Prilosec and Prevacid were found to be ineffective for many. This article will offer natural options to these expensive and potentially dangerous drugs.
A recent online survery of over 4200 patients taking Priolosec or Prevacid found:
- 35% to 41% of the respondents continue to experience daily heartburn symptoms.
- As many as 60% of the respondents reported experiencing symptoms three or more times per week.
- 75% of PPI patients also take nonprescription medications, such as Pepcid, Maalox and Tums.
- Up to 25% of the respondents said they take over-the-counter medications in place of their prescription medication.
The study was commissioned by a group of drug manufacturers and conducted by Acuity and Harris Interactive.
Prevacid and Prilosec are heavily promoted by pharmaceutical companies to physicians and, more recently, to consumers through advertising. Each brand attracts a somewhat different type of consumer, reflecting again thecombined impact of :
- Advertising campaigns
- Access to free samples
- Managed care formulary restrictions
Many patients are sometimes given stomach acid-suppressing medication, the effect of Helicobacter pylori -- the bacterium that causes ulcers -- on these patients has not been clear.
In the study, eliminating H. pylori with antibiotics appeared to be just as effective as Prilosec for preventing bleeding in patients taking aspirin who had experienced stomach problems in the past.
Patients on aspirin who were treated for H. pylori had a 2% risk of bleeding while those taking aspirin and Prilosec had about a 1% risk, although the difference was not considered statistically significant.
The New England Journal of Medicine March 29, 2001; 344: 967-973
The January 8, 2001 issue of BusinessWeek mentions that Priolsec is the topselling prescription drug in the world. It earnsAstra Zeneca (the drug's maker) 6billion dollars per year.
The drug, and others like it, clearly are effectiveat what they do or there is no way in the world these companiescould convince people to buy them. BUT they do NOT solvethe problem. In fact, they actually worsen it.
Then, when you are using the wrong solution for theproblem, you are bound to have problems. Drugs are rarely,if ever, indictated for the common ulcer and associatedstomach problems. The proton pump inhibitors like Prevacidand Prilosec and the H2 blocker agents like Tagament, Pepcid,and Zantac are some of the worst drugs that you could possibletake.
They significantly reduce the amount of acid you haveand with that your ability to properly digest food. Reductionof acid in the stomach also diminishes your primary defensemechanism for food borne infections and will increase yourrisk of food poisoning.
What are the options? Normally following the foodchoice program and drinking about one gallon of purewater per day along with high doses of a good quality probiotic(benefical bacteria) is enough to restore normal stomachfunction in the vast majority of patients.
Garlic is one food that you should be eating every day.Dr. Klinghardt and I are very impressed with its abilityto optimize bowel flora and kill pathogenic organisms suchas H. pylori.
It is important to note that the garlic MUSTbe fresh. The active ingredient is destroyed within severalhours of smashing the garlic. Garlic pills are virtuallyworthless and should not be used. When you use the garlicit will be important to compress the garlic with a spoonprior to swallowing it if you are not going to juice it.If you swallow the clove intact you will not convert theallicin to its active ingredient.
One problem, of course, is the smell, but generallya few cloves a day are tolerated by most people. If onedevelops a "socially offensive" odor then allyou do is slightly decrease the volume of garlic until thereis no odor present.