The New England Journal of Medicine Publishes Clinical Study of Minimally-Invasive Device for Treatment of Reflux Disease

Foods that Trigger Acid Reflux

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“In severe cases, patients are unable to lie flat in bed because reflux interferes with their sleep or causes them to choke or cough.” Numerous studies have shown that reflux symptoms persist in up to 40% of patients who receive acid suppression medications and that these symptoms have a negative impact on quality of life and health care utilization. “The biggest challenge in treating patients with GERD over the last 20 years is that the medicines available alleviate the symptoms but are unable to treat the underlying problem – a weak sphincter,” said C. Daniel Smith, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida. “The only other surgical option, Nissen fundoplication, was developed decades ago and involves wrapping the stomach around the esophagus like a collar.
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‘Milk and Cookie Disease’: The new childhood health condition caused by diet

When the children werent improving on prescription medications, Wei who practices at Nemours Childrens Hospital in Orlando, Fla. started asking questions. She discovered that in many cases, her patients were eating lots of dairy and sugar throughout the day and snacking right before bedtime. This food was likely backing up into the stomach, the esophagus, and the throat and causing reflux, cold- and allergy-like symptoms, and sleep problems.
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Fried foods, especially the deep fried ones are definitely bad for its high fat content. Alcohol All sorts of alcohol likebeer, liquor and wine, should be avoided as they contribute to acid reflux, even though they are not very acidic in nature. This is because alcohol is believed to relax the valve at the bottom of the esophagus where it actually joins the stomach, thus leading to reflux. Youmust try and abstain from these,though you can have one cocktail or a glass of wine a day, butavoid mixers such as orange juice or soda as they are acidic. Dairy Products with High Fat Foods that are high on fat cause reflux, and there is no reason to believe that one high fat butter or cheese could be better than another in this regard. Giving up cheese is necessary if you have acid reflux. You may use a small amount of these foods to punch your taste buds, but do not use them as main ingredients. Go for low fat, instead.
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