Digestive Problems – Hiatal Hernia

“A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.” – Plato

Hope you had a Happy Thanks-Giving.
Along with giving thanks; you probably gave your digestive system quite a workout.
Overeating can lead to or exacerbate what is known as a Hiatal Hernia.

I have been helping people with Hiatal Hernias (which is now commonly called GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) for over 30 years.

*You do not need drugs for most cases of GERD, Heartburn or Reflux; many of which can lead to a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Frequently, it is a Hiatal Hernia…see below.
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Hiatal Hernia (from Web MD®)
Any time an internal body part pushes into an area where it doesn’t belong, it’scalled a hernia.

The hiatus is an opening in the diaphragm — the muscular wall separating the chestcavity from the abdomen. Normally, the esophagus (food pipe) goes through the hiatus and attaches to the stomach. In a hiatal hernia (also called hiatus hernia) the stomach bulges up into the chest through that opening.
There are two main types of hiatal hernias: sliding and paraesophageal (next to the esophagus).

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In a sliding hiatal hernia, the stomach and the section of the esophagus that joins the stomach slide up into the chest In a sliding hiatal hernia, the stomach and the section of the esophagus that joins the stomach slide up into the chest through the hiatus. This is the more commontype of hernia.

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*Applied Kinesiologists are trained to pull the sliding stomach back into the abdominal cavity thereby alleviating symptoms.

**Symptoms are not just stomach related: Along with heartburn a Hiatal Hernia (as I said, now called GERD to make it sound like a disease) can also cause:

1. Heart palpitations
2. Midback pain
3. Ear ringing
4. Insomnia
5. Shortness of breath – often leading to fatigue
6. Skin problems – in Chinese Medicine the skin and digestive system are related
7. Chronic infections – new research shows that 70% of your immune system is located in your gut

***Poor posture is a major contributor so make sure you are not hunching over when you are sitting and standing. Do NOT lie down immediately after eating.

wall-stretch

The Wall Stretch is very helpful in keeping a Hiatal Hernia at bay. (after it is corrected)

 
To Your Health,

Eugene Charles, D.C., DIBAK
http://www.appliedkinesiologycenterofnewyork.com

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