acid reflux or GERD
Posted in the Allergy Forum
Since: Jan 13
#1 Jan 22, 2013
Many people with reflux assume that they are over producing Hydrochloric acid (HCL). In a large numberg of instances this assumption is not correct. Gastric juices, with or without the presence of HCL, are very bitter to the taste. Unfortunately many doctors also assume that a patient is over producing acid. The over production of HCL is called Hyperchlorhydria. The under production of HCL is called Hypochlorhydria. The symptoms associated with both of these conditions are virtually identical. Both conditions will cause, reflux, belching, bloating, abdominal discomfort,irregular stools, nausea, diarrea or constipation. Unfortunately the misdiagnosis by a doctor will result in the patient being placed on a proton pump inhibitor or other acid reducing medication. People that are not producing enough HCL that are placed on acid reducing medication will become Achlorhydric. Achlorhydria is the complete lack of HCL in digestive process. Nutrients consumed are dumped directly into the small bowel without the benefit of sterilzation or coversion. When this occurs the stage is set for allergies, bacterial infection, and many other disorders, including cronic gastritis, peptic ulcers,stomach cancer, etc. Before taking any type of acid reducing medication, have your doctor give you a pH dignostic test to determine how you digestive tract is processing nutrients. There is a lot of good information on the web. Search for pH test, pH diagnostic test, gastrogram, etc.
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