Yes I see what you mean. I’ve had different input regarding some ‘medicine’, so have different understanding – equally valid I think – as the books I’ve read are based on scientific testing and not supernatural or wishful thinking. The trouble with things at the moment is that those with the most money want to make more money and most the money is going into making white pills as opposed to other options that might be much more easy and cheaper but not patentable – like changing diet or lifestyle. So what we have evolved is a system that favours medications that make money – not necessarily ones that work best.
In terms of acid reflux – there are a few different types – the one you talk about is physical. The other one is a lack of acid production causing the stomach to churn and squash acid back up the pipe – this is due to too little acid, not too much – which can be caused by a depletion generally in the body’s ability to generate enzymes – due to poor nutrition – and perhaps genetics also – predisposition. In this case eating a more nutritious diet with more real fats in it can assist to create more stomach acid. It can be a negative cycle where because lacking in stomach acid later digestion leads to poor assimilation of building blocks to create more stomach acid. Some doctors proscribe pancreatic enzymes synthetic or from pigs. I’m only giving parts of the picture here, as I read those books about 3 years ago, and have only retained parts of the story that I can remember and also perhaps only parts that seemed relevant to me at the time.
I think regarding birth defects – perhaps in some cases other genes have had an opportunity to carry on and evolve that wouldn’t have otherwise if those children had died – not only the defective genes but other ones with other traits that might turn out to be useful in some way. In nature sometimes animals have less predators and this leads to certain selection – eg the fish that gain more colours due to female fish selection as opposed to predator selection. There are many factors involved in selection – not just sexual selection or human intervention selection. But having created the environment where children with deformities have grown into adults that can reproduce, we now have other selections that lead to changes such as sexual selection for a nicer personality for example? Who knows – but I don’t think you can say outright that all children who were born deformed should die, in order to keep in line with natural selection. They may have rare genes that give them something important to contribute to the human race other than the ones that give them their deformity. Do you see what I’m saying?