I What is Esophageal Reflux?
- It is called “Heartburn”, or the medical term is Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
- Reflux occurs when acids from the stomach flow up through the muscular opening in your diaphragm and into your esophagus.
- The stomachâ€™s lining is designed to handle these acid compounds. Your esophagus is not. Constant acid reflux can eventually damage, ulcerate or even cause a pre-cancerous condition in the esophagus.
II What is a Hiatal Hernia?
- 50% of the population over 40 have them.
- A Hiatal Hernia is the part of the stomach that pushes upward through the opening of the diaphragm (hiatus), or through which the esophagus passes, thus protruding into the chest cavity.
- This occurs because the diaphragm muscle is weak, stretched or torn.
- The Esophageal Sphincter, which normally acts as a one way valve to allow food to travel into the stomach, now is unable to prevent gastric juices from traveling upward.
III Common Treatment:
- Mylanta, Tums, Pepcid, Tagamet (some of which contain aluminum which can lead to anorexia, malaise, muscle weakness, osteomalacia and of course Alzheimerâ€™s).
- Prilosec – Stops acid production and relieves heartburn, but has many side effects, such as headache, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Digestive Enzymes are responsible for the function of every organ in the body. To reduce HCL is very dangerous to the body.
- Antacids neutralize acids in the stomach, prevent proper digestion of proteins, and interfere with absorption of minerals, especially calcium, magnesium and B-vitamins.
- Aluminum based antacids can cause constipation.
- Antacids can cause a rebound effect resulting in the stomach producing even more acids and making matters worse.
Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia
I Digestive Problems:
Heartburn – The most common problem. Can be made worse by bending over, especially after eating. Worse at night or when lying down.Â Belching, Bloating, Regurgitation, Hiccups, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation, Ulcers, Food Allergies, Difficulty digesting proteins, Difficulty swallowing capsules, Sensitivity at the waist.
II Circulatory Problems:
Chest pains – Hiatal Hernia can mimic other health problems such as heart attack or pressure in the solar plexus.
Asthma Allergies, Lung pain, Rapid heart beat, Dry tickling cough, overall fatigue, Difficulty with deep abdominal breathing, Tendency to swallow air, Pain in the left side of the chest, Rapid rise in blood pressure, Fullness at base of throat.
III Structural Problems
TMJ, Braxism (grinding teeth in sleep), Weakness in bones (lack of HCL inhibits calcium absorption) Headaches, Overall spinal pain, joint pain.
Mental Confusion, Insomnia, Anxiety attacks, Quick tempered, Shakiness, Hyperactivity.
V Other ailments or symptoms
General weakness, Urinary difficulties, Menstrual or prostate problems, Thyroid problems (Esophagus pushes up into the thyroid),Craving for sugar, Weak immune system, Open ileoccecal valve, Candida Albicans, Hoarseness.
How to Self-Treat a Hiatal Hernia
- Relax your diaphragm:
- Lobelia and/or STR-J liquid. Rub in from below the sternum to the navel to relax the nerves, especially the vagus nerve.
- Magnesium – 1000mg., relaxes muscles. Magnesium is used rapidly in your body if you are under stress physically or mentally.
- Aromatherapy – Tei Fu or Lavender oil – four drops in bath water or use in room diffuser.
- Roman Chamomile – recommended to calm an upset mind or body. One drop rubbed on the solar plexus can bring rapid relief.
- Try to reduce stress by eating in a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere.
II Repair Muscle Tissue
In order to strengthen the diaphragm, certain vitamins and minerals are crucial, which “glue” tissues together and keep them from tearing apart.
- SKL – Excellent source of calcium and magnesium
- Red Raspberry – The herb most rich in manganese, which is an excellent aid to muscle repair due to itâ€™s astringent effect on tissue.
- Vitamin E – Helps the body repair the tissue damaged by stomach acid, and research shows it also reduces scarring.
- Strictly avoid over eating (as in do not overload the stomach). Eat until you are three quarters full, or five small meals.
- Never eat at bedtime (elevate the head of the bed four to six inches if needed).
- Proper food combining – See chart.
- Chew your food well.
- Donâ€™t drink but a small amount of liquid with meals. Large amounts dilute HCI.
- Avoid spicy foods, fried foods, coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, citrus juices, alcohol, green and rep peppers, onions and dairy products.
- Food Enzymes: Two at the beginning of each meal for the digestion of protein, carbohydrates and fats.
- Proactazyme: Two between meals for extra support of the digestive system. Use only these enzymes for acid reflux.
- AG-X: Two after each meal. Contains plant enzymes to prevent gas and bloating, which causes the stomach to extend upward.
- Papaya-Mint: Carry with you to use as a mild digestive enzyme after dinner. Researchers have shown enzymes increase the fighter cells by 300%. That is why people with healthy digestive systems, which supports a healthy immune system, donâ€™t get abnormal growths.
- MSM: – One study revealed that at least 75% of subjects taking one or more antacids were able to sharply reduce or eliminate medication within one week of introducing MSM and digestive enzymes into their diet. MSM reduces the burning and pain.
Use one to three a day for moderate cases, and two to three a day for severe symptoms.
- Aloe Vera: – can be taken in between meals to help heal ulceration and soothe inflammation. One ounce before meals.
- Stomach Comfort: – can be taken between meals to absorb excess HCL that has been pushed up passed the Esophageal Sphincter. Use it in place of an antacid for temporary relief of heartburn and GERD until manual support can be administered.
- Peppermint oil: – Dispels gas and helps alleviate nausea.
If you eliminate the mechanical problem and follow the dietary and nutritional supplement recommendations you will be performing a priceless service for your entire body. Instead of making yourself permanently sick with antacids, you will be allowing for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
V Manual Manipulation (best results are achieved on an empty stomach)
- First – prior to assuming a reclined position, take a dropper of Lobelia or STR-J with two oz. Of warm water to relax the stomach area. Rub Tei Fu or Lavender oil on Solar Plexus.
- Place both hands under the breastbone in the center of the rib cage.
- Take a deep breath and forcefully exhale air slowly.
- Push fingers downward and bend forward slightly as you exhale. Be careful not to push finger up under rib cage.
- Use a steady, heavy inward and downward pressure for 10 – 15 seconds and pull down about two inches, slightly left of center.
- Holding pressure with your fingers, repeat procedure until you reach the waistline (approximately five breaths are needed).
- Hold your right fingers in place and let go with your left hand.
- Push up with your left thumb to shut the illeocecal valve, two inches over and two inches down from your right hip bone.
- As your left thumb holds the illeocecal valve, release your right fingers and apply additional pressure with your right thumb.
- Repeat the entire process three times.
- To keep hiatus in place, roll on your side and push up to a sitting position.
“Good health allows you to become the individual you want to be, obtain the highest goals in life. Of all earthly treasures, vibrant health is the most precious.”
Dr. Bernard Jensen