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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Maalox

It amazes me how many people educate themselves with commercials on television. When I mention fiber, the first thing people think of is fiber gummies and fiber cereal (both advertised on TV heavily). These are the only sources of fiber? And the best nutritional support product - one that the hospitals are in love with - is Ensure (which is supposedly the #1 doctor recommended brand with ingredients #1 water and #2 corn maltodextrin)? And we also know from commercials that Nexium is the most appropriate and effective treatment for "acid reflux"? Let's ignore the fact that it can contribute to nutritional deficiencies and osteoporosis and doesn't even treat the root cause of reflux. We also know that we should grab some Maalox for that "occasional heartburn", right? Well think again. We as consumers really need to move away from allowing commercial television to "educate" us. We are allowing ourselves to become lambs for the slaughter.


Maalox has aluminum hydroxide which can cause food allergies (it also has parabens which cause other problems). Aluminum is also associated with dementia and cancer (as mentioned in prior posts). It can make you allergic to anything ... even apples. That is why aluminum is used in vaccines.

Ingredients:
Dried aluminum hydroxide gel - antacid
Magnesium Hydroxide - antacid
Simeticone - antifoaming agent/antiflatulent

List of excipients:
Methylparaben (E218), Propylparaben (E216), Microcrystalline cellulose and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (dispersible cellulose), Hydroxpropyl cellulose, Hydrogen peroxide solution 35%, Citric acid, Sodium saccharin, Sorbitol solution 70% (E420), Methyl cellulose, Natural lemon concentrate NO 1355, Swiss creme flavour No 11546, Sanitized water.

Development of an animal model to evaluate the allergenicity of food allergens.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24903216

Aluminium per se and in the anti-acid drug sucralfate promotes sensitization via the oral route.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19210370

Dose-dependent food allergy induction against ovalbumin under acid-suppression: A murine food allergy model
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2999746/


Prilosec's list is not much better:
Each capsule contains 20mg omeprazole.

List of excipients
Sugar spheres (consisting of corn starch and sucrose), sodium lauryl sulphate, disodium phosphate, mannitol, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol 6000, talc, polysorbate 80, titanium dioxide, Eudragit L30-D55 (poly(methacrylic acid, ethyl acrylate)). Capsules consist of gelatin and contain the colours quinoline yellow (E104) and titanium dioxide (E171)


Nexium's list:
Each gastro-resistant tablet contains 44.5 mg esomeprazole magnesium trihydrate equivalent to 40 mg esomeprazole

List of excipients
Glycerol monostearate 40-55, hyprolose, hypromellose, iron oxide (reddish-brown) (E 172), magnesium stearate, methacrylic acid ethyl acrylate copolymer (1:1) dispersion 30 per cent, cellulose microcrystalline, synthetic paraffin, macrogol, polysorbate 80, crospovidone, sodium stearyl fumarate, sugar spheres (sucrose and maize starch), talc, titanium dioxide (E 171), triethyl citrate

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