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Why Dr Oz is right to talk about parasites…

If you have heartburn, bloating, gas, stomach pain or abdominal cramps, constipation or diarrhea, there’s a good chance you have parasites, or some kind of bacterial or fungal overgrowth in your gut. Stress and food intolerance can also cause these symptoms and in my experience it is usually several of these factors combined. This video from the Dr. Oz show highlights the “parasite problem”. While I don’t especially like the way Dr. Oz hypes up his TV shows, his information is usually pretty good. Watch this video and you’ll see how important the parasite problem is becoming. How do...

Do H pylori symptoms come and go with food, sleep or hormones?...

Why do H pylori symptoms come and go? I think this is a very important question and one that is worthy of some time and thought. First, having had H pylori twice myself, and having worked with several thousand people who also had H pylori, there’s no doubt in my mind that H pylori symptoms can definitely come and go. H pylori symptoms like heartburn, acid reflux, belching and bloating can fluctuate during the course of the day and also during the course of, say, a week or even a month. There are several reasons why H pylori symptoms...

What foods aggravate H pylori and cause similar symptoms?...

“What foods aggravate H pylori?” Hmmmm, this is a question I’m asked a lot, and with good reason. When you have H pylori, you develop something called gastritis, which simply means ‘stomach inflammation’. Inflammation is where your immune system attacks H pylori, leading to a red, raw, hot, sore stomach, which in turn causes many of the H pylori symptoms you experience as a result of the infection. These symptoms include heartburn, stomach pain, acid reflux, bloating, a sore throat, a lump in your throat, belching, burping, etc. Inflammation that goes untreated can lead to stomach and duodenal ulcers,...

How antacid & acid blocking medications cause nutrient deficiencies...

Antacids, acid blocking drugs and nutrient deficiencies Millions of people take over the counter antacids, or more potent prescription acid blocking medications such as proton pump inhibitors to deal with acid reflux and gastro-esophageal reflux disease. In the short-term, these meds can do a great job of reducing unwanted and uncomfortable symptoms, but in the long run they may deplete nutrients and trigger Candida, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and C. difficile infections. The net result can be bloating, gas, loose stools, diarrhea, fatigue, depression, allergies and other unpleasant symptoms. If you are taking antacids, H2 blockers or PPIs on...

What foods can kill H pylori and heal your stomach?...

I’m often asked what foods can kill H pylori, and for several reasons it’s not that easy of a question to answer. Some foods can definitely kill H pylori and this is shown in the scientific literature. But there is a big difference between killing H pylori in a test tube or lab dish and killing it once it is in the human digestive system. Furthermore, it’s not easy to know precisely how much of a food needs to be eaten to actually eradicate H pylori. Foods that kill H pylori include: Cranberries Broccoli sprouts Certain berries (e.g. blackberries)...

The problem with antacid medications (part one)

Are you presently taking antacid or acid blocking medications? If so, you’re not alone because these drugs are some of the highest selling in medical history. Unfortunately, their long-term use can cause fatigue, Candida overgrowth, bloating, SIBO, constipation, depression, headaches and many other problems. They may even increase your risk of developing kidney problems, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. There is a dark side to acid blocking medications, which isn’t explained clearly enough by doctors. It is my hope that you feel more informed about the dangers of acid blockers by the end of this two part article. Acid blocking...
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