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Stomach Ulcers: Causes & Natural Solutions

Stomach Ulcers: Causes & Natural Solutions

by David Klein, Ph.D., H.D.
Director, Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center
Author of Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s
and Digestion Perfection


Stomach ulcers can evolve in various sizes, from tiny pinholes to much larger raw patches. Some are extremely painful, while some are painful part of the time. Most secrete pus. Some bleed and some do not.

Stomach ulcers typically begin with mental-emotional and dietary stress, causing stomach irritation then damage which can escalate to ulcerations. Stomach ulcerations are open sores at damaged points on the inner stomach wall. When the blood stream is toxic (a condition known as “toxemia”), the body tends to offload toxins and dead white blood cells (pus) through ulcer openings. Chronic stomach ulcerations result in induration (scarring), stomach malfunction and, in the last stage of some cases, cancer.

All of these conditions, except for extreme induration and the last stages of cancer, can be easily healed and normal stomach function can be regained under a proper, hygienic, natural dietary healing program.

The Common Causes of Stomach Ulcers

Extreme Mental-Emotional Stress
When we are under duress, the entire alimentary canal and the digestive and elimination systems will under-function or completely shut down—food will not digest or travel through the stomach properly; digestive enzyme secretion will be weak and stomach mixing motions and emptying will be curtailed. Under this scenario, food is retained in the stomach for excessive durations, and it will warm up and decompose, releasing harmful chemicals which can damage the stomach lining.

Malnutrition in the Form of Low or Absent Nutrient Intake
Common modern diets of conventionally-grown foods are bereft of nutrients and largely indigestible, causing under-functioning and breakdowns of bodily systems, leading to stomach malfunction and breakdown.

Incomplete Chewing
Digestion must begin in the mouth. Incomplete chewing results in solid chunks of food entering the stomach, causing the overwork and enervation (weakening) of the stomach muscle. Furthermore, when starchy foods are not chewed well, the secretion of the salivary enzymes required for their digestion will be insufficient. Insufficient chewing can result in the fermentation of starches in the stomach whereby harsh chemicals such as alcohol and vinegar will irritate and damage the stomach wall.

Too much food sitting in the stomach causes an overproduction of stomach acid which can breech the stomach’s protective mucosal lining. This is typically coupled with the fermentation of the stomach’s food contents, producing alcohol and vinegar and other harsh chemicals. This can also cause swelling, inflammation and damage to the pylorus sphincter (or valve) which can result in abnormally-long retention of the stomach’s contents. Delayed stomach emptying is known as “gastroparesis.”

Harsh Irritants
The main culprits are: strong spices such as pepper, cayenne, oregano and curries, salt, vinegar, chiles, onions, garlic, radish, arugula, mustard, wasabi, hot sauces, cooked tomato sauce, lemon and lime juice, alcohol, coffee, cola soft drinks, extremely hot soups and beverages, and drugs such as aspirin and prednisone.

Excessive Eating of High-Protein Foods, Such as Meat, Dairy, Legumes/Beans, Nuts and Seeds
Specialized stomach cells secrete acidic digestive enzymes (such as pepsin and hydrochloric acid) to break down protein. The overeating of high-protein foods forces the body to overproduce stomach acid, leading to stomach irritation as well as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Over-Consuming Orange Juice and Other Acidic Juices
In small quantities, sweet, raw, organic orange juice is normally not irritating to the stomach which is protected by its mucosal lining. Large quantities of orange juice and other other acidic beverages, such as cranberry, pineapple, pomegranate, lemonade, sodas and coffee, can be extremely damaging, leading to ulcerations.

Consuming Fatty, High-Protein Foods With Sweet or Starchy High-Carbohydrate Foods (“Bad Food Combining”)
Complex mixtures of different food groups cause gastric (stomach) irritation as such: alkaline digestive juices (enzymes, such as amylase or ptyalin) are secreted in the mouth to digest complex carbohydrates (starches); acidic digestive juices (enzymes such as pepsin and hydrochloric acid) are secreted in the stomach to digest proteins—when we eat starchy and high-protein foods together, the alkaline and acidic enzymes become mixed in the stomach and their pH’s cancel out, resulting in poor or no digestion. When we eat simple carbohydrate foods (fruits) which require little digestion time in the stomach along with fatty high-protein foods which require four or more hours of digestion time in the stomach, the fruit sugars will be retained too long, they will heat up and ferment. When the contents of the stomach cannot be digested, the proteins will putrefy and any carbohydrates will ferment, generating destructive, irritating chemicals (hydrogen sulfide, putrescine, ammonia, alcohol, vinegar, etc.). If the stomach digesta (contents) become extremely acidic and toxic causing acute pain, the body may eject it via vomiting.

Eating Too Close to Bedtime
When we go to sleep with food in our stomach, the digestion and emptying processes are greatly diminished. As such, food will be retained in the stomach and it will putrefy and ferment.

Parasites can rob us of our food and enervate and damage the stomach wall.

What About the Claim That Bacteria Cause Stomach Ulcers?

Bacteria do not cause stomach ulcers—they merely consume and degrade food matter and breed in a conducive environment, such as the overloaded stomach and bowel of a person who eats a haphazard, unnatural diet. When we correct our diet and live healthfully, the body will rid them.

The Natural Solutions

Eat Only When Truly Hungry, Poised, Alert and Pain-Free
Do no eat when extremely tired, mentally distracted, emotionally upset or when suffering with stomach or gut discomfort. Get proper dietary healing guidance when your stomach or gut are bothersome. An experienced Hygienic Doctor, such as myself, can guide you with a healing plan which suits your physiological, mental and emotional needs so that you can heal comfortably, safely and efficiently.

Eat Your Natural Biological Diet
A simple, carefully-selected, organic, fresh, low-fat, whole vegan food diet of mostly fresh, high-water-content fruits and vegetables eaten in accordance with proper food sequencing and combining is the optimal way to restore vibrant health. A broad spectrum of viable nutrients from a diet that is high in a variety of fresh, raw (uncooked), organically-grown fruits and vegetables and low in fatty high-protein foods (especially cooked ones) is essential for maintaining vibrant health. After healing, optimally, no more than 10% of our calories should come from protein or fat and 80% of our calories should come from carbohydrate. This is easy to achieve if we eat mostly fruit and raw vegetables during the morning and afternoon hours and for dinner have a raw salad with steamed vegetables, sweet potatoes and/or squash with either a small portion of starchy food (such as white potato or whole grains) or a raw fatty food (such as nuts, seeds or avocado in the whole or blended form, such as a homemade salad dressing or spread).

Chew Your Food Well
Eat slowly and thoroughly chew each mouthful of food until the solids are completely liquefied and mixed with digestive juices.

Eat Only Up to the Point of Satiation
We must eat only when truly hungry and avoid overeating. While poised and alert and eating natural foods, we can practice self-awareness and look for the “stop signal” which alerts us that we have reached the point of “satiety.” That is the sensation which tells us we have “had enough”—that is, we feel satisfied, we are no longer hungry and our digestive system can handle no more food. At that point we must obey our body’s wisdom, stop eating and put away any extra food.

Cut Out All Flavorings and Condiments and Let The Natural Flavors of Fresh, Nutritious Foods Shine Through
After a week or two of letting go of all the strong, irritating flavorings listed previously, our taste buds naturally become alive and attuned to the natural flavors in our natural diet, and we will invariably enjoy them more than the lifeless, disguised flavors of the old diets which damaged our health. Furthermore, we will start feeling much better soon, the stomach will heal and we will rejoice in the simplicity of this delicious new way of eating (which is actually human’s original way).

Adhere to Proper Food Sequencing Guidelines
The best sequencing is fruit-and-greens meals during the day, then, optionally, a glass of raw vegetable juice, followed at least one-half hour later by a dinner of a raw garden salad with or without steamed vegetables, squashes, potatoes and/or grains with or without a small portion of avocado (only after you have healed). If you have healed and desire nuts or seeds with dinner, limit them to one to two ounces and do not eat any starchy foods (potatoes or grains) at that meal. Note that after healing it is not necessary and in many cases unhealthful to eat a fatty food every day. Furthermore, it is OK to have a dinner of simply more fruit and greens.

Adhere to Proper Food Combining Guidelines
Eat simple meals and follow food combining guidelines to a “t.” Eat fruit only on an empty stomach, alone or with leafy greens, celery and/or cucumber. Eat melons alone. Do not eat any acid fruits until you are totally healed; when healed, eat them in moderation and before sweet fruits. Starchy foods (squash, potatoes, grains and old carrots) combine well with all vegetables and bell peppers; they do not combine well with tomatoes or other acidic or sweet fruits, nuts and seeds; they combine moderately well with avocado. Fatty, high-protein foods (nuts, seeds and avocados) combine well only with non-starchy vegetables (greens and celery), cucumbers and minimal amounts of acidic fruits including tomatoes; they do not combine well with starchy or non-acidic sweet foods.

Eat Your Last Meal of the Day No Sooner Than Three Hours Before Bedtime
Assure that the contents in your stomach have been predigested and have had sufficient time to become completely digested in your small intestine. This will promote optimum nutritional benefits and sound, restorative sleep. When we need to heal an illness, we need a simple digestible diet, plentiful rest and at least nine hours of sleep per night.

Allow Your Body to Cleanse Itself (Detoxify) Naturally
It is a dangerous mistake to fight parasites and overgrowths of fungi and even bacteria which are commonly believed to be harmful with drugs, chemical remedies, herbs and other modalities. The human body is a self-cleansing, self-purifying, self-repairing marvel. If we fight invaders with toxic chemicals, we are risking great harm and wasting our time and money. We must not get fooled into believing in remedial “cures.” We must not try to kill anything in our body or use harsh flushing agents. Only health-building practices which support self-healing can assure us of safe and efficient health restoration results. Antibiotics are similar to insecticides and herbicides—they have ruined many people’s health and severely shortened many lives. So-called “natural” herbal remedies and the like may be less toxic than pharmaceuticals; however, they are still toxic and cause damage and weaken our entire organism. Flushing concoctions and drugs are also extremely dangerous—they can cause great harm to the liver and trigger new health problems. The body cleanses (detoxifies) best and most safely when for a period of time we take complete rest and consume a simple high-water content diet of appropriate simple fruits and vegetables with no fatty foods. Drinking several glasses of water before breakfast and between meals is also vital. Toxic invaders, old stores of toxic matter and chemicals and excess deposits of unhealthy fat will be eliminated, damaged and inferior cells and most or all scar tissues will be broken down and replaced with new functional cells and tissues, organs will heal, bodily energy will rise, vitality will soar, and we will gain an ecstatic sense of well-being and happiness on a lifelong healthful living program of eating our natural, most nutritious biological diet. It’s a sure thing!

Water Fasting
Water fasting—a complete physiological rest while living on only purified water—is the fastest and most efficient way to self-heal. In severe cases of gastrointestinal disease, a supervised water fast may be crucial for the restoration of health. We must learn when to fast and when not to fast, how to fast correctly and how to properly break a fast. The first steps are to read Fasting Can Save Your Life by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton and consult a Hygienic Doctor who specializes in water fasting and assure you get the proper care when undergoing a water fast. Improper water fasting can be very dangerous. Please do not undertake a water fast longer than one day without professional guidance from a qualified Hygienic Doctor.

Where Can One Obtain the Right Literature on Healthful Eating and Natural Self-Healing?

Please visit the Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center’s online bookstore at The titles I most highly recommend are:

Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s by Dr. David Klein
Digestion Perfection by Drs. Herbert M. Shelton. T.C. Fry and David Klein
Raw Revelation by Drs. T.C. Fry and David Klein
Self Healing Power! by Drs. Herbert M. Shelton, T.C. Fry and David Klein
Fasting Can Save Your Life by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
Vibrance Magazine by Dr. David Klein

Who Has the Specialized Knowledge to Guide People With Stomach Ulcers and Other Related Diseases to New Vibrant Health the Natural Way?

I specialize in educational and counseling services for people afflicted with all gastrointestinal diseases via my Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center. When clients have special needs, I work in concert with a gastroenterologist associate and doctors at a medically-staffed Hygienic fasting center who totally support the self-healing approach. I primarily counsel people worldwide who have gastrointestinal problems by phone five days a week. Please visit my websites and contact me. I will be glad to help you or yours overcome illness and attain disease- and drug-free vibrant health and happiness the natural way.

The human body is a self-healing marvel, and you’ll be astounded by how well it will heal given the proper conditions of health. It’s easy and it’s our God-given gift! Let’s put the right plan into action and set you or yours on the speediest self-healing path today!

Yours for vibrant health and happiness,

Dr. David Klein
Paia, Hawaii, USA

What is a Dietary Irritant?

What is a Dietary Irritant?
by David Klein, Ph.D.
Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center

Many like to include chile pepper or cayenne in their guacamole recipe. That seems enjoyable. However, chili peppers and cayenne are irritants. What is an irritant?

Irritants are dietary items which are toxic and harmful to our body. Because we are not adapted to the toxic chemicals they contain, the body works to expel them. This applies even if they occur in foods and items touted as “healthful” and “natural,” such as garlic, onions, most herbs, sea salt, spices and fermented products. While most plant foods, except the ripe, organic fruits of our natural diet, have varying amounts of toxins, the harmful components of certain food items can overwhelm the body, trumping any of their beneficial values.

Even if we are not aware, toxins in any amount are sensed by the body as a threat. If the load is severe, the body initiates an irritation response, i.e., more blood is sent to the afflicted area delivering the so-called “immune system,” our “hazmat emergency clean-up crew” of sorts. In extreme cases, the nerves become inflamed and very painful and we become fatigued, feverish and sick.

When the body senses a threatening quantity of toxins, our sensory apparatus will give us a warning—but we will notice it only if we have not masked the response with numbing foods and drugs. Many fool themselves into believing that the discomfort is “worth the indulgence.” Do you remember your first chilis, onions, garlic, spicy pizza, pretzels, pickles, wine or beer? Do you ever wonder how you came to enjoy them? A child with pristine senses will scream at the slightest touch of any of those upon the tongue!

Our primary sensors for determining the suitability of our foods are our eyes, nose and taste buds. It may take all three to discern whether a food is really going to be “good.” If the sight, aroma or taste on the tongue repulses us, or “turns us off,” that food will not be beneficial. Sharp, bitter, sour, acidic, hot, foul and other acrid messages from our taste sensors loudly indicate: DON’T EAT IT–DON’T SWALLOW IT–GET RID OF IT!.” But, will you obey?

As we grow up and become conditioned to eating more and more unhealthful items, the toxins in our body build up to the point where many experience an ongoing cycle of elimination crises called “colds,” “flu,” “infections, “allergies” and so on. Most people listen to their doctors who blame their ills on bacteria/germs and/or an “auto-immune response,” and they fight them with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. In all cases of “drug-induced recovery,” the body actually healed itself despite the extra poison—it was stimulated to clean up an even more potent threat! But, when the medicines don’t “work” they try immunosuppressants. Killing nature’s rubbish eaters (bacteria) with biocides then smothering the body’s life force with even harsher chemicals never restores health—this only begets chronically sick, lifeless people!

Many ask: “Can’t my body transmute the toxins—isn’t a little bit OK once in a while?” My smiling response is: “A toxin is a toxin— why accept a little poison when you know that no poison is good? Don’t you really prefer to eat only “real food” and not suffer tomorrow and wear yourself out?”

So, how does the body respond to “deal with” irritants which enter the stomach and bloodstream? If we are fortunate enough to still have ample vitality, the body will protect itself with any and all of these intelligent responses: watering eyes; hypersalivation; mucus secretion; vomiting; sneezing; coughing; expectoration; sweating; skin suppurations (pimples, rashes, boils); increased heart rate, blood pressure, urination, defecation and menstruation; and the so-called “immune system” (which is really our “defense system”) springing into action and working so hard that our body temperature rises to feverish heights as toxins are broken down and neutralized for elimination. All these are self-purification processes which we must learn to trust and support without interference!

We must understand that the body has its limitations and we must not constantly tax it. Self-purification processes consume our precious energy; they are enervating. If we continue the toxic assault and exceed the body’s self-purification capability, we will become chronically fatigued and increasingly sick. If we have trained our mind-body to hold down offensive dietary items under the belief that we are deriving pleasure or some other benefit from them, sooner or later we will end up in big trouble!

Some of the earliest signs of internal irritation are: reddened and tearing eyes; stuffed or runny sinuses; mouth sores; low-grade fever; sweating; gastrointestinal discomfort (stomach aches, etc.); diarrhea; headaches; itchy ears and skin. If we ignore the warnings and, at worst, cover them up with medicines while assuming everything is going to be OK after the medicines “work,” one day we may be slammed with an extremely acute detox crisis or even cancer. It happens to people of all ages every day! They did not suddenly “get sick”; their habits made them sick!

How can such a disastrous scenario sneak up on us? When we have chronic irritation from an unremitting toxic load, it can progress in this way: inflammation followed by ulceration, induration (hardening/scarring/necrosis), then cancer, where the body is decomposing on its way to an early death. Those are the final four stages of the disease process as taught by Natural Hygiene crusader John Tilden, M.D. over 80 years ago. The medical establishment didn’t get it back then and they still don’t. Meanwhile, over 40% of people in our society get cancer which is treated with extremely toxic chemicals when a detoxification and natural lifestyle regimen is the answer!

Dr. Herbert M. Shelton warned: “Hardening and thickening of the tissues occurs in any and all parts of the body to resist constant irritation. This can be seen in the mouth, stomach and intestines of those who employ salt and condiments.” Dr. V. Virginia Vetrano cautioned: “Inorganic table salt itself irritates the lining of the arteries and predisposes to atherosclerosis.”

Which items rank as the worst irritants in modern diets? Here’s my short list (there are many others): pepper; salt; vinegar; alcohol; oregano; curry spices; chile pepper; garlic; onion; leek; scallion; shallot; chives; radish; mustard paste; mustard leaf; arugula; coffee; cola; charred meat. Note that if we ingest a mouthful of many of those items, our nerves will scream with pain, while the other more deceptive items are palatable only after we have forced ourselves (or were forced in childhood) to “get used to” them. Also note that most of those are stimulants which leave us physically and mentally depressed after the “high” wears off, as the body expends a great amount of energy attempting to eliminate them and repair the damage. Unfortunately, many health enthusiasts, even rawfooders, have been taught that salt, spices and pungent herbs are needed to enhance the flavor of recipes, and most indulgers end up sick most of the time and do not understand why and they accept that as “normal”!

To varying extents, all of those irritants paralyze the stomach, deadening its nerves. They also fool us by clouding our mind and perverting our taste buds, leading to disordered eating and myriad health problems. Those items do not “spice up” our lives—they deaden us! A variety of fresh, organic food to which we are biologically adapted has all the flavor we really need to be satisfied and happy.

I shun seasoned guacamole. I occasionally enjoy avocado with tomatoes and greens—that’s zesty enough for my palate. The avocado and tomatoes can be blended into a dip or salad dressing. Fresh lemon juice can be added.

So, what’s in chiles, cayenne (powderized chiles) and black pepper? Here is an extract from Dr. Bruce Ames’ landmark paper, “Dietary Carcinogens and Anticarcinogens–Oxygen radicals and degenerative diseases”; 1983; Science 221; 1256-1264:

“Safrole, estragole, methyleugenol and related compounds are present in many edible plants. Safrole, estragole and methyleugenol are carcinogens in rodents, and several of their metabolites are mutagens. Oil of sassafras. which had been used in “natural” sarsaparilla root beer is about 75 percent safrole. Black pepper contains small amounts of safrole and large amounts (close to 10 percent by weight) of the closely related compound piperine. Extracts of black pepper cause tumors in mice at a variety of sites at a dose of extract equivalent to 4 mg of dried pepper per day (about 160 mg/kg per day) for 3 months; an estimate of the average human intake of black pepper is over 140 mg per day (about 2 mg/kg per day) for life.”

Wikipedia states: “Piperine is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper and long pepper, along with chavicine (an isomer of piperine). It has also been used in some forms of traditional medicine and as an insecticide.”

Chilis also contain piperine as well as capsaicin, the chemical used in pepper spray. Enough said!

Humans’ most egregious folly, the one which imposes the most toxic assault on the body, is indulgence in unnatural eating. Simple meals of ripe, raw, organic, fresh fruits and vegetables and occasional nuts and seeds comprise our specie’s most naturally healthful and truly delicious diet. If you are not yet there, be persistent and patient. A water fast will help bring the clarity needed to become attuned to your true senses. After a few weeks of eating only the purest, unadulturated foods, you’ll understand how senseless it is to change their flavors with additives. Be true to your body and it will be true to you!