why is H. Pylori suddenly an issue?

David B. Hedrick davidbhedrick at icx.net
Sun May 23 03:57:52 EST 1999


Hello, all.

	The reason that Dr. Marshall's research was ignored is that there is a
lot of money to be made by treating ulcers, whereas Dr. Marshall wanted
to cure them.  In my doctor's office I saw a poster for Tagemet.  I
tried to tell him that ulcers were mostly curable now with appropriate
antibiotic treatment, and he smiled and nodded.  As if I was a florid
scizophrenic.  Doctors get their information from drug companies.  


wayne.conlan at nrc.ca wrote:
> 
> His name is Barry Marshall.  he won a Lasker prize for his discovery,
> and was recently made a FRS in the U.K. He's a likely contender for a
> future Nobel.  He developed only an acute gastritis from his
> self-experimentation.  Antibiotic therapy cures both H.p.-associated
> peptic ulcer disease and malignancy so he has little to fear from his
> unorthodox behaviour.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Wayne.
> 
> In article <v04003a00b3663db73b24@[128.250.254.253]>,
>   taylorpm at ARIEL.UCS.UNIMELB.EDU.AU (Paul Taylor) wrote:
> > The really bizarre thing about the discovery of H.pylori being the
> > causative agent of gatric ulcers was the length that the researchers
> from
> > Perth, Austalia went to. The absolute connection was made when the
> > researcher (cant remember his name!) drank a culture of H.pylori and
> after
> > a week or two developed very painful, severe gastric ulcers. This was
> > before the connection with Hpylori and stomach cancer was
> > discovered.........bad idea!
> >
> > Paul
> >
> > >The organism had been noted in gastric biopsies many years ago but
> > >microbiologists had been unable to culture it until a team of workers
> in
> > >Australia made this breakthrough.  Having been able to culture the
> organism,
> > >this led to its characterisation and thus to tests to allow its
> detection and
> > >prove conclusively its links with gastric ulcers.  The organism
> produces
> > >unusually large amounts of urea and this is a major factor in the
> correct
> > >diagnosis of the cause of gastric ulcers.
> > >
> > >Hope this helps
> > >
> > >Alistair Brown
> > >article <7hmppo$feq at enews4.newsguy.com>,
> > >  "Cameron Weighill" <cweighil at nanaimo.ark.com> wrote:
> > >> It's probable been a source of ulcers for many years, though it had
> not been
> > >> diagnosed as a causative agent until 1980's.
> > >>
> > >> fp <uhoh_1999 at hotmail.com> wrote in message
> > >> news:7hkphr$fm0$1 at bgtnsc01.worldnet.att.net...
> > >> > why only fairly recently has this cropped up as a cause of
> ulcers?
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >>
> > >>
> > >
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