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A 31-year-old female asked:

I've read gerd/heartburn is often caused by low stomach acid and not too much. is this true or more of a holistic/natural type point of view?

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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
Not true: GERD is caused by contents in the stomach coming up through the esophagus, which in turn has a poorly understood cause. We think it is probably due to too many random openings of the valve. Certain medications can also cause the valve to open, as can stress, obesity, & problems with the stomach emptying to name a few. Hope this helps!
Last updated Jun 29, 2015

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