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Thanks to two Australian researchers, the discovery of a little known bacteria has suddenly thrust major gastrointestinal diseases into the spotlight. Despite winning them a Nobel Prize in Medicine, the medical community were skeptical at first about the devastation this bacteria could cause in humans, and it wasn't until a self-sacrifice took place that it really gained traction.
We now know the links between Helicobacter Pylori and gastric ulcer, gastric cancers and the more common GORD/GERD, and Dale and Tracy run help explain where this bacteria comes from, and what exactly it does to our gastrointestinal tract.
Evidence suggests this has been around for over 50,000 years, but thankfully in Western medicine, it is deemed an endangered species (yes, that exists for bacteria). But why is it so common in other cultures without causing significant illness? Join us for a look at the hardy bacteria that is seen as a major contributor to health costs around the globe.
Episode written and Recorded by Dale Richardson and Tracy Devlin
Music by Shades of Grey