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No More Dietary Restriction for Heartburn Patients - Study Says

Eliminating certain foods does not have any effect in reversing the ultimate problem of gastroesophageal reflux or acid reflux – Stanford study finds//.

A recent study by Gerson at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that people suffering from heartburn can eat chocolate, fruit juices, spicy foods, coffee, and even red wine since restricting these foods have showed no evidences in heartburn cure.

Many of Gerson's patients walk into her clinic upset, having been advised elsewhere to severely limit their diets to help reduce their heartburn symptoms. But recent research by Gerson, assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, indicates there's no evidence to support a need for dietary deprivation, except for the unlucky few whose heartburn is clearly triggered by a particular food.

Gerson's advice runs counter to the long-standing recommendations of virtually every professional organization of gastroenterologists, including the American College of Gastroenterology, as well as the National Institutes of Health. For the past 15 to 20 years, the standard treatment for heartburn has been to cut out the aforementioned culinary joys - along with fried and fatty foods, all alcoholic and carbonated beverages, tobacco and mint - and to stop eating three hours before lying down. In addition, you're advised to keep your weight under control. Those lifestyle changes coupled with antacids and various over-the-counter and prescription medications have been the accepted first line of treatment.

But Gerson, a practicing gastroenterologist and director of Stanford's Esophageal and Small Bowel Disorder Center, said the stream of ‘very unhappy’ patients referred to her clinic by outside doctors caused her to doubt the efficacy of the usual treatment advice. ‘The patients were on very bland diets and cutting out coffee and wine and everything that they enjoy - and basically their heartburn wasn't g
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