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 28, 2021 3 Comments
    Babies Fed Formula Have Less Healthy Gut Bacteri…

    Mothers considering the merits of formula vs. breast milk have mostly weighed nutritional qualities, which are similar though not identical. Babies fed formula miss out on the immunological protection…

    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 September 14, 2020 10 Comments
    How Does Baking Soda in Water Fight Swelling?

    A half teaspoon of baking soda in water is a time-honored simple home remedy for indigestion. Many people with occasional heartburn find that this inexpensive approach works well. We have also heard f…

    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: 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: Terry Graedon November 14, 2019 2 Comments
    Show 1189: What the Heck Should We Be Eating?

    If you like to cook, you are no doubt aware that favorite recipes change with the times, just like fashions in clothing. But a lot of Americans don’t like to cook. They may not have tried acquiring …

    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: Joe Graedon October 7, 2019 12 Comments
    Does Your Medicine Pose a Cancer Risk?

    Most people take prescription medications to relieve symptoms or prevent serious health problems. Some of the best sellers include blood pressure medicines, acid-suppressors, diabetes drugs and medica…

    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: 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: 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: Joe Graedon November 5, 2018 13 Comments
    Aspirin and Ulcers: A Potentially Deadly Reactio…

    We like aspirin. It’s inexpensive and as effective as any other OTC pain reliever on the market. Millions take it or another NSAID (ibuprofen or naproxen) every day. They swallow such pills to ease …

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2018 7 Comments
    Will Getting to Sleep Wreck Your Digestion?

    When you are looking for a way to overcome insomnia, you might well reach for a pill called zolpidem. Sold for years under the brand name Ambien, it is probably the most popular prescription sleeping …

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2018 18 Comments
    Yet Another PPI Complication | Acid-Suppressing …

    We know you are getting weary of reading about serious side effects linked to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. They include dexlansoprazole, esomep…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 8 Comments
    Can You Fight Bacteria with Viruses?

    Antibiotic resistance has become a global concern. But Mother Nature has come up with a fascinating option for overcoming bacterial infection: viruses that fight bacteria. Using Viruses to Fight Bacte…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2018 21 Comments
    Why Papaya for Heartburn Is Surprisingly Helpful

    Papaya was once considered an exotic fruit. You had to visit a tropical country to find it. Now, fresh papaya can be found in most food markets. You can purchase papaya enzymes in tablet form in healt…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 8 Comments
    Skimping on Magnesium May Mean Trouble Sleeping

    How often does a treatment for one problem lead to another problem? We suspect it may be more common than anyone could imagine. Who would guess that low magnesium levels resulting from a heartburn med…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2018 27 Comments
    Can Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) Blow A Hole…

    People have been using a natural antacid (sodium bicarbonate, aka baking soda) for a very long time. It is cheap and surprisingly effective for easing symptoms of indigestion. But too much of a good t…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2018 13 Comments
    Licorice Side Effects Can Be Scary If Not Life T…

    Most people think of licorice (liquorice in Europe) as yummy candy. We happen to be licorice lovers ourselves. Natural black licorice from the Netherlands is one of our favorite sweet treats. But we a…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2018 25 Comments
    What Are the Most Dangerous Drugs for Older Adul…

    Imagine you are a space alien from the Planet Xelziga. You land somewhere in North America and turn on your television monitoring system. As you attempt to learn the basics about human behavior, you m…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 4 Comments
    How To Choose Safe and Effective Over-The-Counte…

    Americans love to play doctor. And the FDA has made it easy. That’s because the agency has allowed Pharma companies to switch many Rx drugs to OTC in a big way. We spend $33 billion on over-the-coun…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 15 Comments
    How to Use Baking Soda to Ease Indigestion:

    You have seen ads for all sorts of pricey heartburn remedies. Some go to work quickly. Others, like the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) take quite awhile to stifle stomach acid and relieve symptoms. Whe…

    By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2017 9 Comments
    Do Zolpidem (Ambien) Side Effects Include Horrib…

    Zolpidem remains a very popular prescription sleeping aid. When it was only available as the brand name drug Ambien, millions took it to get a "good night's sleep." These days zolpidem (Ambien) side e…

    By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Is Black Poop Something to Worry About?

    Pepto-Bismol has been around for more than 100 years. The original formula was developed by a physician to treat severe diarrhea brought on by cholera. He sold his invention directly to other doctors.…

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 10 Comments
    Can Probiotics Reduce Inflammation and Improve H…

    A recent health buzzword will probably get even more attention in the coming year. Expect to hear more about probiotics. Why? Probiotic foods and supplements offer the possibility for altering a damag…

    By: Joe Graedon December 19, 2016 19 Comments
    Is the FDA Biased Against Dietary Supplements?

    Will your vitamins or dietary supplements hurt you? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, herbs or other supplements every day. Most people don't worry about possible dangers from these pills. Man…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2016 9 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…