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.