The Damaging Effects of H Pylori Infections

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The Damaging Effects of H Pylori Infections:

H pylori is an opportunistic bacteria that can infect and spread rapidly in individuals with a compromised immune system (1).  While this bacteria is natural and beneficial to our bodies in small amounts, it can be extremely dangerous when allowed to propagate without control.  This infection is the leading cause of stomach ulcers, poor digestion and stomach cancer (2).

It is estimated that over 50% of the world’s population has elevated levels of H Pylori (3).  This microorganism can spread very quickly through the saliva and so it is easily transmitted.  It is very common to see entire family’s test positive for this infection.  Immune compromised individuals can develop this through sharing a drink, kissing and eating off the same dishes as an infected individual.


H.Pylori and Stomach Ulcers:

Dr Barry Marshall won the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2005 for his discovery that H Pylori was the cause of peptic ulcers (4).  This breakthrough reversed decades of medical information that held that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods and too much acid.  It is still understood that chronic stress lowers the immune response and makes one susceptible to a H Pylori infection.

Most medical researchers thought that the stomach was too inhospitable environment for bacteria to develop.  In order to prove his theory, in 1984 Marshall infecting himself with H. Pylori and developed a resulting condition of gastritis.  He did a pre and post endoscopy to analyze the cultures in his stomach and it was shown that H Pylori was able to propogate in the stomach and shut down the stomach’s ability to produce adequate hydrochloric acid.

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The Hazards of an H.Pylori Infection:

H.Pylori is a very sophisticated microorganism that has incredible adaptive advantages that give it the ability to survive the stomach’s harsh environment.  It produces an enzyme called “urease” which breaks down the urea in the stomach into carbon dioxide and ammonia.  This causes belching and halitosis (bad breath) for the individual and it neutralizes the acidifying effects of hydrochloric acid (5).

Hydrochloric acid is necessary for creating an acidic environment in the stomach to digest protein and ionize minerals.  This also helps to stimulate bile release from the gallbladder to effectively metabolize fat in the small intestine.  Without these key functions working optimally we become at risk for anemia, thyroid problems, osteoporosis and auto-immunity (6).

The secretion of mucous protects the stomach lining from irritation by food stuffs and microorganisms.  H Pylori reduces the stomach’s ability to produce mucous and irritates the stomach lining.  This creates a silent level of inflammation until the irritation become so severe that enough pain receptors fire off.  This is the pathogenesis of stomach ulcers.

More Challenges with H Pylori Bacteria:

H Pylori is a gram negative bacteria which means that it has two cell walls.  Gram positive bacteria have one cell wall.  This double outer layer protects the bacteria and makes it harder for anti-microbial drugs and herbs to effect the organism.  Other gram negative bacteria include salmonella, E.coli and shigella among others.

Most doctors try to kill off any form of bacterial infection with anti-biotics.  However, gram negative bacteria contain “efflux pumps” within their cell walls that have the ability to disperse anti-biotic medications (7).  This protects the organism and can be extremely hazardous to the individual.  The efflux pumps help the organism survive and adapt and develop anti-biotic resistant capabilities.

The cell wall material of gram-negative bacteria is also a highly potent inflammatory mediator.  This material is called lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and is extremely toxic to the liver and signals major inflammatory processes in the body when it is released into the blood stream in high amounts (8).  LPS is also called an endotoxin and is one of the major reasons why leaky gut syndrome is so hazardous to the body (9).

The Most Common Symptoms (10, 11):

Abdominal Pain (mild- severe)

Bloating and distension

Belching and Gastric reflux

Constant bad breath

Mild nausea

Other issues that can be caused by a H Pylori infection include pernicious anema which is a B12 deficiency (12).  Your stomach produces a protein called intrinsic factor which allows the small intestine to absorb B12.  H Pylori affects the stomach’s ability to produce intrinsic factor which causes this problem.  The major symptoms associated with pernicious anemia are constant fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin, swollen tongue and nausea.

H Pylori and Long Term Health Problems

H Pylori disrupts the digestive process so it can lead to inflammation throughout the gut and gastrointestinal permeability.  This state of leaky gut can also cause iron-deficient anemia, irritable bowel symptoms with fluctuating diarrhea and constipation and ulcerative colitis.

Since gut health is intimately related to brain health, an H Pylori infection can lead to depression, anxiety and trouble concentrating (13).   Altered digestion also increases food sensitivities and auto-immune reactions.  This can lead to any number of auto-immune conditions that are so prevalent in our society today.

Testing for H Pylori Infection:

There are several different ways of testing for an H Pylori infection.

1)   Stool Testing:  This is considered the gold standard in H Pylori diagnosis as it counts the actual particles of the H Pylori organism.  This is the test I use with clients to find out if they are infected.

2)    Blood Tests:  These tests look for anti-bodies to the H Pylori organism and will test for IgA, IgG and IgM reactions.  If these anti-bodies test positive it is a clear diagnosis of an infectious process.  Research has shown that this is a good test for acute infections but long-term infections and individuals with weakened immunity often do not have elevated anti-bodies.

The other issue with H Pylori antibodies is they may be present even when the infection is under control.  This means you will test positive even you are actually negative and the organisms are in their proper numbers.

3)    H Pylori Breath Test:  The H Pylori organism produce urease which breaks down urea in the stomach into ammonia and carbon dioxide.  The breath test measures for elevated CO2 that is produced from this reaction.

4)    Endoscopy:  This is a highly invasive procedure where a scope is inserted into the esophagus and stomach.  This is stressful on the body and does a poor job of analyzing for the presence of this infection but it can see the results of the infection such as irritation, ulcerations and cancer in the stomach.

The most well rounded test that looks at H Pylori with great accuracy and also maps out the entire microbiome and looks for a wide variety of pathogens and markers of gut health is the GI MAP stool analysis you can find here


Natural Solutions for This Condtion:

It is easier to treat an H Pylori infection the earlier it is caught and diagnosed.  An anti-microbial nutrition and supplement plan is necessary for this issue.  One could easily begin by drinking clean water with fresh squeezed lemon and/or apple cider vinegar (ACV) throughout the day.

The organic acids in the lemon and ACV are anti-microbial and will help reduce the H Pylori count.  An anti-microbial diet that uses lots of garlic, onions and herbs such as oregano, basil, thyme, ginger and turmeric in your meals will also help fight off this infection.  Doing oil pulling with coconut oil – 3x daily for 10-15 minutes of swishing will help reduce stress on the immune system and aid its ability to reduce H Pylori counts.

For individuals with a mild infection this may be enough to normalize H Pylori counts.  Those with moderate to severe infections will need a specific protocol with intensive anti-microbial supplementation to get the H Pylori counts down low enough for the body to heal properly.

Supplements to Help Beat H Pylori:

There are certain supplements that I recommend to help beat H Pylori.  These include GI Regulator which contains the proper array of anti-microbial herbal compounds to reduce H Pylori counts.  In particular, grapefruit seed extract and berberine compounds (Oregon Grape) are particularly effective against H Pylori (14, 15).


Gut Repair:

This product is designed to help heal the stomach and intestinal lining, reduce H Pylori content and improve stomach acid production.  The licorice root within Gut repair helps to stimulate the release of secretin which enhances the stomach’s mucus lining. This gives it its characteristic demulcent (agent that soothes and relieves irritation in mucosal membranes) properties (16).

This is why licorice is revered for its use with stomach ulcers, because it helps protect and heal the gastric lining.  It is also a powerful defense against the H Pylori bacteria (17).  This product also contains L-glutamine to repair the stomach and intestinal lining, aloe vera which is a powerful stomach soothing agent and arbinogalactan to help foster the development of a good microbiome.


Acid ProZyme:

Improving stomach acid production is one of the biggest factors in improving someone’s health. This supplement provides the key nutrients, supportive enzymes and bitter carminative herbs to create the proper environment for hydrochloric acid production.

Acid Pro-Zyme is formulated with a variety of compounds and is designed to support gastric acidity, digestion and normal gastrointestinal flora.  Acid Pro-Zyme should be taken with, or immediately following a meal. Do not use if there is a prior history of, or a current complaint of, a peptic or duodenal ulcer.


Sources For This Article Include:

1. Mayo Clinic: H. Pylori Infection Link Here
2. National Cancer Institute: Helicobacter pylori and Cancer Link Here
3. Wroblewski LE, Peek RM Jr, Wilson KT. Helicobacter pylori and gastric cancer: factors that modulate disease risk. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2010 Oct;23(4):713-39. PMID: 20930071
4. Marshall B, Adams P. Helicobacter pylori: A Nobel pursuit? Can J Gastroenterol. 2008 Nov; 22(11): 895–896. PMCID: 2661189
5. Ierardi E, Amoruso A, La Notte T, Francavilla R, Castellaneta S, Marrazza E, Monno RA, Francavilla A. Halitosis and Helicobacter pylori: a possible relationship. Dig Dis Sci. 1998 Dec;43(12):2733-7. PMID: 9881507
6. Sutton I, Neuberger J. Primary biliary cirrhosis: seeking the silent partner of autoimmunity. Gut. 2002 Jun;50(6):743-6. PMID: 12010869
7. Webber MA, Piddock LJ. The importance of efflux pumps in bacterial antibiotic resistance. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2003 Jan;51(1):9-11. PMID: 12493781
8. Su GL. Lipopolysaccharides in liver injury: molecular mechanisms of Kupffer cell activation. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2002 Aug;283(2):G256-65. PMID: 12121871
9. Alt-Med Medical & Physical Therapy: Depression may be linked gut syndrome Link Here
10. Medicine Net: Helicobacter Pylori Link Here
11. Mayo Clinic: H. Pylori Infection Symptoms Link Here
12. Desai HG, Gupte PA. Helicobacter pylori link to pernicious anaemia. J Assoc Physicians India. 2007 Dec;55:857-9. PMID: 18405134
13. Scientific American: Gut Bacteria May Exacerbate Depression Link Here
14. Brown JC, Huang G, Haley-Zitlin V, Jiang X. Antibacterial Effects of Grape Extracts on Helicobacter pylori . Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2009;75(3):848-852.
15. Lin YH, Lin JH, Chou SC, Chang SJ, Chung CC, Chen YS, Chang CH. Berberine-loaded targeted nanoparticles as specific Helicobacter pylori eradication therapy: in vitro and in vivo study. Nanomedicine (Lond). 2015 Jan;10(1):57-71. PMID: 25177920
16. Rees WD, Rhodes J, Wright JE, Stamford LF, Bennett A. Effect of deglycyrrhizinated liquorice on gastric mucosal damage by aspirin. Scand J Gastroenterol. 1979;14(5):605-7. PMID: 493863
17. Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL) for Gastrointestinal Ulcers: How Can Something So Good Be So Poorly Proven? Link Here

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  1. Dr. Jockers Love your health site,,, Do you know any thing about IgE that was tested positive in my blood, I have arthritis bad in the spinal , neck, mid & lower back, also stomach . I’m just wondering if food sensitivety that I have has any thing to do with IgE in my blood, and also can I order your herbs & vitamins from you , The reason I ask is I’m from Manitoba Canada

  2. Thank you so much for your prompt reply along with informations, & also it’s easier to understand being visual. I did 1-st test 2012 & 2014, Antibiotics was given but it wasn’t effective, I did Endoscopy again on last December, & this time I refuse to take Antibiotic & I asked other avenue?, She said “don’t eat Broccoli, hot foods & alkohol, & lets check again in 3-years, & take pepto-bismal(?).”
    In short: frustratrated w/ 2-Doctors. lots of Googlings. confused w/ overwhelming informations.
    You show 3-kinds of products & if you can recommand which?.
    I am 74. I use Coconut oil, lemon, ACVinegar, Tumerlic, Ginger, Garlic, onion
    often. (should be more consistant).
    Should I continue take Antibiotic?.

    Anyway I enjoy wathing your video. Very clear/easy to understand.

  3. I was diagnosed having helibater pylori through stool analysis and had endoscopy and nothing found through endoscopy. My doctor prescribed mePantoprazole 40mg . once daily before breakfast on empty stomach since January. My acid reflux has declined a little bit to the point that I can eat now but acid reflux still there. So am careful what I eat. No antibiotic was given to me to get rid of the pylori.

    What can you suggest I should do. Thank you.

  4. I was just reading an article at the website (National Institutes of Health) about a youth who had attention deficit issues from 2nd grade onward, and then the onset of mood disorder and psychosis at age 15 or 16. Doctors ran tests at that point and discovered the cause — he had a B12 deficiency. But his diet was not deficient in B vitamins. He had malabsorption due to H Pylori. After the H Pylori infection was eradicated with antibiotics his mental symptoms disappeared. I was also reading about a study there where they discovered Parkinsons patients who had H Pylori were not able to absorb their medications. After eradication of the H Pylori they did much better. I would be curious how much of the Parkinsons itself was caused by these patients’ potentially lifelong H Pylori infection and I bet we’re going to hear more in future about how H Pylori causes malabsorption effects and disorders, including “mental” and “brain” effects. Unfortunately even when people know they have gastric problems/reflux they usually just get treated with anti-reflux meds and antacids instead of being checked for H Pylori. And now we’re learning those reflux meds can cause malabsorption problems themselves! I bet we’ll start seeing class action lawsuits regarding these drugs before long.

  5. I was diagnosed with HPylori took antibiotics but still had symptoms got second dose I feel the same. Lump in throat, stomach burns, chest pains

  6. Hello!! I was treated for the H Pylori and developed neuropathy!! This is some pain I wouldn’t wish on any one!!! I also have bubbling in my stomach from time to time! Yet I can’t get rid of the odor of sewage!!! Eating and drinking even sweating make’s me smell worse!!! Wash after wash it still come right back!!! Didn’t have any of these problems before being contaminated by water!!!

  7. This is a wonderful article! I’ve been searching for someone that has a protocol for aeromonas caviae. I’m wondering if you do Dr. Jockers? Or is there someone else out there that can help. This has been going on for years now and I’ve avoided taking antibiotics because I know how bad they can be especially for someone like me that’s be dealing with gut issues my entire adult life.If anyone who reads this has any idea where I can get helpful information about this horrible bacteria I would be so grateful.

    1. Hey Nancy, there is not a whole lot of research on this infection with natural treatments. You could try the protocol outlined above in this article for 30-90 days. If that does not work then I would suggest getting with one of our couches on a plan!

  8. I was diagnosed with H-Pylori via Endoscopy last Dec. My major sympton is coughing, particularly after eating. I treated with Anti Biotics and Omeprosol and had mild success. It has not returned and I my Dr. has again prescribed the anti biotics but I’m looking for more help. Any ideas are appreciated.

  9. Ron, one thing not mentioned on here is Mastic Gum.

    I am off the Lanszaprazole (took for 4 weeks) and in my 2nd week ‘washout’ before taking the HP Test.

    With nothing to lose, I am day 5 of the Mastic Gum (I take 1 gram in the Morning, 1 before Bed) and it is really noticeable. I am hoping it is helping me clear it before the test next week but if not, I would still recommend it to anyone suffering from an inflamed Stomach.


  10. H. Pylori infection gives chills and makes the immune system week . I m suffering from h pylori since 16 years. Earlier it was not that bad but it is troubling me since 5 yrs. I hv done antibiotic course twice. It became mild for 2 yrs. Again causing problems. Besides other symptoms I feel feverish when it attacks me severely. Gradually it slows down ur digestive system . Vit d and vit b12 deficiency causes severe pain in my joints. I feel reflux , burning in stomach , weight loss , . …

  11. Take anti bacterial diet plan.
    Raspberry ,blueberry , kiwi , turmeric , liquorice tea, chenopodium Ambrosiod tea. Garlic , coconut oil .

  12. I was diagnosed but not told or treated for H Pylori in December 2017, after having both an endoscopy and & colonoscopy. My symptoms include; stomach burning,bloating,IBS, lack of appetite & 25lb weight lost among other symptoms since March 2017. My PCP nor GI Drs advised me of H Pylori. It was brought to my attention after I was dx with breast cancer. My oncologist radiation doc advised me of dx. I’m told that I’ll need treatment for H Pylori prior to treatment for the breast cancer. So I now have an appointment with the GI dr in two weeks to hopefully get treatment. The only thing I was told after the Dec 2017 colonoscopy is the GI dr recommended a lower GI exam with Barium.Do I need to have lower GI test prior to getting treatment for H Pylori? I still have same symptoms since March 2017.. I’m really trying to be proactive after knowing the drs failed to onfirm & treat me for H Pylori for at approximately 5 months.

  13. Dr, hello I was diagnosed with chrons disease at age 19, now I’m 59. Between those years several bowl reactions had Fistulas multiple. Very bad.. Had iliostomy 15 yrs ago left with 5 feet of intestine left. . Have had no problems no need for GI Dr until April 2018. Serve abdominal pain said chronic Hpylori . The antibiotics killed my stomach we are in June going back for follow up.. Still uncomfortable. .Thanks Darlene

  14. I was found to have a pylori infection via a blood test. I completed 10 days of triple therapy 3 weeks ago. Sometimesafter im eating food I feel kinda burning in my chest, I feel tired and dizzy I have no concentration,I don’t remember very well .I think deficiency vitamins b12 .I have constipation .I want to know what i have to do for removing this illness

  15. Hi Dr, I have been suffering from numb legs, hand and fore-arms for 14 years. I am injecting myself with vitamin B12 on a weekly basis which is currently my only solution to control the numbness partially. Doctors suggested that I am B12 deficient.
    I am A+ blood-group and suspected low stomach acid.
    Is this my only solution for the rest of my life?

  16. Hi Dr. I had an endoscopy 8/17 but was not informed that i had h-pylori until 12/17. I’ve had 2 antibiotic courses in 7 months. Presently, I’m suffering from severe itchy burning rashes on my upper inner thighs and buttocks, immediately after taking the last antibiotic course. My only relieve comes from applying fresh Aloe Vera to the area, 3-4 × day. I’m taking a probiotic, acv, vit C, kimchi, aloe vera, lemon water and lots of prayer. The rash is spreading. I have topical Zinc, but I stopped using it. Is this toxic waste leaving my body? I need relieve soon. Can I sit in Epsom salt water? Please advise. Thank you.

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