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Stomach Acid Drugs Cause Increased Risk of Death From Infection

Do you know someone on Prilosec or Prevacid?                                                                                                                                   A recent study at the Naval Medical Center Sand Diego showed…

that out of the 23 patients who died in their facility from a bacterial infection known as C. difficile, 19 were prescribed acid suppressing drugs (Prilosec, Prevacid, etc.) within 90 days prior to their hospital stay. The study concluded that patients who had recently taken prescription acid suppressants were almost 5 times more likely to die from their C. difficile infection than those who had not taken the drugs.

How do you protect your digestive tract from bacteria and parasites?
Are you really absorbing the minerals you get in foods or supplements?
Are you at risk for Osteoporosis?

Stomach acids help protect the body from foreign invaders that get into the digestive tract such as bacteria, parasites, etc. The acid burns them up. Without stomach acids, you have little protection. Stomach acids are also important for mineral absorption, including calcium which is necessary to prevent osteoporosis. Therefore, people on antacid drugs are at increased risk of osteoporosis.

Do you take Tums?
Some doctors are recommending Tums because it reduces stomach acids and it contains calcium. However, the calcium is in the form of calcium carbonate, which is poorly absorbed by the body. Calcium carbonate is the main ingredient found in rocks, like limestone. That’s the equivalent of chewing on the sidewalk or on a piece of chalk in order to meet your calcium requirements.

Clostridium difficile and antibiotics can be counteracted…
C. difficile seems to be at an all time high in hospitals. Don’t expect to rely on alcohol based hand sanitizers, because C. difficile is resistant to it. It won’t touch it! The spores for this bacterium are found on surfaces in a room. When you touch the surface and get the spores on your hands, they can then find their way into your mouth and eventually into your digestive tract. If you are taking antibiotics, it may compound the problem, because the antibiotics can kill off the good bacteria in the bowel which counteract the C. difficile.

Natural Remedies recommended…
There are many natural methods and products that can control stomach acids and eliminate bacteria and other foreign invaders, including C. difficile. If you, or someone you know, suffer from stomach acid reflux, call our office for an appointment so we may identify the right protocol to restore your digestive system and your overall health (954) 565-4440.


July 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment