Heartburn: Reflux & Ulcers

I promised I’d talk about the use of antacids and acid blockers for reflux and ulcers as “one of the top-ten health misconceptions” in this country today. So here goes.

Acid reflux is properly called Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. In GERD, acid escapes out of the stomach and into the esophagus, the tube which delivers food down to the stomach. This is a problem: while the stomach has a strong lining to protect itself from corrosive acids, the esophagus does not. Even relatively mild acid can damage the delicate esophagus.