Reduced colonization by H. pylori in mice deficient in IL-10 – (05-07-01)

Reduced colonization by H. pylori in mice deficient in IL-10

This is one to really make you think! IL-10 is a Th-2 cytokine (the body’s defence team, as opposed to Th-1 which is the body’s attack team) that appears to increase the likelihood of an H pylori infection. Two things to consider here. First, today’s medical choices (antibiotic use, vaccines…) skew the developing child towards a Th-2 dominant state. Next, it has been shown that early H. pylori infection, much like probiotics in the GI tract, helps to build up a health Th-1 system which can help develop a healthy immune response. I’ve always said that I am leery of destroying H. pylori st because it is there and I do believe that this info supports my viewpoint. Could H. pylori, much like probiotics, be needed to develop a healthy, balanced immune system? Or, may an H. pylori infection actually be a sign of an already present unbalanced immune system?

Synergy : Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 16 (4), 377-383

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.