The Digestive System, Ulcers/Gastritis & H. Pylori
Eating is one of the most enjoyable acts a living being can perform.
Unfortunately, it can also be a source of great frustration when the digestive system
and/or one of its organs is not functioning properly. Gastritis and/or ulcers (erosions of
stomach tissue) of the stomach is a condition that according to the CDC affects
“approximately 25 million Americans and each year there are 500,000 to 850,000 new
cases of peptic ulcer disease and more than one million ulcer-related hospitalizations”.
Gastritis is a acute or chronic inflammation of the stomach. The following risk factors
known to increase the possibility of developing the condition are: medications like
NSAIDs that irritate the gastric epithelial cells, as well as inhibiting and causing
alterations in many of the acid producing processes in the stomach, smoking, alcohol
intake, caffeine, eating smoked, salted and pickled foods, and stress. Although many
believe that diet and stress do not cause ulcers most do recognize that those two
factors can aggravate and worsen the symptoms of ulcers. The pathophysiology of this
condition was finally discovered in 1982, before then, the three major culprits that had
been identified were the environmental factors mentioned above like spicy food, stress,
acid and lifestyle, however, once a pathogen that contributed to ulcer related cases was
found a better treatment plan was formed (CDC, 1). The bacteria that was found to be
causing stomach havoc is called Helicobacter Pylori (identified as H. Pylori for hereon).
The Natural Medicines database states that Helicobacter Pylori (Or H. Pylori) is a type
of bacteria that commonly lives in the stomach without causing harm. H. Pylori infection
increases the risk of stomach inflammation and stomach ulcers. It also increases the
risk of stomach cancer, but only a small number of infected people develop stomach
cancer. A very interesting fact considering that although over 50% of the population has
chronic H. pylori infection, only 5% to 10% develop ulcers (Medscape). Untreated ulcers
may result in stomach cancer, and although gastritis and/or ulcers are prevalent in
worldwide population, stomach cancer is not as common in the United States as it is in
countries like Korea, Mongolia, Japan, Guatemala, and China (Moini, 527).
The signs and symptoms of gastritis and/or stomach ulcers are the following:
localized pain that can be felt anywhere from the chest to the stomach, it may last a few
minutes to several hours. Symptoms are worst when the stomach is empty or at night.
The bouts my come and go from periods of time from a few days to weeks. Less
common symptoms are include vomiting blood, dark blood clots in stool, nausea,
vomiting, and unexplained weight loss (Natural Medicines, Gastrointestinal-Disorders).
What exactly happens at the cellular level for the symptoms to be present?
“Acid in the stomach kills many bacteria, but H. pylori can evade destruction by
hiding into the protective mucus layer. H. pylori also expresses urease, an
enzyme that hydrolyzes urea to produce ammonia, which is used to buffer acid in
the immediate environment of the bacterium. Infection with H. pylori causes
chronic gastritis, and many individuals who are infected with H. pylori may never
experience symptoms” (Peptic Ulcer Disease). However, the severity of the gastritis
depends in part upon the virulence of the strain of infecting bacteria, but is mostly due to
the immune response of the infected individual. Inflammation causes the recruitment
of white blood cells and the production of cytokines, which have effects on the
physiology of cells in the stomach epithelium. The inflammation induces
apoptosis of parietal cells, and there is eventual atrophy of the gastric glands.
The result is hyposecretion of acid, or hypochlorhydria. Continued tissue damage
may lead to development of a gastric ulcer (Peptic Ulcer Disease). Course material from
washington.edu states that “H. pylori is classified as a carcinogen because infection
increases the risk of developing certain types of gastric cancer and this increased risk is
almost exclusively associated with atrophic gastritis and gastric ulcer. What happens is
that the atrophic gastric glands undergo a further change known as intestinal
metaplasia. The growth pattern of the epithelium changes, and it begins to resemble an
intestinal epithelium, with villi and goblet cells. This change in the epithelium is
thought to precede the further growth changes involved in the development of
Medical diagnosis of gastritis and/or ulcers include x-rays of the upper
gastrointestinal tract, endoscopy (a thin tube with a camera is inserted
throughout the mouth and into the digestive tract) to see if the ulcers are present.
After a diagnosis the most common allopathic treatments include antibiotics to
eradicate H. Pylori (if it was found to be present) and acid blockers. However,
many alternative options are also available. The options range from a modified
nutritional lifestyle to pH balancing therapy with magnets. According to Dr. David
Williams of www.Drdavidwilliams.com a diet that includes the following 7 all
natural ulcer remedies are vitamin E, bananas, honey, garlic, cabbage, licorice
and capsaicin. He further explains that “Doctors at the Kiev Medical Institute
reported that 300 mg of vitamin E daily effectively treated peptic ulcers of 28
patients. Ulcers were relieved in four to six days in the vitamin E group, while it
took seven to ten days in those given conventional medication. Patients taking
vitamin E also had increased protein repair in their intestinal linings and gained
from 1.5 to 3 kg during the study, while the controls did not gain any weight”. The
other 6 items also have great benefits, take garlic for example; it can keep the
number of H. Pylori bacteria in check. Bananas (especially dried and in powder
form) can help heal ulcers.
Another great modality that has an amazing and nothing short of
miraculous results is Biomagnetism aka The Biomagnetic Pair. This therapy is
taking the world by storm as it is the only therapy to diagnose and treat a pH
distortion within the same treatment appointment. A distorted pH balance allows
for pathogens to thrive depending on their survival nature (an acidic or
alkaline) environment. A medium gauss magnet is used to scan the body, and through
the body’s ability of conducting energy the body responds in an intelligent muscular
response by the lengthening or shortening of limbs. The north polarity magnet
(negative) has the ability to diagnose the pH distortion while the south polarity
(positive) magnet can treat the distortion. For example, the place of dwelling
within the body for the bacteria H. Pylori is located in the cardium or the
esophageal hiatus. If during a therapy session while placing the negative
magnet on that area the right or left leg (or arms) shorten or lengthen, the body
is indicating that the bacteria is present. In order to treat or balance the pH, the
biomagnetic pair must be located. In this case the corresponding pair is the left
testicle (where positive magnet will be placed). This is a revolutionary therapy
with 100% success rate if therapist is well trained and experienced.
In conclusion a holistic balance is needed to achieve digestive system health.
Different factors can influence the body to go off balance. Knowledge is power
and that means being proactive in finding out more about this condition if the symptoms
mentioned are present and also knowing what treatments are available so that eating
becomes a pleasure again.
Moini, Jahangir. (2016). Anatomy and Physiology For Health Professionals, Second Edition.
Overview of Peptic Ulcer Disease. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/734791_2. Retrieved 10/14/2016.
CDC. Helicobacter Pylori PDF. http://www.cdc.gov/ulcer/files/hpfacts.pdf Retrieved
Peptic Ulcer Disease. https://courses.washington.edu/conj/bess/ulcer/PepticUlcerDisease.htm Retrieved 10/14/2016
Natural Treatments and Remedies for Stomach Ulcers. 8/17/2016. http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/ulcer-natural-treatments/ Retrieved 10/15/2016.
Treatments. http://www.completeholistichealth.com/treatments. Retrieved 10/16/2016.
Peer-reviewed journal article from EU Library:
Gastrointestinal Stomach Cancer. https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/databases/medical-conditions/g/gastrointestinal-stomach-cancer.aspx Retrieved 10/15/2016.