Knowing Symptoms Will Prevent Disaster

As you know, I talk about symptoms–how to recognize them, how to know what they mean, and how to help your body deal with whatever your symptoms are telling you.

A while back, I was talking to a man who asked what I wrote about. He didn’t like the fact I wrote about health, and he thought the symptoms approach was stupid. He said by the time anybody recognized a symptom, it was too late to do anything about it. He added the example of a heart attack; once you have a heart attack, it’s too late to prevent it.

I said a heart attack is an event, not a symptom, and my approach lets you respond to symptoms so you avoid disastrous events. Unhappy with my answer, he stalked off.

We’re not taught about little symptoms. Nobody is, including doctors. For instance, if you tell your doctor, “People tell me I sigh too much; what should I do?” it will not go well. Your doctor may be loyal and true, but sighing isn’t part of medical training.

Like many things in life, this is just the way things are. Meanwhile, our bodies talk to us all day, every day, about all sorts of little things, but we don’t understand and just go on our merry way.

And sometimes, unfortunately, medical schools are wrong, leading to disaster. For one example, well-known symptoms, such as heartburn, GERD, whatever you want to call the all-too-common, unpleasant, acid-in-the-throat sensation, get misdiagnosed.

Medical schools teach, and frequent advertising confirms, that heartburn always means you have too much stomach acid. Which sounds logical, so off we go with daily antacids. What could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, heartburn symptoms usually (90% of the time) mean you don’t have enough stomach acid. Rather than fix the problem, antacids make it worse.

We need plenty o’ stomach acid to digest protein. If we can’t digest protein, two bad things happen.

Problem #1
Digestion happens on a schedule: The stomach gets enough time to digest the food, then passes it along to the small intestine. Without enough stomach acid to get the job done, the whole, half-digested mess hits the small intestine like a bomb, and chaos ensues.

At first, the partially digested food eats away the small intestine’s lining. Then, once the protective lining’s gone, undigested food starts escaping into body parts where it doesn’t belong. Some people call it “leaky gut.”

Whatever you call it, you’ll find yourself staying close to the bathroom in case nature makes an emergency call. Which it frequently does.

There will be pain and a lot of “throne” time. Bowel movements can be liquid and, often, explosive. There may be bleeding.

At the beginning of this unhappy adventure, you probably weren’t told that antacids are addictive. And you’ll never be told the antacids are the problem, so you continue taking them.

Problem #2
Digesting protein is how your body creates the enzymes that bring health and happiness. Low stomach acid means you can’t make enzymes.

Taking enzyme supplements won’t help that much, if at all. Our custom-made bodies need the custom-made enzymes our bodies produce, not generic substitutes from a jar.

Without enzymes, your health goes south. The longer the problem goes on, the worse your health will get.

Your symptoms will be shouting at you to do something wonderful, but you won’t know what to do.

Fortunately, there are answers that lead back to health. They’re not quick fixes. They’re certainly not other prescription drugs. The answers you need come from understanding how to help your body be all it can be, and that’s what I write about.

By giving your body what it needs, you protect yourself from disease. And it starts with noticing, and reacting to, small symptoms provided by your very wise body.

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

About the author: Bette is all about determination. A month before her first birthday, a drunk driver smashed into her parents’ car, and she ended up with a concussion. The concussion put her endocrine system (the thyroid and the rest of the gang) pretty much out of business. Well, that system controls all of health, life was a mess, but doctors didn’t help. So, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. Now she writes about how your body works and what you can do to make it work better. Good, eh? Subscribe to her free health e-mails at

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