Heartburn Specialist Lumberton NC

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...

Santhosh Augustine, MD
(910) 739-0770
101 W 27th St
Lumberton, NC
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Med Coll, Univ Of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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John P Holt Jr., MD
(919) 881-9999
2600 Atlantic Ave
Raleigh, NC
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Triangle Gastroenterology PLLC
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Gastroenterology

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Robert David Kaplan, MD
(336) 547-1745
520 N Elam Ave
Greensboro, NC
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1979
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Hospital: Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, Nc
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Raetta B Fountain
(252) 758-2424
2465 Emerald Place
Greenville, NC
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James L Edwards
(336) 378-0713
1002 N Church St
Greensboro, NC
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Gastroenterology

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(910) 763-1219
1515 Doctors Cir
Wilmington, NC
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Hanover Medical Specialists PA
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Gastroenterology

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(704) 377-4009
2015 Randolph Rd
Charlotte, NC
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Charlotte Gastroenterology & Hepatology PLLC
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Gastroenterology

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Ira Michael Bernstein
(828) 298-7911
1100 Tunnel Rd
Asheville, NC
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Ryan Balfour Sartor, MD
(919) 966-0149
Biomolecular Bldg Room 7309A,
Chapel Hill, NC
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1974

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Dr.Charles Barrier
(252) 752-6101
1850 West Arlington Boulevard
Greenville, NC
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Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1979
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Gastroenterologist
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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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