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What Are Ulcers?

Peptic ulcers are holes or breaks in the protective lining of the duodenum, gastrointestinal tract, stomach or the esophagus. They occur when the lining of these organs are corroded by acidic digestive (peptic) juices which are secreted by the cells of the stomach. A peptic ulcer differs from an erosion because it extends deeper into the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum and creates more of an inflammatory reaction from the tissues that are eroded. A peptic ulcer of the stomach is called a gastric ulcer; of the duodenum, a duodenal ulcer; and of the esophagus, an esophageal ulcer. 

Out of all ulcers that occur in the body, ulcers in the duodenum are the most common making up 70% of cases. This is followed by the gastrointestinal tract 20%, the stomach 5% and the other 5% in the esophagus. 

Esophageal ulcers, although rare, form in the esophagus and are often a result of alcohol abuse.

Ulcers are caused by excessive acid in the stomach. These acids form either from diet or bacterial infections. Every American will suffer from the acid sometime in life.

Peptic ulcers are a recurrent problem; even healed ulcers can recur unless treatment is immediate. The medical cost of treating peptic ulcer and its complications runs into billions of dollars annually. 

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What are the causes of peptic ulcers?

Until the mid-1980s, the conventional wisdom was that ulcers form as a result of stress, a genetic predisposition to excessive stomach acid secretion, and poor lifestyle habits including overindulging in fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco. It was believed that such influences contribute to a buildup of stomach acids that erode the protective lining of the stomach, duodenum, or esophagus.

While excessive stomach acid secretion certainly plays a role in the development of ulcers, a relatively recent theory holds that bacterial infection is the primary cause of peptic ulcers. Indeed, research conducted since the mid-1980s has persuasively demonstrated that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is present in more than 90% of duodenal ulcers and about 80% of stomach ulcers.

Other factors also seem to contribute to ulcer formation. Overuse of over-the-counter painkillers (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen), heavy alcohol use, and smoking exacerbate and may promote the development of ulcers. Research indicates that heavy smokers are more prone to developing duodenal ulcers than are nonsmokers, that people who drink alcohol are more susceptible to esophageal ulcers, and that those who take aspirin frequently for a long period of time are more likely to develop stomach ulcers than those who don't.

Other studies show that stomach ulcers are more likely to develop in older people. This may be because arthritis is prevalent in the elderly, and alleviating arthritis pain can mean taking daily doses of aspirin or ibuprofen. Another contributing factor may be that with advancing age the pylorus (the valve between the stomach and duodenum) relaxes and allows excess bile (a compound produced in the liver to aid in digestion) to seep up into the stomach and erode the stomach lining.

For many years, excess acid was believed to be the major cause of ulcer disease. Accordingly, the emphasis of treatment was on neutralizing and inhibiting the secretion of stomach acid. While acid is still considered necessary for the formation of ulcers, the two most important initiating causes of ulcers are infection of the stomach by a bacteria called "Helicobacter pyloricus" (H. pylori) and chronic use of anti-inflammatory medications, such as asprin and ibuprofen. Cigarette smoking is found to accelerate ulcer formation.

The bacterial infection H. pylori is very common, affecting more than a billion people worldwide. It is estimated that half of the United States population older than age 60 has been infected. Infection usually persists for many years, leading to ulcer disease in 10% to 15% of those infected. While the mechanism by which H. pylori causes ulcers is complex, elimination of the bacterium by antibiotics has clearly been shown to heal ulcers and prevent their recurrence.

The human stomach contains several important acids that aid in the digestion of foods.  These acids combine with an enzyme called Pepsin ( a digestive enzyme) and together they are able to break down the food we eat in a very effective manner.  What happens is for some individuals, a portion of the lining in their stomach begins to wear away.  Because of this, the person will begin to feel pain in a certain area because the pepsin and stomach acids still continue to do their job.  An Ulcer is very much like a sore or a blister. The area begins to get very inflamed and hurtful during the body’s natural digestion process.

Although heartburn is a very common reason for pain in the chest and stomach areas, ulcers can cause similar and uncomfortable pain. It can feel very similar to a heart attack. Many trips to the ER can be avoided by taking lemon and antacids.

Curing Ulcers:

Begin by taking 4 spirulina tablets by Solgar once a day.

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An easy way to kill the H. Pylori bacteria is to mix 1 ounce of fresh lemon with 8oz of water. Drink the fresh lemon 
mixture every morning before you eat. Wait 15 minutes before eating. Do this for 1 week. This will kill the H. pylori bacteria. H. Pylori affects more than half of the world population, but can easily be treated with antibiotics.  After treatment, individuals are usually Ulcer free for the rest of their lifetime.

Fortunately, peptic ulcers are relatively easy to treat; in many cases they are cured with lemon, antibiotics, antacids and other acid reducing supplements like papaya,  magnesium and potassium. Still, the dangers associated with peptic ulcers -- such as anemia, profuse bleeding, and stomach cancer are so serious -- that any acid flair up should be taken seriously.

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