Thanks for the replies everyone
I am very much against the use of acid-surpression medicines unless in life-threatning situations. The industry is one of the largest in the pharmaceutical industry, worth billions - that should probably tell us something!
Our bodies produce acid for a very good reason. Two, in fact. The first is to help digest food (in particular, proteins) the second is to kill any microbes ingested with food.
Both are essential - by stopping acid production your body can’t properly assimilate minerals such as magnesium, and as some proteins are partially digested, can cause intolerances or other problems. Pathogenic microbes that would usually be killed by the acid, are also free to infect or colonise parts of the bowel that they never otherwise would - and once they do that they are very hard to clear. Interfering with this mechanism then, is very dangerous imo.
The funny thing is, as we age our bodies actually produce less acid - yet the older generation are a significant size of the market!
They are addictive
By suppressing acid your body attempts to produce even more (because it desperately needs it!) it does this through a variety of mechanism such as with the gastrin hormone. So when you try to stop or reduce your dosage, you get a (sometimes massive) rebound effect - which can end up making you much worse! No wonder the industry is worth billions - we get trapped!
So what can you do?
As it happens, a lot. You can first try to figure out what the root cause is. But obviously it’s not easy as waving a magic wand and getting an answer. So going on a general cleansing diet may be a good idea.
You should then try to repair your mucous lining. Which you can do by taking natural supplements, such as liquorice (get DGL if you suffer with blood pressure problems). D-limonene, mastic gum, and L glutamine. There’s lots more you can do, but that is a good start. After two months of this, you can probably start weaning off - if you’re on PPIs, go to H2Anatagonists (such as ranitidine) then slowly wean off then completely.
If anyone fancies trying it and has any questions or wants help, just let me know!
I have been considering writing a healing diet - wonder if anyone here would be interested?