- Speaking of reflux, the New England Journal of Medicine just published a research project on people with “refractory” heart burn. The patients studied were people with severe reflux that weren’t adequately controlled using PPI’s. One group was given a second medicine: Baclofen, a muscle relaxer, the other group had laparoscopic surgery called fundoplication. The surgical group had a much better resolution of their symptoms.
Protein pump inhibitors which are so helpful in treating reflux, gastritis and ulcers have been shown to decrease absorption of magnesium. Low magnesium levels have a potential to worsen asthma and to contribute to cardiac arrhythmias.