Helicobacter Pylori

Definition of Helicobacter Pylori:

H. pylori is a bacterium that is found in the stomach which, along with acid secretion, damages stomach and duodenal tissue, causing inflammation and peptic ulcers.  Although most people will never have symptoms or problems related to the infection, they may include: dull, 'gnawing' pain which may occur 2-3 hours after a meal, come and go for several days or weeks, occur in the middle of the night when the stomach is empty and be relieved by eating; loss of weight; loss of appetite; bloating; burping; nausea; vomiting.

Also: Pylori

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...as a treatment
“...A Nottingham University study showed that 60% of patients suffering from stomach bleeding while taking a low-dose aspirin also tested positive for the bacterium H. pylori.  Once the bacterium was removed, patients no longer had an increased risk of stomach bleeding when taking aspirin, and they did not suffer other recurring ulcer symptoms...”

Atrophic Gastritis

...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“...Another study showed vitamin C levels to be low in atrophic gastritis and Helicobacter Pylori infection.”
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Bacterial Dysbiosis

...our question about Proton pump inhibitor use
“...Long-term treatment of patients with potent acid blockers (proton pump inhibitors) which produce a more alkaline environment that is unfriendly to acid-tolerant bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori, may actually allow the overgrowth of other types of bacteria in the stomach, including Lactobacillus, Enterobacter, Staphylococcus and Propionibacterium which can result in...”

Cancer, General

...recommendation Bacteria / Pathogen Testing by PCR
“An Infectious Agents in Cancer Panel (Blood or Tissue Biopsy) can test for the presence of Helicobacter pylori, Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus (6, 11, 16, 18) and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).”

Chronic / Hidden Infection

...the condition
“...After years of being shunned, Dr. Barry Marshall's theory that ulcers can be caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori is now accepted medical doctrine...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...recommendation Bacteria / Pathogen Testing by PCR
“A Cardiovascular Disease Panel (Blood or Tissue Biopsy) can test for the presence of Chlamydia pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Helicobacter pylori, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6).”

Crohn's Disease

...the condition
“...Interestingly, drug therapies used to fight the ulcer-causing bacteria Helicobacter Pylori may also help treat Crohn's disease...”
...recommendation Test for Helicobacter Pylori Infection
“Drug therapies used to fight the ulcer-causing bacteria Helicobacter Pylori may help treat Crohn's disease...”

Dyspepsia / Poor Digestion

...the condition
“...The most common causes and risk factors include ... Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection – This bacterial infection can cause stomach ulcers and indigestion...”

Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers

...the condition
“...While acid is still considered significant in ulcer formation, the leading cause of ulcer disease is currently believed to be infection of the stomach by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)...”
...our question about Aspirin use
“Inflammation may be caused by aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), but the bacterium H. pylori is generally responsible.”
...relationship to Helicobacter Pylori Infection
“The average person's lifetime chance of suffering from a peptic ulcer is 5-10%, but this rises to 10-20% in those who are Helicobacter pylori positive.  H. Pylori infection usually persists for many years, leading to ulcer disease in 10-15% of those infected...”
...recommendation Antibiotics
“While the mechanism of how H. pylori causes ulcers is not well understood, its elimination by antibiotics has clearly been shown to heal ulcers and prevent ulcer recurrence.”
...recommendation Mastic Gum
“Mastic gum has killed H. pylori and cured peptic ulcers after just 2 weeks of use...”
...recommendation Robert's Formula
“...It sometimes contains bismuth, which kills H. Pylori, usually found in upper GI ulceration, as well as other microorganisms.”


...the condition
“...This inflammation occurs when H. pylori or one of several other organisms infect the stomach...”
...recommendation Antibiotics
“Antibiotics are used to treat H. pylori and should be used to treat other bacterial overgrowths in the stomach as well...”
...recommendation Mastic Gum
“For peptic ulcers and gastritis, 500mg to 1gm twice per day for 2 weeks causes structural changes in H. Pylori (of which there are at least 7 strains) resulting in its weakening and death...”

Gastrointestinal Bleeding

...our question about Aspirin use
“Aspirin may damage the lining of the stomach, but it is believed that the bacterium H. pylori is usually the cause.”

Grapefruit Seed Extract

...as a treatment
“...species, Campylobacter, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Streptococcus, Salmonella, Klebsiella, Proteus, Cholera, Chlamydia trachomatis, Trichomonas vaginalis, Legionella pneumoniae, Helicobacter pylori, Herpes simplex 1, Influenza A2, and measles virus...”

Heartburn / GERD / Acid Reflux

...relationship to Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers
“...Persistent dyspepsia/heartburn symptoms after eradication of H. pylori and ulcer resolution might suggest the treatment of GERD as a separate entity...”
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Helicobacter Pylori Infection

...the condition
“In recent years, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) has been identified by researchers as the cause of the majority of gastrointestinal ulcers...”
...our question about Gastritis
Helicobacter Pylori is believed to be the cause of superficial gastritis.”
...relationship to Stomach Cancer
Helicobacter Pylori infection leads to a significantly increased risk of stomach cancer...”
...recommendation Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
“...Pylori infection may result in Vitamin B12 deficiency.”
...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“Essential fatty acids have the ability to inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori and suppress acid production.”
...recommendation Tea Tree oil
“Tea tree oil, taken internally, is reported to be useful in killing H. Pylori when taken at 15 drops of 100% strength twice daily...”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“A study showed vitamin C levels to be low in atrophic gastritis and Helicobacter Pylori infection.”
...recommendation Increased Water Consumption
“Drinking more water alone has resolved many cases of H. Pylori infection...”
...recommendation Mastic Gum
“Mastic Gum kills H. Pylori...”

Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...Risk factors for hydrochloric acid deficiency include: Infections caused by H. pylori; A history of stomach surgery; Prolonged use of stomach-acid-reducing medication; Being over the age of 65; Chronic health conditions often associated with hydrochloric acid deficiency include...”

Increased Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut

...the condition
“...Parasites or bacteria such as Giardia or H. Pylori.  Food allergies aggravate LGS...”

Mastic Gum

...as a treatment
“...Perhaps the most exciting breakthrough to date has been a study showing mastic gum's effectiveness against at least seven different strains of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)...”


...as a treatment
“...Monolaurin is effective against yeast and fungi, staphylococcus aureus (staph) and streptococcus agalactiae (strep), chlamydia trachomatis, candida albicans, giardia lamblia, ringworm, H. pylori and gonorrhea...”

Need For Routine Preventative Health Measures

...the condition
“...For those who already have unresolved health issues, further testing may be required, such as prostate-specific antigen, complete blood count, thyroid, colon cancer, or H. pylori.  Recommended Regular Screenings (See below for further recommendations)...”

Peptic Ulcer

...related topic
“...Doctors now know that there are two major causes of ulcers: most often patients are infected with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori); others are regular users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which include common products like aspirin and ibuprofen.”

Robert's Formula

...as a treatment
“...It sometimes contains bismuth, which kills H. Pylori, usually found in upper GI ulceration, as well as other microorganisms...”


...relationship to Helicobacter Pylori Infection
“A high incidence of Helicobacter pylori infection in the stomach has been found amongst rosacea patients.”

Stomach Cancer

...the condition
“...to affecting more men than women, and occurring most in older people (the cancer is uncommon in people under 50) other factors that appear to increase the risk of stomach cancer include ... Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection – these bacteria live in the stomach lining of many people, usually without any symptoms...”

Test for Helicobacter Pylori Infection

...as a treatment
“Persons infected with H. pylori develop serum antibodies to the organism that can be detected in the blood...”
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