By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2022 102 Comments
    How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

    If you suffer from heartburn, you might describe it as a burning sensation under the breastbone. People with recurrent reflux can usually also talk about the types of foods that trigger their discomfo…

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2021 22 Comments
    Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

    Vitamins were among the most exciting discoveries of the early 20th century. Since then, however, doctors have been expressing a lot of skepticism about the value of vitamin supplements. New research …

    By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2021 11 Comments
    Doctors Deny That PPIs Can Cause Kidney Damage

    It can take years or even decades to discover serious drug side effects. Think of it as a long-running drug experiment. Proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and o…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2021 0 Comments
    Can Treated Licorice (DGL) Ease IBS Symptoms?

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has long been a mystery to doctors. Sufferers experience cramps, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea and other digestive distress. Until recently gastroenterologists…

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2021 0 Comments
    Are the Health Benefits of Buttermilk Like Those…

    Do you consume dairy products, or do you try to avoid them? Many people find that the lactose in milk makes them uncomfortable. Scientists report, however, that probiotic products can reduce those sig…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2021 12 Comments
    Show 1224: What Is the Best Way to Manage Your H…

    Bellyaches and heartburn are among the most common problems driving people to the pharmacy to seek relief. Heartburn, a burning sensation behind the sternum, happens when acid escapes from the stomach…

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2021 26 Comments
    Will Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Your Heartburn?

    Do you get uncomfortable after a big meal? A burning sensation under the breastbone after eating is common. If you have ever suffered from this type of indigestion, you may want to know how to cure yo…

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2021 2 Comments
    Dr. Marvin Singh Tells You How to Establish Heal…

    Integrative gastroenterology combines the perspective of conventional allopathic medicine with a holistic approach to patients and their lives–mind, body and soul. Sometimes adjusting diet or lifest…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2021 8 Comments
    Show 1179: What Should You Do About Digestive Di…

    Have you ever had horrible heartburn or a really bad bellyache? Most of us have experienced digestive distress at one time or another. When do you need to seek medical attention for your problem? What…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2021 8 Comments
    Is Zantac – Ranitidine and Cancer the Tip of t…

    There was a time when Zantac (ranitidine) was the world’s most successful drug. This heartburn and anti-ulcer medicine hit the market in 1983. It was a cash cow for Glaxo, earning billions. We heard…

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2020 2 Comments
    How Can You Take Control of Your Digestive Healt…

    The conventional view of the digestive system was that it took care of digestion and wasn’t involved very much with the rest of the body’s systems. Now, though, science has shown that the gut and …

    By: Terry Graedon October 19, 2020 7 Comments
    Can You Use D-Limonene to Overcome Heartburn?

    Have you suffered from heartburn? Many people report that they feel a characteristic burning sensation under the sternum sometimes. Others experience this problem more frequently. You can manage occas…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2020 10 Comments
    How Does Baking Soda in Water Fight Swelling?

    A half teaspoon of baking soda in water is a time-honored simple home remedy for indigestion. Many people with occasional heartburn find that this inexpensive approach works well. We have also heard f…

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2020 8 Comments
    What Are Downsides to New Secret Weapon for Hear…

    If you frequently suffer from indigestion or "acid stomach," you might wish for a new secret weapon for heartburn. One reader was excited to discover a "new" drug, not realizing that it is far from ne…

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2020 6 Comments
    Could Famotidine Have a Surprising New Use?

    Scientists and physicians have been scrambling to find drugs that could help alleviate the symptoms of COVID-19. To date, there is no medicine that has been approved to treat this pandemic disease, an…

    By: Terry Graedon February 17, 2020 14 Comments
    Can You Relieve Heartburn With Vinegar?

    Some household products turn up time after time in remedies. People have been extremely inventive in finding multiple uses for Vicks VapoRub, Noxzema and Milk of Magnesia. But perhaps no item has been…

    By: Terry Graedon December 16, 2019 1 Comments
    How a Little Girl Overcame Her Constipation

    Digestive woes such as heartburn and constipation are tricky enough to manage when an adult suffers from them. When the person suffering is a child, the situation becomes even more serious. A mother d…

    By: Terry Graedon November 25, 2019 14 Comments
    Apple Cider Vinegar Is a Weird Remedy for Heartb…

    Do you have a favorite remedy for heartburn? Some people rely on drugstore antacids such as Tums or Maalox. Others take medication such as cimetidine (Tagamet) or omeprazole (Prilosec). But plenty of …

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2019 3 Comments
    Will Intermittent Fasting Give You Heartburn?

    If you have trouble with acid reflux, you probably try to avoid foods, beverages and situations that can trigger heartburn symptoms. Stretching out on the sofa after enjoying Thanksgiving dinner might…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2019 6 Comments
    Show 1187: Are Supplements Really a Waste of Tim…

    Last summer, a major review of research on supplements to improve heart health concluded that most do nothing to prevent heart attacks, strokes or premature death from cardiovascular causes (Annals of…

    By: Terry Graedon September 5, 2019 9 Comments
    Could Soft Drinks Be Killing You?

    People who consume a lot of soft drinks may be putting themselves at risk. That's the conclusion from a large study not in the US but in Europe (JAMA, Sept. 3, 2019). The EPIC study stands for Europea…

    By: Joe Graedon August 26, 2019 7 Comments
    Must You Take Acid Blockers For the Rest of Your…

    Many people discover that it can be challenging to stop proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). That’s because powerful acid-suppressing drugs can trigger rebound hyperacidity when they are stopped suddenly.…

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2019 5 Comments
    Do PPI-Type Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Allergi…

    Most animals make strong stomach acid (hydrochloric acid or HCl). Sharks make stomach acid. So do snakes, camels, cows and hamsters. Of course, humans also make stomach acid. Was it all a big mistake?…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2019 3 Comments
    Thyroid Trouble Was Behind Stomach Problems

    Doctors often attribute stomach problems like indigestion or discomfort after eating to excess stomach acid. Usually, they prescribe a PPI such as esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or ome…

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2019 17 Comments
    PPIs are Safe! New Study Contradicts Prior Resea…

    Prepare for whiplash. Last week we reported on a large VA study using medical records from 150,000 veterans (BMJ, May 30, 2019).  It showed that people taking proton pump inhibitors to suppress s…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2019 23 Comments
    Why Popular Heartburn Drugs PPIs Are Linked to P…

    Millions of people take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to suppress the secretion of stomach acid. At last count, doctors wrote over 100 million prescriptions for drugs like dexlansoprazole (Dexilent), …

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2019 18 Comments
    Can You Get Off a PPI Without Suffering Heartbur…

    Have you ever tried to get off a PPI like esomeprazole (Nexium) or lansoprazole (Prevacid)? If so, you might have experienced rebound heartburn. People who encounter this problem–and many do–may f…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 6 Comments
    Falling Asleep with Zolpidem | Waking up with He…

    What do you do when you are caught on the horns of a dilemma? We describe such situations a couple of ways: “Between the devil and the deep blue sea” is one. A similar saying goes: “between a ro…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2019 1 Comments
    Does Your Microbiota Change When You Take Nexium…

    The "royal we" may be more accurate than we imagine, and not only for individuals of noble descent. All of us might practice thinking of ourselves a a collective. That is because each of us contains m…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2019 10 Comments
    PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI …

    Many specialists live in silos. By that we mean they hang out with other experts like themselves. They reinforce each other’s understanding of the world. These specialists may not hang out with auth…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2019 12 Comments
    More Bad News About PPIs and Kidney Damage

    The FDA loves proton pump inhibitors (PPI)s. So do doctors, especially gastroenterologists. Drugs like esomeprazole (Nexium) lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec) used to top the doctors' …

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2019 7 Comments
    What Is the Right Dose of Baking Soda?

    We love simple remedies using ingredients you already have on hand in your pantry, so long as they work and they are safe. One time-honored approach to ease indigestion is taking a baking soda solutio…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2019 7 Comments
    Will Apple Cider Vinegar Lower Your Blood Pressu…

    Apple cider vinegar is an extremely popular home remedy. More than 50 years ago, D. C. Jarvis, MD, published his best-selling book, Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health. In it, he pr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2019 24 Comments
    What Happened to Cod Liver Oil as a Home Remedy?

    The origin of many a home remedy is lost in the mists of time. Usually we don't have a good record of who started using it or when, and we also rarely have information on when and how it falls out of …

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2018 12 Comments
    Show 1144: New Ways to Heal Your Digestive Tract

    Heartburn is a common problem. Many people take powerful acid-suppressing drugs like Nexium or Prilosec every day to treat gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD. If untreated, chronic irritation of…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2018 11 Comments
    Do You Swallow a Spoonful of Mustard for Heartbu…

    Do you suffer from heartburn? Many people do, judging from the popularity of acid-suppressing drugs such as esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec). Antacids like Maalo…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2018 14 Comments
    Will You Get Osteoporosis If You Take Omeprazole…

    Do you take omeprazole (Prilosec) or another proton pump inhibitor such as esomeprazole (Nexium) or lansoprazole (Prevacid)? Such PPI drugs were once thought to be relatively free of side effects, but…

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2018 20 Comments
    Swapping Losartan for Valsartan Results in Stoma…

    The ongoing valsartan recall has caused a lot of trouble. Pharmacists have had to hunt for alternative suppliers that did not use the contaminated active ingredient from Zhejiang Huahai company in Ch…

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2018 29 Comments
    Is Liver Cancer a Risk of Acid-Suppressing Drugs…

    Not again! We are sick and tired or reading about another potentially serious side effect of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Over the last few decades the list of very worrisome adverse reactions has g…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2018 18 Comments
    Yet Another PPI Complication | Acid-Suppressing …

    We know you are getting weary of reading about serious side effects linked to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. They include dexlansoprazole, esomep…