Since the early 1900’s, heartburn/reflux/GERD has been thought to be caused by stomach acids re-entering the esophagus and irritating it's interior.
In May 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a research paper stating reflux is actually caused by a “reactive immune system.” In a study following 12 men with severe reflux, 2 weeks after discontinued use of proton pump inhibitor medication, 11 of the 12 men were found to have inflammation on the exterior of the esophagus. Biopsies of the affected men revealed a high number of cytokines (proteins) produced by white blood cells in the esophagus. These proteins kick-start the inflammation process then causing the discomfort of heartburn.
At Kansas City Integrative Health, we study and treat all cases of inflammation to help people with heartburn and support their overall health.
If you are experiencing similar discomfort, please read more about us and request a free 15-minute consultation.