By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2022 29 Comments
    Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

    Vitamins were among the most exciting discoveries of the early 20th century. Since then, however, doctors have been expressing a lot of skepticism about the value of taking vitamin supplements. The la…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2022 19 Comments
    Can You Get Off a PPI Without Suffering Heartbur…

    Have you ever tried to get off a PPI like esomeprazole (Nexium) or lansoprazole (Prevacid)? If so, you might have experienced rebound heartburn. People who encounter this problem–and many do–may f…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2022 13 Comments
    PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI …

    Many specialists live in silos. By that we mean they hang out with other experts just like themselves. They reinforce each other’s understanding of the world. These specialists may not spend a lot o…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2022 26 Comments
    How to Manage Your Heartburn Without Drugs

    The American diet seems designed to create digestive problems. We love fast food, which is low in fiber and high in processed carbs and fat. We also eat on the run. As a result, many people suffer fro…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2022 105 Comments
    How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

    If you suffer from heartburn, you might describe it as a burning sensation under the breastbone. People with recurrent reflux can usually also talk about the types of foods that trigger their discomfo…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2022 8 Comments
    Show 1292: Natural Ways to Treat Heartburn

    Whether we call it indigestion, reflux, sour stomach or heartburn, this condition is painful. When acid from the stomach splashes up into the lower esophagus, it burns. Even though heartburn doesn’t…

    By: Joe Graedon December 16, 2021 12 Comments
    Are Heartburn Drugs (PPIs) Linked to Stomach Can…

    Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as esomeprazole, lansoprazole and omeprazole are extremely popular heartburn medicines. More than 110 million prescriptions for proton pump inhibitors are filled eac…

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2021 0 Comments
    Are the Health Benefits of Buttermilk Like Those…

    Do you consume dairy products, or do you try to avoid them? Many people find that the lactose in milk makes them uncomfortable. Scientists report, however, that probiotic products can reduce those sig…

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2021 204 Comments
    Metformin (Glucophage) Side Effects & Compl…

    The fascinating compound called metformin was discovered nearly a century ago. Scientists realized that it could lower blood sugar in an animal model (rabbits) as early as 1929, but it wasn't until th…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2021 7 Comments
    The Zantac – Ranitidine Weirdness Just Got Str…

    If you have been reading this newsletter, you know that one of the most popular acid-reducing drugs in the world became embroiled in a carcinogen controversy over two years ago. That's when a pharmacy…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2021 12 Comments
    Show 1224: What Is the Best Way to Manage Your H…

    Bellyaches and heartburn are among the most common problems driving people to the pharmacy to seek relief. Heartburn, a burning sensation behind the sternum, happens when acid escapes from the stomach…

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2021 26 Comments
    Will Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Your Heartburn?

    Do you get uncomfortable after a big meal? A burning sensation under the breastbone after eating is common. If you have ever suffered from this type of indigestion, you may want to know how to cure yo…

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2021 2 Comments
    Dr. Marvin Singh Tells You How to Establish Heal…

    Integrative gastroenterology combines the perspective of conventional allopathic medicine with a holistic approach to patients and their lives–mind, body and soul. Sometimes adjusting diet or lifest…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2021 8 Comments
    Show 1179: What Should You Do About Digestive Di…

    Have you ever had horrible heartburn or a really bad bellyache? Most of us have experienced digestive distress at one time or another. When do you need to seek medical attention for your problem? What…

    By: Terry Graedon October 19, 2020 7 Comments
    Can You Use D-Limonene to Overcome Heartburn?

    Have you suffered from heartburn? Many people report that they feel a characteristic burning sensation under the sternum sometimes. Others experience this problem more frequently. You can manage occas…

    By: Terry Graedon July 29, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1222: How Can You Optimize Your Microbiome?

    The microbiome–the genome of our collective microbiota–has become a trendy topic in medicine lately. With more microbial than human cells in our bodies, it’s becoming clear we should think of ou…

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2020 8 Comments
    What Are Downsides to New Secret Weapon for Hear…

    If you frequently suffer from indigestion or "acid stomach," you might wish for a new secret weapon for heartburn. One reader was excited to discover a "new" drug, not realizing that it is far from ne…

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2020 16 Comments
    Ranitidine – Zantac is Going, Going Gone At La…

    There was a time when Zantac (ranitidine) was the most prescribed medicine in the world. Now Zantac is going onto the scrap heap of discarded drugs. This heartburn medicine was considered a highly eff…

    By: Terry Graedon February 17, 2020 14 Comments
    Can You Relieve Heartburn With Vinegar?

    Some household products turn up time after time in remedies. People have been extremely inventive in finding multiple uses for Vicks VapoRub, Noxzema and Milk of Magnesia. But perhaps no item has been…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2020 8 Comments
    Are Drug Companies Making a Killing on Convenien…

    Americans love convenience. That’s why we use drive-through windows at banks, fast food restaurants and even pharmacies. We’re even willing to pay a little more for fast food. People who want to s…

    By: Terry Graedon December 16, 2019 1 Comments
    How a Little Girl Overcame Her Constipation

    Digestive woes such as heartburn and constipation are tricky enough to manage when an adult suffers from them. When the person suffering is a child, the situation becomes even more serious. A mother d…

    By: Terry Graedon November 25, 2019 14 Comments
    Apple Cider Vinegar Is a Weird Remedy for Heartb…

    Do you have a favorite remedy for heartburn? Some people rely on drugstore antacids such as Tums or Maalox. Others take medication such as cimetidine (Tagamet) or omeprazole (Prilosec). But plenty of …

    By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2019 11 Comments
    Can Prelief Prevent Indigestion from Coffee?

    Like our reader below we are coffee lovers. There is nothing like a hot cup of Joe on a cold morning. Fortunately, we do not suffer indigestion from coffee, but this person does. Is there anything tha…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2019 1 Comments
    What Are the Risks of PPIs for Children?

    Doctors love proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Acid suppressing drugs like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) and pantoprazole (Protonix) are widely to prescribed to ad…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2019 3 Comments
    Will Intermittent Fasting Give You Heartburn?

    If you have trouble with acid reflux, you probably try to avoid foods, beverages and situations that can trigger heartburn symptoms. Stretching out on the sofa after enjoying Thanksgiving dinner might…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2019 6 Comments
    Show 1187: Are Supplements Really a Waste of Tim…

    Last summer, a major review of research on supplements to improve heart health concluded that most do nothing to prevent heart attacks, strokes or premature death from cardiovascular causes (Annals of…

    By: Joe Graedon October 3, 2019 10 Comments
    FDA Flip-Flops on Nitrosamines in Zantac and Ran…

    We warned you. The Zantac/ranitidine story is not over! Remember, just a few weeks ago we sent out a People’s Pharmacy Special Health Alert regarding unexpectedly high levels of the nitrosamines in …

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2019 28 Comments
    Another BP Nitrosamine Drug Recall and Zantac (R…

    Are you getting drug contamination fatigue? We would not blame you. There is a new blood pressure nitrosamine drug recall. This time it is from Torrent Pharmaceutical Limited of Ahmedabad, India. The …

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2019 4 Comments
    European Drug Regulators Recalling Zantac (Ranit…

    We issued a Special Health Alert on September 14, 2019, about the heartburn medicine ranitidine (Zantac). We were among the first to alert people that a nitrosamine called NDMA was found in both OTC a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 5, 2019 9 Comments
    Could Soft Drinks Be Killing You?

    People who consume a lot of soft drinks may be putting themselves at risk. That's the conclusion from a large study not in the US but in Europe (JAMA, Sept. 3, 2019). The EPIC study stands for Europea…

    By: Joe Graedon August 26, 2019 7 Comments
    Must You Take Acid Blockers For the Rest of Your…

    Many people discover that it can be challenging to stop proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). That’s because powerful acid-suppressing drugs can trigger rebound hyperacidity when they are stopped suddenly.…

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2019 2 Comments
    Viagra (Sildenafil) Triggers Both Erections and …

    Viagra is a household word. It is now available generically as sildenafil. This drug has revolutionized the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It works by relaxing smooth muscle in the penis. The resu…

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2019 5 Comments
    Do PPI-Type Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Allergi…

    Most animals make strong stomach acid (hydrochloric acid or HCl). Sharks make stomach acid. So do snakes, camels, cows and hamsters. Of course, humans also make stomach acid. Was it all a big mistake?…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2019 3 Comments
    Thyroid Trouble Was Behind Stomach Problems

    Doctors often attribute stomach problems like indigestion or discomfort after eating to excess stomach acid. Usually, they prescribe a PPI such as esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or ome…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2019 4 Comments
    How Do You Feed Your Microbiota?

    Scientists know that the community of microbes that lives in your digestive tract is unique to you (your microbiota). They hypothesize that if you want to stay healthy, you have to keep the community …

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2019 17 Comments
    PPIs are Safe! New Study Contradicts Prior Resea…

    Prepare for whiplash. Last week we reported on a large VA study using medical records from 150,000 veterans (BMJ, May 30, 2019).  It showed that people taking proton pump inhibitors to suppress s…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2019 23 Comments
    Why Popular Heartburn Drugs PPIs Are Linked to P…

    Millions of people take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to suppress the secretion of stomach acid. At last count, doctors wrote over 100 million prescriptions for drugs like dexlansoprazole (Dexilent), …

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 6 Comments
    Falling Asleep with Zolpidem | Waking up with He…

    What do you do when you are caught on the horns of a dilemma? We describe such situations a couple of ways: “Between the devil and the deep blue sea” is one. A similar saying goes: “between a ro…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2019 1 Comments
    Does Your Microbiota Change When You Take Nexium…

    The "royal we" may be more accurate than we imagine, and not only for individuals of noble descent. All of us might practice thinking of ourselves a a collective. That is because each of us contains m…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2019 12 Comments
    More Bad News About PPIs and Kidney Damage

    The FDA loves proton pump inhibitors (PPI)s. So do doctors, especially gastroenterologists. Drugs like esomeprazole (Nexium) lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec) used to top the doctors' …