7 Ways to Reduce Acid Reflux (Even if You’re the President)

A nagging sore throat had President Obama checking in for an exam recently with his doctors. The diagnosis was one that’s familiar to millions of Americans: acid reflux. Acid reflux — aka heartburn — occurs when stomach acid sloshes up into your esophagus, irritating and inflaming the tissue, including the back of the throat. If it happens several times a week and becomes severe, it’s called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. It’s estimated that 60 percent of U.S. adults will experience …

Alimentary School: Learn 6 Amazing Facts From ‘Gulp’

Why did Elvis Presley die sitting on the toilet?  Whose flatulence is worse, men’s or women’s? How many pints of saliva do we produce every day? What causes morning breath? What three foods are most likely to kill someone? Do prisoners really smuggle stuff in their rectums? Science writer Mary Roach has examined something we do everyday -eat, chew, swallow, digest, defecate – and turned it into a rollicking, informative, downright funny explanation of  everything that happens in our digestive …