The People's Perspective on Medicine
Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert
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Show 1179: What Should You Do About Digestive Distress?

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

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Acid Reflux

Could Soft Drinks Be Killing You?

A large European study found that people who usually had two soft drinks a day were more likely to die prematurely than those who had less than one a month.

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Acid Reflux

Must You Take Acid Blockers For the Rest of Your Life?

Some people need acid-suppressing drugs forever. That would include those with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. But not everyone needs acid blockers for life.

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Acid Reflux

Do PPI-Type Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Allergies?

A new study from Austria suggests that acid-suppressing drugs cause allergies such as hives. There are even elegant explanations why it could be true.

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Acid Reflux

Thyroid Trouble Was Behind Stomach Problems

A reader describes how effective treatment for hypothyroidism reversed low stomach acid and overcame stomach problems and Barrett's esophagus.

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Acid Reflux

Can You Get Off a PPI Without Suffering Heartburn?

One reader found a way to get off a PPI without withdrawal symptoms: Eat just one low-carb meal a day to reduce discomfort.

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Acid Reflux

Falling Asleep with Zolpidem | Waking up with Heartburn

Millions of people have insomnia. Many try falling asleep with zolpidem. But the drug can cause indigestion. Waking up with heartburn at night is not nice.

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Acid Reflux

Does Your Microbiota Change When You Take Nexium?

What you eat and drink has an important impact on your microbiota. The medicines you take, including acid-suppressing drugs, can also affect these microbes.

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Acid Reflux

PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI Doc

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

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Acid Reflux

More Bad News About PPIs and Kidney Damage

PPIs for acid reflux have been linked to infections, heart attacks, strokes, nutritional deficiencies and osteoporosis. What about PPIs and kidney damage?

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Acid Reflux

What Is the Right Dose of Baking Soda?

Do you know the right dose of baking soda to calm your indigestion? Sodium-sensitive people need to be careful not to take too much.

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Acid Reflux

Will Apple Cider Vinegar Lower Your Blood Pressure?

One reader reports that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar lowers occasional high blood pressure. Research in rats suggests vinegar inhibits ACE.

A woman suffering from heartburn holds her chest
Acid Reflux

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.

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Acid Reflux

What Happened to Cod Liver Oil as a Home Remedy?

A reader who remembers home remedies of long ago wonders what happened to cod liver oil. Although doctors no longer prescribe it, people still take it.

Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert
Acid Reflux

Show 1144: New Ways to Heal Your Digestive Tract

We talk with two eminent experts about how to heal your digestive tract. Dr. Shaheen treats Barrett's esophagus. Dr. Bretthauer treats C diff.

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Acid Reflux

Do You Swallow a Spoonful of Mustard for Heartburn?

Strange but true: Taking a spoonful of mustard can often alleviate heartburn symptoms. This remedy also appears to be effective for muscle cramps.

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Acid Stomach (heartburn)

Aspirin and Ulcers: A Potentially Deadly Reaction

You've heard of Excedrin, right? Do you know what's in it? Aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine. Be alert for aspirin and ulcers. Hemorrhage is a risk.

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Acid Reflux

Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

Many medications can interfere with good nutrition. If you are taking pills for certain conditions, perhaps you should be taking vitamin supplements.

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Acid Reflux

Will You Get Osteoporosis If You Take Omeprazole?

People who take omeprazole or a similar PPI for acid reflux are susceptible to a range of side effects, including weakened bones.

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Acid Reflux

Swapping Losartan for Valsartan Results in Stomachache

Substituting losartan for valsartan takes care of the valsartan shortage caused by the recall. It might result in unexpected side effects, however.