All too often the pharmaceutical
treatments of disease make the problem worse. The popular
drugs for Acid Reflux, GERDS and ulcers have a serious
side effect that removes magnesium levels. (see report
1) Magnesium is necessary to protect the body from acid
The popular over the
counter and prescription drugs also include aluminum
which causes numerous problems especially it increases
Acid Reflux. Aspirin
may also increase Acid Reflux.
See some possible cures
in reports 2 and 3. Also read our pages on Magnesium, Copper and
"FDA Drug Safety Communication: Low magnesium
levels can be associated with long-term use
of Proton Pump Inhibitor drugs (PPIs) http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm245011.htm#Additional_Information_for
Proton pump inhibitors reduce the production
of acid by blocking the enzyme in the wall of
the stomach that produces acid. This may stop
ulcers, but it also inhibits enzymes, digestion
and magnesium. Magnesium is needed to
stop the very things these drugs are prescribed
to treat. In other words the drugs
used to treat Acid Reflux and ulcers reduces
magnesium and thus can increase the problems.
" One study showed that a dietary
supplement containing a combination of melatonin, l-tryptophan,
vitamins B6 and B12, and folic acid relieved GERD symptoms
even better than the heartburn drug Prilosec. A number
of other studies have shown that melatonin alone helps
protect the digestive tract." http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/home-heartburn-remedies-natural-remedies-heartburn
List of PPI drugs
esomeprazole (Nexium), and
Zegarid, a rapid release form of omeprazole.
a. Chamomile, which has
anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile teas
are readily available and have a low risk
of side effects.
b. Licorice, which is commonly
used to soothe inflammation associated with
GERD, gastritis, ulcers and other digestive
problems. However, licorice contains a chemical
called glycyrrhizin (gly-cyr-RIH-zin) that's
associated with serious health risks, such
as high blood pressure and tissue swelling,
if used long term. Talk with your doctor before
trying this therapy. Prescription preparations
are available that don't contain glycyrrhizin.
c. Slippery elm, a product
of a tree bark and root, may help soothe the
digestive tract. Slippery elm can be mixed
with water and taken after meals and before
bed. But slippery elm may decrease the absorption
of prescription medications.
d. Marshmallow (Althea officinalis)
is an herb — not the puffy white candy
— that has been used for GERD symptom
relief. Like slippery elm, marshmallow may
cause problems with the absorption of medications.