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Hiatial Hernia

Posted by Terry Graham on January 20, 1999 at 13:44:17:

I have been diagnosed with a hiatial hernia. I was prescribed Tagament which does a very good job of controlling the symptoms for me. I don't, however, like the idea of taking this stuff for the rest of my life. I drink Ginger Root Tea as a complement to the Tagament, but it has not been able to replace it. I will try Ginger Root Juice.
I have been doing some research on this condition and I came across an interesting medical essay on the web. It is located at http://www.inxpress.net/~oastiennon/webdoc2.htm and was very interesting (what little of it I could understand). Because it is also very long, I will attempt to sum up its contents. It suggested that Hiatial Hernias (and many other GI illness in fact) are caused by contractions of the muscles of the esophagus. Either single violent contractions (such as those created by vomiting) or constant tension of these muscles cause Hiatial Hernias by pulling the stomach through the diaphragm. The evidence presented suggested the constant tension could be caused by (among other things) stimulation of the vagus nerve. The author presented the case that this long term contraction caused the PE ligament (which balances the pull of these muscles) to stretch thus allowing a portion of the stomach to travel into the chest cavity. Please read the essay for a more accurate representation.
My questions are these: If one were to agree with this idea, what factors could cause excessive stimulation of the vagus? How well does this theory fit with the model of
total body bracing and SR? Many people have reported relief via Chiropractic Manipulation. Along with repositioning the stomach into the abdominal cavity where it belongs, could Chiropractic treatments also be beneficial by taking pressure off of this nerve? Would this theory suggest other nutritional deficiencies/treatments?

Follow Ups:

Re: Hiatal Hernia (The basis for most chronic GI conditions.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 21, 1999 at 11:17:43:

In Reply to: Hiatial Hernia posted by Terry Graham on January 20, 1999 at 13:44:17:

Dear Terry,

Thanks for giving me one more chance to explain what I have been trying to tell people on this BB for years.

The vagus nerve is controlled by what happens in the hypothalamus. The overwhelming storage of stress-effect in the hypothalamus (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 31 days out of the month, 365 days of the year, for years upon years) causes this problem. The entire GI tract (as well as many secondary effects like allergies, panic attacks, arthritis, etc.) is effected by this mechanism. Whether one gets hiatus hernia, ulcers, colitis, etc., depends upon their genetic makeup and not to the mechanisms of causation.

Go to the archives for this BB and consider reading my book (the whole book). You have opened the door for yourself to a much deeper understanding of all this. It is now time to walk through that door.

Let us know what you learn and, if you still have questions, write again.



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