Acid-suppressing drugs are commonly prescribed by doctors and are taken on an ongoing basis by patients—but this class of drugs is one of the most dangerous you can take. In this video, Dr. Andrew Rubman, naturopathic physician and author of Bottom Line’s “Nature Doc’s Patient Diary” blog, cautions patients not to take -suppressing drugs for longer than two weeks. Take them for any longer, and you risk serious consequences including flatulence, immunological concerns, bone fractures and even colorectal cancer. Stomach acid is essential for the body’s breakdown of food into essential nutrients. Without sufficient acid, these nutrients pass through the body undigested and leave the potential for these serious health conditions.

Andrew Rubman, ND, is a teacher as well as a physician, helping his patients make better-informed choices about their healthcare and become better consumers of both traditional and conventional medical options.  He is also a member of the Bottom Line Personal Panel of Experts. For more great tips from Dr. Rubman, check out his other videos and Bottom Line blog “Nature Doc’s Patient Diary” or visit his website,

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