By Christopher C. Barr

It was amazing to me when I learned that the second leading selling category of drugs are those for stomach acid problems according to the most recent data from the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. It had escaped me how seriously common in America is the problem commonly called acid reflux or GERD in this day and time.

Are there any new diseases or do they just come up with new names for old ones?

For decades I have watched the history of what was once called indigestion …

… from indigestion to heartburn to chronic heartburn …
… from chronic heartburn to hiatal hernia …
… from hiatal hernia to acid reflux …
… from acid reflux to just reflux …
… from all the above to GERD …
… GERD = gastroesophageal reflux disease


This has been of more than passing interest to me as I was afflicted as a very young man in the 1970s. First there was the occasional indigestion. This was identified as heartburn as it became more frequent. As intensity of the symptoms increased this was called chronic heartburn. Finally a doctor told me, “You have a hiatal hernia”. Subsequently I learned about taking digestive enzymes. However, I didn’t stop there.

Digestion requires several enzymes as well as hydrochloric acid. A lack of these leads to the names above. Mine was caught early. The doctor told me of digestive enzymes. I took them and the problem disappeared as long as I took them and continued taking them.

Digestive enzymes are AN answer. Later learning revealed to me that they are not THE answer.

My own hiatal hernia was vanquished decades ago long before the terms acid reflux or GERD came into use. Since that time I have never known another so afflicted (no matter the “name of the moment”) that did not respond to THE answer.

Remember the cliche “use it or lose it”. Atrophy is when something degenerates from lack of usage. A battery unused will lose its charge. Muscles that are developed will lose their strength if they are not used. Just about everyone understands this concept whether or not they know the word ‘atrophy’.

GERD and all the other names above are a result of not enough enzyme and digestive acid production. If you supply those items from the outside then your insides don’t need to provide them. Atrophy will set in. Eventually the lack of production will grow to poor, yet poorer and finally poorest production. You’ll be on enzymes for life. That’s not such a bad thing, though it is an unnecessary thing.

In Scripture it notes of The Almighty:

“He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle and herb for the service of man.” (Psalms 104:14)

Just a few months into my successful and satisfying use of enzymes I met Dr. Richard Barmakian. He had developed a specially processed herbal compound called Can-Gest.

Can-Gest is THE answer to digestive problems.

This herbal compound causes restoration of function in the digestive tract. Depending upon severity of the condition, it eliminates the need for itself usually within a few months to about a year. In the decades since then I have noted THE answer of Can-Gest as very faithful in providing relief when taken according to the instructions giver personally to me by Dr. Barmakian.

Drink Can-Gest herbal tea BEFORE EACH MEAL AND AT BEDTIME. Many enjoy the taste of it. I do. I don’t need it any more but every once in a while I drink a cup just for taste (and also to encourage the newbies to whom I’ve introduced Can-Gest).

Mix 1 teaspoon (tsp.) in 3 ounces or more of warm (NOT HOT) water. It mixes instantly. Sip slowly over a minute or so, swishing about in the mouth (even chewing).

After full relief is obtained (often in 7 to 10 days or less) reduce the amount to 3/4 tsp. If symptoms don’t return after one week reduce again to 1/2 tsp. If symptoms again do not return after one week reduce once again to 1/4 tsp. If symptoms return go back up to the last successful level.

The first of every month start the reduction routine again to see how you are progressing. Within about a year you should be fully restored with only an occasional need (if that) for Can-Gest.

The herbal combination of Can-Gest stimulates the body’s digestive function. Sustained usage results in restoration so that the product is eventually needed only sporadically, if at all. It may take from a few months to about a year before it is no longer needed.

Can-Gest works by way of the liver and gall bladder. It soothes, cleanses, nourishes and brings about healing of the liver.

If one receives inconsistent results I always ask the same question, “Are you taking it at bedtime?” and always receive the same answer, “No.” Though the liver is a key to digestion its greatest work is done while you sleep. If you support the liver for digestive purposes but do not take it at bedtime you are leaving it unsupported for its greatest workload.

There is simply nothing so beneficial for liver restoration as the herbal preparation Can-Gest. Can-Gest is in a class by itself. It is THE answer to digestive trouble.


Many studies have shown that the usual American diet is rich in fat, sugar, calcium and phosphates, and low in fish, vegetables and whole grains. This typical diet does not provide the necessary amount of essential nutrients (like magnesium and potassium) and can actually block many nutrients in your diet from being absorbed in the intestines. Can-Gest supports the natural functions of the digestive system, helps to clear stagnant waste, and is thought to aide in the absorption of essential nutrients.

The founder of Alta Health Products, Richard Barmakian, N.D., studied in Paris, France with Dr. Louis Kervran. He traveled to Canada and studied under Alma R. Hutchins, a protégé of Natalie and N.G. Tretchikoff, well-known Russian herbalists. He also studied with Dr. Paavo Airola Ph.D., and through these educational endeavors, N.D. Barmakian based his Can-Gest formula on a perfect combination of herbs that nourish the digestive system. We continue to provide Dr. Barmakian’s original formula and ensure the quality of all ingredients used.

Can-Gest contains 8 different herbs that have been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. Each herb is known and well-documented in helping the body in the following ways:


Enhances the digestive function and improves the assimilation of nutrients into the system. Associated with liver function and supporting the pancreas.


Common name is Butter Tree. It has been used as a cholagogue (to increase the flow of bile) and is known for its nutritional support for the liver and gall bladder.


Known for its use as both a gentle, natural, vegetal laxative and as nutritional support for the bowel and digestive system.


Beneficial to soothe the digestive system and known for its nutritional support for gas, nausea and diarrhea.


Known for its nutritional support of the digestive system.


Known for its relaxant qualities on the central nervous and digestive system.


Known for stimulating the activity of the digestive system.


Known for its use as a demulcent (a soothing effect on the mucus membranes) and an emollient (having a soothing effect) that is useful for inflammation and irritation of the alimentary tract.

As with all of Alta’s health products, Can-Gest is safe to take while nursing and/or pregnant. It is also safe for children but consider one capsule to be a dose; capsules can be opened and the contents mixed with applesauce (or any other food your child likes).



Order Can-Gest Herbal Tea From 7 Lights Nutrition HERE

Author: Christopher C. Barr, Nutritional Historian

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