Get the right H. pylori test

Beware of being mislead!

The most commonly prescribed H. pylori Blood test will show positive for traces of H. pylori, long after the bacterium has actually been eradicated from your system. If the results of a blood test are used after you have been on any treatment, you could end up taking a further treatment which you don't actually need. The most shocking part of this is that many thousands of people are unwittingly caught in this trap.


Is your H. pylori test result really accurate?

Pre-Treatment Tests

The sole purpose of any H. pylori test is to detect an infection or presence of H. pylori bacteria in your stomach and upper part of your small intestine (duodenum).

It is important to note that if you have never been treated for a H. pylori infection, then all the tests we discuss below can be relied upon for an accurate assessment of a current infection.

This is because it is virtually impossible to remove H. pylori from your digestive tract without some form of treatment .

So if any of these reveal a trace of H. pylori, then chances are that you are currently infected.
 

Post-Treatment Tests

The real problems with most tests present themselves when these tests are used after a you have completed a treatment.

Below, you can find out why the most commonly used test produces very misleading results, even up to 2 years AFTER you have successfully treated this infection.

Unfortunately this misleading information may prompt your doctor into prescribing further unnecessary medication to eradicate what is in fact, a now nonexistent bacteria.


The 4 different types of H. pylori tests

1. Blood antibody tests - beware!

A blood test checks for the presence of H. pylori antibodies, not for the bacteria itself. The biggest disadvantage of this test is quite simply;

"Blood Tests cannot differentiate between a past infection and the current status of an H. pylori infection..."

Even after H. pylori bacteria have been eradicated, H. pylori antibodies may sometimes still be present in the blood for 12 - 18 months after a successful treatment. This means that you will test positive (for antibodies) when you are actually negative after receiving treatment. In view of this, Blood Testing is considered to be the most inconclusive test that can be used to determine if a treatment has been successful or not. 

DO NOT USE an H. pylori Blood Test AFTER you have been treated! - This is because antibodies remain in the blood for between 12 to 18 months after the H.pylori bacterium has been successfully eradicated. In short this means that a Blood Test is only showing what your H. pylori status was up to 18 months before the test.

ON THE POSITIVE SIDE  - If you have NEVER been treated for H. pylori a Blood test CAN be useful! If you suspect you are infected with H. pylori, and if you have never been treated for H. pylori before, and you test positive with a Blood Test - then you are extremely likely to be infected with H. pylori. Obviously this means that you will need to start seeking effective treatment.


2. Urea breath test

A urea breath test checks to see if you have H. pylori bacteria in your stomach. It involves using a radioactive carbon atom to detect H. pylori bacteria.

The breath test is not always available and the results are often inconsistent. This a very expensive test, and our research has shown that this is not the best H. pylori test to go for. The inconsistency of the breath test has been proved when running a breath test concurrently with a H. pylori Stool Antigen test on the same patient.


3. Stomach biopsy test

A small sample (biopsy) is taken from the lining of your stomach and small intestine during an endoscopy. Several different tests may be done on the biopsy sample. Most of these test produce inconsistent results, and depend on the testing facility or laboratory used. This has been proved when running these tests concurrently with a benchmark HPSA test on the same patient.


4. Stool antigen test

Also known as the HPSA test, this test provides the most conclusive evidence of the presence of H. pylori bacteria. The stool antigen test checks to see if substances that trigger the immune system to fight a H. pylori infection (H. pylori antigens) are present in your feces (stool).

Stool antigen testing may be done to help support a diagnosis of a current H. pylori infection or to determine whether treatment for a H. pylori infection has been successful. We recommend this test after you have been treated - it produces a very accurate result of your H. pylori status.

Clearly the HPSA test is the safest and most accurate of all H. pylori tests.


Why H. pylori tests are done...

An H. pylori test is done for one of these 2 reasons;

  •   To determine whether an infection with H. pylori bacteria may be causing an ulcer or irritation of the stomach lining (gastritis)
  •   To determine whether treatment for a H. pylori infection has been successful.

Talk to your health professional about any concerns you have regarding the need for a H. pylori test. Ask about the risks, how it will be done, or what the results may mean.


Getting the Results

The time taken to get results varies from test to test as follows;

  •   Results from the urea breath test or a stool antigen (HPSA) test are generally available within a few hours.
  •   Results from a blood antibody test are usually available within 24 hours.
  •   Results from biopsy samples obtained by endoscopy usually available within 48 hours.
  •   Results from a biopsy sample that is cultured can take up to 10 days.

 

I am horrified but not surprised...

I actually purchased the tea for my 31 year old daughter who was experiencing horrendous "stomach" pain and who, six weeks ago, tested at very high levels of H. pylori. She was tested a couple of days ago and tested negative for H. pylori. The doctor said that it was impossible to kill H. pylori with anything other than MEGA antibiotics but I begged her to try the Matula tea first because I am so opposed to the overuse of antibiotics. The doctor did not want to re-test because she did not believe that there would be any difference from just using the tea.

When the tests came back negative the doctor said absolutely nothing - she did not ask what the tea was or where my daughter got it from, etc. I am horrified but not surprised that the medical people do not want to gather information and share it with their patients.

Thank you for the tea. I am thankful that the H.Pylori will not cause any future problems for my daughter.

Pamela B USA


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