“Coffee causes ulcers… right?”

“I feel awful. That pizza must have given me an ulcer!”

“Work has been crazy stressful. I think I have an ulcer.”

All of these sentiments, while well meaning, are actually inaccurate. There is a surprising amount of confusion among the general public about what causes stomach ulcers and what we can do to treat them.

Click on the link below to watch a short animation I co-developed with the wonderful TED-ED company about this common ailment. At the heart of the discovery of ulcers and their real causes is a fascinating story of risk, biohacking, and a committed majority fighting the truth. Sounds dramatic but it’s entirely true.