Stomach Acid

The body produces hydrochloric acid (HCL) which gets

pushed into the stomach from the blood! The enzyme, carbonic

anhydrase, a zinc enzyme, is involved. Not many ways are

known to stimulate this whole process. Drinking water before

meals stimulates it in unknown ways but is hard to do for the

elderly. Next best is to provide acid.

Because strong HCL would dissolve teeth it is not available

as a solution to aid digestion. Ask a pharmacist to make a 1%

HCL solution and use 10 drops of it in a beverage at mealtime

once a day. HCL as a tablet (“Betaine HCL”) is available but

doesn't have enough HCL in it.

Using a lemon or vinegar and honey beverage helps with digestion

although this provides citric or acetic acid, not hydrochloric.

These acids are completely metabolized so they don't

add to the body acid level. But the fact that it is not hydrochloric

means that it can't kill bacteria and parasites in the stomach

like regular hydrochloric acid could. The stomach becomes a

haven for Salmonellas and other bacteria and this is the biggest

digestive plague of the elderly. Salmonellas dig deep into the

stomach wall, safe from antibiotics and stomach acid and aren't

washed away with the food. When they take over the region near

the top of the stomach, it weakens the esophageal sphincter and

food keeps coming back up a bit—a most uncomfortable

development, especially after supper or when lying down.

When the Salmonellas spread out further to invade the diaphragm

around the sphincter, the diaphragm weakens, and lets a

bit of the stomach up through the hole.

This causes hiatal hernia distress. Don't settle your loved

one in an easy chair after supper. This presses the stomach upward

and the food up, too. Leave them sitting at the table a while,

then walk a bit, to get the food down lower. The food will sink

lower if some of it can leave the stomach at the lower pyloric

end. But if Salmonellas are entrenched here, too, the lower end

does not have enough action to push the food through the valve.

Drugs like ReglanTM are given to speed this up.

What helps most is getting digestion completed. This sets up

the natural cues for emptying. Digestive enzyme tablets have been

in popular use to help digestion. But they may not be safe since

they have not been sterilized. Always try the vinegar and honey

method first. Coughing during eating is a sign that the diaphragm

is irritated (by a hiatal hernia). If drinking water starts the

coughing, omit it at the beginning of meals. Work in sips during

the meal.

Salmonella and Shigella

Some Salmonella infections can bring dizziness to your elderly

person. Dizziness is another plague of the elderly, keeping

them from going shopping, getting to church and even from getting

around their own homes. Drugs such as AntivertTM are

given but only take the edge off the problem. Feeling dizzy can

make your loved one home bound and stuck to a walker for every

move.

Salmonellas, along with Shigellas, produce very toxic substances

that cause dizziness. There are three common Salmonella

varieties: Salmonella enteriditis, Salmonella paratyphi, and

Salmonella typhimurium (386, 380, 354 KHz). Kill Salmonellas

daily for a month by taking Lugol’s iodine (6 drops in a half cup

water, after meals and bedtime, see Recipes). Unfortunately, this

will not kill Shigellas; follow the Bowel Program (page 546) to

get them.

During this time set up a system of sterilizing all dairy

products (see Milk, page 425) since this is the source of reinfection.

Set up a system of rinsing fingers (and fingernails) in

10% grain alcohol in the bathroom. Deli food and restaurant

salads carry Salmonellas and Shigellas, too. Kill them, routinely,

after eating such food due to necessity. A warm stomach

full of food at a neutral pH is just the right culture condition for

these bacteria. It's like putting yeast into a bowl of warm water,

flour and sugar. In half an hour it is overflowing with growth.

Once Salmonella is entrenched in an organ it is difficult to

eliminate. Only an electric zapper can kill them all (in an organ,

not the bowel). If your body has the right conditions (like a low

acid stomach) to let them grow you dare not swallow another

one! Shigellas arrive with dairy foods, too, but prefer the lower

intestine as their headquarters. Indigestion that starts right after

eating is probably due to Salmonellas. If your indigestion comes

in the night, this suggests Shigellas, since they've had time to

reach their favorite place further down.

Campylobacter and E. coli, other digestive bacteria, are

sometimes the culprits. The Bowel Program is effective against

these also. Besides getting digestive improvement you get mental

improvement, less depression, less dizziness, less irritability

after clearing these up. Remember that eating bacteria and

killing them later will not solve the problem. Stopping eating

them will.



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