What Are The Best Snacks Before Bedtime?

In the Well section of this week’s New York Times, a reader asks the following: What’s the best food to eat just before bedtime if you get hungry? The questioner acknowledges beforehand that it’s not good to eat close to bedtime. The columnist answers by recommending specific food choices over others.   Not eating anything […]

3 Facts You Should Know To End Sinusitis For Good

Maxine was fed up. Month after month, she suffered excruciating sinus pain and pressure. She initially went to her primary care doctor, who prescribed multiple course of antibiotics, but this stopped working after a while. She was then referred to an ENT surgeon, who prescribed a cocktail of stronger antibiotics, allergy medications and decongestants, only […]

The Link Between Asthma, Reflux, and Mood Disorders

About one in 12 people in the US (about 25 million, or 8% of the population) had asthma in 2009. More than 1/2 of all adults and children with asthma had an attack in 2008. 185 children and 3,262 adults died from an asthma attack in 2007. These numbers are likely to be higher in […]

Why Your Heartburn Medications Don’t Work

Here’s an article from the Wall Street Journal that explains why many people who have heartburn don’t respond to acid reflux medications. In addition to what’s explained in the article (non-erosive reflux disease, or NERD), another explanation is that acid reflux medications don’t do anything to treat reflux. What they are designed to do is […]

The Single Most Important Advice I Give To Patients

The New York Times confirmed what I’ve been telling patients for years—that eating within 3-4 hours of bedtime can promote acid reflux. What the journalist didn’t mention was the fact that acid reflux and obstructive sleep apnea go hand in hand. Here’s what I wrote in reply to his article: Having heartburn at night also means […]