More than 70 percent of patients who took painkillers such as ibuprofen for more than three months suffered damage to their small intestines, U.S. researchers reported. The study is yet another blow to patients trying to find ways to treat arthritis pain, after reports that the most advanced drugs, called COX-2 inhibitors, can raise the risk of heart death.
Dr. David Y. Graham of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and colleagues studied 21 patients taking a range of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS. They compared them to 20 patients taking acetaminophen, an unrelated painkiller, or nothing.
“Small-bowel injury was seen in 71 percent of NSAID users compared with 10 percent of controls,” they wrote in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
“We have always known that NSAIDs can cause potentially deadly stomach complications, but the extent of the impact on the small intestine was largely unknown until now,” Graham added.
Arthritis pain is incurable but can be treated with a range of drugs, including NSAIDS such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen; acetaminophen; or the newer drugs called COX-2 inhibitors. NSAIDS work very well but damage the stomach and intestine. They are blamed for 16,500 deaths a year in the United States alone, Graham said.
Graham’s team used an endoscope in the form of a swallowed camera in a capsule to examine the intestines of their volunteers. Although people taking NSAIDs frequently suffer stomach pain or anemia, none of the volunteers in this study had any symptoms. “We saw some ulcers and we saw lots of erosions,” Graham said.
The American Gastroenterological Association estimates that more than 30 million Americans take over-the-counter or prescription drugs for headaches and arthritis.
Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec comments on Painkillers Damage Intestinal Tract
You have to understand the full implication of taking ANYTHING to relieve pain whether it be aspirin or non-aspirin (NSAIDS). All of them damage both the small intestinal and stomach lining or the small intestinal lining alone. Do you know what this produces long, long before you get ulcers, long, long before you get visible damage to the small intestine and stomach lining and long, long, long before it results in the 16,500 deaths a year that they cause? Leaky Gut Syndrome. What is Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS)? It is one of the leading causes of all symptoms, conditions, and diseases that plague all humankind.
Your intestinal tract is like a screen on your window to your house.   The screen does not let flies and other bugs enter the house, only the air. The intestinal lining has what is called selective permeability which means it only allows totally digested and broken down food particles access into the blood stream (just like the window screen only lets the air in). It does not let in larger, undigested food particles or toxic material entrance into the blood stream (just like the window screen does not let the flies or bugs into the house). Now, when you break down or inflame the intestinal lining with:
  •           Cooked food
  •           Toxic animal products
  •           Parasites (from animal products)
  •           Drugs/medicines
  •           Processed or refined sugars and starches
  •           Alcohol
  •           And by taking any type of PAINKILLER
You cause an instant Leaky Gut Syndrome which means that your cooked food, toxic animal products, sugars and starches, alcohol and drugs, medicines, including any PAINKILLERS, causes the window screen to break similarly to throwing a baseball through the screen. This destruction of the intestinal lining’s selective permeability means now not only digested broken down food particles can enter the circulating blood stream but also can large undigested food particles and toxic material. What do these cause? The large, undigested food particles trigger reactions in your white blood cells (Pac man) causing them to see these large food particles as foreign invaders. What does this mean? It means that your white blood cells have to start eating and digesting your breakfast, lunch and dinner because every meal you eat is causing more and more of these large, undigested food particles to “leak” into the blood stream.
What is the end result of this?
A completely out of balance immune system which opens the door to all disease. If your white blood cells are busy eating your breakfast, lunch and dinner, they cannot eat the bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and cancer cells that they normally would be consuming.
This causes a decreased immunity and increased likelihood of getting infectious disease and cancers. On the other side, if the immune system overreacts to the overload of work it has to do then, it starts attacking everything, even your own cells and tissues.
This is autoimmune disease and allergies. The second problem with the Leaky Gut Syndrome is toxicity. When the toxic material is allowed to “leak” into the circulating blood, then these toxins deposit in all cells, glands, organs and tissues. What does this mean? It means you are progressively poisoning your organs, glands, and tissues. You are slowly killing yourself. If the toxins deposit in the heart tissue, you will have heart symptoms of palpitations and arrhythmias and eventually heart disease. If the toxins go into the brain cells, you have progressive “brain fog” and eventually Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
If the toxins end up in your breast or prostate, this causes breast cancer and prostatic cancer. Do you get the picture yet? All this because you had to have a painkiller. So what do I do when I am in pain? The answer is easy—get healthy by living the 7 Basic Steps to Total Health and watch all the pain leave because you addressed it’s causes instead of covering up it’s effects with pain pills.