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I get a lot of cancer coaching questions from newly diagnosed Barrett’s Esophagus (BE) patients. BE is a step up in seriousness from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease, (GERD) aka heart burn but a step below esophageal cancer (EC). Though BE can lead to EC, it is NOT cancer. Some call it EC stage 0.
The challenge with GERD, BE and heart burn is that there is no quick-fix therapy to eliminate this condition. As the article below states, “acid reflux is an epidemic affecting as many as 40% of Americans.”
Further, esophageal cancer had increased dramatically since the ’70’s. Yet while anti-reflux over-the-counter medications know as “proton-pump inhibitors” (PPI) may offer temporary relief of symptoms, long-term use may lead to a host of negative side effects and may even lead to esophageal cancer.
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“ACID REFLUX is an epidemic affecting as many as 40 percent of Americans. In addition to heartburn and indigestion, reflux symptoms may include postnasal drip, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, chronic throat clearing, coughing and asthma. Taken together, sales of prescribed and over-the-counter anti-reflux medications exceed $13 billion per year…
The number of people with acid reflux has grown significantly in recent decades. Reflux can lead to esophageal cancer, which has increased by about 500 percent since the 1970s. And anti-reflux medication alone does not appear to control reflux disease. A Danish study published this year concluded that there were no cancer-protective effects from using the common anti-reflux medications, called proton pump inhibitors, and that regular long-term use was actually associated with an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer…
To stop the remarkable increase in reflux disease, we have to stop eating by 8 p.m., or whatever time falls at least three hours before bed. For many people, eating dinner early represents a significant lifestyle shift. It will require eating well-planned breakfasts, lunches and snacks, with healthy food and beverage choices.”