Are you familiar with the H plyori infection? Did you know that approximately half of the world’s population is infected with it?
This is a perfect reason to take probiotics on a daily basis. Read the following article which was written by the Mayo Clinic staff:
H. pylori infection occurs when a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infects your stomach, usually during childhood. A common cause of peptic ulcers, H. pylori infection is present in about half the people in the world. Most people don’t realize they have H. pylori infection, because they never get sick from it. If you develop signs and symptoms of a peptic ulcer, your doctor will probably test you for H. pylori infection, because it can be treated with antibiotics. Most people with H. pylori infection will never have any signs or symptoms. It’s not clear why this is, but scientists believe some people may be born with more resistance to the harmful effects of H. pylori.
When signs or symptoms do occur with H. pylori infection, they may include:
- An ache or burning pain in your abdomen
- Frequent burping
- Weight loss
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice any persistent signs and symptoms that worry you. Seek immediate medical help if you experience:
- Severe or persistent abdominal pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Bloody or black tarry stools
- Bloody or black vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
H. pylori bacteria can be passed from person to person through direct contact with saliva, vomit or fecal matter. H. pylori can also be spread through contaminated food or water. The infection is usually acquired during childhood. Many people contract H. pylori as children. Contracting H. pylori in adulthood is much less common. Risk factors for H. pylori infection are related to living conditions in your childhood, such as:
- Living in crowded conditions. You have a greater risk of H. pylori infection if you live in a home with many other people.
- Living without a reliable supply of hot water. Having a reliable hot water supply can help you keep your living area clean and reduce your risk of H. pylori.
- Living in a developing country. People living in developing countries, where crowded and unsanitary living conditions may be more common, have a higher risk of H. pylori infection.
- Living with someone who has an H. pylori infection. If someone you live with has H. pylori, you’re more likely to also have H. pylori.
If you or someone you know is dealing with recurrent symptoms of acid reflux, have it checked out by a physician. If you have an H. Pylori infection that is not treated appropriately, you will usually not see any permanent improvement no matter what you do. Most importantly, is critical to find out if you have a more serious problem like a Barrett’s esophagus or esophageal cancer. If you find out that you have Barrett’s esophagus, your doctor will follow you closely because this is a known precancerous lesion of the lower esophagus. (In this case, increase your Usana Coquinone 30 to 4 per day. I feel that this can give you the best chance of preventing the progression to esophageal cancer.) My best advice is to treat this problem medically via traditional evaluation and medical treatment, and begin an aggressive nutritional program and the Healthy for Life Program. Once you begin feeling much better and your symptoms of reflux improve (usually 6 to 8 weeks), I would try to get off your medication. If you are taking any proton pump inhibitor, you may need to follow the plan I have shared above.