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Stomach Pain: How Is It Caused & What Can You Do About It?

If you have stomach pain, it’s very important to understand what is causing it. The truth is that many factors could be causing or contributing to your pain.

One thing is for sure, if you want to permanently remove the pain so that you feel better, you’re going to need to find the root cause rather than simply taking medications to suppress the symptoms.

Different Types of Stomach Pain

There are many different types of stomach pain. I classify them into the following basic groups:

  • Heartburn or an acid feeling in the chest
  • Extreme chest pain, often associated with acute H pylori infection
  • Stomach cramps
  • Dull, chronic lower abdominal pain
  • Intense stabbing pain in the lower abdominal area
  • Pain that is alleviated by bowel movements or passing wind

All these stomach pain symptoms have causes. The causes are often related to things being in your digestive system that should not be there. They are NOT antacid or painkiller deficiencies.

What can be in your digestive system that shouldn’t be there?

  1. Food.
  2. Micro-organisms.
  3. Toxins / chemicals, including food additives, metals and drugs.

Let’s examine these three causes of stomach pain in a little detail.


Unfortunately our modern diet is full of foods that can irritate the stomach and intestinal lining. Any food that causes inflammation in your gut can cause pain.

Some common foods that irritate the delicate gut lining and cause pain are those containing gluten, cow’s milk, soy, sugar, coffee and alcohol.

Relieving and subsequently avoiding stomach pain can be as easy as removing certain key foods from your diet.

Even when the likes of H pylori or other digestive infections are present, altering your diet can still completely relieve all the different types of stomach pain listed above.

I highly recommend that you read The H Pylori Diet for further information.


We classify micro-organisms into three main groups:

  • Bacteria
  • Parasites
  • Yeast and fungal organisms such as Candida

When these micro-organisms invade or proliferate too much, they can irritate the gut lining leading to inflammation and pain.

As you may know, H pylori infection can cause gastritis, which is stomach inflammation, as well as ulcers. But H pylori is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the different invaders that can take up home in your digestive system.

Other bacteria that we see frequently in clients’ stool test results are:

  • Campylobacter
  • Salmonella
  • Vibrio (a certain type can cause cholera)
  • E. Coli
  • Clostridium difficile (Steve Grant in our team had C difficile as well as H pylori)
  • Staphylococcus aureus (the antibiotic-resistant type is known as MRSA)
  • Klebsiella
  • Yersinia
  • Citrobacter
  • Aeromonas
  • Morganella
  • Achromobacter (Chris Salmon in our team had this one!, causing his digestive discomfort)

We also commonly see parasites in clients’ stool test results:

  • Blastocystis hominis
  • Giardia
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Entamoeba histolytica
  • Dientamoeba fragilis
  • Trichomonas
  • Pinworm
  • Hookworm
  • Whipworm
  • Threadworm

Finally, it’s very common to see folk in whom yeast and fungal overgrowth is causing problems. The most commonly known yeast and fungal organism is Candida albicans.

Any or all of these digestive parasites have the potential to create an inflammatory response in your digestive system, thereby causing pain in your stomach and/or intestines.

They can also ferment the food you eat, which gives off gases and causes bloating, wind and discomfort in your bowels.

If these digestive parasites have made your digestive system their home, getting rid of them may be the key element in reducing and eliminating your stomach pain.

Toxins & Chemicals

According to Dr Walter J Crinnion ND, there are now some 80,000 manmade chemicals in the environment.

Avoidance of many of these chemicals is impossible because they are in our environment and won’t degrade for many decades.

We eat them, drink them and breathe them and if that’s not enough, our dentists fill dental cavities with them and we plaster many of them on our skin for the sake of looking good.

These chemicals include:

  • Heavy metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminium and arsenic
  • Plastics such as Bisphenol-A and Pthalates
  • Petrochemicals such as Parabens
  • Pesticides of the Organophosphate and Chlorinated families
  • Solvents
  • PCBs
  • Medical drugs (NSAIDs, for example, irritate the stomach lining)
  • Recreational drugs

Studies have not been done to assess the long term effects of these individual chemicals on our health and the cumulative effects of all these different compounds is simply not known.

What we do know is that toxins can cause inflammation. When we eat or drink them, they certainly irritate our stomach and intestines. In some people, toxicity certainly has the potential to cause stomach and intestinal pain.

How to Alleviate Stomach Pain

If you are eating foods that are causing pain, hosting microbes that are causing pain or harbouring toxins, I am sure you can see that taking painkillers or antacids won’t address the root cause of your symptoms.

Instead, the following steps are required:

  • Change your diet and make it anti-inflammatory (for help on how to do this, read The H Pylori Diet)
  • Run comprehensive stool testing using, for example, the GI Effects DNA Profile, to check for microbes that may be causing problems.
  • Remove any “bad bugs” that are found.
  • Run an array of comprehensive lab tests to check for toxins that may have built up in your body.
  • Under the supervision of a qualified practitioner, remove the toxins using a comprehensive detoxification protocol.
  • Whilst you are working through the steps above, it is ok to use medical drugs to reduce any pain that you are experiencing, but the long term use of these medications will probably not serve you well.

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