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DISORDERS RELATED TO UNBALANCED pH IN THE STOMACH:
Allergies, Skin Diseases, Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Diabetes, Asthma, Anemia, Cancer, Gastritis

PHYSIOLOGY OF DIGESTION

DEFINITION OF pH: The Potential Of Hydrochloric Acid

A normal healthy person's resting Stomach contains appreciable amounts of free Hydrochloric Acid, which substantially increases when the body is challenged to digest a meal. The type of food eaten, nervous system integrity (Stress or lack of Stress), micronutrient levels, structural alignment, and Autonomic Nervous System, influence Stomach acidity. In general, free acid (HCL) is present in an adequate concentration to maintain a pH between 1pH and 2pH in the Stomach.

Typically, digestion of food in the Stomach is divided into two Phases; however both Phases represent an integrated whole that overlap and mutually support each other. The Cephalic Phase of Digestion refers to digestive activities dependent upon feedback and control occurring in the Brain. In this Phase, sight, odors, or even the thought of food can stimulate the secretion of a small amount of Gastric Juice. Food placed in the mouth will substantially increase Gastric Secretions, preparing the Stomach to receive the food. This increase is cause by the Cephalic Phase of Digestion. The second Phase, the Gastric Phase of Digestion, is regulated by stretch receptors, which sense the arrival of food in the Stomach, and by Chemoreceptors, which sense the presence of dietary Peptides. About 80% of all Gastric Juice is secreted during this Phase.

The hormone, Gastrin is secreted by the Stomach into the blood in response to the ingestion of foods, particularly dietary Peptides. Gastrin secretion is also enhanced by Vagal stimulation, and local activation of the stretch receptors. Gastrin has a dual effect on Digestion: it stimulates the Parietal cells to secrete HCL, and promotes contraction of the smooth muscles responsible for Peristalsis. Gastrin also has an influence on maintaining the tone of the lower Esophageal Sphincter, which prevents the reflux of Stomach Contents into the Esophagus.

Gastric secretions in the Stomach consist of protective Mucus, Pepsionogen, and HCL. Pepsin functions as a Proteolytic Enzyme, degrading food Proteins into smaller Peptides. It is most active at a pH of 1.8, and is completely inactive in a neutral, or alkaline pH.

In the Stomach, HCL’s primary function is to maintain a sterile environment, and to initiate the conversion of Pepsionogen to Pepsin. This results in a thick congealed mass called Chyme, which is a prerequisite for good conversion and absorption, as it passes from the Stomach to the Duodenum, and Small Bowel. Hydrochloric Acid must be present in sufficient quantities in the Stomach to Sterilize the orally-ingested Pathogens, which prevents Bacterial, or Fungal overgrowth in the Small Intestine. HCL also encourages the flow of Bile and Pancreatic Enzymes to facilitate absorption and subsequent conversion.

A HEIDELBERG NORMAL pH PROFILE WITH ALKALI CHALLENGE SHOWING pH MEASUREMENTS AND TIMING

When the Total Digestive System is in pH Balance, You can virtually always expect higher levels of Conversion and Absorption of ingested foods and Medications. In addition, you can expect an appreciable enhancement of the Patients’ Immune Systems! This is a very encouraging step for all aspects of Successful Treatment!

ALLERGIES
An Allergy is what results when your Immune System is inappropriately activated. Your Immune System is designed to attack Bacteria, Viruses, and Parasites. It is not intended to attack the Nutrient consumed, but this is exactly what happens when Pathogens are allowed to enter the Digestive Tract. When the Immune System is activated, antibodies (also called Immunoglobulin) are produced. Antibodies in turn trigger an inflammatory response. Inflammation causes pain and tissue damage, leading to further symptoms. Increased mucous production is another aspect that may be caused by food Allergens entering the Digestive tract. There are two types of antibodies produced IgE, and IgG by the Immune System in Allergic reaction to food. The IgE reaction typically occur immediately after ingestion of the Allergen, and in some cases cause serious health problem, such as swelling of the lips and Tongue, Hives, Bloating, Abdominal pain, or sudden Diarrhea. IgE reactions can also lead to many other symptoms not generally recognized as being cause by food Allergens.
Many food Allergies are not IgE reactions, but IgG reactions, which usually show up hours, or even days, after ingestion of the Allergens. The IgG reactions usually result in Constipation, or Diarrhea, Bloating, Gas and Abdominal Pain.

Many Allergies are the result of incomplete conversion of Proteins into Amino Acids. The lack of Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) in the Stomach will cause incomplete conversion of the Proteins into Amino Acids, which contain Allergens. Because the Allergens were not destroyed in the Stomach by the HCL, they will migrate into the Digestive tract, causing Allergic reactions, and in many cases other serious ailments. There is no Diagnostic test, or Allergy Skin test, to determine if the Proteins consumed are properly converted to Amino Acids. Unconverted Protein in the Digestive tract will cause Allergies.

The lack of Hydrochloric Acid in the Digestive process will allow un-sterilized and un-emulsified Protein to enter the Digestive tract. Pepsin functions as a Proteolytic enzyme, which degrades food Protein into small Peptides, and is one of the most important Enzymes in the Digestive Process. This Enzyme is completely inactive in Stomach in a neutral or alkaline pH. Proper pH balance in the Stomach is essential for good conversion and absorption. The lack of HCL production in the Stomach will result in diminished Immune System support, Allergies and other serious ailments.

A HEIDELBERG HYPOCHLORHYDRIA pH PROFILE
Showing Not Obvious Alkali Challenge Proves Hypochlorhydria

The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System is able to quickly and accurately Diagnose Hypochlorhydria, Hyperchlorhydria, Achlorhydria, Pyloric Insufficiency, Heavy Mucus, Acid Reflux, and much more.

 
SKIN DISEASES

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The over production of Hydrochloric Acid in the Stomach, and the inability for the bodies normal Physiologic Buffering to neutralize the HCL, can cause the Intestinal tract to become acidic. This may also result in an increase in the overall blood and body pH. Hyperchlorhydria is the over production of HCL in the Stomach. Some of the Skin conditions related to the increase in body pH are; inflammation of the eyelids and corneas, inflammation of the gums, cracks in the corners of the lips, dry skin, hives, itches, pimples and eczema. Furthermore, the skin tends to be red and irritated in regions where there are heavy concentrations of sweat, like the knee, eyebrows, underarms, mouth, anus, and vulva.
People with Hyperchlorhydria may retain food in their Stomachs for long intervals. The retention of food in the Stomach is called Delayed Emptying, or Marked Delayed Emptying. People with Marked Delayed emptying of the Stomach can retain foods in there Stomachs for 24 hours. This condition, if not treated, can result in excoriation of the Stomach and Intestinal Mucosa. High Acid levels in the Digestive tract can lead to Irritable Bowel, and many other ailments.

The over production of HCl will prevent the Pyloric Sphincter from relaxing, preventing the migration of Chyme into the Digestive Tract. Medications and Supplements are subjected to the caustic effect of prolonged exposure to HCL, which reduces their effectiveness.
The First Stage of Digestion must have sufficient Hydrochloric Acid to sterilize and emulsify the nutrients consumed, which prevents Pathogens from entering the body. When the Chyme leaves the Stomach, the normal Physiologic Buffering that occurs, neutralizes the acidic Chyme by subjecting it to a 2 to 1 ratio of Sodium Bicarbonate to Potassium Bicarbonate, produced by the Pancreas. As the Chyme passes through the Digestive tract, it is neutralized further. The over production of HCL by the Stomach’s Parietal Cells can raise the intestinal pH, and may raise the blood and body pH.
When the pH of the body increase, especially the skin pH, this will result in many skin and health problems.

Diet is extremely important for people with Hyperchlorhydria. The consumptions of Fats and Fatty Acid foods will compound the high acid condition. Foods such as, red meat, alcohol, hard cheese, and foods with refined sugars, will be retained in the Stomach longer than normal.
The continuous use of Proton Pump Inhibitors is not the answer to treating Hyperchlorhydria. This condition can be treated by increasing the Normal Physiologic buffering that normally occurs in the Digestive tract.

HYPERCHLORHYDRIA, WITH RAPID REACIDIFICATION
(Multi-challenged with Alkali Drink

The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System is able to quickly and accurately Diagnose Hypochlorhydria, Hyperchlorhydria, Achlorhydria, Pyloric Insufficiency, Heavy Mucus, Acid Reflux, and much more.

 
OSTEOPOROSIS, ARTHRITIS

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 As a part of the bodies’ normal metabolism, the body produces acid. This is most obvious in the first Stage of Digestion inside the Stomach. When the Parietal Cells in the Stomach are over producing HCL, and the normal Physiologic buffering in the Digestive tract does not neutralize it, the excess acid that is not expelled can get stored. This occurs mostly in the interstitial spaces, also called the extracellular matrix, which is the space around the cells. This is similar to the repository effect that many drugs have, after long-term use. As a basic illustration, for every molecule of Acid that is stored in tissue, an equal molecule of Bicarbonate, or base substance, needs to be put into the blood, because the Physiology of the body knows that it will be needed to remove the excess acid out of the body later. In effect, the body tries to maintain the proper balance to stay healthy.

As more acid accumulates in the body, it gets stored and pushed further, and ultimately the acid gets pushed into the cellular structure. When this occurs, the first thing the acid does is displace the Potassium and then the Magnesium and then the Sodium. As a person age increase, or ill health occurs, the blood and skin pH will often move from its overly alkaline state, toward the acidic side.

As the Potassium leaves, it requires Phosphate in the process of leaving; the body gets this Phosphate from bones. The result of this is, Calcium is released from the bones, and ends up as free Calcium in the system. As a preservation mechanism, the Sodium in the body will be retained through the operation of the Kidney. The Calcium leaving the bone as Phosphate is released to bind with Potassium, and is a big part of what is behind Osteoporosis, Arthritic pain, etc. The body will continuously try to compensate for the increasing tissue acidosis, and Potassium loss, somewhere in the body.

The Human body has specific homeostatic regulators that keep everything working and in balance. Digestive pH is critical in these processes; another would be the sympathetic vs. parasympathetic nervous system, in relationship to the oxidative rate, in metabolizing food nutrients. Without proper Conversion, Absorption, and Physiologic Buffering in the Digestive tract, which relates directly to the First Stage of Digestion, the body cannot maintain a proper pH balance.

A HEIDELBERG HYPOCHLORHYDRIA pH PROFILE (Not Obvious)
Alkali Challenge Proves Hypochlorhydria

The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System can easily determine the condition of the First Stage of Digestion. It is also used to determine the correct quantity, and type of medication necessary to promote good conversion and absorption in the Digestive tract. There are over 150 Published Clinical Studies verifying the efficacy of the Heidelberg pH Diagnostic Systems.

 
DIABETES

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The precursor to Type II Diabetes is Insulin resistance. This is brought on by a highly acidic lifestyle. An excess of processed sugar, caffeine, carbohydrates, sodas, etc. stimulate the body organs and tissue. When these are stimulated, the cells start to release their glucose, and this creates the elevated levels of blood sugars that people find when they do their blood sugar testing. The ingestion of these highly acidic foods causes the body’s cell structure to become highly acidic, which inhibits the release of Glycogen from the Liver and in turn prevents the body from burning fats. A balanced alkaline diet is essential in the prevention of Diabetes. Unfortunately, a balanced diet is will not work if the First Stage of Digestion is not producing sufficient HCL, to sterilize and emulsify the nutrients consumed. People with Hypochlorhydria or Achlorhydria cannot convert and absorb the nutrients consumed, because of the lack of HCL. There is little or no conversion of Protein into Amino acids without the presence of sufficient quantities of HCL. Pepsin, which is one of the most important enzymes, is not active when the pH of the Stomach becomes alkaline. In addition, people with Hypochlorhydria or Achlorhydria, will prematurely dump the Stomach’s contents, before conversion takes place. The Physiologic buffering that normally occurs cannot neutralize the acidic food, before it enters the Small Bowel. The acidic foods that were not converted, and buffered before leaving the Stomach, stimulate the cells to release Glucose, which creates the elevated levels of blood sugars. In many case the lack of Glycogen produced by the Liver, prevents the burning of fat, and causes excess weight gain, which compounds the problem.
People with Hypochlorhydria or Achlorhydria have a greater tendency for disturbed Carbohydrate Metabolism. Abnormal Glucose tolerance curves were found in 48% of Patients with inadequate acid production in the Stomach.

Diabetics with and without neuropathy have decreased acid secretion in the Stomach, and the average incidence of Achlorhydria in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus is about 33%. Published Clinical Studies indicate that 18% of Diabetics under the age of 40 were Hypochlorhydric, or Achlorhydric, and 64% of Diabetics over the age of 50 were Hypochlorhydric, or Achlorhydric. Clinical Studies also indicate that increasing the Stomachs ability to promote good conversion and absorption, coupled with proper dietary intake, and exercise made a marked improvement in these Patients.

A HEIDELBERG HYPOCHLORHYDRIA pH PROFILE (Not Obvious)
Alkali Challenge Proves Hypochlorhydria

The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System can easily detect Hypochlorhydria, Hyperchlorhydria, Achlorhydria, Pyloric Insufficiency, Heavy Mucus, Acid Reflux, and much more. The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System is also use to bring the First Stage of Digestion back to its optimum level of performance, to promote good Conversion and Absorption.

 
ASTHMA

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Bronchial Asthma originates from affliction of the Stomach and the Gastro Intestinal tract. In many cases before the onset of the disease, Patients will complain of indigestion, constipation and diarrhea. The attack of Asthma can be sudden due to sensitivity of the Patient to certain substances like Pollen, Dust, Perfume, Cigarette Smoke, and certain Allergic Foods. Asthma causes difficulty in breathing, sense of tightness, constriction around the chest, whistling sound while breathing, and difficulty in inspiration and expiration.

Gastric secretion of HCL following a standardized meal was studied in 200 Asthmatic children (ages 6 months to 12 years), and compared with a control group of 200 non-asthmatic children. The Clinical Study showed that 80% of the Asthmatic children had levels of HCL below normal, while only 3% of the control group of children had similar low levels. The Study showed that the lack of HCL production in the Stomach, which prevented the activation of Pepsin, resulted in incomplete digestion of food and macromolecule absorption, increasing both the number, and severity of food allergies, while simultaneously impairing the micronutrient nutrition.

Children have unique Physiological characteristics, and cannot be considered as “miniature adults”. A child’s Digestive System is immature, especially before the age of 6 years old, when most Asthma begins. This immaturity, and weakness of the Digestion, predisposes a child to experience an incomplete breakdown and conversion of food, and the accumulation of Phlegm, which is produce by a weak Digestive System, and this pathological matter will accumulate in the lungs. Many Allergies, and the onset of Asthma, are caused by Allergens in the Digestive System.

Clinical Studies indicate that Allergens can be transferred from the mother during pregnancy, and breast-feeding. This is especially true when the nursing mother has Hypochlorhydria or Achlorhydria. Allergens, which are normally eliminated in the Stomach by the HCL, are dumped into the Digestive tract, where they are absorbed and passed on to the newborn by breast-feeding. Studies concluded that it is vitally important that the Digestive tract of the Pregnant and nursing mother operate at its optimum level to prevent the transfer of Pathogens to the newborn.

A HEIDELBERG HYPOCHLORHYDRIA pH PROFILE (Not Obvious)
Alkali Challenge Proves Hypochlorhydria

The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System can be use to diagnose Hypochlorhydria, Achlorhydria, Hyperchlorhydria, Heavy Mucus, Pyloric Insufficiency, and much more. After a Patients condition has be diagnosed, the Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System can be use to bring their First Stage of Digestion to its optimum level, which will promote good conversion and absorption. Proper Conversion in the First Stage of Digestion will eliminate most food Allergens, and promote good Immune System response.

 
ANEMIA

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Pernicious Anemia is a form of Megaloblastic Anemia due to Vitamin B12 deficiency dependent on impaired absorption of Vitamin B12 in the setting Atrophic Gastritis, and more specifically the prevention of the Stomachs Parietal Cells from producing HCL. The Presentation of Pernicious Anemia resembles that of any other form of Anemia, but is often accompanied by manifestations of Vitamin B12 deficiency (notably neurological abnormalities such a peripheral neuropathy), as well as by other manifestation of autoimmune atrophic gastritis. Most commonly, the cause for impaired binding of Vitamin B12 by the Intrinsic Factor is autoimmune Atrophic Gastritis, in which Autoantibodies are directed against the Stomachs Parietal Cells (resulting in their loss) as well as against the Intrinsic Factor itself (rendering it unable to bind Vitamin B12). Less frequently, loss of the Stomachs Parietal Cells may simply be part of a widespread Atrophic Gastritis of non-autoimmune origin, such as that frequently occurring in elderly people affected with long-standing chronic Gastritis of any cause (including Helicobacter Pylori infection). Gastric Parietal Cell Antibodies are present in 95% of Patients with Pernicious Anemia and up to 30% in Iron Deficiency Anemia. These antibodies are also found in association with Thyroid Disease. The occurrence of the Gastric Parietal Cell Antibodies increases with the aging process. This condition results in the complete loss of the First Stage of Digestion. Un-converted Protein, which contains Allergens, is passed through the Stomach, without the benefit of sterilization or emulsification, creating numerous Allergies, and other ailments. Pernicious Anemia results in Achlorhydria, the complete loss of HCL production and Pepsin in the Stomach. The Immune System has little or no support. Achlorhydira and Pernicious Anemia is most prevalent in the latter stages of HIV Patients.

HEIDELBERG ACHLORHYDRIA pH PROFILE

A Heidelberg pH Diagnostic Test will easily verify the presence of Achlorhydria (lack of HCL production by the Parietal Cells). Impaired Absorption, because of the lack of HCL, will prevent the standard doses of Vitamin B12 from being completely absorbed by the digestive system. If oral doses of Vitamin B12 are not sufficient, Vitamin B12 can also be administered by injection. Many Clinical cases indicated that the eliminating the Anemia, allowed the Stomach’s Parietal Cell to start producing HCL.

The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System is use to determine the correct amount and type of medication necessary to bring the First Stage of Digestion back to its optimum level for good conversion and absorption.

GASTRITIS
Helicobacter Pylori, the cork-screwed shaped bacteria has been associated with most cases of human Gastritis. H. Pylori is considered the most popular cause for Peptic and Duodenal Ulcers. Hypochlorhydria or Achlorhydria will set the Stage for increased risk of infection from organisms such as Candida or yeast and H. Pylori. These Organisms are directly associated to Chronic Gastritis, Peptic Ulcers and Stomach Cancer. Hypochlorhydria will result in poor Protein breakdown, and subsequent poor absorption of Amino Acids.

Unfortunately, people with reduced Acid levels in the Stomach frequently suffer from what they assume is elevated Stomach Acid (Heartburn, Bloating, Nausea, Frequent Burping), and as a result they often take acid-lowering drugs and medications. These symptoms are similar in both Hypochlorhydria and Hyperchlorhydria. Physicians assume that their Patients are overproducing HLC, and prescribe Acid reducing medications, when in fact the Patient is deficient in HCL production. Reducing the bodies HCL production encourages H. Pylori activity. It will also increase the risk of developing Peptic, or Duodenal, Ulcers, Pancreatic/Gastric Cancer, and Mucosa-associated Lymphoid Tissue (MALT) Lymphoma. H. Pylori infections can also lead to some forms of Arthritis (Calcification, Spurs), Iron-deficiency Anemia and Vitamin B12 deficiency that may develop as a result of lower Stomach acid levels and damage to the Parietal Cells, which produce the Intrinsic Factor. H. Pylori is further implicated with Heart Disease/ Arteriosclerosis, Atrial Fibrillation, Asthma, Rosacea, Gum Disease, and Chronic Headaches or migraines.

H. Pylori may be inhibited by lowering the Stomach pH, provided this is done before the damage is done by the H. Pylori Bacteria. People that maintain a properly pH Balance in the Stomach are generally asymptomatic, and do not get ulcers, unless they are taking specific drugs, or they supplement to much Calcium or Magnesium, which in turn can move the Stomach to the neutral or Alkaline side, setting the stage for H. Pylori. Many Patients who have been cured of H. Pylori will continue to complain about Stomach problems, this is mainly the result of low Stomach Acid, which has not been corrected as part of the treatment. Without a verifiable and reproducible Diagnostic assay of a Patients condition, there is no accurate way to prescribe the correct type and amount of medication required to bring a Patients First Stage of digestion back to its optimum level for good conversion and absorption. The “Best Guess” method used by many Physicians is doing more harm than good.

A HEIDELBERG HYPOCHLORHYDRIA pH PROFILE
Showing OBVIOUS Hypochlorhydria

There is no guesswork involved when using a Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System. The results are always reproducible and accurate.

 
CANCER

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There are many forms of Cancer, one thing is common to all, Cancer cells cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment. Understanding Physiology of the Human body is essential in understanding diseases and good health. The body produces HCL in the First Stage of Digestion. Hydrochloric Acid is essential in the Conversion, Absorption, and the elimination of Pathogens in the Nutrients we consume. Once the Acid in the Stomach has done its job, it is buffered, which makes the fluid, and Chyme, neutral. This occurs once the Acid and Chyme leaves the Stomach.

If there is excessive amounts of HCL produced in the Stomach (Hyperchlorhydria) that acid will enter the Digestive tract, and may cause excoriation of the Intestinal Mucosa, and Irritable Bowel. Not all of the acid is expelled from the body; some of it is stored in the extracellular matrix. As more and more acid is stored in the matrix, it will enter the cell structure causing an unbalance in the Blood pH and Cellular pH, making the body more acidic. Hypochlorhydria (the lack of HCL) has a similar effect, without the presence of HCL. Acidic foods like Coffee, Red Meat, Soda, Processed Sugar products, will enter the digestive tract without the benefit of conversion. These highly acidic foods have the same effect that high levels of HCL create. Cancer cells are anaerobic, which means that they derive their energy without needing oxygen.

Understanding Physics is important in understanding how the H2O in the body becomes Acidic. When H2O breaks down, it becomes H+ and OH-. When the fluid contains more H+ than OH- it is said to be acidic. When it contains more OH- than H+ then it is said to be alkaline. Acid will prevent oxygen from reaching the tissue, setting the stage for Cancer development. Alkaline fluids are just the opposite; they are rich in oxygen, and supply the tissue with the necessary oxygen to maintain the proper pH Balance. Cancer needs an acid and low oxygen environment to survive and flourish in. Terminal Cancer Patients are almost 100 times more acidic than normal healthy people are. The vast majority of terminal Cancer Patients possess a very low body pH down toward the 5.0 pH range.

HYPERCHLORHYDRIA, WITH RAPID REACIDIFICATION
(Multi-challenged with Alkali Drink)

All of this information comes back to a very important statement; the Digestive System, specifically the First Stage of Digestion, must operate at its optimum level to promote optimum conversion, absorption and buffering. Proper pH Balance and an Alkaline rich diet are absolutely necessary from good health. The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System can easily diagnose Hyperchlorhydria, Hypochlorhydria, Achlorhydria, Pyloric Insufficiency, Heavy Mucus, Acid Reflux and much more. Many Physicians will treat the disease, while ignoring the root cause of the Disease. Many Diseases are the result of a Digestive pH imbalance, in the First Stage of Digestion, specifically the pH Balance in the Stomach. The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System is use to determine the correct amount and type of medication necessary to bring the First Stage of Digestion back to its optimum level for good conversion and absorption.

 
 

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