Hiatus Hernia

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It is my belief that all upper GI symptoms can be equivalents of TMS, therefore psychologically induced. Because hiatus hernia is a structural abnormality, one can understand reluctance to attribute it to emotional factors. However no one has ever explained the process that produces a hiatus hernia. Its association with heartburn and esophageal reflux suggests that it, too, is an equivalent of TMS.

As with TMS, they are the result of what I have called abnormal autonomic function, in turn stimulated, in my view, by the same emotional factors that are responsible for TMS. They are less common now than they were thirty or forty years ago, but that is because TMS has become the preferred physical defense against anxiety and anger.


A hiatus hernia is thought to cause heartburn and upper abdominal discomfort. It is a herniation that pushes the stomach into the chest cavity, and can be seen by an X-ray. It is usually treated with antacids.

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