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Thursday, May 21, 2009

STOMACH ACID, ANTACIDS, AND GAS

STOMACH ACID, ANTACIDS, AND GAS

Those of you who have been diagnosed as having too much stomach acid and are on antacids but who still experience gas either in the epigastric area (the area at the top of the sternum) with or without belching or in the lower bowel area (that part of the so-called stomach area below the umbilicus) associated either with or without flatus) should reconsider their taking of antacids. Please read my Blog dated 10/7/2007 on Low Stomach Acid (Hypochlorhydria).

Most individuals who experience symptoms which are interpreted as hyper acidity (too much stomach acid) actually are experiencing the symptoms of insufficient acid. It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Taking antacids is the wrong thing to do.

It seems very strange to me that my profession accepts the concept that as we get older our bodily functions deteriorate. Tissues and organs age, important enzymes lessen, and we generally cannot do the same things at 60 as we did at 35. It is not my intent to explain why this happens, but we all know that it does.

But with respect to the production of stomach acid many take a completely irrational point-of-view. Most doctors believe that as we get older the ability of the stomach gets better. Why should it. One of the major functions of the stomach is to make acid needed to begin the process of protein and carbohydrate digestion. Why should this process get better as we age. The fact is that it does not. As we age the ability of the stomach to make acid deteriorates as do other bodily functions.

The pharmaceutical industry makes a ton of money perpetrating the myth that many have hyper acidity, therefore, requiring the taking of antacids.

I as many other holistic physicians treat the real condition of hypo acidity by giving individuals acid, usually in the form of Betaine Hydrochloride. As mentioned earlier, read my previous blog on the subject.

That is my thought for the day!

nicola michael ©. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
7051 Poole Jones Road
Frederick, MD 21702
301-682-8717
Web site: www.drtauraso.com
Blog site: http://www.drtauraso.com/blog/index.htm
Email: drtauraso@drtauraso.com

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2 Comments:

Blogger marianne said...

Dr Tauraso,

Thank you for the information in your blog. I am a local Frederick resident and was familiar with your restaurant here in town.

I have been having a lot of problems with indigestion and severe intermittant halitosis. I have seen two GI docs here in town. They have prescribed Nexium BID, one had me on Reglan TID. I have not had any relief of the symptoms. I stopped the Reglan as I couldn't tolerate the sleepiness and dulled feeling I got with it. Also, my primary care md told me that there are black box warnings on Reglan and I should avoid it if at all possible. My biggest concern is the bad breath. It is socially embarrassing and I can't tell when I have it or not. Some co workers have told me about it--and I need to do something about it. My dental health is excellent- most doctors seem to think that is the only possible reason. I'm not sure what to do next. Do you have any ideas?

Thanks

moseywd@gmail.com

July 14, 2009 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Dr. Tauraso said...

Marianne:
Halitosis is part and parcel of low stomach acid and fermentation of carbohydrates in the stomach. Reglan is a dangerous drug, and Nexium will not cure your problem. I sent you a direct email to call my office since you live in Frederick.

Dr. Tauraso

July 15, 2009 at 8:51 AM  

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