Don't Mix Raw Oysters and Antacids!

Don't Mix Raw Oysters and Antacids!

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In cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, Douglas Marshall and researchers at Mississippi State University built a model of the human stomach and introduced oysters containing Vibrio vulnificus to try to understand what happens to the bacteria in the human gut.

They found that while stomach acids were usually enough to kill much of the bacteria, some common medications changed the equation radically. When the researchers added antacids, the bacteria in the model stomach quickly grew to a level ten times higher than without antacids. Antacid users are now considered another "at risk" group who must avoid raw oysters at all times.

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