Gastroenterology/H pylori


QUESTION: Hello Dr. Melamed,

First, I want to thank you for the generosity you give with the time you take to answer our questions at no charge.  This is a very kind and thoughtful service for you to offer.

I have a strange inquiry regarding the transmission of h pylori.  I did not know I had h pylori and my friend and I were out camping where we were not able to wash our hands.  I am a woman and had urinated and wiped.  Then we went immediately into giving him a full body massage.  I massaged his hands and his glutes.  My concern is if he touched his mouth or ate finger foods immediately after his massage if the h pylori infected him.  Or since his glutes (butt cheeks only) were massaged if that put the bacteria close enough to his intestinal track?    Is it possible I transmitted it to him in these ways?  Also, does it spread by sneezing or runny noses?

Thank you very much for your time and efforts, I deeply appreciate you.
35 years old
Oklahoma City, OK


Hi Star

At first, do not worry about H. pylori.  The half of the human population has this microorganism. It is an opportunistic infection that resides in the human organism in the small amount. By comparison with other bugs, bacteria Helicobacter pylori in short, H.pylori can live in the stomach causing inflammation and ulcers. A common way to get this bug is by mouth. I’ve never heard about spreading H. pylori by sneezing or runny noses, or sexually transmitted.

Inadequate sanitation can promote transmission, but healthy human being has strong mechanisms to suppress the overgrowth of H.pylori. Normal stomach acidity, normal activity of the pancreatic juice and bile, normal motility of the pyloric valve (between the stomach and small intestine), proper work of the immune system is essential. But most important is a good amount of beneficial intestinal bacteria, which compete with H. pylori.

You can go to your PCP and ask about test that may show the overgrowth of H.pylori.
If you don’t have a big problem with digestion, try to eat healthily, move, take probiotics, multivitamins’ and enjoy the life. A healthy way to eat for healthy GI tract I described in my EBook “Healthy Pancreas; Healthy You”, part 2.

I wish your friend and you good health.

Peter Melamed, Ph.D.
Biotherapy Clinic of San Francisco

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QUESTION: Hello Dr. Melamed,

Thank you very much for taking the time to reply.  This is very helpful information.  

I just have a follow up concern.  I understand you haven't heard of h pylori spreading by sneezing or runny noses and that it seems to be transferred by mouth.  Since we were camping and unable to wash our hands my concern is-I went to the bathroom then I massaged his hands.  I am wondering if it was possible if the h pylori was on my hands after wiping and then he touched his mouth or his food and then the food went into his mouth and he then catches it?  I do have it, I just had the test.  He doesn't have insurance, but I am trying to see if I passed it to him since we weren't hand washing.  And from what you were saying it doesn't sound like he could get it from me massaging his glutes even though they are close to the intestinal region, is that right?  Sorry, since he doesn't have the finances and mine are constricted too, I am just trying to determine the risk of transmission.

I deeply appreciate your insight and time.
Thank you,
35 years old
Oklahoma City, OK

Hi Star

Please stop blaming yourself and be worried.

Nobody can rule out that your friend had H. pylori before he has met you.
Million people have this bug without symptoms or do not know about it.
Only high level of H. pylori and symptoms may lead to health concern.

Continue to give massage to your friend and have good health.

Peter Melamed, Ph.D.
Biotherapy Clinic of San Francisco


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I can answer all questions about digestive health, especially in focus on the non-drug, non-surgery treatment. It includes healing diet, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, healing mineral water, abdominal massage, and cleansing techniques. All these practices are widely used by gastroenterologists all over the world.


This is my everyday job at Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic in San Francisco. I have decades of the experience of working as an MD in ICU, outpatient department and privet practice. I have helped many of my patients with the chronic digestive disorders by using the non-drug, non-knife approach for the 20 years.

I published many articles on internet about gastrointestinal disorders. 1. Peter Melamed, Ph.D., Felix Melamed, LAc, MSTCM. EBook Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You. Publisher Biotherapy, Inc, September 2014 2. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas. JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2014 Nov 28; 15(6): 552-560 3. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Short Review of Our Work - "Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas" with Focus on the Functional Exocrine Pancreatic Disorders JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2015 Jul 08; 16(4):365-368 4. Peter Melamed, PhD, and Felix Melamed, MS. Acidity Kills the Pancreas. Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine. August/September 2015, p. 74-80 5. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. The Role of the Metabolic Acidosis in the Development of Chronic Pancreatitis. SM Group (USA) Chronic Pancreatitis: Recent Advances. 2015, Aug 10

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