Fantastic Mastic

H. Pylori Bacter

I am grateful that I have never had a stomach ulcer.  It is my understanding that they are difficult to deal with and painful to say the least.  My husband has experienced two in the time that I have known him.  The first time, he followed Stanley Burroughs “Master Cleanse” for 7 days and allowed me to force fresh cabbage juice and copious amounts of Aloe Vera into him for the days before and after his cleanse.  I remember struggling with my lack of ability to help the love of my life, to bring comfort and relief to him when I could see him visibly suffering. 

A short time later I was given the opportunity, through my job, to train with representatives of different vitamin and supplement companies.  It was during one of these trainings that I first learned about Mastic Gum.

Mastic gum is a resin produced by the Pistacia lentiscus tree, which is native to Greece and has been used for a variety of gastric ailments in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries for at least 3,000 years.

Until recently, it was generally thought that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy food and/or excess stomach acid. While this may be somewhat true, it is now thought that up to 90 per cent of peptic ulcers result from a stomach infection caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).

It has been found that at least 90% of those with duodenal ulcers, 70% with gastric ulcers, and 50% of people over the age of 50 test positive for the presence of H.pylori. This bacterium lives in the stomach of almost half of the world's population. It gets into the stomach and stays there until eradicated. The World Health Organization now considers this bacterium a carcinogen (cancer producing).

Several studies have already been published on mastic gum with regard to its positive effects on the gastrointestinal environment, thus gaining respect among the scientific and medical community. Perhaps the most exciting breakthrough to date is that of a recent study showing mastic gum’s effectiveness against at least seven different strains of Helicobacter pylori.

In several studies using mastic gum on patients with ulcers, the original site of the ulcer was completely replaced by healthy epithelial cells.

The second time that my husband experienced an ulcer he used Mastic Gum capsules, avoided spicy food and drank a little bit of my cabbage juice creations.  After 4 days of this regiment he no longer experienced any of the pain or burning in his stomach.  He continued to take the Mastic Gum until the bottle was empty.  That was over 4 years ago and the ulcer or associated pain has never returned.

Now here is where things get interesting.  Last year my Dad called me to ask if I knew of any natural treatments for ulcers besides Aloe Vera? My Dad is a horse trainer and apparently ulcers in horses are quite common.  Ulcers affect 95% of racehorses and 70% of field horses.  The typical treatment for a horse with an ulcer is to put them on a medication called GastroGard, which is an H2 blocker.

H2 blockers, also called H2-receptor antagonists, are medicines that reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces by blocking one important producer of acid: histamine2.

According to my Dad, it costs about $450 to treat a horse for one month with GastroGard, and he finds that he need to keep the horse on a ¼ dose after ulcer seems to have healed to prevent it from flaring up again.

The first time he used Mastic Gum on one of his mares, it cost $120 for the month of treatment with no return of the ulcer, although he does give horses that have had and are prone to ulcers, mastic gum when traveling to shows etc. (stressful situations) just to be pro-active.

He called me right away to let me know that he had never seen such a quick recovery in his experience dealing with ulcers.  The horse was standing and eating within 36 hours of beginning treatment. 

Needless to say, he is ecstatic to have found something much more cost effective that works so well with no side effects!

Since this first experience with one of his horses he is quick to recommend Mastic Gum to anyone with ulcers.  He phones me regularly to tell me of co-workers and friends who have healed their bleeding ulcers within days of using Mastic Gum… people who have tried numerous things and have suffered in pain for months or sometimes years.

For some reason, his veterinarian colleagues and even a specialist that he went to Texas to listen to lecture on ulcers in horses, show no interest in this safe and effective remedy….

 

 

 

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