It’s almost incredible to me how medicine gets this one wrong. I have seen many cases of GERD reversed by actually adding small amounts of stomach acid. Of course, this needs to be done judiciously and with supervision. And then it becomes important to ask why? There are several common reasons. I see many patients who have a helicobacter pylori infection causing low stomach acid. People with gluten (gliadin) antibodies, can also have a cross reaction to their own stomach issues causing low stomach acid. These things can be readily identified by a blood test. And low vagal nerve tone usually due to stress, can also cause low stomach acid. Over 50% of patients put on a proton pump inhibitor – the standard stomach acid blockers – will develop SIBO – small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. And these same patients are at increased risk of osteoporosis and many other serious and chronic conditions.
“Stomach acid is a necessary and vital part of digestion.Yet, stomach acid has become enemy number one in the United States. We are a nation reliant on our proton pump inhibitors (PPI), acid reducers and antacids. Many think they cannot live without these medications but many of the symptoms of low stomach acid actually mimic those of excessive acid or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). A very common misunderstanding is if you have GERD/acid reflux, you have too much stomach acid. Quite the opposite is true. Low stomach acid will cause the lower esophageal sphincter to remain open, causing stomach acid and contents to reflux into the esophagus.”