Candida and ulcers are closely linked. It is reported that 10% of the US population has peptic ulcers. This represents approximately 31 million Americans. Studies show that over 54% of these ulcers are due to fungal Candida albicans infections. The presence of Candida albicans can prolong the persistence and healing of ulcers, resulting in increased suffering and costs.

It is estimated that peptic ulcers lead to “1 million hospitalizations and 6500 deaths each year.” The annual cost of peptic ulcers in the US alone is $6 billion. Given the large number of people affected, it is important to have a better understanding of the factors involved.

A peptic ulcer is an erosion of the lining of the stomach, esophagus, or small intestine. Common symptoms include epigastric (stomach) pain that is worse between meals and at night or that is relieved by eating, weight loss, and appetite changes. Depending on its location, it may be called a gastric ulcer or a duodenal ulcer. The erosion is due to an inflammatory process such as gastritis. Previously known common causes include infections such as H. pylori, medications (especially pain medications like aspirin), and stress. While H. pylori is believed to be the most common cause, many cases will also have Candida present as revealed in studies, “…infection with H. pylori and/or Candida revealed a link between co-existence of H. pylori with Candida and gastric ulcers suggesting synergism of those microorganism in pathogenesis of the disease.”

This leads to a complex treatment dilemma as the treatment of choice by most physicians in H. pylori cases is antibiotics and antibiotics lead to fungal candida infections. Another complicating factor is the use of acid-reflux medications in treating peptic ulcers. The longer someone uses acid-reflux medications, the more likely it will be that they have fungal infections of the stomach. these type of medications have been shown to slow or impede the healing process.

It has been found in a recent study that 75% of patients taking popular antacid medications to treat ulcers and gastritis, also known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (Prilosec, Prevacid, Aciphex, Protonix, and Nexium), had fungal candida overgrowth. Also present, was overgrowth of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. Both findings point to the lasting effects of antibiotics in the body, and the risk of antacid medications. Prolonged use of antacid medications was associated with increased risks.

In addition to its effects locally in the stomach, fungal candida will also suppress gastric output, reducing output by as much as 40%. This then affects the stability and function of the entire intestinal tract and other organs and tissues throughout the body. In the intestinal tract, this can lead to increased inflammation and ulceration of the tissues of the small and large intestine. In patients where these ulcers perforate or create a hole in the intestinal wall, mortality can be as high as 21%.

All-in-all, it may best to address the fungal candida issue first in order to avoid the potential of further complications via medications. Holistic treatments provide a wide array of safer options. Mastic gum has been found to be more effective than antibiotics in addressing H. pylori. Dr. McCombs, DC recommends correcting the fungal form of candida back to its normal yeast form first, boosting the immune system, and restoring normal tissue flora via the Candida Plan.

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Candida and Autoimmune Disease – http://candidaplan.com/blog/620/candida-linked-to-arthritis-multiple-sclerosis-psoriasis-and-other-autoimmune-conditions/

Candida and Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, and IBD – http://candidaplan.com/blog/1229/candida-crohns-ulcerative-colitis-and-ibd/

Candida and Gluten Allergies – http://candidaplan.com/blog/709/candida-and-gluten-allergies/