The pH Scale in the Context of Reflux

The pH is a measure of acidity. Acids play a crucial role in the development of acid reflux symptoms. What is the pH value? The pH indicates how acidic or basic (alkaline) something is. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. The smaller the value, the more acidic, and the higher the value, the […]

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What is LPR?

LPR stands for laryngopharyngeal reflux. The term reflux describes the backward or return flow of stomach acid. Reflux is often associated with heartburn, the result of stomach acid irritating the throat. In LPR, stomach acid flows not only back up to the esophagus (food pipe) but also further up to the throat. The problem is […]

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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, are just a few of them. I interviewed expert gastroenterologist Dr. Mark Noar, to find out about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of gastroparesis. Interview on Gastroparesis & Reflux In a few sentences, […]

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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 and LPR. I spoke to gastric […]

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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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