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You wouldn't think there'd be a link between the stomach and asthma, yet even as far back as the 1970s asthma experts noticed a connection between asthma and gastrointestinal reflux (GERD).
What is GERD?
GERD is a condition where acid from the stomach works its way back up the esophagus. If this condition is left untreated long term, it can eventually lead to esophageal ulcers, esophageal cancer and even lung damage that can cause asthma.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ( AAAAI.org ), a sphincter at the bottom of your esophagus remains closed while food is being digested to prevent backwash. "However, sometimes it relaxes on the job, allowing stomach acid to flow back, or reflux, into the esophagus."
Studies, the AAAAI notes, show that as many as 70 percent of asthmatics have GERD, the same percentage of asthmatics estimated to have allergies. This is a significant percentage, especially when...
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.
Earlier this month, New York University's Child Study Center began a provocative ad campaign to promote awareness of childhood psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, autism, depression, and more. Headed by CSC's director , Dr. Harold Koplewicz, who partnered with an ad agency that spearheaded the campaign pro bono, the so called "ransom notes" were posted on billboards throughout the New York City area. One of the messages read: "We have your son. We will make sure he will not be able to care for himself or interact socially as long as he lives. This is only the beginning. (signed): Autism." At the bottom of the posters were links to the Child Study Center's website, which offers lots of resources about childhood psychiatric disorders, in addition to information specifically about the Center. I have followed this story with great interest because I simply couldn't decide whether I found it a great way to promote awareness, or wh...
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