Exams And Tests For H Pylori
What Are The Risk Factors For Appendicitis
There’s no way to predict who will get appendicitis, but scientists have uncovered several risk factors for the condition. These include:
- Being a teenager or in your twenties most cases of appendicitis occur in this age group
- Having a long-lasting inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- Studies have suggested that family history plays a role a study published in 2014 in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine found that among adults at an emergency room who presented with appendicitis, those with a known family history were more likely to have the condition
And a study published in 2001 in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery found that heredity is a significant factor in children who have appendicitis.
There’s also a link between air pollution in particular, high levels of ozone and appendicitis. Scientists aren’t sure why air pollution is associated with an increased risk of appendicitis, but it may be that high levels of ozone increase intestinal inflammation or increase susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections.
Studies suggest that people get appendicitis more during the summer than at other times of the year. Its not clear why, but a review of over 40 years of research, published in February 2014 in Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research, concludes that its likely due to a combination of increased exposure to air pollution and more GI infections during summer months.
What Does H Pylori Do To Our Body
One of the biggest problems with H. pylori is its production of a specific enzyme called urease, which essentially neutralizes hydrochloric acid due to its increased production of ammonia. Hydrochloric acid is needed to help digest protein, ionize minerals, and create an acidic environment in the guts to stimulate bile release from the gallbladder, which aids in fat digestion in the small intestine.
If we cant ionize our minerals properly, this will lead to a whole host of issues, including osteoporosis, immune problems, thyroid problems, and anemia. Lack of hydrochloric acid will also lead to indigestion, malabsorption, gas, bloating, and a catabolic physiology .
A large percentage of H. pylori infected patients will not present with any symptoms, so its possible you could be feeling great and still have an infection. This is also why my recommendation for anyone with an H. pylori infection is to supplement with hydrochloric acid and enzymes to ensure optimal digestion, even if no digestive symptoms are present.
Its important to note that the enzymes and hydrochloric acid by themselves will not be enough to eradicate the infection. A proper assessment should be made by your functional-medicine doctor regarding your primary physical, chemical, and emotional stressors to ensure long-term eradication of the infection.
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How To Address H Pylori
While the conventional treatment for h. pylori is a 10 day course of 3 to 4 antibiotics, and acid-lowering proton pump inhibitors, I caution against this route.
For some people, a heavy course of antibiotics can devastate their biome. Especially if theres an imbalance to begin with. If you dont understand how to properly recover your biome after antibiotics, the safer bet is to use herbal intervention.
When used properly and for long enough, herbs can be even more effective than antibiotics, without side effects/symptoms like yeast or bacterial overgrowth. Or loss of beneficial bacterial species.
Triple therapy antibiotics for h. pylori leads to long lasting derangements in the composition of commensal bacteria in the large intestine, lasting up to 4 years.
People can develop IBS from a course of antibiotics alone. It can be the last straw for a system on the verge of collapse.
Digestive Problems From Mold Exposure
Digestive problems related to mold exposure are not as common as some other mold sickness symptoms, like allergic reactions and respiratory problems, but exposure to household mold can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding in the intestinal tract, intestinal cramping, and the development of bacterial and yeast infections in the intestinal tract. Mold is most likely to affect the digestive system when mold is ingested, such as if you eat spoiled food. However, mold spores can also be inhaled and harmful substances called mycotoxins that are produced by mold can be absorbed through the skin, and these things can also affect the digestive system.
Most often, people that develop mold-related health problems are exposed to mold in their own homes. However, agricultural workers may also be exposed to mold on the job, especially types of mold that can lead to gastrointestinal problems.
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Prevention And Patient Resources
After major flooding or other exposure to water damage and mold, talk with your immunocompromised patients about how to protect themselves from mold:
- Mold grows where there is moisture, usually within 24-48 hours of flooding. Even if it is not visible, it is often present.
- Immunocompromised people should not enter moldy buildings or help clean up mold.
- If it is impossible for people with weakened immune systems to avoid a moldy building, they should talk with their doctor and consider wearing an N-95 respirator inside the building. Remind patients that this will still not fully protect them from becoming exposed to mold, but may reduce their risk.
For more information on mold cleanup, refer patients to the following CDC resources, or provide them with a printed copy:
What Causes Stomach Bacteria
Just as organisms have evolved to survive in a rock pool orunder the bark of a tree, so to has bacteria evolved to survive inthe stomach of humans and animals. One pound of the weight of anadult human is from bacteria alone. These bacteria are largelybeneficial and prevent pathogenic bacteria suchas pathogenic E. Coli from multiplying by competing for space andnutrients. As to what causes it, when a newborn is breastfed themilk contains enzymes and bacteria . Bacteriagrow from this milk and continue to grow until the body cools afterdeath. Food introduces new bacteria which is usually out competed and dies, or it may causeillness and be flushedout by time or drugs. Post by James Johnson
- Bacterial gastroenteritis is a digestive problem caused by bacteria.
- Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and pain.
- In severe cases, you may become dehydrated and have an electrolyte imbalance.
- Bacterial gastroenteritis is sometimes treated with antibiotics.
- If severe cases are not treated, they can lead to severe dehydration, neurological problems, kidney failure, and even death.
- Good hygiene is the best way to prevent bacterial gastroenteritis.
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What Are The Complications Of H Pylori
If you are infected with the bacteria you can get a painful sore called a peptic ulcer. These sores form in your upper digestive tract.
A very bad ulcer can wear away your stomach lining. It can also cause problems such as:
Bleeding when a blood vessel is worn away
A hole or perforation in your stomach wall
Blockage when the ulcer is in a spot that blocks food from leaving your stomach
H. pylori can also lead to stomach cancer.
Preventing Bacterial Gastroenteritis At Home
Always wash your hands well before making food and after handling raw meat and poultry.
Wash all raw fruits and vegetables with a scrub brush or vegetable wash.
Use 1 cutting board just for meat. Wash all cutting boards and utensils in hot, soapy water after use. Clean kitchen counters with bleach or disinfectant.
Cook meats to a safe temperature to kill bacteria that may be present in the meat. Use a food thermometer when cooking. Follow these temperature guidelines:
Cook ground meat and meat mixtures to at least 160°F .
Cook fresh beef, veal, lamb, and pork to at least 145°F .
Cook poultry to an internal temperature of at least 165°F .
Wash your hands well after changing diapers. Dispose of diapers carefully so bacteria doesnt spread.
Wash your hands well before and after contact with someone who is ill. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel containing at least 60% alcohol.
Wear gloves when handling a sick persons clothes, bed linens, or towels. Discard the gloves after each use. Then wash your hands well. Wash bed linens and other personal items separately in hot water with detergent and liquid bleach.
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Q: Can Mold On Toothbrush Make You Sick
A: Yes, mold on toothbrushes can cause health issues such as asthma, sinusitis, and allergies. The best way to prevent mold from growing on your toothbrush is to keep it clean and dry. If you do not want to throw away your toothbrush, then you should soak it in hot water for 10 minutes. After soaking, rinse it thoroughly with soap and water.
How Mold Can Hurt Your Gut Health
Mycotoxins produced by mold impair gut health on a structural and functional level. They disrupt the balance of beneficial and pathogenic bacteria in the gut, increase intestinal permeability, interfere with nutrient absorption , generate oxidative stress and inflammation, and increase your susceptibility to bacterial, viral, and parasitic gut infections.
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Bacterial Infection In Stomach Treatment
Bacterial infection in stomach can lead to serious health problems when they are not taken care of promptly. It can cause stomach ulcers and in the long run stomach cancer.
Seeking medical advice is the wise thing you should do as diarrhea can debilitate the person and cause dehydration.
Infection in stomach can be avoided if you follow the preventive measures.
- Wash your hands with antibacterial soap, especially after using the lavatory. If you are in public place and water is not available, use of hand sanitizer is recommended.
- Avoid touching your face and mouth as they are the entry point for the bacteria.
- Lavatory chains and door knobs may be contaminated even before hand washing is possible. Hence use paper towel or tissue paper for opening and closing public toilets.
- Avoid eating unhygienic street food.
- Strengthen your immunity by eating food that contains plenty of vitamin C, A and B complex.
- Curd and yogurt which contain good bacteria are helpful in bacterial stomach infection.
- Use of electrolyte solutions to prevent dehydration.
- In severe dehydration, it may be necessary to get admitted in a hospital for intravenous fluids administration.
Hpylori And Low Stomach Acid
February 2, 2021// by Dr Hagmeyer
Are there natural treatment options for people who have H.pylori?, what are the best H.pylori testing methods, how do you prevent a reinfection once you have successful treated?. At some point, these may be questions you have started to wonder about. In todays article and video we are going to tackle these questions and much more.
Perhaps you have been struggling with stomach cramps, gas, this feeling of being bloated all the time, you have this fullness and heaviness that just sits in your stomach when you hardly eat anything, you are noticing that you are belching and burping more than ever, you have dry mouth and your significant other doesnt want you to breathe on them because your breath is just awful. If that sounds like you.You have many symptoms of H.pylori infection as well as low stomach acid. Im Dr Hagmeyer and I am the clinic director of Dr Hagmeyer.com where we help people from all over the world find natural solutions to chronic health problems using Functional and lifestyle medicine.
According to the CDC, about 66 percent of the worlds human population is infected with Helicobacter pylori and In developing countries, the numbers are even higher, with up to 80 percent of adults and 10 percent of children likely having a H. pylori infection. So, with it being this common, is H.pylori a problem you need to be concerned with?
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Mold: A Potential Root Cause Of Symptoms
There are hundreds of peer-reviewed articles discussing the harm that black molds are capable of causing to the brain and immune system. The work by mold researcher Dr. Enusha Karunasena has demonstrated that the endothelial cells that make up the blood-brain barrier can become compromised by these molds. Since the endothelial cells make up the brains primary protection mechanism against outside threats, damage to them means that the toxic molds can easily get into the brain and damage the neurons.
Additionally, the damage to the blood-brain barrier can allow substances to cross into the brain and further damage the delicate neurons. This makes it possible for individuals who have suffered damage to the blood-brain barrier due to toxic mold, to develop sensitivities and become affected by exposure to a variety of other substances, from wood smoke to air fresheners. Mold toxicity is also a potential environmental trigger of Hashimotos symptoms, and Ill discuss this in a minute.
Its important to note, however, that not all molds are harmful. In fact, molds have many valuable functions, including pharmaceutical and food production uses. After all, penicillin, soy sauce, and blue cheese wouldnt exist without the presence of mold! However, those who are sensitive to mold may find that even the small amounts of mold present in cheese, nuts, or coffee may be enough to create an adverse reaction.
Other Ways To Detox From Mold
Supplements are the primary way to detox from mold but there are other ways to assist and support the process. I wrote a blog post on liver support here. Liver support will assist your detox process and you will feel more comfortable as it happens.
Sauna is a particular stand out on the liver support list. Castor oil packs are a close second.
Time outside in nature and breathing fresh air is an amazing remedy for congested lungs and sinuses. And will help calm the nervous system and lower cortisol. Walking or hiking outdoors will help stimulate lymphatic flow .
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How Do You Get An H Pylori Infection
H. pylori, unlike other parasitic infections, can be spread very easily via saliva and doesnt require sexual intimacy per se. This is why its very common to see an entire family test positive for an H. pylori infection. Things like sharing a drink or silverware can be enough to spread the infection in a compromised individual.
Foods To Avoid When Treating H Pylori And Its Symptoms
Although your doctor probably wont discuss this topic with you, there are some foods to avoid when treating H pylori.
These foods can have a negative impact on your H pylori treatment and may even cause similar symptoms to H pylori infections.
If you do not avoid these foods, you may find that your H pylori treatment doesnt work, or that it does work but your symptoms remain.
Food can cause the same symptoms as H pylori
Certain foods can cause inflammation in your stomach and intestine in much the same way H pylori does.
Inflammation is raw, swollen, red, hot tissue that typically causes the burning, aching or gnawing pain you experience when you have heartburn, acid reflux and a sore stomach.
If you do not reduce and eliminate digestive inflammation, your symptoms will most likely remain, even if you safely eradicate H pylori.
Unfortunately, many foods that are eaten on a daily basis by people can trigger inflammation, making your digestive system feel unsettle, painful and bloated.
These foods and ingredients include gluten, coffee, cows milk, soy, sugar, spices, tomatoes, onions, garlic and even raw green vegetables.
Here is a list of foods to avoid when treating H pylori
H pylori and Gluten
Gluten can cause major symptoms and in my opinion should not be eaten by anyone, irrespective of whether they have H pylori or not. It can irritate the small intestine and cause all the same symptoms as H pylori, and more.
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If You Have Sibo Or Ibs Mold Exposure Might Make Things Worse
The gastrointestinal tract serves as the primary interface between ingested mycotoxins and the rest of the body.
that mycotoxins and the gut microbiota engage in bidirectional crosstalk that ultimately influences the structure, function, and health of the gastrointestinal tract.
They have learned that while a healthy gut microbiota can bind and metabolize some ingested mycotoxins, mycotoxins can also alter the microbiota and reduce its natural detoxification capacity. This means that patients with pre-existing gut issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and SIBO may be more severely impacted by mycotoxin exposure than people with a healthy gut microbiota, due to changes in their gut bacteria that reduce their capacity to process mycotoxins.