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These are the comments from a patient this past Friday:
For several years of suffering from dizziness, digestive problems, heartburn, chronic headaches, neck pain. For chronic recurring sinus infections I have been taking antibiotics, at least once a year. I been on Prilosec and Tagamet to combat my constant heartburn. Unfortunately, it always comes back.
I heard about Dr. Z through the local newspaper. After examinig me, Dr. Z placed me on a candida/hypoglycemia diet. I am taking all kinds of vitamins and other supplements for my digestion. He has me do spinning exercises at home, which are supposed to improve my brain function.
After 3 weeks all my digestive symptoms are gone. I have not used antacids since the start of this program. My sinuses have cleared up. My dizziness is much improved. During two weeks I had no dizziness at all. I lost 13 pounds. I have more energy, and I feel more positive about my life.
For more than 20 years I have suffered from food allergies, digestive problems and relentless diarrhea. Over the course of the past years I could eat less and less foods. I became depressed, had no life energy, felt tired and listless all the time, suffered recurring headaches. I craved food, especially sugar and other carbohydrates. My life seemed to be slipping away. I lost 35 pounds.In my despair I went on a six month "candida diet". Of course I was not very strict. Nothing changed, things actually became worse.
Upon the recommendation of my hairdresser I went to see Dr. Z. Dr. Z made a rather radical diet and lifestyle change proposal that was to last for four weeks. I thought to myself: "I can do anything for four weeks". I took his recommended supplements, ate differently, cut out all carbohydrates, drank only bottled water...
Within one month I felt a dramatic improvement. After eight weeks I had my life again. I truly felt like myself again .I can eat pretty much anything now. I have tons of energy. Instead of being depressed, I am "up" and optimistic. I can focus on my life now .Thank yo so much.
A. G. Auburn, California
In my clinical practice I always address The Big Four:
DDHC - Diet, Digestion, Hypoglycemia/Blood Sugar, Candida
This is the time of the year when many people eat too much of the wrong things.
Of all the patients who come to my office, and all the people who fill out the on-line Self Evaluation - more than 90% share one complaint in common:
Let's talk about digestion. I find digestion issues - and the other three - in the majority of my patients. They all get better, when you resolve the Big Four.
Problems with digestion appear to be more of a societal problem than simply an individual one. It has to do with our more and more sedentary life style, what we eat, the medications we take, etc.
Good digestion is the key to good health.
Even the "ideal" diet is useless, if your digestive function is compromised.
Nutritional supplements must be digested and absorbed, before they can be utilized by your body.
Diarrhea translates into malnutrition - the foods pass through your bowel too fast for them to be digested and absorbed,
Constipation translates into toxicity - you cannot eliminate the toxins properly, they accumulate in your body. Not a good thing.
Digestion begins at the top. The taste receptors on the tongue signal the brain that food is arriving in the digestive system. The hypothalamus gland then responds and initiates the hormonal signal to begin production of all required enzymes and acids for the digestion of the food.
Proper chewing mixes the food with the saliva, signaling the brain to begin the digestive process. The first enzyme action begins with salivary amylase (ptyalin) which breaks down starch into less complex sugars.
Because most people do not chew their food enough to fully process the starch and carbohydrates, digestive problems begin in the mouth.
Up until the late 1920's and early 1930's hydrochloric acid (HCL) was prescribed for many symptoms and conditions. After that time the medical establishment discontinued its common use. We are now beginning to understand the impact HCL can have on a person's health. Numerous studies have shown that HCL secretion declines with advancing age.
Once the stomach senses food, it secretes the hormone gastrin into the blood. Gastrin affects digestion in two ways:
The gastric secretions in the stomach consist of protective mucus, pepsinogen, and HCl. Pepsin is the enzyme that digests food proteins.
The functions of HCL:
HCL plays an important role in the total digestive picture.
Here are typical signs and symptoms that are associated with decreased gastric secretion of stomach acid (HCL):
Other signs of reduced HCL secretion are
With lowered HCL the normal sequence of digestion and nutrient absorption is disrupted. HCL is required for the best absorption of folic acid, ascorbic acid, beta carotene, iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
HCL supplements are especially important for the elderly who are not responding to nutrients such as B vitamins and minerals.
Asthma, alcoholism, chronic skin conditions, digestive disturbances, intestinal permeability, overgrowth by pathogenic bacteria or fungi, and evidence of parasites are all conditions which may indicate impaired ability to secrete adequate HCL and therefore may benefit from HCL supplementation. Diseases related to the pancreas or gallbladder also may benefit from HCL supplementation as these organs indirectly require stomach HCL to function properly.
Heartburn is considered by most people to be caused by too much stomach acid (HCL). Often the opposite is the case. With deficient or absent HCL, food is not digested properly, it ferments and putrefies instead. Fermentation acids are extremely corrosive. Heartburn, bloating, gas, and indigestion follow.
We then reach for the antacids, such as Tums, Zantac, Tagamet, etc. They relieve the symptoms, but do not address the underlying cause. Antacids, by definition, interfere with normal digestion, because they neutralize any stomach acid. They further can cause stomach, gallbladder, and pancreas malfunction, and can lead to malnutrition. Osteoporosis is another possible side effect. Calcium is not easily utilized by the body in an alkaline environment which is created by Tums, and other antacids.
Possible side-effects associated with the use of Zantac and Tagamet, as described in the 1997 edition of the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) include:
The clinical experience of many holistic practitioners has clearly shown that heartburn, indigestion, and a myriad of other symptoms can be remedied by the supplementation of HCL and digestive enzymes.
Note: This is the first in a series of short articles about the consequences of digestive problems, and what to do about them.
For more details on digestion and digestion related health problems, please review my article on Digestive Problems.
Here is a link to a very important article, you may want to read:
By MAURA LERNER, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Quote: (bolds and color added by Dr. Z)
.....The Twin Cities gastroenterologist has come to see the popular pills as a symbol of the excesses of modern medicine -- a powerful medication "handed out like water" in his words, amid mounting evidence that it may do many people more harm than good.
"It's a drug we've become very cavalier about," says Thygeson, president of the Center for Healthcare Innovation at Allina Hospitals & Clinics. "Now it's like front-line therapy if you so much as belch."
End of Quote
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Thank you again for your interest and support.
Peter Zeischegg, MS, DC, DACNB
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