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What Causes GERD, Acid Reflux, Ulcers and Stomach Cancer?

Jun 28, 2013 10:06AM ● By Dr. Robert O. Young

The stomach is the primary organ for alkalizing and protecting the alkaline design of the blood, tissues, organs and other body fluids from metabolic, respiratory, gastrointestinal and environmental acids. The stomach is an organ of contribution, not digestion, and its main contribution is to maintain the alkaline design of the blood, tissues, organs and fluids at a pH of 7.35 to 7.4.

To maintain the alkaline design of the blood, tissues, organs and body fluids the cover, or pariental cells, of the stomach produce sodium bicarbonate at a pH of 8.4 by pulling salt, water and carbon dioxide from the blood. 

The chemistry is as follows: NaCl + H20 + CO2 = NaHCO3 + HCL or in layman’s terms: salt + water + carbon dioxide = sodium bicarbonate + hydrochloric acid  

The sodium bicarbonate is taken back into the blood and tissues to buffer metabolic, respiratory and environmental acids or deposited into the salivary glands, stomach glands, pancreas or intestinal glands to buffer dietary and gastrointestinal acids. For every molecule of sodium bicarbonate produced (NaHCO3) by the stomach an equal amount of hydrochloric acid (HCL) is produced as a waste product of sodium bicarbonate production. The hydrochloric acid waste product falls into the gastric pits away from the food or liquid ingested as the sodium bicarbonate rises to alkalize the food.  

When the diet and lifestyle are highly acidic with animal protein, sugar, dairy products, grains, high sugar fruit, low pH water, lack of exercise, shallow breathing and emotional stress the stomach has to continually produce more and more sodium bicarbonate to keep up with the excess acids from the lifestyle and diet. This is a double-whammy because your body is dealing with excess acids from the food and drink in addition to the highly toxic hydrochloric acid from the stomach's production of sodium bicarbonate. 

Bottom-line—you end up with a belly full of acid or HCL. This belly full of excess acid or HCL, if not buffered and eliminated, leads to a sour or upset stomach/ad nauseum and, over time, can progress into gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux disease, ulcers and possibly even progress to stomach cancer.

Always remember that an upset or sour stomach is caused by excess hydrochloric acid when the body needs more alkalinity in the form of sodium bicarbonate to buffer dietary, metabolic, respiratory and environmental acids.  

Better health can be achieved by maintaining the alkaline design of the body by giving it the essential and primary alkalizing foods, alkalizing water and mineral salts and thus preventing the symptoms of excess acidity that results in the symptoms of GERD, acid reflux, ad nausem, ulcers and cancer.

For resources, healthy recipes and to learn more about Dr. Young and the pH Miracle Diet, visit

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