Helicobacter pylori, also known as H. pylori, is a bacterium that is commonly found in the stomach. It is present in approximately one-half of the world's population, yet most people infected with it have no symptoms. Others may develop problems, such as gastritis or stomach ulcers. It is not clear why some people with H. pylori get these conditions and others do not. I would think one’s DNA might show if they are at risk.
H. pylori is commonly transmitted person-to-person by saliva. The bacteria can also be spread by fecal contamination of food or water. In developing countries, a combination of untreated water, crowded conditions, and poor hygiene contributes to higher prevalence of H. pylori
This bacteria weakens the protective mucous coating of the stomach and duodenum (small intestine), which allows stomach acid to get through to the sensitive lining beneath. Both the acid and the bacteria irritate the lining and cause a sore, or ulcer. H. Pylori can cause chronic inflammation in the walls of the stomach (gastritis) or duodenum, resulting in abnormal changes in the stomach lining. Though rare, this chronic inflammation can lead to certain forms of stomach cancer.
Ulcers may have no symptoms, or may cause pain or discomfort (usually in the upper abdomen), bloating, feeling full after eating a small amount of food, lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and dark or tar-colored stools. Ulcers that bleed can cause a low blood count. H. pylori testing is recommended for anyone with a peptic (stomach or duodenal) ulcer.
Tests for H. Pylori
Breath tests — Breath tests (known as urea breath tests)
Stool tests — Tests are available that detect H. pylori proteins in stool.
Blood tests — Blood tests can detect specific antibodies (proteins) in the body's immune system. However, concerns over its accuracy have limited its use.
Conventional medicine treats this condition with a regimen of two different antibiotics for two-four weeks, and an acid suppressor like omeprazole, targeting the organism’s ability to survive in acid.
A more natural approach would utilize DGL, bismuth, berberine, and zinc carnosine.
It is important to retest after treatment to insure the H. Pylori is cleared up, and any others living in your home should be tested for H. Pylori also.