Would You Swap Heartburn For Convulsions?

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Our regular readers will know that when it comes to taking
pharmaceutical drugs, there’s always the risk they’ll
deplete your body of important vitamins, minerals and
nutrients. A good example involves cholesterol-lowering
statins, which are known to deplete the body’s natural
stores of the essential heart nutrient Coenzyme Q10… They
can cause myopathy and, in some cases, the life threatening
condition rhabdomyolosis ?? severe muscle damage and
breakdown.

Much as Big Pharma is reluctant to admit that their
Frankenstein concoctions can cause so much harm, it doesn’t
deter them from flooding the market with these drugs…
What’s a little bit of nutrient depletion anyway? If people
get sick from taking one drug, Big Pharma will be ready to
offer another one to treat the symptoms. Before you know it,
you’re caught in the ‘hamster wheel’ of taking one drug
after another… watching helplessly as your health
deteriorates!

Thinly disguised admission

You can imagine my surprise when I recently read that the
American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – one of Big
Pharma’s biggest advocates – had actually stepped up to the mark
for once, and alerted doctors and patients that a very
popular drug can deplete the body of an essential mineral,
and that taking it risks patients’ health…

And the culprit is?

I’ll give you a clue… Millions of people take this drug to
relieve heartburn and acid reflux….

It’s prescription strength proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs),
which deplete your body of magnesium! The FDA issued the
alert after reviewing more than 50 cases of hypomagnesaemia
(low levels of magnesium) in patients taking PPIs over a
long period of time – a year or more. However, in some
people the deficiency occurred within just three months!

The FDA, surprisingly, even went one step further and
highlighted the fact that in approximately one-quarter of
the cases reviewed, supplementing with magnesium alone did
not improve low serum magnesium levels and the PPI had to be
discontinued. Okay, so they didn’t come straight out and
say that in nearly three out of every four cases reviewed,
magnesium supplementation improved low serum magnesium
levels… but let’s give them credit for their effort.



Will they listen?

Low serum magnesium levels can have dire consequences,
causing muscle spasm (tetany), irregular heartbeat
(arrhythmias), and convulsions (seizures). Even though the FDA advised doctors to test
patients’ serum magnesium levels before prescribing a long-
term PPI treatment, who knows if they actually keep up to
date with every announcement the FDA makes.

Fair enough, not many people use PPIs on a long term basis,
but if you suffer from frequent heartburn or acid reflux
then it’s very likely that you’ll end up taking these drugs
far too often. This is why it is so important that YOU pass
this message on to anyone you know who’s on long-term PPI
medication… especially if they’re also taking PPIs with
digoxin and diuretics. This combination of drugs can
lethally lower your magnesium levels.

Unfortunately, the FDA failed to mention that sufficient
magnesium helps reduce the risk of cognitive decline and
plays a key role in DNA production. Magnesium is also
essential for keeping your blood sugar levels in check. Nine
different diabetes studies have also shown a clear link
between high magnesium levels and the reduced risk of
developing type 2 diabetes.

Earlier this year we told you about a review of 11 studies,
published in the Annals of Family Medicine, which found that
people taking PPIs were 29 per cent more likely to develop
bone fractures. Long-term users were 30 per cent more
likely, and people taking high dose PPIs were 53 per cent
more likely to suffer from hip fractures.

Worse still, if you’re female and you develop bone fractures
because of over-doing it on PPIs, you could find yourself
getting a misdiagnosis for osteoporosis – a disease that
makes bones weak and more likely to break… Before you know
it, you’ll be taking bisphosphonates – widely prescribed
osteoporosis drugs…

So, let’s see… It starts out with a bit of heartburn and a
PPI prescription, and before you know it, you’re dealing
with an irregular heartbeat, possible cognitive decline,
type 2 diabetes and a few inexplicable bone fractures!

Hardly worth the risk…

Luckily, help is at hand. Back in 2004, we shared details
about an effective natural therapy world renowned physician,
Dr Alan Spreen, has used for years to treat heartburn, acid
reflux and indigestion. ‘Ridiculously simple and cheap’ is
how he described a protocol that consists primarily of
acidophilus and digestive enzymes.

Dr Spreen: ‘Acidophilus supplements (in powder form) protect
the oesophagus without killing acid (while killing the pain
almost immediately). The hassle is, you have to keep it
handy and take it often if you don’t solve the whole
problem, which involves tightening the gastro oesophageal
sphincter… This can be done by using Potter’s Acidosis or
by improving the environment of the stomach, which then
tightens the junction on its own but requires a bit more
effort.’


Sources:

‘New Dietary Ingredients in Dietary Supplements – Background
for Industry’ published online, www.fda.gov/

‘Legal action against EU’s herbal medicines ban ‘imminent’
published online 23.05.11, nutraingredients.com

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