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Hiatal Hernia Syndrome not something to take lightly

Did you know that about 33% of Americans report feeling extreme stress? And 77% of people experience stress that affects their physical health.

Stress seems to be just another factor in our everyday lives. And while you may be quick to blame external factors as the root cause of your stress, it may be a good idea to look inwards - to your gut!

Dr. Vikki Petersen, certified clinical nutritionist, chiropractor, and certified functional medicine practitioner, explains how anxiety and stress may actually be from a very common culprit… hiatal hernia syndrome!

In her upcoming book, “Hiatal Hernia Syndrome: Many Symptoms, One Cause” (September 2021), Dr. Vikkie Petersen dissects the root causes, symptoms and treatments for hiatal hernias and Hiatal Hernia Syndrome.

“Hiatal Hernia Syndrome (HHS) is more embracive than just hiatal hernia: it encompasses all the potential contributors to a syndrome able to cause twenty or so different symptoms...HHS potentially involves many systems and organs in your body. There is not a “one size fits all” treatment for HHS. Conventional medicine gives antacids and leaves it at that. This is a disservice to you in many ways.” says Dr. Vikki Petersen.

How would you know if Hiatal Hernia Syndrome (HHS) is affecting you? There are many varied symptoms potentially associated with HHS. Here are Dr. Vikki Petersen’s top HHS symptoms everyone should be aware of:


Panic attacks

Trouble sleeping, or symptoms worsen when lying down


Heartburn, acid reflux or GERD

Trouble swallowing or a constriction in your throat

Tightness or pressure in your chest

Shortness of breath

Heart palpitations

Light-headedness or dizziness

Tingling in hands or feet

Chest pain

Neck pain or tightness


Bloating or pain in your abdomen


Worsening of symptoms with bending over

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