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H. Pylori: It Just Becomes More Interesting

As I've mentioned in the past, H. Pylori is the most common chronic bacterial pathogen in the world, so it should be of interest to all of us inhabiting this planet.  But here is a most interesting question:  Why would you want to know about it if you don't have digestive problems?  The main reason is that you are not likely to ever be tested for it or thus know that you have it if you don't have digestive problems, and yet only about 30% of people who have it experience digestive symptoms.  If you do have it, it may cause non-digestive symptoms and health issues including migraines, anxiety, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and now we can add chronic skin problems and dementia to the list.  Specifically, a brand new study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology suggests both epidemiological and experimental evidence that H. Pylori is correlated with chronic hives, psoriasis, and alopecia areata.  A causal link is suggested because many patients symptoms improve after treatment for the bacteria.  Here is another brand new study suggesting H. Pylori as a cause of chronic urticaria (hives) in children.  Here is a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience suggesting the correlation between H. Pylori and non-Alzheimer's dementia.  In addition to this new information about a possible correlation with skin issues and dementia, one researcher believes that eradication of H. Pylori has lead to a decrease in heart attacks.  Because of the increase of antibiotic resistance in the case of H. Pylori and many other bacteria, researchers are looking at natural substances that appear to be useful for lowering H. Pylori.  For a medical diagnosis of H. Pylori, physicians use blood or stool antibody levels, a urea breath test (for rechecks), or can biopsy the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.  It may be something to discuss with your doctor, especially if you have unexplained symptoms that haven't responded to anything else you've done.
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