Heartburn, Reflux And Burping Could Be A Helicobacter Pylori Infection
Helicobacter pylori bacterial infection is recognised as the most prevalent bacteria to infect the human population in the entire world. You may well identify the following problem, and if you do, don’t despair. It actually is possible to free from heartburn, reflux or a low grade queasiness, which affects so many people. Isn’t it amazing how many people pop pills for “reflux” and “heartburn” without investigating the cause. How silly is that, taking drugs ongoing without knowing the reason you need these artificial and chemical preparations, or how long you need to stay on drugs for. Probably a bit like the financial problems now occuring due to the global financial meltdown – the problem was left to develop and the solution was to ignore it until it could be ignored no more. Is your tummy a bit like this? Do you experience burping, flatus, indigestion on a very regular basis? Perhaps it is time to get to the heart of the matter before it all gets to hard to swallow, pardon the pun.
Helicobacter Is A Clever Little Bug
The 2005 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine made the remarkable and unexpected discovery that inflammation in the stomach (gastritis) as well as ulceration of the stomach or duodenum (peptic ulcer disease) is the result of an infection of the stomach caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.
Robin Warren (born 1937), a pathologist from Perth, Australia, observed small curved bacteria colonising the lower part of the stomach (antrum) in about 50% of patients from which biopsies had been taken. He made the crucial observation that signs of inflammation were always present in the gastric mucosa close to where the bacteria were seen. Barry Marshall (born 1951), became interested in Warren’s findings and together they initiated a study of biopsies from 100 patients. After several attempts, Marshall succeeded in cultivating a hitherto unknown bacterial species (later denoted Helicobacter pylori) from several of these biopsies. Together they found that the organism was present in almost all patients with gastric inflammation, duodenal ulcer or gastric ulcer. Based on these results, they proposed that Helicobacter pylori is involved in the aetiology of these diseases.
Dr. Marshall Infected Himself With HP
“Too Much” Stomach Acid Is A Myth
” Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Albert Szent Györgyi
HP Infection And Prevalence
How Do You Know If You Have The HP Bug?
Typical Signs And Symptoms Of A Helicobacter Pylori Infection:
- Nausea, or a low-grade feeling of being queasy. Could be vomiting.
- Avoidance of chilli, garlic or a specific food which “does not agree” with your tummy.
- Bloating worse after meals. Feeling worse after meals or certain foods.
- Recurring abdominal pain, intestinal cramps.
- Peptic or duodenal ulcers (over 90% of all cases have HP)
- Burping, this can be pretty bad. The person may have developed a reputation!
- Heartburn, and perhaps reliant on Quick-Eze or Gavascon, Losec, etc.
- Diarrhoea or constipation after several years of infection.
- Disturbed sleep, perhaps waking up with a hollow feeling or heartburn.
- Symptoms worse at night, or worse lying down.
- Vitamin B12 deficiency. Have your practitioner test for this, you may well be deficient.
- Altered appetite, some times you may feel like eating, other times you don’t.
- After being infected for several years, you may have develop deficiencies which can lead to many health problems.
- Helicobacter pylori is implicated in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
- Migraine headaches (40% of migraine sufferers are positive, and eradication subsides the headaches).
- Acne rosacea. Helicobacter pylori is suspected of causing rosacea (eradication of HP often results in a significant reduction in rosacea symptoms).
Acid Blockers Are Commonly Prescribed
Conventional HP Therapy
- The Urea Breath Test method of diagnosis relies on the Urea reaction being present, as mentioned earlier. This is a sound test – 90 – 95% successful in picking up the HP bug.
- Conventional blood tests measuring HP antibody levels have been developed. However, these tests have suboptimal sensitivity and specificity (85% and 79%).
- Biocard HP Blood Test is definitely the way to go. Biocard H-Pylori Test. Sensitivity and Specificity are right up with the UREA Breath test.Biocard H-Pylori Test: Sensitivity 93.2% Specificity 97.8%
- Stool tests for antibodies – again, many factors can affect the outcome of this test, stay with breath testing. Many experts say that the fecal antigen test is bullet proof, but in my experience I have seen many “false negatives” with testing. That is, the results come back all OK, but the patient responds dramatically after HP treatment.
Natural HP Eradication
- Manuka honey, which has high levels of hydrogen peroxide and has been shown in studies to be active against H. pylori. Go for the Comvita high UMF factor Manuka honey.
- Propolis works really well for some, but is dismal for others.
- Vitamin B12 – get this checked in your blood! You may well be deficient here.
- After antibiotic treatment is finished, (triple therapy) it makes sense to rebuild the gut flora with lactobacillus species.
- DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) – you can get this in capsules or liquid.
- Aloe Vera helps to heal the mucous lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Berberine is found in the herb Goldenseal, and it may be used as a natural herbal antibiotic.
- Eat grapefruit seeds, for some this is very effective long term. The extract is even better.
- Digestive enzymes may also be useful – especially with achlorhydria (low stomach acid
- Gum mastic is a natural substance from the sap of the Mediterranean evergreen tree, Pistacia lemniscuses. Mastic gum has been shown to be effective in protecting the digestive system, healing peptic and duodenal ulcers, and eradicating H. pylori from the gut. I use this a lot, and give two capsules twice daily in between meals.
- Bismuth. It displays anti-inflammatory action (due to salicylic acid) and also acts as an antacid and mild antibiotic. Don’t freak out – It can also cause black stools in some people who take it, when it combines with trace amounts of sulphur in their saliva and gastrointestinal tract. This discolouration is temporary and absolutely harmless!
Eric’s Recommended HP Treatment
My favourite HP treatment regime? I would have to say gum mastica between meals, and with meals a preparation of Bismuth,deglycyrrhizinated licorice, grapefruit seed extract and goldenseal. I often recommend aloe vera and activated charcoal as well.Do you get that annoying heartburn, and want to try and find a cause and ultimately a cure? Consult your naturopath or nutritional-friendly doctor who can check you out carefully and thoroughly and who will actually treat the cause, not the symptom. They should generally recommend a course of treatment and a specific diet designed for the individual, with promising results for many patients. And what a relief, to be free of heartburn, bloating and that “awful feeling in the tummy” again!
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