A recent study completed by the Mayo clinic caught my eye. The study indicated that patients taking histamine-2 receptor antagonists has an increased risk of developing a nasty stomach bug called C. diff. Some examples of histamine 2 receptor antagonists include many drugs used to decrease stomach acid in conditions like GERD. Zantac, Axid,... Read more
I have been asked many times by parents to define aspiration in reference to GERD and how to prevent it. Aspiration occurs in 10-20% of patients with GERD and is the inhalation of stomach contents into the respiratory symptoms.
The lumen of the right main broncus of the lung is most likely to be where aspirated contents wind up because it is... Read more
There has been a lot of debate over the years about the role of good nutrition in the development and treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Recent research out of the University of Chicago indicates that a rich, western diet increases the chance of developing Inflammatory Bowel Disease in those predisposed to the condition (1).Researches... Read more
Last week we took our youngest refluxer to the dentist. I cringe every time because you just never know what havoc the acid can be doing to her teeth. We do everything we can to protect her teeth and fortunately she has always gotten a good report. Aside from properly treating reflux there are some things you might want to... Read more
With the plethora of over the counter acid reflux medications and the over advertising of them it can be tempting to self-diagnose your condition. Even on the manufacturers labeling you are told to contact your doctor if symptoms persist after two weeks of treatment with their medication. Unfortunately, many people do not do this and instead... Read more