Heartburn Science

The Root of the Problem.
Heartburn is  extremely common – at least 15 million Americans experience it regularly. In a nutshell, it is caused by acid reflux – where some of the stomach contents (including stomach acid) are forced back up into the esophagus. Persistent acid reflux that happens more than twice a week results in the diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Many people occasionally experience heartburn, but is rarely a significant cause for concern. Recurrent acid reflux, however, results in gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD, and can have serious health consequences and perhaps other underlying health issues..

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is seen in people of all ages, and the cause is often attributable to a lifestyle factor, but it can also be due to unavoidable factors such as anatomical abnormalities affecting the sphincter (valve) at the top of the stomach.

The Problem with Meds.
While there are many effective Over The Counter meds to combat this problem, recent news is bringing the many serious side effects to the forefront:

Popular Heartburn Pills Can Be Hard to Stop, And May Be Risky (NPR)

Study Examines the Silent Effects of Heartburn Medications (courtesy of NBC)