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Taking Charge of Your Health


INVESTIGATORS ARE WAITING ON TOXICOLOGY REPORTS. SHE WAS SET TO START HER SENIOR YEAR AT BOSTON CLOEJ. A SURPRISING CONNECTION BETWEEN ACID REFLUX AND ALLERGIES. THE DRUGS ARE AMONG THE MOST COMMONLY PRESCRIBED IN THIS COUNTRY, THE ACID BLOCKING DRUGS, AND H2 BLOCKERS, VERY GOOD AT STOPPING THE ACID. BUT WHEN YOU FIDDLE WITH THE BODY, YOU OFTEN GET UNEXPECTED SIDE EFFECTS OFF AND ON BETWEEN THE YEARS, WITH ZANTAC, AND OTHERS. Reporter: HE HAD SEVERAL HEALTH ISSUES AND HAS BEEN ON AN ACID REFLUX DRUG. BUT RECENTLY HE DEVELOPED A NEW PROBLEM. THE DOCTOR PUT ME ON ONE THING AND THEN ANOTHER. I DEVELOPED ALLERGIES. Reporter: A NEW STUDY ANALYZED INSURANCE DATA FROM OVER 8 MILLION PEOPLE IN AUSTRIA AND FOUND A LINK IN PRESCRIPTIONS. PEOPLE WHO WERE ON ACID BLOCKING MEDICATIONS SUCH AS PROTONPUMP INHIBITERS HAD A SHARP RISE IN ALLERGY MEDICATION. Reporter: GIVEN THAZ THESE DRUGS ARE PRESCRIBED 100 MILLION TIMES A YEAR, THE FACT THEY COULD CAUSE ALLERGIES IS A CONCERN. THE PROBLEM IS HOW COULD THEY LEAD TO ALLERGIES? THERE ARE THEORIES. MEDICINES ARE SUPPRESSING THE ACIDS IN YOUR STOMACH AND NOT BREAKING DOWN FOODS. BY NOT BREAKING DOWN THOSE FOOD PROTONS, THAT GIVES YOU A RISK BECAUSE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM RECOGNIZES IT AS SMK FOREIGN OR BAD. Reporter: THE DRUGS MAY ALSO UNSETTLE THE NORMAL BACTERIA IN THE GUT WHICH COULD ALSO DISRUPT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. CUTTING DOWN ON THE ACID BLOCKERS HAS HELPED BEN’S ALLERGIES. THE STUDY DOES NOT PROVE CAUSE AND EFFECT. IT IS ONLY A STATISTICAL LINK. THE PROBLEM IS FOR MANY PEOPLE, THEY NEED THE ACID ARE EFLUX MEDICATION EVEN IF THEY HAVE ALLERGIES. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE CAUGHT IN A CATCH 22. YOU KNOW WHAT THE ADVICE IS? TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE ACID BLOCKER DRUGS FOR A LONG TIME.

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