I think that the number of readers and
clients that have contacted me
over the last few years,
desperate to get off antacids and acid reducers is approaching
that mythical number of people served at McDonald's.
So it's no surprise. Nexium has been number 1
or 2 on the list of top-selling drugs in the US from 2005 until
now, and was number 4 back in 2003 and 2004.
That's a LOT of purple pills.
Plus, sales of over the counter antacids
continue to top the charts, with Prilosec leading the pack.
But if all these pills are supposedly so
great, then why are SO many people desperate to get off them?
Here's why: Because not only do acid reducers
make digestive problems WORSE--not better--but they also can
cause an avalanche of other health problems.
Problems that can be arguably a whole lot
nastier than that heartburn you started out with.
Let's take a look at...
What you must know about acid
First of all, it's important to understand
how acid medications are designed to "work."
For people who have stomach acid issues (like
acid reflux, GERD, heartburn and gastritis), the problem is
commonly seen as "too much acid."
So the medications are designed to either:
1- Neutralize the acid in your stomach
(traditional antacids like Tums, Rolaids, Maalox) or
2- Block the action of the hormone
histamine which signals your stomach to secrete acid (H2
blockers like Tagamet, Pepcid and Zantac) or
3- Proton pump inhibitors--PPIs (including
Nexium, Aciphex, Prevacid and Prilosec) which shut down your
stomach's acid-secreting cells.
Whatever avenue you take, the effect is the
same--you are without effectively working stomach acid.
Ahhh...isn't that great?
It's not great and it can be downright
Here's what I mean:
The not so secret harmful
effects of acid medications
1- Ruined digestion
This is the biggie...hang on to your hat.
Without stomach acid your body can't properly
break down your foods, especially proteins.
This causes your stomach to overproduce acid because it repeatedly tries to secrete acid and get its job
done, but the medication keeps stopping its actions.
So you're looking at MORE acid sloshing
around to come rising up your throat -- not LESS!
When your digestion is ruined, you get
trouble "down south" too -- gas, bloating, constipation and
diarrhea. These are all listed as side effects on most acid
medication boxes and now you know why. This is why so many
people desperately want to get off these drugs.
Now, if constipation goes on long enough,
this put pressure on your colon wall, allowing diverticulosis
and diverticulitis to develop.
Poor digestion also leads to poor nutrient
absorption, and opens you up to nutrient-deficient conditions
like anemia and osteoporosis.
That's why PPIs are associated with an
increased risk of hip, wrist or spine fractures.
And last but not least, if poorly digested
proteins seep through your intestinal wall and into your
bloodstream, your immune system can mistake them for harmful
invaders and launch an attack.
At that point you've created a food
Holy heartburn, Batman!
2- Vitamin B12 deficiency
Since the Vitamin B12 in foods is bound to
proteins that must be "cleaved off" before the B12 can be
absorbed, when your stomach acid is stopped by medications, B12
cannot be "released" from the protein like it needs to be in
order for your body to absorb it.
Over time this can result in Vitamin B12
deficiency...and believe me, that's not pretty. Problems
associated with B12 deficiency include:
- Lack of energy, fatigue
- Memory problems, confusion, mental fog
- Difficulty sleeping
- Dizziness, lightheadedness
- Depression, mood swings, irritability
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Weak immune system
- Vision problems
- Lack of appetite
All from that little purple pill...
3- Decreased ability to produce enzymes
Contrary to what some mainstream medical
professionals may tell you, there is not an endless River Nile
of enzymes flowing through you.
Your body has a limited capability for
producing enzymes over your lifetime, and when it's done, it's
So when your stomach has to repeatedly
secrete acid trying to complete digestion, and is stopped by
acid medications like I mentioned above, this means you're
wasting a LOT of digestive enzymes.
And making yourself an excellent candidate to
run low or run OUT.
Without the adequate enzymes to do the
digestion job, you're looking at acid reflux, GERD and
heartburn, plus gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
Hmmm...sounds like you're back at Square 1,
4- Toxins don't get killed
One of the vital and potentially life-saving
functions of the acid in your stomach is to kill dangerous
toxins or pathogens you might ingest with your food.
You might be thinking, "What do you mean
Ever hear of salmonella and E. coli? That's
what I mean, plus many others.
Without the action of properly working
stomach acid, you are basically defenseless against many
dangerous microbes in your food. This is why so many
people on antacids have these infections and even worse.
Alert the ER or at least have a clear path
between you and the bathroom!
5- Imbalanced intestinal flora
As a consequence of poor digestion and the
waste buildup that commonly results from it, your intestinal
flora balance can be thrown completely out of whack.
Not only does this compromise your immune
system and make you more susceptible to every cold and bug
around, but it messes up your digestion even MORE because the
friendly bacteria in your gut help to digest certain foods.
Problems from your nose to your toes.
Help! I'm buried by an
avalanche and I can't get up!
Now, if you're on acid medications and feel
like you've just been hit by an avalanche, let me reassure you.
There are ways that you can naturally make
your digestion efficient and prevent your stomach from
overproducing acid, thereby eliminating the root cause of your
And there are things you can do to counteract
some of the harmful effects of acid medications that you might
already be suffering from.
Here are your...
Guidelines to combat
1) Make your meals easy to digest
Since ruined digestion causes or contributes
to SO many problems, this is THE BEST place to start.
When you eat meals that are easy for your
system to break down, your body says thank you and a whole new
world opens up for you:
Imagine--easing the burping, belching or
acid in your throat (or mouth!).
Imagine--less gas, bloating, flatulence or
Imagine--possibly reducing or eliminating
your need for acid medications to begin with.
This can become a reality for you when you
follow the principles in my Great Taste No Pain program.
The GTNP manuals will show you step by step exactly what
to do. They'll spell out
which foods go well together and which combinations to avoid,
as well as explain you why eating this way works so well for
absolutely everyone -- and why it will for you, too.
Nice and easy.
2) Supplement with enzymes if you're
If you suspect low enzymes are a concern for
you, or when you eat any hard to digest foods (meats, dairy,
processed foods, fast food, soft drinks) have been told you're
low in stomach acid, then Digestizol Max is your
ticket for getting the help you need.
Digestizol Max's 14
plant-derived enzymes and 5 herbal soothers can help give
your body a boost to keep your digestion nice and smooth -- and
help make acid reflux, GERD and heartburn a thing of the past
Click here to learn how Digestizol Max can help.
3) Consider probiotic
People often ask me, "How can I tell if I
The answer is this: If you have had any of
- Colds or flu
- Infections (including sinus, ear, vaginal, fungal)
- Gas and bloating
- Been under stress
- Inadequate sleep
- Taken antibiotics, acid medications or other medications
- A love of fast food, soda or boxed food
...then you most assuredly could benefit from
probiotic supplementation, because all of the above are signs
that your intestinal flora is imbalanced (meaning too many
harmful bacteria and not enough good guys).
Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula
can help restore your intestinal flora to the healthy balance
where it should be.
medical-grade probiotic strains in Super Shield get right to
work lining your intestinal wall, crowding out and overcoming
the "bad guys," strengthening your immune system and keeping
digestion a breeze.
Learn more about it here.
4) Look for B12 deficiency
If you have any of the symptoms I talked
about earlier, chances are good that you may have a borderline
or full-blown B12 deficiency and not even know it.
Recent studies have shown that as many as 3
out of 4 people are or are close to being deficient in B12, and
many have seen a huge difference with B12 supplements.
And for B12 supplementation, there is no other supplement in the
class of Hydroxaden 2.5. Literally.
Hydroxaden 2.5 is a convenient vitamin B12 nano-spray that gives you a daily dose of hydroxocobalamin -- the best form of vitamin B12.
Just five little sprays under your tongue
each day give you 2.5 mg. of B12 to boost your energy, help
sharpen your mind and enhance your immune system.
The antacid bottom line
There are SO many things you can do to combat
the effects of acid medications.
Eat easy to digest meals and use whatever
supplements may be right for you, and chances are excellent
you'll see a whole new world of feeling great open up for you
And you just may be able to kiss those acid
medications goodbye for good!
To your health,
PS: Karen no longer takes Prilosec
I, like so many folks out there have
suffered off and on for years with some sort of intestinal
distress. It was a constant worry because I could not predict
when I would have a problem. I couldn't break the code on what
would trigger each episode. It was becoming debilitating.
Most recently I had developed an esophagus
issue where it felt like there was something stuck in my throat.
I could drink water and have the same sensation. My family
doctor referred me to a specialist.
They scheduled an endoscopy which found
nothing. At this point they were leaning towards giving me
another prescription in addition to Prilosec to treat my
That was the last straw for me. I got
online and searched for natural ways to treat acid reflux and
gastritis when I came upon your website. I ordered your Great Taste
No Pain program right away because it resonated with me.
By the time I had my follow-up appointment
with the doctor I no longer had that feeling of something being
stuck in my throat! I'd also been off of my prescriptions
for two weeks.
The doctor didn't even ask me what I was
Your program has empowered me to help my
body to heal itself. I am forever grateful!
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