IS THAT ULCER FROM TOO MUCH STOMACH ACID?
Most likely not. It’s actually very, very rare for someone to make too much stomach acid. Consider this. As we get older we make less and less stomach acid (the region of the stomach that makes stomach acid begins to atrophy), so if you’re past maybe 50, it’s almost guaranteed that you make too little.
Then, consider that stress reduces stomach acid production. That pretty much wipes out the rest of the population…
THEN, consider that H. pylori, the bacteria that contributes to ulcers, actually works very hard at keeping our stomach from producing acid. This really raises the question of dealing with stomach problems and reflux by blocking acid production.
You don’t have enough to start with, and then we find, in this study, that the bug that contributes (H. pylori) doesn’t LIKE acid and shuts stomach acid production down, so why on Earth would we want to further shut down our body’s own production?? This is one class of drugs that I have serious problems with (with, of course, the exception of someone with a bleeding ulcer, in which case this class of drugs will save their lives), given that it doesn’t even make sense and that stomach acid production is absolutely essential to a long list of very, very important physiological processes.
I usually recommend the other way, supporting digestion to overcome the effect that age and stress have on our ability to digest.