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Book Review: Why Stomach Acid is Good For You

Why Stomach Acid Is Good For YouBook Review: Why Stomach Acid is Good For You – Natural Relief from Heartburn, Indigestion, Reflux and GERD by Jonathan V. Wright, MD

Many people suffer from “heart burn”, it is commonly believed that heart burn is
caused by too much stomach acid. Doctors prescribe acid reducers to help to get rid of the symptoms of heart burn, but the truth is it isn’t too much acid that is to blame it’s actually most likely too little stomach acid.

I found it interesting that childhood asthma can actually be a sign of low stomach
acid, and when you fix the problem of the low stomach acid the asthma goes away. Turns out it is not the airway as it would be thought in asthma, but really the stomach is the problem. Conventional doctors tend to prescribe drugs to treat the symptoms rather than treating the underlining cause.

Stomach acid is needed to break down proteins so the body can utilize the nutrients, when there isn’t enough stomach acid the nutrients don’t get to where they need to go and can make a person feel tired, lethargic and depressed. Looking into low stomach acid is a good first step when someone is suffering from many ailments.

I work as an eye doctor assistant currently and am very intrigued by anything relating to the eyes. It was interesting to learn that a common thread in Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) sufferers was that they had low stomach acid. It appears that the low stomach acid may be responsible for poor zinc absorption which has been linked to AMD.

I found this book to be very helpful and eye opening to me. I never knew how important stomach acid was until I read this book. I have suffered from heart burn off and on for years and I never would have guessed that the problem may actually be low stomach acid and not too much. I also suffer from depression, fatigue and brain fog.

I liked the step by step guide in this book and the explanation on how to decide to treat yourself or if you need to seek medical attention. I’m going to work on improving my stomach acid with apple cider vinegar to see if that helps with my symptoms.

It maddens me how the FDA is so interested in the bottom line of making money, that they continue to push antacids on people even though there is evidence that it is more harmful than good.

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