Doctors Don’t Know Stomach Acid!
When people complain of bloating, reflux into the throat area, burping, etc. their doctors will invariably diagnose “LOW” stomach acid and prescribe medication to counter the burning sensations and other adverse symptoms being experienced by their patients.
These measures do work to alleviate some of the symptoms but do not address the underlying cause, which is TOO LITTLE stomach acid, rather than too much.
The Role of Stomach Acid
The major role of stomach acid is to break down protein in the stomach into amino acids. Its role is not to break down everything that enters, but no protein should ever leave the stomach! All protein should be broken down into amino acids.
Stomach acid is as acidic as battery acid to help break down protein and other food components but the stomach lining stops this acid from damaging the stomach walls. The esophagus does not have a similar lining but has a valve at its base, called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) to stop the highly acidic stomach contents from returning. When the LES fails we burp and usually experience a burning sensation in our chest and throat. This is commonly called GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease).
Doctors prescribe acid-reducing medications which may, in fact, reduce the level of acid in the stomach but this also reduces the breakdown of protein, and these partially broken down proteins are released from the stomach into the duodenum, the first section of the intestines, and are subsequently absorbed through the intestinal walls into the bloodstream. And it is here that our problems begin.
When protein in the stomach is properly broken down into amino acids, they are absorbed through the intestinal lining into the bloodstream and carried to the Liver, where the amino acids are used by the Liver to make whatever protein the body needs at that particular moment. “Leaky gut syndrome” is another part of this picture.
Although there are over 500 amino acids in nature, human DNA codes for only twenty. Nine are classified as as “essential” because they cannot be made in the body and must be obtained from the diet. Eleven are classified as “non-essential”, and can be obtained from the diet or made in the body. The essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine. The non-essential amino acids are alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartate, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine and tyrosine.
Thyroid Hormone - Tyrosine/Iodine
Tyrosine is the molecule that the thyroid gland binds with iodine to form thyroid hormone. the inactive T4 thyroid hormone comprises one tyrosine molecule bound to 4 iodine atoms. the active T3 thyroid hormone is one tyrosine molecule bound to 3 iodine atoms. T2 and T1 thyroid hormones are not made in the thyroid gland but are the result of other body processes removing one or two iodine atoms from T4 or T3 and recycling the reclaimed iodine atom.
Good and Bad Bacteria
The stomach has a balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria, but when protein is not broken down completely, the protein fragments provide food for the bad bacteria, which results in excessive gas buildup and the forcing open of the LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter) allowing acidic contents and gas to escape into the esophagus. This is the cause of GERD. (Gastric Esophageal Reflux Disease).
Made in Me! Proteins (MIM Tag)
Returning to the process of digestion, when the Liver makes protein for the body, it attaches a “tag” which we describe as a “Made in Me” or MIM tag which is essential to identify to the white blood cells that the protein manufactured in your Liver is good, and does not pose a threat to the body.
White Blood Cells
White Blood Cells are critical components of our immune system, patrolling the bloodstream in search of “rogue” proteins that may have bypassed the many protective built-in body mechanisms keeping out “invaders”. When they encounter a protein that your body has made they read the MIM tag, ignore that protein, and continue patrolling the bloodstream.
When they come across a “rogue” protein fragment, including proteins incompletely broken down in the stomach, they look for a MIM tag and when they cannot find one, assume that the protein is a threat to the body, and immediately call in the troops to destroy the “enemy”.
The white blood cells activate the bodies immune system to make “antibodies” designed around a particular “rogue” protein fragment, and store that information in the Thyrmus gland in case it is needed in the future. And that is part of the allergies and asthma story.
Allergies, Asthma, Auto-immune Diseases
Children often develop allergies to foods that they have previously been eating without any reaction for years. The problem is not the food itself, but a lowering of the child’s stomach acid. And similarly for the development of asthma and (so-called) auto-immune diseases.
Dr. David Brownstein writes, in "Drugs That Don't Work and Natural Therapies That Do!":
“....research has shown that asthmatic patients generally have low hydrochloric acid production. Eighty years ago, a physician reported that over eighty percent of 200 asthmatic children had a low stomach acid secretion. Nearly ten percent of those studied had no acid production. The physician placed these children on hydrochloric acid therapy and noticed that most asthmatic symptoms significantly improved."
It is interesting that we can list 185 diseases attributed to fluoride exposure that are also diseases related to low thyroid production. These are listed in one of the “Guidance Sets” in Step 7. What Is Happening At The Cell.
Summary (Acidity & Good Bacteria)
There are two main problems to be corrected in dealing with low stomach acid:
Increasing the level of stomach acid.
Balancing the good and bad bacteria levels.
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