Health risks of common acid reflux medication

According to my pharmacist friend, proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole, lansoprazole and rabeprazole are one of the top selling drugs in pharmacies.

There are adverse side effects and health hazards from long term use (I am thinking of those numerous old folks who are taking daily  to ‘counter’ side effects from other drugs):

  • Diminished absorption of vitamins and minerals especially B12 (Vegan beware) That’s it for health.
  • poor bone quality (compounded by menopause and andropause)
  • increased risk of one fracture
  • increased risk of stroke and heart attack
  • increased risk of stomach cancer

The fact is gastric reflux can easily be resolved with herbs, diet and lifestyle. For example a simple cup of fennel tea can help for mild cases and avoiding eating at bedtime and stress reduction. Always solve the root cause of the problem rather than suppress the symptoms and hoping life will be better tomorrow. It won’t. It may haunt you later in life. I have seen so many cases of damage to the body.

About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases.
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