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Low Stomach Acid – Could It Really Cause Problems?

Written by Wellness Club on March 6, 2008 – 5:06 pm -

A reader recently wrote to ask about a variety of symptoms, and whether they could be related to low gastric acid.

Hi there, I wondered if you could help me.
I am pretty sure that I am suffering from low gastric acid or something similar. I think I’ve had this for years. I have pretty extensive vitiligo which I have had since a young boy and I’ve read that this is linked. I have not been able to explain the anxiety I get sometimes which comes on all of a sudden, my aching leg muscles when I’m walking, which makes my legs weak/wobbly, the depressed low feeling I get and the fact that I seem to feel better after some foods than others (i.e. less bloated, more energy, better concentration). I can literally change from being a bright young sparky guy with energy to a depressed anxious person with spacy head and weak legs which find it difficult walking up hills or gradients. Are the symptoms I’ve mentioned linked to low gastric acid? How should I go about addressing this problem. I would be most grateful if you could give me some advice.
Kindest Regards,

Robin, this is one of our areas of expertise! Yes, deficient gastric acid can cause all sorts of problems since it is so absolutely required for proper digestion and assimilation of foods. You can find more information on our page about Indigestion and here, in one of our previous newsletters titled “What’s Burning You .

Here is an excerpt from that article:

Low stomach acid is associated with the following conditions:

  • Acne rosacea
  • Addison’s disease
  • Allergic reactions
  • Candidiasis (chronic)
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Celiac disease
  • Childhood asthma
  • Chronic autoimmune hepatitis
  • Chronic cough
  • Dermatitis herpeteformis
  • Diabetes (type I)
  • Eczema
  • Gallbladder disease
  • GERD
  • Graves disease (hyperthyroid)
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Laryngitis (chronic)
  • Lupus erythromatosis
  • Macular degeneration
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Reynaud’s syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Stomach cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Vitiligo
  • It also appears that many cases of depression, which appear related to too little neurotransmitters (which in turn are made from amino acids) may in fact be inability to absorb the necessary precursors due to – you guessed it – low stomach acid. I suspect there are a large number of other diseases that begin with a failing digestive system and that have not yet been recognized as such.

    So you see, Robin, your complaints could most certainly be related to low gastric acid. But how to know for sure? Will it require expensive tests or examinations? Nope! You can easily and inexpensively perform a Gastric Acid Function Self Test right there in the comfort of your own home!

    Dr. Myatt has put together a put together a “Gastric Acid Function Self Test Kit” that includes full instructions for testing your own stomach acid (it’s easy with the instructions) plus “test sizes” of the supplements – including hydrochloric acid and pepsin – needed for the test.

    Check it out and let us know how you do!


    Nurse Mark

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