The curious case of H. Pylori and chewing gum

Written by Simon Mitchell

There is a tiny bacterium residing inrepparttar gut lining of about two-thirds of all adults onrepparttar 147757 planet, called Helicobacter Pylori. Research strongly suggests that this bacterium may be central torepparttar 147758 cause of 80% of all stomach cancers - yet this dangerous invader is left untreated until it creates serious problems.

One ofrepparttar 147759 oldest debates in oncology is whether cancer is one disease - or many. It is quite easy to see who benefits from cancer being about 200 separate diseases - with many complex and expensive drug, radiation and surgery regimens. Many advocates of a 'unitarian' theory of cancer have literally been put out of business as their theories opposerepparttar 147760 interests of 'big pharma'. One famous example is that of Royal Rife - who used an energy device to emit vibration atrepparttar 147761 mortal oscillation rate (MOR) of bacteria to great effect inrepparttar 147762 1950's. His laboratory mysteriously burnt down and he was dragged throughrepparttar 147763 courts forrepparttar 147764 rest of his stressful life.

Recent research atrepparttar 147765 University of Michigan (Michael F. Clarke MD) suggests that a unitarian theory of cancer based onrepparttar 147766 actions of malignant stem cells may not be far away. For much too longrepparttar 147767 only refuge of a bacterial etiology for cancer has beenrepparttar 147768 complementary and alternative medicine movement, which still suffers ridicule from orthodox practitioners for even assertingrepparttar 147769 possibility of such theories. Yetrepparttar 147770 World Health Organisation now recognise H. Pylori as a carcinogen that may be as dangerous as tobacco and other pollutants. There are a range of gastric dis-eases that have H.Pylori implicated:

"It has been found that at least 90% of those with duodenal ulcers, 70% with gastric ulcers and 50% of those overrepparttar 147771 age of 50 test positive forrepparttar 147772 presence of H. Pylori. Indeed about 30% of all people inrepparttar 147773 UK are probably infected withrepparttar 147774 bacteria". (healthforyouonline)

H. Pylori is a 'new strain' bacteria that has adapted itself torepparttar 147775 harsh environment ofrepparttar 147776 human gut. Until 20 years ago it was undiscovered. This clever little critter protects itself from digestive acids with an antacid barrier, and protects itself fromrepparttar 147777 human immune system by burying itself inrepparttar 147778 gut lining, causing inflammation. It also produces an enzyme called catalase that protects it. All in all it plays havoc withrepparttar 147779 digestive processes of about two-thirds ofrepparttar 147780 people on this planet with a knock-on effect to a whole panoply of human discomforts and dis-eases.

Its still not known for sure how people pick up this bug but researchers think it may be found in water supplies, infected people's saliva, flies on food or contact with infected fecal matter.

A couple of years ago I experiencedrepparttar 147781 worst physical illness I have ever known. I even called a doctor inrepparttar 147782 middle ofrepparttar 147783 night,repparttar 147784 only time I have ever done this. My guts around my upper stomach became severely inflamed and this extreme discomfort put me out of action for a whole week. Atrepparttar 147785 time I put this down torepparttar 147786 stress caused by UK government legislation - a war of attrition over 12 months whererepparttar 147787 Child Support Agency made a wrongly assessed 'attachment to my earnings' effectively terminating my college lecturing career. Classically stress is considered to be one ofrepparttar 147788 causes of gastric discomfort and it may well of 'preparedrepparttar 147789 ground' for this invasion.

What is cancer?

Written by Simon Mitchell

Cancer is a process that has always effected animals, it is just as common in domestic and farm animals, birds and fishes as it is in humans. Western scientific medicine has been effective in minimising infectious diseases. Many of us are living longer and cancer has almost been accepted as a normal feature ofrepparttar ageing process. But statistics do not bear this out. The incidence of cancer is increasing in all age groups.

Because cancer cells take some time to grow to a stage where they are a large enough mass to be identifiable, it might be 18 months to 3 years, even 30 years beforerepparttar 147756 disease is diagnosed by a doctor. By then we can be more than half-way downrepparttar 147757 path to a terminal illness. Due to our psychological make-up we are often immobilised byrepparttar 147758 news.

We tend to minimise it or deny that it has happened to us. We get depressed. 'Why me?' A cycle of immobilisation - minimisation - depression often occurs. Those who do break out of it and manage to acceptrepparttar 147759 reality start testing for options, often 'againstrepparttar 147760 clock' find out that cancer is an awesome and complex subject providing a great example of opening a 'whole can of worms'. Information overload, specialist language, ignorance of alternatives, vested interest, lack of co-operation, paradigm gaps, lack of access to specific information or treatment and a host of barriers such as language translation exist that prevent understandingrepparttar 147761 problem let alonerepparttar 147762 latest research.

Since an allopathic doctor (Western surgical doctor) is generallyrepparttar 147763 first point of contact for this dis-ease, cancer is mostly treated only with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and more recent biological breakthroughs in hormone treatment. Despite billions spent on research these are basicallyrepparttar 147764 same options we had fifty years ago. Essentiallyrepparttar 147765 basic treatment of cancer has not changed for many years.

Orthodox treatments for cancer can be brutal and expensive but inrepparttar 147766 face of scientific medical evidence arerepparttar 147767 best we have. Solid information on alternatives is confusing, contradictory, unproved and unsupported by current medical models. Many medical doctors view alternatives or complementary approaches with doubt. Those that do endorse them do so mainly because they might enhancerepparttar 147768 patients quality of life or contribute to palliative care (palliative: 'relieving pain or alleviating a problem without dealing withrepparttar 147769 cause').

Many complementary and alternative practitioners point out that allopathic cancer treatments are only palliative because they treat effects without looking at causes. An example is using pain killers to take away a headache. Although it is highly useful and very convenient it is no guarantee thatrepparttar 147770 headache won't re-occur. Similarlyrepparttar 147771 orthodox treatment of cancer is more concerned with treatingrepparttar 147772 dis-ease thanrepparttar 147773 patient.

How does it start? In cancer, a cell, or group of cells, loses touch with where it is inrepparttar 147774 scheme of things, its 'synergy', and starts replicating for itself. The word synergy comes fromrepparttar 147775 Greek 'sunergos', meaning 'working together'. Synergy isrepparttar 147776 interaction of two or more agents, that produces an combined effect greater thanrepparttar 147777 sum of their separate effects, in this case - us. Allrepparttar 147778 cells in a healthy body work together to give us life. They exist as unique individual cells in their own right but also have a higher function, contributing torepparttar 147779 life-form of which they are part. Every one ofrepparttar 147780 two thousand billion cells in our bodies has as many working parts as a passenger airliner so it is quite usual for some of these cells to suffer damage.

We all haverepparttar 147781 potential for cancer. Even a healthy body carries about 10,000 malignant cells and a fully functioning immune system will remove them. But what do cells 'get' that change them, click them out ofrepparttar 147782 whole system of our body to become selfish and self-replicating?

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