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GERD: Heartburn is Just One Symptom of This Condition

GERD: Heartburn is Just One Symptom of This Condition

What most people commonly know as “heartburn” is a symptom of Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. Heartburn—a sharp, burning feeling in the chest—can be an occasional problem that doesn’t require anything more than symptom relief with an over-the-counter (OTC) antacid. But if heartburn becomes a persistent problem, it could

Ask the Expert: Nightshade Vegetables; Kidney Stones

Q: I think I might be allergic to nightshade vegetables. What are the symptoms?

A: It’s rare but not impossible to have an allergy to edible nightshades. It’s more common to have an intolerance to them.

Nightshade vegetables—which include bell peppers, cayenne or chili peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, white potatoes, and goji berries—gained their

Junk Foods’ Link to Depression and Fatigue

We’ve all been tempted with a “pick me up” from the candy bowl or cookie jar from time to time, or a plate of French fries as comfort food. But are those foods making us feel better? Or are they actually pushing us down?

Research published in the British Journal of

Some Processed Foods Are Healthier Than Others

Dietary advice often includes the recommendation to avoid packaged, processed foods—but what does the word “processed” actually mean? And, are there different degrees of processing that make a food more or less healthy?

“The term ‘processed’ refers to changes made to a food item to bring about a result. For example,

Don’t Fear “Anti-Nutrients”

There are natural compounds found in many healthy foods—including leafy greens, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains—that have been thought to potentially decrease the nutritional value of these foods. Sometimes called “anti-nutrients,” these compounds may bind with specific vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients, limiting their absorption by the body. “Anti-nutrients

Try Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

As many as 45 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): a chronic condition that results in abdominal pain, bloating, and bouts of diarrhea and/or constipation. It’s thought that stress may contribute to the symptoms, and many people with IBS report relief through “mind-body” therapies like meditation and cognitive

Is Food Addiction for Real?

The idea of food addiction has gained traction in public consciousness, paralleling talk of the modern food environment and its highly palatable foods. But can we really become addicted to food in the same way we might become addicted to tobacco, alcohol or cocaine? It’s a controversial question that presents

Headache Location Determines Its Name

Headache Location Determines Its Name

Headache location can be on one side or both sides. They may be intermittent, episodic, or constant. Some are acute—they come and go rapidly. Others persists for days or weeks. When the exact headache location cannot be identified, it is called a generalized headache.
Where Is a Cluster Headache Location?
Cluster headaches are

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