Anti Acid and PPI drugs (proton pump inhibitors) are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the world, demonstrating just how common digestive issues are in society. However it also demonstrates how the drugs do not work. They do not address the underlying cause of heartburn or reflux. If they did, patients would not have to remain on them for lengthy periods of time. Latest research is showing that the theory of what causes reflux and heartburn has been totally discredited.
According to research findings done by Jonathon V. Wright, MD nearly 100% of patients suffering with heartburn and gastrointestinal complaints do not create enough stomach acid. This will seen contrary to popular belief because we’ve been told for years that too much acid is the culprit for most GI issues like GERD, acid reflux and indigestion. The pharmaceutical companies continue this belief as ant acids are one of the most commonly prescribed medications, and rake in trillions of pounds anualy. However the medication does not address the reason for the symptoms, it simply manages them while the pathology that caused the discomfort continues to rage in the body...they actually do more harm in the long-run!
How does the Stomach Work?
Human Stomach Diagram
The stomach is lined with mucus-secreting cells and two important glands: gastric glands, which secrete hydrochloric acid, intrinsic factor, mucus and pepsinogen; and pyloric glands, which mainly secretes mucus that protects the stomach from hydrochloric acid.
Under continuous control by hormones and nervous system signals, there are three phases to this process:
Cephalic Phase – When you think about, smell, or taste food about 20% of the gastric secretions are created before food even enters your stomach.
Gastric Phase – Every time you eat, the food in your stomach triggers parietal cells to release the highly acidic hydrochloric acid (0.8 pH).
Intestinal Phase – When food enters your small intestines, the duodenum produces small amounts of gastric juices.
Ultimately, it’s the acid that breaks down proteins into key nutrients and amino acids, which explains why people with low stomach acid can struggle with insufficient neurotransmitter-related diseases like anxiety, depression and even Parkinson’s disease. In one study, it was even discovered that up to 60% of Parkinson’s patients had proven decreased gastric acid secretion! (3)
What Causes Acid Reflux
As I mentioned above, too much stomach acid is NOT the cause of acid reflux. The primary cause of heart burn and GERD is that acid enters the esophagus because of a leaky valve. There are a variety of reasons it happens, but essentially the esophageal valve that connect the esophagus and stomach is unable to shut properly and gastric juices end up “sneaking up the pipe” so to speak.
Some common causes include:
Pregnancy – The excess pressure from the growing fetus can sometimes be too much for the esophageal valve.
Smoking – Shown to damage mucus membranes, impair muscle reflexes, increase acid secretion, and reduce salivation smoking can lead to acid reflux.
Too little acid – Completely contrary to what is commonly taught today, too little stomach acid causes a slew of GI issues like leaky gut that contribute to acid reflux.
Eating before bed -Eating too close to bedtime and then laying down puts your body in a position that is abnormal for digestion which can cause acid reflux.
Excessive exercise – Doing lots of long distance cardiovascular exercise like marathons can make it harder to digest the food you eat.
Taking medications – Drugs like aspirin, ibroprofen, muscle relaxers, blood pressure medications, steroids and anti-biotic drugs can damage the gut lining causing acid reflux.
Being overweight or obese – Putting on extra body weight can cause acid reflux by increasing pressure on your esophageal valve and may also be linked to low stomach acid.
In addition, here are common acid reflux food triggers:
If you have acid reflux, look to restrict these foods as part of your acid reflux diet.
It is important to remember that this entire process of digestion is controlled by multiple body systems, and what happens in your gut determines the function of your entire body! This explains why people taking drugs to stop or reverse stomach acid production oftentimes experience a wide range of symptoms seemingly unrelated to stomach acid.
The perfect example can be seen when proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are prescribed. Reducing the production of acid by blocking key enzymes in the stomach lining that produce acid, conventional medicine teaches that PPI’s helps prevent ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and that the reduction in stomach acid creates an internal GI environment where the body can heal itself of these conditions.
Sadly, this is simply not the case.
Being virtually useless because most GI issues are connected to low stomach acid, Prevacid and other proton pump inhibitors PPI’s have been linked to a wide range of side effects, which adds insult to injury and contribute even more to what causes acid reflux. Some of the common side effects are: (3)
Confusion and dizziness
Constipation and diarrhea
Coughing and a choking sensation
Feelings of being “jittery”
Nausea and stomach pain
Muscle cramps and muscle weakness
Rapid heart rate
Spastic muscle movements
Additionally, people taking PPIs to lower stomach acid will oftentimes experience other health concerns:
Improper protein metabolism
Imbalanced gut flora
Leaky gut & food allergies
When healing what causes acid reflux and low stomach acid, be diligent to follow these few simple steps and you’re certain to see fantastic results in no time flat!
The Health Transformer Approach
Meta Health Scan 5 Step Protocol
In every case of acid reflux or heartburn there is an underlying cause…something individual to each person. If at one time you didn’t have these symptoms and now do obvious something has changed for the worst in your system which has led to these symptoms. Reflux or heartburn is merely a symptom of the underlying cause. To treat reflux or heartburn effectively and naturally we need to address the root cause which has created the disease creating context which has led to the lack of stomach acid, and reflux symptoms. In this centre we specialize in root cause diagnosis of any health condition using our state of the art Meta Health Scan.
5 Step Protocol
1. Detect (In-Depth Evaluation & Advanced Testing)
2. Detox (Heavy Metals, Chemicals, Hydrocarbons, Bleaches, EMF)
3. Eliminate (Pathogens…virus, post virus, bacteria, parasites, fungi)
4. Rebuild (Tissues & Pathways)
5. Rebalance organs (Gut, kidneys, liver, etc.)
The 5 Steps to Restoring Health Protocol had been developed following many years of research and experience and utilizes food, nutritional supplements, herbal and energetic formula
The Meta Health Scan is carried out utilizing the amazing diagnostic ability of Clinical Kinesiology. It is reliable, accurate and reproducible. The scan will reveal the imbalances unique to your body, and how these are affecting you. The scan reveals such issues as;
• endogenous bio-toxicity,
• nutrient imbalances or deficiencies,
• sub-clinical infections,
• Allergies and food sensitivities.
• Energetic organ imbalances,
• hormone imbalance,
• Leaky gut.
Abnormality in any of these areas will easily be picked up during the Health Scan. We also examine your entire lifestyle, sleep quality and any emotional/psychological contributors to your condition.
In-Depth Consultation regarding your results.
Once this information is gathered we offer you an in-depth consultation to discuss your results, during which we discuss what has been revealed by the scan, where and how this has arisen, and how to remove or transform it, and reboot your system. I believe it is very important for each person to understand what has been going on in their body, how the condition has developed, and how to unravel and resolve it naturally. My intention is not just to teach you about your condition, but more importantly to empower you with understanding in order that you are able to take back control of your health.
Individually tailored Treatment Plan
Together we create an individualized tailored treatment plan for you. This may include some or all of there: a gentle detoxification protocol, dietary changes, specific supplements, life style changes, exercise, etc tailored to your specific needs. In the majority of cases treatment can be implementedby you at home without the need for repeated visits to the centre; however Health Coaching and support is built in to this package to assist you through your treatment.
Once on the prescribed treatment, some clients choose to support their system with other therapies toastiest healing. This is not essential but will speed up your progress. These include;
all of which are on offer at this centre.
I am delighted to be able to report that the results our client’s achieve with this approach are outstanding and lasting in the vast majority of cases.