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Why You Shouldn't Try Curing Acid Reflux with Nexium

May 2, 2008
As a medicament prescribed to treat symptoms of acid reflux, Nexium was launched in 2001 and achieved sales of more than $5.7 billion in 2005 to become the world's third-largest selling drug. Prior to talking about the way that Nexium acts in cases of acid reflux, its possible side effects and healthier options, let's discuss acid reflux disease in general.

Acid reflux is connected with the action of the circular muscle (the lower esophageal sphincter or LES) acting as a valve at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach. If stomach acids flow back into the esophagus and its lining, the person can fall victim to a burning sensation known as heartburn in the chest and /or the throat. Also referred to as GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, acid reflux is the consequence of the LES not shutting properly. For some patients, the feeling is as if food had got stuck in their throat, choking or narrowing of the throat or a recurrent dry cough.

Together with the disagreeable, painful sensations already mentioned, severe complications can also result when acid reflux is ignored. When the esophagus is continually inflamed, ulcers or bleeding can result, and scar tissue can lead to strictures of the throat and difficulties in swallowing. Older victims of acid reflux may also suffer from Barrett's esophagus, where the esophageal lining cells assume unusual shapes and colors. In time, this may develop into cancer. For this reason, a rapid and correct diagnosis of acid reflux must be made and then treated in a timely way.

Classical medications against acid reflux conditions can be classified into four main groups: antacids, alginates, PPI (proton pump inhibitors) and H2-receptor antagonists. Nexium is in the PPI category, the medicaments that aim to lower the amount of stomach acid by blocking the stomach mechanism that produces this acid, also known as a proton pump.

Treatment based on Nexium has three significant drawbacks:

Firstly, and an important comment here, GERD is a condition that comes from a complex set of environmental, dietary and lifestyle aspects; stomach acid is only the symptom of this. By interfering with acid generation in the stomach, Nexium acts on the symptoms of GERD in a temporary way to reduce acid reflux distress. The drug has to be taken daily to block the recurrence of acid reflux, which then leads to a permanent dependency.

Secondly, one of the basic functions of stomach acid is join in the body's efforts to defend against Candida and parasites, and to help nutrient absorption. The inhibition of the production of stomach acid can in fact generate more long-term indigestion and acid reflux.

The third is that the persistent use of nexium can bring about a lot of secondary effects that commonly include severe headaches and diarrhea. Links to osteoporosis have also been suggested.

A recent report from Holland on 360,000 people concluded that use of Nexium could really increase the menace of pneumonia for a sufferer of acid reflux. Leader of a research team, Robert J.F.Laheij, mentions that use of nexium to diminish the same stomach acids that kill germs increases the threat to acid reflux sufferers of pneumonia generating bacteria.

Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, indicated that people over the age of 50 who had used nexium for 12 months or more, were considerably more at risk for fractures of the hip. Yu-Xiao Yang, MD, research team leader and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, says that acid reflux sufferers should think about alterations in diet and lifestyle as a safer, healthier alternative. According to Dr. Yang, this solution can decrease or even obviate the requirement for PPIs.

Were you aware that your wearisome, distressing symptoms of acid reflux could be alleviated forever without requiring conventional medicaments such as Nexium and their accompanying secondary effects?

Adopting a holistic approach (taking specific supplements of herbs and vitamins, together with a full strategy of Candida control protocols and dietary principles) can solve GERD naturally and effectively and safely prevent its return.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . To Learn More About Nexium for Acid Reflux Visit: Nexium for Acid Reflux
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