Gastritis

Helicobacter Pylori, the cork-screwed shaped bacteria, has been associated with most cases of human Gastritis.  H. Pylori is considered the most popular cause for Peptic and Duodenal Ulcers.

A very large portion of the population has the H. Pylori bacteria in their digestive tract.  When the bacteria enters the digestive system, it buries itself in the heavy mucus lining, of the stomach. The bacteris is held in check, by the strong hydrochloric acid, produced by the stomach’s parietal cells. The bacteria starts to proliferate, when the hydrochloric acid is no longer strong enough, to keep the bacteria subdued and when the mucus lining thins. Initially, the bacteria will destroy the Hydrochloric acid producing cells in the stomach. The bacterial will then attack the lining of the stomach and duodenal.

As a normal part of aging, many people develop Hypochlorhydria.  Hypochlorhydria is the reduction in the strength of the Hydrochloric acid, produced by the stomach parietal cells. This allows the bacteria to start growing.  The use of antibiotics, antihistamines, PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors), and acid reducing medications, stops the production of acid and allow the proliferation of the bacteria. Mucus reducing medications also allow the bacteria to grow.

Pylori infections cause malnutrition and also leads to some forms of Arthritis (calcification, spurs), Iron deficiency, anemia, and vitamin B-12, calcium deficiency. H. Pylori is also implicated with Heart Disease, Arteriosclerosis, Arterial Fibrillation, Asthma, Resaca, Headaches or migraines. It also increases the risk of developing Peptic, or Duodenal ulcers, Pancreatic/Gastro Cancer, and mucosa-associated Lymphoid Tissue (Malt) Lymphoma.

Many people, cured of H. Pylori will continue to complain about stomach problems.  This is mainly the result of Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid), that has not been corrected as part of their overall treatment.  People that maintain a proper pH balance in the stomach are generally asymptomatic and do not have problems with H. Pylori bacteria.

The best method for diagnosing low stomach acid is a pH diagnostic test, pH capsule test, or gastrogram.  A pH diagnostic test, will allow the doctor to quickly determine if a person is not producing strong enough acid (hypochlorhydria).  It will also allow the doctor to determine the correct quantity and type of natural medication, necessary to bring the digestive back into balance.