Gastroenterologists Warn That Thanksgiving Can Make You Sick

If you’re a regular reader of Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, you already know about this, but just in case you’ve allowed your subscription to lapse, here’s a word of warning: you may get heartburn from your Thanksgiving dinner. You can thank us later.

According to the fine folks at G&E News (or GastroEndoNews, as they prefer to be called):

Health officials estimate that an average Thanksgiving meal can add up to a whopping 3,500 calories. With the prospect of larger-than-average meals on the calendar, it seems appropriate to think about gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) throughout the holidays.

During the 12th Annual GERD Awareness Week, which takes place Nov. 21-27, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) works to focus attention on GERD diagnosis and treatment.

If you’re in any doubt about why you feel a little funny after consuming that 3,500-calorie meal, the IFFGD has tips on its site, and a hotline you can call (888-964-2001) to help you figure out whether it really was your aunt’s turkey recipe that did you in.

Just in Time for Thanksgiving, It’s GERD Awareness Week! []