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An Interview with: Richard J Laub, MS, PhD, CChem, FRSC, is a chemist with nearly 150 peer-reviewed published research papers, sixteen patents, and numerous invited reviews and symposium presentations. He was formerly a professor of chemistry at The Ohio State University and San Diego State University, was a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in London, England, was an Alcoa fellow in San Diego, and a Science Research Council fellow in Swansea, Wales. For the last 17 years, Dr. Laub has focused exclusively on sourcing, analysing, studying, extracting and purifying humic acid, a remarkable high-mineral, healing substance with potent antiviral properties, found in ancient soil deposits.

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The Role of HCL In Gastric Function And Health

Thursday, 20 January 2011 by | Comments: 1

Many Nutritional Therapists and their patients are interested in the effects and consequences of altered hydrochloric acid (HCL) production by virtue of the high frequency of proton pump inhibitors that are prescribed annually – $13.6 billion world wide sales in 2009.[1] These medications are designed to limit the production of HCL and reduce gastric distress. They have potent anti secretory effects on gastric acid. They block the terminal step in acid production by irreversibly inhibiting the function of the hydrogen-potassium adenosine triphosphatase present on the luminal aspect of parietal cell membranes in the stomach.

Most patients accept the consensus view that their GI symptoms are related to an excess of HCL not a deficiency and take these medications willingly. The consequences can be an increase in gastric infection from B12 deficiency,[2] Clostridium difficile,[3] SIBO,[4] increased risk of death, increased risk of fracture.[5]

Antony Haynes reviews the mechanisms and investigations that can assist you in supporting your patients and help define their need to supplement HCL due to a relative deficiency or to continue to manage their condition through inhibition.

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