Many people take medications for symptoms of acid reflux but Dr. Jamie Koufman, of the Voice Institute of New York, says the therapies do not deal with the tissue-damaging digestive enzyme pepsin, which is activated by acidic foods. Koufman and other experts say complications from reflux of digestive fluids are linked to a number of health problems. Dr. Eric Esrailian at the University of California, Los Angeles, said some patients end up with a diagnosis of asthma when the true culprit is reflux. Koufman argues that lifestyle habits such as skipping sodas and avoiding late-night eating would help many Americans.

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