Heartburn Specialist Clinton IA

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...

Michael Allen Cassaday, DO
(563) 242-7522
3110 Harts Mill Rd
Clinton, IA
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: C G H Med Ctr, Sterling, Il
Group Practice: Sterling Rock Falls Clinic Ltd; Sterling Rock Falls Clinic The Dixon Clinic

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Mohammed Irshad
(563) 244-5900
638 S Bluff Blvd
Clinton, IA
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Ellen Ablog Dy, MD
(515) 223-4823
1601 NW 114th St Ste 342
Clive, IA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1988

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Kevin Leroy Preston, DO
(712) 277-2717
2918 Hamilton Blvd Ste 103
Sioux City, IA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1981

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Rogelio Gabriel Silva, MD
(319) 356-2709
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Catol De Santiago De Guayaquil, Fac De Med, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Graduation Year: 1997

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Ahmed Elahmady
(563) 242-3208
2745 Lincoln Way
Clinton, IA
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Ahmed E Elahmady, MD
2745 Lincoln Way
Clinton, IA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ain Shams Univ, Fac Of Med, Abbasia, Cairo, Egypt (330-04 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1981

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Nagendra V Myneni, MD
(515) 288-6097
2600 Grand Ave Ste 400
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Andhra Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Visakhapatnam, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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Robert A Silber
(319) 366-8695
931 8th Ave Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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David Jonathan Kikoler, DO
(515) 255-6808
1300 37th St Ste 1
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Metropolitan Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Iowa Lutheran Hosp, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Central Iowa Gastroenterology

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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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