A gastric ulcer (a type of peptic ulcer or PUD) is a disease in which there is a defect in the mucosal lining of the stomach caused by dysfunction in the normal relationship between stomach acid and the protective mechanisms of the stomach. Such ulcers are more common among men than women: about 1 in 20 men over 35 years old have suffered with a peptic ulcer at some time. The disease is even more common in people over 40, and it can also affect children as young as 7.
In addition there is a great geographic difference in prevalence. Duodenal (at the junction between the stomach and the small intestine) ulcers are 3 to 9 times as common in Western Europe than in Japan, southern Norway or Peru. In the later, gastric ulcers (i.e. stomach ulcers) are more common.
According to Johnson, there are 4 types of ulcer which can occur in the stomach and intestine.
Type I - high gastric ulcers
Type II - peptic ulcers, which affect both the stomach and small intestine
Type III – distal gastric ulcers
Type IV – duodenal ulcers
All ulcers of the stomach or intestine can cause nausea and vomiting, upper abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss and bleeding. This makes it more difficult to precisely determine what disease the patient suffers with – the symptoms are quite similar for all types of ulcer. An gastric or duodenal ulcer can in some cases also result in severe to very severe back cramping and/or cramping in the lower abdomen. If one suffers from very long-term back tension, a peptic ulcer may be the cause.
A certain diagnosis is only possible through gastroscopy/endoscopy. Biopsies of the tissue can then be taken and the risk for cancer can be assessed.
Causes of peptic ulcers
The most common cause of gastric and duodenal ulcers is an infection of the mucosal lining of the stomach by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori or simply H. pylori (accounting for 75%-80% of cases). It's more rare that the cause is the intake of anti-inflammatory or pain medication. Physical stress or other illness can also lead to gastric or intestinal ulcers (i.e. peptic ulcers).
The realisation the H. pylori is a major cause for the development of ulcers in the digestive tract is an important recent discovery. According to official studies, approximately 35% of Western Europeans carry the H. pylori bacteria, though only about 10% go on to develop gastritis, gastric ulcers or duodenal ulcers.
Other possible causes include nicotine, alcohol and medications as well as noise-induced and/or work-related stress. A direct connection has not been made between stress and the development of peptic ulcers, though these factors are known to harm the lining of the stomach.
How does H. pylori work?
This bacteria lives in the mucous layer of the stomach – its ideal environment as the stomach lining contains precisely the right level of oxygen for the bacteria to multiply. In order to survive the bacteria produce ammonia which neutralizes the stomach acid. The bacteria also produce a substance which alters the metabolism of the cells in the stomach wall, and this indirectly leads to an increase in the production of stomach acid. The end result: chronic inflammation. This can damage the mucosal lining of the stomach and lead to the development of ulcers in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
In cases involving peptic ulcers, up to 80% of sufferers are infected with the H. pylori bacteria. Through aggressive and consistent efforts to eliminate the bacteria using antibiotics, the gastric ulcers can in almost all cases be successfully treated.
About 90% of cases of duodenal ulcers are attributable to infection of Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Nonetheless not all people who are infected automatically develop an ulcer. It is still unclear why this is true and the exact connection between infection with the bacteria and the development of duodenal (actually in the intestine) ulcers is still unclear. The elimination of the bacteria via antibiotics is also an effective treatment for such ulcers.
Additionally there is a dramatic increase in the rate of stomach cancer connected to the presence of the H. pylori bacteria. The bacteria aggressively assaults the lining of the stomach and this leads to massive changes. It's important to understand that this can account for a five-fold increase in the chance of developing stomach cancer.
Is heartburn dangerous? If you suffer with the condition from time to time, no. If you suffer with heartburn almost all the time, yes. Heartburn is nothing more than regurgitation of gastric acid (reflux). The cause can either be excessive production of stomach acid or a defect in the closure between the stomach and the oesophagus. It can be dangerous because the lining of the oesophagus can become damaged by the recurring acid reflux. The risk is that the damaged cells can become cancerous – the risk for developing oesophageal cancer can increase by up to 8 times.
The recommendation: treat the causes of the gastritis and prevent the condition from developing using Bentomed from fangocur
The natural healing power of the Earth can be used to improve our health. The Gossendorf fango healing clay has both adsorptive (i.e. binding) and absorptive qualities. For internal use such as when drinking fangocur Bentomed, the binding or adsorptive characteristics are most important. The toxins and gas produced by bacteria which live in the human gut are bound and passed in the stool. The contents of fango healing clay inhibit inflammation, encourage normal metabolism and kill harmful bacteria (antimicrobial). That's why Bentomed from fangocur is so effective in the treatment of gastritis and ulcers of the digestive tract (stomach and intestine).
The fango healing clay is effective in many digestive conditions
According to a medical/balneological study conducted by the Physiology Department of the Vienna Medical University under the direction of Dr. W. Marktl, 2006), fango healing clay is an effective treatment for: chronic gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), duodenal ulcers, peptic ulcers, chronic enteritis (inflammation of the small intestine), colitis (chronic inflammatory bowel disease).
In the morning and in the evening add 1 teaspoon of the Bentomed (a fine powder) to a glass of water and stir. It's best to let the Bentomed drink stand for at least 10 minutes as this allows the contents to dissolve into the water. Depending on the desired effect, you may also want to consume the sediment remaining in the glass. You'll find more complete instructions in the package. You can also do a long-term treatment with fangocur Bentomed. After the first 3 week cycle of daily use, take a break for a week. You then repeat the 3 week treatment cycle. We recommend doing this longer program 2 or 3 times per year, even after the condition is completely resolved.
If you're already taking prescription medication, we do not recommend that you discontinue its use. Instead, use fangocur Bentomed in addition to the treatment advised by your physician. Bentomed has absolutely no side effects, but should in such cases be used an hour or more before or after you take your prescribed medication. This is due to the powerful detoxifying effect of the fango clay.