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H Pylori Eradication Strategies

H Pylori eradication may be achieved using either medical treatment in the form of antibiotics, or by intervention by various herbal products and protocols.

Unfortunately, there is no single H pylori eradication strategy that works for every person.

It is well known that triple therapy antibiotics are not as effective as they once were, largely because H pylori bacterial strains have become resistant to some of the antibiotics that are prescribed.

Triple Therapy Works Well For Some, But Not Others

So some people take a single course of triple therapy and it works wonderfully well for them, whereas others can take 2, 3 or even more triple therapy treatments only to find that they do not eradicate their H pylori infection. In these people, their H pylori and digestive symptoms often worsen with each failed treatment.

The medical literature clearly indicates that triple therapy is very “hit and miss”. Recently, H pylori eradication rates in some studies have been as low as 55%, which has led to many experts to call for an overhaul of H pylori eradication therapy.

However, if you do have H pylori, triple therapy is still an option that you should look at because, as discussed above, it does still work for many patients.

Quadruple & Sequential Therapy Are Also “Hit & Miss”

When triple therapy does not work, many doctors now prescribe quadruple or sequential H pylori eradication therapies.

In quadruple therapy an additional medication is added to kill H pylori (this is often a natural substance – bismuth). In sequential therapy, antibiotics are given back-to-back rather than at the same time.

Studies have shown that these two H pylori treatment methods often give a better rate of eradication than H pylori, but they still do not work for everyone. H pylori eradication rates for these therapies are usually reported at around 60-80% in the medical literature.

Of course, this can still leave a significant number of patients with unsuccessful treatment outcomes.

H Pylori Eradication Using “Natural” Protocols

As you will see on the various sections and pages on this website, there are a number of foods and herbs that have been shown in studies to inhibit or kill H pylori.

These can actually be used alongside, or immediately before or after triple, quadruple and sequential therapies.

I have found that, Matula Herbal Formula, specific Mastic Gum products and potent garlic extracts work extremely well in helping patients achieve H pylori eradication.

I’ve also learned from experienced nutritionists and doctors that certain combinations of herbs that are harvested in the Amazon rainforest (called Amazon Digestion Support and Amazon C-F) are also very effective in inhibiting H pylori bacteria.

But, again, in my experience, no single H pylori eradication strategy is guaranteed to work for everyone, no matter what the supplement manufacturer claims!

In some people, a certain combination of herbs works well, but in others, different combinations seem to be more effective.

Therefore, unlike many websites, we will NEVER claim that our programs work for everyone because that would simply be a lie.

However what we do know is that when they are taken correctly, used in the correct dosages and for the optimal duration, each of the separate herbal protocols we use are a lot more effective than triple therapy.

Is H Pylori Eradication Enough?

We hear from people all the time who have successfully eradicated H pylori using triple therapy, but whose symptoms have not improved very much.

This is very important because for some folk, simply eradicating H pylori is just not enough. These folk have damaged stomach and intestinal linings, low stomach acid levels, yeast overgrowth and possibly even parasites.

These people may also be reacting to common foods that they’re eating. Cow’s milk, gluten, soy, coffee and sugar are all known to irritate the digestive systems in many people (this is on of the main reasons I wrote my book, The H Pylori Diet).

So, in some cases, eradicating H pylori does not bring ANY improvements whatsoever, or the improvements are only minor.

One of the advantages of using natural / herbal protocols is that many of the products not only act against H pylori bacteria, but also greatly assist in supporting and healing the delicate lining of the stomach and intestine (this delicate lining is known as the “mucosa”). Antibiotics, however, simply attempt to kill the H pylori!

Restoring Proper Digestive Function

Once H pylori eradication has been achieved, some people feel fantastic. All their symptoms go away and they do not need further treatment of any kind.

However, as discussed above, it’s also common for patients to experience only minor improvements, or no improvements at all, despite the fact that they successfully eradicate H pylori.

In our experience, these people usually respond fabulously when the following actions are taken:

  • They change their diet to eliminate common, irritating foods to the digestive system.
  • They take gut-healing supplements like vitamin C, DGL, zinc and glutamine.
  • They take high quality probiotics.
  • They run Metametrix GI Effects Stool Testing to see whether they have other bacrterial overgrowth such as E coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella or C difficile, yeast and fungal overgrowth such as Candida or parasites such as Blastocystis, Giardia, Cryptosporidium or hookworm.

By taking these actions, it’s virtually impossible NOT to return to optimal, pain free and smooth digestive health!

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