Myth vs. Fact…

There is so much misinformation out there nowadays who knows what to believe exactly? There are certain celebrity docs who preach one thing on their television show and then a week later completely contradict the very thing they were so passionate about. It drives me insane! The same thing happens with certain magazines, they have the latest fad diet on the cover, “The Coffee Diet! Lose 40 pounds in an hour with no exercise!” And in the very next issue it states how too much coffee is bad for you, coffee causes insomnia, heartburn, acid reflux, anxiety, jitters, restlessness and if you drink 7+ cups a day it can cause pregnancy!…Wait, I think I’m getting that mixed up with Vodka…Anyways, the point is, it is SO hard to separate truth from fiction so that’s what this ongoing segment will help us do.

Here is today’s Myth vs. Fact!

Stress and Spicy foods can cause ulcers:

A lot of people will be reading this and say, “YES! THIS IS SO TRUE! IT HAPPENED TO MY UNCLE VINNY!” Well, unfortunately, for them and for Uncle Vinny this is a MYTH. 

H. pylori is a bacteria that causes infections and also causes around 80-90% of stomach/intestinal ulcers. The way to treat most infections is with antibiotics. The way the virus is contracted is usually from food, utensils or water but it can also be spread through saliva/fluids of infected people. Yuck. Other ulcers are commonly caused by sensitivity to NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin. So what are you supposed to do? Well the good news is, you can keep eating Jalapeños straight from the jar and putting Frank’s Red Hot on everything. The other good news is that you can go talk to your doctor and he or she will be able to help you with your concerns and questions and will be able to give you more information. 

Stress may not cause ulcers but let’s face it, too much isn’t good for you, plus it can cause a whole host of other problems. So try and relax would ya? 

So there you have it, ulcers are not caused by stress or spicy foods. For more information on H.Pylori visit the Mayo Clinic website at http://www.mayoclinic.org

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