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December 29, 2010

Gastric Ulcer Symptoms

Gastric ulcers can be painful, and sometimes fatal if the symptoms are ignored. An ulcer occurs when the lining of the digestive tract becomes damaged, and a hole or tear occurs due to injury or trauma. An ulcer can happen anywhere in the body’s digestive system, but when it happens in the stomach, it’s labeled as a gastric ulcer.

Gastric ulcer symptoms are slightly different than ulcer symptoms located in other portions of the body. For example, eating doesn’t generally relieve pain as it might with other ulcers. In fact, eating may cause pain. The pain can be a dull ache located in the upper chest area, possibly below the breastbone.

Other symptoms of a gastric ulcer include:

  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss that wasn’t part of a planned diet program
  • Waking up in the night with pain. Only about 3 out of every 10 people with a gastric ulcer will experience this symptom, and it generally occurs 3 or 4 hours after dinner. Eating late meals will exacerbate it.
  • Vomiting, and vomiting blood, which may look like coffee grounds
  • Blood in the stool, which would look like a black or tarry substance
  • Some people may not have any symptoms at all


Gastric ulcers have a few causes, but one thing in particular is pointed to as the main cause, Helicobacter pylori. H. pylori is a corkscrew shaped bacteria found in most everyone. It’s unknown why it causes problems in some people and not others. An H. pylori infection occurs when the bacteria grows in the lining of the stomach, causing it to be easily damaged by stomach acids and other digestive enzymes. An H. pylori infection is generally cleared by a course of antibiotics, followed by additional testing to make sure the infection has been eradicated.

Pain killers are another main cause of gastric ulcers. Pain killers stop the body’s production of an enzyme that protects the stomach lining, making it more susceptible to damage. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Aleve and Ibuprofen as well as Aspirin and prescription pain killers can all be pointed to as causes of gastric ulcers.

Another thing thought to cause gastric ulcers is smoking. The nicotine found in cigarettes is thought to increase the presence of acids in the stomach, making the lining more susceptible to damages. Smoking also slows the body’s natural healing process, making it difficult to recover from an existing ulcer.

Alcohol can also erode the stomach lining. Although, it’s unclear if alcohol will actually go so far as to cause an ulcer, or just worsen an existing ulcer, it should generally be used in moderation.

Stress is another thing that can’t be pointed directly to as a certain cause for ulcers, but it will definitely worsen an existing ulcer. Stress is thought to be the cause of a wide range of health problems, so whether it caused your ulcer or not, it’s beneficial to try and get your stress levels under control. Reduce your stress by putting some instrumental or calming music on in the background at work, or enrolling in a meditation class. These techniques will help you relax and allow your body to heal much faster.

For more information on gastric ulcer symptoms, check out The Reflux Remedy Report at www.refluxremedy.com.

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November 19, 2010

Yogurt for Acid Reflux

It’s a scientific reality that in America “at least” 15,000,000 people suffer from acid reflux and if half of them knew the benefits of raw yogurt there would be half as many suffering from acid reflux symptoms.

Yogurt qualifies as a new group of healing foods called “functional foods.”

Suggesting until now most Americans have been exposed to mostly “dysfunctional foods,” you could say.

Yogurt in itself isn’t a cure for acid reflux, however the whole group of “functional foods” is. Yogurt just represents a small fraction of the healing foods available to help remove the root cause of acid reflux, acid indigestion and heartburn.

Treating the symptoms of acid reflux is what created 15,000,000 Americans who constantly suffer from the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux diseases.

I find it interesting and maybe you will too, that in these difficult times the only companies really making seemingly unlimited amounts of money , with exception of the petroleum sheiks, are the pharmaceutical corporations.

Sadly, government protected medicine ensures their? financial success despite of their blatant short comings and outright failure to cure anything these days . . . even simple heartburn.

Acid reflux can be cured by consuming yogurt rich with natural probiotics, which simply restore and help maintain the natural pH balance in your gut.

Yogurt is not the end all of acid indigestion, heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but it’s a foot marching in the right direction.

Many yogurts contain little if any beneficial micro-organisms such as probiotics.

In fact many of these so-called yogurts are so full of sugar,? additives and artificial sweeteners that they are nothing more than examples of supreme contradiction.

In fact the bad bacteria like Helicobacter pylori thrive off the acid pH environment sugar and undigested animal proteins helps create.

Beneficial micro-organisms naturally occur in raw yogurt, but because of the over pasteurization of dairy products in America, any probiotics you can find in these commercialized yogurt brands had to be added after the fact.

It’s just NOT the same.

There is no comparison to the benefits of eating raw sheep or goats’ milk products like kefir, cheese and yogurt, these are abundant in healthful flora building micro-organisms that will help optimize your gut pH and digestive health.

I mentioned sheep and goat yogurt products for two reasons.

1.?????? They are grass fed.

2.?????? Their protein is similar to human breast milk.

Both of these factors are responsible for a superior product higher in nutrition, probiotics and are easier to digest. Cow’s milk has a larger protein molecule made for growing baby heifers? remarkably fast. These larger protein molecules? are hard to digest and can cause allergic reactions and are also known to induce a more acidic pH in the gut because of the wasted, undigested animal protein.

The good bacteria and micro-organisms thrive in a more alkaline pH environment.

One of the causes of acid reflux is from an acidic pH level that produces harmful bacteria, killing off the good flora.

So yes, yogurt is great for acid reflux and combined with a high? protein plant-based diet, ample sunshine and a semi-active lifestyle you can overcome acid reflux, heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux diseases naturally, without getting deceived by ineffective and outright harmful pharmaceutical gimmicks .

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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November 17, 2010

Images of Gastritis

It?s nearly impossible to share images of gastritis without a biopsy, but one form of damage caused from gastritis can be seen? through x-ray and sometime endoscopic inspection.

This disease is called M?n?trier disease (also known as hyperplastic hypersecretory gastropathy,

This image of gastritis is from a distortion of the mucus producing tissue, or mucosal folds, causing them to enlarge making the stomach lining look more like the ridges on the surface of the brain.

Imagine the gastritis irritating the normally protective mucosa lining trigger? the cells to make more mucus to the point that the tissue often becomes ulcerated.

Picture these glands eventually wasting away, losing water, minerals and a protein called albumin. This image of gastritis gone out of control ends up causing an albumin deficiency. Albumin is the most abundant protein in human blood plasma and makes up about half of your blood plasma.

So now visualize gastritis destroying half of the protein production of your blood cells . . . not a pretty picture is it?

Now this image of gastritis has really gotten worse because without half the albumin protein in your blood your body can?t maintain proper water pressure, transport thyroid? hormones or fat soluble fatty acids to the liver, flush out (bilirubin) waste from bile and urine, bind calcium ions, balance pH and prevent the breakdown of folic acid.

So as you can see the image of a healthy body can be totally destroyed by gastritis.

The image of this type of gastritis disease is so severe that the only treatment other than a high plant based protein diet, is to have a gastrectomy, which means either part of the stomach or the entire stomach must be surgically removed.

Picture living without a stomach!

High resolution images of chronic gastritis through endoscopic examination reveals that gastritis is associated with helicobacter pylori. This is the ulcer triggering bacteria that has been shown to be successfully cured with alkaline water.

You can avoid images of gastritis and ulcers by avoiding chronic dehydration, also known as biological draught.

It?s common for health practitioners to mistakenly treat the many symptoms of biological draught as a disease like gastritis or peptic ulcers. There is real science that proves that proper alkaline hydration can protect your body?s internal terrain. This terrain, refers to the balanced alkaline pH of your cells and tissue.

The only thing that should have an acidic pH in your body is your stomach acid. Gastritis images may very well be caused from a simple reversal of proper pH. This causes the opposite effect? of a balanced pH and wrecks havoc on your stomach, liver, blood cells, heart, endocrine system and more.

The image of gastritis means the stomach is lacking its normal acid pH, ultimately causing it to have to be removed.

So follow your gut feelings and learn to help prevent dis-ease by staying hydrated with alkaline water rich in ?ionic? sea minerals and eat plenty of plant-based proteins.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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