Complementary Alternative Medicine

September 21, 2010

Traumatic Hiatal Hernia

If you?ve been told you have a traumatic hiatal hernia and you?re wondering what it all means, you?ve come to the right page.

A hernia is basically a bulging of an organ that?s protruding outside of your abdomen or whatever muscle was encasing it.

Hernias that happen in the abdomen are the most common of all hernias, which is where your intestines are sticking through the stomach muscle. A hernia is a hernia, they just name them according to the area it takes place.

Some hernias hurt and some do not.

Here?s a list of 5 common hernias:

1. Inguinal hernia: A bulge in the groin or scrotum, usually in men.

2. Femoral hernia: A bulge found lower than the groin, usually in women after a pregnancy.

3. Ventral hernia: A bulge through an old surgical incision.

4. Umbilical hernia: A bulge around the naval area, common in babies and women.

5. Hiatal hernia: an ?invisible? hernia in the abdominal area, bulging up into the chest area.

The traumatic hiatal hernia occurs by bulging organs intruding upward past the muscle that separates the chest from the muscle from the abdomen. It?s traumatic because it hurts a lot, placing excessive pressure upon the heart, lungs and esophagus.

A traumatic hiatal hernia can feel like you?re dying of a heart attack, or even choking to death. Jumping up and down or stretching with your back arched on a yoga ball or a pile of pillows may help relieve the bulging, intruding organ pressure.

Some hernias can be congenital, meaning they are caused from birth defects, causing a weak spot in muscle fibers. If you are overweight or recently gained a large amount of weight, rarely exercise or have a history of surgical operations, your risk of having a traumatic hernia are greater.

Straining your stomach muscles suddenly can trigger a hiatal hernia, inguinal hernia, femoral hernia and a ventral hernia, more than an umbilical hernia, but it?s still possible especially with women after a pregnancy.

Sometimes you can actually push the herniated organ back through the traumatized muscle; this is called ?reducing? it.

If you can?t push it back or find a stretched or reclined position that will help ?reduce the hernia, it?s called ?incarcerated or irreducible.?

Half the people who have hernias have no obvious symptoms and if they do they are symptoms like heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux usually after eating a large or fatty meal.

If the patient?s lifestyle continues to cause trauma to the hernia, it will get bigger and bigger leaving the only solution to a surgeon. If ignored a traumatic hiatal hernia can become strangulated, cutting off blood flow and eventually lead to gangrene, a rotting of the flesh and you certainly don?t want to go through anything like that.

Here are 5 treatments that can offer some relief:

  1. Do not lay down after meals
  2. Avoid greasy animal fats foods, acidic forming foods, alcohol, and tobacco
  3. Restrict calorie intake and eating small meals through the day.
  4. Eating raw fruits and vegetables provide a high-fiber diet.
  5. Do not take antacids, they can make things worse later

Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) offers manipulation techniques; acupuncture and ancient yoga positions that can help teach you powerful breathing and healing protocols, as well as nutritional and bioenergetic approaches becoming more popular.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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September 15, 2010

Stomach Virus and Heartburn

Did you just get over having a stomach virus and now you suffer from heart burn and indigestion?

Then you might be wondering if there is such a thing as a heartburn virus, but there?s not.

It just so happens that the condition that permitted the virus to flourish, is the same condition that can trigger acid indigestion.

You see a stomach virus, or any type of virus depends on you providing the right internal environment in order for it to become active.

In other words, you could already have a virus or many viruses inside your body. However, they are asleep in a ?dormant? state unless the conditions invite them to wake-up and become ?active.?

Viruses behave similar to a seed, a bad weed seed. Seeds of grain have been found in 4,000 year old Egyptian tombs that remained completely ?dormant? and intact.

When these ancient seeds were then placed in moist, nutrient rich and decaying soil, they sprouted and grew.

Your heartburn symptoms are another health issue that is a tell-tale sign of a specific environmental condition. It just so happens that the ?environment? I?m referring to is inside your body.

A healthy body will ward off viral attacks and maintain a balanced gastrointestinal environment.

Once that environment is set ?off balance,? just about anything is fair game. Just like anything else, once it is off balance, it is easy to tip it over. Even a tiny virus can collapse an unbalanced immune system; it doesn?t take much once your health has been weakened to an extreme point.

Old Science Proves You Can Ward Off Viruses and Heartburn Without Drugs

Antoine Bechamp (1816-1908), a Frenchman, made the greatest contributions to microbiology more than one hundred years ago, all of which is preserved in the archives of the French Academy of Science.

Unfortunately most of his discoveries have been erroneously accredited to the infamous plagiarist Louis Pasteur (1822-1895).

Bechamp’s research proved that your cells are made of smaller living entities that behaved intelligently and showed self healing abilities. He proved that germs and viruses needed an acidic pH inside the body and when the body?s natural pH balance was maintained at a slightly alkaline pH, these micro-organisms, bacteria and viruses could not grow.

A healthy alkaline pH is the result of having a slightly salty blood plasma. By salty I mean a body with a healthy balance of ?trace minerals? similar to sea salt.

The ancient biblical statement that you are ?the salt of the earth,? rings timelessly true here.

Bechamp knew that your body?s operating system revealed an intelligent design and it?s only vulnerable when intelligence is not equally applied through wise dietary and lifestyle habits.

Heartburn can be cured by eating a variety of raw foods Mama Nature made to switch on the master switch to your immune system. There is no medication yet that can match the efficiency of a healthy, balanced immune system.

All you need to do to support this ?intelligent defense system? is to eat right and exercise a little. If you suffer from viruses and heartburn, indigestion or Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), you can live free of these parasites and disruptive symptoms by simply changing your internal environment.

Eat foods that create and nurture a healthy alkaline condition.

The almost lost secret of long life and optimum wellness is all about finding mineral rich sources of foods and eating them regularly, it?s that simple. You can wash your hands all day long with detergents and antibiotic soaps, but if your pH balance is acidic internally, you?re going to run into stomach viruses, flu bugs and probably end up battling acid indigestion and heartburn the rest of your life.

It doesn?t have to be that way . . . seek out knowledge about natural remedies and prove evidence-based Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) cures and join the? Self Health Revolution.?

Live well,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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Gastritis Treatments

Another word for acid reflux or heartburn is gastritis. Ultimately when over-the-counter (OTC) gimmicks like antacids and risky pharmaceutical drugs fail miserably, it?s never too late to embrace a more holistic approach.

I won?t claim that chemically treating gastritis is absolutely unnecessary, only because once you prescribe to the barbaric ways of Westernized medicine; you?re going to most likely end up having more extreme gastritis treatments like surgery.

I?m also not going to say that Western medicine?s gastritis treatments are absolutely necessary either.

Truth is it?s ever too late to consider the proven benefits of integrative and Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM). Yet as you already know, the sooner you catch on and start using natural remedies, the sooner you will experience a total healing of your gastritis.

It goes unsaid that correct treatment of gastritis depends on the root cause.

According to the Mayo clinic, a sudden onset and short duration of gastritis caused from taking Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen or alcohol can be relieved by stopping use of those substances.

That should be a warning to you that prolonged of this class of drugs (NSAIDs) may lead to chronic gastritis.

In other words, you should know one of Ibuprofen?s many adverse side effects is gastritis. Other brand names of ibuprofen are Advil, Motrin, Nuprin and even Pediacare Fever.

7 Other brands of drugs that belong to the NSAID class are:

1. Aspirin (Bayer)

2. Naproxen (Aleve)

3. Indomethacin (Indocin)

4. Nabumetone (Relafen)

5. Celecoxib (Celebrex)

6. Flurbiprofen (Ansaid)

7. Rofecoxib (Vioxx)

Check with your pharmacist to see if you?re unknowingly taking any NSAID class drugs, because there are dozens of them out there. NSAIDs reduce the flow of blood to the kidneys and impair function of the kidneys which can be a factor in your gastritis problem, gastric acid production and many other associated digestive health problems.

Fact: ?it?s estimated that 35% to 80% of people with gastritis also suffer from asthma.

People suffering from asthma are more likely to experience allergic reactions to ibuprofen and other NSAIDs. Fluid retention (edema), blood clots, heart attacks, high blood pressure and outright heart failure have also been associated with the use of NSAIDs. Plus some products like Excedrin (acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine), are a combination of drugs.

Other Westernized medical treatments for gastritis are:

  • Antacids: Over-the-counter antacids (Maalox, Mylanta, others) in liquid or tablet form are a common treatment for mild gastritis. Antacids neutralize stomach acid and can lead to gut flora imbalances often leading to bacterial infections.
  • Acid blockers: When antacids don’t provide enough relief, your doctor may recommend more medication, such as cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), nizatidine (Axid) or famotidine (Pepcid), that helps reduce the amount of acid your stomach produces. These drugs only treat symptoms and do not cure your gastritis.
  • Proton pump inhibitors: These drugs shut down your body?s natural ?acid pumps.? They chemically block the action of the acid-secreting cells of your stomach. This class of medications includes omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex) and esomeprazole (Nexium). ?Blocking natural digestive acid production can have many adverse consequences, be sure to know the risks.

When treating the symptoms of your gastritis with any drug, be absolutely sure your gastritis symptoms isn?t caused from a common gastric ?acid deficiency,? which is more common than you would first think.

Sometimes The Gastritis Treatment Is Worse Than The Disease

Doctors often end up treating people with gastritis for a bacterial infection (H.Pylori), known to be caused from antacids. The treatment for this antacid induced infection is usually antibiotics combined with proton pump inhibitor drugs.

Antibiotics kill the bad ?ulcer causing? H. Pylori bacteria as well as any healthy micro-organisms remaining in your digestive tract (probiotics).

There?s clearly a good reason to not use antacids to treat your gastritis in the first place. I?ve only pointed out ?a handful? of the consequences of mistreating gastritis with antacids and other drugs.

Do you really need me to show you more?

There are many evidence-based, scientifically proven, natural remedies that help your body heal itself from the symptoms of gastritis . . . start looking and you will find them.

Do ask your doctor to use Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) when treating gastritis, before resorting to risky experimental drugs.

Live well,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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