Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Anesthetic Requirements During Cancer Surgery Can Be Reduced Through Hypnosis

By Rita Goldman

In 2004, a doctor named Christina Liossi made an experiment. She studied 80 children, aged 6 and 16. Some groups were treated by hypnosis and anesthetic while the other group with anesthetic alone. 40 of them who were treated by hypnosis were hypnotizes and taught to self hypnotize themselves by psychologists. They were all asked to rate the pain they felt before and after treatment.

According to Dr Gruzelier, a doctor from Imperial College in London, when people are hypnotized some changes occur. The patients who undergone hypnosis was observed to have fewer symptoms associated as side effects of cancer treatment.

Dr David Spiegel believe that by directing the attention of the patient elsewhere, the patient who undergo hypnosis got less post operative emotional distress and nausea.

"The key concept is that this psychological procedure actually changes pain experience as much as many analgesic medications and far more than placebos."

More research needs to be carried out before this is likely to be introduced into mainstream cancer treatments. Dr Christina Liossi thinks that hypnosis can prolong the life expectancy of cancer sufferers. However more clinical trials will be necessary to support this. Over the past thirty years, there have been a small number of observational studies and quasi experimental studies which have suggested that psychological factors may influence the outcome of the disease. However there have been no clinical trials that support the idea that any psychosocial interventions have prolonged the time of survival or affected the time of survival.

Less anesthetics, means less money you will spend for drugs. So if you will undergoing surgery, you can ask your doctor about this.

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