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Posted by: Nancy
Date: July 23, 2000 12:49 PM

I am interested in information dealing with achalasia - causes and natural therapies.

RE: Achalasia
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: July 30, 2000 12:43 PM

This disorder is characterized by loss of the wave-like contraction of smooth muscles that forces food through the digestive tract (peristalsis). The condition also includes spasms of the valve (sphincter) from the esophagus to the stomach that does not relax and lack of nervous stimulation of the esophagus. Causes are said to include damage to the nerves to the esophagus, parasitic infection, and hereditary factors. Achalasia may occur at any age but increases with frequency with advancing age. The incidence is 2 out of 10,000 people.

Treatment depends on cause. Nerve damage would probably be related to toxic exposure which would need to be identified and eliminated. Reversal might still require a long period of time to repair and would be assisted by a raw food diet, B12, B6, and folic acid. Parasitic infection would be more easily and quickly handled. Heredity, well, I am not sure I believe in that one. Of course this is not a recommendation for specific treatment and has no bearing on your case, necessarily. Find a good doc, one who will explore more than the usual remedies which include medications and surgery. The first thing you would want to establish is the competence of the digestive tract and the presence or absence of parasites. Nutritional status would also be critically important.

RE: Achalasia
Posted by: Nancy
Date: August 1, 2000 12:08 PM

Thanks for your input, I will pass this information on. Nancy

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