Dr. Erika Eckman DC

Could your Chest Pain and Heart Burn be as simple as your stomach out of place? Sliding Hiatal Hernia

“Heart burn” and pain referred into the chest wall are often treated with antacids over the counter or even by more serious proton pump inhibitors from a physician. Could these treatments be eliminating symptoms short term without correcting the underlying problem?


What is causing your chest to burn in pain shortly after you have just had the best meal of your life? Why does the food you love suddenly disagree with you?

Many times, I have found, along with other doctors who use Applied Kinesiology that these terrible symptoms have nothing to do with the type of food at all, and can be eliminated by correcting a structural fault. This fault is known as a Sliding Hiatal Hernia, where the stomach  in a weakened state, has migrated above the diaphragm creating two stomachs. This scenario is not functional for breathing correctly, acid production regulation or digestion. In many cases the stomach acid actually becomes too low and undigested food will cause a back wash of acid leading to “heartburn.”  If left alone for many years this can lead to esophageal cancers like Barrets Esophagus.

What can make your stomach weaken? Hypochlorhydria, a condition of decreased production of  hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach is just one cause!

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Your stomach needs to be acidic! The acid in your stomach is for your protection! A high acid stomach prevents the overgrowth of bacteria in the stomach and also has the ability to kill any other foreign invaders hiding in your food! You want that line of protection to be in full force. A high acid stomach is a healthy and functioning stomach that knows how to break down food so that you can absorb them further down in your digestive tract. Low acid production can lead to nutritional deficiencies, especially for protein when consuming harder to digest meats such as pork and beef.

A sliding hiatal hernia can cause problems further down the digestive track, such as an illeocecal valve that is stuck open or stuck closed. I will be writing about this structural fault in my next blog.

If you or a loved one are currently suffering from heart burn or chest pain after eating, please call our office at 858-869-7987 and schedule an appointment and set yourself up to enjoy eating good food again!


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