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26 Mar 2003

Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) affects immunity?
I've read that hypochlorhydria (subnormal secretion of stomach acid and pepsin enzyme) is a common, under-diagnosed condition affecting up to 47% of the population -- mostly persons over 60yrs, but all age groups can be affected. Ironically, symptoms are similar to those of hyperacidity, even though acid is low. It has been suggested that hypochlorhydria can lead to a range of maladies, several of them not classically associated with the digestive tract -- e.g. rosacea (persistent dilatation of facial blood vessels). Some researchers have even suggested that hypochlorhydria can be a root cause of severe autoimmune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis.
What medication is used to treat hypochlorhydria? Is a prescription required?
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01 Jan 0001

Mike, the best would be to have the diagnoses confirmed by measuring the pH and HCl in the gastric juice and then to try and find out what the cause is (some of the causes are associated with cancer). The best would be to see a gastroenterologist. Good luck.
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