"Digestive problems are the leading cause of hospitalization, surgery,
and disability in the United States and affect more than 65 million
- National Institutes of Health
"Ulceration of the
esophagus can result in hemorrhage ... the formation of an abnormal lining
of the esophagus can become cancerous."
- John Bryant Wyman, MD,
University of Wisconsin
A friend recently related to me that he was
experiencing reflux and congestion.
He is a chocolate milk addict. I
first explained this his congestion is due to milk protein, casein. I have
done this before with him. The human body reacts to casein by forming
histamines about 12 hours after consumption. Shortly thereafter histamines
are produced, mucus forms. Quitting milk consumption is similar to quitting
any addiction. Casein is converted to casomorphins in the human gut.
Casomorphin is an opiate.
I also explained to him that it's not
necessarily what you eat, but how you eat. Human stomach acid creates a
gastric environment with a pH of about 1.8, which creates a powerful acid
that helps to digest food.
In order to make digestion easier for the
stomach, I explained that tiny pieces of food are easier to break down than
large pieces of food. In other words, chew your food well.
addition, I asked him to imagine the inside of his stomach after a meal as
the acid is working. I explained that if he drank a lot of liquid during his
dinner, the buffering effect of that liquid would raise the acidity level by
making it more basic, neutralizing the acidity.
In response, the
stomach would squirt additional acid into that gastric "soup" and reflux
I then asked, "Why doesn't your stomach digest itself?"
The answer is that the lining of the stomach is composed of a large
amount of mucus so that it is protected from
I continued by explaining that cigarette smoke produces mucus, both in
the stomach and the esophagus. Congestion results. The body also reacts to
dairy cow protein from casein by producing histamines and then mucus.
1) Chew food well.
2) Limit your drinking with
3) Cut out the cigarettes.
4) Eliminate dairy products
from your diet.
Last but least, I recommend two herbal teas which can
Lobelia � also called Indian tobacco.
also called horse-heal
My friend's cure is within his grasp. He is in
such denial, that he might never get there.