The holidays were approaching fast and I wanted to eradicate H. pylori one’s and for all. I was feeling tired all the time and had a hard time enjoying the things i loved to do. I wasn’t going to allow a bacteria get a hold of my life so i decided to take matters into my own hands and educate my self about it.
The information i came across was alarming. I read, 60% of the worlds population has this bacteria and half of them don’t even know it. Symptoms don’t start right away until something triggers it. I don’t know what it was but something triggered it for me the night of New Years.
Since not much information for natural treatment was available on the Internet about H. Pylori, I’ve decided to see a Nature path doctor, as I had no clue where to begin.
By this time, my adrenals were exhausted, thyroid off track, liver enzymes sky rocket, and always feeling cold as if I was in a freezer. My body was in a constant battle with shooting pains everywhere from head to toes.
As with any doctor, the first visit was routine. Charted down my complains and history. He then explained how polluted air and toxins, stress, water, foods we eat etc. is the cause for sickness in general and then proceeded to explain his process of healing and how it takes four years to fully recover. I remember thinking, what if i don’t have four years, then what? Went forward with his treatment and decided to take it one day at a time.
It took a few good weeks to see some improvement and I was happy to be up and about. Although, it felt as if i was taking more steps backwards then forward, i just went with the flow. All that matter is to be up and with my children as i had no one around to drive them to school everyday.
About a year passes and the holiday season was rolling around once again and this time I’m feeling worse then before even with the help of the Nature path doctor. I was lost and confused!
Christmas was my favorite holiday of all and i could care less about joining in the holiday spirit. Maybe because my birthday is around that time, which i had spent in the ER with panic attacks.
I felt like the Scrooge!!! I wanted to be out there with my family singing and rejoicing, but yet, i felt trapped and chained down unable to free my self. Shopping had become very stressful and a thing of the past. With Christmas only three weeks away, i hadn’t even done any gift shopping for the family.
I called up my Nature path doctor to explain and see how he can help, but instead received an unexpected reply. His voice confused and lost, replied that he is doing the best he can to help but i have to tell him what to do! He doesn’t know what else to do.
You can imagine how discouraged I was to hear those words. My insurance did not cover Nature path, it was all out of pocket, my pocket. My hope diminished a little, but I told my self it’s ok, it just means i need to go back to the drawing board and work harder. Just like that nagging noise you hear in the background and you have to know what’s making that noise. I was determined to find that noise, the cause for all my suffering.
Since H. pylori was what started it all, i decided to educate my self more on the natural approach to eradicate this tricky and strong bacteria, for sure i wasn’t going to live with it. I came across some natural remedies which have brought only momentary relief.
Became close friends with another mom with similar interests, as we were at a play date with our children she mentioned she too has similar symptoms a while back and has used something called Propolis. Decided to do some more research and give it a try since there wasn’t anything else.
These were my symptoms:
- Excruciating stabbing pains in the stomach
- Bloating (i looked as if i was pregnant)
- Anger (constantly angry for no reason)
- Stress (constantly stressed and unable to deal with every day stress)
- Shortness of breath
- Weight gain
- Feeling full all the time
- Heavy belching
- Overly excited (too much cortisol)
- Symptoms of bipolar, (one minute i’m happy, the next i’m depressed)
Every person is different and may or may not have the same symptoms as I did.
The thought process matters a lot when dealing with a restrictive plan. For me, the word No, sounds forbidden and i feel dared to eat more. I find it much easier instead of thinking, “No i can’t eat something”, I change my thinking to say, ” Yes, I can have everything that is naturally grown”, not man made or prepackaged. This way I didn’t feel pressured to eat something that would empower the bacteria.
My breakfast consisted of rolled or still cut oats, omlet with vegetables, eggs sunny side up, fritatta’s and gluten free toast with garlic and avocado.
My lunches and dinners consisted of soups, salads and some form of protein. Not so much creamy soups but vegetables soups. Salads were either fresh greens or cooked. Protein, there are many forms or protein to be used like eggs, nuts, beans, chick peas, split peas and meat.
What i did:
- Propolis extract
- Manuka honey
- Mastic gum
Propolis, 30 drops three times a day on an empty stomach with water, tea or cranberry juice.
For better success take it half hour before each meal.
It’s best to take it for a few months as bacteria finds way to hide or disguise it’s self.
I did it for a period of three months with six weeks propolis and 1-2 weeks break.
Continued my strict diet for 6 months thought, the break was only from propolis.
For Manuka honey, follow directions on the jar.
For Mastic gum, i chewed 1-2 pieces about 3-4 times a day, especially after meals. It has a bit of an off taste at the beginning.
All of these can be purchased at natural stores, on line or even Indian supermarket.
I can finally say i am H. pylori FREE FREE FREE and have been for 1 year, thank God!