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FROM KAREN
QUESTION: 
I
read an article in Focus, winter 2000, "Mastic Gum Kills Helicobacter Pylori".  I have a peptic ulcer and do not want to go on synthetic antibiotics.  Do you know anything about mastic gum in regards to H. Pylori? I would appreciate any input.

ANSWER:  I'm not personally familiar with Mastic Gum, but there's lots of research out there pointing to the positive results in the treatment of ulcers.  I would say since it is plan based and natural as opposed to synthetic, it's worth a try. Try to find some that doesn't have a lot of other things in it like cellulose etc.