CLINIC: CASE STUDIES
DL was 36 years old when she presented with stomach pain, indigestion and bloating after meals. Her GP had diagnosed a Helicobacter pylori stomach infection and prescribed the first round of antibiotics. She was reluctant to take antibiotics and was seeking a holistic approach. She reported consistently high stress levels. She was a student, was working and had 3 children under 6 years old. As she said “I was such a happy go lucky person – and then I had 3 children”. Her energy levels were low, particularly in the afternoon, although she had 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Other symptoms included headaches, mood disturbances, sore muscles, brittle and flaking nails, bleeding gums and cold sores.
Her diet was reasonably healthy, although it was low in fruit and vegetables, with moderate water intake. Eating meat gave her indigestion so she avoided it.
Initial Lab Results
Diagnosed Helicobacter pylori stomach infection
H. pylori stomach infection
Low stomach acid
Malabsorption of nutrients
Impaired stress response
INITIAL HEALTH OPTIMISATION PLAN
We agreed on a health optimisation plan that included a natural anti-bacterial agent, as well as targeted supplements for her sluggish digestion, vitamin and mineral depletion, high stress levels and lack of energy:
The first priority was eradicating the parasite, and mastic gum has shown to minimise H. pylori infections. The infection may have lead to malabsorption of nutrients from the gut, hence a transdermal multivitamin and multi mineral spray was employed to bypass impaired digestion and assimilation in the digestive system. High stress levels were modulated with Rhodiola rosea, a botanical adaptogen which has shown to modulate cortisol levels. Finally the diet was improved with the addition of a variety of fruits and vegetables.
4 WEEK FOLLOW UP
DL responded very favourably to the protocol. Her digestive symptoms completely resolved and her energy levels had improved significantly. She felt much more able to concentrate on her studies and had much more patience with her children. She felt much more resilient to the stresses of life.