stomach ache

March 8, 2011

Symptoms for GERD

If you constantly have a burning sensation in your chest, hiccup or belch frequently, particularly after a heavy, fatty meal, you may be experiencing heartburn, an ordinary symptom of GERD. Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, is a condition that stems from frequent acid reflux caused when the lower esophageal sphincter operates outside of the ordinary. Instead of tightening to restrict the influx of stomach acid and food that once passed through the esophagus, the loose sphincter or muscular ring allows acid to enter up the esophagus and cause inflammation. When the acid makes contact with the esophagus, a burning feeling begins, and is commonly referred to as heartburn.

Main Symptoms

Heartburn, sometimes referred to as acid indigestion, is primarily felt behind the breast bone but may spread to other nearby areas including the throat and neck. This pain is usually paired with belching. Heartburn is widespread and affects about 40% of the population. Although heartburn alone does not reflect that GERD is present, people that suffer from heartburn several times per week probably have GERD or acid reflux disease.

Gastric acid regurgitation is often associated with heartburn and is a chief symptom of GERD. Regurgitation can be uncomfortable because the acidic content of the stomach has the ability to burn and irritate the esophagus. When this occurs, the esophagus may become inflamed and limit the access of food to the stomach and create pain with swallowing.

Less Obvious Symptoms

Some symptoms of GERD are less-common and may go accidentally unnoticed as a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Chest pain, abdominal discomfort and nausea are among the symptoms that are often misinterpreted as symptoms for other medical conditions and diseases such as a heart attack. The simultaneous onset of these symptoms may be signs of Dyspepsia, where a general stomach ache occurs. Other symptoms for GERD are not typical at all but can serve as a warning sign. These atypical symptoms include but are not limited to asthma, sinusitis, a persistent cough, laryngitis and dentine hypersensitivity.

Defensive Treatment

Regulating the symptoms of GERD can be done through diet and habit. Eating meals that are less acidic a few hours before bed is a great way to reduce heartburn. Refraining from alcohol, fattening meals and chocolate can limit the frequency and intensity of heartburn and GERD. Over the counter medications like ibuprofen found in Advil and other pain relievers can exacerbate the symptoms of GERD. Drinking large amounts of water can neutralize the acidity of the stomach’s natural juices. Preventing GERD may be easier than treating it.

If you are not incorporated in your daily lifestyle and gastroesophageal reflux disease goes untreated, this may lead to gastritis and other complications of the esophagus. This can eventually cause difficulty with breathing and swallowing, essential everyday functions.

The Reflux Remedy Report contains more information on the symptoms for GERD and can assist you in determining your risk level. Go go to to view additional tips and methods of treating these symptoms.

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September 23, 2010

Adderall and Stomach Acid

I remember a time when it was normal for a 9 year old boy to day dream out the window and squirm in his chair during English class. Today the symptoms of ADD or ADHD, by definition, describe every 9 year old boy in the world. What?s with that?

That?s why more than 10,000,000 Adderal type prescriptions for ADD/ADHD are filled each year just in the US alone. In the 1990s, sales of these Adderal like drugs grew by over 500% and today it?s far worse.

Alerted health experts see the dangerous connection between all the ADD and ADHD prescriptions and a new trend of acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion is children these days.

This report will discuss some of the adverse effects of Adderal, such as causing a weakened immune system, disrupting stomach acid production and even damage to the brain and central nervous sytem.

When I was a kid, no one I knew ever had stomach acid issues, maybe an occasional stomach ache from too much junk food, but heartburn was a word for adults not kids. So what?s different these days?

Well for one, there?s more junk food available today than 40 years ago, it?s one of the fastest growing businesses on the planet . . . and so is selling Adderal, Ritalin and all the other Schedule II drugs.

Adderal is a powerful stimulant drug that chemically alters the ?reward pathway? of the brain and central nervous system. Adderal and these other mind altering drugs are experimental ?controlled substances? that have a significant abuse and addiction potential.

Your stomach acid production is dependent on a complex network of cells and nerve endings. In fact the gastrointestinal system, or gut, is now considered by leading gastroenterologists as the
?second brain.?

Technically the gut has more nerve endings than the brain. Stomach acid is only one product of your gut; it also produces the same neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine, as the brain does. This is all part of your total ?reward pathway? that loops through the brain, gut and ultimately the central nervous system.

The following structures are part of your ?reward pathway? affected by Adderal like drugs.

? Ventral Tegmental: Consists of dopamine GABE and glutamate neurons.

? Nucleus Accumbens: Made of medium spiny neurons representing 90% of all neurons

? Amygdala: There are one in each temporal lobe, associated with fight and flight emotions.

? Hippocampus: Connected to memory, known as the third brain.

? Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis: Regulates Hypothalmic, Pituitary and adrenal activity

? The Gut: A.K.A. the second brain consisting of 100,000,000 neurons.

It?s irresponsible for drug companies to make experimental drugs that manipulate the nervous system, and gut especially when ADD and ADHD are ?contrived, non-existent conditions.? The scientists that are paid to invent these powerful chemicals do not know all of the adverse side effects.

Why else would Adderal trigger serious stomach acid problems? All Big Pharma cares about is controlling your brain and tricking millions of people to believe drugs like Adderal serve any benefit at all, when in fact all they do is harm.

There is a new field called neurogastroenterology, which recognizes that your stomach?s (enteric) nervous system mirrors your central nervous system. Toxic drugs like Adderal interfere with not only the brain and central nervous system, but also mess up stomach acid production by manipulating neurotransmitters in your gut.

The drug companies and their select drug ?dealers? are only told drugs like Adderal interfere with the ?mesolimbic? (brain) reward pathway, and completely disregard an accurate holistic viewpoint.

Bottom line is the good neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, norephinephrine, enkophalin endorphins and nitric oxide, along with the 24 brain proteins found in your gastrointestinal system called neuropeptides, are all shut down or interrupted by Adderal type drugs.

Taking Adderal not only interferes with the neuropeptides that are major cells in your immune system, but Adderal and similar Class II substances disrupt the balance of stomach acid, which can lead to many different health problems like heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux diseases.

Using natural remedies you can learn how to help your body?s second brain and reward pathways like an electrical switchboard. By simply discovering the healing, calming and strengthening benefits of whole food sourced nutrients you can nurture superior mental and physical health without taking Adderal or other experimental drugs.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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