Treating heartburn can cause hearts to burn

You suffer from heart burn…… Ouch ! The burning sensation that grips your chest is overwhelming

It doesn’t just happen after a particularly spicy meal, every meal ignites suffering Putting this fire out IS the priority ! But you might be swopping heart burn for a burning heart Join us for this episode of BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY TV, as we explore how heart burn medications are burning hearts BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY TV, is brought to you by Dr Sandy – a scientist turned gremlin buster, HELPING YOU, battle sugar gremlins, heffa-lumps & other health horribles, through BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY Remember, small things can make a big difference to your health

Fortunately, there are several quick fix options to put the fire out One of the most commonly used options are the PPIs – the proton pump inhibitors, they relieve the burn by stopping ACID PRODUCTION Completely The proton pump inhibitors are masters at disrupting the acid sprinkling system in the stomach NO BURN

But no acid also means………poor DIGESTION, which makes you vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies, which over time can lead to new problems, such as weak bones And limited PROTECTION from “nasty” bacteria These risks are predictable Acid is required for the stomach to function properly So blocking acid production, especially on a long term basis, does have consequences

But, PPIs are doing a little more than just jamming up the proton pumps in the stomach Researchers have recently documented, that PPIs have the ability to jam up dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase, DDAH for short Now DDAH is part of the body’s clean up crew, it’s tasked with removing asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) groups, from “things” One of the “things” it removes this group from is THE ENZYME, that makes nitric oxide Since nitric oxide helps to keep the blood vessels open – this impacts heart function, not just on paper, but in patients

This is what a team of researchers from Standford University discovered, when they dug deep into the medical records of people who were being treated for acid reflux problems or GERD The team, asked computer bots ,to analyse the medical records inside the STRIDE system, which is the database that has recorded all the medical happenings within Stanford’s Medical Centre for the last 17 years The computer was able to “read” all the paperwork documenting the medical records of 18 million patients, experiencing 19 million encounters with medical staff Aren’t computers clever ? Sort of………

What the bot could do, was pick up which patients had received a diagnosis of GERD It found a total of 93 149 cases in total… the computer then selected GERD sufferers over the age of 18 years, to use in further analysis Next it determined which medication had been prescribed to treat the GERD, specifically whether the patient was prescribed a PPI or an antihistamine

Mmmm…whether the patient actually took the meds, how often, how much and for how long – was something the computer couldn’t determine, which limits the value of the data, a little Of the 70 477 grown ups with GERD 459 % were prescribed a PPI – these drugs are easy to spot, because they always end in –prazole , an example would be ome-prazole

Brand names include Nexium, Prilosec, and Prev 182 % were prescribed an antihistamine – these drugs can be spotted by looking for drugs ending in – tidine, an example would be cime-tidine Brand names include Zantac and Tagamet It then tracked these two groups of people over time

watching for a diagnosis of a heart attack, to appear in their medical record It found 22 411 heart attacks happened Ouch ! The striking thing – the incidence of heart attack between the two groups of patients was different Patients prescribed a PPI, had more heart attacks than expected, suggesting PPIs were increasing heart attack risk

Now you might be thinking – well, maybe these folks were, you know heart attacks waiting to happen ? On top of their heartburn meds, they were taking drugs to treat high cholesterol or high blood pressure Well, some of them were But, that’s “normal” today – nothing in the data, suggested these people were high risk to begin with They seemed to be regular Joe’s So, just like you, odds are, many of them were doing what they can to mitigate their risk of heart disease, through diet and exercise …

Of course, the irony of this study…………the heartburn meds are burning hearts The folks taking a PPI, were inadvertently ramping up their risk of suffering a heart attack, through using the heartburn medication Now all drugs come with benefits and risks

Which means when you take a medicine, you need to weigh up the pros and cons In my books PPIs address the heartburn problem in the moment, they don’t solve it…………… This “fix” comes at a price, an increased risk of having a heart attack Now, a heart attack is a rather large price to pay, for a little relief from your acid indigestion

Too bigger a price ? I think so Time for plan B – deal with the cause of your indigestion If you need some help, digging up why you’re battling with acid reflux, sign up for a body chemistry audit Alternatively, go for plan C When you opt to take heartburn meds, make sure it’s for a short period of time, not an on going basis

Consider using an antihistamine type of drug, instead of a PPI And if you’re taking a PPI, keep tabs on your blood pressure – so you enjoy BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY Interested in discovering more ways to create BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY, so you optimize your health and the health of your family ? Visit our website WWW BETTERBODYCHEMISTRY COM and browse our library or enrol in one of our courses or programmes The advice is simple to follow and based on real science, not hype Know someone who suffers from indigestion ? Are they taking a PPI ? Share this video with them – so they understand the downside to the medication they’re taking

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