Acid blockers may relieve heartburn. But they can’t stop the epidemic of reflux in this country. Try these steps to figure out what may be causing your reflux, and how you may be able to reverse it.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Most of us will overindulge at times. But the more sugar we consume, the more we want, says Mark Hyman, MD. However, the good news is that people can break the sugar addiction in 10 days. Here’s how.
If you suffer from acid reflux at night, you may one day get relief in an unexpected way: by sleeping on a specially designed pillow. While still in the early stages of study, the pillow — or what the manufacturer calls a sleep positioning device — could eliminate the need for acid-reducing medications or even … Read More
The incidence of cancer of the esophagus, or esophageal cancer, is on the upswing in the United States. Some experts theorize that this may be due to the increase in acid reflux (also known as “heartburn”). Acid reflux is a known risk factor for esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) … Read More
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The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects your throat to your stomach. Achalasia is an uncommon condition in which the esophagus is unable to move food and sometimes liquids into the stomach. When people have this condition, a valve located at the end of the stomach — the lower esophageal sphincter — stays closed … Read More
Imagine being a baseball player who gets to see just one pitch. That’s the situation facing most hernia sufferers who require surgery. This is a get-it-right-the-first-time situation (or else). Now, double down on this scenario for seniors who are suffering from a specific type of hernia. Hiatal hernias are most often found in people in their … Read More
We call it heartburn, even though it has nothing to do with the heart. It’s gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and one in five Americans have had it at one time or another. Although medications can help to control reflux, lifestyle changes often do the trick, says Scott Gabbard, MD, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist. GERD affects people when … Read More
Ugh…heartburn again? If that’s your mantra after meals or as you fall asleep, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In GERD, the valve between your lower esophagus and stomach weakens. This sometimes lets food and stomach acids to back up into your esophagus. The result is usually a burning sensation behind the breastbone, or … Read More
Ladies, we all know the marvels achievable with shapewear – those slimming, stretchy undergarments that can help you go down a dress size and make your body seem smaller and firmer. Unlike Victorian-era corsets, with their tight lacings and metal panels, modern-day shapewear is not going to permanently narrow your ribcage or relocate your organs. … Read More
Antacids like Prilosec®, Nexium® and Pepcid® are made to relieve your heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and gastric ulcers. But a new study is linking the long-term use of these antacids to deficiencies in vitamin B12. The medications are typically prescribed for short-term use, up to eight weeks, but some people take them for years … Read More