Treating Stomach Disorders

Can We Reinstate Regulatory Processes?
  • Barbara B. Walker


Like the simple cell membrane of the protozoan, the gastrointestinal system is responsible for extracting all of our nutritional needs from the environment. Given the wide variety of substances we ingest, this is a remarkable accomplishment. It is the result of a highly integrated system with regulatory mechanisms distributed at every level of the organism. At times the gastrointestinal system becomes disregulated, leading to various gastrointestinal and behavioral disturbances. These disorders are among the most common of all afflictions; half of our population suffers from acute gastrointestinal illnesses every year. More than 10% have chronic diseases of the digestive tract, and these diseases are a major cause of absenteeism from work (Hill & Kern, 1977).


Peptic Ulcer Duodenal Ulcer Gastric Acid Secretion Gastric Secretion Vagal Stimulation 
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  • Barbara B. Walker
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  1. 1.Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical CenterUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, MichiganUSA

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