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 Business Week mentions that Priolsec is the top selling prescription drug in the world. It earns Astra Zeneca (the drug's maker) 6 billion dollars per year.
The drug, and others like it, clearly are effective at what they do or there is no way in the world these companies could convince people to buy them. BUT they do NOT solve the problem. In fact, they actually worsen it.
Then, when you are using the wrong solution for the problem, you are bound to have problems. Drugs are rarely, if ever, indictated for the common ulcer and associated stomach problems. The proton pump inhibitors like Prevacid and Prilosec and the H2 blocker agents like Tagament, Pepcid, and Zantac are some of the worst drugs that you could possible take.
They significantly reduce the amount of acid you have
and with that your ability to properly digest food. Reduction
of acid in the stomach also diminishes your primary defense
mechanism for food borne infections and will increase your
risk of food poisoning.
What are the options? Normally following the food choice program and drinking about one gallon of pure water per day along with high doses of a good quality probiotic (benefical bacteria) is enough to restore normal stomach function in the vast majority of patients.
Occasionally, those with a hiatal hernia will require additional structural adjustments and the one I currently find that works the best is NST.
Garlic is one food that you should be eating every day. Dr. Klinghardt and I are very impressed with its ability to optimize bowel flora and kill pathogenic organisms such as H. pylori.
It is important to note that the garlic MUST
be fresh. The active ingredient is destroyed within several
hours of smashing the garlic. Garlic pills are virtually
worthless and should not be used. When you use the garlic
it will be important to compress the garlic with a spoon
prior to swallowing it if you are not going to juice it.
If you swallow the clove intact you will not convert the
allicin to its active ingredient.
One problem, of course, is the smell, but generally a few cloves a day are tolerated by most people. If one develops a "socially offensive" odor then all you do is slightly decrease the volume of garlic until there is no odor present.