Facts about Peptic Ulcers!


Did You Know?

About 1 in 8 people will develop duodenal or stomach ulcer in their lifetime. About 1 in every 20 stomach ulcers lead to stomach cancer.

The H. pylori. bacteria is one major factor in causing most of stomach ulcers, and H. pylori is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatments.

Women are just as prone to stomach ulcers as men are.

Medications and Ulcers

Frequent use of aspirin, and other anti-inflammatory drugs is a major factor in causing peptic ulcers.

​Pain relievers such as aspirin interferes with the stomach’s ability to protect itself from damaging acids. Anti-inflammatory drugs promote ulcers by disrupting the mucus that coats the stomach lining.

“No Acid, No Ulcer”

“I have ulcer, and every month I go to hospital because of a burning pain in my stomach. Since I stopped drinking acids and other foods with acids, I feel normal.” – Ulcer Patient

Coffee and Peptic Ulcers

Coffee, tea, colas, and foods that contain caffeine seem to stimulate acid secretion in the stomach, aggravating the pain of an existing ulcer. However, the amount of acid secretion that occurs after drinking decaffeinated coffee is the same as that produced after drinking regular coffee. Thus, the stimulation of stomach acid cannot be attributed solely to caffeine.

H. Pylori and Peptic Ulcers

​In 1982, Australian researchers Barry Marshall and Robin Warren discovered spiral-shaped bacteria in the stomach, later named Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). After closely studying H. pylori’s effect on the stomach, they proposed that the bacteria is a major factor in causing peptic ulcers.

Today, two-thirds of all ulcers are believed to be caused by exposure to a bacterium known as Helicobacter pylori.

The treatment of H. pylori infection is called ‘‘triple therapy’’, since a combination approach is used. Two antibiotics, often clarithromycin and amoxicillin, are prescribed for about two weeks. In addition, use of bismuth subsalicylate (a common brand name is Pepto Bismol) will be used along with the antibiotics.

Smoking and Peptic Ulcers

“Cigarette smoking appears to be a risk factor for the development, maintenance, and recurrence of peptic ulcer disease.” – National Institute of Health

Alcohol and Peptic Ulcers

“Chronic active gastritis is reportedly associated with chronic alcohol ingestion.” – National Institute of Health

Anger, Stress and Peptic Ulcers

Emotional stress is no longer believed to be the cause of peptic ulcers, but people with ulcers understand that emotional stress increases their ulcer pain. Stress is thought to worsen ulcers by increasing the secretion of acid in the stomach.

I personally believe that suppressed anger is a major factor in causing stomach ulcers. The stomach lies close to the solar plexus chakra which is the center for self-power and this center often collects gut-wrenching anger. From experience, I would say that releasing the suppressed anger in the stomach (or the solar plexus) in the right way would definitely help in healing peptic ulcers.

“It’s not surprising that many doctors recommend stress reduction techniques to their ulcer patients.” – EverydayHealth

One thought on “Facts about Peptic Ulcers!

  1. Dehydration is a big factor also, in this and MANY dis-eases (lack of ease).

    Read the book “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”. It was through treating ulcers with water that the author got onto just how very important water is and how many illnesses trace back in large part to dehydration.

    Skip the antibiotics (always!) which will deplete your beneficial bacteria / flora and cause you all sorts of problems – from the pan into the fire. People often get yeast infections throughout their body from doing antibiotics, processed and refined food (non “whole” foods), alcohol, poor food combining, and low beneficial bacteria.

    Get MORE beneficial bacteria from yogurt, kefir, etc. which will be very healthful overall but will also help to “choke out” the bacteria that is causing problems.

    Do grapefruit seed extract (GSE) to squelch the harmful microbes. GSE won’t mess with your beneficial bacteria / flora.


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