GERD: The Burning Within
Heartburn, indigestion, acid stomach, reflux… There are many terms for the burning in the esophagus that is common to all, at least occasionally. From historical records, it appears that gastro-esophageal reflux disease, or GERD, has been a problem for mankind from the beginning. Many remedies have been used over the centuries, some were even highly toxic.
Currently, medications for GERD are among the most-sold drugs in the world. The most recent drugs completely block acid in the stomach. They often work, but at the same time they inhibit the absorption of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, and have been shown to cause osteoporosis when used on a long-term basis. They also block the absorption of vitamin B-12, which leads to nervous disorders.
Many don’t want to take drugs forever so they opt for surgery, called a fundoplication. This can work, but is really successful less than half the time.
Because of these problems, many people ask me if there is anything that can be done without drugs or surgery to treat and relieve GERD. The following is my list; it is almost always successful in my patients.