Sunday, October 14, 2012

Digestion vs Indigestion






Seems like everyone these days knows someone with a delicate stomach, or reflux or heartburn or worse, peptic ulcers. I grew up watching people pouring Maalox, Mylanta, Milk of Magnesia, Pepto-Bismal, Alka-Seltzer or chewing on a Rolaid or Tums. There was the archaic method of sipping milk and cream hourly as well. I knew people that lived on those products. In fact, as a nurse, I would see bottles of such continually at the hospital bedside. It was prescribed!

Did people ever bother to read the side effects? Nah. They took it like a champion, just as their parents and grandparents did. Antacids was clearly the drug of choice, unless something greater was needed to treat excessive Hydrochloric acid, such as using the H-2 receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors combating H.pylori.

The side effects of antacids are cruel and unjust.

They finally revealed the adverse effect of the sippy( milk and cream) diet. It resulted in renal failure, alkalosis and hypercalcemia. Projectile vomiting and exacerbation of the peptic ulcer disease ensued. As well, all the calcium chewable tablets which are severely overused, create increase calcium output in the urine and this has been associated with kidney stones. Do we have a kidney stone problem in this country? Yes we do! In addition, the calcium salts can contribute to constipation.

Here is where it all starts getting unfortunate:
Calcium carbonate, bicarbonate causes alkalosis. The product combines with hydrochloric acid in the stomach ( natural) and produces a carbon dioxide gas. This chemical combination causes gastric bloating and then headaches and muscle weakness. The Aluminum hydroxide in the products are not easily absorbed and accumulation occurs, especially in the presence of renal insufficiency. It is neurotoxic and also can bring on constipation.  Magnesium hydroxide can build up and create hypermagnesemia and this translates to cardiovascular and neuro problems. In addition, there is unnecessary salt in these products which is deleterious to health.

Remedy? Why would we want to alkalize the stomach when it needs Hydrochloric acid to digest? To offer the right digestives, natural food supplements that carry the digestive enzymes and acid bearing remedies to actually help the foods be assimilated seems to be the most common sensical approach.

When the stomach digests, it churns the food along with HCL, juices, pepsin and enzymes to break it down into chyme. If there is no HCL, the food begins to rot and ferment, much like grapes do when they are used to make wine. This fermentation process is abnormal to your stomach. As the churning gets harder, the deviant acids back up into the esophagus and causes heartburn. If an antacid is taken, it is assurity that a mass of undigested food left in the stomach will travel to place a burden on the gallbladder, liver and pancreas but they cannot. This begins the toxic process of poisons in the body from undigested matter. It will travel through the intestinal tract while all kinds of undesirable bacteria and viruses start scavenging the waste. Parasites which could have been swallowed and destroyed by the HCL in the stomach, now find a toxic environment in which to live. Candida ( yeast ) now replicates and can even be food for parasites!

Why do you have a strep or staph infection in the body? Because you have a body breaking down from the toxic waste build up. Tissue becomes de-vitalized and unprocessed metabolic waste lies in wait.

Disease is not the presence of something evil
but rather the lack of the presence of
something essential.

There is help with naturopathic, raw food supplements and homeopathic preparations. Make better food choices and do not cheat. Keep a diary for at least a week and look back on when you began to feel better by avoiding foods, especially wheat, grains and dairy. Seek an NRT practitioner who knows the way to uncover the issues that plague you and can target remedies to heal the digestive organs. It can be done.

Bettye Cart with excerpts from Mary Frost's book "Going Back to the Basics of Human Health."


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