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hiatial hernia
Posted by: Patty
Date: August 28, 2000 6:21 AM

My father asked me to find out if there are any alternative / nutritional / energetic etc. means to aid in healing his hiatial hernia.

RE: hiatial hernia
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: August 28, 2000 11:49 AM

Hernias appear with aging because as we age the muscular structures slowly loose mass and strength. Declining levels of two hormones are most responsible: HGH (human growth hormone) and testosterone. Also exercise helps reverse the situation - in this case deep breathing as achieved in aerobics since the diaphragm is the involved muscle. Until the musculature recovers mass and strength with hormone replacement and exercise, a truss can be worn to prevent herniation.

RE: hiatial hernia
Posted by: n gatlin
Date: September 4, 2000 7:50 PM

My doctor prescribed a medication called Prilosec for my hiatial hernia. It has worked wonders for me. Is there any problem with this medication?

RE: hiatial hernia
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: September 4, 2000 8:28 PM

Prilosec suppresses your stomach acid production. It so happens that you need acid to properly ignite the digestive process. In fact 50% of people over 50 are already producing too little stomach acid, even without Prilosec. Although you can get by without stomach acid, you are asking for poor digestion, disturbance of your gut flora, poor absorption and overgrowth of pathogens, all of which comes on slowly. Also, side effects can be serious, and common side effects include headache, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It's really the same old story - doctors are trained like Pavlov's dogs. The bell is replaced by a diagnosis and salivation is replaced by reaching for the prescription pad. Thought plays no part. Is it any wonder that allopathic medicine is becoming more irrelevant by the day?

RE: hiatial hernia
Posted by: S Keeble
Date: January 16, 2001 8:51 PM

Does Hiatal Hernia cause cancer. We heard that down the road there is a chance that cancer may develope. But, we do not know what kind or how long. My husband was just diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, and this is what we were told.

RE: hiatial hernia
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: January 16, 2001 11:59 PM

Gastric acid reflux into the esophagus increases the risk of esophageal cancer. To say that it would "cause" cancer would be overstating the case.



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