Natural ways to cure heartburn.

According to estimates by the American College of Gastroenterology, around 15 millions Americans suffer from daily heartburn. These individuals may also suffer from Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or ‘GERD.’ GERD is diagnosed if an individual reports experiencing acid reflux more than twice per week.

Per Medical News Today, here are some other noteworthy facts on heartburn:
– Causes of heartburn include smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, poor diet, and certain underlying medical conditions.
– The primary symptom is a burning sensation in the chest or throat from stomach acid.
– Most commonly, heartburn has little influence on overall health.
– Treatments include antacids and proton-pump inhibitors (‘PPI’ medicine.)
Medical experts consider occasional heartburn to be natural and not a cause for concern.

Other Symptoms
As mentioned, the most common symptom is a burning sensation in the upper chest and throat. These sensations are attributable to the presence of stomach acid.
Other reported symptoms: jaw pain, abdominal discomfort and burning, and acid-like taste in the mouth.
Here are five natural remedies for heartburn:

1. Baking Soda
Straight up, baking soda is a miracle product. One of its uses – actually, its main use – is as an antacid! Baking soda made up of 100 percent sodium bicarbonate; a slightly salty tasting, alkaline white powder. Baking soda relieves heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach by counteracting excess stomach acid.
How to: Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon into a 4-ounce glass of water, or a full teaspoon in one 8-ounce glass. Repeat every two hours until heartburn is gone.
2. Bananas
Bananas have a high pH level, which is vital to restoring gastric acidity to its natural state. A banana’s texture is also great for relieving discomfort of the esophagus, according to gastroenterologist Gerard E. Mullin, MD.

How to: If you’re not a big fan of ‘nanas by themselves, slice half of a banana and add it to your morning oatmeal or cereal. You can also slice a banana and add a pinch of cinnamon powder and sugar (a pinch!).
3. Ginger
Ginger is one of the best-known natural stomach soothers around. Ginger has a few benefits concerning acid reflux; its anti-inflammatory properties are especially helpful. Inflammation of the esophagus is a key symptom of those with acid reflux troubles.
How to: Ginger is quite a versatile food; it can be diced, peeled, shaved, or sliced. It can be eaten raw or added as an ingredient for salad, soup, sushi, and other foods. Perhaps the best way to enjoy ginger when it comes to heartburn is steeping it in water to make ginger tea.
Here’s a simple ginger tea recipe.

Click this image for the Ginger Tea Recipe
4. Chewing Gum
While this advice may sound a bit strange, chewing gum stimulates saliva production – a natural acid buffer. Besides producing saliva, chewing gum often makes us swallow more often and pushes acids back out of the esophagus.
How to: Well, there’s not much to popping a piece of gum into your mouth and chewing. A couple pieces of advice, however: choose sugar-free gum and avoid peppermint-flavored gum. Also, don’t swallow gum as it may irritate the lining of your stomach.
5. Herbs
Per WebMD, the following herbs have demonstrated some heartburn-relieving properties: dandelion root, elm bark powder/slippery elm, euonymous bark, holy thistle herb, ginger rhizome, gentian root, meadowsweet herb, myrrh resin, lemon balm leaf, valerian root, southern prickly ash berries, oat seed.
How to: Nowadays, most herbs are sold as supplements or as standalone items. On this note, some supplements are thought to interact with certain prescription medications, so be sure to check with your doctor. The same applies if you have an underlying medical condition.
Preventative Measures
There are plenty of lifestyle changes that may reduce the production of stomach acid. Here are a few:
– avoid smoking
– exercise regularly
– drink plenty of fresh water
– do not eat lying down
– eat a well-balanced diet
– eat smaller, more frequent meals
– limit heavy lifting and straining
– limit and monitor potential ‘trigger foods,’ including: alcohol, caffeine, citrus fruits, milk and dairy products, soft drinks, carbonated juices, tomatoes.
– lose weight if overweight or obese
– review prescription medications with your doctor

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Of Mindful Manner

This site crossed my paths and I knew it was one to be shared, I already have purchased two shirts to help support this site, it’s real, its helpful and fits in with my page, I just love the energy these women Cassidy and Savannah have and I am sure you will love there site, check it out, tell your story and lets help get the word out about Invisible Illnesses and rare diseases. There are more out there than you know, knowledge is the key, awareness is the cure and support gives us the want to continue to fight. Check it out.
Our Story
Of Mindful Manner was born out of a need to better represent the individuals of the world who show no outward signs of their illness. Coping with an invisible illness can be frustrating and painful, but these issues are compounded by a lack of knowledge and understanding. Our reason for being is to help enlighten and encourage our friends, families, neighbors, and co-workers to address individuals with empathy and understanding. At Of Mindful Manner we know that what you see is not always what you get, and because of that, each garment is carefully curated to serve as an invitation for conversation. The more conversation that surrounds invisible illness, the less room there is for stigmas, ignorance and misunderstanding.

We want you to know that we see you and we recognize the battle you are facing. There is a whole community at Of Mindful Manner that supports you.

The Founders
Hello, Cassidy & Savannah here! We are so thrilled you have found your way to our shop. We are sisters who have had our lives tremendously impacted by invisible illness. One of us has Dysautonomia and Chronic Migraines. The other one of us has grown up with a front row seat to living with these conditions, and has shared in the burdens they can cause. That’s the thing about invisible illnesses though.. you can’t tell by looking at us, which one of us fits which description.
We know our story is not unique. Nearly half of the U.S. population lives with some sort of chronic illness and 96% of chronic conditions are invisible. So while you may not suffer from an invisible illness yourself, chances are you know one or several family members/friends or co-workers that do. We pray the future holds cures for everyone, but in the meantime we will dedicate our lives to spreading awareness in hopes of making this world a more mindful one.
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Enough is Enough

As the list of my illnesses continue to grow, I question the motivation behind all of these test, I am a very compliant patient, but there comes time when you say Enough is Enough, After having the smart pill test and diagnosed with gastroporesis. My pain continues to hurt so bad on my rib cage due to the gastritis and esophagitis and the pain is radiating through my ribs so bad I thought I was having a heart attack. So I go get checked. No Heart attack thank god, But the ER Doctor said to me you keep coming in and we can’t help you why isn’t anybody getting down to the bottom of this. So with that being said, still no food, continuous heart burn and rib pain and I had to even take pain meds which I don’t do. I tried heating pads, everything, So the GI Doctor says he wants to order two more invasive tests, So I asked why am I doing another radioactive test on my digest system when the first test was fine and I would have to go off my meds again the only thing allowing me to even eat a little shake, then have a tube down my nose into my stomach to measure the ph balance. Going off my meds again. I thought about it and I decided no more tests, every test makes me worse. So If Stanford can’t go by the past tests then I will attempt the test but I have had enough.  I know Dr’s offices make money off of test being done in their offices and I know that’s a huge influence, but, it’s making me worse.  I called my ENT and told him I am going to come see him to check in to be compliant but no hearing tests.  Going into the little box for the testing causes so much pressure in my head it throws my vertigo beyond and ear pain.   Enough is Enough and for each patient that will be different.  For me 10 years and it’s enough, I continue my meds but cut some in half for less effects.  I won’t tell the Dr’s because then you are non compliant but I am extremely sensitive, so I have to do what is right for me.  If your feeling that same feeling, Stand up for yourself, listen to your gut and follow it.  Just remember you can always reschedule the test if you change your mind or increase your meds to original prescription, you have to listen to your self.

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Common questions about Chemo!

Chemotherapy or chemo is a systemic therapy in which medications destroy cancer cells in your body, Chemo may be used alone or along with other medications or therapies such as such as surgery, radiation and biological therapy to slow or stop the growth and spread of cancer, Most often Chemo is given By IV or injection, a cream, or liquid capsule or pills and can be placed through out the body, Chemo can also be given by a pump either inside or outside the body.

Chemo is usually given in cycles, Some people will have a port placed by a Doctor so you don’t have to be poked so often.

Chemo is a cocktail of two or more chemo drugs.

Chemo treatment can be for any length of time, Your Doctor will give your plan of care. Chemo can last a few hours to most of the day. Everyone is different as far as symptoms and also depends on the medications given.

If you choose to skip a session, your cancer cells can continue to grow.

Some chemo patients can continue to work throughout chemo and always remember you may be able to shorten your days.

It usually takes a few weeks after your last session before you start to get over any symptoms you may have.

Usual test run to have Chemo, Your Hemoglobin- This is the protein in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen through out your body.
White blood cell counts- Help your body fight against infections. Platelets- enable your blood to clot.

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Just because you are in the olympics does’nt mean you are healthy

The 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games are coming to a close. Did you happen to catch any of these 5 Olympians with health conditions (recently highlighted in The Mighty)? Their performances were inspiring — but their perspective on living with illness is what’s really golden.

U.S. pairs figure skater Alexa Scimeca-Knierim developed a rare, life-threatening gastrointestinal disorder that caused episodes of vomiting and severe weight loss and has been hard to diagnose. She had three abdominal surgeries and has shown her scars on Instagram.
After a long and painful recovery, Alexa was able to return to skating. “My whole outlook changed,” she told Team USA. “I was grateful to have the chance to fall instead of stressing out over falling or not. Was a fall as big of a deal as a drain getting pulled out of me? No, not at all. I was grateful.”
In PyeongChang, Alexa and her husband/skating partner, Chris Knierim, took home the bronze medal in the figure skating team competition and placed 15th in the pairs competition.

Alexa shared this photo with SELF for a video about her health problems and extraordinary road to the Olympics.

American long-track speed skater Brittany Bowe sustained a concussion when she collided with another skater in 2016. Later, after fainting multiple times, she was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and a lesser-known condition called “POTS” or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. POTS can be a years-long or potentially lifelong condition, and it affects the body’s ability to control blood pressure or heart rate as it should when you stand up, which can cause dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting.
“There would be times where people I’d not seen in a while [would say], ‘Oh you look great, you look so healthy…’ And I’m just dying inside because I know my head isn’t on my shoulders where it normally sits,” Brittany said in a video she shared on Instagram. (Her comments reminds us of what many patients with invisible illness hear from “the normals”: “But you look so good!”). She received specialized care and coaching for people with POTS and was able to qualify for the 2018 Olympics.
Canadian snowboarder Spencer O’Brien started feeling serious joint pain and stiffness in late 2012, and she originally attributed it to normal wear and tear from her sport. It took until 2014 to get the right diagnosis (rheumatoid arthritis) — and she went through bouts of depression before finding out what was wrong.
“A big lesson I learned during that experience was to be an advocate for my health,” Spencer told The Inertia. “I think our intuition is so strong, like I knew something was wrong with me beyond the injuries, and I did voice that, but we ran a number of tests, which came back clean.” She had to push for additional tests, which pointed to RA and helped her get on the right track with her treatments so she could continue her sport.
U.S. cross-country skier Kris Freeman was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2000 (at age 19) after a routine blood test run by a U.S. ski team physiologist. PyeongChang was his fourth Olympics appearance. During the 2006 Olympic Games, The New York Times profiled Freeman and his unique treatment/training regimen. (Little known fact: Insulin is on the anti-doping list, and athletes who need it for medical treatment, like Kris, have to apply for a waiver — “one more hurdle that comes with managing diabetes,” The Times noted.)
“The last few years have been tough with some pretty public setbacks with my diabetes,” Kris told Lilly Diabetes (he’s a speaker at their diabetes summer camps for kids). “But, I’ve been able to stay positive and maintain my nutrition and overall diabetes management, which has helped me tremendously. I want to show everyone, especially children, that they can and should keep reaching for their dreams.”
Marc Oliveras, an alpine skier from Andorra, was diagnosed with lupus (SLE) in 2014 and took a break from his sport so he could treat the autoimmune disorder, which was affecting his skin, kidneys and blood. “After a long recovery and a difficult summer, where I had to start first knowing the unknown [my disease], being able to compete is already a reward,” he said in his athlete profile.
It’s worth reading The Mighty’s article to the end, because the author reminds people living with health conditions that everyone’s illness and situation is different: some people may have milder forms of a disease, respond better to treatment, or have better access to world-class care.
Also, the media tend to share a boiled-down or glossed-over features on athletes triumphantly “overcoming” their condition, rather than showing the everyday challenges or realities of managing their condition while training for their sport. Fortunately, athletes like the ones above are raising awareness: they’ve lived, breathed and trained with their condition, and they feel grateful to even be able to compete. That kind of perspective is pure gold.
Patients like me.

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Types of Weight Loss Procedures that can save your life.

Weight loss although has risks, can be a benefits including curing diabetes, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, easy joints and arthritis pain, digestive issues. Asthma and lung disease, sleep apnea, pre diabetes, Hepatic Steatosis, non alcohol related cirrhosis, PCOS for infertility, Joint disease, pseudotumor cerebri, uniary incontinense, venous stasis disease which causes swelling and varicose veins, Depression and mental illness, Quality of life. Longer life.
LAGB:
The Lap Band, adjustable Banding System. Placement of a flexible silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. the result is your not as hungry, feels fuller faster and eats less. there is a port left under the skin, so the Doctor can tighten the band or make it looser.

LRYGB, Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric Bypass, t in involves the creation of a small capacity stomach pouch and a small outlet from the pouch directly into the small intestine, where nutrients are absorbed. The pouch will hold less then the previous stomach, can fee satisfied sooner, eats, Hormonal issues make a difference in your calories being burned.

LSG, Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, This removes a large portion of the stomach, the remaining portion of the stomach is formed into a long tube that is unable to enlarge or balloon up with food. The restriction reduces the amount a person can eat and causes satiety with less food.

MGB, Mini-Gastric Bypass or loop Gastric Bypass is a laparoscopic gastric bypass the involves connecting a loop of the small intestine to a small stomach ouch, creating the same sense of satiety and reduced hunger This procedure tissue connection instead of two and can be performed out patient.

The Duodenal Switch, This procedure involves a more complex re-routing of the intestines, that results in reduced stomach capacity and reduced nutrient absorption, It is the most invasive of the procedures and has the most risks but it may still have a role as a revisional procedure of for people with severe diabetes and very high BM!.

Band with imbringcation, This procedure which adds an imbrication or surgical in -folding and tightening of the stomach, to the placement of any adjustable gastric band. this is also out patient procedure it may improve weight loss produce faster results over LAGB Alone.

The laparoscopic improvement allow surgeons to spend less time in operating room and usually can go home that day.

In order the Qualify you must have a approval from a bariatric surgeon, the surgery center, BMI over 55. No history of Pulmonary hypertension, anesthia approval, sleep apnea under control
If you are over 65 most likely you won’t qualify.
You may want to keep your decision to have bariatric surgery to your self, the last thing you need is others opinions, it just between you and your Dr. You can even go under another name in the hospital to protect your privacy, but if you want to share your decision, make sure its with positive people that will support you in your journey and help you in your recovery.

A fantastic Book to read which gives you the in’s and outs, pro’s and con’s to any Gastric surgery. It is called A Sasse Guide, Outpatient Weight loss surgery, Dr Sasse is a highly experienced and accomplished bariatric surgeon, author expert and featured speaker national in the field of Weight reduction, bariatric medicine, remission of diabetes and surgery.

I have met him personally and just felt comfortable with his knowledge, He has refused patients because they don’t qualify, which I think is good, instead of just making the money. His office staff is incredible, kind and not judgmental. You can order the book off Amazon.com
If you would like to contact his office for their information conferences or a consultation the phone number is 775-7999. He resides in Reno, NV

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