I had a patient today with some significant GI issues who tested positive for H pylori (a bacteria that lives in the stomach).
While H pylori has been painted as a villain in most people’s minds, as the cause of stomach ulcers the truth is, we still have a LOT to learn about H pylori.
And what we’re learning, is that H pylori is not all bad. As a quick search of the scientific literature suggests:
But we also know that H pylori can be bad, and cause cause stomach ulcers and contribute to stomach cancer.
Virulence genes. Genes that transform a relatively docile, seemingly helpful bacteria, into a bad one. UPDATE: And it still remains complicated because research shows that H Pylori with these virulence genes also seems to provide some benefits!
Since over 50% of people in the world have H pylori, it’s not worth testing for unless you have GI symptoms.
But, what if you do have H pylori and are pretty sure it’s causing problems?
The standard treatment and the one that’s been best studied uses a triple cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs. An acid blocker, and two antibiotics and is done for 1-2 weeks.
Do natural therapies work, yes. But since the patient that sparked this blog post chose to go the pharmaceutical route that is the focus of this article.
Can we make the triple therapy better? I believe we can by adding two things.
In my opinion, these two simple changes to the triple therapy are worthwhile. For a modest increase in price, they help minimize and side effects and boost effectiveness.
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