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Stomach Ulcers



First Draft © Dennis Rocke & Dr J. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated © Dennis Rocke 2022

Stomach Ulcers

Peptic ulcers occur in the stomach, oesophagus and duodenum. The oesophagus is the gullet, the muscular tube through which food passes by muscular action after swallowing, the tube between the mouth and the stomach. The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine. Here just beyond the acid stomach, the part of the intestines becomes alkaline. Alkaline bile and digestive juice of the pancreas flow into the duodenum. Peptic ulcers may be small and acute, forming in a few days and healing in 1 or 2 weeks. Blood vessels may become involved with these acute ulcers and cause bleeding. Even with chronic ulcers that tend to last for a few weeks or months there is a tendency for natural healing to take place. Sometimes a speeding up of this healing occurs through treatment. It is less common for women to suffer peptic ulcers than men and in a woman’s reproductive years they seldom occur at all. The medical term for these ulcers is the duodenal ulcer as most ulcers occur in the first part of the duodenum.

Carrying out a proper investigation is absolutely necessary with gastric ulcers just in case the ulcer is cancerous and malignant. This statement is not here to alarm, but because of the possibility of a cancerous ulcer it has to have a mention. In reality, gastric ulcers are seldom cancerous but as stated, there is a small possibility. Duodenal ulcers on the other hand are never ever cancerous or malignant. A stressful lifestyle is the main cause of peptic ulcers therefore there are more sufferers in highly populated areas than in the quieter more peaceful ones.

Facts About Ulcers

Normally to find out if a patient is suffering from Gastric or Duodenal Ulcers, an X-Ray is given, but if the patient wishes to avoid having an x-ray, then the way to determine is to look for the symptoms:

  • Duodenal ulcers cause pain before or between meals (these are sometimes referred to as hunger pains)
  • Gastric ulcers cause pain after the meal

The complete Fasting is not advised for ulcers, the best thing is to combine raw cabbage and potato juice along with the health diet.

Peptic ulcers are often connected with low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) as studies have shown that around 75% of peptic ulcer sufferers also have hypoglycaemia. If low blood sugar is found to be a possible cause then have the patient follow the anti-hypoglycaemia diet.

It is imperative that the sufferer should have complete R & R and must not be involved in any worries of pressing problems if he is to achieve total relief from these.

Beneficial Treatments

All things in the diet that irritate the mucous membranes of the stomach and duodenum must be eliminated. Only small but frequent meals should be taken, possibly about 5 or 6. Mastication (chewing) of all food should be thorough. As a young lad my mother would impress on me to chew each mouthful at least 40 times. It became such a habit that I still eat in the same slow way (I don’t need to count anymore), but for ulcer sufferers it is paramount. If it is not possible for the patient to chew well for whatever reason, then the food should be liquidised or pureed in a blender. Even then the patient should chew the food as much as possible, as if it were whole, before swallowing.

With cases that are acute the following foods (some are in the anti-hypoglycaemia diet) must be avoided at the commencement and for the first few weeks of treatment:

  • All fried foods must be avoided as ulcers can be caused by heated vegetable oils.
  • Citrus fruits and other sour fruits
  • Fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Whole grain bread
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Vegetables (raw) such as:
    • Avocado
    • Potatoes
    • Squashes
    • Yams
The best foods are:
  • Cooked rice (white)
  • Goat’s milk warmed up to body temperature is well tolerated (Goat’s milk actually helps with the healing process of ulcers).
  • Kefir
  • Soured milk mixed with Brewer’s yeast
  • Sweet fruits in moderation
  • Well-cooked millet cereal made with goat’s milk (in small amounts)
  • Yoghurt
  • Alcohol
  • Black pepper
  • Coffee
  • Chilli
  • Chocolate
  • Mustard
  • Salt
  • Soft drinks
  • Strong spices
  • Tea
  • Tobacco
  • Vinegar
  • White pepper
  • White sugar

All the strictly avoided above are known causes of increasing the flow of digestive juices, which in turn irritate the lining of the stomach.

Daily Supplements (Recommended)
Vitamin A  

Under doctor’s supervision take 25,000 to 50,000 Units on a daily basis for one month only.


Vitamin B (complex)  

Take the dosage prescribed by the manufacturer; make sure it is of a natural high potency. Make sure they contain vitamin B12


Brewer’s Yeast  

3 tablespoons daily



Take 3 tablets daily


Vitamin E  

1,000 iu daily


Halibut Liver Oil  

3 teaspoons



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