Heartburn, also known as gastric reflux or indigestion, happens after you eat and food is in your stomach. In the stomach, food is broken down by acids. Usually these acids stay in your stomach because a valve blocks the acids from going up the esophagus. Sometimes this valve doesn't work properly because the muscle weakens. When this happens, gastric acids can travel up the esophagus and cause a burning sensation -- this is heartburn. When these acids travel up into the mouth and then down into the lungs, they can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Symptoms of heartburn and GERD include:
irritating burning sensation in the chest or throat
middle back pain
bitter, acidic taste in the mouth
an increase in the burning sensation while lying down
Breast cancer treatments that can cause heartburn and GERD are:
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
Bisphosphonates, medicines that are used to protect bones during breast cancer treat...
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a good diagnostic tool, but a well-trained doctor is just as good. This is the conclusion of a study from the Section of Sports Medicine at the University of Kentucky. Fifty patients with knee problems were studied. The doctor's exam was compared to an MRI for each patient. All patients had either a tear of the meniscus or a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The authors report no difference in diagnosis of meniscal or ACL tears when using the doctor's exam compared to an MRI. Both methods gave equal results. There were cases of false positives and false negatives with both methods. A false positive results means the MRI or exam showed a problem, but nothing was found during the operation. A false negative occurs when the MRI or exam doesn't show a problem and there really is a torn cartilage or ligament. MRIs have become the "gold standard" of diagnosis for knee injuries. Some doctors have called this into question. They say MRIs are high in cost...
Anyone living with type 1 diabetes recognizes they are married to pharmaceutical companies for the rest of their lives. For the past 30 years, my goal has been to use as little medicine as possible. To live up to that expectation, I've made some questionable choices according to conventional medicine docs. To give you a few examples of my choices:
• Acupuncture • Herbs and vitamin regimens • Whole foods, vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic • Massage • Chiropractic • Meditation • Reiki
These are just some of the examples, but ones that I have used regularly for well over 25 years. Where I made some changes to the list were items like food. Twenty five years ago, I wanted to explore food as medicine and I decided after reading a couple fanatical books, I would try veganism. After being vegan for three years, I moved to macrobiotics. The end result was that the macrobiotic diet was too restrictive for me and evidence of this proved itself in my blood work, when I ...
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