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Jane’s Blog Zantac Recall for Cancer Causing Contaminant

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CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid pull Zantac (Ranitidine) and generics as recall spreads around the globe!

They stated, “This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution due to a recent Product Alert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that ranitidine products may contain a low level of nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a probable human carcinogen.”

N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, is a yellow, odorless liquid chemical produced as by-product of several industrial processes and once used to make rocket fuel and has been found in some water systems, pesticides and food products. In animals, NDMA has caused tumors in the liver, respiratory tract, kidneys and blood vessels.

The FDA has also investigated the occurrence of NDMA and other impurities in some blood pressure medications such as Losartan, heart failure medicines and variety of drug products since July 2018. They were also recalled.

David Light, CEO of the online pharmacy Valisure stated, “The fundamental problem is that it's (ranitidine/zantac) an unstable molecule. The drug itself can directly degrade and form, with very high efficiency, NDMA. He also said that other studies using other conditions also showed NDMA as a ranitidine breakdown product, including exposure to chlorine (particularly in wastewater treatment plants) and ozone.” Also elevated heat conditions could cause NDMA to form during the standard transit of ranitidine products both by suppliers and individual patients such as a hot car, for example.

He further stated, "Unfortunately, there's a misunderstanding with some regulatory agencies thinking about this as just contamination, and that does appear to have been the position of the FDA. Contamination is almost irrelevant compared with the fundamental instability of this drug."

Now what can you do?

#1 Heartburn Relief (Enzymedica) Heals the lining of your digestive tract and eliminates heart burn! This alginate formula creates a "raft" of gel that sits on top of the "acid pocket" of the stomach. The effect preserves our natural gastric acids which are critical for digestion, but also aids in blocking the stomach contents from entering the esophagus. The alginate and herbal extracts not only soothe occasional heartburn, they also heal the esophagus and stomach lining by working together to relieve irritation to the gastrointestinal tract lining, rebuilding our body's natural defenses. Most customers report instant relief in a little as 4 seconds, lasting 4 or more hours. Take as needed or preventatively, particularly prior to bedtime.

#2 Acid Soothe™ ( Enzymedica) contains enzymes, papaya leaf and other botanicals to support optimal digestion and ease symptoms associated with occasional gastrointestinal (GI) distress. Zinc carnosine is included to optimize the mucosal lining of the stomach, acting as a buffer to gastric acid. Thera-blend is an exclusive process that combines multiple strains of enzymes that work in specific pH levels, resulting in superior performance in the body. Recommended: One or 2 capsules or chewable tablets at the end of every meal.

Other natural remedies include:

DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) stimulates and accelerates the natural protective factors in the digestive tract by increasing the number of mucus-secreting cells, improves the quality of mucus which acts as a protective coating against acids and enhances microcirculation in the gastrointestinal lining. One study found that 350 mg of chewable DGL taken along with aspirin reduced the occurrence of aspirin-induced gastrointestinal bleeding.  Other studies have shown DGL to be as effective as the pharmaceuticals Tagamet and Zantac for the treatment of peptic ulcers without the side effects. The glycyrrhizin compound found in licorice and associated with high blood pressure has been removed. Chew 1-2 tablets 15 minutes before meals and before bed or more often when needed.

Probiotics (Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics) - Probiotics or "friendly" bacteria process nutrients and maintain a balance in the digestive system between good and harmful bacteria. A study published in the September 2011 "Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology" found that participants who took probiotic supplements for 14 days experienced fewer of the common GERD/Reflux symptoms compared to those who did not take probiotics. Another study reported in the March 2014 "Journal of the American Medical Association" noted that infants who were given probiotics for their first three months had fewer gastrointestinal problems, including reflux, constipation and colic. For Adults (Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic) chew & then swallow 1 capsule 2 x day ( best ½ hour before a meal). Children open capsule and squeeze 1/2 probiotic paste into some applesauce 1 x day (save the other ½ for next day).

***You also need to change your eating habits and your diet. Don’t eat large meals or lie down right after a meal. Don’t woof down your meal, eat slowly and chew well. Don’t skip meals. Keep your meals light and preferably non-acidic, non-fatty, low in spice. Coffee is very acidic, even if it is decaffeinated. Tea or alcohol can be problematic too. Try not to eat your evening meal too late and limit after evening meal snacking (choose carefully) . Don’t eat raw vegetables or fruits at night they are harder to digest.

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