Here’s the latest to hit the mainstream media.
Your heartburn medicine is causing heart attacks.
Recent research shows that Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) increase your risk of heart attack by up to 21%!
I am sure if you had the choice between acid indigestion and a heart attack you wouldn’t have to think twice.
But that’s just it, you are not given a choice. Complain to your doctor about acid indigestion and he whips out the prescription pad and orders you up the “Purple Pill” or some other proton pump inhibitors (PPI).
PPI’s are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs. In the U.S. alone, there are 21 million people who take them.
Globally, they represent $13 Billion in sales.
According to the manufacturers of PPI’s, you shouldn’t be taking them for longer than 10 days to 8 weeks at most. I have patients that come into the clinic all the time that have been on a doctor prescribed PPI for 10 years or longer!
The FDA has been warning that PPI’s have been associated with causing a multitude of health problems.
In 2012, the FDA sent out safety communications linking PPI use with diarrhea from an associated Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) infection. This is a particularly nasty bug that causes severe diarrhea that leads to dehydration and even death.
Other problems noted were, bone fractures and calcium and magnesium deficiency.
Many patients that we see with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) have as its cause a hiatal hernia a condition where the stomach bulges (herniates) through the diaphragm. This allows food and stomach acid to enter into the esophagus causing the severe “heartburn” and indigestion.
Even though this seems counter intuitive, sometimes the cause of severe indigestion is the stomach not producing enough hydrochloric acid. If this is the case, taking a PPI will only make things worse, not better.
Since PPI’s mask the symptoms by neutralizing the stomach acid, the pain goes away but serious harm can be done to the esophageal tissue if this situation is not corrected.
In the case of a hiatal hernia, conventional medicine will want to perform surgery to put the stomach back in the correct position but this is unnecessary in all but a very few cases.
We have corrected many hiatal hernias in the office using a chiropractic maneuver to pull the stomach back into the proper position.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing severe heartburn and indigestion, call our office (412-922-9355) and set up an appointment with Dr. Orbach, Dr. Honigman or of course, me but my schedule is pretty full but you do not have wait. Dr. Orbach and Dr. Honigman are both Chiropractors and regularly perform the maneuver on our patients.
We can get to the root cause of your problem and then correct it. We also have supplements that can aid your body in healing your esophagus like Nutritional Frontiers GI Complete.
So don’t risk turning your heartburn into a heart attack, fractured bones or a severe bacterial infection.
Get relief by correcting the problem, not masking the symptom!