How to Fix Reflux for Good

This is the fourth and final part of my interview series with Dr. Mark Noar about the link between gastric motility and acid reflux. In the previous parts we discussed some foundational factors: gastric motility, gastroparesis, and pyloric outlet obstruction. Now we will discuss how all those things paint a complete picture of a patient’s […]

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The Hidden Link Between Gastroparesis and Reflux Treatments

Basically, gastroparesis means delayed gastric emptying. Gastroparesis can lead to a host of symptoms. Bloating, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and acid reflux, a just a few of them. I interviewed expert gastroenterologist Dr. Mark Noar, to find out about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of gastroparesis.   In a few sentences, what is gastroparesis? Dr. […]

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Obstruction of the Pyloric Sphincter Causes Reflux

The pyloric sphincter sits at the bottom end of the stomach. It controls how fast food enters the intestines. It is surprisingly common for the pyloric sphincter to be too tight. Some common medical terms for that are pyloric obstruction, pyloric stenosis, and gastric outlet obstruction. If the pyloric sphincter is obstructed, it can cause […]

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How Gastric Motility Affects Reflux

The term “gastric motility” refers to the movements of the stomach. Without this motility, it would be much more difficult for the stomach to digest and move food into the intestines. Understanding gastric motility is crucial when it comes to diagnosing and treating many digestive diseases, including acid reflux. I spoke to gastric motility and […]

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13 Things You Might Not Know About Heartburn

I’ll never forget my first time.​ It was when I was at university and sharing a house with other students. Our dinner routine was always the same: cook together, eat together, and sprawl on the sofa – or even fall straight into bed. Lying on the sofa one evening, I felt a sudden, sharp pain in my […]

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The Dark Side of Heartburn Medication

Have you seen a doctor about your acid reflux? If yes, he’s probably prescribed you a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI). PPIs work by reducing the production of stomach acid. Some well-known brands are Nexium, Protonix, and Prilosec. The problem is, heartburn medications are handed out like Tic Tacs, often without addressing the cause of the acid reflux. They […]

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All You Need to Know about the Fundoplication

Are you thinking about undergoing a fundoplication? For example, a Nissen fundoplication? If you have extreme acid reflux, that might be a good idea. Especially if nothing else has worked. However, if you get an inexperienced surgeon, you might end up making it worse! Many doctors recommend surgery too early, even without having all the facts on your […]

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Is Baking Soda a Safe Home Remedy for Heartburn?

Baking soda can be found on many kitchen shelves. It can be used not only for baking but also for cleaning and even for brushing our teeth. Another interesting fact about baking soda is that it neutralizes gastric acid. Does that make it an effective home remedy for heartburn? Well, that depends on how we use it. If […]

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Heartburn Treatment: Hunting Triggers

Do you suffer from painful heartburn? Then you surely want to know how you can successfully treat your symptoms. I will tell you how to get relief from your pain. You will see that there is no magic trick to it. Instead, successful treatment of heartburn (= GERD) is based on fixing its root causes. So, let’s […]

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10 Symptoms that Show You Have LPR

  LPR causes inflammation in every part of the airways. Usually, the LPR starts to show with one or a few of the symptoms. The longer you let the disease progress, the more additional LPR symptoms you will see. That is why it is so crucial to stop the disease early.   The 10 Telltale […]

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