Previous studies suggest proton pump inhibitors, which dramatically reduce stomach acid, have many adverse effects. A recent report in the journal Gastroenterology indicate otherwise:
In a large placebo-controlled randomized trial, we found that pantoprazole is not associated with any adverse event when used for 3 years, with the possible exception of an increased risk of enteric [intestinal] infections.
I still suspect there are good reasons our stomachs produce lots of acid, like killing bacteria in our food and water.
Steve Parker, M.D.
PS: I wonder who funded this study. PPI manufacturers?