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Stomach Acid Drugs Increase Risk of Bacterial Infections, FDA Warns

January 19, 2019, 5:50 pm

Stomach Acid Drugs Increase Risk of Bacterial Infections, FDA Warns
by Live Science Staff | February 08, 2012 11:52am ET

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers today that certain stomach acid drugs may increase the risk of a serious intestinal bacteria infection.

The drugs, including Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Zegerid and others, fall into a category called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They are prescribed to treat acid reflux, stomach ulcers and
other conditions, and work by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.

The bacterial illness is called Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea (CDAD), and its main symptom is diarrhea that does not improve , according to an FDA statement. The bacteria are
commonly referred to as “C. diff.”

Stomach acid is a very important defense mechanism against pathogens. It kills them,” said Dr. Edith R. Lederman, who authored a study published in October linking C. diff infections to stomach acid drugs, in an interview with MyHealthNewsDaily at the time.

Patients taking PPIs who develop diarrhea that does not improve may have CDAD, according to the FDA. The agency is working with manufacturers to include information in the drug labels about the increased risk with use of PPIs. PPIs are the third highest selling class of drugs in the U.S., according to 2010 findings from Consumer Reports.

Lederman’s study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, showed nearly half of 485 patients hospitalized at a medical center over a four-year period who had C. difficile infections had previously been prescribed an acid suppressing drug, most of which were either proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Prilosec and Prevacid, or histamine2 antagonists, such as Tagamet and Zantac.

The FDA is also reviewing the risk of CDAD in users of histamine H2 receptor blockers.

The elderly , and people with certain medical problems, generally have the greatest chance of developing C. diff infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The  infection can spread in hospitals because C. diff spores can live outside the human body for a very long time, and may be found on items such as bed linens, bed rails, bathroom fixtures and medical equipment.

There are antibiotics that can be used to treat C. diff, according to the CDC, but in some severe cases, surgery to remove the infected part of the intestines may be needed.

In Lederman’s study, 23 patients died from their C. diff infections; 19 of them had taken prescription acid suppressants during the 90 days before their hospital stay.

Hand washing, alcoholbased sanitizers, and taking only antibiotics that are prescribed by a doctor can lower a person’s risk of getting or spreading C. diff, according to the CDC.

Pass it on: People taking drugs that suppress stomach acid production may be at an increased risk for intestinal bacteria infections.

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Chiropractic: Digestive Help Without Medications

April 27, 2017, 2:04 pm

Did you know that over $80 billion are spent each year on drugs to relieve heartburn, bloating, gas, acid reflux, irritable bowel, diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive disorders? These symptoms of abnormalNutrition and Chiropractic, Vegetables from Garden image digestion are becoming ever more prevalent in our society. Science and research have shown that chiropractic care offers a powerful solution to this modern-day epidemic.

The nervous system of your body controls digestive function from nerves that come out of the brain stem, down through your vertebrae (back bones), and from there out to your digestive organs. A misalignment in your spine can lead to compromised nerves which can alter digestive function.

Wellness oriented chiropractors search and find the location of such spinal misalignments termed `subluxations.` A specific chiropractic adjustment realigns the altered region(s) of your spine and restores nerve supply to the deficient organs. This chiropractic approach honors the body’s innate ability to heal by enhancing organ function & quality of life.

Several studies have demonstrated the power of chiropractic adjustments restoring optimal function in individuals with digestive problems. In one published case study, a young woman had been afflicted with irritable bowel symptoms once or twice a week for 5 years. After one chiropractic adjustment she noticed an easing of symptoms and within a short time all her digestive problems disappeared. When the report was published 2 years later she was still symptom free.

Another case study showed that chiropractic care can be effective for infants with digestive disturbances. Researchers chose three infants who were experiencing infrequent bowel movements with resulting distress.  Parents of these infants had reported following medication regimens and diet changes without any results. The infants began chiropractic care and all three experienced almost immediate improvement. By the end of the study all three had bowel movements at least once every day.

Subluxations within specific areas of the spine can prevent the bowel and other digestive organs from functioning properly. Regular chiropractic care can help patients prevent and treat a wide range of digestive issues.  For more information on how chiropractic can help you, please visit our home page at www.SuperDocDC.com.

Chiropractic and Digestion

October 31, 2016, 10:21 pm

Over $80 billion are spent each year on drugs to relieve heartburn, bloating, gas, acid reflux, irritable bowel, diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive disorders. These symptoms of abnormalNutrition and Chiropractic, Vegetables from Garden image digestion are becoming ever more prevalent in our society. Science and research have shown that chiropractic care offers a powerful solution to this modern-day epidemic.

The nervous system of your body controls digestive function from nerves that come out of the brain stem, down through your vertebrae (back bones), and from there out to your digestive organs. A misalignment in your spine can lead to compromised nerves which can alter digestive function.

Wellness oriented chiropractors search and find the location of such spinal misalignments termed `subluxations.` A specific chiropractic adjustment realigns the altered region(s) of your spine and restores nerve supply to the deficient organs. This chiropractic approach honors the body’s innate ability to heal by enhancing organ function & quality of life.

Several studies have demonstrated the power of chiropractic adjustments restoring optimal function in individuals with digestive problems. In one published case study, a young woman had been afflicted with irritable bowel symptoms once or twice a week for 5 years. After one chiropractic adjustment she noticed an easing of symptoms and within a short time all her digestive problems disappeared. When the report was published 2 years later she was still symptom free.

Another case study showed that chiropractic care can be effective for infants with digestive disturbances. Researchers chose three infants who were experiencing infrequent bowel movements with resulting distress.  Parents of these infants had reported following medication regimens and diet changes without any results. The infants began chiropractic care and all three experienced almost immediate improvement. By the end of the study all three had bowel movements at least once every day.

Subluxations within specific areas of the spine can prevent the bowel and other digestive organs from functioning properly. Regular chiropractic care can help patients prevent and treat a wide range of digestive issues.  For more information on how chiropractic can help you, please visit our home page at SuperDocDC.com.

How a Chiropractor Changed My Life – Sweat Like a Pig

October 1, 2016, 2:33 pm

We found an awesome article from the website SweatLikeAPig.com on how chiropractic was life changing!  The author had migraine headaches and digestive issues and she relates what happened that helped her.  Please enjoy the article by clicking HERE.

Chiropractor Adjustment of Woman in White Shirt, Image

 

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