Acid Reflux…From Cradle to Grave? Now That’s A Tough Pill To Swallow!

acid reflux“Plop, plop, fizz, fizz oh what a relief it is.”   Many of us remember that catchy jingle from the Alka-Seltzer commercials of the 1960’s – but it doesn’t seem so cute when our BABIES are born with acid reflux these days!

Billions of dollars are spent on antacids each year.   In fact, Nexium is the third biggest seller in the world with annual sales exceeding $5 billion.  Priolsec is the #1 selling drug in the world making over $6 billion dollars a year.  But antacids do not fix the root cause of the problem and the side effects are costing you BIG TIME.

I think its fascinating that just when we gave “heartburn” a new and much more serious-sounding label (“acid reflux”) we just happen to have a billion dollar pharmaceutical solution for this condition that is striking our society from cradle to grave.

It doesn’t even seem possible that our newborns are commonly diagnosed with having acid reflux!    Just imagine your reaction if the pediatrician told you that your newborn was suffering from heartburn…that wouldn’t be so easy to digest (pun intended).  Heartburn used to be a problem mostly for senior citizens…today it begins at birth…a sign that the body is in acid overload!

It’s rarely a good idea to throw pills at a problem!  Pills don’t cure the condition…they merely mask your symptoms…and they often come with side effects that makes things MUCH worse in the long run.   Sometimes taking a pill is just the lazy way out.  Instead of making sacrifices for good health, it’s a whole lot easier to just take a pill and forget about the real problem.  That’s definitely not a good idea when it comes to acid reflux!


Neurologist Dr. Daniel Purlmutter:  “Antacids block B6. Many people are taking antacid medications and the problem is that when they block stomach acid, they block absorption of B6 and that can damage the brain.”

Dr. Sherry Rogers saw many complications with her patients who took Mylanta. “Quite simply, as Mylanta sops up acid that prompts indigestion, it also depletes the same acid we need for absorbing minerals. Without a sufficient quantity of minerals we are vulnerable to many diseases, from depression to cancer.” 

Dr. Yu-Xiao Yang:  MDA study of 145,000 seniors showed heartburn drugs can increase risks of broken hips. These drugs block absorption of calcium, leading to weaker bones and fractures , The drugs causing the most problems in this study were Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec.

Dr. Mercola:  “(Tagamet or Pepcid) are some of the worst drugs that you could possibly take. They significantly reduce the amount of acid you have, inhibiting your ability to properly digest food. Reduction of acid in the stomach also diminishes your primary defense mechanism for food-borne infections and will increase your risk of food poisoning… people are being prescribed drugs for heartburn when it is one of the easiest medical problems to treat.” 

Dr. Gasdorph/Dr. Walker – Chronic use of aluminum containing antacid products may be detrimental to the body. “Research has shown that at least 10 human neurological conditions have been linked to toxic concentrations of aluminum” 

Acid reflux meds were not intended for long-term use.  Even the over-the-counter “harmless” options come with a warning label and a reminder that they are for SHORT TERM relief and NOT continued use.  Instead of relying on pills that do MORE HARM than good, consider changing your lifestyle instead.

Stay away from acidic foods, and acidic drinks (including bottled water).

Stop inhibiting the body’s natural digestive system by medicating for something that can be easily managed.

Trade your “Alka-Seltzer” potion for ALKALIZED water.  Your body will thank you for it and the pharmaceutical companies will have plenty of other rabbits victims to chase.




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Alzheimer’s…Are You Being Told The Whole Truth?

confusionThere are a lot of mysteries surrounding Alzheimer’s but there are two things that we can be sure of.  First, the Alzheimer’s brain is  chronically dehydrated.  Though the mainstream medical community won’t commit to chronic and consistent dehydration being a primary factor in Alzheimer’s, they ALL admit that the Alzheimer’s brain is severely dehydrated.   The chronically dehydrated brain will eventually begin to shrink up.  Left “untreated” year-after-year  the  spheres of the brain will begin to “collapse” and then fold into the one another.  Hence,  the common behavioral tendencies and memories that “disappear”.  Obviously there are for more scientific explanations written by far more eloquent writers but this is the bottom line in simple terminology.

As I was researching Alzheimer’s for a friend of mine, I landed on the Alzheimer’s Association home page looking for information and support. It’s no wonder we have a problem.  Sadly, the Association discusses the importance of hydration for Alzheimer’s BUT they casually mention that the body is 50% water.  News Flash for the Alzheimer’s Association:  The body is  supposed to be  70-75% water and the brain is 85% water.   To make matters worse, the Alzheimer’s Association  goes on to say that there are alternatives to  drinking water like juice, coffee, tea, milk, etc.   There is no replacement for water and your brain knows the difference.  Water is the conduit to the electrical impulses in the body.  No substitute can provide that to the body or brain.  Since chronic dehydration plays a major role in Alzheimer’s there is no excuse for this misinformation by one of the leading resources for this disease.

Natural News:

Water is the most important nutrient for the human body.  Those who have lived for many years without proper water intake are the most likely to succumb to the buildup of toxins in the body.  Chronic disease is always accompanied by dehydration and, in many cases, caused by it. The longer a person lives on a low water ration and/or on a high ration of stimulating beverages or foods, the more severe and long-lasting will be the toxicity crisis. Heart disease, obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stomach ulcers, hypertension, cancer, MS, Alzheimer’s, and many other chronic forms of disease are preceded by years of “body drought.” Infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses cannot thrive in a well-hydrated body. Drinking enough water is, therefore, one of the most important disease-prevention measures you can take.

The second thing that we know (through research conducted in the past 10 years) is that the Alzheimer’s patient often has a very high level of aluminum in the body.  This metal toxicity works against brain function (and many other things).  Avoiding the obvious is relatively simple.  No aluminum cans or pans, etc.  However, there is a dirty little secret that most of us don’t even know about.

Most aging Americans (needlessly) struggle with acid reflux/heartburn and most of them flock to the store for a roll of antacids to ease the “pain” before they advance to a doctor’s visit and a prescription. What many don’t know is that most over-the-counter antacids can contain anywhere from 150-600 milligrams of aluminum per tablet!  Perhaps this is why you’re warned against long-term use?

There is no excuse for acid reflux/heartburn.  There are easy, healthy answers for that if you’re willing to try.  If you opt for a few antacids every time your tummy fights back, you could be paying the ultimate price in years to come.

Since there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s and no reasonable treatment besides comfort care, isn’t it worth stepping outside of your comfort zone to try a simple change?  You can kill two birds with one stone.  Drink ionized, alkalized water and not only will you efficiently hydrate the brain (and all the rest of you),  but you’ll also do away with the need for antacids.

Sound too simple?  Maybe you ought to try it for yourself before you close the door of possibilities.   What do you have to lose?



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