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Jonathan Wright, MD Stomach Acid Is Good For You, Hormone Replacement Therapy + by Sound Health Options

Because of this reason I’ve resorted to a 95% vegeterian diet with the occasional meat only on the weekends in low quantity. I’ve been suffering with this for the past several years. Hey I know that I have low stomach acid. I have abdominal cramps as well due to less bacteria in gut which is again due to low stomach acid.

The decline in HCl replacement therapy, according to Jonathan Wright, was due to poorly designed and misinterpreted research that convinced medical practitioners that HCl and pepsin replacement therapy was not necessary. Dr. Kevin Passero also hosts The Essentials of Healthy Living radio show and is the author of The Drug Free Acid Reflux Solution. You can learn more about his practice and read his blogs by visiting

Not once did anyone mention low stomach acid. I can distinctly remember the year I started living on acid reducers, 2001. I was a overworked middle school counselor, writing major grants, and putting out any and every “fire” that came my way. My desktop, consisted of a blotter, pens, Mylanta, Tums, Pepto Bismol, and Prilosec. It was the joke of the building, in fact when I was promoted to Principal, no one would apply for my job.

Straight after I had a lot of wind and was constantly belching as well as feeling a bit hypo. Does that mean that I don’t need to take HCL and that my stomach was already producing enough acid?

During that time I have had substantial weight gain with fluctuations but have been unable to lose the extra weight I was advised to by the practice nurse at my Doctor’s surgery. I have suffered bloating, gas, constipation and been unable to wear many of my clothes. Recently the local pharmacy made an error on my prescription and only gave me half of my usual Omeprazole prescription.

Most Americans suffer stomach problems. Many lead lives of utter misery. Whether you call it heartburn or acid reflux, this painful affliction is also associated with throat cancer. Shockingly, the problem may not be too much stomach acid, but too little! And antacids and acid blockers may actually be making the problem worse.

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Stomach acid stimulates the release of pancreatic enzymes in the small intestine. In other words, the pH must be low enough for the enzymes to be secreted. Any amount of stomach acid in the esophagus is going to cause symptoms because the esophagus is NOT designed to handle any amount of acid. Heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest caused by the regurgitation of bile through the stomach into the lower esophagus, is a frequent symptom of low gastric acid.

We’d expect just the opposite to be true if these conditions were caused by too much stomach acid. In 24 years of nutritionally oriented practice, I’ve worked with thousands of individuals who’ve found the cause of their heartburn and indigestion to be low stomach acidity. In nearly all these folks, symptoms have been relieved and digestion improved when they’ve taken supplemental hydrochloric acid and pepsin capsules.

This link is compounded when we think about the role of fatty acids in mood stabilization. Low stomach acid will not trigger the correct environment for pancreatic enzymes to function optimally in breaking down fats. Sub-optimal fat digestion means we won’t benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fats, nor the wide array of beneficial effects of fats for fertility, skin health, immunity, etc. Therefore, although the drug companies are well aware that GERD isn’t caused by too much stomach acid and that low stomach acid causes serious health problems and complications, they continue to sell billions of dollars worth of antacids to an unsuspecting public.

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Hi Janie – because people experience different sensations with GERD it is hard to say that it will definitely feel the same at heartburn, but for many people the warm/burning sensation of too much HCL is very similar to heartburn. As far as I understand it, the lack of gallbladder would be dumping bile salts, which aren’t the same as stomach acid, they are very different. If you’re wondering about it get a Heidleberg test done and you’ll know for sure. Hi Rebecca, that’s not too uncommon.

Glad I found this page – I feel like my symptoms fit very well with the smptoms of low stomach acid. I had a horrible diet back in college which I’m sure contributed to this whole issue but I’m researching now to find out what steps the body uses to actually create stomach acid. I had already assumed that a deficiency of nutrients and minerals was the cause, but three things in study that were specifically named as thing needed are zinc, thiamine, and B vitamins. Is this true?

I’m sure I can attribute this to taking the Prilosec for so long. I need help in trying to wean off the Prilosec and advice on when to take the HCL Betaine. I just want my life back and not be afraid of food. I once loved food but every meal scares me. My doctor won’t hear of me stopping the reflux medication and I can’t afford a natural health doctor.

I have your book and your protocols, I bought and read through your package. I have completed the indepth food allergy test – no allergies. I have done hormone testing twice, levels of E in range, Pg slightly low and I supplement with bioidentical progesterone, Vitamin D levels in the optimal range.

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