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Disruptions in Sleep? Acid Reflux, GERD can Cause Sleep Apnea

Acid reflux can cause more than just heartburn. It could be contributing to sleep disturbances including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a dangerous health condition. Acid reflux occurs when the valve between the esophagus and stomach fails to close properly. When the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) at the bottom of the esophagus remains open, gastric acid … Continued

Could I have Celiac Disease?

Years ago, patients never came to my office asking if they might have celiac disease (CD).  Not true these days.  The internet, aka Dr. Google, has made many patients wonder if they might have CD.  Common features of celiac disease include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, bone disease, anemia and fatigue. It is estimated that celiac … Continued

How is Gut Health Related to Your Memory?

Do you ever feel like your brain is overloaded with stuff you need to remember?  Or, you struggle to remember something that shouldn’t be a struggle at all?  An efficient memory is an important component of well-being and happiness, so it’s definitely worth our effort to find ways to boost our recall memory. Studies show … Continued

Heartburn: Truth or Tale?

Folks have theories about everything — including that pesky burning in your chest known as heartburn.  Looking at a few beliefs about heartburn, let’s see if they are “truths” or “tales” and how well you do telling the difference.   If you have heartburn during pregnancy, your baby is likely to be born with a full head … Continued