Do you have chronic stomach problems?
You might have H. Pylori.
The #1 cause of stomach ulcers may be causing your chronic gastritis and indigestion.
In 1994, high-profile medical research demonstrated that most stomach ulcers are caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). These bacteria are one of the only known microorganisms that can survive and even thrive in the acidic stomach environment.
Its helical, or screw-like, shape allows it to penetrate the lining of the stomach and lodge there. Researchers have found that many people have H. pylori in their stomachs even though they do not have ulcers.
H. pylori infection has also been associated with such conditions as acne rosacea, allergic sinusitis, iron deficiency anemia, vitamin B12 deficiency, hives, and stomach and duodenal cancer. It also increases oxidation in throughout your body; accelerating the aging process.
So, what is the most likely symptom of H. Pylori?
Lots and LOTS of stomach discomfort and digestive problems.
How do I know if I have H. Pylori?
Obviously, many conditions and factors can lead to stomach and intestinal pain. For example, you could be experiencing the results of hidden food allergies, an intestinal microbial infection, or gallbladder and pancreatic dysfunction. You also may have been diagnosed with an intestinal autoimmune disorder. (Although, autoimmune disorders are still subject to flareups induced by the other major causes of gut symptoms.)
However, after years of experience with hundreds of H. pylori cases, I’ve seen certain symptoms show up over and over again.
Unsure about your symptoms? Find out what your gut may be telling you.
If you are experiencing:
- Intermittent anxiety
- Belching, bloating, and gas
- Upper abdominal digestive pain within an hour of eating
- Skin rashes (especially on the forearms, neck, chest, or face)
- Acid reflux that is unresponsive to treatment
- Limited movement in your neck, especially on the left side
- Rib cage pain wrapping around from the front to the back, especially on the left side after eating
- Irritability during or immediately after meals
- Chronic anemia
You may have an overgrowth of H. pylori.
You’ve probably noticed that some of these symptoms aren’t easily connected to digestive dysfunction. And you’d be right. I’ll link you to the existing literature on the signs and symptoms of H. pylori. But formal clinical studies aren’t everything. When it comes to helping people to conquer their chronic symptoms, it’s essential to pay attention to the body as a whole.
Just as heart attacks can present as pain down the inner left arm, the stomach affects nerve pathways and muscles in the neck, shoulders, and rib cage. For many people, this can lead to chronic headaches that seem to come out of nowhere and disappear just as suddenly.
Similarly, your stomach sits adjacent to your diaphragm, the muscle that allows your rib cage to contract and expand when you breathe. If that expansion is limited by pressure from the stomach, it can cause shortness of breath.
Shortness of breath can mimic your body’s threat-response–your fight-flight reaction. And when you are constantly experiencing artificial threats, your body never has time to relax or repair from the increased stress. For most people, chronic anxiety and tension is the natural result of this process.
But, unfortunately the process doesn’t stop there! In the body’s stressed neurological state (know as a sympathetic nervous system response), stomach function is designed to decrease in order to reserve energy for fight or flight action in the face of danger.
So NOW we have a classic feedback loop: a self-sustaining dysfunctional system.
Ok, that sounds like me. What do I do next?
If you think you have H. Pylori, you’ve come to the right place! We have a program for you (and your practitioner) to follow to help you restore healthy stomach function. In the next section, you can read more about the research on H. Pylori and the nutritional formulas we use as an anti-H. Pylori strategy in the Stomach Wellness Program at GWL.