Sea water for stomach trouble?
In a new trial, scientists are asking patients to drink deep-sea water with the idea that it will help kill the bacteria Helicobacter pylori. London - A swig of sea water - taken from depths of 200 metres - may help tackle painful indigestion and reduce the risk of cancer and stomach ulcers. Up to four in ten people become infected with this bacteria at some stage in their lives (it is most commonly caught in childhood), and it is the main cause of stomach ulcers.
The damage to the lining can also trigger recurrent bouts of indigestion, ulcers, and can increase the risk of stomach cancer. If someone suffering from gastric pain is found to carry the bacteria (they are detected via a breath or stool test), they are usually prescribed antibiotics and a drug to reduce stomach acid production, known as a proton pump inhibitor.
However, there are concerns about drug-resistant strains of the bugs appearing, and there are also concerns about side-effects from both types of drug, including headache, diarrhoea, vertigo, and nausea.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Independent on SaturdaySimilar Stories