How Antacids Ruin Health
When medicine touts antacids, they never tell you the “rest of the story.” So today, I bravely step into the breach to tell the incredible truth: antacids can lead to death.
Although antacids do their dirt slowly, we can tell something is wrong with our health. We don’t know what the problem is, though, or how much trouble we’re in.
The trouble starts when eating makes the area around your breast bone feel uneasy. Even like it’s on fire. And we wonder, since the heart’s in the same general area, if we’re having a heart attack. So off to the doctor we go.
We tell our tale of woe to the doc, who listens to our heart, asks a few questions, then smiles with the good news that it’s only too much stomach acid. You get an antacid prescription.
Antacids and Scary music
Which, in a perfect world, is when scary music from a monster movie would warn us of danger.
But there is no prepare-to-die music, so we go happily on our way to the drug store to fill the prescription. We’re just so glad to know we don’t have a big, bad problem, and the burning in our chest will soon go away.
We have no idea the diagnosis is 90% likely to be wrong. And we don’t realize we may be headed for an addiction to antacids. Nor do we know that medical poobahs require doctors to prescribe antacids for all stomach acid complaints, no testing allowed.
Here’s why that’s a problem: Too much stomach acid and too little stomach acid produce the exact same symptoms. And nine out of ten people (that’s the 90%) with stomach acid symptoms don’t have enough stomach acid; they need more. Which means that taking antacids to further lower your stomach acid is a really bad idea. Really, really bad.
What happens when we eat?
When we eat, our bodies crank up their stomach acid production so they’ll be all set to digest protein. Without enough stomach acid, you can’t digest protein, which means you can’t absorb nutrition no matter how good your diet is.
Digesting protein breaks it down into the amino acids our bodies can work with. Amino acids, in turn, create the enzymes that keep our body parts marching along, singing a song.
Without the gazillion enzymes our bodies need to keep everything functioning, our gall bladder has problems, our liver has problems, etc. In fact, all our body parts suffer.
Adding more misery, the food, only partially digested, moves along to the small intestine, the next step in digestion. Lord, have mercy!
The small intestine expects fully-digested food; it can’t handle the half-digested glop that shows up. Chaos follows.
The half-digested food roughs up the lining of the small intestine, causing erosion. Little gaps develop, and the partially-digested food starts slipping out of the small intestine into body parts where it doesn’t belong. Perhaps you’ve heard the term, “leaky gut syndrome.” Now you know what they’re talking about.
Whatever name you get for your mess (and there are several possibilities), the symptoms include the frequent, sudden, urgent need to have a bowel movement, which is typically an unformed, smelly mess. Bathroom sessions tend to be long and painful. After a while, bowel movements may include blood.
You get to spend a lot of time feeling like a wet dish rag, and doctors can’t help, except-perhaps-a homeopathic physician. But this mess is covered in my Moving to Health program (link below), so there are answers.
The end game
If pain, blood, and extended stays in the bathroom aren’t enough, the worse is yet to come if you don’t “take steps” to fix your digestion.
All our body parts take a hit from low stomach acid, but our kidneys are particularly vulnerable. Unchecked digestive mayhem can lead to kidney damage-Stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, stage 4, and, finally, rest in peace.
And it all starts so innocently with a prescription for an antacid. Sadly, there’s no point during the years-long, downhill slide when medicine does anything that helps.
Doctors have told me medicine doesn’t believe low stomach acid exists, and “leaky gut” is a joke.
If you’re dealing with digestion problems, please understand that healing is up to you.
Put your “Oh, yeah!” attitude in gear and get busy learning how to heal yourself. It takes some time, effort, and little study, but so does pretty much everything else in life. Isn’t your health worth it?
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.