Thumbs up for Why Stomach Acid Is Good For You by Jonathan V. Wright and Lane Lenard. Health.
This book suffers from the flaw unfortunately found all too often among writings on alternative health: The authors really hate, hate, hate pharmaceutical companies, and retread their sins ad nauseum. Well, I agree that many of those sins are real, but the situation is quite a bit more complicated than “big pharma is evil.” In any event, I believe that presenting the politics so vehemently detracts from the actual message, which is that science is fun! Wait, no….That stomach acid is good for you. And as for that, they make a thoroughly convincing case, which accords with my own personal experience, and illuminated some connections for me between acid reflux, low stomach acid, allergies, and those accursed breathing problems I had when I was younger. I would recommend this book to anyone who has multiple food allergies, acid reflux, anyone over the age of forty (yep, that means you and you and you), and definitely, definitely, anyone who is taking or plans to take drugs to suppress their stomach acid. (You might want to reconsider.)
As a physician practicing for more than thirty years, I’ve seen the harm that low stomach acid can do over a long period of time. I have worked with thousands of patients who arrived at the Tahoma Clinic with diseases as disparate as rheumatoid arthritis, childhood asthma, type 1 diabetes, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, depression, and many others only to find that they all had one thing in common: their stomachs were putting out a less-than-optimal amount of acid. In many cases, by restoring normal gastric function using safe, inexpensive acid supplements; pepsin and other digestive enzymes; and amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and botanicals, we have been able to help them improve or even eliminate their disease conditions. And we do this with almost no risk of dangerous side effects.
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