Erm, this article isn’t really full of the joys of spring.
It’s concerned with some of the nastier H pylori diseases like ulcers, stomach cancer and heart disease that often aren’t explained properly (you certainly won’t see this information on regular medical websites).
The info isn’t meant to frighten you, and it’s certainly NOT designed to try and coerce you into buying something from me out of fear (I HATE that stuff).
So please don’t shoot the messenger.
BUT, when you learn this information you realise how important it is to take H pylori infections seriously.
I don’t enjoy talking or writing about serious H pylori diseases – I call these diseases the ‘Dark Side’ of H pylori – but someone has to do it.
It’s rare for doctors to know this information, and even rarer for them to explain the situation to you because of short appointment times and overload in the medical system.
First, I’d like you watch this short video on H pylori diseases, and beneath the video I’ve written some summary points for you, which highlight research into various H pylori diseases.
I hope the video was helpful (you’re very welcome to leave a comment below if there’s anything I can do to improve the presentation!)
H pylori causes Gastritis (swelling and inflammation in the stomach)
H pylori and Stomach Cancer:
H pylori can reduce stomach acid and this can lead to iron deficiency, vitamin B12, E, C deficiencies, which increase the risk of disease via numerous pathways.
It causes inflammation in the digestive system, which can lead to increased levels of things like C-reactive protein and fibrinogen in your blood, which in turn are heart disease risk markers.
In fact, in my book H pylori: From Heartburn to Heart Attacks, I show with lots of research papers how H pylori infections influence more than HALF the known heart disease risk factors.
I didn’t write this post to scare you – I just want you to be aware of some H pylori diseases you may not have been aware of.
Of course, H pylori is best known for causing a few mild symptoms – sometimes a little more severe – such as heartburn, GERD, dizziness and so on.
BUT, it CAN cause other problems – “H pylori diseases” as I call them.
I’m certainly not saying H pylori causes these diseases in everyone, and I’m not saying H pylori is the only cause of these diseases, because it’s not.
What I want is for you to be aware of the main complications that can lead to these H pylori diseases so you can AVOID them!
To ensure H pylori doesn’t cause any of the above complications, please get your self tested.
If your doctor is not willing to test for H pylori, that’s ok, but don’t take “no” for an answer.
Nag, nag and nag until you get a stool test or breath test.
If your test returns a negative result and you’re not satisfied, get a private stool test (by the way, false negative tests do happen, and fairly frequently in my experience).
If you still don’t have any luck, consider a home stool test.
A home stool test can actually tell you whether you have the CagA or VacA H pylori strains – the ones associated with the more serious conditions listed here.
It also tells you whether the strain you have is resistant to Clarithromycin, one of the most important antibiotics used in H pylori triple therapy.
How to beat H pylori:
If you know for sure you have H pylori, get it treated.
If your doctor’s treatment doesn’t work, there are other options.
Start with the protocols in my book, The H Pylori Diet.
Be persistent: some people eradicate H pylori quickly, but other people need more time.
For example, some people might need 30-days on herbs, and some may need 60-90 days.
Some people need more courses of antibiotics than others (this is a bit of a problem because the more antibiotics you use, the more problems you might run into – Candida overgrowth, SIBO, antibiotic resistance, etc.)
It’s Your Turn:
Are you concerned about possible H pylori complications?
If so, we’d love to hear from you.
What not leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to get back to you quickly!