Extended use of popular drugs to treat heartburn, ulcers and acid reflux has been associated with an increased risk of premature death. However, little has been known about the specific causes of death attributed to the drugs.
Now, a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System has linked long-term use of such drugs — called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) — to fatal cases of cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and upper gastrointestinal cancer.
PPIs — sold under brand names such as Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium and Protonix — bring relief by reducing gastric acid. PPIs are among the most commonly used classes of drugs in the U.S.
I have had heartburn, gas, stomach pain, and reflux much of my life. I used to take bicarb and Tums. I always ended up couple of hours later with WORSE pain and gas, sometimes I would have to stay up at night and walk to get rid of the gas. THEN, I started taking a heaping teaspoonful of Turmeric every day with pepper. That helped. But the REAL breakthrough came when I started taking four cloves of fresh garlic for high blood pressure. Absolutely remarkably my stomach problems went away. I MEAN GONE! I did a search and found that garlic kills the bad stomach bacteria and allows the good bacteria to thrive. AND YOU CAN TEST IT IN ONE DAY. For breakfast take two cloves, I chop them up in my breakfast. Same at the evening meal. It works. Trust me.
h/t Natura Naturans