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H Pylori Causes

Helicobacter Pylori Causes

Are you wondering how or where you acquired Helicobacter pylori?


Does your partner or spouse have H pylori?

Did you have food poisoning from a restaurant or on holiday?

If you have been diagnosed with H pylori you may be wondering how on earth the bacteria managed to get into your stomach. I believe I picked up my H pylori infection in Egypt from some tainted food. Within eight hours of eating a meal I developed terrible stomach burning and chest pain, leading to a night of vomiting and then a week of stomach pains, weakness and nausea.

How H pylori Gets Into Your Body

There is a detailed and fully referenced explanation of this topic on pages 11-16 of my e-book The H Pylori Diet. You are welcome to read this information for FREE by signing up to our weekly newsletter to the right of this page.

The medical and scientific literature has demonstrated that you may acquire H pylori via the following routes:

  • Oral-Oral: H pylori bacteria have been found in the mouth and dental plaque. It may be passed via kissing or sharing eating / drinking utensils. H pylori bacteria have been found to survive on chopsticks even after they have been washed!
  • Mother-Child: it is likely that Mothers pass H pylori to their babies as research demonstrates that Mothers and babies have identical strains of the bacteria. It is therefore essential that spouses, partners and family are tested.
  • As yet I have come across no evidence that specifically links transmission of H pylori to breast feeding.
  • Sexual Contact: H pylori DNA has been isolated in the colon, vaginal tract and in sperm. Sexual contact may play a role in transmission.
  • Hospitals & Day Care Centres: Contact with stools and vomit of infected individuals may lead to infection. One study showed that apparatus used to conduct endoscopies / gastroscopies may lead to infection if not cleaned properly between uses.

(Taking into the above information you can see why it is essential that spouses, partners and family are tested for H pylori. Failure to do this may lead to immediate re-infection).

  • Fecal-Oral: food or water that has been contaminated with human waste may cause H pylori to be ingested (this is how I think I acquired my infection). This may explain increased prevalence in developing countries.
  • H pylori bacteria have been found on cockroaches and in cockroach droppings as well as on houseflies.
  • H pylori may be transmitted from animals to people in a process known as zoonosis. H pylori and other Helicobacter species have been found in dogs, cats, birds and other animals (even shellfish, sharks and dolphins!).

The truth is that H pylori may be picked up in any of these ways and it can be hard to pinpoint exactly where you acquired the infection. But because person to person transmission does occur, it is highly recommended that you have your loved ones tested if you have the infection.

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H Pylori Causes Selected References:

  1. Graham, K. S. M.D & Graham, D.Y. M.D, 2002. Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of H. pylori-Associated Gastrointestinal Disease. Handbooks in Healthcare Co.
  2. Timmins, W. Resolving Chronic Stress Related Disorders. Biohealth Diagnostics DVD Set, 2006.
  3. Labropoulou et al, 2003. Helicobacter pylori in Tonsil Tissue of Greeks.
  4. Kivi et al, 2003. Concordance of Helicobacter pylori Strains Within Families.
  5. Wai-Keung Leung, Joseph J. Y. Sung, Thomas K. W. Ling, Kris L. K. Siu and Augustine F. B. Cheng, 1999. Use of Chopsticks for Eating and Helicobacter pylori Infection. Journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences. Volume 44, Number 6 / June. Pages 1173-1176
  6. Salmanian et al, 2006. Amplification of babA and Urease genes of Helicobacter pylori from Oral, Gastric and Vaginal Yeasts.
  7. Sturegard et al, 2003. Detection of Helicobacter Species in Colon Biopsies.
  8. Labropoulou et al, 2004. Do hyperplastic polyps of the colorectum represent an extragastric reservoir for Helicobacter pylori infection?
  9. Kivi et al, 2003. Concordance of Helicobacter pylori Strains Within Families.
  10. Kafritsa et al, 2002. H. pylori in children’s dental plaque: Correlation with the H. pylori Infection status of their parents.
  11. Weyermann et al, 2005. The Mother as Intrafamilial Source of Helicobacter pylori Infection: A Prospective Birth Cohort.
  12. Cunha et al, 2002. Prevalence and risk factors associated to Helicobacter pylori infection among natives from Western Amazon rainforest, Brazil.
  13. Azevedo et al, 2005. Factors Affecting the Adhesion of Water-Stressed Helicobacter pylori to plumbing Materials.
  14. Garcia-Amado et al, 2005. Isolation of Helicobacter spp. from Seawater, Plankton and Oysters from Areas of the Caribbean Sea Subject to Faecal Contamination.
  15. Puiqueres et al, 2004. Rapid detection of Helicobacter pylori in vegetables irrigated with contaminated water.
  16. Hunt, R.H., & Tytgat, G.N.J., 1998 Helicobacter pylori: Basic Mechanisms to Clinical Cure. Pages 70-71.
  17. Imamura et al, 2003. Cockroaches can be a Possible Carrier of Helicobacter pylori.

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