As a kid with CF, I was lucky in that I had heartburn rarely enough that regular use of antacids or PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) was not offered to me by my parents or doctors, so I never developed a dependence on them. But it seems such things are often suggested to CF patients as part of a standard CF routine. Due to a number of factors common in the CF lifestyle (poor diet, frequent antibiotic usage, stress, coughing, etc.) acid reflux, heartburn, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are commonplace in the CF population. Yet mainstream medicine understands the problem entirely wrong, and so their standard treatment protocol ends up exacerbating the issue and causing more problems than you started with. I want to briefly discuss why antacids and PPIs are inappropriate for CF (and humans in general) and some alternatives to these pharmaceutical treatments for reflux.
There is an incredible amount of misinformation and misunderstanding in both the general public and the mainstream medical establishment regarding the role that red meat, fat, and cholesterol play in the development of cardiovascular disease. Medical dogma has been espousing the evils of red meat, fat, and dietary cholesterol for decades, but the latest scientific research is showing that the truth is not as simple as it was previously made out to be. There is very scanty evidence to support the claims that red meat, fat, and cholesterol cause cardiovascular disease, and even evidence drawing correlations is fairly weak. Here, I take a look at the most modern and up-to-date research regarding the role that diet plays in the development of cardiovascular disease, and discuss what the latest science says about the real contributing factors to heart disease. I will conclude with information on dietary recommendations for reducing one’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Mica is a clinical herbalist specializing in cystic fibrosis, severe respiratory diseases, nutrition and digestion, diabetes and blood sugar disregulation, and immune disregulation. Through their own personal experiences with chronic illness, they are passionate about empowering people to take charge of their own health with natural, holistic, and integrative approaches. Please ask questions or share what's worked for you!
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