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Hydrochloric Acid—God’s Natural Antiseptic

June 5, 2009 by  

Hydrochloric Acid—God’s Natural Antiseptic

Pharmaceuticals persuade the public to buy antacids for what their advertising calls "over-acid stomach."

There has never been an over-acid stomach with natural acid. All the "heartburn" and "acid indigestion" symptoms are created because of low stomach acid which causes incomplete digestion. Incomplete digestion causes fermentation and organic acids of fermentation. This produces gas and reflux.

The only acid the body makes is hydrochloric acid with pepsin. Other acids that produce symptoms of acid reflux come from the fermentation process which is entirely different from natural stomach acid originating in the stomach.

The fermentation process comes from undigested food because of lack of—or low—stomach acid. Antacids don’t know the difference between natural stomach hydrochloric acid and organic acids of fermentation from undigested food. They attack all acids. This is why they provide only temporary relief. As long as stomach acid is low or insufficient the digestive process is incomplete and fermentation continues. We are suppressing the all-important digestive process with antacids.  The only solution is to build stomach acid with Betaine Hydrochloride by supplement with each meal.

Just how important is it to have sufficient natural hydrochloric stomach acid? The answer is something no doctor will ever tell you because most don’t know.

Adequate hydrochloric acid in the stomach or induced into the tissues by mouth, vein or muscle acts chiefly in clearing out the poisonous waste acids created by insufficient digestion and fermentation. Hydrochloric stomach acid increases the elimination of carbon dioxide (CO2), decreases to normal the pH reaction and desensitizes the tissues to disease proteins.

Natural stomach hydrochloric acid stimulates phagocytes. Its presence is essential to all glandular and cellular activity. Hydrochloric acid intravenously injected will significantly raise the oxygen content of the blood. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) stimulates all the forces of resistance.

Adequate stomach acid stops all the fermentation and putrefactive processes. Antacids increase the alkalinity, fermentation and putrefaction. This sets the stage for malnutrition because of incomplete digestion, and consequent failure of assimilation must occur.

Adequate hydrochloric acid (HCl) sterilizes the whole body system even to the natural purging of parasites.

Antacids compound the destruction of natural stomach HCl, making way for a septic process of the tissues and organs. Pyorrhea, symptoms of indigestion, nephritis, appendicitis, abscesses and pneumonia begin to appear. Deficiency of normal acid leads to stagnation of organs like the gall bladder and the pancreas—causing diabetes and gallstones—and leads the way to all forms of degenerative disease.

Normal HCl is nature’s true antiseptic, which is clearly demonstrated in the difference between HCl in a dog and man. Normal gastric juice is far stronger in dogs. Unlike humans, healthy dogs can eat septic meat and if its stomach is opened one half hour later, the foul, odorous meat will be found sterile. This shows the power of HCl in the process of digestion and health.

With sufficient and normal HCl, all waste acids along with fermentation disappear. It follows that all "heartburn" and gastritis are symptoms of low HCl—not high acid as the pharmaceutical sales pitches claim.

When antacids are taken, the contents of the stomach become alkaline. This masks the symptoms of the fermentation process, but at the same time the putrefactive (rot) processes are present in the stomach. Excess alkalinity promotes putrefaction and tends to diminish HCl. HCl deficiency is a large factor in the etiology of degenerative disease.

The crime of alkalizing the stomach runs deeper. The epidemic of cancer may be directly related. But the antacid people have a ruse called confusion of cause and effect. This is only one more example of the system, which we call benevolent totalitarianism—manipulating the people against their best interest with sales propaganda.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Dr. Rob D’Aquila

    This is a fantastic article! I am writing a similar post and came across yours while researching. The public is really getting duped when it comes to heartburn. And their symptoms occur because of the exact opposite reason, as you mention. I don’t know if there is even anything like this misinformation out there (where the best treatment is the exact opposite of the current accepted conventional treatment) Keep spreading the truth!!!

    • Fed Up Gal in NM

      Dr Rob and Bob Livingston,

      I hope you both see my comment. I’ve only been on this site for a month or two, so I’m still getting around to reviewing as many articles as I can when time allows. I just ran across this particular article (and comment) from August,09 regarding acid reflux. I wish I’d started from the older postings and worked my way to current ones.

      Another (more recent) article that I belive Bob posted referenced this “Betaine Hydrochloride” supplement, but I didn’t really understand how it seems to balance the “right” type of acid in the stomach; so I was a bit apprehensive about trying something I had never heard of to deal with acid reflux. Anyway, this article and comment seems to explain the “how” better (at least to me). Can either of you offer your opinion as to how much and how often to take, and if there are any precautions to take or known side effects?

      A bit more info: I took Prilosec and Prevacid for 5-6 years (intermittently) and stopped on my own because of my concerns about potential liver complications from these drugs. Some recent PL articles have discussed the benefits of apple cider vinegar; so I have been using the Braggs Organic ACV (1TBSP, 2-3 x daily), and it seemed to work well initially. Not sure, but I’m wondering if I was over doing it since my reflux got so bad a couple evenings ago….that it woke me up, with nausea, sour stomach, and almost vomiting; I felt sick to my stomach for the next 24-36 hours. So for now, I’ve switched back to the aloe vera juice I was taking before the ACJ. Helps some, just not completely.

      Thanks, in advance for your thoughts on this topic.

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours’.

      Fed Up Gal

      • Bob Livingston

        Dear Fed Up Gal:
        Your concerns about proton pump inhibitors are well-founded. I have written often about how PPIs cause digestive problems and can lead to cancer as the food is no longer digested due to lack of acid and it sits in the stomach and putrefies. Here are a couple of links you can check out for more information: & & I use Advance Digestive Solution from Health Resources™. It is available at Also, apple cider vinegar is a good natural alternative. Mix two tablespoons in water with one teaspoon of honey before meals.
        Best Wishes,

        • Fed Up Gal in NM


          Thank you, for your very quick reply. Ok, I got it now. I’ll look into the ADS (Health Resources) product you use. In the mean time, I’m back to taking the ACV (1 TBSP, 2-3 times a day).

          I don’t care for the taste of the ACV mixed in the water….so I’ve been choking it down and then chasing it with water. Not sure if possibly, doing it this way may have caused my stomach to get upset before or not….now it seems fine again (lol)….but if there’s some precautionary/side-effect reason I should absolutely mix the ACV into a glass of water and with honey…then I’ll just do it. Does it make sense to you that the ACV could have actually caused the stomach upset (due to lack of water, etc)???????? Just wondering.

          Thanks again, Bob. I appreciate reading all your thoughts and points of view!

          Fed Up Gal

          • Bob Livingston

            Dear Fed Up Gal:
            The upset stomach may or may not have been related to your taking apple cider vinegar without water. To me, the water and honey make the taste more palatable, plus some studies show that honey may provide other benefits, such as acting as an antimicrobial. But you should do what works best for you.
            All the best,

      • home boy

        you should fine someone who is doing hoelistic medicine. corporation have only one thing in mind and thats profits

  • http://MSNwebtv John

    Bob You have the best web site around. All your posts and comments are read by this 74 old man. We, as a country are in deep doo-doo.

    • home boy

      john, if you think we are in a mess now, wait till the great tribulation , that thebible talks about,comes.

    • Codger

      We are in REALLY deep doo doo, and it’s getting deeper by the minute!

    • James

      Check out a small company named Novabay Pharma (NBY -amex).

    • DB

      I’m afraid election time is not going to be here soon enough. By November there may no longer be an America. Especially as we know it.

  • Brenda

    Has any research been done on all this? I am very interested in this and would like to be able to make my choices based on some research. Any help in finding research would be appreciated.

  • Ali

    Dear Mr Livingston,

    Thank you for your great information.

    Is there a difference between taking HCL pills
    and vinegar? I know vinegar is a weak acid, but what
    if I take a few tbs of vinegar? Would it be the
    same as having adequate HCL? Or does HCL do other
    things which vinegar can´t do?

    Thank you



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