Natural mastic gum for H. Pylori & other gastric issues. Take 1 each meal. 120 capsules
Mastic gum is a natural substance derived from the sap of a variety of pistachio trees (Pistacia lentiscus) that grow in the Mediterranean. It has been used for centuries in Italy and Greece as a traditional remedy against stomach upset, ulcers, and heartburn.
Today, mastic is used primarily for gastrointestinal health and as a chewing gum base and flavoring additive. It is also especially effective for protecting the digestive system against duodenal and peptic ulcers, eradicating H. pylori and other gastrointestinal bacteria, and soothing dyspeptic complaints.
“The H. pylori bacterium has been estimated to be present in 30% to 40% of the U.S. population. It is considered the world’s most common chronic infection.”
- pylori is considered to be the world’s most common chronic infection. It is believed to be acquired through consumption of contaminated food and water. It is also transmitted by intimate contact such as kissing, where there is an exchange of saliva. It is common for parents and children—and for lovers—to pass it back and forth!
Recent studies have shown that mastic is particularly effective against H. pylori. One study showed that mastic killed 50% of the 16 strains tested at a concentration of 125 mcg/ml and 90% of the 16 strains at a concentration of 500 mcg/ml. The researchers also noted that mastic produced alterations, abnormalities, and fragmentation in H. pylori cells, making it difficult for the bacterium to survive in the body.
Other studies showed that mastic can quickly heal gastric and even some duodenal ulcers. Endoscopic studies have shown that lesions heal within weeks with mastic therapy with healthy tissue regrowth over the formerly damaged tissue—all without the use of antibiotics.
John E. King, M.D., editor-in-chief of Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health, estimated that some form of digestive disorder affects more than 100 million Americans. That’s a staggering 30% of the U.S. population! Sure, for some people it’s merely a temporary case of dyspepsia, or indigestion. But for others, chronic dyspepsia can eventually result in a serious illness … or in disease.
Let’s rephrase that: untreated and improperly treated dyspepsia, if left to become chronic, can cause serious illness and disease.
And while the world’s leading healthcare practitioners agree that poor digestive health is the root cause of disease, as a group we Americans choose to ignore it … until it’s too late. Why?
Because the human body can take a lot of abuse, and this we take for granted. “Disease happens to other people, not us,” we tell ourselves. Denial is a strong elixir … but a dangerous one!
What Causes Dyspepsia?
Dyspepsia may be caused by disease or by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection. It can also be the result of consuming high-fat foods and by eating too much or too fast—as we often do when feeling stressed.
What’s more, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, using medications that irritate the stomach lining (such as anti-inflammatory drugs), fatigue, exercising with a full stomach, and chronic stress can also cause indigestion, or make it worse.
Some people have persistent indigestion that is unrelated to any of these factors. This type of indigestion—called functional or non-ulcer dyspepsia—may be caused by a problem in the muscular squeezing action of the stomach (motility), or by low stomach acid or low bile flow.
A short list of the disorders associated with poor stomach acid output include: Addison’s disease, asthma, celiac disease, chronic auto-immune disorders, depression, eczema, gallstones, gastric cancer, gastritis, hepatitis, osteoporosis, psoriasis, acne roseola, colitis, hair loss, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Isn’t that staggering? Of course it is!
This slow disease mechanism can literally sabotage your health for years before you even become aware of it.
It is estimated that more Americans are hospitalized for digestive disorders than for any other type of illness. It is therefore absolutely crucial to take action against the health risks of indigestion before they become chronic … that is, before they become life threatening!
Do you know what’s been called “the most successful pathogen in human history?” It’s a type of bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and it’s been around for at least two hundred thousand years. And, it’s actually not uncommon for a person to have this bacteria living inside of them for an entire lifetime and not even know it!
According to the CDC, about 66 percent of the world’s human population is infected with Helicobacter pylori. In developing countries, the numbers are even worse, with up to 80 percent of adults and 10 percent of children likely having a H. pylori infection. If you have this infection, you’re actually most likely not to have any symptoms. But, having this bacteria living in your body can make your risk of developing gastric cancer up to six times higher. Plus, H. pylori bacteria is often at the root of other major digestive problems, like peptic ulcers and gastritis. So, not only can H. pylori cause stomach ulcers, it can also cause ulcers in your esophagus or small intestine.
You’re probably wondering how do you get Helicobacter pylori if it’s such a common infection? Unfortunately, it can be as simple as sharing drinks or utensils with someone who is already infected with H. pylori bacteria. There are conventional treatments for this infection, but they’re not without their negative side effects. Antibiotics, for example, may or may not kill the bad bacteria causing a H. pylori infection, but they will also annihilate your good bacteria as well. Thankfully, there are natural ways to treat, as well as prevent, a Helicobacter pylori infection.
What Is H. pylori?
So, exactly what is H. pylori? Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a spiral shaped bacteria. It causes chronic inflammation and infection in the stomach and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine immediately beyond the stomach). This type of bacteria is often called “ulcer bacteria” because it creates a cytotoxin (vacuolating cytotoxin A or Vac-A) that can precipitate an ulcer forming somewhere in the digestive system.
Where exactly can H. pylori be found in the body? Helicobacter pylori bacteria typically makes its home in the mucosal layer, which covers and guards the tissues lining your stomach and small intestine. When this bacteria successfully inflames the inner layer of the stomach, an ulcer can form. H. pylori is said to cause more than 90 percent of duodenal (upper small intestine) ulcers and up to 80 percent of gastric (stomach) ulcers.
Is H. pylori contagious? Yes, an infection with H. pylori appears to be contagious according to experts. It’s still a little fuzzy as to how exactly it gets passed from person to person. Because H. pylori seems to run in families, and also seems to be more common in crowded living situations and unsanitary conditions, all point towards H. pylori’s contagious nature.
Signs & Symptoms
As I said, the majority of people with an H. pylori infection won’t even have a clue that they have it because they have zero symptoms.
Other times, the infection will show itself in occasional H. pylori symptoms like:
- Abdominal discomfort
More serious infections can cause symptoms of H. pylori include:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting that can include vomiting blood
- Dark or tarry stools
- Bad breath
- Anemia (low red blood cell count)
- Decreased or loss of appetite
- Peptic ulcers
Causes & Risk Factors
- pyloricauses are not many. Mainly, you can get H. pylorifrom person-to-person transmission by way of direct contact with the saliva, vomit or fecal matter of an infected individual. So, kissing and sharing utensils are two common ways the bacteria spreads. You can also contract H. pylori from consumption of contaminated water or food.
Childhood is actually when you’re most at risk for getting H. pylori, especially under circumstances like these:
- Living with someone, like a parent, who already has H. pylori.
- A crowded living situation with many people.
- A lack of clean and reliable water.
- Your home is in a developing country where unsanitary and crowded living situations are more prevalent.
Conventional H. pylori Treatment
In order to diagnose a Helicobacter pylori infection, your doctor will have you take an H. pylori breath test, stool test or blood test.
Treatment for H. pylori usually includes several medications with at least two of them being antibiotics to hopefully kill the bacteria. The other medication are usually acid reducers. Why multiple antibiotics? Conventional wisdom says a single antibiotic may not kill the bacteria, so they typically use at least two at the same time.
Conventional H. pylori treatment also typically includes acid reducers like esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole or pantoprazole, especially if the patient has symptoms of an ulcer or heartburn. Bismuth subsalicylate is also commonly recommended. In addition, your doctor may also recommend histamine blocking medications to reduce stomach acid.
So, all together, we’re talking about possibly consuming 14 or more medications every day for weeks. Around a week or two after finishing your treatment regimen, your doctor will likely retest you to see if the treatment successfully eradicated the H. pylori bacteria.
Sometimes, the bacteria is still there and patients are instructed to take another two weeks of medications. It’s approximated that as much as 20 percent of H. pylori sufferers will have a reoccurring infection.
The three best natural ways of addressing H-pylori and/or ulcers :
Eat a plant based diet
Supplement with: garlic, oregano, mastic gum and (nondairy) probiotics
Remove stress from your life