By: Joe Graedon March 20, 2017 13 Comments
    Will PPIs Protect You from Esophageal Cancer?

    There are new guidelines from the American Gastroenterological Association (Gastroenterology, March, 2017). They inform physicians that best practices require prescribing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs…

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 15 Comments
    Should You Worry About Kidney Damage with PPI He…

    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are incredibly popular. By one estimate, nearly 8% of adults took a prescription drug like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec) in the …

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Help Your Heartburn with Persimmon Tea

    Heartburn is an ongoing problem for many people. Gastroenterologists may prescribe a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) such as dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) or p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 2 Comments
    Does Ranitidine Have the Same Risks as a PPI?

    Americans must suffer from an awful lot of heartburn, because drugs to treat this painful condition have been best-sellers for a number of decades. The current favorites are proton pump inhibitors (PP…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 0 Comments
    Do People on PPIs Have More Infectious Diarrhea?

    Is it smart to block the production of stomach acid with powerful proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPIs)? Millions of people take these drugs to control acid reflux, ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux dis…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 18 Comments
    How to Overcome Heartburn with Probiotics

    The medications doctors prescribe most frequently for digestive problems may lead to serious side effects. As a consequence, many people would prefer to find natural ways to overcome heartburn. One co…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Treat Heartburn in Pregnancy without Har…

    Over the last several decades, acid-suppressing drugs have become extremely popular. Medicines like Tagamet, Pepcid, Prilosec and Nexium 24HR are available over the counter, and many people use them f…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 8 Comments
    Is It Safe to Drink Sparkling Water for Acid Ref…

    Heartburn, indigestion or acid reflux all describe a similar type of discomfort: a burning pain behind the breastbone. There are numerous prescription drugs for this problem, including Nexium and Pri…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 19 Comments
    How to Help Acid Reflux Without a PPI

    People with serious acid reflux are trapped in a terrible dilemma. To control their uncomfortable symptoms, their doctors prescribe a powerful acid-suppressing drug such as dexlansoprazole (Dexilant),…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2016 8 Comments
    Add Strokes to the Scary List of PPI Side Effect…

    Proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole are the most popular treatments for heartburn and reflux disease. It is estimated that 15 million Americans spend $10 billion on su…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2016 12 Comments
    Will Heartburn Drugs Raise Risk for Dementia?

    Will powerful proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that are widely taken my millions of people every day affect the brain? Do such drugs pose a risk for dementia? This reader asks a disturbing question? Q. …

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 10 Comments
    Did Low Levels of Vitamin B12 Ruin A Life?

    Most people rarely think about vitamin B12. It's not part of routine blood testing the way vitamin D is. We have been surprised that health professionals do not routinely request blood tests for vitam…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Prevent Heartburn with Green Tea

    Many Americans take a lot of medications. Wouldn't it be wonderful to find ways to manage some common health problems with simple non-drug approaches? One reader found a way to prevent heartburn with …

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 5 Comments
    Did Nexium Cause Bone Loss and Nerve Pain?

    Whenever you decide to take a new medication, you should know what you will get out of it in terms of benefit and what side effects you might experience. This is especially important for drugs you wi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2016 12 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Multivitamin?

    It can be challenging to get all the nutrients you need from food, especially if you are taking medications. That's because many medicines can interfere with vitamin and mineral absorption. Some, like…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2016 3 Comments
    Can You Fight Heartburn with Yogurt for Breakfas…

    Acid-suppressing drugs like esomeprazole (Nexium) and lansoprazole (Prevacid) are popular because so many Americans have a big problem with heartburn. Although such drugs are frequently effective fo…

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 13 Comments
    How to Improve Digestive Health with a Poop Tran…

    How do you feel about poop? Most people prefer not to talk about it. That's why we have so many euphemisms: number two, stool, feces, manure, crap or BM for bowel movement. No wonder you probably neve…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2016 14 Comments
    Why Should You Order Your Own Blood Tests?

    Do you know what your vitamin levels are? What about Vitamin B12 in particular? How about thyroid status? Why not order your own blood tests so you can have data on TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), …

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2016 14 Comments
    Can You Conquer Heartburn with Coconut Water?

    How do you ease heartburn? Millions of people take acid-suppressing drugs every day, but the risks from long-term use of medicines like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole have gotten a fair amou…

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2016 17 Comments
    How to Ease Heartburn without Harming Your Kidne…

    When the first proton pump inhibitor drug, omeprazole (Prilosec), was introduced, it was greeted enthusiastically. It appeared to reduce symptoms of acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux dise…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2016 21 Comments
    How to Use Melatonin to Ease Reflux

    Pros & Cons of PPIs: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) and pantoprazole (Protonix) are commonly prescribed to treat acid r…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2016 3 Comments
    When Is It Best to Take Nexium?

    If you are a conscientious patient, you pay attention to the instructions you may be provided on how to take your medication. Should it be taken with food or on an empty stomach? At equally spaced int…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2016 20 Comments
    How to Combat Heartburn with Dandelion Root Tea

    Acid reflux, a condition that used to be known as "indigestion," "sour stomach" or "heartburn," is rampant. But lately the news has been full of stories about scary side effects from the PPI (proton p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 22, 2016 16 Comments
    How Can You Get Off a PPI Without Withdrawal?

    When proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs were first introduced decades ago, the perception was that these drugs had hardly any side effects. Both doctors and their patients were convinced that omeprazol…

    By: Joe Graedon February 22, 2016 13 Comments
    Why Are Americans Now Worried About New PPI Side…

    Powerful acid suppressing drugs (proton pump inhibitors or PPIs) have been a gold mine for drug companies for decades. But a new report from Germany has a lot of people nervous about a connection betw…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2016 98 Comments
    Why You Need To Be Worried About the PPI Dementi…

    Not Again! Just when we thought the bad news about proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) could not get any worse, an article in the journal JAMA Neurology (online, Feb. 15, 2016) suggests that these acid-supp…

    By: Joe Graedon January 25, 2016 34 Comments
    Should Doctors Worry About Heartburn Drug Danger…

    When powerful acid-suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) were first introduced in 1989 they were promoted as highly effective and extremely safe. Doctors embraced drugs like Prilosec,…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2016 10 Comments
    Do Heartburn Drugs Disturb Bacterial Balance in …

    Popular heartburn medications can disrupt bacterial balance in the digestive tract. Comparing Twins: A new study of British twins compared stool samples from more than 900 pairs. When one twin took a …

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2016 52 Comments
    Are Your Kidneys in Danger from Heartburn Drugs?

    Here we go again. America's favorite heartburn drugs are in trouble because of a new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine (online, January 11, 2016). The research suggests that regula…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2015 7 Comments
    Apple at Bedtime Relieves Nighttime Heartburn

    Many people find that lying down to sleep can be an invitation for nighttime heartburn. When the ring of muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach gets loose and lazy, lying flat can allo…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2015 9 Comments
    Heartburn Drugs Upset Bacterial Balance in the G…

    Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs for short, have become a mainstay as heartburn drugs. Once available only by prescription, powerful acid-suppressing drugs such as omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole …

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2015 9 Comments
    Is Nexium Too Risky for Older People?

    Sometimes drugs that people have long taken for granted become less appropriate-possibly even dangerous-as patients grow older. Popular drugs used to treat heartburn probably should be considered in t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2015 5 Comments
    PPI Use Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease

    Acid-suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors or PPIs are considered so safe that they can now be purchased over the counter as Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec. House brands include esomeprazole,…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2015 5 Comments
    Stopping PPIs Suddenly Triggers Heartburn That M…

    Doctors occasionally assume that if symptoms return when a medication is stopped, the original problem is reasserting itself. That seems to indicate an ongoing need for the drug. That may be true in m…

    By: Joe Graedon October 5, 2015 5 Comments
    Does Ambien Cause Acid Reflux?

    When a medication causes a side effect in an area that seems completely unrelated to the problem for which it is prescribed, it can take quite a while to notice.We have heard for many years that zolpi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 14, 2015 11 Comments
    Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux

    Acid reflux, or gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), can be terribly painful, and it is often a chronic problem. Millions of people take PPI (proton pump inhibitor) medications such as lansoprazol…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2015 24 Comments
    How Hot Peppers Can Improve Your Health and Exte…

    OK, I admit that is one of those headlines that seems far too good to be true. Full disclosure, I must confess that I (Joe G.) am a pepperhead, ie, someone who loves (actually craves) hot chili pepper…

    By: Joe Graedon July 27, 2015 28 Comments
    Getting Off PPIs Can Be a Challenge

    Medications such as omeprazole (Prilosec), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and many others are termed proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They shut down cells in the stomach that produce aci…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2015 6 Comments
    Chewing Gum Can Help Ease Acid Reflux

    An inexpensive and simple tactic-chewing gum after meals-helped one reader overcome acid reflux problems. Q. I have had difficulty with reflux since childhood. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Pr…

    By: Joe Graedon May 4, 2015 12 Comments
    Can You Overdose on Ginger?

    The acid-suppressing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors are intended for treating serious acid reflux known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. In practice, though, medicines such as esome…