The case of chronic ITP, in my opinion, serves to show how separated medical care at ground level has become from the excellent research being done on H pylori around the world.
H pylori eradication clearly has a positive effect on patients with chronic ITP and yet the bacteria are not even mentioned by the most popular medical websites on their IPT pages. It’s quite ridiculous.
Chronic ITP is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are basically characterized when our own immune systems decide to attack our own tissues!
Other common autoimmune conditions that you may have heard of include:
Chronic ITP is actually mediated by anti-platelet autoantibodies which result in low platelet counts in affected individuals. Thrombocytopenia actually means ‘low platelet count’.
“Purpura” refers to the pin-prick bleeding that occurs under the skin, which is itself a symptom of a low platelet count.
H pylori eradication seems to be effective in improving platelet counts in around 50% of patients with chronic ITP.
“Due to the fact that most studies demonstrated remarkable therapeutic benefits (i.e. bacterial eradication rate, platelet response rate, durability of response), of antibiotics plus proton pump inhibitors for adult patients with chronic ITP and active H pylori infection, the European Helicobacter Study Group consensus 2007 has recommended the eradication of H pylori in patients with chronic ITP“
18 studies are cited to support this recommendation.
Why, then, when I look at the medical website, is H pylori not mentioned at all in the sections on chronic ITP?
Whilst we cannot ascribe all cases of chronic ITP to H pylori infection, the evidence is strong enough that H pylori eradication should be mentioned on ALL the websites that discuss chronic ITP.
After all let’s not forget that H pylori infection is prevalent in 30-40% of the US and UK populations (slightly less in Australia and NZ). That’s a fairly significant number of people.
Low Platelets, Vitamin B12 Deficiency & H Pylori
Elsewhere on this website, there is an article on how H pylori is believed to cause B12 deficiency in some people.
Well, it also turns out that low B12 (and folic acid) levels can cause low platelet levels.
This provides another mechanism by which H pylori may contribute to, or cause, the development of chronic ITP in some people.
To me, all we’re doing here is putting pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together. Most of what I’m teaching you is just common sense, but the treatments being given for diseases like chronic ITP don’t seem to focus on the real issues, which are the root causes of the problem!
If You Have Chronic ITP
If you have chronic ITP, look for the cause. Don’t be satisfied with treating the symptom only.
You need to check for H pylori, whether that is with your doctor or with a company specializing in digestive health. We can certainly help you with the testing process if you need help and we don’t just test for H pylori – we consider 40+ different digestive invaders, food sensitivities and lots more.
It’s also very wise to make sure that you remove as many possible stressors from your body as possible: