I’ve got an aging hippie neighbor a few doors down who everyone calls “Woodstock.”
He’s not a bad guy, but he’s got a big HILLARY sign on his lawn – and as you can imagine, he’s got a serious case of PHR (Post-Hillary Reflux).
To deal with it, he’s been gobbling stomach acid meds like you wouldn’t believe.
Woodstock used to joke that he’d have a stroke if Donald Trump won the election. He didn’t… not yet anyway… but he certainly COULD, and not because of Trump.
It could be because of those MEDS!
New research shows how the proton pump inhibitors Woodstock and millions of people like him – maybe even someone you know – take for stomach acid problems can actually increase your risk of a potentially deadly stroke.
Overall, taking high doses of the drugs regularly will increase your risk of an ischemic stroke by 21 percent.
Think that’s bad?
That’s only the beginning – because some drugs, like some politicians, are a heck of a lot worse than others.
High doses of pantoprazole – a.k.a. Protonix, a drug that at one point was approaching $2 billion in annual sales – boosted the risk of stroke by a whopping 94 percent, in the new study.
And that’s not the only one.
Other PPIs also packed a punch in the study, with the drug esomeprazole (Nexium) causing the risk to jump by as much as 50 percent, while omeprazole (Prilosec) and lansoprazole (Prevacid) were shown to increase the risk by nearly a third.
There aren’t many things out there as frightening as a stroke.
One minute, you’re a healthy and active senior. The next, you’re facing the biggest scare of your life, followed by a long and painful recovery. You may have to live with permanent disability… and that’s if you’re lucky.
If you’re not, you could be one of the 133,000 Americans who DIE of stroke every year.
These drugs can also damage you in so many other ways. They can suck essential nutrients such as B12 and magnesium right out of your body, leaving you battling crippling deficiencies. They can cripple you for real by increasing the risk of bone breaks. They can even set the stage for a deadly infection.
A much easier cure is marshmallow.
No, not the ones on top of your hot cocoa. Marshmallow root can ease inflammation and protect your esophagus, and it’s widely available at health food stores.
If that doesn’t do the trick, don’t turn to brain-rotting drugs.
Visit a naturopathic doc who can run some tests to figure out the true cause of your reflux so you can take steps to reverse it. I recommend an experienced member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.