Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hiatal Hernia: A Hidden Factor In Chronic Illness

A growing number of doctors and researchers are finding that many of those with chronic illness, such as Lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and cancer was even mentioned, will have hiatal hernias as one of the main factors contributing to their illness. Here is a definition of hiatal hernia from "An anatomical abnormality in which part of the stomach protrudes up through the diaphragm into the chest." Here are just some of the many symptoms that have been corrected by pulling the stomach down into it's proper position.
Constipation or Diarrhea
Gas and bloating
Colic in children
Diminished or excessive appetite
Pain in throat, chest, shoulder, spine
Can't take a deep breath or breathe from the abdomen
Full feeling at base of throat
Heaviness at stomach level
Pressure in Chest
Orthostatic hypotension
Slow gastric emptying
And many more symptoms which you can find  in Dr. Baroody's groundbreaking book "Hiatal Hernia Syndrome, The Mother of All Illness, Guide To Self Healing" or at the following link.

Here is a quote from the preface of Dr. Baroody's book.  "There is no doubt after many years of wrestling with this invisible plague that my original statistics of 85% of our population being afflicted with the Hiatal Hernia Syndrome to a greater or lesser extent are accurate....maybe even low. Digestion is the key. Without the digestive system completely "on line" all other systems are doomed to break down eventually. Vagus nerve disruption by the Hiatal Hernia Syndrome is the major cause. Dr. Carey Reams, probably the most eminent biochemist of our time, stated again and again that illness begins with vagus nerve problems."
Dr. Baroody covers this issue extensively in his book. His book also contains much helpful information on how to naturally prevent and cure Hiatal Hernia Syndrome (HHS) through massage and chiropractic movements, diet, exercise, and more. Some corrections need to be done by a chiropractor and other techniques can be self applied. A family member or friend can also be taught how to do the corrections. Lifestyle often needs to be modified.

When the stomach is forced upward by gas and certain movements, and it pushes against and weakens or tears the diaphragm, it can pinch the vagus nerve, which is responsible for many bodily functions. There does not have to be a tear in the diaphragm in order for the vagus nerve to be compressed. To complicate or confuse matters more, hernias can be sliding hernias. In other words, sometimes the stomach can be up in the esophagus and sometimes it can be in the proper position. I would think that this might prevent many people from being properly diagnosed. The placement of the stomach may shift depending on the position the patient is in.

Surgery is available for this problem, however, surgery is invasive, can form scar tissue, and isn't always effective. It would seem wise to give these natural treatments a try for an adequate amount of time before resorting to the knife.

I have personally observed that nausea, gas, burping, panic attacks, and other symptoms listed above can be relieved or put into remission by following the advice in Dr. Baroody's book and by applying the techniques shown in the videos below. It makes sense!  Here's to your health!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Hiatal hernia has negatively impacted my life for years, and I will definitely read the book you mentioned. Many thanks from R.I.