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Thursday, February 14, 2008

MEDICAL MISINFORMATION ON THE INTERNET – FLATULENCE

MEDICAL MISINFORMATION ON THE INTERNET – FLATULENCE

I have warned you about this before and I will do it again here. Although the Internet is a source of much good information, it is also the source of great misinformation. This is becoming so true about medical misinformation which is so rampant on the Internet. This would ordinarily not be so dangerous except that medical misinformation can be deleterious to your health.

How can you tell whether the Medical information you read on the Internet is correct? It first starts with the credentials of the writer. Many times the information appears on some newsletter or Blog and you do not know who the writer is. You should carefully examine the credentials of the writer. In our web site we very clearly publish the credentials of the major writer, who is me, in the link to “Dr. Tauraso’s Curriculum Vitae.” You, at least, can see what my background is and determine whether my qualifications meet your expectations.

Usually I have a reason why I write a Blog. Today, I was inspired after reading a communication from “Bottom Line’s Daily Health News,” and the discussion on “Fixes for Flatulence.” Although I agree with most of what Andrew L Rubman, ND, had to say, he missed the most important cause of flatulence – the relative lack of stomach acid. I will not disparage the fact that Rubman is not a medical doctor because I know many MD’s who could not talk their way out of a “nutritional bag,” and I have known many ND’s who are more knowledgeable than most MD’s on nutrition. But it would be nice if I could examine Dr. Rubman’s credentials more closely.

As I said, most of what Dr. Rubman wrote about “fixes of flatulence” is on target, he failed to mention the most important cause of flatulence. I have written on this subject before, and I will delineate my theory here again. I use the word theory, and we should understand that “theory is only theory” until and unless it is backed up by actual experience. I have practiced for many years and what I am about to describe.

The bottom line and most important cause of intestinal gas from the beginning of the alimentary canal with burping to the end of the canal with flatulence begins in the stomach with a relative deficiency of stomach acid.

This may sound contra to the well accepted but erroneous assumption that many individuals suffer from gastric hyper-acidity. Folks, this is big business. So much money is made by drug companies selling antacids from the simple “bicarbonate-like” pills to the more up-to-date touted-as-more-scientific Nexium-like products. These are all supposed to neutralize excess stomach acid. But, what are you doing to your system if the problem is insufficient stomach acid? The problem will get worse.

Philosophically, is it not most interesting that as we get older many of our bodily functions deteriorate, but we are asked to believe that the stomach whose chief function is to make acid actually gets better at it? It makes little sense to me.

Stomach acid is needed to begin the process of hydrolyzing (breaking down) complex carbohydrates into more simple sugars and proteins into simple amino acids. When this process is not sufficiently completed in the stomach, the more complex carbohydrates and proteins travel further down in the gut. Beans, for instance, contain large chain complex carbohydrates. When these complex carbohydrates arrive in the lower intestines, they are acted upon by the intestinal bacteria which begins to ferment them. Fermentation is a completely different process than simple enzymatic breakdown. With fermentation, gas is produced which must be eliminated as flatulence. Many of these undigested substances contain sulfur which eventually results in odorous gasses making the flatulence somewhat smelly.

To return to the stomach, low stomach acid results in the stomach bacteria also fermenting both simple and complex carbohydrates. The resultant gas is expelled as burping.

There is a bacterium which resided in the pyloric end of the stomach, Heliobacter pyloris. This bacterium should not be there. It is associated with the development of stomach ulcers and cancer. A blood test can be performed to detect antibodies to this bacterium. Treatment with antibiotics AND restoring the stomach to normal stomach acid can eliminate this bacterium, thus preventing the complications of ulcers and cancer.

You really need to stop taking medicines to get rid of stomach acid, medicines which are deleterious to your health. The real treatment is to take stomach acid in the form of Betaine Hydrochloride. If you are interested in more detailed “how to do it,” write me at drtauraso@drtauraso.com.

What I write would be useless, if it were not backed up by practical experience.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
web site: www.drtauraso.com
email: drtauraso@drtauraso.com

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