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    Worms on the Brain.
    Tapeworms, specifically.[​IMG]


    I think we can honestly say not much good comes from China (commercially, I mean). One thing, however, does: medical data. Chinese academics are willing to try anything, to see if there is therapeutic potential, since Big Pharma can't blackmail or bully them. They often come up with surprising information as a result.

    A couple years back, I reported a very important Chinese study that showed clear ultrasound imaging of the baby in the womb, however, contained something potentially damaging. OBGYNs go on showing off with this procedure and they continue to lie that it is ‘harmless.’ Real harm is being done and yet these findings were not reported in Western-medical literature.

    Here's another recent shock: The study was mounted in China. Although researchers from Stanford University, in California, led the investigation.

    Their findings conclude that consuming contaminated pork can induce a tapeworm infection, which can lead to brain damage. The effects are learning impairments, potentially enforcing cycles of poverty; which is why they chose to look at infection rates within schools and propose solutions targeting children.

    It's not something to yawn over!

    "This disease invades the brain," said John Openshaw, the study's lead author and an Infectious Disease Instructor at Stanford University’s School of Medicine.

    "Children who are affected during formative school years risk cognitive deficits which could enforce a cycle of poverty."

    The study, published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, focuses on Taenia Solium, aka, the pork tapeworm. It infects millions of impoverished people worldwide and causes a disorder of the central nervous system. Dubbed neurocysticercosis, meaning a growing ‘packet’ that presses on the brain, similar in nature to a deadly glioma.

    Symptoms vary, but most certainly include epilepsy! The World Health Organization estimates that tapeworm infection is one of the leading causes of epilepsy in the developing world and results in 29 percent of epilepsy cases in endemic-prone areas. It potentially affects 7 million people in China alone.

    The Gross Part (look the other way if you have to! He he!)

    Taenia solium is found commonly in the muscles of wild pigs who roam and consume human feces in regions without modern plumbing. The tapeworm infects the intestines of those who consume the under-cooked pork; leading to thousands of tapeworm eggs in the infected person's feces contaminating the environment, including important drinking water sources and food crops fertilized with human feces.

    Here's an image of a tapeworm cyst growing in someone's eye !



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    T he disease can take a tragic turn when people directly consume the tapeworm eggs, either through contact with a person who had the eggs on their hands and clothing, or from eating food contaminated with the eggs. In those cases, the tapeworm migrates out of the human digestive tract and invades the brain. Symptoms of the infection to this degree range from chronic headaches, seizures and psychiatric disturbances such as hallucinations.

    Shocking Surprise

    However, the way it appears can be astonishing. The startling case of a Jewish man that was thought to have a brain tumor, but when surgeons operated, found neurocysticercosis to be at fault instead. An orthodox New York Jew, the man never ate pork in his life!

    He must have picked up a few eggs from a door handle or something similar in public. This case signifies that it only takes ONE EGG to contract the infection.

    This very week, another case was reported on the WebMD site. A 42 year-old woman developed odd neurological symptoms for months, including: hallucinations, dropping things, trouble speaking. Finally, a brain scan revealed what seemed to be the cause: a marble-sized tumor.

    In September 2018, doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City scheduled Rachel for surgery, expecting to find cancer.

    Instead, they found a tapeworm in her skull. It was the same size and feel as that of a quail egg (see MRI scan below).


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    The patient reported being ‘grossed out.’ Of course, she was also immensely relieved.

    In the United States, acquiring neurocysticercosis is said to be rare—”the tapeworm larvae aren’t found in pork here,” says Christina Coyle, MD, a parasitology expert in the Department of Medicine at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Coyle has contributed to the most recent diagnosis guidelines. Only about 1,000 cases a year require hospitalization, and most cases affect people who immigrated from tapeworm endemic areas such as Asia, Africa, Mexico, and other parts of Latin America.

    Because it’s so rare, health care providers may not be familiar with neurocysticercosis, according to the CDC. So if you develop peculiar symptoms that could be caused by pressure on the brain and you have travelled to one of these territories, be sure to tell the oncologist about it!

    Now you see why there is interest in the affect on kids, who, proportionately, have much smaller skulls and brains, and consequently can suffer severely without necessarily being able to explain exactly what they are feeling.

    Schools As Infection Points

    To explore whether children are particularly at risk of tapeworm infection, the researchers tested fifth and sixth grade students, mostly 11- to 13-year-olds, in a remote Himalayan region of Western China. The majority of the children boarded at their schools during the week. The researchers found antibodies for neurocysticercosis in as many as 22 percent of the children they tested in some schools, a rate far higher than that in adults in surrounding villages.

    Note that this disease does NOT need the presence of pigs to thrive. Neurocysticercosis spreads human to human, and can rely on gastrointestinal tapeworms and poor hygiene; documented conditions that can exist in rural schools.

    Consider this: some children only have one or two pairs of clothes at school, so they wear and sleep—sometimes in shared beds—the same set of clothes for days at a time. Attempts to have the children wash their clothes are ‘infrequent’ and of ‘mixed success,’ according to Openshaw. School bathrooms are generally unhygienic pit latrines, soap is rarely available, and taps for handwashing don't work in many cases.

    In other words, "Schools appear to be hotbeds of transmission, as well as places for potentially effective intervention," Openshaw said.

    Community education is key to driving down infections. Most parents think intestinal worms have no adverse effects, while some think drinking hot water or eating spicy food will amend this disease. In other words, they are dangerously ignorant of the cause.

    In schools, Openshaw and his colleagues are working to install working hand-washing stations near bathrooms, develop cost effective ways of supplying soap, provide curriculum materials about the disease and hand washing, and integrate good hand hygiene into school-based reward systems.

    Preventative measures like these are more likely to work than massive drug or vaccination campaigns.

    "The tools to eradicate this disease are available," Openshaw said. "We hope that as the true burden of this disease on children becomes clearer, governments and nongovernmental actors will commit more resources." The researchers have forthcoming work that measures cognitive deficiencies in the children, and better defines likely transmission pathways among them.

    Meantime, if you want to learn more about parasites, better get my book THE PARASITES HANDBOOK, here. Remember my saying: parasites have killed more people than all the words in history .


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    Organic Foods Contain Anti-cancer Nutrients
    that Conventional Foods Lack

    People often ask me if buying organic food is worth the extra money it costs.

    My usual answer is, “It’s worth it if you don’t want to eat poison. I don’t want to eat pesticides and herbicides.”

    Now there’s an exciting extra reason for insisting on organic foods: They contain much higher amounts of cancer-fighting compounds than you’ll find in conventional foods.

    They provide your organs and immune system with an extra helping of biological weapons they can use to kill off cancer cells. Keep reading for the full story. . .



    The main reason organic fruits and vegetables provide more anti-cancer protection is the higher doses of natural chemicals these plants make to protect themselves against insects, competing plants and microbes.

    A great many species of plants contain such chemicals – for example, one might have a compound that kills or repels insects that try to eat it, another might produce an “antibiotic” to protect against a bacterial pest. An organically grown plant just happens to have higher levels than does the same species of plant grown with the help of chemicals.

    It’s not hard to see why. Conventionally grown crops that farmers treat with pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals don’t have to fight for themselves. Organic plants have to produce their own defenses.

    Conventionally-grown plants, thanks to a farmer’s help, can get by with a less rigorous natural set of self-produced safeguards. In effect, they become lazy, or you could say their “muscles” become weak and their “weapons become rusty.”

    So the studies indicate organic crops manufacture higher levels of those safeguarding substances, and it turns out the same substances can help kill another type of pest: cancer cells. All you have to do is eat them, and they can help your body prevent tumors.

    Carrots and celery as cancer medicine

    Consider the case of polyacetylenes – a prime example of beneficial cancer-fighting compounds that are more abundant in organic carrots and celery than in vegetables grown with pesticides.

    Although researchers don’t know for sure why carrots and other vegetables make polyacetylenes, their theory is that the substances chase away insects and, when released into the ground, keep other plants from germinating nearby.1 And research shows that stressed plants that are not treated with pesticides or herbicides make more of these chemicals.2

    In our bodies, digesting and metabolizing polyacetylenes produces impressive effects that have caught the attention of researchers around the world:

    • A study in Denmark shows that polyacetylenes can help muscle tissue fight off oxidative stress that could otherwise damage cellular membranes.3
    • Research in England shows that polyacetylenes can help kill leukemia cells and keep these cells from reproducing.4
    • Lab tests show that polyacetylenes can help influence the growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria in the digestive tract that protect against colon cancer.5
    Full of flavonoids

    A class of chemicals called flavonoids is also found in higher levels in organic food. For example, two important flavonoids, quercetin and kaempferol, have been shown to limit inflammation6 and lower cancer risk7. They are found in much higher levels in organic tomatoes than in conventional tomatoes according to tests at the University of California-Davis.8

    The California scientists believe that the fact that organic vegetables are fertilized with manure and compost increases these nutrients. Plus, the slower growth of organic produce may also encourage the extra development of beneficial flavonoids.

    Other research demonstrates that flavonoids can:9

    • Help cells in the body manufacture specialized enzymes that lower the risk of tumors.
    • Prevent the harmful oxidation and mutation of DNA.
    • Lower the risk of prostate, colon and breast cancer.10
    Organic meat and dairy

    When it comes to picking out meat and dairy, you’re also better off with organic.

    According to a study that involved researchers from a wide variety of countries, cows that eat a 100% organic grass and legume-based diet provide both meat and milk that is richer in omega-3 fats and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – nutrients that are good for your health in many ways.11

    In lab tests, CLA has been shown to stop the growth of cancer cells and keep breast, colon and prostate cancers from spreading and metastasizing.12 And in a relatively small “proof of principle” study at Dartmouth, researchers found that CLA can disrupt the cell growth of breast cancer by slowing the cells’ metabolism of fatty acids.13

    And organic meat’s extra omega-3 fats may also may help the body fight cancer. Research at the University of Illinois demonstrates that when your body takes in omega-3s, it manufactures natural chemicals that interrupt the growth and penetration of tumors.

    According to the Illinois scientists, our cells use omega-3s to form anti-cancer substances called endocannabinoids – which have some molecular similarities to substances in ********* but don’t produce mind-bending effects.14

    In lab tests, the scientists found that endocannabinoids hinder the growth of a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. In this research, the cancer cells were slowed in their efforts to grow the new blood cells they need for accessing nutrients. The cancer cells also were less able to move around the body and invade other organs, and were more likely to succumb to apoptosis – programmed cell death.

    The researchers say they were particularly impressed with endocannabinoids’ ability to keep cancer cells from migrating into other organs.

    "The major cause of death from cancer is driven by the spread of tumor cells, which requires migration of cells," says researcher Timothy Fan. "As such, therapies that have the potential to impede cell migration also could be useful for slowing down or inhibiting metastases."

    About those pesticides

    As I mentioned earlier, when you eat organic food you also slash your exposure to pesticide residues in your meals – and many of those pesticides, which are not supposed to be applied to certified organic crops, have been linked to an increased risk of cancer.

    Now, because pesticides are so widely used and have been previously dumped on farm fields that are now growing organic crops, no matter how much organic food you eat you can’t entirely avoid these chemicals. They’re too widespread, and some unknown amount of pesticide is often blown onto organic crops from conventional farm fields nearby.

    But research in England shows that “the frequency of occurrence of pesticide residues was found to be four times higher in conventional crops, which also contained significantly higher concentrations of the toxic metal cadmium (which is picked up by crops from the soil).”15

    All this research makes it clear why I eat organic food whenever I can, but I don’t obsess about it when it’s not available. There are clear benefits to eating organic. But if you still eat mostly conventionally produced food, remember that eating plenty of fruits of vegetables is still the most important way you can improve your diet and health, organic or not.
     
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    New Body Structure Might Explain
    How Cancer Spreads

    It seems incredible that scientists have discovered a new human organ. I mean, they cut people open right and left (living and dead). How could they miss anything?

    Well, they did. A new organ has been identified. Actually, two. Plus a new “structure” that is not quite an organ.

    First, the “structure”: In 2017, an elaborate system of drainage vessels was seen in the brain for the first time. Until then their existence was suspected, but not certain.

    And then there’s the mesentery. Thought to be just a few fragmented structures in the digestive system, the mesentery was found to be a single structure and has now been officially reclassified as an organ

    But the third and last is the most important: Last year another suspected new organ was discovered called the interstitium (pronounced interSTISHum.)

    It may be a big factor in cancer. . .

    Remarkably, if confirmed, the interstitium will become the largest organ in the human body by volume. This previously unseen structure may change our understanding of many body processes affecting both health and disease, and the reason some forms of alternative medicine work the way they do.

    It might also explain how cancer spreads throughout the body.

    A fluid-filled three-dimensional latticework

    Dr. Neil Theise, a distinguished pathologist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, and New York University School of Medicine, went to work on a routine day, several years ago.

    Two of his colleagues, David Carr-Locke and Petros Benias, part of an interdisciplinary research team, approached him with an unusual image they’d seen with the help of a new instrument called a probe-based confocal laser endomicroscope. This device allows scientists to view living tissue in detail within the body.

    To study what they'd seen under a microscope, tissue samples were removed from the patient, quick frozen, cut into thin slices and amplified with a green dye, so differences in microscopic structures could be seen clearly.

    Viewing the large duct that drains bile from the liver, they could see dark bands separating a strangely shaped, bright, fluid-filled three-dimensional latticework of proteins, connective tissue (bundles of I am a spammer ban me and elastin) and unknown cells. No one had ever seen this phenomenon before.

    In further research, scientists uncovered the mysterious latticework everywhere they looked. Under the skin; lining the gastro-intestinal tract, urinary system and lungs; in the fascia between muscles; and in connective tissue surrounding arteries and veins. The structure makes up one-fifth of all fluids in the body - a huge 10 liters.

    A pre-lymphatic highway

    To Dr. Carr-Locke "it became clear that this was a previously unrecognized universal system throughout the body that connected certain organs with each other."

    The three scientists together with eight other colleagues published their findings in Scientific Reports last year. Whether this can be classified as a new organ, as they suggest, will have to be confirmed by other research groups.

    Although their existence was known, these fluid-filled spaces – making up the interstitium (from the Latin meaning the space between) -- had never been seen because, under normal circumstances, tissue samples are fixed in formalin before they’re observed under a microscope.

    Formalin is a solution of formaldehyde, which kills living cells. Its use clears the fluid from the interstitium sample and collapses the spaces so they appear solid on biopsy slides.

    This caused the, ahem, still living scientist on the other end of a conventional microscope to assume he was just looking at a dense wall of I am a spammer ban me alone. Sometimes faint little white cracks could be seen in it, but these were thought to be tears in the tissue. Now they know these are remnants of former interstitial spaces.

    The researchers described the interstitium as a pre-lymphatic highway of moving fluid that drains into the lymphatic system and ends up in the lymph nodes.

    The lymphatic system is an extensive network of vessels that helps rid the body of waste and transports fluid containing white blood cells -- lymph -- throughout the body.

    The researchers believe the interstitium serves as a shock absorber for tissues because it can be compressed, stretched and expanded, and is seen in all moving parts of the body. They also think it plays a role in edema – an unhealthy condition in which excess fluid accumulates in body tissues.

    But the effects of the interstitium could be more far reaching.

    A potentially important diagnostic tool

    Commenting on the implications of their discovery, Dr. Theise said, "If this organ is present in every tissue and other organ the way the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems are, then we have an incomplete understanding of the entire body.

    "This is basic anatomy, basic physiology. I don’t think there’s anything that doesn’t get changed by this." For example, he suggests that maybe fibromyalgia has been such a medical mystery "because we haven’t recognized the compartment of the body that’s affected."

    Dr. Michael Nathanson, head of digestive diseases at Yale University School of Medicine, agrees that the New York team seems to have uncovered "a completely new concept" which could become altered in disease or play a role in driving disease.

    Dr. Theise and colleagues think that as the cells and I am a spammer ban me bundles in the interstitium change with the aging process, they may contribute to skin wrinkling, limb stiffening, and the progression of fibrotic, sclerotic and inflammatory diseases.

    Although the cells in the interstitium cannot be identified as yet, the scientists believe they could be mesenchymal (adult) stem cells, which can contribute to the formation of scar tissue seen in inflammatory diseases.

    Dr. Theise added that their findings have the "potential to drive dramatic advances in medicine, including the possibility that the direct sampling of interstitial fluid may become a powerful diagnostic tool."

    This is all speculative, but the possibilities are exciting.

    Increases understanding of alternative medicine

    Surprisingly for an orthodox scientist, he said the protein bundles seen in the space are likely to generate electrical current as they bend with the movements of organs and muscles around them, and may play a role in techniques like acupuncture.

    In an interview he added, "And this is where people who are interested in fascia, such as osteopaths or some people who do body work like Rolfing or cranial-sacral practices have been saying, that fascia also has fluid.

    "But allopathic trained doctors like me and conservative anatomists of the world say, 'No, when you look at it under the microscope, fascia is just dense connective tissue. What do you mean there's fluid there? There's no fluid there.' "

    Dr. Theise said one of his hopes from publishing this paper is that the osteopathic community would now have an anatomic explanation for their practices.

    As you can see, Dr. Theise is no ordinary pathologist. For the last 30 years he's practiced Zen Buddhism and yoga, and has given talks on theories regarding acupuncture and the seven chakra points, and how yogic practices influence cellular and molecular biology.

    The cancer link

    As part of their research, the New York scientists examined tissue from five patients with cancer of the stomach and skin (melanoma) to see if cancer cells were present in the interstitium. And that's exactly what they found.

    If cancers are able to invade the interstitium and extend into the lymph nodes, this could explain how tumors spread, especially those in the GI tract, they believe.

    "This makes perfect sense when you consider the classic pattern of bile duct metastases," Dr. Carr-Locke explained. "This tissue plane of the interstitium is very loose, which would make it easy for the cancer to spread up and down the duct before spreading outward."

    If this is a first step to how cancer spreads, it could lead to new ways of preventing it.

    Dr. Carr-Locke continued, “It certainly would have implications for how we treat a tumor surgically.

    "We know that manipulating a cancer can often spread cells from exposed surfaces; you can often see metastatic disease occur fairly soon after a tumor is resected. Maybe that happens through the interstitium, and maybe targeting that is an important step in oncology.”

    Professor James Williams at the Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine, Rush University in Chicago, agrees that the interstitium likely plays a key role in spreading cancers of the GI tract and possibly other cancers, and could change the way doctors treat cancer and other diseases.
     
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    Daily Habit of 15 Million People Nearly
    Doubles Your Risk of Liver Cancer

    A new study reveals an alarming link between one of America’s most common groups of drugs and the formation of liver cancer. If you take them you nearly double your risk.1

    And you’ve got lots of company – some 15 million people take proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPIs) like Prilosec OTC and Nexium for heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers, and other GI issues.

    Aside from cancer, there’s already a laundry list of other ominous side effects – including increased risk of heart, kidney, and brain diseases, plus reduced nutrient absorption and bacterial overgrowth.2,3,4,5,6

    Now there’s a new study to confirm the dangers. I’ll look at that, and also try to suggest some ways you can deal with your tummy problems without drugs…

    From “magic pills” to magnified symptoms

    When PPIs were developed in the 1980s, they were hailed as a miracle for people with ulcers or just upset stomach. Those with acid reflux -- gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- thought they’d found their “magic pill.”

    Today, doctors recommend these drugs for six different stomach disorders.

    Little did consumers realize what they were getting into – especially as time went by and millions transitioned from using these drugs once in a while to taking them every day for life.

    Now that these pills have been around for three decades, their darker side is all too clear. We shouldn’t be surprised. Some adverse side effects were identified long ago – serious enough to scare well-informed people off reliance on PPIs.

    What the studies now say

    Recent animal studies have shown an increased risk of not only stomach cancer,7,8 but also liver damage.9

    Another study showed a clear correlation between consumption of PPIs and development of liver cancer in rats.10

    Naturally, these results caused cancer epidemiologists – the scientists who search for disease patterns and causes – to become concerned.

    Now, epidemiologists can’t intentionally expose anyone to a substance they believe might cause cancer, just to see what happens, so they combined two proven epidemiological study techniques in order to cross check for errors or gaps.

    Human study links liver cancer to PPI use

    In the first part of the study, researchers identified people with liver cancer, and also selected control subjects without the disease. They then compared each group’s exposure to a potential risk factor – in this case, PPIs.

    The groups were painstakingly matched for age, gender, and primary care physician (to validate results). There were 434 cancer patients and 2,013 disease-free controls.

    This is what’s known as a case-control study. The second part was a prospective cohort study.

    In part two, researchers identified 500,000 people and collected extensive health data on them, in order to pick up links between certain exposures (i.e., PPIs) and the onset (or not) of liver cancer.

    Both parts of the study confirmed a link between PPIs and liver cancer.

    The case-control study tied PPIs to a horrendous 80% increased risk. And the news was even worse from the huge 500,000-person cohort study: an 83% increased risk among those who took omeprazole (commonly sold as Prilosec or Zegerid).

    All told, the big study found those who took PPIs nearly doubled their risk of liver cancer, compared to those who’d never taken them.11

    Can we actually say PPIs cause cancer?

    As you may know (and I often repeat), even the strongest epidemiological studies can’t prove causality… as in, “Does exposure to Drug A cause Disease B?” They can only demonstrate that the two phenomena are found side by side. We don’t know the mechanism by which one might bring on the other, of if there is one.

    However…

    These studies certainly establish a cozy connection. Enough to warrant avoiding PPIs. (Warning: don’t go off these drugs cold turkey. More on that below.)

    Since we can’t study humans directly to see what these drugs are doing inside them, we have to rely on animal studies to show us why PPIs influence cancer risk. Here’s what we know so far:

    • Studies on rats show a direct increased risk of liver cancer.12
    • PPI usage causes rats to secrete excessive amounts of the stomach hormone gastrin, known for its cancer-promoting effects (especially on liver tissue).13
    • PPIs also promote the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria because the drugs reduce stomach acidity, which kills off many microbes.14,15
    Part of their hazard is in how they work

    It’s important to understand that PPIs don’t specifically target stomach cells. Nor is stomach acid usually the culprit that causes chronic heartburn.

    Every cell in your body that produces acid uses a proton pump.

    Meaning: proton pump inhibitors will inhibit the production of acid in allof these cells – not just those in your stomach.

    Some scientists believe this may be the reason for the dangerous side effects of PPIs. Your cells use acid to remove waste. So inhibiting acid allows toxins to accumulate, speeding up internal damage and aging.

    Critical info: how to wean yourself off PPIs

    If you’ve been taking PPIs, it’s critical that you DO NOT stop cold turkey.

    Yes, they do reduce heartburn in the short term. But if you suddenly stop taking them, you’ll experience a whiplash-like rebound. And boost your risk of other health issues.

    You must allow your body to detoxify from these drugs gradually.

    Here’s the regimen Dr. Joseph Mercola suggests – but please note that this should only be done under your doctor’s guidance.

    • Gradually decrease your PPI dose until you start experiencing heartburn.
    • At that point, begin substituting an over-the-counter H2 blocker like Zantac, Raniditine, Tagamet, or Cimetidine.
    • Once off PPIs and on the H2 blockers for several weeks, begin weaning off the H2 drugs as well.
    Remember to do this under your doctor’s guidance.

    Safer alternatives for stomach issues

    While undergoing the weaning process – or to avoid using PPIs altogether – consider using the following natural tactics to address acid reflux:

    1. Optimize your stomach acid by drinking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water.
    2. Take a betaine hydrochloric supplement to aid digestion and help kill H. pylori bacteria, which can cause ulcers when out of control.
    3. Take ½ to 1 teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) mixed into 8 ounces of water to neutralize stomach acid. But not every day. Save this for days the pain is awful.
    4. Ginger tea is a popular remedy to calm the GI tract and suppress H. pylori. It’s also six to eight times more effective than lansoprazole (brand name Prevacid) at preventing ulcers.16 Simply add two or three slices of fresh ginger root to two cups of hot water, and let it steep for half an hour. Enjoy it 20 minutes before your meals.
    5. Take more B vitamins. Research suggests they lower your risk of acid reflux. Folate may reduce acid reflux by about 40%. On the flip side, low B2 and B6 levels predispose you to acid reflux.
    6. Eat smaller and more frequent meals. It’s also best to eat your last meal of the day at least three hours before bedtime. Being upright aids digestion. Eating just before bed is a bad idea for many reasons.
    7. Stop smoking. Nicotine is a leading cause of GERD.
    8. Avoid things that trigger acid reflux for you. Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine are key suspects.
    9. Licorice root and zinc-carnosine actively promote the healing of the stomach lining, and are useful for treating ulcers and heartburn. They have an excellent safety record.
    10. Raft-forming alginates block stomach gases from moving back up the esophagus and inflicting pain and damage.17 They’ve been used to treat stomach and esophagus issues for decades. Raft-forming alginates, derived from algae, are readily available online.
    PPIs were always intended for short-term use, nothing more. So work with your doctor to wean off them. Or better yet, if you haven’t already started them, don’t.
     
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