Heartburn Acid Reflux And GERD Is Not Caused By Excessive Stomach Acid. That might come as shock to you but it is true. Taking antacid tablets is t going to cure your condition. In fact the use of proton pump inhibitors and antacids can cause a number of serious side effects and health issues for you. Some Medications and Treatments Are Dangerous If chronic heartburn, acid reflux and GERD is left untreated or is treated in the wrong way it can lead to a more serious conditions. Long-term use of conventional treatments for acid reflux, GERD and heartburn such as proton pump inhibitors and antacids can cause a number of serious side effects including vitamin B12 deficiency says Dr. Mercola. Symptoms Acid reflux, GERD and heartburn are extremely common health problems, affecting as many as 50 percent of Americans. Symptoms include a painful or burning sensation in the upper abdomen or chest, sometimes radiating to the back, wheezing, excess burping, tightness in your throat, or a feeling that food is stuck in your throat. Some people describe it as a must-sit-up feeling (regurgitation). The acid reflux can reach the pharynx and mouth. It tastes sour and can burn. The reflux of acid stomach contents occurs when acid from the stomach pushes up into the oesophagus. Causes of heartburn include rich food, alcohol, hiatus hernia, being overweight, smoking, medication and even just lying down. It Is Not Caused By Too Much Acid Conventional medical practitioners believe the condition is caused by excessive stomach acid production but this conventional wisdom has been shown to be incorrect, and widely used drugs may take an unsuspected toll on your health. Treat It Naturally - No Drugs, No Side Effects It's Healthy and It Is Lasting Natural treatment options have side effects, address the root cause of the problem and remedies the problem forever. Just a few of the many options discussed are to avoid triggers such as: smoking, alcohol, fatty foods, citrus fruits, stress and others ... A few of the many natural remedies include: chewing, licorice, baking, aloe vera, melatonin and others ... Find out what you should and should t eat.