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. read more

Heartburn & Gord News Roundup – Preventing heartburn in babies, Adverse effect of common medicines on Heartburn, Acid reflux recipes

Preventing Heartburn in Babies

In the UK The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) has published its first clinical guideline on the management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (Gord in the UK, GERD in the US) in infants and children here. It points out that most episodes of reflux are temporary, and not chronic disease. WebMD provides more general information on preventing heartburn in babies here, and for an interesting article on treating acid reflux in infants naturally, read Chris Kresser’s post here. read more

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Heartburn & Gerd Article Roundup – Tooth Erosion, Heart Attacks & Gluten

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Here are some of the more interesting articles about heartburn and how to get rid of acid reflux which have appeared recently.

Heartburn & Your Teeth A Charlotte, USA, dentist recently wrote about the consequences of gerd on teeth, here. He emphasised the need to consult with your doctor on the appropriate medication, which will help to prevent the damaging aspects of acid on the teeth, and to get your teeth regularly checked. read more

Food Combining & Acid Reflux

There is a lot written about the effects of food on the digestion, and acid reflux in particular. Here’s an infographic setting out what’s good and bad in the combining diet; have you tried this to alleviate your own reflux? Tell us about it below. read more

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Coffee – Heartburn Trigger or Comforter?

A cup of coffee – Is it the first thing you think about in the morning? For millions it is, but for those of us who suffer heartburn, acid reflux or even gerd (gord), we often think twice before reaching for the coffee pot. read more

> Heartburn – Antidepressants May Be The Answer

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I’ve previously written about a drug I have been prescribed for acid reflux called amitriptylene (generic name Elavil), which works miracles in relieving my heartburn symptoms.

It comes from a family of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants which have been in use since the 1950’s. In olden days they were also prescribed for bedwetting, so I should be ok in that department too… read more

> Reflux In Children – Fathers’ Day Advice!

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Firstly Happy Fathers’ Day to all the dads reading this! Relax and put your feet up – you deserve it! Particularly if your child is one of many who suffer from acid reflux. Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, or GORD (gastro-esophageal disease, or GERD, in the USA), can also affect young children – the espohagus is shorter in infants which can make them more prone to acid reflux. read more

> Proton Pump Inhibitors – Timing Is Important

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I don’t know about you, but I cannot go without breakfast – I have to eat something, and since taking my heartburn / acid reflux seriously, it’s usually porridge with a little bit of fruit. I haven’t, however, ever thought about taking proton pump inhibitors ( PPI’s ) – the standard fare of long term heartburn / acid reflux sufferers – early in the morning ( I have, on Doctor’s orders, been taking them before my evening meal). read more

> Are Proton Pump Inhibitors Safe?

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Well, I have been on a strict 30 mg Lanzoprozole (proton pump inhibitor) regime for the last 5 weeks (together with 10 mg of amitriptylene daily) and I have to admit my acid reflux has been so much better. Apart from occasional bouts of low grade heartburn, which has generally been sorted by a couple of tablespoons of  Apple Cider Vinegar or gulps of Gaviscon Advance (recommended by my doctor), and sporadic sore throat / phlegm, I have been pretty much free of symptoms. I visited my GP today, and she has reduced the dose to 15 mg of Lanzoprozole per day with a recommendation I continue to deal with any heartburn as I have been doing. read more

> Heartburn – 10% of Sufferers Could Develop Pre-Cancerous Condition

The Medical Independent Website has reported a call by The Irish Society of Gastroenterology for more public awareness of the condition known as Barrett’s Esophagus / Oesophagus, a condition where the cells lining the lower part of the esophagus undergo change as a result of regular exposure to acid reflux from the stomach. Barrett’s is not in itself cancer, but it is considered a pre-cancerous condition. read more

>More Evidence Against Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s)

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A recent article published in RefluxMD discusses the latest research into the adverse effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s). This adds to mounting evidence that PPIs increase the risk of pneumonia and Clostridium difficile infections. In the article, they describe how acid suppressive drugs are often used in intensive care patients who require mechanical ventilation to decrease the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding from stress-induced ulcers. A sample of these patients who were prescribed either PPI’s or less powerful H2 blockers were monitored for infections. The outcome – The patients given PPIs were more likely to have pneumonia, C. diff, and GI bleeding compared to patients given H2 blockers. read more

Candida and Acid Reflux : Is It Caused by This Bug?

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Candida and Acid Reflux

Candida and acid reflux are connected : I’ve seen many references to yeast overgrowth, or candidiasis, or Thrush,  in the intestine being a cause of acid reflux. Candida is the term for a group of organisms including moulds and fungi which live all around us. One family, Candida Albicans, lives in all mucus membranes, i.e. intestines, eyes, ears, bladder, stomach, lungs, vagina, etc. It is one of the billions of friendly organisms that serve a useful purpose in the body. read more

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Tummyzen Reviews – A Revolutionary Antacid?

Tummyzen Reviews – A Revolutionary Antacid?

It’s amazing what a white coat and an association with an august academic institution will do for one’s confidence.

That is, in a new product being able to cure acid reflux. Such was my feeling when I came across Tummyzen, a drug based on “natural ingredients” which, similar to PPI’s (well at least in my simple mind), cuts off acid production at its’ source in the stomach. read more

Apple Cider Vinegar – A Quick Fix For Acid Reflux & Other Ailments

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Apple Cider Vinegar – A Quick Fix For Acid Reflux & Other Ailments

For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used by cultures all over the world as not just a preservative but for its numerous health benefits as well. The acidic brew packs a plethora of well being into even the smallest amounts. Want to pump up your immune system? Even figure out how to get rid of acid reflux? This versatile vinegar may be your answer. read more

How To Get Rid Of Acid Reflux – Progress – January 2014

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It’s been a little while since my last update. Looking back it was great thinking I was free of acid reflux for at least a period of time – unfortunately it didn’t last. In October it returned, and I’ve had it off and on now ever since. I have had to go back on to PPI’s – Lanzaprozole, first 15mg, then up to 30 mg – which is a big disappointment, but I have also tried a range of things to see if i could wean myself off them. I have: read more

Superior results for acid reflux symptom relief with pantoprazole-Mg compared with esomeprazole?

An article in Healio Gastroenterology suggests there may be a better way of treating long term acid reflux. It cites a study which found that “Pantoprazole-Mg [pantoprazole-magnesium] did not differ from esomeprazole, with both PPIs [proton pump inhibitors] being highly effective at 4 and 8 weeks in achieving complete remission (combined endoscopic healing and symptomatic relief) in patients with erosive GERD,” the researchers wrote. “However, pantoprazole-Mg continued to improve symptom relief from 4 to 8 weeks of treatment, suggesting an extended period of treatment effect, which may be helpful in the management of patients with more severe disease.” read the full article here. read more

Vitamin B-12 deficiency from heartburn

A recent study showed that acid-suppressing drugs such as omeprazole, lansoprazole (Prevacid) and esomeprazole (Nexium) can lead to vitamin B-12 deficiency (JAMA, Dec. 11, 2013). Low levels of this vitamin may cause irreversible nerve damage. Symptoms include numbness, tingling or pain in toes, feet or fingers, trouble walking, memory problems and confusion, depression or burning tongue. Other symptoms can include loss of appetite, constipation and anemia. People taking any of these medications should have vitamin B-12 levels tested at least once a year. (The Seattle Times) read more

Book Review: “Heartburn No More” by Jeff Martin

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Book review: “Heartburn No More” by Jeff Martin

Why is “Heartburn No More” the best selling acid reflux book with thousands of users In 121 countries worldwide? 

I’ve seen this book, “Heartburn No More”, advertised widely on the internet and, frankly, I’ve tended to ignore it, thinking it was a “get well quick” scheme which simply pushed out the same old stuff about how to deal with the symptoms of acid reflux, rather than the root cause. read more