Thursday, September 20, 2018

Most patients with heartburn from GERD respond nicely to the Proton Pump Inhibitors, such as Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid, Nexium, and others. Frazzoni in the American Journal of Gastroenterology May 2018 studied those whose symptoms were not relieved by these medications. Many of these patients were found to have poor clearance of acid from the esophagus. …

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Collin, in Alimentary Pharmacology March 2018, found that one fourth of patients with Celiac Disease (true allergy to gluten and wheat) are diagnosed after age 60, and one fifth after age 65. In an older population, celiac disease may go undiagnosed because symptoms may be vague, such as diarrhea and weight loss, and even osteoporosis. …

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In a study by Peery (ClinicalGastro and Hepatology June 2018), of all patients undergoing screening colonoscopy, 41% had diverticulosis. Biopsies did not show inflammatory changes or markers, and the presence or absence of GI symptoms, such as abdominal pain, did not correlate with the presence or absence of diverticulosis. So, diverticulosis, without diverticulitis, is not …

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    Subjects on a Gluten Free Diet, who did not have Celiac Sprue, had significantly elevated levels of mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic in their blood and urine. These metals did not reach levels felt to be unsafe.  It is unknown if long term accumulation will create problems in the future.  So, a Gluten …

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Monday, June 11, 2018

In a study from Sweden, 43,000 men between 18-20 years old in 1969 were followed for an average of 39 years. Those young men who drank 1-2 drinks of alcohol per day were more likely to develop severe liver disease later in life.  So, 1-2 drinks per day in a young man is not a …

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