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Acid Reflux

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 reflux.

The popular over the counter and prescription drugs also include aluminum which causes numerous problems especially it increases Acid Reflux. Aspirin and Tylenol may also increase Acid Reflux.

See some possible cures in reports 2 and 3. Also read our pages on Magnesium, Copper and Aluminum

1. "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Low magnesium levels can be associated with long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitor drugs (PPIs) 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.

List of PPI drugs
omeprazole (Prilosec),
lansoprazole (Prevacid),
rabeprazole (Aciphex),
pantoprazole (Protonix),
esomeprazole (Nexium), and
Zegarid, a rapid release form of omeprazole.

2. " 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."

3. Mayo Clinic; herbal tea and herbs that reduce acid reflux :

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.


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