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Dr Jan DeMasters: 
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Jan DeMasters, PhD, RN
17295 Chesterfield Airport Rd
Plaza Executive Suite 200
Chesterfield, Missouri 63005
(636) 733-7557
Periodically Dr. DeMasters will look at other health and life issues and display that information on this link. Check it often, as the focus will change on a regular basis.

For Autumn – the focus is on GERD (Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease) a condition that afflicts both men and women. It is particularly difficult for pregnant women.

GERD occurs when the muscle that guards regurgitation from the stomach back up to the lower esophagus (the Lower Esophageal Sphincter or LES) no longer works properly. It allows stomach acid to track back up into the esophagus causing heartburn and potentially serious inflammation and damage to the tissues of that area. GERD more frequently occurs:
  • when over-eating distends the stomach, weakening the lower esophageal sphincter and increasing the amount of stomach acid.
  • during pregnancy (there are strategies for GERD that won’t hurt your baby.
  • when certain dietary triggers: such as high-fat, greasy food; spicy food (hot wings and chili), and acidic foods (tomatoes and citrus fruits, including juices, chocolate, garlic, alcohol, soft drinks, onions, peppermint and spearmint.)
  • when food is consumed shortly before bedtime (do not lay down for two hours after eating if you have GERD)
  • when H. pylori (a bacteria that can occur in the stomacy) is present – common to citizens of the United States and other Western cultures. This bacterium is believed to play a role in causing ulcers also.
  • in individuals who are overweight. They may experience GERD more frequently than those at close to normal bodyweight.
  • with certain medications that may aggravate GERD – aspirin, pain relievers, nitrates, calcium-channel blockers, potassium and some antibiotics. This is especially true if the pills get stuck in the esophagus – always take medications standing up and drink plenty of water to wash them down.
  • at midlife - age is an issue – most GERD patients are age 40+.
Click here for contact information for Dr. DeMasters to get professional help with sensible, successful and individualized therapies for:
  • Weight loss
  • Healthy pregnancy
  • Stress reduction
  • Sleep problems
  • General nutrition
  • Special diets – low carbohydrate, low fat, diabetic, etc.