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As long as there have been illnesses there have been “natural remedies” reported to cure them. This is also the case with Acid Reflux or GERD . There are several items that have been touted as the next remedy for GERD. A few of the most popular include; apple cider vinegar, peppermint tea, papaya enzymes, slippery elm bark and probiotics.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular “natural remedies” for GERD. It proponents claim that it will neutralize stomach acid when taken internally. Unfortunately there is no scientific research to back up this claim. In fact, the science would tend to indicate that, at best, it may produce a “placebo effect”. At worst apple cider vinegar could increase the problem because it is highly acidic. The main ingredient in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid which has the potential to damage tooth enamel and burn the esophagus.
Over the years of dealing with two children that had acid reflux and other GI issues it has become second nature to blame every additional issue on the reflux. Not sleeping well? It must be the reflux! Crabby kid? Reflux pain, of course. Puking again? Reflux flare up ! Asthma aggravated? Well, you get the picture.
Just this week we had a similar scenario play out. Ella accidentally got some tomato in her meal and the next day she was clutching her stomach and puking. Of course my instinct was to immediately blame it on her acid reflux disease. It was not until her sisters started with stomach aches that we realized it must have been a bug of some kind. I am sure I am not the only reflux mom who has had this same experience.
You can get into problems is when you treat everything like it is acid reflux. Medication adjustments may be made when the issue was not reflux at all. That is why it is important to have your child's symptoms properly evaluated by a physician. They can help asses w...
With all the talk of throat cancer, let's call it the "Michael Dougles effect", the release of new information on the effect of heartburn on throat cancer is comes in a timely manner. According to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention frequent heartburn episodes are associated with a 78% increased risk of throat and vocal cord cancers ( 1 ). What was different about this study is that the results were controlled for smoking, as well as alcohol intake. Which means that these volunteer participants did not report any history of smoking or drinking. Both of which are also considered risk factors for throat cancer. The one factor that seemed to be the most protective, even ahead of prescription medications and home heartburn remedies, was taking antacids. It was so protective in fact that it reduced the overall risk of throat cancer to only 41% which is a whopping 38% difference. Antacids continued to provide some protection even i...
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