Budget redecorating featured on show

Sheryl Borden

Information on budget re-decorating, communication techniques, and making vintage jewelry will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday.

Lacy Jones will talk about several ways to redecorate any room in the house without spending a lot of money. She starts by telling clients to “de-clutter and re-arrange.” She’s a visual coordinator for Havertys Furniture in Lubbock, Texas.

Patty Waid is an event planner, and she stresses that if you want to get your message out, you need to communicate in a unique way. She’ll talk about how to design the message and how to send it to get the most exposure. Her business is Waid and Associates in Albuquerque.

Margot Potter will show how to make a charming necklace from scrapbook and vintage papers accented with antique buttons. She’ll show all the steps involved, including the finishing touches of adding grommets, a chain, a clasp and button accents. Her business is The Impatient Crafter in Honey Brook, Pa.

Information on sewing tips, digestive complications and re-affirmations will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Nancy Lovett of Ann Silva’s Bernina Sewing Center in Albuquerque will share some professional tips for successful garment sewing, including measuring, fabric selection and pattern alterations.

Pat Baird, author and registered dietitian, says people who suffer from digestive complications like heartburn or indigestion do not have to go through life eating bland, boring foods — and she’ll talk about motility disorders. Baird represents Tropicana Low Acid Orange Juice and lives in Greenwich, Conn.

Jane Bluestein of Instructional Support Services in Albuquerque will talk about her newest book, “Daily Riches: A Journal of Gratitude and Awareness.” This life-affirming book offers readers the chance to consider (and put on paper) the wonders they experience every day.

Heartburn

Heartburn. It’s the bane of many Americans’ existence. Heartburn and associated symptoms afflict more than 50 percent of all adults in this country at least once a month. Heartburn, the burning sensation behind the breastbone that can flare up after a meal, is due to a backwash (known as reflux) of the stomach’s contents. Ingested food triggers the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid, which helps to break down certain foods. The mixture of food and acid, along with a digestive enzyme called pepsin, refluxes up into the lower esophagus. Irritation and, in some patients, inflammation of the lining can result from extended exposure to the acid and pepsin.

Heartburn is a specific symptom of a disorder called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. That means, your heartburn is the result of the mixture of food plus acid (called chyme) backing up (refluxing) from the stomach (gastro-) into the esophagus.

Refluxed stomach acid causes people discomfort. Reflux also happens in healthy people. The difference, though, is that most of the time, several muscular contractions, or motility factors, are at work to keep the esophageal lining out of harm’s way. It’s when these factors are not working properly in people with heartburn that GERD is considered a motility disorder.

The most important barrier guarding against the stomach’s contents refluxing up is the tight ring of muscle at the far end of the esophagus. This lower esophageal sphincter (LES), relaxes to allow ingested food to be propelled into the stomach after swallowing. It appears that the LBS also relaxes to enable upward movement of the stomach chyme, but in general it is the primary barrier against reflux. In people with GERD, the LBS may be weakened.

If stomach muscles are working properly, ingested food is churned, partially digested by enzymes and then transported, also by peristalsis, out of the stomach. However, the rate of stomach emptying may be decreased for a number of reasons. Slowed stomach emptying results in a greater volume of stomach content that can be refluxed, as well as greater stomach distention, which can exert pressure against the LBS to make it open.

Thus far, three motility factors have been identified as primary causes of reflux disease. These factors may be influenced by the foods we eat. In addition to the role played by stomach acid and pepsin, there is evidence to suggest that a slippage of part of the esophagus upward into the chest through a “hole” in the diaphragm, known as a hiatus hernia, also contributes to the development of reflux symptoms. And just as GERD has multiple causes, it also has multiple symptoms: The most characteristic symptom is heartburn.