#1 Medical Clinic Offering a Natural Hiatal Hernia Treatment

Our Clearwater medical clinic specializes in the natural treatment of Hiatal Hernia Syndrome, avoiding surgery or the use of dangerous drugs.

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Surgery-Free Treatment

When left untreated, a hiatal hernia can not only cause great discomfort, but can also lead to long-term health problems. Yet, this malfunction can be treated and reversed.


Our medical team has an 85% success rate with our natural hiatal hernia treatment, not using surgery when the condition doesn't require it.


Success Rate

What is a Hiatal Hernia?

A hernia is a medical condition: something is protruding unnaturally through an opening.

Have you ever heard of "abdominal" or "inguinal" hernias? This is when intestines are pushing through an opening (a tear) in the abdominal muscles.

In the hiatal hernia, the stomach pushes against the diaphragm. “Hiatus” means hole or opening.


Hiatal Hernia is Frequently Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed

The stomach should remain below the diaphragm. In a hiatal hernia the stomach is elevated, and pushes up against the diaphragm. In more severe cases, the top of the stomach itself has stretched wide the opening as it has come up above the level of the diaphragm.

A severe hiatal hernia requires surgery. The surgeon pulls the stomach back below the diaphragm, and sews up the enlarged opening. Severe cases are not that common (fortunately).

We most often see patients with a mild hiatal hernia. There lies the problem: When the case is severe, physicians can easily detect the need for surgery. But when the condition is mild, conventional diagnosis methods often fail to find it, and patients keep suffering. 

A mild herniation does not mean mild symptoms. These are often painful and life-altering, even in subclinical hiatal hernias.

More About the Syndrome

The doctors at our Clearwater medical clinic have decades of experience successfully treating Hiatal Hernia Syndrome.  Dr. Vikki Petersen even authored a book on the topic of Hiatal Hernia Syndrome

A syndrome indicates  multiple factors have caused the hiatal hernia.

The many symptoms that can occur in Hiatal Hernia Syndrome arise from a physical condition affecting the diaphragm, combined with pressure built up in the abdominal cavity from gas, bloating, constipation, and obesity. 

The condition is not just an esophagus/stomach problem: it is also a muscular issue with the diaphragm. Knowledge of how to identify, diagnose and treat what actually created the disorder ensures a greater likelihood of success for a natural hiatal hernia treatment.

Hiatal Hernia Symptoms

When a patient come to our Clearwater medical clinic with complaints of being always bloated, their abdomen constantly under pressure, being short of breath, even having heart palpitations (and an EKG did not show any issue with their heart), a trained Functional Medicine doctor approaches the problem by evaluating the cause of the increased pressure in the abdomen. The pressure can be caused by:

  • Poor diet
  • Excessive gas
  • Constipation
  • Incomplete digestion of foods
  • Malabsorption
  • Food allergies or sensitivities
  • Infections, bacterial or parasitic
  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Some other causes...

When present, these factors can be the root cause of the pressure and inflammation that are at the origin of a hiatal hernia.

7 Reasons Our Natural Hiatal Hernia Treatment
Differs from Conventional Medicine Programs


A Comprehensive Medical Exam

Your condition is analyzed comprehensively... rather than just masking your symptoms with drugs or supplements.


Identifying the Root Cause

The exact root cause of your hiatal hernia is identified, and a personalized program is developed to reverse the cause found.


A Medical Team Effort

Your condition is treated by a team of medical practitioners coming from the fields of internal medicine, functional medicine, dietetics and nutrition, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. Each clinician has an extensive experience treating hiatal hernia.


A Full Dedication to Your Return to Health

Your medical team works with you directly, and also spend hours "behind the scenes" researching and developing a natural hiatal hernia treatment program specific to your personal condition.


A Strong Track Record of Success

Our doctors and nurse practitioners have a successful track record of safely weaning patients off medications with dangerous side effects (commonly, antacids and anxiety meds) through addressing the exact cause of the hiatal hernia.


Strengthening Your Body

When needed, a chiropractor and a physical therapist will give you physical help designed to balance the muscles and nerves that can be contributing to the hiatal hernia.


Addressing Your Stress and Anxiety

Without using dangerous drugs, our medical team successfully addresses the stress and anxiety that so often accompany Hiatal Hernia Syndrome.

Patients' Success: Michael's Story

"I ended up going to the ER a whole bunch of times throughout the year with all the symptoms I was having.

High blood pressure, shortness of breath, chest pain, high cholesterol... I had a lot of things wrong with me. The initial diagnosis was a hiatal hernia through an endoscopy but was dismissed at the cause for my problems.

The doctor told me to take a pill... There was basically no treatment.

We're all working together to solve the problem instead of a traditional doctor where , "this is what they think you have... take this pill and if you feel bad... take a stronger dose."

With your guidance and your help, it just helps me to be the better version of myself. Right now, it's been helping me."

Floyd's Story

"Pain... I've been trying to figure this out for 2 years.

I couldn't breathe, whenever I would exert myself my breathe would cut off.

I went from doctor to doctor to doctor, and they couldn't tell me anything. I thought three times I was having a heart attack. They gave me a pill and sent me home.

There were clothes I couldn't wear that I can now.

I lost weight and I'm feeling better. I have my breathe now."

Brad's Story

"The functional medicine approach, they got to the cause of what was my stomach trouble... among other things.

They discovered I had a hiatal hernia which then sent me to the physical therapy department and chiropractic.

It was a great improvement in all areas. Physical and internal.

The most of all, it's good to be able to eat food again and not have the constant digestive problems that I had."

Daniel W's Story

"I can’t say enough good things about Root Cause! Everything that you need to accomplish all of your wellness goals is under one roof, whether it’s chiropractic, physical therapy, nutrition or functional medicine, etc.

All of the doctors and staff are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, and genuinely interested in seeing their patients heal. I came to the clinic to be treated for a hiatal hernia, which was making me feel miserable, and greatly affecting my quality of life.

I am now on a treatment plan put together by the wonderful doctors at the clinic, which is yielding me great results! I highly recommend Root Cause, especially if you have digestive issues and/or a hiatal hernia. Thank you Root Cause for everything, I am a fan for life!"

Alice C's Story

"Not only has my health improved significantly in 4 months, but my perspective on functional medicine has changed my life.

For years I could not find a doctor who took the time to really know “my” body from a holistic view.

If you are someone who wants to dig deeper and know what is causing your unpleasant symptoms, please do yourself a favor and call them for a consultation. It is worth your time. The entire staff is friendly and efficient to ensure you’re well being."

Stella B's Story

"I was in an exercise class and I nearly passed out. I wasn’t able to eat. I was vomiting almost nightly and aspirating.

Nothing has worked and every time I’ve gone back to the doctor, just more pills... 34 plus pills a day.

I came here, it was amazing from day one. Then within, I would say the first week, I didn’t have acid reflux in the middle of the night. I wasn’t vomiting and I would say I didn’t throw up anymore at night. We started the elimination died and I could eat again, and I actually wanted to eat again.

I feel amazing and I feel like I have my life back. It has just been absolutely amazing."

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