GERD is a Disease
By Jim Notto
GERD is a disease. Believe it or not, that was my first revelation. Being a disease meant that something was not functioning correctly and I would experience symptoms. It is the symptoms which caused my distress, namely the symptom of acid reflux, frequent and repetitive intense heartburn. I decided to pursue things from the direction of symptom relief and prevention, because it was those symptoms that were making my life miserable. I began to learn about GERD, how it occurs, and how it relates to acid reflux and heartburn.
Since GERD is a disease which can have some rather serious long-term consequences I was careful to discuss my plans with my physician. Knowing the difficulties I had been having with medications he was sympathetic, if not outright supportive, of my personal experiments. We continued to monitor the disease for any signs that I was causing real damage to my esophagus.