Why Drinking Problems Develop After Gastric Bypass Surgery

If you have had gastric bypass surgery, keep an eye out for any changes in how and when you drink. The procedure can increase the risk of alcohol use disorder. And that can happen even years after surgery, according to new research published this spring in an online issue of the journal of the American Society for […]

The 4 Absolute Worst Foods for Acid Reflux

Avoid these to lessen the burning and the burping. More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and 15 million suffer from it daily, according to the American Gastroenterological Association. At one time or another, almost everyone has dealt with the indigestion, belly bloat and bitter-tasting acid that come with it. While diet plays an enormous role in […]

17 Important Facts You Might Not Know About Ankylosing Spondylitis

From surprising symptoms to misdiagnoses to the toll on quality of life, AS is complex, complicated disease, for patients and their loved ones. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and its related conditions, called spondyloathropathies, affect millions of Americans, but these diseases aren’t exactly a household name. Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that predominantly affects […]

Cistus Tea, or: How to become repulsive to ticks

One of the big hits at our retreat with Dr Klinghardt in the summer 0f 2010 was Cistus Tea, a pleasant tasting loose tea with a mild, berry-like flavor. In Germany, dogs who were given a daily dose got 1/100th the tick bites of dogs who weren’t. Since I live in one of the worst […]

What’s the Connection Between Anxiety and Acid Reflux?

Heartburn, belching, nausea — everybody feels the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) from time to time. But do those symptoms come from an actual medical issue? Or are some patients just extraordinarily sensitive to small changes in their digestive tract? A new study suggests that the answer might depend on the patient’s mental health. Fernando […]

8 Things Your Ringing Ears Are Trying to Tell You

If you hear buzzing, hissing, roaring or ringing in your ears it could be tinnitus. Find out what the ringing could mean. PHOTO CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK   Why are your ears ringing? “Your ears are telling you something when they’re ringing,” says Sean Kinden, a clinical audiologist in Gander, Newfoundland. “It’s their way of letting us […]

10 Things Women With Ulcerative Colitis Need to Know

It’s not fair, but it’s true: Chronic illnesses can affect you differently based on your gender. And that includes ulcerative colitis (UC), a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the large intestine and the rectum. Women who are living with UC often experience this disease differently from their male counterparts due to the […]

RA Remission or Well-Controlled RA?

Remission is that big idea that often hides like the elephant in the room when I talk to my doctors or other Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients. It also hides in my conversations with family and friends. I am asked if I am in remission or if I know those who have beat Rheumatic Disease (RD)? If I let it go too far, the questions begin […]

10 Foods That Can Help Fight Acid Reflux, So Eat These If You Have Heartburn

If you get acid reflux, you know how uncomfortable the feeling can be. Despite trying to cut out the right foods, you still may be experiencing heartburn, so it’s helpful to know what foods can actually fight acid reflux. What you eat is important when it comes to preventing gastrointestinal issues, and certain foods can work wonders […]

18 Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Certain myths around Alzheimer’s can spike misunderstanding and even fear around the condition. Dental Fillings Cause Alzheimer’s While some amalgam fillings may contain a small amount of mercury along with other types of metal, the thought that this could affect brain health has not been supported by research. The Alzheimer’s Association notes that “according to the best available scientific evidence, […]

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