Heartburn Specialist Albuquerque NM

Just about everyone experiences heartburn at some point in their lives, after a stop at the Rib Shack, say, or too many mochas. For most folks it's a passing problem. But roughly 60 million Americans suffer that burning sensation in their esophagus once a month, and some 15 million experience heartburn every day. They suffer from GERD-gastroesophageal reflux disorder. Along with heartburn, they...

Richard H Ming
(505) 224-7000
1001 Silver Ave Se Ste 200
Albuquerque, NM
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Gastroenterology

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Vijay Premchand Agarwal, MD
(505) 766-5471
200 Oak St NE Ste 7
Albuquerque, NM
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Kasturba Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1979

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Matthew G Struttmann, MD
(505) 272-4753
2211 Lomas Blvd NE,
Albuquerque, NM
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 2000

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Edgar Boedeker, MD
505-265-1711 ext 581
1 University of New Mexico MSC10-5550
Albuquerque, NM
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Monroe Spector
(505) 272-4755
5th Ambulatory Care Ctr
Albuquerque, NM
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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John Bettinger
(505) 563-8018
201 Cedar St Se
Albuquerque, NM
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Andrew Campbell Mason, MD
(505) 563-8018
201 Cedar St SE Ste 4600
Albuquerque, NM
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1996

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Jehad Barakat, MD
(505) 272-4755
2211 Lomas Blvd NE Gastroenterology ACC5,
Albuquerque, NM
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1993

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John Arthur Burdon, MD
(505) 243-8018
201 Cedar St SE Ste 4600
Albuquerque, NM
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1982
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Hospital: Albuquerque Reg Med Ctr, Albuquerque, Nm
Group Practice: Southwest Gastroenterology

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(505) 224-7000
1001 Silver Ave Se Ste 200
Albuquerque, NM
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Cool the Fires of Heartburn

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Just about everyone experiences heartburn at some point in their lives, after a stop at the Rib Shack, say, or too many mochas. For most folks it’s a passing problem. But roughly 60 million Americans suffer that burning sensation in their esophagus once a month, and some 15 million experience heartburn every day. They suffer from GERD—gastroesophageal reflux disorder. Along with heartburn, they may also face other side effects of the disorder, including chronic respiratory infections, a dry, hacking cough, sour breath, impaired sleep, nutrient deficiencies—and eight times the risk of cancer of the esophagus.

The immediate cause, the backup of stomach acid into the esophagus, leads many sufferers to reach for the Tums—a safe, natural, alkaline remedy that neutralizes the acid and eases the discomfort, according to John Neustadt, ND, medical director of Montana Integrative Medicine in Bozeman. But Tums and other antacids don’t address the root problems behind GERD.

Surprisingly, “It’s usually too little stomach acid production and not too much that’s the problem,” he says. Two reasons: The acid breaks down food, preventing indigestion; and the acid signals the lower esophageal sphincter to close, blocking backflow. GERD medications exacerbate the problem by further suppressing acid production. Instead of taking meds, work with your doctor to determine the cause behind your low acid production (such as allergies, nutrient deficiencies, and autoimmune diseases). Complement that with a few dietary changes: Avoid mint, caffeine, and nicotine (which weaken the esophageal sphincter); eat smaller, more frequent meals; chew your food well; don’t eat on the run or while stressed; and forgo food three hours before bedtime. Meanwhile, here’s a handful of remedies that’ll take the heat off your after-dinner hours.

1. Pantry potions. To counter low stomach acid production, Neustadt suggests taking a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with meals. Unlike hydrochloric acid capsules, “It won’t really be a problem in terms of burning the stomach,” he says. An excellent way to decrease the burning from acid reflux, according to Neustadt, is to take one or two Emergen-C vitamin and mineral packets. These contain minerals that make the stomach more alkaline. Or, he says, drink a concoction of 1 to 2 teaspoons of plain old baking soda in a cup of water.

2. Healing herbs. Neustadt calls deglycyrrhizinated licorice “one of the most useful things I’ve seen over the counter.” It coats and soothes the esophagus—and it fights inflammation. He recommends people simply take it as directed on the container. He also recommends brewing slippery elm bark tea for similar reasons. Drinking a half cup of liquid aloe vera twice a day between meals does the trick as well (though it can cause diarrhea and is contraindicated during pregnancy).

Author: James Keough

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