Acid Reflux is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions in this country
This misdiagnosis is primarily because, the symptoms associated with Reflux are identical in patients that are over producing Hydrochloric Acid (Hyperchlorhydria), or under producing Hydrochloric acid (Hypochlorhydria). Both conditions will cause belching, reflux, bloating, nausea, gas, abdominal discomfort, headaches, irregular stools, diarrhea and or constipation, etc. Unfortunately many physicians are prescribing acid reducing medications or Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), without the benefit of a pH diagnostic test, to people that are not producing strong enough Hydrochloric acid (HCL). These products stop the stomachs Parietal cells from producing sufficiently strong HCL, and results in reflex dumping of the stomach.
Patients that are not producing the proper strength HCL that are placed on acid reducing medications will become Achlorhydric. Achlorhydria is the complete absence of HCL in the digestive process. When this occurs; nutrients, supplements and medications have very little effect, because they are prematurely dumped out of the stomach, and in many cases end up in the patients stools. Achlorhydria and Hypochlorhydria will allow the proliferation of Pathogens, fungus and bacteria (Candida) in the digestive tract. Food Allergies are a common condition in people that are not producing sufficiently strong HCL. The immune system will also be compromised, due to the lack of support from the digestive system. Nutrients are no longer sterilized and converted into proteoses and peptones, resulting in inadequate building blocks for the amino acids, necessary to sustain a healthy body and increase longevity. Hypochlorhydria is more common in the 40 and up age groups, but not limited to any age group.
Stress is one of the most important factors in the production of hydrochloric acid. Stress will result in increased production of HCL by the Parietal Cells. People with Reflux that are actually over producing hydrochloric acid may have delayed and marked delay emptying of the stomach. When a person eats their morning meal, food from the morning meal is still in the stomach, when the noon meal is consumed. After a few bites of food they will feel full. If they continue to eat they will complain that they feel bloated. Food from the noon meal will forcibly push the food, by the pressure of the incoming food, the food still in the stomach from the morning meal. The normal physiologic buffering that occurs in the digestive process cannot neutralize all of the acid being produced. This is especially true if they are consuming foods with high levels of fats and fatty acids. In extreme cases food from one meal my still be in the stomach 10 to 12 hours after eating. When a person lies down to sleep the food still in the stomach, mixed with the gastric juices, and are forcibly pushed up into the esophagus, resulting in esophageal reflux.
Hyperchlorhydria will set the stage for Gastric Carcinoma (Cancer), damage to the stomach, Pyloric sphincter and intestinal lining. Some of the conditions associated with Hyperchlorhydria is, Skin, Teeth, Nail, and Hair disorders, H. Pylori infection, in some cases the inability to retain weight, Gastric Carcinoma, constipation and or diarrhea. People with Hyperchlorhydria should be treated with a natural medication that mimics the normal physiologic buffering that occurs in the digestive process. A Proton Pump Inhibitor or acid reducing medication will stop the Parietal Cell from producing HCL and result in reduced sterilization and conversion of the nutrients consumed.
Before taking any type of Proton Pump Inhibitor or over the counter acid reducing medication, get a Heidelberg pH Diagnostic test. The test will give you a true picture of the condition of your digestive process. It will also allow the doctor to determine how much and what type of natural medication is need to balance your pH.