It has been 15 years since I first began researching heart palpitations. Back in 2002 when I first got palpitations, I thought I was dying. You all know that feeling! It was ‘that” feeling that sent you out looking for solutions.
Over the past 6 months, since I expanded the reach of my studies and information to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media, I have been blessed with having made some very good personal connections. As I dialog with people from all over the world, I can assure you that everything you say, and every opinion you utter, does not go unnoticed.
Recently, two events altered the course of my research. I met “Christine” from New York, and “John” from Texas as well as another “Christine” from France who really peeked my interest. I suddenly become acutely aware of the connection between H Pylori and heart palpitations. But the story is just not that simple. It’s a story that I think could either reveal a cover-up by medical practitioners all over the world, or it’s a story of incredible incompetence by the medical community.
Long story short (if that’s possible!) – here are the essentials.
A person doesn’t feel well. They sense an uneasiness in their upper body. They feel dizzy and they begin to panic. Their hearts race and they feel like passing out. Maybe for the first time in their lives, they wonder if they are dying. Eventually, the feeling passes and they feel OK again.
A few hours or days later this feeling comes back, only this time they have a sense that it is their heart that is acting up because they feel heavy beats and skipped beats and they feel a heart that is behaving like a backfiring car! They are thinking, “Why is this happening to ME?”
On the verge of passing out, they go to the “emergency room” at the local hospital. A month later, they have had all of the usual tests – Holter monitor, echo cardiogram, stress test and blood tests. The doctor tells them that their heart is fine and he/she prescribes medication for them. If you are a doctor, you want the story to end here. But sadly it continues.
While all of this is going on, I was researching. I quickly focussed on the alkalinity aspect of the process that was causing my palpitations. I had massive success with Aloe Gel and with GAS-X for the relief of the gastric distress that was causing the palpitations. It worked and all seemed fine.
But along comes Christine from New York. You couldn’t meet a nicer lady than Christine. But her symptoms were practically predatory! Her symptoms fought far beyond the ability for our usual remedial alternatives. That is when it hit me. I’ve always said that things happen for a reason. Christine from France emailed me during my New York discussions and got me talking about H. Pylori.
The curious geek that I am, I spent many hours researching and reading everything I could about H. Pylori. In the process, I discovered a few research papers that made a connection to stomach acidity and H. Pylori and some of the symptoms that I had documented in regard to palpitations. I then reorganized my database to include the possibility of H. Pylori as a cause for heart palpitations.
So when my brother called me from his cell while enroute to the hospital with another afib attack, I asked him to ask the doctor for an h. pylori test. I told my brother not to take “no” for an answer. Demand the test. The attending physician did not want to run the H. Pylori test, laughing it off as if some stupid patient would have any idea what’s going on. Fortunately, my brother is very persuasive. They ran the test.
When the doctor returned, he was a bit grim faced. He told my brother that he had a very steep infection of H. Pylori! I knew it! The doctor prescribed the appropriate medications and off to the pharmacy he went.
Within three days, my brother felt a huge lift. He reported not feeling that good in many years. In two weeks the medication killed the H. Pylori and my brother was free of bloating, gas, and discomfort from his stomach. In turn, his incidence of heart palpitations reduced significantly. I say “significantly” because he still had other risk factors for palpitations. He had amalgam fillings and he consumed too many processed foods and foods high in refined sugar.
The story here is that by getting rid of H. Pylori, my brother reduced his incidence of palpitations by about 90%. The key is to identify all of your risk factors, then chip away at them one at a time. In future articles, we will discuss the other identified risk factors for palpitations!