The Good and Bad Stomach Acid
May 15, 2009 by Bob Livingston
There are two kinds of stomach acid—the good and the bad. The good is called hydrochloric acid (HCl), and the bad is called organic acids of fermentation.
It’s the bad acids that cause all the trouble. The bad acids only appear when there is insufficient good acid or HCl.
Good HCl does not cause heartburn, acid reflux and all the bad symptoms. Bad acids cause the discomfort.
But when we take antacids, we kill all acid, the good and the bad… much the same as antibiotics kill all bacteria—the good and the bad. We have to drink buttermilk or take probiotics to put back the good bacteria. Doctors don’t advise us to put back good bacteria. We have to learn this and do it for ourselves.
Likewise we take betaine hydrochloride to achieve optimal levels of HCl in order to neutralize and overpower the bad acids. You can order it in a product called Advanced Digestive Solution from our sister company, Health Resources™.
Everybody over age 50 is low on good stomach acid. This creates the huge antacid industry that gives false comfort and false hope. Customers should be advised to take two, four or six betaine, whatever achieves comfort. It is important to understand that the need varies according to stomach conditions.
Acids of fermentation are products of decomposition. These are very harmful acids and they become a monkey wrench in the machinery of health causing acidosis, which is systemic poisoning.
The only way to rebalance the body is with hydrochloric acid, which greatly stimulates immunity.
For more information on this subject, read Three Years of HCl Therapy by Roy W. Huntsman. Although this book is currently out of print, you can order a copy for $29.95 from Health Resources™ by calling 1- 800-471-4007.