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Dr. Minocha's Series on Digestive Myths & Healthy Realities....
By Dr. A. Minocha, author of "How To Stop Heartburn: Simple Ways to Heal Heartburn and Acid Reflux" and "Natural Stomach Care: Treating and Preventing Digestive Disorders with Best of Eastern and Western Therapies"
Burn Myth or a Fact?
Heart burn is due to excess acid...
This popular belief is buttressed by the fact that we frequently treat heartburn or abnormal acid reflux by antacids and acid blocking medications. Heartburn is not due to excess acid in most instances. In fact, the actual amount of acid in the stomach is normal. However, the acid is at the wrong place, i.e. it is going up from the stomach to the esophagus. Because of lack of effective drugs aimed at the underlying factors promoting acid reflux, the treatment is targeted at the acid instead.
Heartburn is a feeling of burning, warmth, heat, or pain that often
starts in the upper abdomen just beneath the lower breastbone (sternum).
This discomfort may spread in waves upward into your throat, and you may
have a sour taste in your mouth. Heartburn is sometimes called indigestion,
acid regurgitation, sour stomach, or pyrosis. It is not caused by problems
with your heart, although sometimes heart problems can feel like heartburn.
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