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Author: Dr. Erica Zelfand

GI Health, Stress and Relaxation

Reflux Remedies

Soothing heartburn naturally In last week’s post we described the real cause of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and explored why conventional strategies for managing the condition can come with negative health risks over time. Today we’ll take a look at some simple, natural, remedies for alleviating reflux at its root cause, primarily by (1)…

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GI Health

Acid Reflux 101

The real cause of GERD, and why we need stomach acid Most people think that acid reflux is caused by an excess of stomach acid. This is a common medical myth, and one that has resulted in widespread misunderstanding of the condition and how to best treat it. To properly understand what happens in…

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Healthy Aging

Chocolate for Heart Health

Cacao may stave off cardiovascular disease   History of chocolate Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a box of chocolates. In addition to being a token of affection, however, chocolate is also a medicinal super food that may support cardiovascular health. Perhaps it’s no wonder that we like to present chocolate in a heart-shaped box….

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In The News, Stress and Relaxation

Alcohol and Tylenol Can Be a Deadly Combination

Why taking acetaminophen (paracetamol) for a hangover is a dangerous idea. The over-the-counter pain medication acetaminophen is a surprisingly controversial drug. Sold under the brand name Tylenol in North America and known as paracetamol in other countries, acetaminophen can be taxing to the liver. Acetaminophen is the number one cause of acute liver failure…

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In The News

What’s in That Fast Food?

Hormone-disrupting chemicals are abundant in American fast food New research shows that American fast food contains a significant quantity of endocrine-disrupting chemicals – toxins that throw our hormones out-of-whack. That means burgers, burritos, and chicken nuggets could be in part to blame for America’s health crisis. In this article we’ll take a closer look…

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GI Health

Are Gluten-Free Diets Just a Fad?

Understanding celiac disease, wheat allergy, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, & other gluten-related disorders It used to be quite rare to meet somebody who avoids gluten – the protein found in wheat, rye, spelt, semolina, and triticale. Nowadays, however, gluten free dieting is all the rage. In 2016, 8% of North Americans followed a wheat- or…

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