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It’s Time to Worry If Your Child Has Heartburn

It’s Time to Worry If Your Child Has Heartburn
January 26, 2011 Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

Are You Poisoning Your Children?

Believe it or not, if your child has heartburn it’s because they are slowly being poisoned by the excessive amounts of carbohydrates in their diet.

Their excessive carbohydrate intake is toxic to their nervous system and is directly responsible for increasing incidence of heartburn, fatigue, headaches, abdominal pain and frequent urination.

Heartburn, the Most Obvious but Not the Only Symptom

I see kids almost every week who are experiencing the symptoms of heartburn.  This is not a harmless condition but a harbinger of illness yet to come.  And kids with heartburn often experience other signs of carbohydrate neurotoxicity as well.

Many have to urinate frequently, a sign of poor neurological control of bladder emptying.  They may experience headaches, poor concentration, and fatigue while sitting in class, a sign of poor blood flow regulation to the brain.

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Parents are often surprised when I get their children to admit to a variety of other symptoms once I hear about their heartburn.  Kids don’t complain much and just seem to suffer through it.

Damaged Nervous System Functioning

From a broader perspective, heartburn is a warning signal that your child’s nervous system is not functioning correctly.  Yes, heartburn is actually a neurological problem.

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Excess acid collects in the stomach, not because of excess acid production but because the stomach isn’t emptying as well as it should.  Couple this with poor closure of the valve between the stomach and the esophagus and you end up with stomach acid splashing up into the esophagus.  It’s this combination of neurological problems that leads to heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Both of these problems are controlled by the autonomic nervous system (ANS).  The ANS is a primitive part of the brain that controls all bodily organ function.  It controls peristalsis that pushes food through the intestinal tract.  It coordinates the muscles and valves of the bladder so we can empty the bladder efficiently.  It even controls blood pressure regulation, sweating, pupil dilation and constriction, saliva production and erections.

A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that carbohydrates are having a toxic effect on the ANS and is the cause of such common problems as heartburn, constipation, frequent urination, chronic fatigue and lightheadedness.

Recovery is Possible

Fortunately, a reduction in carbohydrates can result in complete reversal of many of these problems.   Simply cutting out all the soda and juices in a child’s diet can result in nearly complete reversal of these symptoms within just a few weeks.

If they are having heartburn don’t drink any soda or juice, find out what they drink at or after school (might be sodas there), and start cutting back on the bread, pasta or potatoes in their diet.

The bottom line is you have to cut back on the carbohydrates or their symptoms won’t go away.

Childhood Heartburn, A Warning Sign for Your Child’s Future Health

It goes without saying that no one wants their child to have heartburn.  But I believe the most important aspect of this problem is that a child with heartburn is a child that is progressing towards more serious illnesses in early adulthood.

High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, polycystic ovarian disease, gout, obesity, sleep apnea and all triggered by excessive carbohydrates consumption.  These are all illnesses associated with insulin resistance; a disorder known to be triggered by excess carbohydrate consumption.  Coincidentally, these conditions are becoming increasingly more common in young adults.

Your child’s lifelong eating habits and taste preferences are formed when they are young.  If your child has heartburn, they are on the fast track to develop these other illnesses as well.

It is imperative you change their eating habits by controlling the foods that come into the house, their choices when eating out and the foods they eat at school.  You must take charge because no one else is looking out for them.

It’s not too late to change their future.  Start today by pledging not to bring any more soda, juices, chips, cookies, fruit rollups, donuts or ice cream into the house.  These should be foods that are eaten only infrequently.  Save them for the rare celebration.

Your kids don’t NEED these foods.  Sure they will gripe and complain.  But in time, they will adapt and in the process, you will literally save their life in adulthood.

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  1. Author
    Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 1 month ago

    Although it can be inconvenient, remaining gluten-free is not a problem.

  2. Maz 1 month ago

    Thanks for your reply. My children are 5 and 6 & have had such bad reflux they have been gluten free on advice from the paediatrician. However at special occasions I let them have it. Would you recommend to stay gluten free with the protocol? If not, when would you introduce it? I am going to buy a copy of your book. Many thanks.

  3. Author
    Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 1 month ago

    To help a child with heartburn, I now recommend using my full protocol that I also use with autism.

    It helps restore intestinal bacterial balance and improve autonomic function, both contributing factors to heartburn and reflux.

  4. Maz 1 month ago

    Hi, how many grams/day do you reduce the carbs for children? Do you recommend all children with heartburn take Omega3 as well as inulin?

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    Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 4 months ago

    I would have her evaluated by a doctor if she says she is having so much pain.

  6. Carly 4 months ago

    Sorry, she’s also had stomachaches the last few days and around since the heartburn suddenly started up again, and nausea. I don’t know if that has to do it with, but they all started at around the same time.

  7. Carly 4 months ago

    Hi, my daughters been having heartburn since she was about 9, then it went away for a while, but now she’s almost 13 and it’s getting pretty bad again. Should we talk to a pediatrician about it or just try to stop having a lot of carbohydrates? It’s not that bad that she is constantly complaining about it, but when I ask her she will say it hurts a lot and it’s just heartburn, she doesn’t have breathing problems with it or anything else. Could this be dangerous in any way? Thank you

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    Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 5 months ago

    I’m uncertain about the spider veins you describe. The autonomic nervous system controls capillary dilatation.

    This might improve as his autonomics recover with the protocol.

  9. Lea 5 months ago

    Hi Dr Nemecheck, I’m reading your book and about to start the protocol for my 8 year old who regressed aged 2-4. He has acid reflux and severe hunger – eats non stop. Fortunately, he likes healthy food and has never had fizzy drinks or junk food. But still, the reflux persists (amongst other issues). I’m currently looking at ketogenic diet with a professional. One question I have asked every Dr and never had an answer – my son has spider veins around his CNS areas (cheeks, behind ears, base skull, spine, low back)…these have gotten worse as he’s got older. I really worry about them… why could his capillaries be breaking in these important areas? He was vaccine injured by a double dose of a meningitis vaccine. I’m praying reducing carbs and your protocol will finally improve his neurological and overall health (currently apraxia, anxiety, autism, OCD, ADHD). Thanks.

  10. Author
    Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 6 months ago

    I think you are suffering from autonomic dysfunction.

    You can read our Simplified Guide on how this happened and how The Nemechek Protocol helps.

  11. Ellie 6 months ago

    I’d be so happy if this comment was read! I really need some pointers here,, it’s scary going through this stuff…
    I’ve been dealing with acid reflux for the past two months. I’ve never had this before, so it’s scary… I had an endoscopy done and it came back showing lesions and swelling from acid. After that, I decided to try any natural methods to curing it. About two weeks ago, I started having breathing and sinus problems. Acid still coming up to my throat. I got put on Raniditine, recommended by my doctor, an allergist, and the person who did the endoscopy. It’s helped, but everything is still here. I went through a period of a couple days where I was actually kinda okay, and I thought I was really getting better, but boy was I wrong. It all came back. Hard to breathe, hard to swallow my food, (feels like it’s gonna go into my lungs because the little pieces get stuck a little until I wash it down!) constant tiny burning in my throat, super fatique, and NOW when I have to urinate, a little bit comes out before I even start to head to the bathroom! I’m really not sure what this is.

  12. Anonymous 6 months ago

    I get really bad heart burn

  13. Author
    Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 7 months ago

    I sympathize with your concerns but I think this is best done by your pediatrician.

  14. Polly martin 7 months ago

    When my son who is 9, goes to his dads, hies dad feeds him whatever junk food he likes himself. My son has had gerd for 3-4 years now. I can control his symptoms with the diet I feed him. But he returns from his dads bloated, experiencing symptoms of reflux and etc. his dad says I’m making him up to be sick just cuz I want something to grip about and etc. etc.
    Can u write him a customized note, explaining the importance of diet and the consequences of him feeding him donuts, sodas, fried foods and etc. maybe it’ll wake him up. Also he refuses to purchase skim milk saying that our son doesn’t complain while he’s there so 2%is just as good , plus it’s the dads preference.
    Thank u.

  15. Author
    Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 7 months ago

    Yes, cumulative brain injury (SBI) occurs in children and adults, and seems to primarily be a consequence of bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

    There are other causes but they are relatively uncommon.

  16. Parveen 7 months ago

    I just bought the PDF version of the book and have begun reading it. I realised belatedly that I did not specify that my son is not autistic. I came upon this article because I was trying to comprehend the source of his heartburn and digestive issues. Just to clarify: CBI applies across the board to all children and adults, doesn’t it? Many thanks and apologies for the bother.

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