IT'S HEARTBURN AND IT CAN BE LETHAL!
WITH CHRONIC HEARTBURN:
YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
REFLUX AND GERD
St. Martins Press
Trade paperback $14.95
you have these symptoms? Heartburn? Chest pain? Belching?
Pain and discomfort after eating? Recurrent bronchial infections?
Chronic coughing or sore throat? Difficulty swallowing?
Shortness of breath? Asthma?
cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide and the
sixth most common cause of death from cancer," says
Elaine Fantle Shimberg, the author of a new book about a
common problem known to the medical world as acid reflux
or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
with Chronic Heartburn ($14.95, St. Martins Griffin)
is a wakeup call to the millions who experience this common
word itself is at once innocent and worrisome," says
Dr. Christina M. Surawitz in her foreword to Shimberg's
book. "We are lucky to have good treatments, both good
drugs and good surgical approaches and these are well reviewed
in this book. All you need to know about GERD is provided
The author of eighteen books, Shimberg often writes of health
problems that have arisen out of her own life. It was the
loss of her uncle to esophageal cancer that prompted her
to research and write Coping with Chronic Heartburn.
As she relates in her book, "Marty loved to eat, even
though he often paid for his indulgence with painful attacks
of heartburn. When the heartburn continued even between
meals, he wrote it off to stress. When his heartburn bothered
him, he popped antacids to relieve his symptoms."
Does this describe you or someone close to you? If so, you
are seeing the symptoms of GERD that can lead literally
to the grave. Within nine months of being diagnosed with
adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, Shimberg's uncle was dead.
Billion a Year for Antacids to Stop Heartburn
The fact that television is filled nightly with advertisements
for over-the-counter (OTC) antacids tells you heartburn
is a very common, very big problem in the lives of millions
of Americans. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology
(head and neck surgery), in 1994 Americans were spending
more than $3.7 billion annually for anti-reflux drugs. In
1996, a research study revealed that Americans were spending
more than $1 billion annually just for OTC heartburn remedies.
reassurances the advertising offers, the promise of being
able to eat everything from spicy foods to chocolate cake,
perhaps washing it down with black coffee, do not address
the warning signs of GERD.
ranges from babies who spit up severely to the elderly who
regurgitate and aspirate. Published by St. Martin's Griffin,
Shimberg's new book offers a wealth of information, plus
the reassurance that, in most cases, GERD does not turn
into cancer. However, "the risks of its doing so are
Americans focus on the hot-button health problems of AIDS,
breast or prostate cancer, they pop an antacid to deal with
that burning sensation, one that "Coping with Chronic
Heartburn" recommends a comparable level of attention.