Proton pump inhibitors are bad news in several different ways. Here's a new one. For most people the need for PPI's can be eliminated simply by better food choices, food combining, under-eating (what a concept!), judicious use of digestive enzymes, elimination of excess fat and sugar from the diet, and taking time to really chew your food. A bit boring, yeah, but so is osteoporosis and pneumonia.Use Of Acid-suppressive Medications Associated With Increased Risk Of Hospital-acquired Pneumonia
"Hospitalized patients who receive acid-suppressive medications such as a proton-pump inhibitor have a 30 percent increased odds of developing pneumonia while in the hospital, according to a new study.
With the introduction of proton-pump inhibitors, used primarily in the treatment of ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease, the use of acid-suppressive medications has increased significantly over the last several years, with estimates that between 40 percent and 70 percent of hospitalized patients receive some form of them. But this high use in the inpatient setting has been of concern for several reasons, including use for indications that are not supported by research and data suggesting an increased risk for community-acquired pneumonia with use in outpatient settings, according to background information in the article."