Here is another take on GERD and heartburn:
You have Low Stomach Acid!
(Take the stomach acid test below)
Angela Di Serio
There is a dangerously accepted assumption that heartburn is caused by too much stomach acid. Drug companies making a fortune on selling people acid reducers such as, Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid, and antacids such as Mylanta or Maalox. THIS IDEA IS FALSE AND IT COULD BE KILLING YOU!
The temporary relief that acid reducers provide come at a very dangerous price. By lowering stomach acid production, people are literally dying of starvation even though they are consuming large meals daily.
90% of the time, heartburn is not caused by high stomach acid, it is caused by low stomach acid. Low stomach acid causes food to stay undigested in the stomach. This undigested food begins to ferment and then heartburn occurs. If you or someone you know suffers from acid reflux or heartburn, please continue to read below.
The stomach contains a valve called the Pyloric Sphincter. The Pyloric Sphincter allows food to be emptied from the stomach to the small intestine. It controls how fast or slow the stomach empties by responding to levels of stomach acid. It does this through acid receptors found in the lower end of the stomach. If the acid level in the stomach is too low, the Pyloric Sphincter will not open. The food becomes trapped in the stomach and will begin to ferment. Fermentation causes gas, which moves up into the esophagus causing heartburn and damage to the esophagus. The remaining weak stomach acids are also pushed up creating acid reflux. The person may feel burning from the fermentation or may experience belching, bloating, gas or fullness.
Stomach acid, technically known as hydrochloric acid, is essential for proper functioning of the digestive system. It activates digestive enzymes that break down food into small particles for absorption. Low acidity results in only partial digestion of foods, leading to incomplete digestion. Improper digestion is the beginning of a downward and dangerous spiral into serious health issues.
Many minerals and vitamins require adequate concentrations of stomach acid to be absorbed optimally, including iron, zinc, and B-complex vitamins, including folic acid. Also, stomach acid helps prevent pathogens from entering our bodies. By reducing you stomach acid, you are reducing your nutrient intake and increasing you chances of a deadly virus or bacteria invading your body.
One of the major functions of stomach acid is to initiate the digestion of large protein molecules. If this digestive function is not performed efficiently, not only will a protein deficiency occur but also the incompletely digested protein fragments may be absorbed into the bloodstream. The absorption of these large molecules may contribute to the development of food allergies and immunological disorders.
Symptoms that occur with low stomach acid are: bloating, belching, bad breath, burning and flatulence immediately after eating, a sense of fullness after eating, indigestion, diarrhea and constipation, multiple food allergies, nausea after taking supplements, itching around the rectum, weak, peeling and cracked fingernails, dilated blood vessels in the cheeks and nose, acne, iron deficiency, chronic intestinal parasites or abnormal flora, undigested food in the stool, acne, hair loss in women, chronic candida infections, and upper digestive tract gassiness.
Diseases associated with low stomach acid activity are: Addison's Disease, Asthma, Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, Diabetes Mellitus, Eczema, Gallbladder Disease, Graves Disease, Chronic Autoimmune Disorders, Hepatitis, Chronic Hives, Lupus Erythematosus, Myasthenia Gravis, Osteoporosis, Pernicious Anemia, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rosacea, Sjogren's Syndrome, Thyrotoxicosis, Hyper- and Hypothyroidism, and Vitiligo.
Can you imagine what is happening to people taking acid reducers while truly suffering from low stomach acid? They are involved in a dangerous cycle that results in slow starvation. Everyday I see people who are protein deficient despite eating meat daily. 90% of people suffering from digestive disorders have an underactive stomach. Once this underlying issue is treated the persons overall health improves dramatically. This is one of the main problems with mainstream medicine. They are busy treating the symptoms without concern for the root cause.
So now the good news: You do not have to continue to suffer from digestive disturbance. Once you begin to nurture yourself properly through specific foods, supplements and lifestlyle choices healing will occur naturally, quickly and efficiently. Treatment options for low stomach acid include, betaine hydrochloride (HCL), pancreatic enymes and bitter-tasting botanical tinctures to stimulate stomach secretions. Betaine HCL is a supplement that contains hydrochloric acid. It is very effective as part of a treatment protocol for digestion problems. However, improper use may damage the stomach lining Consult your natural health practitioner. They can help you with a proper diagnosis and also consult you on the proper usage of betaine HCL.