According to the National Institute of Diabetes and digestive and Kidney Diseases(NIDDK) there are about 60 to 70 million people who are affected by some sort of digestive disease. The medical costs are in excess of $141 billion annually($141.8 in 2004). On the CDC’S faststats page on digestive diseases, the number of visits to physician offices with diseases of the digestive system as the primary diagnosis is 32.2 million. Add another 8.2 million visits to emergency departments with diseases of the digestive system as the primary diagnosis.
There are estimates that suggest indigestion alone effects over 50% of the population.
Many of us are familiar with an ancient Greek physician known as Hippocrates who lived back in the 4th and 5th century B.C. One could say he is best known for writing one of the oldest binding documents in history, called the Hippocratic oath. He is also credited with the quote “All disease starts in the gut.”
Fast forward 2400 years later and we can see the plethora of degenerative diseases afflicting so many today. Our stomach harbors an estimated 100 trillion microorganisms. Which are 10 times as cells many as are in our bodies.
It’s commonly known that during our interim stay in our mother’s womb, our gut is sterile and free of those microorganisms. Then we have our first introduction to those organisms in the mother’s birth canal. Note: I think it’s worth mentioning that there are studies that state that this phase of development starts much earlier.
As we get older(especially in our later years) the harmful variety of these microorganisms – bacterium can be very problematic and even life threatening to our health. Which can lead to a laundry list of issues including cancer and diabetes. There is strong body of evidence indicating that imbalances in microbiome – may be the causative factor contributing to a whole host of chronic diseases.
If a prominent ancient Greek doctor’s statement(“All disease starts in the gut“) is accurate, then I’d submit, that it would be wise to look at, for one, what we put in our gut, A.K.A a specific diet(which I’ve covered extensively in other posts) and maybe more importantly, what is missing from our daily intake that can optimize proper digestion. Which is the premise for this report.
A very common condition known as Hypochlorhydria(also referred to as low hydrochloric acid), can be big factor in cause and effect throughout the degenerative illness spectrum. The root cause of Hypochlorhydria stems from the stomach’s inability to produce enough acid to properly breakdown and digest food.
When this deficiency occurs, you will simply not have enough hydrochloric acid(HCL) available to:
- Sterilize the food you eat, which is needed to prevent unwanted bacteria from entering the G.I. tract.
- Release enzymes that are essential for the digestion of protein, such as pepsin – a proteolytic enzyme that is the principal digestive component of gastric juice.
- Assimilate minerals such as: magnesium, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc. Zinc and sodium are principle cataylists in the production of HCL.
Symptoms to look for if you believe you may have Hypochlorhydria :
- Undigested food in the stool
- Belching and/or bloating after eating
- Skin disorders
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Grave’s Disease
- Loss of appetite
- Protein indigestion
- Acid reflux
- Weak, peeling, or cracked fingernails
- Hair loss in women
- Multiple food allergies
- stomach cancer
Other Symptomatic Causes of Hypochlorhydria:
- Age – older than 45
- H-Pylori and other harmful bacteria
- Proton Pump Inhibitors
- H1/H2 Blockers
- Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Chicken Pox
- Intestinal Dysbiosis
By virtue of a number of the items listed above, I think it would be reasonable to suggest that allopathic or conventional medicine does absolutely nothing to resolve the root cause of HCL deficiency. In fact, these medicinal protocols actually knock down HCL as well as deplete the body of essential minerals which can lead to issues such as osteoporosis. Source
Also, there are claims that low stomach acidity causes acid reflux and heartburn 99% of the time.
With the profits garnered from the demand for over the counter and prescription antacids by the global big pharma market(A.K.A drug companies), I wouldn’t look to them for a solution to this problem. That’s not their business. Especially when you take into account that the global pharmaceuticals market is worth US$300 billion a year at least. That should give you a clear idea of what the bottom line is for them.
Video: From a trained pharmaceutical physician on the signs and symptoms of low stomach acid:
Is there a link between Autism and Low Stomach Acid?
There are many published studies indicating that addressing digestive issues associated with low acid deficiency in the stomach could offer solutions into the causal factors of autism in children. According to many studies, 8 out of 10 children who are diagnosed as autistic, are blood type A. Why is this significant? Those who are blood type A are more likely to have digestive/low stomach acid issues earlier in life, even at birth.
Researched findings have concluded that children with autism have inflammation in their brains. In addition these children also “coincidentally” happen to have inflammation in their gut. So, this begs the question, Could it be logical to give credence to the notion that there is a connection between hydrochlroric acid deficiency and autism spectrum disorder(ASD) in these children? Source
Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid in Children:
- Chronic issues with Gastrointestinal Parasites
- Low Weight
- Gut pain
- Hyper Active Behavior
Childhood Vaccines, ASD and the Gastrointestinal/Low Stomach Acid Connection:
There is much debate between the mainstream medical community and independent research in regards to vaccine safety. Gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Wakefield was one of those who came under fire for drawing a compelling connection between autism and the MMR vaccine. He was one of the first to trace the link between gastrointestinal infection and autism and take it “viral“(no pun intended).
Now, there is another side to this story. It’s comes from a prominent investigative journalist Brian Deer who claims in his own words that Dr. Wakefield “was paid more than £400,000 by lawyers trying to prove that the vaccine was unsafe”. According to Deer, these figures were released under the freedom of information act. You can read the allegations here.
Dr. Wakefield denies the allegations, stating that he was paid by a government compensation program as an expert and the money paid out from the lawyers was directly paid to the medical school to do a study.
According to Marcella Piper-Terry, M.S. Founder of VaxTruth.org, “Vaccines cause the underlying physical conditions that result in the pain, neurological damage, immune system disorders, gastrointestinal damage, and yeast overgrowth — all of which combine to produce the behavioral symptoms that result in the ‘autism’ diagnosis. Malabsorption of essential nutrients causes immune system disorders, seizures, encephalopathy, etc. … and that’s what leads to the ultimate diagnosis of ‘autism.'”
To be clear, these are not symptoms of autism, but vaccines can cause an array of issues that will lead to autism, as quoted above. So I think it would be an accurate assessment that vaccines do not cause autism, at least directly. source
On that note, i would like to mention a couple of individuals that I know, which I have spoke with, corresponded with and are very active in this field of study and what they are doing to provide remedies therein:
The first is Mary Baenen HMP, C.HP. Mary is a Certified Homeopathic Practitioner. I met Mary several years ago. Her and I had a mutual interest in bringing to light the issues regarding municipal water fluoridation. You can read both of our testimonies here that advocated for, what eventually resulted in a 4 to 2 vote of the the city council to have a 50 year fluoridation ordinance removed.
I thought it would be a good idea to reach out and consult with Mary on autism and how vaccines and poor digestion systemically play into this. She responded via email correspondence and mentioned that:
“I helped one beautiful family in which the oldest daughter was vaccinated and her two younger siblings were not vaccinated.
The two younger children had no problem with digestion, however, the mother described that her oldest daughter, then nine years old, has a digestion that was “as if she was a little old lady who couldn’t eat hardly anything.”
With just detoxing the vaccines given to her daughter, we were able to get her digestion back on track and she continues to be able to eat anything she wants. What many people don’t realize is that many vaccines contain antibiotics. Even the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has recently come out with warnings about unnecessary antibiotics.”
Mary puts a strong focal point on the removal of toxins to bring the body into well-being.
She states: “Homeopathy is the only way I know of removing the ‘energetic imprint’ of a drug or vaccine or any other toxin. An energetic toxic imprint can have a negative effect on the body’s vital force and functioning of the body, even after extensive cleansing, unless homeopathy is included in cleansing.
Many children on the autism spectrum do not have permanent brain damage, it is more like their brain is ‘stuck’ due to toxins. In many cases, clearing the actual toxins along with the ‘energetic toxins’ leads to full recovery from autism. The body needs to be clear of toxins to function properly.”
So, how does hydrochloric acid address and prevent HCL deficiency?
- Helps produce more stomach acid, more enzymes, and more beneficial bacteria
- Breaks down proteins into essential amino acids and nutrients that your body needs in order to stay healthy.
- Stimulates your pancreas and small intestines in order to produce the digestive enzymes and bile necessary to further breakdown the carbohydrates, proteins and fats you eat.
- Prevents disease by killing pathogenic bacteria and yeast normally present in food.
As you age, your stomach acid will deplete. Add a poor diet of processed foods and you may find that you have both digestive and immune problems.
Tips on how to increase hydrochloric acid in the gut:
- Digestive enzyme supplement
- Take a high dose of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) at mealtimes
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2. Reduce or eliminate sugar
3. Add fermented foods and drinks to your diet Including:
- Cultured vegetables
4. Eliminate processed foods
- Processed foods may be broken down by your body into one or more toxic molecules (i.e. Aspartame, Splenda).
- Processed foods may produce undesirable biological effects (i.e. trans fats, high fructose corn syrup).
- Your body may treat processed foods as a foreign invader.
When your body consumes processed foods, you may be triggering the release of powerful antibodies meant to fight off foreign invaders, which can actually cause collateral damage to your body’s cells. In fact, eating a diet rich in processed foods and junk foods can cause an ongoing mistaken internal attack on very necessary components of your digestive system. Source
Something to consider if you supplement with B12:
If you do not have sufficient amount of acid in the stomach you cannot breakdown and digest b12 as it requires a high level of stomach acid to process unless it is administered intravenously.
Anxiousness and depression may occur because a B12 shortage also depresses the brain chemical serotonin, a neurotransmitter linked to your brain’s pleasure centers, and dopamine, the mood regulator registering memory and mood.
Unless there’s an intervention, low B12 levels may even lead to paranoia, delusions and hallucinations. Other signs include:
Self test for assessing stomach acid:
There is a self test that can be effective in determining whether or not proper levels of hydrochloric acid are present in the gut. This test is performed by mixing one quarter teaspoon of baking soda in eight ounces of cold water, first thing in the morning before consuming any food or drink. Drink the solution and time how long it takes to belch.
If your stomach is producing adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid you should probably belch within two to three minutes. Excessive stomach acid may be present if early and repeated belching occurs. Performing a Heidelberg or Gastrocap test can give further confirmation. Source
On a personal note, I think it would be prudent to consult with a physician if you are concerned about a particular degenerative issue, such that you feel the information above could be a viable option for your situation. Though, if that physician prescribes or suggests something over the counter, for example, some kind of statin or antacid, I myself, would strongly consider getting a second opinion.
Lastly, i would like to give acknowledgements to the resources below and of course, Mary Baenen and Al Czap for availing me with their knowledge and insight.