JAMA Neurology, seniors taking one of these PPI drugs were a staggering 44 percent more likely to be diagnosed with dementia. If you’re a guy the news is even worse. When they isolated the men they found that their risk for dementia climbed to 52 percent!
So let’s get back to those other PPI risks.
Proton pump inhibitors come with a slew of side effects
Here’s what we know.
Proton pump inhibitors…
- can raise your risk of bone breaks
- could raise your risk of kidney failure
- can cause “acid rebound” that’s worse than the original condition
- raise your risk for a superbug infection
- have been linked to esophageal cancer
- and NOW are associated with dementia
Perhaps worst of all is the fact that they don’t do a thing to cure your heartburn problem or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Instead they simply switch off your body’s natural acid production for a period of time.
And you don’t need me to tell you our Creator designed us this way for a reason. Stomach acid exists to break down the food we eat, and blocking this normal bodily function is a bad idea that could come with a lot of unintended consequences, like those I listed above.
This short video provides a simple animation that helps to illustrate exactly what a PPI drug does…
Tackle your heartburn without dangerous drugs
The first thing I advise my own patients to do is to try eliminating common heartburn triggers from their diet including alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, spicy foods and citrus. If that doesn’t do the trick I advise looking into other food sensitivities.
I’ve found that in a large number of reflux cases the heartburn can be traced back to a hidden food sensitivity. A holistic medical doctor can run some tests to help determine if your acid flare ups are caused by another food. And if that’s the case you can eliminate the offending food from your diet.
If you’re overweight make a commitment to dropping a few pounds as acid reflux is often a side effect of carrying around too much extra weight.
At the very first sign of heartburn you can try dissolving two 30c pellets of the homeopathic remedy nux vomica in your mouth. This will typically cause heartburn symptoms to disappear in a matter of minutes.
You can often head off acid reflux before it starts by chewing on one to two tablets of deglycyrrhizinated licorice root, or taking a tablespoon of aloe vera juice, twenty minutes before a meal.
And a two to four week course of the citrus extract D-limonene could cure your heartburn problem altogether. Taking one tablet of D-limonene every other day for two to four weeks can help your lower esophageal valve stay closed preventing stomach acid from going up your esophagus.
Dr. Mark Stengler has appeared as a medical expert on FOX, CBS, NBC and hosts his own weekly PBS TV show, “Natural Healing with Mark Stengler.”
He’s also written 17 books, including “Prescription for Natural Cures” and The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies which have now sold over 1 million copies.
When he’s not busy sharing his knowledge of amazing alternatives to toxic mainstream therapies, Dr.Stengler practices what he preaches at his state-of-the-art Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in Encinitas, California.
Dr. Stengler has treated tens of thousands patients of all ages, with a wide range of health conditions, such as...
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Dr. Stengler completed premed studies at Mt. Royal College and the University of Calgary, and graduated from naturopathic medical school at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Stengler lives in San Diego County, California with his wife and three children. He enjoys quality time with his family. His hobbies include several sports and theological studies.
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