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Like Critchley, soul sensation Joss Stone had voice issues thanks in part to GERD. Stone had nodules on her throat that were straining her voice. It didn’t help, she says, that she also suffered from acid reflux. The nodules and acid reflux were causing her throat to burn. Resting her voice — as doctors instructed — helped. GERD is common among people who use their voices professionally. Treatment includes avoiding diet triggers and taking medications that help reduce the amount of acid your stomach produces.

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Many people find that certain foods give them occasional heartburn. George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, is one of them. His triggers are common: drinking coffee and eating peppermint. Sometimes just eliminating food triggers from your diet can eliminate symptoms.

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