Stomach Cancer - 10 Facts You Need To Know

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Originally published in Issue 2 2005 icon

Stomach

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One of the major causes of stomach cancer has now been identified as helicobacter pylori, a bacterium. Acid reflux can often be a sign of its presence.

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Helicobacter is also a known cause of stomach ulcers.

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Lowered levels of stomach acid as we age, or due to diets that mix carbohydrate and protein (always separate them) allow the bacterium to thrive.

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There are drugs to kill the bacterium, or try Goldenseal and bismuth (for example in a brand called Bisodol). But antacids may help it thrive!

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Acidophilus and other probiotics will attack this bacterium. remember: They themselves are destroyed by steroids, antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs.

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Pickles, excess alcohol and vinegar products are not helpful and Japanese research shows links to stomach cancer.

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Burnt food on the barbecue (from flame or smoke) produces nitrosamines in the food, and these are also linked to stomach cancers.

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However, nitrosamines can be found in personal care and toiletries (e.g. in some old shampoos).

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Inflammation is a common precursor to stomach cancer. Beware constant stomach problems.

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Aloe Vera, small amounts of aspirin, or ginger, garlic and omega 3 in fish oils would all appear to be calming and protective.

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