Today, Gareth Watcyn shares his story of developing chronic gastritis. By trying to make sense of the  unpleasant symptoms in the stomach, he realised that inflammation had been the corner stone of his problems. So, he searched for a natural product with the healing credentials and scientific standing.

There was always an underlying feeling of tension

I first started noticing the symptoms about five years ago ~ usually after I’d eaten in the evening. Sometimes the discomfort was sporadic but at other times it was persistent. And after a couple of months my stomach never really felt ‘normal’ again. There was always an underlying feeling of tension. Fortunately I could still eat relatively normally ~ just in smaller amounts than before and I also tried to avoid eating meat. But the symptoms became chronic and lasted for about seven months.

Sometimes PPIs help and sometimes they don’t

I went to see my GP and a gastroscopy confirmed some mild inflammation in the lower part of my stomach. Even a moderate intake of alcohol can trigger gastritis and I think this is probably what happened to me. My doctor prescribed a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) called Lansoprazole but it didn’t bring much relief. Nor did an increased dose some weeks later. This isn’t uncommon. Sometimes PPIs help and sometimes they don’t. They act as enzyme blockers but don’t soothe the inflammation. I now know what was missing was a healing agent!

The search for non-pharmaceutical remedies began

In 2014 it flared up again and I was treated with a PPI. After about three months of intermittent symptoms I started my search for non-pharmaceutical remedies and that’s when I discovered Siberian Pine Nut Oil. I was initially reticent about using it but became motivated to try it because of one of its ingredients ~ Pinolenic acid. The Siberia Pine Nut Oil and PPI combination was the way forward for me because it meant I had an acid reducer and a healing agent in one. I was then able to wean myself off the PPIs altogether and the symptoms haven’t returned.

Over to you

Can you relate to Gareth’s experience of Lansoprazole? Or perhaps you’ve found another effective way to treat the symptoms of gastritis? Your voice is the only thing missing from this post. Please leave a comment. Let me know.

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In the UK alone last year, almost 2 million people were diagnosed with digestive problems.

They include peptic ulcers, gastritis and heartburn and a 1/3 of the UK suffers regularly from digestive related illnesses. It’s a common condition. The majority of patients are prescribed conventional treatments comprising acid reducing medication. However, drugs are so effective in suppressing acid that when patients stop taking them, they frequently suffer “rebound acidity level”.

Long-term use of antacids comes with side effects.

A study on overuse of antacids (published in the Journal of American Medication Association), found numerous causes for concern, including how they significantly suppress acidity within the body, which, in time, can restrict digestive processes. Antacids also affect how well we absorb important minerals and vitamins (Vit B12 absorption was shown to be limited which can cause complications to the circulatory system whilst reduced calcium absorption may result in insufficient bone growth and strength). Finally, if used over an extended period of time, there is an increased risk of dementia, nerve damage and anaemia.

Therefore long term use of antacids is not advisable and in many cases is not necessary. But when someone tries to come off antacids, its inevitably lead to rebound acid effect. Leading UK Neuro-Gastroenterology consultant Dr Anton Emmanuel recommends to reduce a dose of antacids gradually, halving it for a fortnight and then stopping completely.  The following rebound effect has been shown, in most cases, to dissipate within 2-3 weeks. Patients are therefore increasingly interested in natural treatments  which can relieve symptoms as they gradually wean themselves off antacids. A number of our customers have found the weaning process much easier to achieve in tandem with Pine Nut Oil consumption.

Have you been diagnosed with H.pylori and want to know more facts about it?

If the answer to that is ‘yes’ then pull up a chair and stay a while.

H. pylori has colonised in humans for more than 116,000 years and is often regarded as the root to many of our digestive problems that described all too often by many of you.

It is a leading cause of conditions such as Gastritis and Stomach Ulcers. This little offender presents more questions than we can get answers to, in spite of the intensive scientific research in this area!

Did you know that:

  • 1/2 of the world’s population is infected with this bacterium
  • How it enters our bodies is unclear, especially in countries where the level of sanitation and hygiene are high
  • Water is considered one possible way of infection
  • The bacteria can survive in cold water for a few hours
  • Family members can share gut microbes therefore, colonisation can take place through sharing the same household
  • The majority of infected people remain symptom free
  • Small minority develop digestive problems that can sometimes progress to stomach cancer
  • The bacterium exists in numerous strains

Naturally our body tries to fight the infection, setting up an immune response to the intruder but – as the American scientists recently reported – our own immune cells can contribute to the local inflammation and tissue damage. 

A British study showed that people infected with H. pylori have:

  • A lower concentration of the antimicrobial factor (beta defensin 1) – demonstrating the ability of the bacteria to manipulate the host’s immune system
  • On the plus side these also play a beneficial role in protecting against diabetes and obesity

So what is the new identification process?

Alongside the traditional methods of detecting H. pylori, researchers from Denmark have come up with a new innovative way of identifying the infection.  Cleverly constructed molecules interact with the bacteria resulting in luminescent green light showing the invaded areas of the stomach, which can be seen through a small examination camera.

How can H.pylori be treated?

The current ad hoc approach to treat H. pylori is to bombard the entire gut flora with 2-3 antibiotics to eradicate H.pylori and to reduce acidity in the stomach with the use of Proton pump inhibitors giving the stomach lining a chance to heal.

HOWEVER medical data shows that this treatment is ineffective in up to 30% of patients, who can relapse. One possible theory is that the patient is re-infected by the H.pylori that can remain present in the mouth pockets and which has now also become antibiotic resistant.

Although robust scientific backing of natural treatments such as Siberian pine nut oil is still in the future, take a look at some of the success stories I’ve received regarding this.

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