Do you suffer with burping, bloating, gas? Food feels like lead in your stomach? Undigested particles of food in the stool? Always TIRED? You may well have hypochlorhydria - AKA - low acid stomach.
Greetings! Eric Bakker. Thanks for coming back to me. I'm a naturopath. Got a question from a subscriber here who wants to know if she's got hypochlorhydria, or low stomach acid. She wants to know some of the signs and symptoms of that.
So, let's talk a bit about the stomach function and about hypochlorhydria. I learned a lot on a trip I made to the States back in 2003 when I went to hear Dr. Alan Gaby speaking, very interesting, Jonathan Wright and Alan Gaby in Seattle. I'd been practicing already for many, many years prior to that, but that 2003 trip really made me understand a lot more about stomach function.
Dr. Wright, Jonathan Wright, is long retired now, I believe. Incredible doctor, one of the most important influences for many, many functional medicine doctors in America and around the world, but Dr. Wright was a very big believer, going back probably as far as the '70s, that people with stomach problems, particularly low acid production stomach were exhibiting signs of over-acidity. So, common theme, for example, to experience when you've got hypo, which means you're low, chlorhydria, you know, stomach acid is heartburn. Many doctors never believed this until they actually devised a special capsule, which could be swallowed, to determine stomach acid viability, and they did find that.
They discovered that many people with heartburn in fact had a low-acid stomach, not over-acid stomach.
So, many people watching this video, for example, who are taking an acid blocker or a PPI drug, proton pump inhibitor drug, there are many of them on the market, like Nexium for example, it's a billion-dollar drug, many people take these stupid drugs believing they've got too much acid in their stomach, where in fact, they haven't got enough, so then when they take these drugs, they're in fact lowing their acid production even more, which creates huge fatigue problems, and headaches, and all sorts of digestive problems, so, not a good idea.
I'm not a fan at all of drugs for digestive system action. I think it's stupid. To me, it's like and American Express credit card, you know, with twenty-something percent interest, or if you go to these loan sharks and you borrow a hundred bucks to pay a power bill or something like that. To me, that's stupid as well. Dumb. Or borrowing money to pay loans. It's just crazy. To me, that's what these drugs are like, you know? You're just basically buying time, and you're creating serious underlying disfunction, so it's not a good idea taking drugs for the GI tract 'cause in most cases they can be entirely fixed up.
Thanks for tuning in to this video. I hope that it was educational, and you got some information from it. Thanks very much.