Going home from work in the car the other night Rachel our product adviser was having a touch of an “acid attack”. With it being Rachel, who knows her Onions, the rest of us took particular interest in what she did to relieve her acid symptoms. Rachel’s remedy is to open up an acidophilus capsule or two and ingest the contents there and then. If this is a regular occurrence she recommends taking them as directed on the pack regularly in any case.
I attended a seminar years ago in which Sky Linenger of FSC was speaking. One of his pet subjects at the time was “Ban the Anti-Acid” which he pronounced in his fascinating American accent. He then went on to explain how reflux was caused by the need for more acid in the stomach, not less, and that taking anti-acids, in the long run, compound the problem. He went on to introduce me to the notion of taking more HCL to strengthen what was going on in the gut. I found it fascinating and have been hiding my Dads “Settlers” ever since.
Here is the official statement from Amanda Ross of Nutrition & Healing (www.wrightnewsletter.com)
Many expensive, high-tech patent medications have been designed to eliminate heartburn pain by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. There are also many low-tech, over-the-counter remedies. The theory that underlies all of these treatments is that acid reflux is caused by too much acid in our stomachs. The problem is, that theory is almost always wrong. Heartburn almost never signals too much acid, and it may often be associated with producing too little. That means, for many people with acid reflux, the best treatment may not be less acid, but more. This may sound like throwing gasoline on smoldering embers, but many knowledgeable physicians have successfully treated tens of thousands of people with natural, inexpensive acid supplements (along with various other natural remedies) for the better part of a century. The first step to eliminating the pain of heartburn is to have your stomach function tested. If the test results indicate low levels of stomach acid, you might want to consider working with a natural medicine physician on supplementing with either betaine hydrochloride-pepsin or glutamic-acid hydrochloride-pepsin before meals. I usually recommend taking one caps (5, 7 1/2, or 10 grains) before each meal. After two or three days, if there are no problems, use two capsules in the early part of the meal, then three capsules several days later. The dose is gradually increased in this steplike fashion until it equals 40 to 70 grains per meal. Please keep in mind that treatment with hydrochloric acid can be dangerous and should be used only when testing indicates a need. If this is the case, the process should be carefully monitored by a physician. Though problems occur rarely, they can be severe.
Hydrochloric acid should never be used at the same time as aspirin, Butazolidin, Inodicin, Motrin, or any other anti-inflammatory medications.
What is stomach acid?
Stomach acid, or hydrochloric acid, is secreted by cells lining the stomach to help break down food as part of the digestive process and to ward off infection. Mucus coats the cells of the stomach lining to protect them from being damaged by acid and enzymes. Any disruption in the layer of mucus can result in damage that leads to a stomach ulcer.