Proton pump inhibitor may lead to cancer
Many of the drugs used to treat ulcers today are being used for long periods, although the long term research has never been done. Most patients with ulcers make too little stomach acid, NOT too much. So the use of drugs to reduce this production disrupts an incredibly important process. The acid is needed to absorb many essential nutrients (calcium, Vit B12, iron…), acitivate most digestive enzymes and kill off bacteria in the upper GI tract that aren’t supposed to be there. The use of “acid blockers” in this study confirms the increase in bad bacteria producing acetaldehyde, a known carcinogen, in the upper GI tract.