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“More than 50% of the world's population harbor H. pylori in their upper gastrointestinal tract … presence of H. pylori constitutes a relative risk factor of 65% for gastric cancers,” Wikipedia. The bacteria increases the risk of colorectal cancer, and of a heart attack by 75%--British Medical Journal, 2013—and over 90% of ulcers What you should do if you experience episodes of heartburn and what you shouldn’t do, namely have 2 tests for H. pylori bacteria which causes 90% of the heart burn, and don’t take a protein pump inhibitor. The H. pylori bacteria lives under the mucus lining of the stomach and some of the time causes holes in that lining which allow the stomach’s hydrochloric acid and corrosive drugs to come in contact with the stomach tissue below the protective mucus covering. The reason heartburn comes and goes, is it only occurs when the bacteria causes a hole in your mucus membrane. Not having the bacteria, I (JK) have never had heartburn.
Two tests are needed for H. pylori because the tests are only about 75% accurate, which means a negative result for one has a 25% chance of being wrong. Besides increasing colon cancer (above), the presence of H. pylori increases the risk of heart attacks by 75% (2017 British Medical Journal article.) and colorectal cancer—to name the big ones. Two tests thus are good preventative diagnosis.
This brings me to the second point: don’t take a protein pump inhibitor (PPI), it is a terrible, terrible drug for people and as you shall find out very profitable for pharma. Below are most of the reasons pharma spends billions of dollars pushing PPIs. One it only treats heart burn not its cause; second because of the rebound effect of increased heartburn when coming off, it is often taken for many, many years; third, it does get rid of the problem. More reasons: The stomach acid HCl acts as part of the immune system in that it destroys most bacteria. Reducing it is a bad thing. Among the risks SIGNIFICANTLY increased with a PPI are inflammatory bowel diseases, food poisoning by various bacteria such as salmonella, and pneumonia. It also reduces the absorption of calcium and thus increases SIGNIFICANTLY the risk for osteoporosis. Kidney disease and dementia are also increased. Finally, PPI are used instead of treating the cause of the heartburn the H. pylori, thus the risk for the conditions associated with the bacteria are not reduced. For all these reasons doctors do not hear about the above problems with PPIs in the pharma-funded continuing education classes. The above facts should motivate you to get the right fix, one which is not in the medical guidelines.
Be insistent with your under-informed, well-meaning doctor. You can even give him/her this paper if you think that person will read it. For this reason, I threw in some technical material.

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