Sliding Hiatal Hernia: Do You Suffer From It?

Do you suffer from a sliding hiatal hernia?


A sliding hiatal hernia can compromise the integrity of sphincters in the body, causing symptoms that may be mistaken for normal conditions, and doctors need to look beyond the appearance of the stomach to diagnose it.

Key insights

• The question of how a sliding hiatal hernia affects the stomach when it’s down is a unique and interesting one that many may not have considered before.
• A sliding hiatal hernia compromises the integrity of the sphincters, diaphragm, stomach, and lower part of the esophagus, which are not normal.
• Many people may be living with hiatal hernia symptoms without realizing it because they have become accustomed to them over time.
• Root Cause Medicine is appreciating the fact the body knows how to repair. It knows how to heal. It’s not doing so. It will give you a symptom to let you know that it’s not doing so and then at that point you have to figure out why.

Summarized transcript

A video by Dr. Vikki Petersen
If someone has a sliding hiatal hernia, the stomach can come up and down, and when it’s down, it’s not different from a normal stomach.

Sphincters help move food in the right direction, including two in your esophagus and one at the top of your stomach, with the diaphragm acting as a bit of a sphincter too.

If someone has a sliding hiatal hernia, it means that the integrity of some sphincters has been compromised, including the diaphragm, stomach, and lower part of the esophagus, which is not normal even if a scan or endoscopy shows nothing.

If doctors only look at the appearance of the stomach and not the structure of the sphincters, they may miss a sliding hiatal hernia, which is not normal because it means things have been compromised.

A sliding hiatal hernia can occur due to various reasons such as what you eat, presence of bacteria or parasites, constipation, and increased intra-abdominal pressure.

A sliding hiatal hernia can cause symptoms that people may mistake for normal, healthy conditions.

Many people suffer from long-term symptoms and medication side effects without finding relief or support from their doctors.

Symptoms are not normal and the body knows how to repair itself, but if it’s not doing so, it needs to be unburdened and assisted to figure out why, and there are different testing methods available to help.

Additional resources

Dr Vikki Petersen's new book on Hiatal Hernia Syndrome

Dr. Vikki’s book on Hiatal Hernia Syndrome, its symptoms and its causes

Watch: Hiata Hernia can be cured

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