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If you’re reading this, it’s a safe bet that you are either a musician, a family member, or simply a music lover. TUNE IN & TUNE UP is a concept that originated 5 years ago when a few of us got together after realizing that the majority of musicians and industry professionals did not have health insurance and did not understand the signs of disease or how to take care of themselves. Many were getting sick and even dying as a result.

This sad state of affairs was not acceptable. So, we decided to do everything we could to change this situation. Our goal is to help PREVENT health issues before they have a chance to occur through education and treating illness the right way at the right time.

To date, we have produced two major fundraising concert events, have raised money for several musicians who could not afford appropriate health care, and have attempted to increase health awareness in several ways. We are hoping that our new TUNE IN & TUNE UP website becomes a valuable health resource for our local members of the music community.

If you have a health-related question, we encourage you to write in to our “Ask the Doc” feature.

In this column, we encourage you to ask any question regarding your health, whether it is a medical question, an issue regarding insurance, or any general questions regarding health and wellness. We will attempt to cover a broad spectrum of medical issues such as specific medical disease, orthopedic problems, and general medical questions, in addition to those that are quite specific to being a musician.

We have a team of board certified physicians with different areas of expertise standing by to give you sound medical advice. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity and hope we hear from you soon!

At your service …

Al Puerini, M.D.

Meet the “Doc”

Al Puerini, M.D.

Head Team Physician
Providence College Athletics

President
R.I. Primary Care Physicians Corp.

Dr. Al Puerini is a native Rhode Islander who has been in private practice since 1983. He graduated from Providence College, and received training in his specialty at the Brown University Program in Family Medicine at the Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, RI.

Question: Let’s say for the sake of argument that one has overplayed their vacation a tad and returns home with a bad case of indigestion. All facets are still running normally but it just seems like a helpful purge might hasten to end the post vacation digestion blues. First, are there any natural remedies you might recommend and if not, then what is the most effective over the counter remedy?

Answer: You are experiencing a very common problem in our society. Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is the result of too much acid in your stomach, which then can reflux into your esophagus causing the  “GERD” (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) symptoms you are experiencing. Common causes include dietary factors, smoking and stress. One should start by consuming fewer fatty and spicy foods and less caffeine, alcohol, and chocolate. Sleeping for at least 7 hours every night may also help to ease mild indigestion. Exercising regularly and quitting smoking are also important lifestyle changes in treating indigestion. Over the counter medications include antacids which neutralize acid that is already present in your stomach, and acid blockers which prevent the acid from coming out in the first place. Examples of antacids are Tums, Maalox, Mylanta.  Examples of over the counter acid blockers are Zantac, Prilosec and Nexium. If the symptoms persist more than a week after trying these remedies you should contact your primary care physician for a stronger prescription medication and a search for other causes.

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