Just watched another report on the BBC news about inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. Now there are proposals to punish doctors who prescribe them when they’re not required. Controversial stuff! Where does the blame for this problem actually lie?
There’s a condition which appears to affect a surprisingly large number of people, including myself, yet hardly anyone knows about. It’s known informally as dysfunction of the burp (or belch) reflex, or DBR. Yes, that’s an inability to burp. This may sound like a blessing to long-suffering partners of loud and proud belchers who can burp the whole alphabet, but it deserves more attention than it’s currently getting, which is usually just scoffs of derision and a prescription for antacids.
Want DBR explained in pictures instead (with some words)? Check out my Illustrated Guide.