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December 30, 2007 at 1:45 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Common Acid Reflux Myths: Searching The Fiction For Truth

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Acid Reflux and Heartburn are One and the Same

This is not a true statement. Frequent heartburn is the main symptom of acid reflux. It is the regular presence of heartburn that typically leads one to their physician for the diagnosis of acid reflux.

I am the Cause of my Consistent Heartburn: Acid Reflux

This is not true.Acid reflux is typically caused by an array of problems, not all of which are directly under your immediate control.It is true that you can have an immediate and direct effect on your acid reflux through choices of diet and lifestyle.However, it is also apparent from medical research that acid reflux is also caused by certain inherited biological circumstances of which you have no control.

The Production of Excess Hydrochloric Acid by the Stomach Causes Acid Reflux

Again, this is not true. Your stomach is an expert at the regulation of hydrochloric acid levels. However, your stomach does not have complete control of the location of this acid. The stomach is a membrane enclosed sac in which the hydrochloric acid produced and stored. The acid has free roam of the stomach, but predominantly remains in the lower portion of the stomach. However, lying down allows the stomach acid to move in an upward direction towards the esophagus.

I Should Learn to Live With My Acid Reflux

This is the exact opposite of what you should do!Acid reflux is manageable and may even be treatable. You do not have to live with the signs and symptoms.There are numerous treatments both natural and prescribed through your physician. Acid reflux is not something to learn to live with!

Left Untreated, My Acid Reflux will Eventually Take Care of Itself

Acid reflux is a condition of frequent heartburn. While it is normal for heartburn to occur on occasion, frequent heartburn is not normal and will not eventually self treat. Acid reflux, left untreated, can cause long term damage to your esophagus that may lead to necessary surgery in the future to repair these damages. Treatment of acid reflux in a timely manner will ensure less damage and a healthier upper digestive tract.

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/treatment-tips-frequent-heartburn-sufferers

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gerd/DS00967/DSECTION=8

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