The Acid Reflux Myth - What the Drug Companies Don't Want You to Know

Pharmaceutical ProfitsStomach acid suppression is a multi-billion dollar industry. Proton Pump Inhibitors alone generated US sales of $13 billion in 2005. The pharmaceutical companies have vast resources to market and promote these drugs. We regularly see TV ads for the latest in high-tech acid suppression technology. In fact PPIs are so effective they shutdown stomach acid production almost completely. The premise of these drugs is that too much stomach acid the problem and if you could just shut down your body's "over-production" then everything will go back to normal. However, this falsehood belies record annual profits.

In most cases acid blockers are not prescribed to treat a disease but rather to the suppress symptom of heartburn (either acute or chronic). The original cause of heartburn, reflux or GERD is never addressed and so the poor sufferer is trapped into a lifelong habit of popping a few antacids or acid blockers after every meal. There is no incentive for the drug companies to tell you otherwise and lose a life-long customer.

The fine print on acid blocker drugs such as Nexium, Omeprazole, Prevacid, Prilosec, Tagamet and Zantac and antacids like Pepcid, Zantac, Tagamet, Rolaids, and Tums state that they are be used for no longer than 14 days. That's because over time the long list of side effects become increasingly likely and severe. Too many consumers exceed these recommendations because the pain simply never goes away. These drugs are not curing the sufferer, just providing temporary relief of symptoms by masking the underlying cause of your heartburn or acid reflux. Indeed, overwhelming evidence indicates that rather than having too much acid over 90% of reflux sufferers have normal or below normal levels of stomach acid. Your body needs stomach acid and shutting it off is a bad idea. Thankfully, there is a better way.... There is a simple natural alternative to a life long-habit of acid blocking drugs and antacids.