This little bacteria…
It infects more than 50% of the world’s population.
Flip a coin and that’s the probability you have it living inside your GI tract right now.
But is it hurting you? Or maybe, just maybe, the infection is helping you…
There’s evidence linking this infection to ulcers and stomach cancer. But then again, there’s evidence it may play an important role in your immune system and gut flora.
This is the controversy of H. pylori.
And this is what we’re going to dive into in this article.
How Two Hardcore Scientists Discovered H. Pylori
H. pylori is a bacteria. It’s full name is Helicobacter pylori.
It was unknown until two hardcore scientists discovered it in 1982.
See, back then it was commonly believed that stomach ulcers were just a byproduct of stress. But these two Australian scientists, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, didn’t believe that.
Marshall and Warren discovered a bacteria (H. pylori) and decided to take biopsies of patients with stomach ulcers and gastritis. They formulated the hypothesis that H. pylori was actually the cause of such G.I. disorders.
The problem was that they needed a way to prove it. Unable to run trials on mice (H. pylori can’t infect mice) and unable to get approval for human studies… Marshall infected himself with H. pylori and, after developing precursory ulcer symptoms, biopsied his stomach and found the suspected culprit. He proceeded to treat himself with antibiotics to get rid of the infection and made a full recovery.
That’s dedication to science! [click to continue…]