Oh My GERD!

From the recent Linola media conference, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has received an invitation ย ๐Ÿ’Œduring lunch ๐Ÿฝto attend this medical ๐Ÿ˜ทconference named ~ย Oh My GERDโ—๏ธ~

She got attracted ๐Ÿ˜ฎby the conference title ~ Oh My GERDโ—๏ธ~ & agreed to attend it to learn more about it ๐Ÿ™‚

Hmmโ€ฆanother medical ๐Ÿ˜ทrelated event, oppsโ€ฆmore homeworks๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿค“for her before she can share her blogging ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ here

~ GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease aka GERD ~

โ€œLife is to be enjoyed, not just endured.โ€ย ย ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

What makes life worth livingโ“โ‰๏ธ

If you ask any Malaysians ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ& they would probably have โ€œenjoying foodssssโ€ on their list or perhaps 1๏ธโƒฃ of the top life priorities too.

Food ๐Ÿฅ˜๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฑplays a major role in our lives ~ a daily conversation ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฅtopic, a compass to plan social events, a display of love โค๏ธ , a cause for competition & a source of adventure. No one really thinks about the inability to enjoy food, hmmโ€ฆbecause we eat almost automatically from our birth, donโ€™t weโ“โ‰๏ธ

However, the inability to enjoy food ๐Ÿฅ˜๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฑis a reality for those suffering a specific tummy affliction which has been sweeping the nation. Scary rightโ€ผ๏ธ

Hmm…you may asked โ€œSo, what is GERDโ“โ‰๏ธโ€ย 

When we eat, the food will travel down a tube named the esophagus into the stomach. At the bottom of the esophagus, before the opening to the stomach, there lies a circular tube of muscle named the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When the LES becomes damaged / weakened, it fails to close & then will causing the acidic contents of the stomach to reflux into the esophagus ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Stomach acid has a pH level similarly to battery acid. When this acid contacts the esophagus & sometimes rises up into the mouth, then damage & pain ensues ๐Ÿ™„

Acid reflux causes a burning pain in the chest aka heartburn, 1๏ธโƒฃ of the hallmark symptoms.

The other symptoms of GERD include a sour-tasting fluid at the back of the throat (stomach acid has a sourish taste), difficulty swallowing / a sensation that something is stuck in the chest / throat, gas build-up & excessive belching. Some patients ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿค’ may even experience a chronic dry cough / breathlessness, which is triggered by the acid reflux. Should the acid rise up further into the mouth ๐Ÿ‘„ , bad breath can develop as the acid kills off good bacteria in the mouth. Tooth decay is another consequence of acid damaging teeth & gums

When acid reflux symptoms happen more than twice2๏ธโƒฃ a week & is accompanied by difficulty in breathing / swallowing, it could denote a more serious condition aka GERD ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

However, many GERD patients ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿค’ believe that their condition is caused by stress / from eating spicy / acidic food. However, research has shown that stress is not a cause, it is 1๏ธโƒฃ of the factors that can aggravate GERD ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Some of the other driving factors of GERD are,

  • Obesity ~ As weight accumulates in the belly area, it creates pressure on the diaphragm & LES to cause further weakening of the LES muscles. With Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ ranked as the fattest nation in Asia ๐Ÿ—บ, it is not surprising that GERD patients would be on an increasing ย ๐Ÿ“ˆ trend
  • Smoking ๐Ÿšฌ~ The nicotine in cigarettes cause a relaxing effect on the LES, hence allowing stomach acid to escape into the esophagus

During the conference, a panel of experts i.e. Dr. Raja Affendi Raja Ali ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ (Consultant Physician & Gastroenterologist from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Dr. Vagif Soultanov ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ(Gastroenterologist & Naturopathic Doctor from Melbourne) & Datin Swanee The ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ(Pharmacist & Natural Therapies Advocate) were discussed on the severity of the GERD epidemic to help the public to recognise the signs & symptoms of GERD as well as how to manage the condition successfully then ๐Ÿ˜€

โ€œAccording to clinical data, GERD also can lead to anxiety & depression. GERD affects the productivity & sleep which drains a personโ€™s sense of purpose.โ€ explained Dr. Vagif Soultanov ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ

1๏ธโƒฃ of the patients named Raymond๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿป(1st pax from left in the photo, wore grey shirt) shared his personal story during the conference. He has experienced heartburn years back but the symptoms would go away with a gulp of antacids. Last year, Raymond had suffered great discomfort especially after eating. He would feel the food coming back up & a sour taste in his mouth ๐Ÿ‘„ with gas & bloating too. Each day was a struggle for him as he would feel tired ๐Ÿ˜ด , not being able to sleep well โŒ๐Ÿ’คat night ๐ŸŒƒbecause of the reflux. Tests performed at the hospital & then finally showed that Raymond was experiencing a chronic form of heartburn ~ GERD ~ ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜ซ

GERD is not a simple condition to manage ๐Ÿ˜ฉโ˜น๏ธ

So, is there any solutionsโ“โ“

Conventionally, heartburn & GERD are treated with medications ๐Ÿ’Šthat control acid. Routinely, the use of acid-blocking drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) is initiated. Examples of PPI drugs ๐Ÿ’Šinclude deslansoprazole, pantoprazole, omeprazole & esomeprazole. PPIs are potent stomach acid suppressants. They are popular choices to help patients deal with symptoms as they work fast

However, the symptoms of GERD are sometimes impossible to control, even with the most powerful PPI drugs ๐Ÿ’Š Some studies have already demonstrated that up to 40% of patients ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿค’with heartburn reported either a partial / complete lack of response to PPIs. Acid blockers are not ย meant to be used for the long-term because of adverse effects, the result of compromised digestion & immune protection when acid production is suppressed over time ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Raymond discovered Bioeffective A online ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ปafter surfing the net 1๏ธโƒฃ night when he couldnโ€™t sleep โŒ๐Ÿ’ค Raymond went on a dose of 320mg 3๏ธโƒฃ times a day as advised by his pharmacist ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Over the weeks, his GERD symptoms gradually improved. He noted how he was able to tolerate his foods so much better without those familiar gas & reflux symptoms ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

โ€œWe know that Bioeffective A possess cellular healing properties. In this study, we wanted to see the extent of its effects amongst patients with pre-cancerous stomach conditions who were also experiencing GERD. The administration of Bioeffective A resulted in a 92% improvement in dyspeptic symptoms (GERD), including improvement in symptoms such as gastritis, gas and bowel disorders. Not only that, patients also regained normality of stomach function besides a reversal in pre-cancerous lesions,โ€ shared Dr. Vagif Soultanov

โ€œAt this golden age, all I can hope for is to be as healthy as possible. I have been taking Bioeffective A for almost ๐Ÿ”Ÿ years now for my defences & anti-aging needs. It is a very safe natural medicine & my doctors ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธwill affirm that my tummy, liver & kidneys are all in excellent condition. Iโ€™m glad ๐Ÿ˜to have found such a safe & reliable friend in healthโ€ย shared by the former Malaysia’s Prime Minister๐Ÿ‘ด๐ŸปTun Datoโ€™ Sri Haji Abdullah bin Haji Badawi who attended this conference

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปhas captured a video clip ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅto share from this medical conference,

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Updated 16Aug 2017, 7.46 am

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Updated 4 Dec 2017, 4pm

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