If general stomach pain, burning sensations and indigestion give you sleepless nights or interfere with your day-to-day life. Or you’re diagnosed with gastritis, peptic or duodenal ulcers. Then you’d want to know what’s at the root of it, right?

Can you relate?

Until recently, listed amongst commonly named causes of these symptoms were anti-inflammatory medication, stomach bacteria H. pylori, smoking and inherent predisposition. The latest research though uncovers the logical but unproven until now, role of stress as a risk factor for stomach ulcers.

I know, you can say you knew it all along, anyway. And on this instance, scientific evidence nicely aligned with the conventional wisdom. That’s not always the case.

“Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure, and pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope.” NHS

You may have noticed that different people are able to tolerate vastly different levels of mental or emotional stress. Stress also differs in its intensity.

Traumatic life events

They often impossible to foresee and therefore avoid. Disaster can strike suddenly unpredictably and is part and parcel of life’s random and uncertain nature. Our body’s functioning, jerked out of stable balance (homeostasis),  results in many  adverse consequences, including stomach ulcers. As after the Hanshin-Awaji earthquake a significant increase in the number of people with stomach ulcers was observed in Japan in 1995. Most of us though are fortunate enough only to learn about experiences of that intensity by reading or hearing about them.

Minor day-to-day stress

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What you most probably are battling with are the small, but never-ending, stress factors of increasingly speedy daily life. They don’t present danger per se. However they put us in a state of perpetual, immutable alert to potential threats to our status or livelihood. You feel as if you are on edge all the time, not being able to fully relax and let go.
This type of stress is also a contributing factor to stomach ulcers. Known as chronic stress, it brings constant tension to our internal experience of life. It changes the default mode of our immune system. This, in the long run affects your susceptibility to common colds and other infections including H. pylori.  In addition, a rarely mentioned consequence  is an impact on your repair system or how quickly ulcers (or other wounds) heal in the stomach.

What can you do to reduce stress?

1. Change perspective

Apparently, what makes a situation stressful is our perception of it. It’s our judgement that leads to an emotional response. A habit of putting a negative spin on things could become a source of chronic stress. In essence, stress is our reaction to a situation, not the situation itself. Beginning to notice how you react to daily happenings is a good start. With patience and perseverance you can relearn to perceive minor life events as minor.

2. Replace rumination

Do you find yourself dwelling on a thought? creating an imaginary story in your mind? The thought may come out of the blue, or is sparked by a seemingly insignificant event or an observation. The story in your head however spins to an unimaginable proportions. Now, it feels threatening and very real. Although it’s quite normal for the human mind to behave in this way, it’s also a wasteful way to use your brain energy.

“If you’re thinking stressful thoughts for the whole day then those part of your brain are going to get larger and the other parts of the brain will deteriorate.” Jo Marchant, science journalist and author.

What you practice, you get better at, don’t you? This applies to your thinking too. If you worry on a daily basis, then, in time you’ll get more adept at worrying. Making an effort to think positive or, at least concentrating on neutral thoughts, will take the place of thinking negatively.

3. Make space for rewarding experience

I was brought up to believe strongly that a reward is something I must work hard and long for. It’s definitely not a daily or weekly occurrence. This type of work ethic is proven to be flawed. It leads to burnouts, negative thoughts, depression and mental health issues. The latter is now elevated to a public health problem in our society. In fact doing something rewarding/pleasant should be done pretty much daily. Giving your body time to relax, switch off, being in a positive mood increases productivity, resilience and wellbeing. Reward yourself with allocating time to being active (any form that you enjoy), spending time with your family and with friends, getting enough sleep and doing something that has no apparent purpose, like playing a sport/a game.

Over to you

Can you relate to feeling stressed all the time? Or perhaps you’ve found an effective way to relax and become resilient to the challenges of the fast-pacing life? Your voice is the only thing missing from this post. Please leave a comment. Let me know.

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There are times in life, when several things can go astray one after another as if deliberately testing our resilience. Today, Pennie talks about her journey overcoming her health problems and what she thinks helped her pyloric ulcers when she was at her “lowest ebb”.

From endometriosis to ‘life threatening’ pyloric ulcer

I’d been suffering from endometriosis and ulcerated/abscessed ovaries before my hysterectomy in 2003. And then I gained four stone in weight from water retention and toxicity after the op. My right ovary had been attached to my lower bowel and I was suffering from an impacted colon after the surgery. Unfortunately it took five years to discover this and I had to have colorectal surgery to put things right.

Thankfully, things started to improve for me physically after the surgery but when I began suffering with a new set of symptoms, an endoscopy revealed that my recent mood swings, swelling and internal bleeding were down to what my consultant deemed to be ‘life threatening’ pyloric ulcers. Suspecting that they were pill induced or that I was suffering from helicobacter pylori, I was told to drop all tablets except omeprazole and vitamin/mineral supplements in liquid form.

Within 24 hours the bleeding had stopped

I had endoscopies every 10 weeks but as things weren’t improving, my dose of omeprazole was doubled. Things only got worse. I was in agony and at my lowest ebb when a friend suggested I try Siberian Pine Nut Oil.

I took it three times a day for three weeks. The soothing effect was noticeable immediately and within 24 hours the bleeding had stopped! My fourth endoscopy revealed an unimaginable transformation. Where there had previously been black holes the size of 50 pence pieces on the images, my ulcers now looked as though they’d been neatly blanket stitched around the edges and healed over.

Over time, the Pine Nut Oil also reduced any hunger pangs and I went on to lose two and a half stone in the space of four months. I’m still taking Siberian Pine Nut Oil now that I’m pain free. I’m a great deal calmer and have managed to keep off the pounds. I feel totally transformed.

Over to you

Can you relate to Pennie’s experience of treatment for ulcers? Or perhaps a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) like Omeprazole has worked its magic for you? Your voice is the only thing missing from this post. Please leave a comment. Let me know.

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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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