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hypochlorhydria
Posted by: Carrie
Date: October 31, 2004 1:28 AM

I have done some research on hypchlorhydria for my fiancee. He has had nausea, bloating , and pain in his stomach for many years. He has also had many other physical problems that are listed as related problems. I saw that if you take 10 grain B (don't know if I can list a product) and don't get heartburn that low levels of acid could be the problem. I took the tablet and did get heartburn so I know it works. I have had him try it twice and he has not felt anything. My question is where do we go from here? We may have identified the problem, but now what? We have gone to a stomach doctor and the family doctor here in Elyria, Ohio and even tried to see some doctors at the Cleveland Clinic, but none of them have heard of hypochlorhydria. Do you know of a doctor around Cleveland, Ohio that may be able to help? What do you suggest we do in the meantime?

RE: hypochlorhydria
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 31, 2004 1:48 AM

That is so absolutely amazing that first of all a doctor would not have known about hypochlorhydria and second, even if that person had never heard of it, the word itself tells you what the problem is. Oh well, no wonder people are turning to alternative medicine in droves. The name of the product you are trying to think of is Betaine HCL (stands for Hydrochloride). It is available at every health food store. There is also a German spagyric homeopathic which usually restores a person's ability to produce his or her own stomach acid. It is called Speci-chol. It is not available over the counter, so you have to find a therapist who works with the Pekana Remedies. As to a list of doctors, we do offer that service. Click on Find A Doctor (yellow tab above) and you will receive a list of at least 10 doctors closest to you by zip code. Having said that, I have to tell you that persistent bloating usually means a more serious problem than even most alternative doctors know how to treat other than symptomatically (which you could do without the help of an MD if you read up on dysbiosis, probiotics, and colon therapy). Persistent bloating usually means a gut wall infection and you can usually trace the initiating cause for that back to long-term use of antibiotics or mercury toxicity. Correcting all that requires the help of a person who grasps the entire clinical picture and has the tools to deal with all of it. I suggest you enter "gut wall infection" in Search This Site in the upper left corner of this website. After reading what comes up from that search, you will have an in-depth knowledge of the problem and you will know more than 99.9% of doctors.

RE: hypochlorhydria
Posted by: Carrie
Date: October 31, 2004 2:58 AM

I looked up the gut wall infection and found information about hypometabolism. My fiancee has many of the symptoms of this including low temperature, cold hands and feet, the bloating, etc. Which strand of the medical field would I look at to find a doctor under the yellow box. Just metabolic? There are none in Ohio. Is there any other branch of medicine that deals with hypometabolism?

RE: hypochlorhydria
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 31, 2004 3:07 AM

The doctors listed, and who can be obtained on the list for which you pay (click on the red letters for that), are members of a medical society for docs who practice natural medicine. Beyond that, I can't tell you what the individual doctors know or do not know. In general, trying to find a doc, even among those who practice natural medicine, who understands the relationship between mercury toxicity, gut wall infection and hypometabolism AND who knows an effective way of dealing with the problem is an exercise in futility. You could order a list and call around, but then you are lucky if you are able to speak to the doctor him/herself. I am sorry to sound so pessimistic, but I am just trying to be realistic. You can always get a ;plane ticket and come see me, but that may not be your choice for a variety of reasons such as distance and expense.

RE: hypochlorhydria
Posted by: Carrie
Date: October 31, 2004 3:28 AM

California may not be unrealistic, we were thinking of trying to go to the clinic in Florida. He has two other symptoms that I am just wondering if they would be related to either the hypocholohydria or hypometabolism. He has an abundant amount of kidney stones and swelling along the bottom of his rib cage. Could these be related?

RE: hypochlorhydria
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 31, 2004 4:50 AM

It's a little hard to have an opinion about the swelling without seeing it, but perhaps it is part of the bloating problem. As for the kidney stones, there are numerous causes of kidney stones and several different kinds of stones, none of which have a direct relation ship to hypochlorhydria or hypometabolism. If you decide to come to California, work out the appointment details with me by email at nexus@sonic.net

RE: hypochlorhydria
Posted by: Carrie
Date: October 31, 2004 3:34 PM

One last question, we would like to know if you think it would be beneficial to spend the $200 and give you all the information on symptoms and tests that have been done here and maybe you could give us some suggestions on what tests to ask the doctors for and which way to go for help. We know that you wouldn't be able to give a diagnosis without seeing him. Or do you think it would be better to just spend the money and get plane tickets and come to California?
The Betaine HCL seems to be helping a little. Is it safe to continue taking one a day?

RE: hypochlorhydria
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 31, 2004 4:50 PM

If too much betaine HCL is taken, one knows right away due to hyperacidity ("heartburn"). The trick is to build up slowly so when the heartburn happens it is not too severe. The proper dose is just under that amount which causes heartburn. If Betaine HCL does not handle the problem, particularly if there is persistent bloating, then the problem is more serious and is located in the small and/or large intestines. In that case, probably better to spend your money on a plane ticket.



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