Sunday, April 4, 2010

Are We Seeing The World in Reverse?

cover I am browsing Hoffer and Prousky’s (2006) book: Naturopathic Nutrition: a Guide to Nutrient-Rich Food & Nutritional Supplements for Optimum Health. Here is the world in reverse:

Gastritis -> damage to stomach lining -> reduced acid production -> poor digestion -> nutritional deficiencies.

We need gastric acids to digest meat. It is expected to be hard to release vitamin B12 from undigested meat. Further, vitamin B12 needs healthy stomach parital cells to release its intrinsic factor.

So by chronically giving acid reducing pills, we are exacerbating the problem!

The sequence is convincing, isn’t it?

There are tests that can check for the presence of reduced acid production and other tests that assess the quality of meat digestion.

I will be writing more on reduced gastric acidity. I just need to finish my health informatics dissertation.

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