Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dangers of Anti-Ulcer Drugs. Grooming Muffie.

I had just been looking up some articles about Acid Reflux for a friend, when Sandra made this comment on yesterday's journal:   Sandra said... "I wonder if microwaves are causing so much more reflux disease. I never would have thought about it, thanks for posting this information."
So I thought I would share with you part of what I found out:

Dangers of Anti-Ulcer Drugs      Increase the acid in your stomach, not decrease it.

"The other so-called digestive aids, including the class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors, and H2 blockers (Pepsid AC, Prilosec, Zantac, etc) will actually take you in the opposite direction of optimal health because they shut down acid production, making your problem worse.
So if drug industry into has fooled you thinking drugs like Pepcid AC and Zantac are addressing the problems in your stomach, or even if you're taking the common calcium tablets to reduce stomach acid, you're doing your body three huge disservices:
  • You are reducing stomach acid even further, the opposite direction that your body actually needs to move.
  • You are worsening your already malfunctioning digestive system.
  • You are compromising your absorption of the vitamin B-12
Also, the FDA recommends taking these stomach acid reducing drugs for only THREE 14-day periods each year! Taking these drugs longer than that is dangerous, because long-term effects are not well understood and longer-term use is not recommended. So these acid reducing drugs aren't even meant to be a real solution for your chronic poor digestion in the first place!
On top of all this, short-term use of acid reducing drugs like Prilosec have a long list of possible side effects, including:
  • Insufficient elimination of pathogenic organisms
  • Decreased bone density
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Rash
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Liver disease
  • Chest pain
  • Dark urine
  • Sever Diarrhea
  • Swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Unusual tiredness; vision changes
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
So clearly it's in your best interest to address the cause of digestive imbalances by properly increasing the acid in your stomach, not decreasing it."
What’s Going On?

"Many people think that too much acid causes heartburn in the stomach. But heartburn occurs when there is not enough of the right kind of acid to digest food properly.

The stomach needs hydrochloric acid to break down food. When there is not enough hydrochloric acid, the food starts to putrefy, producing organic acids which cause heartburn and indigestion.

Over-the-counter antacids appear to help because they neutralize these organic acids and the pain goes away. But the antacids have aggravated the situation because they have left the stomach more alkaline. Now an even greater amount of hydrochloric acid must be produced to finish digestion.

Apple cider vinegar is rich in malic acid, which increases the acidity of digestive fluids causing them to flow faster, which improves digestion."   From:

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Why You Need Stomach Acid and What Happens When You Neutralize It:

More on this at:

Prilosec, Is it what it is cracked up to be?
"Gastrointestinal Effects
According to, Prilosec may cause life-threatening effects such as esophageal candidiasis, liver damage, pancreatitis, irritable colon and growth of gastric fundic polyps. Esophageal candidiasis is the growth of fungus in the esophagus caused by suppression of stomach acid. Stomach acid kills fungus. Prilosec is metabolized in the liver, and continuous exposure of the liver to high doses of Prilosec may cause damage to liver cells. Gastric fundic polyps are cancerous polyps that may grow on the wall of the stomach due to long-term use of Prilosec. Patients experiencing these gastrointestinal symptoms should stop taking Prilosec and inform the physician.
According to, patients allergic to omeprazole and any ingredients in Prilosec may experience severe allergic reactions after taking it. Signs and symptoms of allergic reactions include difficulties breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, chest pain, rash, hives and swelling of the face, lips and tongue. Patients allergic to Prilosec and any of its ingredients should avoid the drug.
Musculoskeletal Effects
The U.S Food and Drug Administration website warns that long-term use of high doses of Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors may cause fractures of the wrist, hip and spine. The risk of fractures is increased in patients above 50 years of age who have been taking Prilosec for a long time. The FDA recommends that doctors prescribe a lower dosage dose of Prilosec and for a shorter duration to prevent bone fractures."

Read more:

Just think how much money the doctors and Big Pharma is making off all these drugs which can harm you.


Jay is still sick, and as it was under 50 deg., Ray couldn't paint.  It is sunny, but still a bit chilly.

This worked out well, as it is better when I can give Muffie my undivided attention,  so I am grooming her today.


Gypsy said...

I have found that although it is easier to swallow a pill, a teaspoon of white vinegar works almost instantly for indigestion. I tried the apple cider vinegar and it works too but is so strong I could barely swallow it.

Carol and Johnny said...

Some of the guys Johnny's working with got him to try 1-2 tsp of local honey and 1-2 tsp of apple cider vinegar with the mother in 8 oz of water. He tried it for a few days, but not sure if he will continue. Runs right through him so to speak. Also, not sure how to tell if he could stop taking the anti-acid meds. When he doesn't it really damages his throat and vocal cords. Thanks for info. Interesting stuff

Sandra said...

Thanks again Penny. I'll have to discuss stopping the Nexium when I see my doctor this month.

I use apple cider vinegar (straight)when the reflux gets really bad and it does work.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comment,and info,Gypsy.

I had heard that before, but as I very rarely have had heartburn, I haven't tried it for that.

Apple cider vinegar is supposed to be good for all kinds of health problems, so I have taken it in water, when I remember.

See the article I added:

Happy Trails, Penny, TX

Dizzy-Dick said...

I used to get heartburn, but have not for had any for a lot of years. The reason? I quit eating food that is not good for you. 98 percent of all h\eartburn cases could be eliminated by proper diet.

Our Muffy went to the groomer Thursday and she was so bad she had to be shaved. Ever see a Shih Tzu shaved except for her tail and ears? Sort of funny and now she wants to wear her sweat shirt.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comments, Carol, Sandra and Dizzy-Dick.

Carol, That is strange, as one of the remedies for 'the runs', is Apple Cider Vinegar.

Sandra, I hope you can get off the meds soon.

Dizzy-Dick, Yes, I know improper diet causes lots of ailments. But what can one expect?

Oh, your poor Muffy, I hope they didn't strip her with anything shorter than a #7 blade, as it ruins their undercoat, then they tangle more.
The Muffie I groomed today lives down the street, and she doesn't want anyone to groom her but me! She used to be a terror to groom, but one trip to another grooming place, and she decided she would rather have me do it, so she behaves now.

Yes, I have seen Shih Tzus and Llasas, with just their tails and ears flowing in the breeze. Kennels often keep them cut down that way.

Happy Trails to Y'all, Penny, TX