Hidden Causes of GERD
“Happiness for me is largely a matter of digestion.”
What is Gerd?
GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is a common health condition affecting 25% of the U.S. population. Highly acidic stomach juices should stay in the stomach in order to properly break down food but instead the hydrochloric acid and food moves backwards into the esophagus where they do not belong. The highly acidic irritation causes chest burning, choking, swallowing difficulties, hoarse throat and coughing. These acids can even erode the dental enamel and cause gum disease.
What Causes GERD?
There is a valve located where the esophagus meets the stomach called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), and it closes tightly as food enters the stomach in order to prevent regurgitation. If the LES does not close, stomach contents will flow backwards into the delicate tissues of the esophagus producing pain and discomfort.
Another cause of GERD can be the diaphragm, a very large muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. George Goodheart, D.C., founder of Applied Kinesiology Methods, called the diaphragm "the most important muscle in the body after the heart." The diaphragm may be considered a second gastric safety valve after the LES. If the diaphragm is weak or torn, the stomach frequently protrudes through the enlarged esophageal opening producing the gastric reflux symptoms plus shortness of breath on minimal exertion, lung conditions, and fatigue. This condition is known as Hiatal Hernia which is very common after middle age. In essence both GERD (due to LES failure) and Hiatal Hernia produce very similar symptoms because both conditions permit HCL (hydrochloric acid) to regurgitate backwards.
Fatty and spicy foods as well as citrus, tomatoes, caffeine and alcohol can irritate both conditions. Too much food at a meal, food allergies and certain medications such as calcium channel blockers can also be problematic.
What can heal GERD or Hiatal Hernia?
Some people have only GERD and some have Hiatal Hernia and some have both conditions. Applied Kinesiology Methods can help determine the causative factors for each patient and outline the best treatment approach.
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Vol. 14, No.3: "THE Microbiome Mania"
Hippocrates, father of medicine, taught some 2500 years ago that "all diseases begin in the gut." The worlds of medicine, immunology, microbiology and nutrition are confirming this finding concerning the popular topic of the microbiome.
Vol. 14, No.2: "The Magic of Sleep"
Sleep is an activity that all humans do automatically and is often underestimated in regards to its healing potential. In fact, restorative sleep is the foundation of physical and mental health. Lack of adequate nighttime rest has been associated with dementia, high blood pressure, increased blood sugar levels, depression, increased cancer risk and obesity.
Vol. 14, No.1: "Mystery of Persistent Back Pain"
Lower back pain has been a challenge for all professions. In fact, many years ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that lower back pain is more prevalent than the common cold. Medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy and many allied professions have tackled this epidemic malady with varying results. Of these, the chiropractic profession has had the best success record in dealing with this painful condition, although results can depend upon the pain’s cause and point of origin.
Vol. 13, No.1: "Emotional Healing & Psycho-Peristalsis"
Stress, whether physical, mental or nutritional, is now recognized as the cause of most illness, and its reaction takes place throughout the nervous system including the abdomen, as many people can attest.
Vol. 12, No.7: "The Great Mimic"
Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from periodic gastrointestinal complaints such as hiatal hernia, esophageal reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, hemorrhoids, or constipation. In this brief article we will explain what we think is the common denominator for all these digestive maladies and why we call this factor “The Great Mimic.”
Vol. 12, No.6: "Exhausted? It Might Be Adrenal Stress Disorder"In nature, when an animal is attacked, it can respond with extraordinary feats of strength and endurance. This is accomplished with the mobilization of hormones – specifically, adrenalin. The same response also occurs in humans, but with a very significant difference. Once an emergency has ended, the animal will recover quickly from the galvanizing effects of adrenalin. Humans, however, live with such persistent stress that, all too frequently, we do not have adequate time to rest and re-set the nervous-hormonal system.
Vol. 12, No. 5: "Oh, My Aching Head!"All of us experience feelings of sadness, unhappiness or frustration at times, and this is a normal part of human existence. However, when these feelings persist and start to interfere with our normal functioning, we begin to suffer from depression.
Vol. 12, No. 4: "Hidden Factors in Depression"All of us experience feelings of sadness, unhappiness or frustration at times, and this is a normal part of human existence. However, when these feelings persist and start to interfere with our normal functioning, we begin to suffer from depression.
Vol. 12, No. 3: "Your Aching Sinuses"
There is a simple – yet unseen – mechanism in the human body that regulates and restores our health. This “Great Harmonizer” is actually wired in to the human nervous system and needs only to be properly stimulated in order to maintain health.
Vol. 12, No. 2: "From Stressed Out to Chilled Out"
There is a simple –
yet unseen – mechanism in the human body that regulates and restores our health. This “Great Harmonizer” is actually
wired in to the human nervous system and needs only to be properly stimulated
in order to maintain health.
Vol. 12, No. 1: "Surprising Eyes"
Heredity can be either
blessed or blamed for many of our physical characteristics... from the inheritance of Mom’s curly hair to Dad’s bald head to,
unfortunately, Grandpa’s diabetes. In fact, just knowing about or having
observed a beloved relative suffer from a hereditary illness can create an
aura of ticking time bomb in our own lives.
Vol. 11, No. 1: "Natural Immunity"
Human beings have always
searched for methods to preserve health in the face of aging, infection
and disease. One such route to health
has increasingly been the promotion of the body’s own self-protective
and self-healing mechanisms.These mechanisms, in turn,
are dependent upon the strength of the body’s “natural immunity,”
its inherent ability to defend itself against infection and degenerative
Vol. 10, No. 1: "Reflex Healing"
Chiropractic methods may seem, at times, to be mysterious and have little obvious connection with the object of a patient's complaint. While the "light touch" used at Friedman Chiropractic may possibly appear superficial, it is actually a critical tool for helping the body to regain health.
Vol. 9, No. 1: "Hara and Healing"
There is an old Taoist saying which advises: "When you are sick, do not seek a cure. Find your center and you will be healed." "What is this Òcenter" of which the ancients spoke and what is its importance to natural healing?
Vol. 8, No. 3: "Water: The Overlooked Nutrient"
We can live weeks without food, but no more than a week without water. For health, we need a balance of fluids for all of our cells to function properly.Our bodies consists of from 50% to 80% water. These fluids are what carry nutrients, waste products, and minerals to our cells. The fluid in our bodies can be divided into two main groups: There is fluid inside our cells (intracellular fluid) and fluid outside our cells (extracellular fluid).
Vol. 8, No. 2: "Fibromyalgia"
Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects over 8 million Americans, 80% of them female. People with this chronic condition have symptoms of severe fatigue and multiple sites of aches and pain in their muscles, ligaments and tendons. Years ago, people with this condition were told they had fibrositis, myalgia, rheumatism or were just plain hypochondriacs.
Vol. 8, No. 1: "Food Allergies"
Many medical experts predict that between 50%-60% of all Americans have negative reactions to some foods. These reactions are not restricted to the intestinal tract but can also cause brain, immune system, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, respiratory and skin symptoms...
Vol. 7, No. 2: "The Law of Polarity"
Since ancient times there have been many seekers of Nature's secret laws of healing. One such doctor was Randolph Stone, DO., DC., who explored the world in hopes of determining the common denominator of all healing systems. He concluded that there is an unseen field of electro-magnetic energy that both runs and heals the body. Dr. Stone organized his discoveries into a method he called Polarity Therapy ...Vol. 7, No. 1: "Toxic or Tired?"
Fatigue is epidemic is our society. Common causes of this malady can vary from life-style choices to dietary indiscretions. Many people are aware that their exhaustion may come from poor food and emotional pressures, but an often overlooked factor is "auto-intoxication." Autotoxemia is poisoning with toxic substances formed within the body.
Vol. 6, No. 1: "The Importance of Posture"
There is an old adage that states: "The shape you are in determines the shape you are in." The implication is that the way one's body looks reflects one's general health. This idea goes back to the ancient Greeks who appreciated an erect and poised body in athletics and the arts, particularly statuary. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, exhorted: "In all diseases, look to the spine."
Vol. 5, No. 1: "The Four Stages of Healing"
An understanding of how the body-mind becomes ill can be helpful in guiding us through the healing process. The body becomes ill and gets well in an orderly manner whether the stressor is nutritional, mechanical, or emotional. The stages of disease in the order of progression are Acute, Sub-acute, Chronic, and Degenerative. All stages are various degrees of a condition called "inflammation." ...
Vol. 4, No. 1: "The Healing Field"
Many people wonder what is the mechanism in the human body that co-ordinates our daily physiology and also heals illnesses and injuries. A simple finger cut, for example, goes through many stages of tissue healing. How does the body know what type of connective tissue to lay down and when the scar is ready to fall off? ...
Vol. 3, No. 6: "Understanding Your Gut Feelings"
Most of us believe that important decisions are made via the intellect or the reasoning part of the mind. Current scientific research reveals this to be only partially true. It appears that we think with our minds but experience our emotions from another locale within the body: the stomach area. ...
Vol. 3, No. 5: "Retracing: The Untold Story"
There is a belief among many health practitioners working with natural therapies that a person who is in the process of getting well may undergo some sort of a "healing reaction" in order to fully heal. The "healing crisis," as it is known, occurs at a point when the body's self-healing mechanism has begun to "retrace" its own history of illness in order to completely heal and rid itself of the accumulated residues of disease...
Vol. 3, No. 4: "May the Force Be With You"
The physicians of the ancient world believed that health comes from a power within the human body which they called "Vis Medicatrix Naturae" or the healing power of nature. The Greek physician-philosopher Plato observed that every living thing is activated by an "inherent vital principle" which both runs and heals the body-mind complex...
Vol. 3, No. 3: "Change Your Thinking...Change Your Life"
philosopher-psychologist Henry James observed almost a century
Vol. 3, No. 2: "Is It Mind? Is It Body? Is It Body-Mind?"
Except for a small number of physical complaints such as injuries or acute infections, there is an increasing array of health complaints being labeled as having a "stress-related" or emotional component. By current estimate, almost 90% of present health issues have emotional stress as a partial cause of disease. How can we, as health consumers, know if a disease derives from emotional or physical causes or from a combination of both? To find the answer to this question, it is helpful to look to the past. ...
Vol. 3, No. 1: "Fatigue and Its Remedies"At various times throughout our lives, all of us will experience a sense of tiredness or fatigue. Sometimes this feeling will last a day or two but, for some people, it can persist for months, years, or even a life-time. It is important to understand that serious fatigue, that is, fatigue that is not attributable to temporary over-exertion, is actually a symptom of some other process going on within the body-mind unit. Prolonged fatigue is not an illness in itself, but a manifestation of a health imbalance. ...
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