Sickle Cell and Acid Reflux
Stomach acid reducers interfere with the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals, especially folic acid and vitamin B-12, both essential nutrients that combat anemia. In addition, as people age, stomach acid, which is needed for proper digestion, diminishes. Also, a large segment of the population has severe digestive problems, including GERD (acid reflux), which are caused by not enough stomach acid. In an unfortunate twist of fate, many people are fooled by Big Pharma into taking ant-acids and acid-suppressing medications to combat GERD, when, in reality, the opposite is needed. This situation alone is a major cause of anemia, especially in older people.