Solutions for

Digestive Disorders
  • Reflux & Heartburn

    Esophageal Reflux - Heartburn, Indigestion Heartburn afflicts 44% of Canadians & American non-ulcer dyspepsia afflicts 20-40%. Swallowed food descends through the chest in the esophagus into the stomach. Pain in the central chest may come from an inflamed esophagus. This pain is often burning in quality but may also be a severe ache, suggesting a heart attack.

    The term Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a popular description of all the adverse events that cause esophageal reflux and inflammation with heartburn. A hiatus hernia may show up on the x-ray, but treatment with diet revision will often help or resolve the problem. Many patients who benefited from proper diet revision have reported that their heartburn and indigestion only returns when they eat the wrong foods - this food intolerance may last for many years.

    Here are the basic principles:

    • Digestive disorders are common and originate in the food supply.
    • Diet revision should be primary therapy.
    • Digestion of food is achieved by the Gastrointestinal Tract.
    • The likely source of digestive disorders is the food passing through it!
    • The solution is to adjust the incoming food supply until the problem is resolved.

    The gastrointestinal tract is a sensing, reactive device which monitors the material flowing through it. Symptoms arising from this system provide information about its dysfunction. Seven basic symptoms alert the patient to gastrointestinal tract displeasure with food choices - nausea, heartburn, vomiting, bloating, pain, constipation and diarrhea.

    Further down in the stomach, a surface reaction results in upper-middle abdominal pain and nausea; sometimes vomiting is triggered-a defensive reflex which gets rid of the offending food and usually relieves the pain. Some patients induce vomiting to avoid discomforts after eating.

    Recurrent irritation in the upper GIT is food-caused until proven otherwise.

    Obviously smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, coffee and teas are the first problems to eliminate, but surface "allergy" to common, "normal" foods may also be responsible. Symptoms from the upper digestive tract are often associated with lower abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. A trial of diet revision can provide prompt relief. If the clearing diet is unsuccessful, further investigation is always required.

    Self Treatment of Symptoms

    Self-therapy of milder symptoms - dyspepsia and early ulcer-like symptoms consists of retreating to Alpha Nutrition Phase 1 foods, using brown rice instead of white rice with the option of taking tagamet or zantac as recommended by the manufacturer. Remember that the bedtime dose is very important because your stomach will spend 8 hours or more in a near-empty condition vulnerable to the action of accumulating acid.

    Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are popular drugs for treating heartburn but have negative effects if taken long term. Several drugs are marketed, some are over the counter and all are available on prescription. Common brand name PPIs are Nexium (esomeprazole) , Prevacid (lansoprazole), Prilosec (omeprazole),Protonix (pantoprazole). Both PPIs and H2 blockers suppress stomach acid secretion. PPIs shut down the proton pumps in the stomach that create an acidic environment. H2 Blockers block histamine receptors on acid producing cells in the stomach. PPIs have delayed onset and prolonged action while H2 blockers reduce acid secretion within an hour and with a duration of about 12 hours. There are some adverse effects. Long-term PPI use causes reduces calcium absorption which increases the risk of bone fracture. The absorption of vitamin B12, iron and magnesium is also reduced. An editorial in the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology journal that reviewed the growing awareness of serious adverse effects of long-term use of PPIs: “For more than a decade, researchers have reported various PPI-associated adverse effects, including nutritional deficiencies, bacterial gut infections, bone fractures, and even heart attacks. So far this year, PPIs have been in the news with reports of increased risk of food poisoning and bacterial gut infections. Last year their long-term use was linked to dementia risk, chronic kidney disease, and end-stage renal disease—findings accompanied by massive media coverage. The evidence for kidney damage was based on two studies, both observational. In a cohort study of more than 10 000 individuals with no kidney disease at baseline, those who took a PPI were reported to have a significantly increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease compared with those who hadn't taken such drugs. Another study showed that long-term PPI users were more likely to develop chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease compared with those taking H2RAs.”

    PPIs can increase risk of Salmonella, Campylobacter, Clostridia Difficile and other infections. Other negative effects, some serious, limit their use long term.

    Eosinophilic Esophagitis

    Reed et al stated: “Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic immune/antigen-mediated disorder defined by eosinophilic-predominant esophageal inflammation and by esophageal dysfunction. It is diagnosed when there are at least 15 eosinophils per high-power field in esophageal biopsies. EoE represents a major cause of oesophageal morbidity. The pathogenesis of EoE is multi-factorial, but improvement with dietary elimination strategies supports the role of food antigen sensitization in the etiology of the disorder. The most commonly identified food trigger was dairy (53%) followed by wheat (37%) and eggs (26%). There were seven patients with a single food trigger, which was dairy in five cases. For 10 patients, there were two food triggers with wheat being a trigger in seven of 10. There were two patients with three or more food triggers.” [i]
    [i] C. C. Reed; C. Fan; N. T. Koutlas; N. J. Shaheen; E. S. Dellon,Food Elimination Diets Are Effective for Long-term Treatment of Adults With Eosinophilic Oesophagitis. |Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2017;46(9):836-844.

    Diet Revision Plan

    Phase 1 of the Alpha Nutrition should be sustained for 2 weeks or until all symptoms are gone and then food is reintroduced using the medium track - foods from Phases 2 and 3 are reintroduced next. If adequate diet revision does not resolve symptoms promptly and/or prevent recurrent gastritis or ulcers, you need medical assessment and treatment.

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  • This website features topics from the book, Digestive Disorders by Stephen Gislason MD Print and eBook versions are available. 178 Pages. The book discusses food-related digestive tracts diseases and common disorders such as food allergy, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic diarrhea, liver diseases, foodborne infection and motility disorders. Nutritional concerns with digestive disease are discussed and case histories illustrate problems and their solution. The solution is found in the Alpha Nutrition Program, a standard method of diet revision. There are many conditions that improve with diet revision. Elemental nutrient formulas are recommended for serious digestive disease.
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  • Digestive Disorders Rescue Help in understanding and managing the most common digestive tract disorders: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Functional Dyspepsia, GERD, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The starter pack includes one 500 gram jar of Alpha ENF, the Alpha Nutrition Program, and the book Food & Digestive Disorders.

  • Three steps to solving a digestive problem
  • 1 You stop ingesting the problem foods and beverages.
  • 2 You eat safe foods and pure nutrients until you clear symptoms.
  • 3 Reintroduce more of the best, nourishing, low-risk foods
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