September 22, 2006, Newsletter Issue #32: Treatment of Stomach Ulcers

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Stomach ulcers are a small hole in the stomach lining and are caused by the stomachs acid eroding the protective lining. Family history of ulcers, smoking, excess drinking, improper diet, and stress are all contributing factors. Some ulcers are due to an infection by the helicobacter pylori bacteria. Treatment is two fold, as the bacteria needs to be killed and the amount of acid produced needs to be reduced. This bacteria is not easy to kill. A friendly bacterium, normally found in your intestines, complements the use of antibiotics in riding your body of the harmful bacteria. Probiotics and colostrum supplements have been studied and shown to be effective in killing h. plyori bacteria that can be a cause of stomach ulcers.

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