Gut Disorders

After completing studies in gut disorders and the gut brain connection with ACNEM and writing the Ebook “Your Gut, your Health, Your Yoga” Dr. Fox has been inundated with treating gut disorders. Getting to the root cause of the problem is the first task at hand. Functional pathology is often used to establish what is taking place in the large intestine, small intestine and stomach in regards to PH, bacteria, parasites and fungal infections. Food allergy and sensitivity testing is also offered.

Regulating gut bacteria, stress management, balancing gut pH and finding the right diet is essential in treating all gut disorders. Self diagnosis and ad hoc treatment alongside intermittent dieting is a common misguided practice with many clients.

The gut is treated as a whole, mouth/teeth, stomach, pancreas, small intestine and large intestine to eradicate digestive disorders.

Bacterial, fungal overgrowth and parasitic load can all be addressed either as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunct with your G.P.


How To Test For Low Hydrochloric Acid (HCL)

These tablets contain 650mg of Betaine HCL 25mg Pepsin 1:10,000 Gentian root 20mg in a vegetarian capsule.

Day One

Take one HCL capsule right before eating lunch. This should be a substantial sized meal. If you experience heartburn at any stage after taking these tablets then stop the trial and take 1-2 tsp of bicarb soda in water to stop the heartburn or acid reflux.

Day Two

If no heartburn or reflux then take two capsules before lunch

Day Three

No heartburn on two capsules then take three capsules before lunch.

If you make it to three capsules you have very low levels of HCL and may not be absorbing nutrients and may be fermenting your food in your small intestine, causing IBS symptoms.

How To Start?


Do the HCL test


If you get heartburn/indigestion on ONE HCL capsule then you know you have adequate amounts of HCL and do not need to take this product.


If you DO NOT get a symptom of heartburn or indigestion on this test then you should be supplementing HCL before each meal until you do get heartburn, then you stop supplementing the product once heartburn begins to take place. More is written below about this.

HCL – Hydrochloric Acid


Hydrochloric Acid is naturally made in the stomach and is highly acidic. A healthy stomach should have a Ph of 1.5, knowing that a neutral Ph is 7 we know that this is so acidic that its similar to battery acid! This acid, HCL, is the main component of food break down, other than mastication/chewing.

Adequate amounts of HCL is needed for competent break down of food and digestion. If you are low in HCL you will not be breaking down your food properly which means that the food gets sent partially undigested to the intestines. The intestines then try to break down your proteins and carbohydrates via the process of fermentation and putrefaction. The intestines will have to generate more fermentable and putrefactive strains of bacteria to do this; this is what causes IBS in most people. Fermentable bacteria cause a lot of pain, gas and bloating. Putrefactive bacteria will also cause gas and foul-smelling gas and stool.

HCL is also responsible for the absorption of nutrients, like zinc. Zinc is a major nutrient involved in digestive health. Many Australians have low zinc as it is low in Australian soil. If you found you are low in HCL, you may also be low in zinc. It’s a good idea to test your serum zinc with your G.P. If your zinc is below a serum of 16, it is a good idea to supplement under the supervision of a trained clinician. Low zinc status can lead to digestive complaints, low immunity, low mood, fatigue and hormonal imbalance. Zinc is an extremely important mineral and is involved in many biochemical and physiological functions within the body.