Heartburn meds causing a new cancer epidemic

Could one of the deadliest and fastest growing cancers around be stopped in its tracks – just by tossing one dangerous drug from your medicine cabinet?

Believe it or not, it may be just that simple.

Esophageal cancer used to be incredibly rare. But over the past 40 years, it’s become a full-blown epidemic.

In fact, the number of deaths has been climbing almost every single year. And if that was all the bad news, it would be bad enough.

But more Americans than ever are developing an especially aggressive form of the disease – one that doctors hardly ever saw a generation ago.

And the culprit may be a popular class of meds that millions are practically popping by the handful.

Cancer in a pill?
We all know somebody who is taking a proton pump inhibitor like Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec for heartburn or acid reflux.

If you believe the official estimates, there are 16 million Americans choking down these pills right now – that’s larger than the population of 46 states.

But if you ask me, that’s not even close to the real number. Because the minute these PPIs went over-the-counter, we lost the ability to track how many people are really taking them.

But there’s one figure cancer docs have been following closely – and that’s the number of people coming down with adenocarcinoma, the deadliest form of esophageal cancer around.

And ever since PPIs hit the scene, adenocarcinoma cases have been going through the roof.

You see, back in the 1970s, adenocarcinoma – which is very aggressive and hard to treat – only made up about 10 percent of esophageal cancer cases.

But now all that’s changed. If you’re diagnosed with esophageal cancer today, there’s a whopping 80 percent chance it’ll be an adenocarcinoma.

And it looks like we may have those PPIs that are advertised around the clock to blame.

Researchers from Denmark have found that PPIs are actually associated with a significant risk of adenocarcinoma, especially if you stay on them for a long period of time.

And let’s face it – most folks stay on these pills for years.

The Danish research team believes PPIs may actually stimulate your body to produce types of bile acids that can cause cancer, like adenocarcinoma.

And this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this warning, either. Another study published in JAMA reached the same exact conclusion.

Dr. Paul Rosche, who is a professor at New York Medical College, said there’s no mistaking that the rise in adenocarcinoma cases “mirrors the increased use of these drugs.”

And, of course, that’s not all that PPIs do. Studies have found that they can weaken your bones and even increase your dementia risk.

I’ve been warning you for years now about the terrible risks that come with PPIs — and it’s never been more important to get off of them.

Because every pill you take could inch you closer to cancer. And that’s a risk that nobody should have to accept.
“Heartburn drugs and esophageal cancer?” November 10, 2014, The People’s Pharmacy, peoplespharmacy.com