Relationship to Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers"... pylori and ulcer resolution might suggest the treatment of GERD as a separate entity..."
The Condition"...All carbonated beverages increase the risk for symptoms of GERD by bloating the abdomen and causing pressure that forces acid up into the esophagus..."
Our Question about which trimester you are in"...Heartburn in such cases is often resistant to dietary interventions and even antacids..." Relationship to Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency"...Unexplained bloating, belching and heartburn are frequently diagnosed as symptoms of hyperacidity and sometimes wrongly treated with antacids, when in fact the underlying problem is insufficient acid production..." Recommendation Orange Peel (Extract)"...They will not reduce mineral absorption or inhibit protein digestion, and do not shut down acid production nor adversely affect acid-producing cells, as many antacids do..." Recommendation MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)"Doctors using MSM agree that patients who have used antacids and histamine receptor antagonists to control hyperacidity can employ MSM with good results..."
The Condition"...Persistent GERD may be due to abnormal biologic or structural factors which, as well as malfunction of the LES muscles, include defects or injuries in the lining of the esophagus, peristalsis problems, over-acidic stomach contents, amongst others..."
The Condition"...Recent studies show that the opening in the diaphragm acts as an additional sphincter around the lower end of the esophagus..."
The Condition"...The severity of GERD depends on tissue sensitivity, LES dysfunction, the type and amount of fluid brought up from the stomach and the neutralizing effect of saliva..." Recommendation Chewing Gum"Gum chewing can increase saliva quantity by 130%..."
Relationship to Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers"There is a relatively high prevalence of GERD amongst patients with duodenal or gastric ulcers..."
Recommendation Bladderwrack"An over-the-counter antacid, Gaviscon®, containing magnesium carbonate and sodium alginate (the sodium salt of alginic acid, an active component of bladderwrack), has been shown to effectively relieve the symptoms of heartburn compared to other..."
Recommendation Chewing Gum"...Saliva is rich in esophageal protective factors including epidermal growth factor, mucin, proteins and prostaglandin E2..."
The Condition"...In one study, over half of GERD patients showed abnormal nerve or muscle function in the stomach, which caused impaired motility - an inability of the muscles to contract normally..."
The Condition"...Some doctors believe a hiatal hernia may weaken the LES and cause reflux..." Relationship to Hiatal Hernia"Some doctors believe that some people suffer from GERD due to a condition called hiatal hernia..."
The Condition"...In a small percentage of chronic patients, a serious form of GERD called Barrett's esophagus may eventually develop, in which the erosion can lead to cancerous changes in the tissue lining of the esophagus..."
Relationship to Crohn's Disease"Crohn's disease is a chronic ailment that causes inflammation and injury in the colon and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus..." Relationship to Hypothyroidism" Gastrointestinal manifestations of hypothyroidism include GERD as a result of delayed emptying of the stomach..."
Relationship to Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency"...Jonathon Wright, MD, supplementing with hydrochloric acid sometimes relieves the symptoms of heartburn and improves digestion in individuals who have hypochlorhydria..."