Chronic Heartburn A Danger Sign For Cancer

If you've been suffering from chronic heartburn -- better known as gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD) -- for any length of time, I urge you not to waste any more time ignoring your condition, considering a new study has revealed a dangerous link to esophagus cancer.

About a fifth of Americans suffer from GERD (about 60 million). Twenty percent of you experience heartburn every week, making you prime candidates at risk of this particular cancer, researchers said. The group at the highest risk of contracting esophagus cancer: Senior white males (ages 65-74) with a long untreated case of GERD.

The rate of esophageal adenocarcinomas has risen exponentially -- 600 percent -- over the past 30 years in this country, even as the incidence of gastric cancers has declined in the Western world during the past half-century.

The best treatment for GERD, scientists say, has nothing at all with taking a drug or having surgery and everything to do with losing those extra pounds, meaning taming the obesity beast.

The best means for getting your weight under control is to retool your diet based on your body's unique nutritional type and reducing, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugar. Using those tools, and taking daily doses of vitamin D and garlic, make GERD one of the easier conditions I treat daily in my practice.

CA A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Vol. 55, No. 6, November-December 2005: 334-351 Free Full Text Article

Yahoo News November 10, 2005

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