Antacids deplete your vitamins and minerals

August 06, 2012

John W Brimhall, BA, BS, DC, FIAMA, DIBAK
Gastroesophageal reflux, heartburn, acid indigestion, difficulty swallowing, a full feeling after eating and even chest pain can be symptoms of incomplete digestion or a hiatal hernia. Symptoms can become very painful like a burning in the stomach that radiates upward all the way to the throat.

The throat can become very sore. Medical reports state esophageal cancer can result from these acid insults if it goes on for a sufficient duration. The lungs can be affected by the gases from the stomach going down the bronchial tree once they reach the pharynx. This can be a trigger for bronchitis, walking pneumonia, pneumonia, respiratory tract inflammation and even infection.

Some of the cases I have seen in practice with respiratory conditions have a root cause in poor digestion and gastroesophageal reflux. Therefore in treatment, we start with improved diet, digestive support and use structural corrective treatment for the hiatal hernia if present. We pull the stomach down manually or with a drop piece if you have one on your table. You can also use a Percussor or ArthroStim accomplishing an instrument adjustive correction. We always correct any cervical 3-5 subluxations or disc involvements since this area relates to the phrenic nerve. We correct the lumbar 1-5 area for proper balance of the low back muscles and we especially balance any pelvic categories and the psoas muscles bilaterally.

These symptoms are very frequent in much of the population and especially the older age groups, since their HCL and digestive enzymes taper off. With the poor diets of most of our patients, these symptoms are common in all ages. In fact, look at the ads on TV. They suggest eat anything you want and then take a DRUG that solves the problem you just created. Drug treatment really only covers the symptoms temporarily.

If you look at the potential side effects of the drugs used for these symptoms, they would fill pages in this article like they do in the Physician’s Desk Reference. If people really read the side effect sheets that come with the drugs, you would think it would scare them into looking for solutions instead of symptom suppression.

To start with, we do not usually have too much acid, but have too little in our stomach. The mouth should be neutral or slightly alkaline. The stomach should be very acid, the small intestine alkaline from gall bladder and pancreas secretions and then the acidophilus and bifidus in the large intestine should put us on the acid side again. By taking antacids, it exposes the whole GI tract to alkalization in its entirety. This stops proper processing at every level. These necessary chemical reactions that allow for proper health are very much pH dependent. Antacids shut down the body’s ability to digest, assimilate and absorb our nutrients, vitamins and minerals. When our vitamins and minerals get further depleted, we have more symptoms and more degenerative health conditions surface.

Antacids can also destroy your immune system’s first line of defense by further lowering the amount of HCL (hydrochloric acid) in the stomach. The very acid state of the stomach, if normal, is from a 1.58 to 3. This very acid condition helps the body destroy harmful bacteria and viruses, as well as assist in digestion.

For proper digestion and GI tract health, we need vitamin D, B12, B1 (Thiamin), Calcium, Chromium. Folic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Copper and Potassium.

I recently read an article by William Campbell Douglas II, M.D., where he included this list below of the conditions he felt could be antacid-induced by nutrient depletion:

• High blood pressure
• Irregular heart beat
• Muscle Weakness
• Impaired immune function
• Osteoporosis
• Anemia
• Sexual dysfunction
• Hair loss
• Fatigue
• Depression
• Hearing loss
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