In a recent survey I conducted on H Pylori, one of the most common questions that people asked was “Can H Pylori Kill?” Well, unfortunately the answer to this question is “yes, H Pylori can kill”. It may surprise you to read this, especially if your doctor has dismissed H Pylori as only a minor problem (some doctors won’t even treat H Pylori, despite overwhelming medical and scientific evidence that the bacterium can cause severe illness).
So how can H Pylori kill?
1. Perforated Ulcer, Bleeding Ulcer, Perforated Peptic Ulcer
This is a very serious condition where an untreated stomach ulcer can burn through the wall of the stomach (or other areas of the GI tract), allowing digestive juices and food to leak into the abdominal cavity. Treatment generally requires immediate surgery. The ulcer is known initially as a peptic ulcer before the ulcer burns through the full thickness of the stomach or duodenal wall. Because H Pylori causes 80% stomach ulcers and 95% duodenal ulcers, this is one way that it can be fatal.
2. Stomach Cancer (MALT Lymphoma)
MALT lymphoma is a form of lymphoma involving the mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT), frequently of the stomach, but virtually any mucosal site can be afflicted. Gastric MALT lymphoma is frequently associated (72-98%) with chronic inflammation (gastritis) as a result of the presence of Helicobacter pylori. It is estimated that approximately 1% of people with H Pylori develop this condition which, if left untreated, may lead to death. If the disease is limited to the stomach (which is assessed with computed tomography), then 70-80% of patients will have a complete regression on treatment with antibiotic eradication of H. pylori.
3. Heart Disease
Recent studies have suggested an association between H Pylori and heart disease. Although the research is not yet definitive, there is enough evidence to keep an open mind on this issue. Several mechanisms, including molecular mimicry and elevations in cholesterol and inflammatory markers in the blood (such as C reactive protein) have been postulated as contributing to heart disease.
**What To Do**
The diseases discussed in this article are advanced and serious conditions that will likely only affect a small percentage of people with H Pylori. Millions more people, however will suffer with peptic ulcers, duodenal ulcers, reflux, stomach pain, IBS, rosacea, hives and nausea as a result of H Pylori.
It is, therefore, very important to treat H Pylori and run follow up testing 4 weeks after treatment to ensure that it has been eradicated. Triple Therapy antibiotics will work for some people, but others will require a natural treatment using herbs such as mastic gum, MSM, berberine, garlic and Matula Herbal Formula.