Often the burning sensations, voice changes, and coughs are the result of a hiatal hernia, which can develop when the diaphragm does not function properly. There is an opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes and then joins the stomach. If this opening enlarges, a small portion of the stomach can protrude into the chest cage. If this occurs then acid may escape the stomach; pass into the esophagus, and cause a severe burning pain around the chest as well as many other symptoms.
Applied kinesiology evaluation and treatment have been very successful in correcting the hiatal hernia because of the ability to improve muscular function of the diaphragm; it is a muscle, just like any other muscle in the body and can usually be returned to normal by correcting the energy patterns.
The small intestine is a great workhorse in the digestive system. Many complex chemical actions important in the total digestive process take place in this area.
In the small intestine, complications can develop rapidly in the digestive process. If there is a problem in the stomach because of too little hydrochloric acid, the first phase of protein digestion is decreased. A relative hypoproteinemia (lack of protein in the blood stream) develops. This lowered protein level causes no immediate problem, but the body goes into a “protein sparing” effect, which means that the body reduces its use of protein to make new tissue and other items normally manufactured from protein. The digestive enzymes are one group of protein-containing compounds. Many of these enzymes are made in the pancreas and then moved into the small intestine for various types of digestion, including further protein digestion. Now the body has an even greater limitation in absorbing protein ingested in the diet; thus a vicious circle develops.
When digestion is poor – whether in the stomach, small intestine, or large intestine – the body fails to break food down into its component parts for absorption. The food can actually become putrid when this occurs, and gases of varying nature can form. This causes the bloated gaseous feeling and rumbling; a person may experience when the digestive system is not functioning correctly. This is not just an uncomfortable situation; much more important, it is a situation in which the body fails to absorb nutritional products for the processes of life. A person can eat nutritious food, but if his/her digestive system fails to break it down and use it properly, nutritional deficiency can result.