Heartburn Specialist Lagrange GA

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...

J Robert Coggins Jr, MD
(706) 845-7711
1551 Doctors Dr
Lagrange, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: West Georgia Med Ctr, Lagrange, Ga
Group Practice: Gastroenterology Consulting

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Louellen Brown Gurley, MD
(706) 812-4081
303 Smith St
Lagrange, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1991

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J Robert Coggins, MD
(706) 845-7711
1551 Doctors Dr
Lagrange, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1983

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Gastroenterology Center Of West Georgia
(706) 845-7711
1551 Doctors Dr
Lagrange, GA

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Bhawna Halwan, MD
(404) 254-1689
1670 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Fed Da Paraiba, Cent De Cien, Campina Grande, Pb, Brazil
Graduation Year: 1991

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Brad Alan Bowyer, MD
(706) 845-7711
1551 Doctors Dr
Lagrange, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Southern Il Univ Sch Of Med, Springfield Il 62794
Graduation Year: 1979

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Agnes Hegyone Han, MD
(404) 252-7703
Suite 515 960 Johnson Ferry Road
Lagrange, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1987

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Louellen B Gurley
(706) 882-8831
303 Smith St
Lagrange, GA
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Gastroenterology

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Mark A Stern, MD
(404) 299-1679
2675 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA
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Dekalb Gastroenterology Associates
Specialties
Gastroenterology

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Keith B Huckaby
(706) 647-1752
519 W Main St
Thomaston, GA
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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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