by Elaine Fantle Shimberg
Shimberg addresses a health issue that is burning in many people's minds, not to mention their stomachs. She notes that "more than 20 million people in the United States suffer from symptoms of heartburn daily." The market for antacids and antireflux medications is booming because heartburn sufferers rely on temporary fixes. What many people don't realize, the author asserts, is that their heartburn could be a symptom of a more serious problem such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Stressing the importance of proper diagnosis, the author highlights the possible causes of this potentially chronic disease, the tests physicians use to detect it, medicinal and surgical treatments, and dietary changes that can help a person avoid symptoms. In a conversational style, Shimberg focuses on this often overlooked disease that is rapidly becoming widespread in all age groups.
Griffin, 2001, 229 p., paperback
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