If you have an ulcer and you have tested negative for H. Pylori then your sore is almost certainly due to something else and you should look into methods of healing the ulcer by reducing inflammation and providing a means to promote healing through appropriate nutrition and acid reduction.
If you’ve been diagnosed with an ulcer or gastritis and tested positive for H. Pylori, then you’re doctor will most likely prescribe two antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor to treat your condition(s). Typically, a combination of amoxicillin and chlarithromycin antibiotics are used. It is far less likely that a bacterium is going to be resistant to both of these antibiotics rather just one. Taking these antibiotics for some people produces symptoms that are comparable or even worse than the ulcer itself, so many individuals opt not to take them at all. This is a personal decision and could make the difference between controlling the infection sooner rather than later.
When taken with food, the symptoms of these drugs is often reduced. Taking the antibiotics with food also increases absorption, but there is another problem with antibiotics that many people wish to avoid – candida overgrowth. When you take an antibiotic for an extended period of time, it often results in an increase in the growth of microscopic fungi within your body. The reasons for this are related to simple microbial ecology. Bacteria and Fungi, much like ants and termites, are natural competitors for both nutrition and “territory”. In the case of microbes, the territory is your body. If bacteria and fungi are naturally keeping themselves in balance, and you disturb that balance by killing off much of the harmful and helpful bacteria, then you create a condition in which the fungi can more easily flourish. Your doctor might have already described this phenomenon to you in an attempt to prepare you for the side effects of taking these drugs.
The overgrowth of fungi, in particular candida, within your body can produce other undesired symptoms such as thrush, increased abdominal gas, and acid reflux among other things. Are you beginning to understand why many people oppose the use of antibiotics in the first place? It is important to understand that not everyone that has experienced antibiotic therapy develops candida overgrowth. However, the use of antibiotics SIGNIFICANTLY increases the probability that it will develop. What then is the alternative? How does an individual eliminate this bacteria without using conventional antibiotics?
Broccoi and Broccoli Sprouts!
Why am I so excited about broccoli and their spouts? Broccoli has been scientifically proven to reduce the titer (concentration) of H. Pylori bacteria within the GI tract. The power of broccoli doesn’t end there; broccoli also contains vitamin K, chlorophyll, fiber, AND a compound called sulforaphane, which destroys H. pylori. You probably won’t be winning any points for taste if you’re preparing a meal with broccoli sprouts, but despite the lack of flavor, they contain significantly higher levels of the H. Pylori-killing sulforaphanes that you desire. Also, broccoli has been known to promote the expression of P53. This gene regulates a process known as apoptosis withn cancer cells of the body, so broccoli is actually one of the most powerful anti-ulcer foods that you can add to your diet while trying to heal yourself naturally.
You might have heard about the effectiveness of mastic gum against H. Pylori infections. The literature on its efficacy is open to debate. However, many people claim to have ONLY used mastic gum as a means to destroy H. Pylori with positive results. Even the people that use this product rather than using conventional antibiotics often report have to use it for at least a month and possibly longer. This might explain the mixed results seen by some individuals. Since mastic gum is not as potent (typically) per capsule as the dosage of amoxicillin or clarithromycin, an individuals will probably have to take mastic gum for a longer period of time. Another option is to increase the dosage that is recommended on the bottle, but be careful – mastic gum can significantly lower blood pressure at high doses, so whenever a deviation from the recommended dosage is considered, one must take potential side effects of the increased dosage into account. At recommended dosages, mastic gum has not been strongly correlated with any side effects, which is why many people prefer to use this natural antibiotic to eliminate H. Pylori.
Good old-fashioned garlic has been shown to fight Helicobacter Pylori without producing the side effects of nausea and candida overgrowth. Garlic contains an antimicrobial compound known as allicin. This compound is produced when garlic is injured in someway and probably developed naturally as a means to defend the plant itself from infection. Allicin is not a very stable compound, so cooking it will alter its structure and thus alter its infection-fighting capabilities. Consequently, it should be consumed fresh AND raw. Like everything else in the medical community, some doctors questions the efficacy of garlic as an antimicrobial compound, so it will be up to you to use your own judgment when deciding to use garlic alone, or garlic in combination with other things such as mastic gum.