Antacids Can Cause Ulcers, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Chronic Inflammation, Leaky Gut, Food Allergies, Anemia, and More
Your stomach is a very acidic environment, with its optimum pH at 2 or less (7 is neutral). This naturally acidic condition in the stomach serves many purposes. It helps to destroy bacteria, yeasts, and parasites. It allows the stomach to secrete intrinsic factors needed to absorb vitamin B12. It is necessary for the absorption of minerals that trigger the release of hormones by the pancreas, without which diabetes can result. It is needed to secrete enzymes, especially pepsin, which converts proteins into amino acids. When undigested proteins make it into the intestines, inflammation begins, causing leaky gut syndrome, chronic allergies, chronic constipation and/or diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Finally, without adequate stomach acids you can develop colonization of Helicobacter pylori bacteria (H.
pylori). The medical community associates these bacteria with ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, blood diseases, and cancer. Once acquired, H. pylori can inhabit your stomach for years, decades, or even life. Since a low pH and normally acid stomach is the natural barrier against H. pylori, one of the root causes of this bacterial overgrowth is a deficiency of stomach acid, which can be induced or aggravated by antacids and acid blockers.
The medical answer to this problem is not to treat the cause by keeping the stomach properly acidic. Rather, most doctors promote more and more antacid usage on a daily basis, especially if an ulcer develops. Then they treat the symptom by trying to kill the bacteria with Pepto Bismol and antibiotics.
Acid blockers or stoppers make your stomach less acidic. This, by definition, encourages all the previously noted problems associated with a low-acid stomach, in addition to: thrombocytopenia, ankylosing spondylitis (an incurable inflammatory disease that slowly fuses the spine), and chronic malabsorption and mineral deficiencies.
So why would anyone take or prescribe antacids? The answer is simple. They make billions of dollars for the manufacturers, (who teach and encourage doctors about what to prescribe).
Stop this madness, especially if you are a woman. Women suffer more than men from chronic antacid use. Eat real food. If you have indigestion, make sure you have adequate stomach acid. Low stomach acid is the cause of most indigestion and “acid stomach,” as well as most ulcers. Use the Zypan Test to determine the status of your stomach acid. The use of acid blockers and stoppers is one of the biggest scams in all of medicine. As you can see from the facts in this article, it is almost always contra-indicated to use antacids and acid blocking drugs.
Bruce West, MD
Health Alert – September 2009