Helicobacter Pylori is s bacteria that can be passed from person to person, even parent to child, through shared food and drinks, and kissing. It lives, primarily, in the mouth and stomach.
“H. pylori is the first formally recognized bacterial carcinogen and is one of the most successful human pathogens, as over half of the world’s population is colonized with this gram-negative bacterium.
Unless treated, colonization usually persists lifelong. H. pylori infection represents a key factor in the etiology of various gastrointestinal diseases, ranging from chronic active gastritis without clinical symptoms to peptic ulceration, gastric adenocarcinoma (cancer), and gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma (cancer).”
“In most cases, the infection occurs during childhood and persists throughout life.”
These are just a few of the ailments this bacteria can be involved with. It is frequently misdiagnosed as one of it’s symptoms, acid reflux (or GERD). It can be present for years without the hosts knowledge, but can suddenly cause various symptoms, especially when a person becomes chronically stressed.
This bacteria has been shown to be able to travel to, and persist in, other areas, outside of the stomach. There are cases in which it has been found in the gallbladder, mouth, and even sinus cavity.
It is often involved in periodontal disease, and it’s life within the stomach can contribute to thyroid dysfunction and heart issues. Because it can inhibit absorption of important nutrients, it can cause problems with metabolic function and hinder weight loss efforts.