Osteoporosis is known as the silent killer. In many instances, it starts when a person is young and it increases with age. The disease can be brought on by three conditions: Hyperchlorhydria, Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria.
Hyperchlorhydria is the excessive production of strong hydrochloric acid in the stomach. It is a common condition in young active adults. This condition is usually caused by abnormal metabolism, stress (either personal, or occupational), diet and life style. It can also be caused by damage to the head, neck, or spine.
Hypochlorhydria is the reduction in the strength of the hydrochloric acid, in the stomach. This condition is more common in people over the age of 45, but not limited to any age group. In recent years, it has become more prevalent, in pre teens and teenagers, because of inactivity and processed fast foods. Hypochlorhydria is brought on by, the following: aging, sedentary life styles, the use of antibiotics, antihistamines, antacids, excessive alcohol use, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), and host of other chemical medications. It also can be caused by damage to the head, neck or spine.
Achlorhydria is the complete absence of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This condition is more common in the 65 and up age groups. It can also be caused, in any age group, by certain viruses (HIV), the use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), antibiotics, and many other chemical medications.
Hyperchlorhydria is more common in younger age groups. In a healthy active person, the physiology of the body regulates the output of the hydrochloric acid, produced by the stomachs parietal cells. The parasympathetic nervous system tries to maintain a proper pH balance at all times, by buffering and expelling the excess acid. When the parietal cells over produce acid, all of the acid cannot be buffered and expelled. The excess acid is stored in the body, it is similar to the repository effect, of many medications, after long term use.
As a very basic illustration, for every molecule of acid that is stored, in the tissue, an equal molecule of Bicarbonate, or base substance, is needed to be put into the blood. This is because, the physiology of the body knows that the base substance will be needed, to remove the excess acid, out of the body later. As more acid accumulates in the body, it is stored and pushed into the interstitial spaces, around the cells, also called the extracellular matrix and ultimately the acid is pushed into the cell structure. When this occurs, the first thing the acid does is , displace the Potassium and then the Magnesium and then the Sodium. As Potassium leaves it requires Phosphate, in the process of leaving; the body removes the Phosphate, from the bones, and it ends up as free Calcium in the system. As a preservation mechanism, the Sodium in the body is retained, through the operation of the Kidneys. The body will continuously try to compensate, for the increased tissue acidosis and Potassium loss, somewhere else in the body. The Calcium leaving the bones is a large part of what is behind osteoporosis and arthritic pain, etc. In many instances Osteoporosis is not obvious, in people with Hyperchlorhydria, because the digestive process is still absorbing calcium from the nutrients.
Hypochlorhydria: As the body ages, or the use of certain chemical medications, the parietal cells, in the stomach, wane in their ability to produce strong hydrochloric acid. This reduction, in the strength of the acid, causes reduced absorption, of calcium and other essential minerals. The parietal cells, also produce the intrinsic factor, a glycoprotein, that is necessary for the absorption of vitamin B-12, in the small bowel. Strong hydrochloric acid, but not excessive amounts, is absolutely necessary, for proper digestion. The Hydrochloric acid maintains a sterile environment, in the stomach and breaks down nutrients into a thick mass, called Chyme. The acid has another important function, it assists the Peptic enzymes, in conversion of proteins. Pepsin is most active, when the strength of the acid is at 1.0 pH. As the strength of the acid decreases, Pepsin becomes less active, in the conversion process. At pH 5.0, Pepsin is no longer active, in converting proteins. Many proteins are allergens and will cause allergic reactions, if they are not broken down and converted, by the strong acid and Peptic enzymes. When the strength of the acid is weak, or not present, raw proteins and other nutrients are prematurely dumped, into the small bowel. This premature dumping decreases the absorption of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, in the small bowel. The intrinsic factor, necessary for the absorption of B-12, is also reduced, making the body deficient in B-12. Calcium and other vitamins and minerals are no longer available, to support the body. People with Osteoporosis now, are not able to absorb the necessary Calcium, to keep the disease in check. Vitamin B-12 in no longer absorbed, resulting in decreased red blood cell development, in the bone marrow. In addition, bacterial and pathogens are no longer being destroyed, in the stomach, resulting in allergic reactions and other disorders, not normally considered as allergies. The decrease absorption of calcium, B-12 and other minerals allows Osteoporosis to progress.
Achlorhydria: is common in 65 and up age groups. It can also be caused by , aging, antibiotics, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), the HIV virus, and various chemical medications. When there is no hydrochloric acid being produced, there is no sterilization, or conversion of the nutrients consumed. Everything consumed is dumped directly into the small bowel, without being absorbed and much of the raw nutrient passed through the digestive track and are expelled in the stool. Achlorhydria will cause Pernicious Anemia. Pernicious Anemia results, when there is no vitamin B-12 absorption, in the small bowel. Without Vitamin B-12, there is virtually no red blood cells being produced, in the bone marrow. The parietal cells, in the stomach, are damaged by the anemia and the possibility of developing gastric cancer is increased. Achlorhydria reduces and in some instances completely stops support, for the immune system and allows pathogens and bacteria to flourish, in the digestive process. This is a common factor, in the final stages of the AIDs virus. Correcting the Achlorhydria and elimination the Pernicious Anemia, with a regiment of B-12, will in some cases restore parietal cell function. Osteoporosis cannot be arrested, unless there is adequate absorption of vitamins and minerals, especially B-12, in the small bowel. Remember; if the parietal cells are not producing strong acid, they are also not producing the intrinsic factor, necessary for that absorption of B-12, in the small bowel
Hyperchlorhydria, Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria can easily and accurately be diagnosed with a pH diagnostic test. The test will also allows the doctor to determine the correct type and amount of natural medication, required to bring the digestive process back into balance and treat the Osteoporosis.