These OTC drugs cause more problems than they fix.
From Fox News:
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer was in the hospital on Wednesday after getting a pneumonia diagnosis a day earlier, and was expected to make a full recovery.
The Maryland Democrat, 79, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Tuesday with pneumococcal pneumonia, his office said in a statement.
Comment: We believe Rep. Hoyer is almost certainly on acid blockers, which have been linked to pneumonia, as well as tuberculosis and typhoid. The stomach is normally a sterile environment, with stomach acid killing off harmful bacteria we’re exposed to through food and liquids. Reducing stomach acid with acid blockers changes the pH of your stomach and allows bacteria to grow. These drugs cause more problems than they fix, since a lot of heartburn cases are caused by too little stomach acid, rather than too much.