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In this video, Dr. Huntoon answers the question, 

Why Do I Get Stomach Upset/Reflux/GERD and/or Indigestion?

Knowing the underlying reason for these uncomfortable health conditions and knowing the proper solution will save you time, money and your sanity.

Scroll down to read the full article.  

Understanding what the symptom means and supporting balance within the body is prudent for health.

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Stomach Problems/Stomach Health                             

Stomach problems, such as Gastritis, have become more and more common in our society, which are due to a variety of reasons that include:

  • Eating too fast and failure to chew your food adequately
  • Drinking with your meals
  • Poor production of stomach acid leading to incomplete breakdown of proteins in your food.  This will lead to fermentation of your carbohydrates in the stomach creating gas, bloating and indigestion.
  • Combining your foods while eating (carbohydrates with your proteins)
  • Medications (prescription or over-the-counter) that affect proper digestion

When The Stomach Stops Functioning Properly

When these functions do not occur properly, the following results:

Stomach ache and abdominal pain: ALL of the following indicate Gallbladder irritation and should be properly addressed.

Introduction

A stomach ache is a term often used to refer to cramps or a dull ache in the stomach (abdomen). It's usually short-lived and is often not serious.

Severe abdominal pain is a greater cause for concern. If it starts suddenly and unexpectedly, it should be regarded as a medical emergency, especially if the pain is concentrated in a particular area.

Call your General Practitioner as soon as possible or go to your nearest Hospital Emergency Room if this is the case.

If you feel pain in the area around your ribs, you most likely have a Hiatal Hernia.

Stomach cramps with bloating

Stomach cramps with bloating are often caused by trapped wind. This is a very common problem that can be embarrassing, but is easily dealt with. Your pharmacist will be able to recommend a product, which can be bought over the counter to treat the problem.

Sudden stomach cramps with diarrhea

If your stomach cramps have started recently and you also have diarrhea, the cause may be a stomach bug (gastroenteritis). This means you have a viral or bacterial infection of the stomach and bowel, which should get better without treatment after a few days.  Stay fully hydrated to prevent complications of dehydration.

Gastroenteritis may be caused by coming into close contact with someone who's infected, or by eating contaminated food (food poisoning).

If you have repeated bouts of stomach cramps and diarrhea, you may have a long-term condition, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Sudden severe abdominal pain

If you have sudden agonizing pain in a particular area of your stomach, call your General Practitioner immediately or go to your nearest Emergency Room. It may be a sign of a serious problem that could rapidly get worse without treatment.

Serious causes of sudden severe abdominal pain include:

  • appendicitis – the swelling of the appendix (a finger-like pouch connected to the large intestine), which causes agonizing pain in the lower right-hand side of your abdomen, and means your appendix may need to be removed
  • a bleeding or perforated stomach ulcer – a bleeding, open sore in the lining of your stomach or duodenum (the first part of the small intestine)
  • acute cholecystitis – inflammation of the gallbladder, which is often caused by gallstones; in many cases, your medical Doctor will suggest your gallbladder be removed.  Please DO NOT DO THIS prior to speaking with Dr. Huntoon.
  • kidney stones – small stones may be passed out in your urine, but larger stones may block the kidney tubes, and you'll need to go to hospital to have them broken up
  • diverticulitis – inflammation of the small pouches in the bowel that sometimes requires treatment with antibiotics in hospital

If your General Practitioner suspects you have one of these conditions, they may refer you to hospital immediately.

Sudden and severe pain in your abdomen can also sometimes be caused by an infection of the stomach and bowel (gastroenteritis). It may also be caused by a pulled muscle in your abdomen or by an injury.

Long-Term or Recurring Abdominal Pain

Long-term or recurring abdominal pain

See your General Practitioner if you or your child have persistent or repeated abdominal pain. The cause is often not serious and can be managed.

Possible causes in adults include:

Possible causes in children include:

  • Constipation
  • a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) that keeps returning
  • Heartburn and Acid reflux (GERD)
  • Abdominal migraines – recurrent episodes of abdominal pain with no identifiable cause

The Diagnosis and Medicines Perspective

Treatment

The Medical Perspective

Call 911 if:

  • The pain is in your lower right abdomen and tender to the touch, and you also have fever or are vomiting. These may be signs of appendicitis.
  • You're vomiting blood.
  • You have a hard time breathing.
  • You're pregnant and have belly pain or vaginal bleeding.

 

Over-the-Counter Medications

  • For gas pain, medicine that has the ingredient simethicone (Mylanta, Gas-X) can help get rid of it.
  • For heartburn from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), try an antacid or acid reducer (Pepcid AC, Zantac 75).
  • For constipation, a mild stool softener or laxative may help get things moving again.
  • For cramping from diarrhea, medicines that have loperamide (Imodium) or bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate or Pepto-Bismol) might make you feel better.
  • For other types of pain, acetaminophen (Aspirin Free Anacin, Liquiprin, Panadol, Tylenol) might be helpful. But stay away from non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Midol, Motrin), or naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan). They can irritate your stomach.

Home Remedies

You might try a heating pad to ease belly pain. Chamomile or peppermint tea may help with gas. Be sure to drink plenty of clear fluids so your body has enough water.

You also can do things to make stomach pain less likely. It can help to:

  • Eat several smaller meals instead of three big ones
  • Chew your food slowly and well
  • Stay away from foods that bother you (spicy or fried foods, for example)
  • Ease stress with exercise, meditation, or yoga

Medicines Two Choices for You

Dr. Huntoon's Alternative Medical Treatment Options

Dr. Huntoon's Alternative Medical Perspective

Dr. Huntoon has quite a large amount of experience resolving these challenging health conditions affecting the stomach.  They usually ALWAYS begin with Gallbladder irritation.  

Understanding the functional anatomy and what should be occurring during normal digestion, when there is a problem associated with various symptoms, it is not hard to determine

  • what the malfunction is,
  • what is causing it, and
  • what are the BEST options for fully resolving the concern. 

This will usually involve Whole Food Nutritional Supplements to 

  • stop the inflammation,
  • repair any tissue damage that may have occurred, and
  • give your body what it needs to fully resolve your concern. 

There will also be some modifications in

  • what you are eating,
  • the order in which you eat it and
  • the treatment of any food allergies you my have that can be contributing to the stomach upset. 

Sitting with Dr. Huntoon to fully discuss you concern by having a Consultation in preparation for an Examination to determine all the components associated with your stomach problems would be prudent. 

Billy Stone 2 years ago
"I have been visiting Dr. Huntoon for over a month in order to understand and conquer my stomach disease. Dr. Huntoon is an easy to talk to and understand person who will help you overcome any situation you are dealing with. If you are are struggling with any medical problem, Dr. Huntoon is sure to help if you really willing to give it chance. He was able to help me, so he can help you."

Others have benefited from Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Naturopathy

Expectations

Expectations (prognosis)

If using Medication, you should expect to be on that for the rest of your life, if it handles the symptoms you experience.  If not, your doctor may ask you to "try" another medication until the two of you find one that works. 

Appreciate that using masking agents to "trick" your body into thinking it is functioning normally will only lead to bigger problems down the road.

Medicines Two Choices for You

Your Solution

Your Solution

Dr. Huntoon has quite a large amount of experience resolving these challenging health conditions affecting the stomach.  They usually ALWAYS begin with Gallbladder irritation. 

Knowing this upfront is the difference between treating symptoms versus addressing the cause.  Dr. Huntoon specializes in getting to the underlying cause and promises to help you back to health without all the medication and life-time treatments.

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