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MedSlant is Made In The USA

MedSlant pillows and pillow covers are made in the USA (so far we have been unable to source our PEVA bag in the USA) When you purchase goods made in the US, you support the American economy. For every one manufacturing job that exists, there are 5 more that are created, such as accounting, truck…

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Do You Know What’s Sleeping In Your Bed? Sleeping in Your Pillow?

Dust Mites. And they have nothing to do with cleanliness. Dust mites are not insects – they are related to spiders and ticks – and they are so small that they are not visible to the naked eye. First reported in the late 1600’s by the inventor of the microscope, dust mites measure only 1/100th…

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Sleep Apnea and Surgery

or those of you suffering from mild Sleep Apnea and/or snoring, you may want to discuss the following procedure with your physician. It might provide a better night’s sleep for both you and your partner. There is a mildly invasive surgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring called the Pillar procedure. Developed and…

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GERD and Overweight Women

If we are overweight, we women are more likely to suffer from GERD or acid reflux disease than our slimmer friends. Always the luckier ones when it comes to weight control, men don’t seem to be affected the same. A recent study done by Drs. Corazziari and Piretta at Italy’s University di Roma La Sapienza,…

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Acid Reflux, Heartburn and GERD Resources

Could you benefit from a good night’s sleep? It’s estimated that 60 million men and women suffer from medical conditions that deprive them of a good night’s sleep. While your physician can provide medications to help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with GERD, Acid Reflux, Heartburn, Acid Indigestion, etc., you can complement and enhance…

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Do Acid Reflux Drugs Block Calcium Absorption?

A year or more worth of relief gained by taking Nexium, Prevacid, or Prilosec can dramatically raise the risk of a broken hip in people over 50. A British study of more than 145,000 patients found that those taking proton pump inhibitors for a year or more had a 44% higher risk of hip fractures…

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Do GERD Meds Increase Cardiovascular Risk?

A study done in Britain reported results showing that taking proton pump inhibitors (Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid etc) for a year or more dramatically increased the risk of hip fractures in people older than 50. The reason given was that while researches believe that the drugs do reduce acid in the stomach, they also make it…

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Larynopharyngeal Relux (LRRD) Helped by Lifestyle Changes

Several months ago a gentleman called from London to tell me he was an opera singer who had lost his voice because of reflux. He asked if sleeping on a MedSlant pillow would give him his career back. I replied that I thought sleeping on the MedSlant would help his reflux, I didn’t know about…

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If You Have Gerd, Going Against The Grain May Be A Good Idea.

Many of us blame wheat for common gastrointestinal problems such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea, and eliminate white foods trying to tame our heartburn. But, the more likely culprit is often gluten. According to Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author of the American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion, it may be gluten that is irritating…

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Heartburn and Halitosis

If you are taking PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) to suppress acid, and your breath is less than “kissing sweet”, there may be a doable solution. A small but significant study conducted in Brazil looked at GERD patients and found that 39% had halitosis. The use of a PPI was a factor in at least 75%…

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Best Sleeping Position for Acid Reflux Relief

Many of you ask what are the best sleeping positions to relieve GERD symptoms. If you are sleeping on a MedSlant, you are taking the first step – all experts recommend sleeping elevated 6-8″ at the top on a wedge that supports you through the torso. Simply piling pillows under you head and elevating only…

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Silent Reflux And It’s Treatment

Silent reflux affects 50 million Americans. Often referred to as LPR or laryngopharyngeal reflux, it is different from GERD. We have two sphincter muscles, rings at either end of the esophagus. Normally, these sphincters keep acid where it belongs and where it is needed for digestion – in the stomach. But, when these sphincters don’t…

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Frequent Heartburn? Avoid Known Trigger Foods

Karen received a box of grapefruit, oranges, and chocolate covered peppermints as a gift. A delightful winter treat and a good way, she thought, to work toward the recommended “five a day” of fruits and vegetables. She immediately ate an orange. Before dinner she had half a grapefruit, and absently ate a couple of pieces…

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Heartburn

Heartburn is a burning discomfort that is felt just behind the breastbone – the feeling that someone has started a fire in your chest. It is acid indigestion intensified. And, although it can mimic the actual chest pain of angina or a heart attack, heartburn has absolutely nothing to do with the heart – it…

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