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Heartburn Drugs Add to Hip Fracture Risk

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:04pm

There is more news of negative bone reactions to drugs. This time it’s the heartburn drugs, including Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Aciphex and Protonix. These drugs shut down stomach acid production and are taken by millions of people for ulcers and acid-reflux disease.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine studied 150,000 Britons over 50  and found that the drug takers had a 44% greater risk of hip fractures. Also, the longer people took the drugs, the greater the risk.

They do not yet understand the underlying connection between the drugs and bone loss. But the elderly are most at risk and their doctors should take care to give them the smallest dose for the least possible time.

The report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

It is becoming more obvious to me that the pH balance of the body is a really important factor in the health of our bones. Heartburn medication is another interference in the acid balance of the body. As we age we are able to produce less stomach acid than before and we should actually supplement our diet with hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes at every meal.

This is the opposite of the drug remedy. Which is not really surprising! I’m becoming more and more cynical about the drug industry. There are many people who believe that the evil drugmakers are intent on getting more people addicted to long-term solutions that make us sicker rather than healing us. I am shifting further over into their opinion of late. 

So if you or your mother are on any of these drugs, try to get off them and research some alternative solutions to your problems.

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