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man with burning mouth syndrome breathing fireAcid RefluxTerry Graedon - September 18, 2023 - 106 comments

How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

You don't have to take a PPI like omeprazole to ease heartburn symptoms. Other medications and nondrug approaches like baking soda can help.

Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert, talks about protecting your digestive tract
PodcastsTerry Graedon - September 22, 2022

Show 1316: Protecting Your Digestive Tract

What questions do you have about protecting your digestive tract? On 9/24/22, we'll talk with gastroenterologist Nick Shaheen in a live Q&A.

A group of hikers walking on a trail together need a first aid kit
Acid Stomach (heartburn)Terry Graedon - July 18, 2022

Be Prepared for Summer with The People’s Pharmacy First Aid Kit

Don't forget to take your first aid kit with you on your summer travels. We suggest what to take to make sure you are prepared.

Man with pain around kidneys or back holding his side
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - March 21, 2022

PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI Doc

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are popular with GI docs. But is there a link between PPIs and kidney damage? What about PPIs & kidney stones?

A woman suffering from heartburn holds her chest
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - February 28, 2022

How to Help Acid Reflux Without a PPI

As the list of PPI side effects has grown longer and scarier, readers want a way to control heartburn symptoms without taking a PPI.

Man doubled over with heartburn pain holds his stomach
Acid Stomach (heartburn)Joe Graedon - December 16, 2021

Are Heartburn Drugs (PPIs) Linked to Stomach Cancer?

Heartburn drugs (PPIs) are hugely popular. Doctors prescribe them in enormous quantities and they are widely available over the counter. Is there a link with stomach cancer?

Dried licorice root fragments may ease IBS symptoms
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - November 1, 2021

Can Treated Licorice (DGL) Ease IBS Symptoms?

Irritable bowel syndrome may be explained by an imbalance in gut microbes. One reader reports DGL helped ease IBS symptoms.

Bottle and glass of buttermilk
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - October 25, 2021

Are the Health Benefits of Buttermilk Like Those of Yogurt?

The health benefits of buttermilk and yogurt both derive in part from vitamins, minerals and probiotic bacteria in their cultures.

Dr. Robynne Chutkan describes the best way to manage your heartburn
PodcastsTerry Graedon - July 8, 2021

Show 1224: What Is the Best Way to Manage Your Heartburn? (Archive)

Learn the best way to manage your heartburn without relying too heavily on PPI drugs like Nexium or Prilosec. Does diet help?

A woman suffering from heartburn holds her chest
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - June 7, 2021

Will Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Your Heartburn?

Can you cure your heartburn with baking soda or vinegar? Changing the way you eat might be a more effective approach to calming reflux long term.

Dr. Marvin Singh describes how to care for your digestive health
PodcastsTerry Graedon - May 27, 2021

Dr. Marvin Singh Tells You How to Establish Healthy Gut Balance

Dr. Marvin Singh, integrative gastroenterologist, offers insights on how to recover a healthy gut balance after it has been disrupted.

Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert, talks about protecting your digestive tract
abdominal obstructionTerry Graedon - April 1, 2021

Show 1179: What Should You Do About Digestive Distress? (Archive)

Listen to find out when your digestive distress might signal a serious problem and when you could manage it at home with simple remedies.

Zantac package
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - February 4, 2021

Is Zantac – Ranitidine and Cancer the Tip of the Iceberg?

For over 30 years, millions of people took ranitidine (Zantac) for heartburn. Is there a link between ranitidine and cancer? There's new data!