When you wake up in the ICU after a heart attack, you’ve got a lot to be happy about: Happy your loved ones got you help you needed … happy the ambulance made it to the hospital in time… and most of all, just plain happy to be alive.
Yes, friend, there’s nothing like a brush with death to make you appreciate life.
But I can almost guarantee what you WON’T waste a moment feeling “happy” about is the fact that you didn’t have a bout of heartburn right before your heart attack — and when I tell you how the two are connected, you’re going to be downright ticked off.
Because the very drugs you rely on to tame the raging fires of acid reflux could have actually CAUSED your heart attack!
Prevent heartburn… but suffer a heart attack. No sane person would knowingly make that trade.
But millions may be doing so UNKNOWINGLY, because the dirty secret about proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) is that they can raise your risk of heart attack by as much as 21 percent, according to new research.
These are drugs everyone knows by name — drugs it seems like everyone is taking, such as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium. So naturally, Big Pharma is in full-blown panic mode. They’re trying to protect sales by sending out industry hacks in a weak attempt to discredit this damaging new study.
The most ridiculous line of reasoning they’ve tried to sell us so far is that maybe the risk was caused by the heartburn and not the drug.
PUH-leaze, if you buy that one I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d love to sell you too!
Despite the name we ALL know that heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. And if you need more proof, the study also included heartburn patients who took no drugs at all, as well as patients on OTHER types of meds besides PPIs, and NONE of them had a higher heart risk.
What’s more, you couldn’t design a better drug for raising the risk of a heart attack if you tried — because PPIs can suck the magnesium right out of your body.
That’s the mineral that actually puts the tick into your ticker and keeps your heart beating. In fact PPIs block it so effectively that taking a supplement while on the drug might not help.
Even the FDA itself admitted this was a risk way back in 2011. But naturally that warning was delivered as little more than a whisper.
After all, we wouldn’t want to hurt sales, would we?
Lucky for you there’s a safe and ridiculously easy way to get control of your stomach acid problems: fresh-squeezed cabbage juice. Run the stuff through a juicer or a blender and drink about 8 ounces at a time, as needed, until the reflux passes.