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The Unique Problems Caused By Acid-Stopping Medications

Acid-stopping medications such a Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium work by interfering with the "proton pump" and stop the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. What is often not mentioned is that these drugs also stop the stomach from producing Intrinsic Factor, which is necessary for the absorption of vitamin B12.

Initially these class of drugs was only permitted to be taken for a six-week period, and they were used for ulcers and GERD. Now they are used for months and even years at a time, and are routinely prescribed for any and all GI symptoms.

It is officially reported that there are a few side effects to these drugs, and that the side effects tend to be mild. But what is actually being perpetrated is a form of physiology and biochemical insanity.

The main reason that this is insanity is that over 90% of people with "acid indigestion" are not making too much acid, but too little stomach acid.

It is the rotting of food in the stomach that produces organic acids of putrefaction and fermentation, and these cause the acid of acid indigestion. Naturally an antacid or acid stopping drug makes these symptoms temporarily better, but at the cost of making the problem increasingly worse over time.

These drugs virtually stop digestion, and therefore most absorption of macro and micronutrients from occurring.

WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?

1.    Malnutrition

Especially proteins and most minerals cannot be digested without a strong acid medium beginning in the stomach. The consequence is that these people will begin too feed their own protein reserves (muscle and organs) and mineral reserves (bone density). Pancreas and bile function are also inhibited, causing ma-labsorption of all nutrients and all fats.

2.    Toxicity

When food is not digested properly beginning in the stomach, it will putrefy and ferment-literally, rot-as it proceeds through the warm, moist environment of the GI tract. The resulting systemic toxicity must be dealt with continually, which will sooner or later overwhelm the organs of detoxification. Most antacids also contain aluminum, which over the long hall accumulates in the soft tissue of the body! The resulting symptoms are bloating, gas, and diarrhea/constipation.

3.     Aseptic function is lost: Parasites

The low pH of gastric juice is designed to sterilize the content of food. Without the low pH of the stomach, a person is susceptible to any type of food, or water borne parasite. Parasite infections have become far more common than is currently recognized, primarily due to lack of proper testing procedures. A single random stool test (as performed in hospitals) is very unlikely to detect most parasite infections. Specialty testing must be done!

4.      Degeneration of the gastric mucosa

Another result of prolonged use of acid-stoppers is degeneration of the gastric mucosa. When correcting digestive problems with natural remedies after the use of antacids, the problem is resolved within a few weeks to months depending on the length one has used medications.

Correction consists of boosting digestion, not inhibiting it. When correcting digestive problems with natural remedies after use of acid-stopping medication, the problem usually takes many months to correct. It appears considerable degeneration of the gastric mucosa takes place. This makes sense, since the constant presence of rotting food on the mucosa has to cause problems. The first part of the natural protocol must therefore address the healing of gastric mucosa before any boosting of gastric secretion can take place.

If you have been taking antacids for a long time I highly recommend you do some research. This especially holds true for people that are finding vitamin and mineral deficiencies in their blood work. No amount of supplementation, be it injection, pharmaceutical, or natural, will keep levels within normal limits if the GI tract cannot absorb nutrients properly from foods.

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