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Off Topic: Taking a PPI for GERD increases chance of death from heart disease by 2X– Aug 2015

Are You Trading Heartburn for a Heart Attack? GreenMedInfo

  • PPI = (proton pump inhibitor) block acid production in the stomach to reduce or eliminate heartburn.
  • PPI are prescribed primarily for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • 21 million people use PPI in the US
  • Study looked at Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Nexium, Aciphex, and Dexilant
  • Looked at 1.4 million patient records
  • 122 % more likely to die of cardiovascular disease with PPI
        (previous study found that VIOX increased cardiovascular death by 3X, vs 2X for PPI)
  • PPI were linked to hip fracture in 2006
    Long term use of PPI increased risk of hip fracture by 160%

Top 5 Reasons NEVER to Take a Proton Pump Inhibitor

Greeen Med Info Jan 2018

  • ". . $10 billion dollars annually, drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, and others, represent a significant chunk of Big Pharma’s profits"
  • "Despite clinical research that shows an act as simple as drinking more water reduces stomach acid more than these drugs. . "

Water Extinguishes Stomach Acid 175 X Faster Than Some Drugs

Green Med Info June 2012
A study in 2008 measured the timeneeded to increase gastric pH >4:

Substance Minutes
(in 10/12 subjects)
1 minute
Antacid 2 minutes
Rantidine 50 minutes
Omeprazole 171 minutes
Esomeprazole151 minutes
Rabeprazole 175 minutes

12 references to the study in Google Scholar as of Jan 2018

Can Ginger Beat Out The Multi-Billion Dollar Acid Blockers?

Green Med Info Aug 2012

See also VitaminDWiki