David Leck, 45, successfully treated duodenal ulcer with natural supplements
David suffered with a duodenal ulcer for nearly four years. Like most people, he presented his condition early on to his GP who prescribed anti acids. While these eased the symptoms for a while, they didn’t address the ulcer itself. And within a short time, David was back at his GP seeking more advice.
At the same time, a friend of David’s had tested positive for helicobacter pylori (h pylori) –a virulent bacterium that leads to ulcers. David was also tested and found to be carrying this damaging infection. He returned to his GP with this and was immediately put on a triple antibiotic course – the usual orthodox reaction to kill off helicobacter pylori.
“This triple antibiotic course is pretty strong and I had to take eight ‘horse pills’ a day for a week” recalls David. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the desired effect. So, incredibly, the GP put him on a second course. And then – quite unheard of – a third course!
By this time, although David didn’t know it, the three courses of strong triple antibiotics had stripped his system of all good and bad bacteria, had robbed his gut of its natural balance and actually worked against his immune system. So not only did David still have his duodenal ulcer but his whole body system was out of kilter and dangerously susceptible to other infections.
After the third course of antibiotics failed, David’s GP assumed it wasn’t helicobacter pylori after all. So he sent David for an endoscopy (where a lighted tube is inserted into the gut and colon to view its condition) and referred him to a gastroenterologist. Over six months, David was tested for Crohn’s and Coeliac disease amongst others. His GP put him on proton pump inhibitors in an attempt to suppress the excess acid in David’s gut.
They worked to a point in suppressing the symptoms but, as David well knew, they weren’t addressing the cause of his ulcer and so were just holding things at bay. And as they were drugs David felt uneasy at using them for a prolonged period.
In October 2005, David heard about a natural practitioner who worked solely on establishing and maintaining good gut health. He had read about others with far more serious conditions having their health restored with his help. So David contacted Immunecare and spoke to Neil Wootten.
“Speaking to Neil was such a relief: finally I found someone who really knew their stuff, who understood what had been happening in my gut over the last three years and, best of all, had a solution to my condition,” says David.
After literally years of what David calls a ‘quagmire’ of discomfort, conflicting advice and drugs he started to see light at the end of the tunnel.
Neil put David on two supplements: Helicobactrin to fight and reduce the ulcer and bad bacteria that were causing it and Immunecare Lactoferrin, a potent anti-bacterial and anti-viral supplement that strengthened and restored balance to David’s suppressed gut.
“Within weeks I felt considerably better and within two months I can honestly say that my stomach felt the best it has for four years!” says David. “It’s such a relief to be able to get on with my day without worrying all the time what effect this and that will have on my fragile stomach. Certain foods and stress were the main culprits – it just took a challenging client meeting, set of seemingly impossible deadlines or the wrong food to set off the spiral again.”
While David didn’t suffer the doubling up pain that so many ulcer sufferers endure, every day he felt like he had the most horrendous hangover. “The best way to describe it is I felt as though I’d had 15 pints and two vindaloos the night before: it was that fragile, disorientated feeling all over my body but particularly centred around my stomach.”
About Helicobacter pylori
Helicobacter pylori are bacteria that live in the human gut and the only known organisms that can thrive in this highly acidic environment. Many people who carry h pylori are unaffected by it. However, some people find they colonise in the mucus lining of their stomach resulting in peptic ulcers and some types of gastritis.
Helicobactrin contains a special blend of selected nutrients that support the body in fighting and healing ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori. Lactitol reduces toxin production; Capsaicin increases mucosal blood flow to speed up the healing process; while mucins and phospholipids protect the mucous membranes. Helicobacter pylori colonization and inflammation is inhibited by sulfomucins, while specific fatty acids slow the bacteria’s growth by disrupting its cell membranes.
About Immunecare Lactoferrin
Lactoferrin has shown to impede the progress of the bacterium helicobacter pylori that is known to be present in over 90% of stomach ulcer cases. It acts as a natural antidote to h pylori while also acting as an antiviral and antibacterial remedy to restore a healthy gut. Lactoferrin is a pure, premium protein by-product naturally sourced from cow’s milk. Its chief characteristic is its high protein content that binds itself to iron in the body to promote optimum health and prevent free radical damage. It works specifically in the gut where it deprives harmful organisms of iron which, in turn, stops them reproducing. It encourages good gut bacteria by helping to create the ideal environment for them to thrive.