“Heartburn remedies are not helping. I have heartburn all the time and medications are not helping either”…..
Heartburn – additional comment to the video: A correction to a comment I made is that it is important to evaluate the cause of HH with a trained clinician that is experienced in visceral manipulation – I simplified the “tucking it in” procedure that I understand is very popular, but this will not be sustainable by itself without knowing what is behind it and working on those factors and may not always be safe in isolation. Please make sure you get a proper evaluation by a person experienced in visceral manipulation. That will not be me, naturally, as I am a nutritionist!
Could that Heartburn be Hiatal Hernia?
Acid reflux, heartburn or GERD are common complaints. Sixty percent of the adult population will experience some type of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) within a 12-month period and 20 to 30 percent will have weekly symptoms (HCUP). According to IMS Institute of Health Informatics, in 2010, Nexium was the 2nd best-selling medication in the US, while Prilosec was the 6th most frequently prescribed medication. While studies are lacking, there are claims that hiatal hernia accounts for a substantial percentage of heartburn complaints.
Heartburn can be caused by many factors. Today I want to discuss hiatal hernia because I am surprised how often I see it clinically, and it can bring heartburn relief if it is the cause of your heartburn.
Acid reflux (and hiatal hernia) remedies: Acid reflux is typically treated with medications. Unfortunately, PPIs (proton pump inhibitors such as Nexium or Prilosec) used to block the gastric acid and provide heartburn relief were originally approved for up to 12 weeks only. Long-term PPI suppression of gastric acid carries a number of serious health risks, e.g. Clostridium difficile, colitis, and community-acquired pneumonia (Hauben, 2007), the latter increased in risk already within 30 days on PPIs. PPIs can lead to bacterial overgrowth such as SIBO and deconjugation of bile acids (Theisan, 2000) as well bacterial dislocation from the oral cavity (Laheji et al, 2004). PPIs also increase risk of hip fractures (Targownik et al 2008). In one study, women over 50 taking PPIs for over a year had a 44% increased risk, while a longer term high dose increased that risk by 245%. Yes, that is over 200% – it is not a typo. Among many vitamins and minerals that rely on gastric acid, B12- deficiency induced by PPIs is the gravest risk (Herzlich, 1992).
If you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux or GERD consider purchasing an “Ask Kasia” session and get to the root of the problem.
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