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Hiatal Hernia and IBS

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) one aspect, known as HH (Hiatal Hernia)

hiatal_hernia_hiatal_herniaThink about this for a moment … your esophagus, stomach and intestines, your entire intestinal tract from mouth to anus; is really the same muscle.

It is just shaped differently along the way to deal with specific digestive duties!!! And because of this, your guts are not internal, but external anatomy, open to the outside environment. (This also applies to your nose, throat and lungs; they too are connected to the outside environment.)

How do muscles react to irritation? They SPASM. A spasm is a contraction or shortening of muscle length. As this muscle, your intestinal tract, shortens, it pulls up into the diaphragm. This forces the top valve of the stomach, the cardiac valve, to open and allow hydrochloric acid to reflux up from your stomach into your esophagus. This creates “heartburn” and chronic sore throat. It probably started years ago with belching, burping, nausea and even vomiting.

***It’s not necessarily true that your stomach is making too much acid, it’s because bile is irritating your stomach so much that acid is leaking up out of your stomach. So taking antacids is not a good idea and if fact will likely make the situation worse over time. Most people do not have enough stomach acid but that’s another story.

If your diaphragm should weaken, slacken or even tear, the spasm can force the stomach up through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. This is called a HIATAL HERNIA. (At birth, this is referred to as a hiatus hernia, in older age it is called a bell-pulsion esophageal hernia; both require surgery). A hiatal hernia can interfere with breathing (sleep apnea) and even cause heart attack-like symptoms. The hernia can force more acid from your stomach, especially when you are lying down or bending over. Don’t do a lot of bending over after eating as this can send your stomach into spasm and give you grief.

Note: Surgery for hiatal hernias is not usually very successful and can even make it worse. As a result of the hiatal hernia, secretions of toxic bile weaken the duodenal membrane and make it susceptible to Helicobacter pylori. I call this the helicopter bacteria, because it comes from houseflies. Once inside you, your immune system recognizes it as a criminal (one of the 4 criminals; bacteria, fungus, parasite and the super criminal, I call the terrorist, the virus). This criminal bacteria, H. pylori, uses ammonia to neutralize stomach acid, so it can get a foothold under your mucous membrane. Once spotted by the immune soldiers, H. pylori are attacked and the resulting fight produces gastritis and eventually ulceration. Small ulcerations are known as micro-perforations and under chronic distress, the area becomes permeable to other criminals and the end product is dysbiosis or LEAKY GUT. So when we treat an HH (as we call the hiatal hernia), we check for all these things and may need to treat a patient for a number of digestive issues to get the whole scenario under control. You will see later on that there is a way to push the stomach down and therefore give the patient a tool to help relief the situation at home. Some chiropractors know how to push a hernia down and seeking out someone who can assist is a wise idea especially if your hernia is severe.

Leaky gut leads to other criminals invading the area. When there are three of the four present, the gut becomes fatigued, the lymph system congests and toxic debris from the criminals invades the bloodstream. This leads to AUTO-IMMUNE DISORDERS. Eg. Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and the like.

Spasms in the muscular intestinal tract can interfere with the production of digestive juices and enzymes and result in your food being fermented and not digested. This means the dreaded B & F disease, Belching and Farting. And that means GAS!!! = tiny bubbles of olfactory offensiveness!!!

HOW TO DEAL WITH A HIATAL HERNIA? SIMPLE … GET RID OF THE SPASM.

Sit on the front edge of a chair, slouch so your legs are stretched out in front of you, heels on the floor, your head on the back of the chair and your back bent towards the seat. So a severe slouch… Place the backs of your fingers together to form a point where the fingers touch. The fingers are about 90 degrees to the backs of your hands. Place the apex of the fingers, the third digits, just under the area where your breastbone ends in a small projection of cartilage. This is the xiphoid process and it acts like a relief valve. (The hiatal hernia has opened this valve too and allows pressure to move into the thoracic cavity and even into the head. This can make you feel air hungry (lots of yawning) or put you into a brain fog.) It can also cause upper back tension and pain.

Point your fingers into and then downward towards the rectum. DO NOT PUSH DIRECTLY DOWN TOWARD THE SPINE! Hold pressure towards the rectum while exhaling. Repeat and increase the pressure as you exhale and inhale 3 times in a row. On the fourth inhale, hold as much air in as possible and start pushing towards the rectum, at least 7 times, increasing the depth until your fingers cannot go any further. On the eighth push, exhale as hard as possible while your fingers continue to push. Rest for three minutes on the chair in a less slouched position.

Perform this procedure, a visceral self-correction, first thing in the morning, before lunch and supper and once more before bed. Be reasonable about the pressure you apply; you will know if you overdid it! Once you reduce the spasm, the diaphragm will need to be retrained. This is done by a specific breathing sequence called aerobic breathing. AEROBIC BREATHING Download.

There is also a yoga like exercise that can help strengthen the diaphragm. Lie on the ground on your back with your hands by your sides. Bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor. Slowly raise your buttocks off the ground so that your back is arched (head and shoulders should be on the floor). Hold for a few seconds and then gently roll your spine back to starting position. Repeat 10 times as often as you can but at least 3 x a day.

If you would like some one on one help with this really annoying problem, email cchs@shaw.ca and ask to do our very extensive online assessment called the Nutri-Q that can help us determine if there are any other factors behind your HH such as endocrine issues. If the pituitary isn’t communicating with the thyroid, then digestion can begin to go down-hill and could result in an HH. The NQ is modestly priced at $19.95. It is included in our in office consultations along with the Zyto Bio-Communication scan. If you are not in close proximity to our office, the NQ can be very revealing and worth doing. Go to our store on our website and you can purchase the NQ and we can then send you the login info to get started. Once we receive your submission, the NQ will be analyzed and recommendations made. This way we can make much more specific nutraceutical recommendations to correct the problem behind your HH. If you are in the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada, call us for an appointment. 778-788-4325.

Calcium Prevents Osteoporosis But Can You Absorb It?

calciumCalcium prevents osteoporosis! So let’s all take more calcium, right? Not necessarily. We can ingest calcium but if we don’t have the synergistic factors for absorption and digestion it can cause more harm than good.

How can too much calcium cause harm? First let’s remember if you don’t have the proper pH in your stomach, it doesn’t matter what form of calcium you take it’s not going to be fully utilized. Minerals must be cleaved from their substrate, ionized and then attached to amino acids for transport and absorption. Hydrochloric acid decreases as we age, subsequently osteoporosis is more prevalent as we age due to the lack of all minerals not just calcium. More and more clinicians are discovering that “over the counter” and prescription antacids as well as stomach acid blocking agents are creating serious problems. By decreasing physiologic levels of hydrochloric acid, the mineral availability of our already mineral depleted diets is further compromised.

What happens when we get too much calcium or calcium in an unusable form? Calcium abnormalities show up as bone spurs, kidney stones, and calcium deposits on mammograms and heart scans. The lack of proper absorption of calcium can cause calcium deposits which are related to osteoporosis, heart disease and heart attack. Remember too much calcium can push out or displace other minerals like magnesium and potassium which are two essential minerals for heart health.

Commonly, white specks on finger nails are considered to be “zinc deficiency” spots. I think they are indicative of a general malabsorption of minerals. A veteran nutritionist at Biotics Research shared that she had numerous specks on her nails for years despite zinc supplementation. She also had calcium deposits on her knuckles but found that when the calcium deposits were eliminated all the white specks on her nails disappeared She also saw this pattern with her patients as she changed people’s diets and fixed digestion.  She came to this conclusion by accident many years ago when she first noticed calcium deposits on several of her knuckles. They not only hurt but were unsightly. She also had a mammogram which revealed numerous calcium deposits. She had always had digestive problems including heartburn, hiatal hernia, and lack of hydrochloric acid in her stomach. She started taking Hydro-Zyme, a HCL supplement. Hydro-Zyme contains 2 mg vitamin B6, 150 mg Betaine Hydrochloride, 10 mg Pancreatin 4x (from porcine), 10 mg Pepsin, 50 mg Glutamic Acid and 35 mg Ammonium Chloride.

She also added Betaine Plus HP, a high potency hydrochloric acid supplement, to correct her heart burn, and other digestive and absorption problems. Within approximately 6 months all the calcium deposits on her fingers were gone. She’s never had them since. That’s amazing!

She continues to take a small dose of Hydro-Zyme, 1 with each meal and large doses of the Betaine Plus HP, 4-6 per meal. Her digestive issues are corrected and her nails are stronger and grow faster with no “zinc spots.”

She also spoke about her son-in-law “Bob,” and his family history of kidney stones. Each of the six members of his family had gone through numerous painful episodes. After he experienced three bouts with kidney stones within a year, he decided to try to do something about the calcium utilization problem. By taking 2 Hydro-Zyme with each meal, the kidney stone formation stopped and he has been pain free for over three years. Due to the kidney stones and white spots on his nails, my associate encouraged Bob to get a heart scan. His cardiologist was amazed to see calcium deposits on someone only 34 years of age.

So what are the causes? The major causes of poor calcium utilization are: drinking carbonated beverages (also one of the major causes of obesity), a lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and antacid use. In fact it is EXTREMELY rare to have too much acid…it just feels like too much acid when it really is too little. See our website for a video on GERD or Acid Reflux.
http://www.co-creative-health-solutions.com/Common-Conditions.html

No wonder we have a calcium problem with all the antacids and acid blockers prescribed and taken by a majority of people. The body is trying to tell us something when we get indigestion, poor growth of hair and nails, and certainly as things like bone spurs, kidney stones or calcium deposits are detected.

We need to listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us. Why wait for something serious to develop. Pay attention to the signs early; make a habit of looking at your nails. Do they have spots, do they crack and peel? Do you have calcium deposits around your joints? Many of you are taking calcium, that’s a good thing. Now let’s make sure you have all the correct co-factors and digestive ability to utilize it. As in many conditions, we see the need for adequate levels of hydrochloric acid.

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