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H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori previously known as Campylobacter pylori) is a bacterial infection that causes overactive acid, inflammation, malabsorption from undigested food and candida, yet is relatively easy to eradicate. As an infectious disease that can be transmitted from person to person through kissing it is generally acquired by eating improperly cooked meats or food that has been left out too long. It is estimated that 50 percent of the population suffers from H. pylori. Most GAPS patients have this pesky disease.

Looking at H. pylori in the stomach resembles looking at an infected wound outside the body. It’s red, swollen and pussy.

Other symptoms of H. pylori include a bloated belly, ulcers, bleeding ulcers, bad breath, heartburn, GERD, indigestion and burning in the chest. The bacteria paralyzes the muscles and sphincters so overactive stomach acid splashes up into the esophagus. This pesky bacteria has shown to suppress the adrenal glands, the fight or flight system that handles stress in the body. The low grade infection causes perpetual exhaustion because you are not getting nutrients while the body puts its effort toward eradicating a disease that is going nowhere. When the stomach isn’t functioning properly the pancreas doesn’t secrete the proper juices allowing the food to sit undigested and move along into the intestines undigested.

Left untreated H. pylori leads to stomach cancer.

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Suffering from severe acid is a sure sign that you should be tested for H. pylori. Blood tests are the standard method for testing however the false negative rate is high. The reason for this is the bacteria is a chronic infection which measures antibodies. If you have had H. pylori in the past the body creates antibodies to fight the bacteria. Once the bacteria is gone the antibodies remain. The test shows these antibodies even though the disease is eradicated. Other tests can potentially show negative results because the H. pylori bacteria have numbed the activity that would show up in a blood test.

A stool test, antigen test, is relatively unused but a reliable test for H. pylori. Some doctors use this method but most doctors still test the conventional way through antibody testing. “The antigen is a portion of the organism itself. If you can see the antigen positive on the test it means you must have the active infective right now. It’s like an eye witness seeing the bacteria,” said Dr. Daniel Kalish DC, founder of the Kalish Method, at The Digestion Sessions.

Dr. Kalish goes on to say, “Even though it’s the most accurate  you could have a stool sample that does not have the bacteria in that particular portion of stool (BH #401 stool test through yet another test will reveal the bacteria.” An over the counter test like this one shows good results, the BH #401 is optimal. Many people use the herbal remedy listed below based on symptoms and see success without testing.

Dr. Barry J. Marshall, a pathologist, and J. Robin Warren, a fellow, won the Nobel Peace Prize in Physiology in 2005 for their findings on the interaction between H. pylori and the human host.

ABC reported, “Dr. Barry Marshall was so determined to convince the world that bacteria — not stress — caused ulcers that he drank a batch of it.” He purposely infected himself with H. pylori then sent a camera down his esophagus to document the effects. He captured on film bleeding ulcers, puss, red inflammation, reactive stomach acid that shot up the esophagus and a generally angry stomach. 

“H. pylori always causes inflammation in the stomach but doesn’t always cause symptoms,” Dr. Kalish says.

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Stomach acid blockers are not beneficial to H. pylori because they suppresses the symptoms while the bacteria continues to do more damage.

Conventional treatment for H. pylori is antibiotics however some H. pylori is resistant to the antibiotics. Naturopaths use herbal remedies that take longer but are not as damaging overall to the microbiome, yet just as effective. Antibiotic protocol for H. pylori generally lasts a few weeks while herbal treatment takes two months, longer for deeply persistent infections.

Mastica gum is highly effective on H. pylori and the most favored herb however it needs to be used following a couple of months of building up the body through nutrient dense foods and low grade exercise. During this time absolutely no processed or prepackaged food should be eaten- only real organic food in whole form cooked and warm.

Eating warm foods has shown to increase the white blood cell count in the stomach and intestines. This is not the case with raw foods. White blood cells fight infection.

Eliminating all grains, sugars, caffeine and dairy is vital to rebuilding a strong immune system. The root cause of H. pylori is a weak immune system and just treating the H. pylori with mastica gum will only result in another infection following the eradication of the bacteria as the weakness in the chain starts with the suppressed immune system. 

Oregano Oil or Olive Leaf Extract are excellent antibacterial fighters. An anti-inflammatory like DGL, licorice, reduces the inflammation so the body can heal. The majority of people respond to two months of mastica gum, Oregano oil or olive leaf extract and DGL with negative testing after two months of the herbal program. If you treat one person in the family, everyone in the family should be treated as it can get passed back and forth through kissing.

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*Nourishing Plot is written by a mom whose son has been delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food. This is not a newsarticle published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging affect of today’s “food”.





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