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Over time I cut out wine, coffee, acid-forming foods but with little improvement. I visited doctor's who endorsed these decisions, told me to go out walking more often and to his credit mentioned that 'there is a nasty little bug called H. Pylori going around' - which started this strand of research for me.
Normally doctors will not treat H. Pylori until it provokes serious gastric illness, and when you see what orthodox medicine prescribes for this treatment its no surprise. At least two anti-biotics, H2 blockers, proton pump inhibitors and a stomach lining protector. Although this prescription may be effective it is also expensive, complex and has unwanted toxic side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting -meaning that many people do not finish course (patient noncompliance) and remain infected.
The doctor did not prescribe for me - just told me to cut out acidic forming stuff - which I did. But I also started to experiment to see what would bring relief from continuing symptoms - gastric discomfort, acid reflux, bloating, poor digestion, wind and inflammation. Cutting out wheat based products was most helpful.
Just by 'coincidence' I found out that Pistachio nuts seemed to relieve discomfort. It was no surprise when I found out that Mastic Gum, which comes from a related tree called Pistacia lentiscus is a classic remedy for gut inflammation that has been in use for thousands of years. There is increasing evidence that shows Mastic gum to be effective against H. Pylori, with a range of therapeutic effects on various gastric dis-eases. There have never been any undesirable effects attributed to use of mastic gum. Since chewing this gum I am now completely relieved of any gastric discomfort.
So as I'm writing this article I am chewing small pieces of mastic gum and have adopted this as part of a preventative 'yearly spring detox' for internal parasites. It has a nice woody taste, not unlike smell of sandal wood or cinnamon. In Mediterranean countries mastic gum has been used for centuries for preventing tooth decay, healing mouth and skin ulcers, controlling diabetes and reducing cholesterol levels. Some African sources even attribute aphrodisiac qualities to this most useful of substances - natural chewing gum !
Please note that this article does not replace advice and treatment of your medical practitioner.
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