As you may know, I have been an opponent of long-term use of heartburn medications, called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)like Nexium and Previcid, for many years. In addition to interfering with our normal digestive process, research has linked long-term PPI use to:

  • anemia
  • brittle bones, osteoporosis and fracture
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • kidney disease
  • dementia

Because PPIs interfere with digestion of protein, iron, calcium and B12 I’ve found, clinically, that they can cause:

  • gas and bloating
  • poor wound and injury healing
  • problems with hormone production
  • problems with neurotransmitter production resulting in:
    • depression
    • anxiety
    • memory problems
    • sleeping problems
    • focus and concentration problems
  • thinning hair and nails
  • poor muscle development

Now a recent study has linked use of prescription proton pump inhibitors to a 25% increased risk of early death!

All this to treat the symptoms (not the cause) of a problem that can usually be treated fairly easily with natural methods. We have helped hundreds of patients get rid of heartburn, acid reflux, GERD by addressing the underlying causes and actually fixing the problem rather than treating symptoms with a dangerous class of drugs. For more information on natural approaches to heartburn etc., check out my video at

Before risking all of the above problems and even early death, give us a call at 563.386.9494 for a consultation to see if we can help you treat the actual underlying cause of your problem.

Dr. Hogg