Calcium Mal-Absorption As A Side Effect Of Acid Suppressants

A person may have a history of indigestion, acid reflux or ulcers and then is given a proton pump inhibitor (Prilosec, Protonix & Prevacid).  In May, the FDA after reviewing studies of PPI’s, issued a warning of the significant side effects of PPI’s: increased risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures with high doses or long term use of PPI’s (one year or longer).  Besides calcium malabsorption, B12 absorption has also been shown to decrease in chronic PPI use.

Michelle Katz M.D., of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, in an editorial in Archives of Internal Medicine states “A staggering 113.4 million prescriptions for PPI are filled each year, making this class of drugs at 13.9 billion in sales, the third highest seller in the United States.”

All this being said, woudn’t it be advisable to look at why so many people have various digestive symptoms?  It’s all in our 6 essential choices of what we eat, drink, think, rest exercise and breathe.

I’ve had many clients that on Alka Pan or Super Digest alone, feel total relief.  If they still have these common digestive symptoms, I help them look at what they are having trouble digesting emotionally in life, or where/who do they feel is being stuffed down their throat against their will. 

As a person allows themselves to face, feel and forgive; healing becomes a natural by product.

In Health & Service,

Dr. Roland F. Phillips BA.,BS.,D.C.