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Can quitting smoking cause stomach problems?

No one can prove that quitting smoking doesn't cause frequent bowel movements in a particular individual, but it's not a symptom generally associated with quitting smoking. The usual symptoms are: ...
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Sleeping on stomach - why are people naturally drawn to it if it's bad?

Sleeping in a prone position is not bad. However there are some complications of it that can be negative. A simple example is drooling. A more important problem with sleeping in a prone position is ...
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Probiotic: capsule or powder?

I cannot answer your question directly, but explaining some general considerations might help to clarify what would be a sound choosing approach. When you say: In my opinion it is better to use ...
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Is stomach acid an emulsion?

Well, you eat a number of things - protein, carbohydrates, fats, water, alcohol (at times), etc. Digestion begins in the mouth.The stomach muscles contract periodically, churning food to enhance ...
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Can GERD be caused by too little stomach acid?

Increased levels of stomach acid aren't actually listed as causes for GERD anywhere I could find. It is listed as a cause for ulcers, but not GERD: Increased levels of gastrin can cause increased ...
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Long term use of stomach acid reducers: Omeprazole or Ranitidine?

Before we discuss safety, I wouldn't agree that these two work 'equally well'. While ranitidine (a histamine 2-receptor antagonist - H2A) is a medicine with good efficacy, studies have shown that ...
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Why not induce vomiting after accidental pills intake?

TL;DR: The only time you should induce vomiting is if the patient is showing no signs or symptoms and you are directed to by poison control or EMS dispatch. If you have a pill overdose situation and ...
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How would I know whether I am lactose-intolerant? Are there any tests?

This page from the NIH has a lot of relevant information about lactose intolerance. There are several standard diagnostic tests for lactose intolerance, but your physician might ask you to try ...
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Are stomach noises (without additional symptoms) a cause for worry?

Stomach rumbles, or to give them their proper name of boborygmus, are the movement of gas and fluid in the intestines. This is a normal thing. Most of the time they are not loud enough to be audible, ...
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Morning nausea after Chemo

Yes, you should be looking into getting help. Nausea during chemotherapy is very common, and should be treated. But nausea in the morning 9 years after chemotherapy? That is not at all normal. There ...
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Acidity of gut contents

Not sure if I answered this right: leaflady.org The system begins in the mouth, where the pH of saliva is 5.7 – 7.0. In the esophagus the pH is 7.0. The stomach pH is 1.5 – 3.0. In the ...
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How much food is necessary to buffer the stomach when taking medicine?

As you mentioned in the side note, it really depends on the type of pill. Because there are chemical interactions between the food and the pill e.g. tetracycline and milk (tetracycline and calcium ...
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Long term use of stomach acid reducers: Omeprazole or Ranitidine?

Recent research results point to serious adverse health risks with the long term use of PPIs. These medicines increase the risk of heart disease, increase the risk of dementia and chronic kidney ...
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how long can H.Pylori last if not cured?

Yes, of course. Helycobacter Pylorii is a gram- bacteria which live is acid envronment, like stomach or duodenum. Common thoughts are that since stomach is acid, HP should die during time. This is ...
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Do proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) shut down all the proton pumps in all cells across our body?

First of all, if you found papers that suggest certain unexplored side effects, it means the research is underway and it can very well be that in the next years we get new information about how drugs ...
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Do proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) shut down all the proton pumps in all cells across our body?

"Proton pump" is a broad category of proteins rather than a specific pump. The drugs called "proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)" to reduce stomach acid target a specific proton pump, ...
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Is stomach acid from healthy food different from unhealthy food?

Stomach acid does not react with foods in the way that it would form harmful chemical complexes. The acid affects pepsinogen - it helps to convert it in its active form pepsin, which is the enzyme ...
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Probiotic: capsule or powder?

If they both contain the exact same substance, then powder form may be easier to measure more precisely. However, I cannot find any studies indicating any significant difference between capsule and ...
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Why my hands are thin and stomach has a lot of fat

People tend to gain weight around the abdomen and hips because we generally have many more millions out fat cells in those areas and very few in the hands. It is possible to gain weight in your hands, ...
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How does the stomach handle liquid vs solid food?

More stuff = More time The stomach has sensory capabilities that help determine the nutritional content of what it receives. This allows it to "taste" and decide what it needs to add to the "stirring ...
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Can a stomach endoscope miss a peptic ulcer

An EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) with biopsy has a sensitivity of 95% for diagnosing Peptic Ulcers. That means less than 5% are missed. Remember, this is on average. That doesn't sound amazing, ...
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Red colors food and impact on stool colors

According to the Mayo Clinic, the following can turn your stool red: Red food coloring, beets, cranberries, tomato juice or soup, red gelatin or drink mixes. A quick google search for "...
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Where would the food go if the the stomach and spleen are both taken away?

The food normally goes from the gullet (esophagus) through the stomach (gaster) into the bowel (intestine). After the stomach removal (gastrectomy), the surgeon connects the gullet and the bowel, so ...
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Preventing NSAID-associated GI bleeding

There is convincing evidence that measures, like crushing the tablets before use, taking them with food or water, lower doses and temporary discontinuation of use, are associated with the lower risk ...
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Do the antimicrobial properties of honey counteract the probiotic properties of yogurt?

Do the antimicrobial properties of honey counteract the probiotic properties of yogurt? It appears not to. Studies using 5% (w/w) clover honey had no effect on Steptococcus thermophilus, ...
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Can Helicobacter pylori be transmitted through saliva?

The mode of transmission of helicobacter is unknown but studies show that people with helicobacter infections may have it also in their saliva. So, in this study, 75% had helicobacter identified by ...
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What are effective lifestyle modifications for gastritis?

To treat gastritis naturally there are some lifestyle changes you can do. 1. For starters, stop smoking and limit drinking. 2. Avoid trigger foods and eat smaller meals more frequently to avoid ...
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Neutralize bile in stomach

You can neutralize bile by bile acid sequestrants, such as cholestyramine or colestipol. However, these and other medications, such as H2 blockers and metoclopramide, may not be very effective (Drugs....
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Stomach cancer - as bad as it looks?

You said you went to google and found nothing. I find that puzzling because I went to google, typed in "stomach cancer" and found a wealth of info. Here's a sampling: https://www.cancer.gov/types/...
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can I take pills before food?

They are referring to taking them with a meal (so in a real world sense you'd take them right after you sit down to eat). I'd suggest taking them as prescribed. Not taking your medicine with food ...
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