Borland Groover joins Look Local to talk about a new technique to treat acid reflux.
Karen: HELLO AND WELCOME TO
"LOOK LOCAL."
I'M KAREN ADAMS.
THIS IS WHERE WE FEATURE THREE
LOCAL BUSINESSES A WEEK AS WELL
AS TELL YOU ABOUT SPECIAL EVENTS
THAT ARE GOING ON AROUND TOWN.
WE DO THAT BY REMINDING YOU, IF
YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO
DO OR FOR SOMEONE TO HELP, IT IS
ALWAYS BETTER TO LOOK LOCAL.
THIS WEEK, WE ARE FEATURING THE
BLUE BIRD CLINIC.
YOU'LL HEAR HOW ACID REFLUX
AFFECTS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.
THIS IS ONLY ONE OF THREE
CLINICS IN THE COUNTRY THAT
PERFORM THE NEW TECHNIQUE.
FIRST COAST NO MORE HOMELESS
PETS IS GEARING UP FOR A MEGA
ADOPTION EVENT.
MORE THAN 1,000 DOGS AND CATS
WILL BE UP FOR ADOPTION AND GET
THIS, THEY WILL ALL BE UNDER ONE
ROOF.
PLUS ALLIANCE AND ASSOCIATES
WESTBOUND HERE TO DISCUSS
CRITICAL CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE
AND HOW IT RELATES TO AT
FORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT.
WE BEGIN TALKING ABOUT ACID
REFLUX AND GUR.
NEARLY 60 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE
IT AND IF LEFT UNTREATED, IT CAN
BECOME A VERY DANGEROUS
SITUATION.
WELCOME, DOCTOR, TO THE SHOW.
THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.
Karen: TALK ABOUT THIS BECAUSE
IT REALLY DOES AFFECT SO MUCH
PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE
HOLIDAYS WHEN WE'RE EATING AND
OVERHEATING.
THIS IS THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
NO MATTER WHAT YOUR TRADITIONS
ARE, IT'S A TIME WHEN WE
EXPERIENCE HEARTBURN, ACID
REFLUX AND DIFFICULTY
SWALLOWING.
WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT ACID
REFLUX FOR SEVERAL REASONS.
SYMPTOMS ARE UNPLEASANT.
SECOND, SOME FORMS CAN LEAD TO
PRECANCER CHANGES.
WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN A FEW
MINUTES.
AND THIRD, THERE ARE NEW FORMS
OF DISEASES OF THE ESOPHAGUS
THAT HAVE JUST BEEN COMING UP IN
THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS AND
WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT TODAY.
Karen: LET'S TALK ABOUT THE
NEW PROCEDURE BECAUSE THIS IS A
SPECIAL TECHNIQUE THAT IS DONE.
IT'S MUSE AND EXPLAIN WHAT WE'RE
ABOUT TO SEE.
THIS IS ACTUALLY THE SURGERY TO
FIX THE PROBLEM.
NEW IS THE TECHNIQUE THAT'S
NON INVASIVE OR MINIMALLY
INVASIVE.
THE PATIENT IS ASLEEP FOR ABOUT
30 MINUTES.
THE CAMERA GOES DOWN IN THE
MOUTH AND DOWN TO THE ESOPHAGUS.
WHEN WE REACH THE POINT WHERE
THE ESOPHAGUS REACHES THE
STOMACH, THE PHYSICIAN WILL PUT
STAPLES ON TO THE STOMACH TO
CREATE AN ARTIFICIAL VALVE
DEEPING ACID FROM COMING UP FROM
THE STOMACH INTO THE ESOPHAGUS.
THIS VALVE IS PERMANENT SO
REFLUX REALLY GOES AWAY.
PATIENTS HAVE BEEN ON MEDICATION
FOR YEARS.
USUALLY YOU WON'T NEED MEDICINE
ANYMORE OR IT'S DRAMATICALLY
REDUCED.
Karen: YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT
WHEN YOU SPEAK ABOUT THE
MEDICATION —
MEDICINES LIKE PREA VACID.
Karen: IT'S OVER THE COUNTER.
SOME ARE OVER THE COUNTER BUT
FOR THOSE WHO ARE QUITE SICK
WITH NEAR DAILY HEARTBURN WILL
REQUIRE PRESCRIPTION STRENGTH
MEDICATION.
WITH A 30 MINUTE PROCEDURE, THIS
IS QUITE SAFE, MINIMALLY
INVASIVE.
Karen: LET'S SPEAK ABOUT SOME
OF THE NEW TYPES OF DISEASES
THAT YOU GUYS HAVE JUST BECOME
AWARE OF.
THIS CAUSES PEOPLE TO HAVE
DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING AND THIS
IS FAIRLY NEW PROCEDURE.
MANY PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE OF THIS.
YES.
FOR DECADES, WE'VE BEEN SEEING
PATIENTS WITH DIFFICULTY
SWALLOWING, FOOD GETTING STUCK
AND BLAMING IT ON ACID, BLAMING
IT ON ACID REFLUX.
TURNS OUT THAT MANY OF THE
PATIENTS AND THE THOUSANDS IN
JACKSON ARE UNDIAGNOSED.
IT'S A LONG WORD BUT ESSENTIALLY
IT'S INFLAMMATION IN THE
ESOPHAGUS SIMILAR TO ASTHMA THAT
CAUSES TROUBLE IN THE LUNGS BUT
THIS IS LIKE AN ASTHMA OF THE
ESOPHAGU
ESOPHAGUS.
IT'S INFLAMED AND GOES INTO
SPASM.
IT IS TREATED EFFECTIVELY WITH
ACID REFLUX MEDICATION SO
PATIENTS SUFFER, THINKING THAT
THE REFLUX WILL MAKE THEM BETTER
AND THEY ONLY HAVE PARTIAL
IMPROVEMENT.
DIAGNOSIS IS MADE AND IT
REVOLUTIONIZES A PERSON'S LIFE.
Karen: AND THE UPPER
ENDOSCOPY, YOU CAN SEE THE
ESOPHAGUS AND THE ESOPHAGUS IS
VERY CLOSE.
RIGHT.
THIS IS A THREE TO FIVE MINUTE
PROCEDURE.
THE PATIENT IS ASLEEP.
INSTANTLY THE GASTROENTEROLOGIST
CAN SEE THAT THEY HAVE NOT ACID
REFLUX AND IT CHANGES A PERSON'S
LIFE.
Karen: DOES IT PRESENT
DIFFERENTLY MAN MAYBE HEARTBURN?
MANY DO ARE HEARTBURN.
WE SEE THIS IN THE HOLIDAY
SEASON WHEN PATIENTS AT
THANKSGIVING DINNER OR HANUKKAH
DINNER OR CHRISTMAS DINNER GET
FOOD STUCK AND END UP IN THE
EMERGENCY ROOM WHERE WE HAVE TO
TAKE OUT A PIECE OF FOOD AS AN
EMERGENCY.
AND THAT IS OFTEN WHEN WE MAKE
THE DIAGNOSIS.
Karen: THAT'S SCARY BUT I
THINK IT'S GOOD THAT YOU GUYS
ARE ABLE TO DIAGNOSE IT NOW.
ANY TYPE OF FOOD THAT IN GENERAL
AROUND THE HOLIDAYS THAT WE NEED
TO BE AWARE OF?
I KNOW THERE'S CERTAIN THINGS
LIKE PEPPERMINT AND CAFFEINE,
SMOKING NICOTENE CAN CAUSE
PROBLEMS AS WELL.
THE LOWER ESOPHAGEAL VALVE,
THEY MAKE THE FOOD COME UP.
THAT'S TO MEA MATO PRODUCTS, ONIONS,
GARLIC AND MOST OF ALL RED WINE.
THOSE ARE FOODS TO AVOID AT
NIGHT, USE ONLY IN MODERATION.
Karen: WHAT CAUSES THE PROBLEM
WITH THIS, IF LEFT UNDIAGNOSED
IS THE CONSTANT OF THE STOMACH
ACIDS WHICH ARE BURNING
CONSTANTLY GOING UP AND DOWN THE
ESOPHAGUS AND CAUSING THE REFLUX
OR THE REGURGITATION THAT OVER
TIME CAN CAUSE THEIR ESOPHAGUS
TO BECOME CANCEROUS.
YES.
THE MOST RAPIDLY INCREASING
CANCER IN AMERICA IS CANCER OF
THE LOWER ESOPHAGUS AND IT
BEGINS WITH ACID REFLUX.
THEY'VE DEVELOPED AN ABNORMAL
HEALING.
PATIENTS WHO HAVE ACID REFLUX ON
A REGULAR BASIS SHOULD UNDERGO
ENDOSCOPY AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR
LIFE.
THAT'S WHAT WE DO.
Karen: WE'RE OUT OF TIME AND
WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING IN SO
MUCH.
VERY VALUABLE INFORMATION.
THANK YOU.
VERY INSPIRING.
Karen: YOU'RE GOING TO COME
BACK, RIGHT?
I WOULD LOVE TO, SURE.
Karen: YOU'RE IF THE MARKET
FOR A FOUR LEGGED FRIEND, YOU'LL
WANT TO BE AT THE MEGA ADOPTION
AT THE FAIRGROUNDS.
MORE THAN 1,000 DOGS AND CATS UP
FOR GRABS.
WE'LL FIND OUT MORE NEXT.
PLUS THIS SATURDAY, JACKSONVILLE
GIANTS TAKE ON THE MIAMI
MIDNIGHT AT VETERANS MEMORIAL
ARENA.
TIPOFF IS AT 7:30.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, HEAD TO
THE JACKSONVILLE GIANTS.COM.

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