Heartburn Specialist Bluffton SC

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...

Glenn Peter Gwozdz
(843) 681-6668
35 Bill Fries Dr
Hilton Head, SC
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Gastroenterology

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Michael Joseph Gilbreath, MD
(843) 681-6668
25 Hospital Center Blvd Medical Pavilian Ste 103
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1993

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(843) 681-6668
25 Hospital Ctr Blvd
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1984

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(843) 681-6668
25 Hospital Center Blvd Ste 103
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1980
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Hospital: Hilton Head Hosp, Hilton Head, Sc
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Bernard Benedict Vinoski, MD
(843) 522-1550
16 Indigo Loop
Beaufort, SC
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: American Univ Of The Caribbean, Sch Of Med, Plymouth, Montserrat
Graduation Year: 1985

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Michael Joseph Gilbreath
(843) 681-6668
35 Bill Fries Dr
Hilton Head, SC
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(843) 681-6668
35 Bill Fries Dr # F
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1993
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Dr.Louis Bell
(843) 681-6668
23 Main Street #101
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1978
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Gastroenterologist
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Louis David Bell, MD
(843) 342-2299
23 Main St
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
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989 Ribaut Rd
Beaufort, SC
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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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