9 surprising foods that fight pain

9 surprising foods that fight pain

9 surprising foods that fight pain, What do a cup of coffee, a bowl of beans, and a couple of ibuprofen have in common? Surprising answer: They all reduce pain. “Popping a pill may be easier, but it does nothing to cure the underlying cause of your pain like eating the right foods can do,” says Beth Reardon director of integrative nutrition at Duke Integrative Medicine. And the number of foods proven to offer relief is growing. Here are six common aches and pains and the foods that help fight them.

Achy joints

Food Rx: Cherries, turmeric
Here’s sweet news: Preliminary research suggests that eating about 20 tart cherries may be as effective as taking ibuprofen for reducing pain. In a more recent study, eating about 45 cherries a day reduced C-reactive protein, a major marker of inflammation associated with arthritis, by 25 percent. Likewise, the spice turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that in one study eased pain as well as ibuprofen did in people with knee osteoarthritis.

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Medigus launches device to treat acid reflux without surgery

Medigus launches device to treat acid reflux without surgery, Israeli medical device maker Medigus expects revenue of a few million dollars in 2014 as it begins to sell its flexible endoscope for the treatment of acid reflux.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by abnormal regurgitation of fluids from the stomach into the esophagus. Patients who do not respond to treatment with drugs often undergo laparoscopic surgery.

Medigus’ system enables treatment in an outpatient setting with no incisions. Its endoscope – a surgical tool inserted through the mouth – staples the stomach to the wall of the esophagus to close a gap that allows acid to rise up.

A tiny video camera on the tip enables physicians to see what they are doing. Ultrasound guides alignment once the tip reaches tissue blocking the view.

“We are at the early stage of commercialization. In the medical device world you need to get … innovators to try the product,” Chris Rowland, an American who took over as chief executive of Medigus in October, told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Getting rid of chronic acid reflux permanently

Getting rid of chronic acid reflux, NEW ORLEANS — Heartburn is much more than temporary discomfort. Chronic acid reflux can drive asthma, a chronic cough, breathing problems and even cancer.
Now a new quick procedure to get rid of it permanently has come to this area.
Melanie Verdin hasn’t had a good night’s sleep in years.

“The worst part is when I go to bed at night, no matter what time I ate last, as soon as I lay down, it’s coming up on me,” said Verdin.
Always feeling full and miserable, she got short-term relief from Tums and sleeping more upright.

Then LSU Health Sciences Center gastroenterologist Dr. Gary Reiss diagnosed gastroesophageal reflux disease, called GERD.
(It’s caused by) contents that are supposed to stay in the stomach, not reflux or travel up into the esophagus. Your risk of esophageal cancer is about 20 fold compared to the average population if you have uncontrolled reflux. It’s a serious condition, Dr. Reiss said.

In the past, GERD patients could have invasive surgery to fix that leaky valve between the stomach and the esophagus, or cope by taking acid suppression medications or by losing weight and cutting down on spicy foods and alcohol.

“Unfortunately in Southern Louisiana, it’s not that that easy to tell people to avoid Tobacco and no red gravies, no boiled crab, no gumbo, you know you can’t just, it’s easy to say these things. It’s hard to do,” said Dr. Reiss.

But now a quick procedure, FDA approved just more than 10 years ago, is being done for the first time in this area, at West Jefferson Medical Center. It’s called “Stretta.”