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H. Pylori Diagnosis and Treatments

What is H. Pylori?

Helicobacter Pylori is a spiral shaped bacterium with a propensity to attack the lining of the stomach and proximal small bowel. It can survive in the acidic environment in the stomach by burrowing into the mucosal layer where it stays, sometimes from early childhood. At some point in some people, it becomes a harmful pathogen and starts to cause symptoms and eventually serious diseases. According to the CDC 66% of world population is infected with H. Pylori and this goes up to 80% in developed countries. It is responsible for 80% of gastric ulcers! Helicobacter pylori can increase stomach cancer risk by 6 times and causes ulcers and gastritis by secreting a toxin that damages the bowel lining.

Here are some of the symptoms that you can get from H. Pylori:

  • Bloating, belching and gas

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Abdominal discomfort with burning sensation

  • Fatigue

  • Anorexia or loss of appetite

  • Foul breath

More serious complications of active H. Pylori infections include:

  • Severe Abdominal pain

  • Internal Bleeding

  • Vomiting blood

  • Dark or tarry stools

  • Anemia (low red blood cell count)

  • Peptic ulcers

  • Stomach Cancer

How can I get tested for H. Pylori?

Breath testing is currently the best way to check if your symptoms are related to H. Pylori and Dr Jay can help with the diagnosis and treatment plan.

What are the conventional treatments available for me?

Western medicine and your GI doctor will most likely recommend a conventional treatment plan comprised of the following:

  • Antacids or proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s)

  • Bismuth subsalicylate

  • 3 Antibiotics

  • Biaxin

  • Flagyl

  • Amoxicillin

What would my Navigator recommend?

Here at Rejuvenate, your H. Pylori infection will be treated with a more natural approach that addresses the underlying causes of H. Pylori overgrowth and the condition of your gut at the time you come and see me.

  • Nutrition as medicine

  • Wild caught fish with high Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Fax and chia seeds with Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Manuka honey with green teas

  • Berries

  • Cruciferous vegetables

  • Olive oil is antibacterial

  • Foods to avoid

  • Grains with low-fiber content

  • Sugary foods

  • Caffeine

  • Probiotics – crowding out of the bad bacteria by good bacteria

  • Supplements can help eradicate the bacteria as well

  • Use multiple strains –check out my blog on probiotics

  • Lactobacillus species have been scientifically studied

  • fermentum, casei, and brevis

  • Kefir and Probiotic-rich foods

What Supplements should I consider?

  • Zinc carnosine 75 mg twice a day

  • Berberine 500 mg twice a day

  • Bismuth citrate 250 mg twice a day

  • Mastic gum 2 grams twice a day

  • Black Seed (Nigella Sativa)

  • 2 grams a day

  • Broccoli Sprout Oil

  • 30 grams twice a day for a week

  • Green Tea

  • Inhibits the growth of H. Pylori

  • Heals gastric inflammation

  • Garlic

  • Antibiotic effect

  • 3 grams with meals

  • Propilis Extract

  • Made from honey bee hives

  • Contains phenolic compounds

  • Herbal therapies

  • Goldenseal

  • Meadowsweet

  • Sage

What lifestyle changes will help you stay healthy?

  • Stay hydrated with clean water

  • H. Pylori is contagious within families, so everyone needs to be treated and practice good hygiene

  • Reduce stress – will help with digestion and acid production in the stomach

How can I heal my gut while I eradicate or subdue this bacterium?

  • DGL Licorice 500 mg between meals

  • L-glutamine powder 3 grams before meals

  • Aloe liquid

  • Marshmallow root

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