Tag: GERD

Travel Advice for your Gut

Travel Advice for your Gut

Summer vacation, 4th of July – wonderful opportunities for travel and sampling exciting and different foods. Whether you’re visiting family, or jetting to the Far East, the fun ends abruptly when your digestion becomes distressed! With that in mind, I thought I’d offer some travel advice for your gut that may afford relief for belly troubles during your time away from home –…

Surprise! You’re Addicted!

Surprise! You’re Addicted!

Last Monday it was reported by NPR that the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) will soon be publishing yet one more reason to leave those PPIs alone! Protect your kidneys! You can now add kidneys to previous evidence of increased risk of bone fracture, infections and possibly even cardiac issues. This is another warning to all of you…

Got Heartburn/GERD? Learn to Deep Breathe

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) involves the movement of stomach contents from the…

New Surgery Tries a Device to Treat Stubborn Heartburn

Let’s either laugh or cry together. Recently in the WSJ (you know I read that) I found this article http://tinyurl.com/cu3976j. The first sentence foreshadowed the rest, of course. “When MEDICATIONS aren’t enough to control the unpleasant symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux, SURGERY is sometimes necessary.”(CAPS mine!) Yes, I kept reading. Here’s what’s sad. It’s in the definition of the…

Acid-suppressing Medications and Bacterial Infections

Last week the FDA issued a warning about the use of acid-suppressing medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and the risk of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD), a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection.1 The FDA states that in patients who develop diarrhea that does not improve, a diagnosis of CDAD should be considered. Clostridum difficile (C. diff) is a bacterium that…

Physician Bias, or Pharmaceutical Influence?

  A team of researchers at Mayo Clinic recently uncovered an interesting physician bias regarding the diagnosis of the upper digestive conditions gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and functional dyspepsia (also known as indigestion). The two conditions can overlap, but each condition has its own distinct symptoms. The researchers uncovered a bias on the part of physicians who diagnosed the two…

PPIs and Osteoporosis

  Got heartburn? GERD? Listen up! This isn’t new news, but it’s news I think everyone should know: Using proton pump inhibitors (commonly known as PPIs) for extended periods of time could make you more likely to suffer osteoporosis-related bone fractures. Why do I think this is so important? Because folks, PPIs are the third-highest-selling class of drugs on the…