Acid Reflux or GERD

The human autonomic nervous system is divided into two parts:
The Sympathetic Nervous System (controls fight or flight)
The Parasympathetic Nervous System (controls digestion)

These two systems are designed to be in balance.

When one nerve system is stimulated more than another, this can trigger the fight or flight response in the
body. The body is put into fight or flight for two reasons:
There is a stressful event that puts the human body in peril
Pressure on the nervous system due to the misalignment of bones.

The characteristics of fight or flight are:

Increased adrenaline production
Increased respiration
Increased heartbeat

When the body is put into fight or flight, the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated. Due to this
stimulation, the parasympathetic nervous system is put on standby and leads to decreased organ function
and digestion—when one part of the central nervous system is stimulated, the other part is diminished.

When bones of the neck get out of place, they put pressure on the central nervous system. Because of this,
the body can remain “stuck” in fight or flight until the pressure is removed. The sympathetic nervous system
remains stimulated and the parasympathetic nerve system remains on standby.

Once again, the parasympathetic nerve system controls the digestive system. This includes every valve and
gate within the digestive tract.

When the sympathetic nervous system is being stimulated, it takes over the valves, or sphincters,
throughout the tract. As a result the sphincters lose muscle tone, begin to leak, and this leads to a loss of

The first major valve in the digestive tract is the Cardiac Sphincter-this is located between the esophagus
and the stomach. When the muscle tone is lost, stomach acid leaks into the esophagus and causes erosions
there—this condition is known as GERD: Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease

The next major valve is the Pyloric Sphincter-this is located between the stomach and the small intestine.
When the muscle tone is lost, stomach acid continuously drips into the first section of the small intestine.

This causes duodenal ulcers

Further down the digestion tract is the colon. Its main function, aided by the valves, is to absorb water. If
muscle tone is lost, water cannot be held back—resulting in diarrhea. After all water is lost, fecal matter has
no moisture and becomes harder to push—resulting in constipation. Repetition between diarrhea and
constipation is called Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS.

All of these conditions are the result of an imbalanced nerve system

These conditions are due to nerve interference—making them chiropractic conditions.

The secret to healing is to remove the nerve interference at the base of the skull.
The Atlas Orthogonal procedure removes this interference better than anything else;