The treatment goals of GERD, are elimination of symptoms, healing of esophagitis, managing or preventing complications, and maintaining remission. The vast majority of patients can be treated successfully with the noninvasive methods of lifestyle modification and medication. Although lifestyle modification remains a cornerstone of initial therapy in GERD, it may not be sufficient to control symptoms, especially in those with complications However, weight loss, exercise, elevation of the head during bedtime, not eating within three hours of bedtime, no tobacco smoking, decreasing dietary fat and volume of meals and avoiding dietary irritants such as alcohol, peppermint, onion, citrus juice, coffee, and tomatoes are important measures to reduce symptoms. [Read more…]
No big surprise that parents play a big role in their children’s diets. But that doesn’t necessarily mean what you might think The natural tendency for a parent of an overweight or obese child is to put the child on a diet or getting them up at 5am to run a few miles. A recent study at UC San Diego found that the most inspiring and motivational way to help kids drop weight is to start losing weight yourself—“more than making changes to the home food environment or enrolling kids in physical activities,” researchers said.
This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Whether they admit it or not, our kids look to us for how to behave, what to do, what not to do. A great example of this happened a few years ago when Joe Girardi, manager of the NY Yankees got braces. He didn’t need them—and for a guy who spends a lot of time on television, they certainly didn’t do much of his looks. So why did he get them? Because his then 5-year old daughter was getting braces and she was scared. So he promised that if she got them, he would too. As a dad (or mom), you just gotta love that story.