Heartburn & Gerd / Gord News Roundup – Causes of Acid Reflux, Salt & Heartburn, New Surgical Technique

A New Explanation for GERD / GORD

There has been a sixfold increase in gastroesophageal reflux — also called GERD, GORD or acid reflux disease, since the 1970s. Possible causes of acid reflux include the dramatic increase in consumption of carbonated drinks and the widespread use of anti-inflammatory and acid-lowering medications.

A recent study suggests another cause — imbalance of bacteria (dysbiosis) in the stomach and lower esophagus. Those study participants with GERD and severe degrees of inflammation of the esophagus had mostly gram-negative anaerobes, whilst the healthy subjects had mostly streptococcus bacteria .

The article suggests that the lowering of stomach acid through medication and age has contributed to this  – You can supplement the level of acid in your stomach by taking a good quality apple cider vinegar (US) (UK) or Betaine with Pepsin.  Do follow the instructions supplied, and if in any doubt, consult your physician. Read more about the problems of low stomach acid and what to do about it here.

Read the article here.

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Habitually salting food can increase your risk of developing chronic heartburn

As National Salt Awareness week starts in South Africa, a warning comes that high salt intake exposes people to a range of serious diseases, including chronic heartburn.heartburn and hypertension

The article, which can be read here, doesn’t go into detail as to the causal mechanisms involved, but there appears to be substantial evidence that too much salt causes all sorts of health issues, including heart disease and hypertension. Try and swap out salt for tangy herbs.

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New Minimally Invasive Surgery for Gerd / Gord / Chronic Heartburn

muse surgeryThe Medigus Ultrasonic Surgical Endostapler, or MUSE, is used for an incisionless procedure for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It has received FDA approval in the US, and has recently been used in Italy successfully. It involves inserting a thin instrument through the mouth and wrapping the upper stomach around the lower esophageal sphincter to strengthen the valve, resulting in a reduction of the acid reflux. It has benefits over the standard reflux surgery, which involves more invasive laparascopic techniques. Read more here.

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