I got a question yesterday about a young girl with a big
health challenge, and thought it deserved repeating to you:
My granddaughter, 16 years of age, has been diagnosed with
a severe case of H. pylori infection. She is on two
antibiotics plus Prilosec, and a mix to take for bowel
She has always passed a stool, but her colon is like a
pipe that is filling from the sides, leaving a small area
for passage. Her symptoms are constant belching, severe
stomach pain, vomiting, nausea and slight fever.
I know there is healthy stuff out there that would help
her as much as, and probably more than, what she is on.
Also, what sort of diet should she have. Thanks so very
SB: Beverly, your granddaughter has a terrific
grandmother. Yes, I have some very good news for both of
you that I'll also share with all of my readers.
First, the scoop on H. pylori:
What is H. pylori
Helicobactor pylori is a bacteria that causes stomach
About 1 out of every 5 Americans under the age of 40
carries H. pylori, but most don't develop a problem from
When someone does develop an ulcer or infectious response
to H. pylori, it typically means the immune system has
launched an attack against the bacteria, resulting in
As Beverly mentioned above, the usual treatment for H.
pylori infection is "Triple therapy"--two antibiotics plus
a stomach acid blocker (like Prilosec).
The dark side of Triple therapy
While Triple therapy is effective more than 90% of the
time, it also comes with a great price...and can lead to
more problems than it helps.
Here's what I mean:
Antibiotics kill bacteria like a Terminator...ALL
bacteria, both bad and good alike.
So while the H. pylori in your stomach are being attacked,
the beneficial bacteria in your gut are also getting
Having little or no beneficial bacteria in your gut can
lead to leaky gut syndrome, can impair your digestion and
greatly weaken your immune system, leaving you susceptible
to infections and viruses of all kinds.
Plus antibiotics also cause side effects such as nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, dark stools, metallic taste in the
mouth, dizziness, headache, and yeast infections in women.
The acid blockers are no better. If you read my recent
newsletter about acid blockers, you know exactly what they
do to your body--they destroy your digestion, reduce
nutrient absorption, cause you to overeat and put on
weight, make your bones brittle, worsen acid reflux, and
cause gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea, among other
And here's the kicker:
Triple therapy is no guarantee that your troubles with H.
pylori are over.
Because H. pylori can grow back...
Just because antibiotics destroyed it once doesn't mean it
won't return. It usually does. And you'll be back at
square one again with a new course of Triple therapy.
Probiotics are effective against H. Pylori
What is showing great promise in truly effective H. pylori
treatment is probiotics.
Lab experiments have established that certain
Lactobacillus strains--L. acidophilus, L. salivarius and L.
casei--can slow the growth of H. pylori and even kill it.
Research was conducted with a group of mice where they
were given L. salivarius for a few days, then they were fed
H. pylori. The researchers noted that the mice were
completely protected from H. pylori infection.
Further studies were done with mice already infected with
H. pylori. Feeding them L. salivarius after infection
reduced the presence of H. pylori bacteria by more than 99%.
Similar exciting results have been seen in human studies:
In a 2004 study in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, researchers took a group of 70 adults who tested
positive for H. pylori, but had no symptoms.
For a six-week period, 59 of the 70 adults were given
yogurt to which L. acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis
BB12 were added, and the other 11 just drank ordinary milk.
After the 6 weeks the H. pylori levels in the probiotic-
laced yogurt group were lowered significantly, whereas the
milk drinkers saw no change.
Two months after the study, after the yogurt group stopped
taking probiotics, their H. pylori levels had again
Super Shield contains powerful, medical-grade strains of
the bacteria that were shown to be effective against H.
pylori in the research studies--L. acidophilus DDS-1, L.
salivarius UCC118, L. casei Shirota and B. lactis BB12.
And even if you have H. pylori infection (with or without
ulcers) and are undergoing Triple therapy, Super Shield can
help counteract the harm that the antibiotics and acid
blocker are causing your system, balance your intestinal
flora, and help strengthen your
immune system to encourage faster healing.
Just make sure to take Super Shield at least an hour AFTER
you take the antibiotics.
PS: Beverly also asked about changes to her
granddaughter's diet. Eating correctly combined,
alkalizing foods like I teach in Great Taste No Pain is
absolutely essential for someone with H. pylori. I'll show
you step by step how to ensure smooth digestion with no
overproduction of stomach acid. Plus many of the fiber-
rich foods recommended in GTNP are perfect food for the
good bacteria in your gut.
About the Author
Sherry Brescia is a natural health researcher, president
of Holistic Blends, Inc. and author of the mega best-
selling Great Taste No Pain Health System.
She has over 20 years experience in the medical research
field, and cured herself from IBS in 1992 by changing her
diet and eating the way she now teaches in her Great Taste
No Pain system.
Sherry has made it her life's mission to help others with
digestive challenges by educating them about the role of
diet in overall health and the importance of an alkaline pH.
**The FDA has not evaluated all of these statements. The
contents of this email are not to be considered medical
advice and are for educational purposes only. If you are
experiencing health challenges, always consult your doctor
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