From Pine View Farm

Heartburn 2

No, not the kind Bush gives me.

I was heading back to work after getting a hoagie at the local Heritage’s when I heard a Prilosec ad on the radio.

And, of course, Nexium ads are a dime a dozen.

I started to try to remember the last time I had heartburn (as opposed to a burning heart–that I can remember!). I couldn’t. It’s been years.

Now, I don’t have a particularly iron stomach and I eat lots of spicy food. I believe that the stomach, like any other muscle, should be exercised regularyly. Indeed, beef curry is my single favorite dish.

So what is it with this epidemic of heartburn that seems to be sweeping the nation?

Help me out here.



  1. Karen

    January 26, 2006 at 8:20 am

    Some of the depression drugs, such as Doxepin, do cause heartburn. Then you add on the government & their actions, the inability of people to laugh anymore, and sometimes, husbands, you have a sure case of heartburn. Then there are folks that just like taking pills. Then sometimes, it’s a case sensitive spam fighter and poor eyesight that’ll do it too!

  2. Opie

    January 26, 2006 at 8:23 am

    Once you get esophageal erosion, (which I have, medically confirmed by two independent tests,) I doubt that exercising the stomach with spicy foods is a good idea. The thing you have to watch about these drugs that suppress heartburn is that once you can go back to eating whatever you like, you’re a real risk for weight gain. One buddy of mine went on Nexxium and went from 180 to 220 in a matter of weeks. Luckily, I have a pretty frenetic metabolism, so I haven’t had much of a problem with that.