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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...
Acid Reflux from Infancy to Adulthood III: Adults This is part 3 of a 3-part series on Acid Reflux. See Part I: Your Baby and Acid Reflux See Part II: Children and Teens GER vs. GERD Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) is a normal physiological event characterized by the sensation of food coming up the esophagus in the form of a wet burp. Many adults have GER after eating a large meal, drinking a carbonated beverage or eating too fast. GER symptoms may include: o Sour taste in the mouth after a meal o Sensation of food coming up the throat o Burping o Belching o Fullness, bloating On the other hand, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the abnormal backwashing of stomach contents and acid into the esophagus causing complications. GERD may cause esophagitis (irritation to the delicate lining of the esophagus), ulcers and respiratory issues. GERD symptoms may include the symptoms of GER plus: o Heartburn/chest pain
When you think about it, everyone has a strong opinion about food and eating. One adult may crave crunchy, salty chips while another needs to have a piece of chocolate each day. So why are we surprised when a baby expresses strong opinions about the different flavors and textures of baby formula and pureed food?
Adults with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease often recite a list of foods that cause pain and burning. Unfortunately, babies cannot express themselves as precisely when foods and beverages are irritating to the throat or esophagus. A baby may use their only method of communication (i.e. crying) to indicate that the food is causing irritation and pain. Therefore, feeding a baby with reflux is often accompanied by fussing and even loud crying.
As a parent, it is terrifying and confusing when a baby won't eat. It is easy to attribute turning away and crying as a naughty behavior or an attempt to manipulate us. When a baby stops eating completely due to re...
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