I posted this on my office Facebook page but thought it was important enough to post here too.

Did you know that taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI) like nexium, prilosec and aciphex commonly prescribed for heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers have a very dark side? They work by interfering with your normal stomach secretions of hydrochloric acid (HCl). HCl is needed to digest protein (for muscles, bones, hormones, immunoglobulins and virtually every cell in the body), calcium and iron. PPIs interfere with digestion and absorption of these vital nutrients as well as B12 which is needed for nerve health and to prevent anemia.

PPIs are not meant for use longer than about two weeks but are often used for a much longer time. This results in osteoporosis and increased risk of hip, spine and wrist fracture. Additional problems include anemia, increased risk of gut infection and certain types of pneumonia.

All this to treat a problem that can often be corrected by improving the function of the valve at the top of the stomach and keeping the HCl down in the stomach where it belongs! Professional Applied Kinesiology has effective treatments for doing just that. Let’s fix the cause rather than treating symptoms and creating more problems!

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