FDA announced in early February of 2012 that PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors) might be associated with high risk for deadly bacteria Clostridium Difficile (C-Diff), which triggers diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain. C-Diff is hard to treat because it is resistant to most antibiotics, and watery diarrhea that it triggers can actually kill you.
So, what is PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors)?
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are prescription and over the counter medications that are prescribed for people with GERD, heartburn and ulcers in the stomach and intestines. These medications work by decreasing the amount of acid in the stomach and intestines.
FDA warning is applicable to the following PPIs:
- Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium)
- Prevacid (lansoprazole)
- Prilosec (omeprazole)
- Zegerid (sodium bicarbonate)
- Protonix (pantoprazole sodium)
- AcipHex (rabeprazole sodium)
I have seen patients with chronic heartburn taking PPI’s for years because the moment they stop the stomach acid tend to come back bigger than life. Therefore, these patients are hooked to taking these drugs for decades with numerous side effects (including C-Diff).
The solution is simple:
1) Stop doing things that could trigger heartburn in the first place.
- Drinking Coffee first thing in the morning on an empty stomach
- Eating fried foods, heavy sauces, chocolate, spicy foods, vinegar (especially commercial salad dressings), ice-cream, milk shakes, drinking fruit juices (orange juice, lemonade, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice) and pizza
2) Start drinking gut healing tea and vegetable juice 3 times a day for 4 weeks. And watch your heartburn disappear.
- Intestinal Comfort Tea (gut healing tea) and
- Fresh squeezed cabbage juice diluted with fresh carrot juice (vegetable juice)