Heartburn Specialist Washington DC

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...

Elizabeth S Gantt, MD
(301) 251-9555
15001 Shady Grove Rd
Rockville, MD
Business
Drs Stern & Gantt
Specialties
Gastroenterology

Data Provided by:
Donald Ary O'Kieffe Jr, MD
(202) 296-3449
2021 K St NW Ste T110
Washington, DC
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1964

Data Provided by:
Cesar Rudzki
(202) 785-3090
1145 19th St Nw Ste 407
Washington, DC
Specialty
Gastroenterology

Data Provided by:
Michael Piesman, MD
Washington, DC
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1998

Data Provided by:
Charles B Abrams
(202) 296-3443
1120 19th St Nw Ste 200
Washington, DC
Specialty
Gastroenterology

Data Provided by:
Michael Lee Weinstein, MD
(202) 296-3449
2021 K St NW Ste T110
Washington, DC
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Sibley Mem Hosp, Washington, Dc; George Washington Univ Hosp, Washington, Dc
Group Practice: Metropolitan Gastroenterology Group Pc

Data Provided by:
Nelson P Trujillo, MD
(202) 296-3449
2021 K St NW Ste T110
Washington, DC
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1962

Data Provided by:
Michael M Phillips, MD
(202) 785-0666
2021 K St NW Ste 412
Washington, DC
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1967

Data Provided by:
Cesar Rudzki, MD
(202) 785-3090
1145 19th St NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Buenos Aires, Fac De Med, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1961

Data Provided by:
Dr.Donald OKieffe
(202) 296-3449
2021 K St NW # T110
Washington, DC
Gender
M
Speciality
Gastroenterologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.7, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Cool the Fires of Heartburn

Provided by: 

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

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions

Local Events

AAOMS - American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 97th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions, & Exhibition
Dates: 9/28/2015 – 10/3/2015
Location:
Renaissance Washington and Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington
View Details

American College of Surgeons 102nd Annual Clinical Congress
Dates: 10/16/2016 – 10/20/2016
Location:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington
View Details