Omeprazole: the Gastric Protector That Is Killing People
We have been hearing a lot in the news about the heroin epidemic that’s crippling America right now. The sad part is that many heroin users started off with injuries and were prescribed pain meds and got addicted as a result. When patients build a tolerance, they graduate from pain meds to something cheaper and more powerful (heroin).
On the other hand, some doctors are simply overprescribing meds in general and some of these prescribed drugs are killing people.
And the fact that this is a $24 billion dollar industry, I don’t suspect the problem will be going away anytime soon. That means we have to take matters into our own hands and become better informed about our health, both in terms of preventive care and treatment.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t trust your doctor or that they are out to get you, all I’m saying is that ultimately YOU are responsible for your health. Not to mention, sometimes doctors are misinformed as well. Of course, there are some bad apples in the barrel, but that goes without saying.
Note: To be clear, I am not a doctor or medical professional, this is a modest opinion from your average consumer.
Our healthcare system is upside down with inefficiencies and fairly damaged because of the for-profit model we use. This will always lend itself to corruption and greed.
I trust Big Medical and Big Pharma as far as I can throw them.
These days, instead of educating us and prescribing diet on exercise, physicians prescribe medication for gastric acid problems.
Of these, we want to bring your attention to one called Omeprazole.
Some version of digestive disease affects tens of millions of people every year.
I actually have some experience down this path where I was having stomach problems and treated the problem with antacids, but even these only target symptoms and not the root cause/issue. They don’t fix anything.
Again, this is where prescribing the right diet and probiotics would be more ideal because this is what would likely heal your insides.
And if this is the case with your issue, taking a Tums will only make things worse.
Not to mention, we can start to damage and kill off the good bacteria and intestinal flora in our belly by taking medications.
Omeprazole Side Effects
Omeprazole prevents the absorption of vitamin B12 and the deficiency of this B12 can lead to:
- Neurological damage (leading to dementia)
- Damage to the central nervous system
- Red blood cell depletion (causing chronic fatigue)
- Muscle problems
- Respiratory problems
A large study by the Kaiser Permanente Institute researched the dangers of Omeprazole by monitoring over 26,000 test subjects over a period of 2 years. The subjects that took Omeprazole demonstrated over 65 percent of them had B12 deficiency as a direct result of taking the medication.
This shouldn’t be taken lightly.This can lead to complications that can eventually lead to mortality.
If you have an intestinal issue, do some research armed with knowledge and go to your doctor and ask them what you can do about your diet and lifestyle to permanently heal (and not redamage) your body. Meds are not the answer to everything and are mostly filling the pockets of large corporations at our own cost.