Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Have you Heard of NERD and GERD?

Chiropractic Monthly - January 2014

Thank you all for your continued support and patronage. It has been our pleasure to serve your needs this last year and look forward to continuing the healing process as the New Year arrives. We here at 3D Chiropractic hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to your holiday meals.

It is, for most of us, a beautiful thing to see a huge spread laid out for all to enjoy. For some it is a time of distress and caution because we know a meal brings with it, indigestion, heartburn, bloating, gastritis, etc.

There are a variety of very involved tests that doctors can perform in an attempt to verify the presence of reflux disease in a patient. Among these tests, they put tubes into your stomach through your nose to visually inspect the lining of your esophagus or test the acid concentration in your stomach.

If you suffer from GERD or NERD you are quite familiar with these symptoms. These wonderful events no longer need to be miserable. If your meal usually includes a dessert of antacids, do not despair.

As with most medications, acid-reducing medications, may offer short term relief but must be taken daily for consistent relief. We have often discussed that there are always side-effects with taking these medicines such as bone fractures, bacterial infections and decreased absorption of key nutrients, including magnesium, calcium and vitamin B-12.

For those of you unfamiliar with GERD or Nerd, here’s a little background. Our hope for you is that you may identify with a mystery symptom you have and may now find relief.

GERD stands for Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease. With GERD, after a meal, stomach acids reflux back up into the esophageal area and even into the throat. These acids not only taste bad, they are bad for you. They can cause erosions in the esophagus which can, over time, make it difficult to swallow. Who wants to deal with that when all that good food is just waiting to be consumed?

New research now shows that up to half of GERD sufferers are unable to get even short term relief from their symptoms with acid reducing drugs. These same people show no signs of the erosive effects of the acid in their esophagus. Gastroenterologists have dubbed this condition non-erosive reflux diseases, or NERD and experts now say that up to 50 to 70 percent of GERD patients actually have NERD. Studies further show that those at higher risk are most likely female, younger and thinner. Patients’ symptoms often are preceded by severe, sustained stress in the six months prior to their symptoms. More than 113 million prescriptions are filled for acid-reducing drugs each year!

When doctors can’t determine what is causing your symptoms they diagnose you with “functional heartburn.” In other words, they don’t know what the problem is! They have many theories but no results.

They do agree there is a direct correlation between a high level of psychological stressand GERD and NERD. Now we’re talking my language.

Now for the good news, many of you have experienced significant or total relief from your symptoms with the 3D Chiropractic method.

As my patients know, when I first evaluate each new patient, I go into depth asking what your stress levels are, what is causing the stress. We then ask about any traumatic events from your youth. This is often when we find a correlation between these events and tension in the upper abdomen. This tension is most often the culprit. The stress and tension can be present long after the initial events or environmental stress has passed.

Now we’re ready to set up a treatment plan of how to specifically deal with these factors. Using the 3D Chiropractic method of treatment, we are able to quickly give relief to most patients suffer from the GERD or NERD conditions. Then we teach you, our patients how to “adjust” your own stomach to help you to take control of your symptoms.

If you or a friend is dreading the holidays and the meals that come with them because of GERD or NERD symptoms, come in and let’s see what we can do for you. You may also want to simply send a copy of this newsletter to your friend; it just might change your liveliness and make their Christmas a bit merrier!

Have a great Christmas Season and a Wonderful New

Yours in Health,
Dr. Al

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