Heart Burn – Stomach Pain

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By Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Gastritis-GERD

Heart burn, gastritis, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), stomach pain, acid stomach, sour stomach, it goes by many names and is one of the most common afflictions suffered by modern man. Traditional treatment demonizes stomach acid which is one of our most important body substances. Without stomach acid we can’t digest and absorb proteins, minerals and vitamins which are critical for the building and repair of our tissues, bone, muscles and immune system, as well as providing the nutrients needed for our mental health and memory.

Love Your Acid

We are all learning about acid and base and pH. Remember pH (potential of hydrogen) runs from 0, very acid to 14, very alkaline. pH of 7 is neutral and the blood is maintained at a pH of 7.35. Stomach acid runs from 1 to 2 pH. The body works very hard to produce this much acid. I call it the queen of body chemistry. When we get symptoms of stomach acidity it has many causes. One is that the stomach lining has goblet cells which make mucous to coat the stomach. If the autonomic, automatic nervous system of the body becomes damaged or the hormonal system becomes stressed, particularly the adrenal gland, the stomach becomes abnormal, the goblet cells don’t make adequate mucous and the unpleasant symptoms begin to bother us. In extreme cases ulcers can develop which can bleed and leak stomach contents into the abdomen with very serious consequences.

It seems paradoxical that low stomach acid, hypochlorhydria, is extremely common especially as we age and gradually introducing stomach acid and pepsin, a hormone that stimulates stomach acid, can eliminate gastritis symptoms. Low thyroid also causes low stomach acid and poor absorption.

Acid Blockers

Commercial over the counter acid blockers can frequently contain aluminum which is a neural toxin and can cause high blood pressure, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. We love our alkalinizing products that are what I call sexy German baking soda, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium bicarbonate rather than just sodium bicarbonate. Taken on top of a meal, however, they can kill your stomach acid and ruin absorption. Prescription acid blockers may be necessary for a short period of time in severely stressed individuals but were never designed to be taken chronically as they cause osteoporosis, thinning of the bones, because of interference with calcium absorption. Pneumonia, serious diarrhea, iron and B12 deficiency and other medical conditions can be consequences of long term use of acid blockers.

Slippery Elm, Herbs, Homeopathics

A great gift to stomach health is Slippery Elm powder. Given by capsule, 4 to 6 before meals and bed or 6 capsules opened into warm water, stirring out the lumps, will coat the stomach and esophagus and relieve distress within 30 seconds to 5 minutes.

Many herbs, demulcents and mints are immediately soothing to the stomach. Peppermint and Peppermint oil are antispasmodic and immediately soothing as is Chamomile. One combination of herbal tinctures from Nestmann in Germany has been extremely successful in normalizing the autonomic nervous system concerning digestion. It is made from Absinthium (wormwood), Centaury, Blessed thistle, Peppermint leaf, Anise fruit, Juniper fruit, Fennel fruit, Elecampane root, Sage leaf and Hyssop. With the Slippery elm and sexy baking soda it relieves most gastritis in minutes.

Homeopathy, which is difficult to comprehend at first, gives poisons which initially would cause stomach pain but when diluted thousands of times cause the opposite reaction. Nux Vomica, the vomit nut, is one common remedy for heart burn as is Arsenicum Album, white arsenic, which is also very valuable. There are hundreds of homeopathic remedies for gastritis depending on the symptoms and the nature of the person.

Neural Therapy for Tougher, Chronic Gastritis

Neural therapy from Germany has been around for over 100 years and treats a myriad of conditions using procaine, a safe local anesthetic. By injecting little bubbles in the skin over the stomach area with other anti-spasmodic homeopathics it helps to restore damaged nerves which have been chronically inflamed to normal function relieving stomach and esophageal pain in minutes.

References

  1. Homeopathic Medical Repertory by Robin Murphy, N.D. Hahnemann Academy of North America, Pagosa Springs, Colorado, 1998 R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company.
  2. Manual of Neural Therapy according to Huneke, Peter Dosch, MD, Karl F Haug Publisher, Heidelberg, Federal Republic of Germany 1984.

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  1. avatar

    Jodi Barnes

    May 5, 2014

    I have been sick since Jan 6, 2014. I almost fainted while shopping that day. They next morning at 3:30am I woke up to my body tremoring/shaking all over. I went to the ER because I wasn’t sure what was going on. I thought maybe a bladder infection? UA didn’t show anything & I was sent home 1 1/2 later. I have had a low grade fever since the first day. (as high as 101.7) Now I average around 99.6 everyday. Been to the ER 8 times this year. I have had lots of blood test, 3 CT scans (abdominal, Chest & head). A spinal tap to check for Lyme’s disease (no bands & both IgG, IgM negative) Been to a rheumatologist for a high ANA titers on blood test. Second blood test of ANA titers break down was negative. GI Dr for stomach issues that I have never had before. Had an Endoscopy done in March with nothing found. The GI Doctor put me on Protonix 40mg 2x daily (I only had mild irritation in my stomach at the time, no ulcers). Which took all my acid away, then I couldn’t eat. Ended up on baby food for 5 weeks. This sent my gallbladder in non function mode. Only in the last 2 weeks have I been able to start eating some foods. Had a HIDA scan & my gallbladder is function at 84.1.
    After 3 months my primary Dr. has given up on me saying, “It’s all in my head”. The Dr’s are baffled.
    My Naturalpath Dr did blood work for cholesterol & hormones. Plus a saliva test for hormones. I have high cholesterol last blood work from Jan 17, 2014 (total 252, LDL 182, HDL 44, Trig 180). I have had high cholesterol since I was 31… I am 50 now. Not taking any meds for this because I am a carrier of LCHAD.
    My Estrogen is low, Progesterone is low, TSH is high (per blood test/saliva test).
    I am very lethargic, lost 24 lbs (5’1″) get headaches a lot. Low grade fevers. I have never been sick before this all started in January 2014. I haven’t driven much since this has all happened. My husband has been taking time off of work to help me.

    I am very interested in coming to your clinic, but live an hour away in Auburn, CA. How do I set up an appointment?

    Please, please can you help me…..
    Jodi

    • avatar

      gerbermedical

      May 14, 2014

      Hi Jodi.

      We are very sad to hear about your sickness. Dr.Gerber sees a lot of patients from other states and even countries, and he would be glad to help you. Please give us a call (775)826-1900 so we can set up an appointment for you.

      Sincerely,
      Gerber Medical Clinic

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Dr. Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Natural approaches to medicine have always been of vital interest to Dr. Gerber. Since 1976 Dr. Gerber has been a chelating physician and Diplomat of the American Board of Chelation Therapy since 1984. He is a Diplomat of the International College of Anti-Aging Medicine and is a graduate of the UCLA Medical Acupuncture Training Program. He is President of the Nevada Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association, a Past President of the Orthomolecular Medical Association. Dr. Gerber was also a medical advisor and featured columnist for Alternative Medicine Magazine. He is a diplomat of ABCMT (American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology) since 1984. Currently Dr. Gerber is a monthly contributor to Healthy Beginnings and The Townsend Newsletter.
 
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