Dropping Acid

Dropping Acid This has become an invaluable tool in our practice to educate patients with reflux.  Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) do not necessarily sentence you to a lifetime of pills to mediate the acid.  Our experience has been that many individuals have never explored a detailed assessment of what they are eating and drinking as potential triggers.  Drs. Kaufman and Stern provide an excellent guide to get to the root of the problem by following a low-acid, low-fat diet.  The book illuminates the power of each of us have to control our symptoms.  Of course there are certainly circumstances warranting continued use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (ex: Prilosec, Nexium, Aciphex) and H2 Blockers (ex: Zantac, Pepsid), though our experience has been that diet change is always tremendously beneficial.  It is also important to consult with a GI doctor for further testing including esophagoscopy, pH testing and manometry.  In some circumstances they may recommend a procedure called a fundoplication where the lower esophagus is tightened to prevent reflux.