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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Acid-suppressing drugs substantially increase the likelihood of recurrent pneumonia in the elderly

This post includes a synopsis of a study published in the American Journal of Medicine 2010 Jan;123(1):47-53 and a recipe for beef and spinach salad.

Study title and authors:
Recurrent community-acquired pneumonia in patients starting acid-suppressing drugs.
Eurich DT, Sadowski CA, Simpson SH, Marrie TJ, Majumdar SR.
Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

This paper can be accessed at:

The study found that acid-suppressing drugs such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine 2-receptor antagonists (H2s) substantially increased the likelihood of recurrent pneumonia in high-risk elderly patients.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) include:
Omeprazole (brand names: Losec, Prilosec, Zegerid, ocid, Lomac, Omepral, Omez)
Lansoprazole (brand names: Prevacid, Zoton, Inhibitol, Levant, Lupizole)
Dexlansoprazole (brand name: Kapidex, Dexilant)
Esomeprazole (brand names: Nexium, Esotrex)                                                                   Books:
Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs Are Altering American Lives, Minds, and BodiesPantoprazole (brand names: Protonix, Somac, Pantoloc, Pantozol, Zurcal, Zentro, Pan)
Rabeprazole (brand names: Zechin, Rabecid,Nzole-D,(NEHAL PHARMA Pvt. Ltd.), AcipHex, Pariet, Rabeloc. Dorafem: combination with domperidone

Histamine 2-receptor antagonists (H2s) include:
Cimetidine (brand name: Tagamet)
Ranitidine (brand name Zantac)
Famotidine (brand names Pepcidine, Pepcid, Gaster)
Nizatidine (brand names Tazac, Axid)

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Recipe of the day

Beef and Spinach Salad                                                                                    Food Mall: Beef
Organic Grass Fed Chuck Roast ONE (3 to 4 lb. Roast)

1 pound washed/drained and chopped spinach
1/2 cup sliced red onions
1/2 pound finely sliced beef
½ cup toasted cashews, sesame seeds or pine nuts (optional)
1 tsp cayenne pepper optional
Grounded black pepper and sea salt to taste.
1tbs olive oil

- In medium saucepan place olive oil over medium heat. Stir in ingredients until lightly toasted.

- Mix well.

- Remove from heat and let cool.