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Osteoporosis is known as a silent disease, because it can progress undetected for many years, without symptom, until a fracture occurs. Osteoporosis is directly related to an unbalanced pH condition in the digest process. The three major digestive issues that are directly related to Osteoporosis, are Hyperchlorhydria, Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria. Hyperchlorhydria (excessive stomach acid production) and osteoporosis usually starts occurring in younger people, especially in women that bear multiple children. When the acid producing cells, in the stomach (parietal cells), start producing strong and excessive amounts of acid (hyperchlorhydria), the physiologic buffering, in the digestive tract, does not neutralize all of the acid. The excess acid that is not expelled can be stored. Storage, is mostly in the interstitial spaces, or matrix, of the cells. As a basic illustration, for every molecule of acid that is stored in the tissue, an equal molecule of bicarbonate, or base substance , needs to be put into the blood. The physiology of the body knows that it will be needed, to remove excess acid out of the body later. In effect the body tries to maintain the proper pH balance to stay healthy. As more hydrochloric acid accumulates in the body, it is stored and pushed further into the matrix and ultimately, the acid is pushed into the cellular structure. When this occurs, the first thing the acid does is displace the Potassium, and then the Magnesium, and then the Sodium. As the Potassium leaves, it requires Phosphate in the process of leaving; the body removes the Phosphate from the bones. This causes calcium to be released from the bones and ends up as free calcium in the system. The calcium leaving the bones, as Phosphate is released to bind with Potassium, and is a big part of what is behind the start of Osteoporosis. In older adults, an unbalanced pH condition in the digestive process allow osteoporosis to progress. Many older adults suffer from Hypochlorhydria, (the reduction in the strength of the hydrochloric acid), produced by the stomach''s parietal cells. Sufficiently strong stomach acid is absolutely necessary, for proper sterilization and conversion, of the nutrients consumed. As the acid producing cells wane in their ability to produce sufficiently strong enough acid, there is also a reduction in the absorption of the necessary vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients necessary to keep the body healthy. Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, Iron, Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, are just a few if the vitamins and minerals that are subjected to reduced absorption, because of low stomach acid. Research indicates that Osteoporosis is not a curable disease, it can only be slowed down and treated with medications. Young people that suffer from excessive acid production (hyperchlorhydria), set the stage for Osteoporosis. When they age, the unbalance pH in the digestive process allows the disease to progress. The use of Proton Pump Inhibitors, is directly connected to bone fractures, because the body is no longer absorbing the necessary vitamins, and minerals, necessary to keep the bones strong and healthy. If a person has Hypochlorhydria (reduced acid production), is placed on a Proton Pump Inhibitor, or acid reducer, he/she will become Achlorhydric (no acid production). Virtually every system in the body is affected by the lack of absorption, of the necessary vitamin, minerals and micro-nutrients. Achlorhydria compromises the immune system to a degree that it is barely functioning, and causes the onset of Anemia. Achlorhydria is a common factor in patients with the AIDS virus, in the final stages of the disease. There is no support for the immune system, and little if any absorption of the necessary vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients. Increasing the digestive systems ability to absorb the necessary vitamins and minerals, can only be accomplished by bringing the digestive system back into balance. A Heidelberg pH diagnostic test is the most accurate and reliable test, for diagnosing digestive disorders. The Heidelberg pH diagnostic test results, will allow the doctor to setup a treatment protocol, with natural medications that will bring the digestive system back into balance. A balanced digestive process, will support the immune system and improve the body''s ability to absorb the necessary vitamins and minerals, to keep the body healthy. Everyone should get a Heidelberg pH Diagnostic test, or gastrogram.