Have you gotten on your stomach’s bad side and are now feeling the painful sting of its sour resentment? Take heart in knowing you’re not alone: In fact, the United States has about 4.5 million people suffering from peptic ulcer disease, also known as peptic ulcers or stomach ulcers. Stomach ulcers occur when your digestive tract turns against you and eats away at its own healthy tissues, developing sores within the lining of the stomach or small intestine. 
These sores can be extremely painful, causing a myriad of disruptive symptoms: However, some people don’t feel any symptoms until the ulcer ruptures and bleeds or causes other serious medical complications. Fortunately, new research shows that lifestyle changes and other integrative therapies may promote healing and support digestive health. This article will review the causes and mainstream medical treatments for peptic/stomach ulcers, as well as The Wellness Way approach to supporting digestive and gastrointestinal health and your body’s management of this common and painful gastrointestinal disorder.
What are Stomach Ulcers?
Stomach ulcers are painful sores that develop in the lining of your digestive system. Ulcers usually form in the stomach, but these sores can also develop in the small intestine or even in the esophagus.  Ulcers form when the protective mucus lining of the stomach and/or small intestine becomes damaged by excess gastric acid, certain bacteria, drugs, or other factors. This allows small openings to form in the gastrointestinal lining.
The protective mucus lining of the digestive organs – called mucosa – normally acts as a barrier that prevents gastric acid and pepsin (a digestive enzyme that breaks down proteins) from destroying the stomach and intestinal tissue. It secretes a thick, protective mucus that helps repair damage, improve circulation, and renew cells. However, when something disrupts this delicate balance, the mucosa can become exposed and will turn against your healthy digestive lining, developing painful sores known as ulcers.
Stomach Acid: Friend or Foe?
Stomach acid can even turn against you, making ulcers worse! The bottom line is that stomach acid is essential for the body’s healthy digestive function: In fact, low levels of stomach acid can contribute to acid reflux, GERD, and other digestive issues. If food isn’t properly digested or decontaminated by sufficient levels of stomach acid, this partially digested food could lead to infections and/or damage to surrounding tissues. 
What does stomach acid have to do with stomach ulcers?
If you have a stomach ulcer, hydrochloric acid and pepsin accumulate in the digestive system and destroy parts of the healthy gastrointestinal lining. Under normal circumstances, the stomach knows how to manage acid and pepsin levels: That’s why the mucus lining mentioned earlier is crucial to digestive health. Without this mucus lining, the stomach is unprotected from the damaging effects of acid.  Even though stomach acid is essential for healthy digestion, it’s still acid, after all: It can turn against you in the blink of an eye without bothering to look back.
When the mucus lining is damaged beyond repair, the buildup of acid can flow over the damaged tissue and make this damage even worse. These ulcers are caught in a stomach acid cycle of damage without an adequate chance to heal and repair that crucial mucus lining.
What Causes Stomach Ulcers?
While peptic ulcers and stomach ulcers could have several contributing factors, there are two that seem to be most common:
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) Infection: Most ulcers develop from this common bacterial infection living in the stomach. In fact, H. pylori infection contributed to 60% of ulcers in the small intestine (called duodenal ulcers) and about 40% of stomach ulcers.  For many people, the bacteria don’t cause many problems because their gut health is adequately supported. Others have an overgrowth of this bacteria, potentially damaging both the lining of the stomach and other systems of the body due to chronic inflammation.
- Frequent use of some pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): NSAIDs such as Aleve, Advil, Motrin IB, and others could irritate the stomach’s healthy mucus lining if taken frequently. Furthermore, combining NSAIDs with other medications, such as steroids, aspirin, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can increase the risk of developing peptic ulcers or stomach ulcers.
Other Contributing Factors that Increase the Risk of Stomach Ulcers
Stomach ulcers were dismissed for decades as psychosomatic manifestations (when the mind convinces the body of an illness that makes you actually feel the symptoms in your body) due to a stressful lifestyle.  For a while, burned-out businessmen were most frequently diagnosed with ulcers, which scientists attributed to their stressful lifestyle.
However, they later discovered that although chronic stress can trigger stomach ulcers – due to an altered pH level and an increase of stomach acid – the H. pylori bacterium was the main culprit behind the development of stomach ulcers.
The risk of developing peptic and stomach ulcers could be higher in those with the following lifestyle habits:
- Drinking alcohol, especially in large quantities: Alcohol can irritate the lining of your stomach while increasing stomach acid. 
- Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco: Cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco can lead to an erosion of the stomach lining while also preventing the renewal of healthy digestive cells. 
- Family History: People who have relatives with stomach ulcers are 2-3 times more likely to develop stomach ulcers than those without a family history. 
- Advanced Age: Most people who develop ulcers are between 55 and 65 years of age, due to weakened immune systems and an increase risk of developing H. pylori infections. 
Symptoms of Stomach Ulcers
While some people with peptic or stomach ulcers don’t experience any symptoms, many experience a wide range of symptom severity. When symptoms do arise, they are either too mild to be noticeable or so severe that they interfere with sleep, meals, and other daily necessities.
The most common symptoms of stomach ulcers include the following: 
- Burning stomach pain: The pain occurs between your chest and navel around mealtimes and in the middle of the night, waking you up from sleep.
- Loss of appetite and/or feeling full after eating small amounts of food
- Feeling bloated and gassy
- Nausea and vomiting: If there are traces of blood in your vomit, this is a medical emergency that could indicate the ulcer is perforated and bleeding.
- Unintentional weight loss
- Bloody or black bowel movements
How Does Mainstream Medicine Diagnose Stomach Ulcers?
Generally, mainstream medical professionals will diagnose peptic ulcers or stomach ulcers through one or more of the following methods: 
- Detailed medical history and symptoms: Medical professionals will note a patient’s answers to several questions, including what their symptoms are and for how long. They will also want to know how severe the symptoms are and whether those symptoms are interfering with a patient’s quality of life.
- Physical examinations: Your medical professional will examine the patient’s body for signs of perforation, weight loss, excessive bloating, and/or anemia.
Imaging Tests and Lab Work: H. pylori is the Key to Diagnosis
Doctors may also order imaging tests and lab work to determine potential causes of a patient’s symptoms, such as:
- Upper GI (gastrointestinal) series or barium swallow x-ray: During this test, the doctor will ask you to swallow a chalky barium solution that coats the esophagus, stomach, and parts of the small intestine (the duodenum) to visualize ulcers, potential perforations, and other abnormalities.
- Upper Endoscopy: Medical providers will insert a small tube – called an endoscope – down a patient’s throat to examine the duodenum, stomach, and esophagus. During this procedure, a small tissue sample may also be collected to test for H. pylori infection.
- Blood Tests: Used to measure specific antibodies produced by the immune system when fighting an H. pylori infection.
- Stool Culture Tests: Samples of fecal matter are tested for the presence of the H. pylori bacteria. 
- Urea Breath Test: During this test, patients ingest urea, which contains carbon molecules that will manifest as carbon dioxide in breath samples if H. pylori is present. 
Clearly, the presence of an H. pylori infection is the biggest factor being measured in these diagnostic tests for stomach ulcers.
The Fireman vs. The Carpenter in Healthcare
At The Wellness Way, we talk about the mainstream perspective on healthcare versus our perspective, referring to these methods as the “fireman approach” versus the “carpenter approach.”
Mainstream “fireman” doctors have two tools (treatment options) to take care of people: an axe and a hose. The axe represents the removal of substance during a surgical procedure. The hose represents the use of medications to extinguish the “flames”: Inflammation, pain, and other symptoms.
Wellness Way doctors are more like carpenters: They assess the body’s current state with testing and then create a personalized health restoration plan to rebuild using nutrients from foods and supplements. Sunshine, rest, and positive relationships are common natural therapies that support the body in healing.
While these things are considered “complementary medicine” or even “alternative medicine,” scientific research backs up their effectiveness in supporting the healing process.
Mainstream Medical Treatment of Peptic Ulcers and Stomach Ulcers:
Treatment for peptic ulcers and stomach ulcers will depend on the type of ulcer a patient has and how much damage it’s caused. Mainstream medical professionals typically recommend nutrition and lifestyle changes first for the treatment of minor stomach ulcers, such as:
- Avoid eating foods that may worsen your ulcer symptoms: Mainstream doctors typically recommend avoiding spicy, fried, or highly acidic foods, as these could make the symptoms worse and prevent the stomach ulcer from healing. 
- Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco: Tobacco in all forms can prevent your ulcer from healing. Tobacco also leads to a much higher rate of ulcers returning after treatment. 
- Avoid alcohol and limit caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine can increase stomach acid, potentially causing more damage to the lining of the digestive system.
- Discontinue use of NSAID pain relievers: Medicines like ibuprofen and aspirin can cause further damage to the delicate tissues of the stomach and small intestine. 
If nutrition and lifestyle changes don’t improve a patient’s stomach ulcer, doctors will typically prescribe medications as a second approach to care. These medications are meant to either decrease levels of stomach acid or protect the stomach’s sensitive mucus lining from further damage, allowing the stomach ulcer time to potentially heal.
Mainstream Medications for Stomach Ulcers
- Antibiotics are a first-line treatment for stomach ulcers because they kill the infection associated with the H. pylori bacterium. The most commonly prescribed antibiotics are clarithromycin (Biaxin) or a blend of nitroimidazole such as metronidazole (Flagyl) and amoxicillin. Even though antibiotics might be a quick fix for removing the H. pylori infection and alleviating stomach ulcers, antibiotic resistance remains a growing problem in the United States and Canada. In fact, a stomach ulcer caused by the H. pylori bacterial infection might not respond to certain antibiotics at all. 
Antacids and Acid-Reducing Medications:
Doctors recommend these over-the-counter tablets for stomach ulcers because they decrease the acidity of the stomach and promote healing of the stomach lining. If used for only 2-6 weeks, antacids could potentially allow the stomach to heal while also relieving pain. 
Although, people take antacids much more often than they should: Antacid abuse may actually increase stomach acid levels for some patients, causing further damage to the ulcer and surrounding tissues of the stomach. In fact, taking antacids for more than six weeks could make the stomach ulcer come back because the body responds by producing more acid to bring the stomach back to its original pH level. 
Histamine Type 2 Receptor Agonists (H2 Blockers):
H2 Blockers are over-the-counter treatments most commonly used for symptoms of acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). These medications temporarily lower the body’s production of pepsin (a digestive enzyme) and hydrochloric acid (HCl) to protect the stomach lining from further damage.
However, when the body’s production of HCl and pepsin is blocked, undigested food can pass through the intestines and potentially worsen stomach ulcer symptoms. In addition, altering the stomach’s pH levels over a long period of time increases the chance of developing bacterial infections that are normally killed with stomach acid. When stomach acid is more alkaline, bacteria like listeria and salmonella survive in the stomach and could infect the body. 
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs):
When lifestyle modifications, antacids, and H2 Blockers are ineffective for alleviating the damage caused by stomach ulcers, mainstream doctors prescribe PPIs to drastically decrease the body’s production of stomach acid. Examples of common PPI medications include esomeprazole (Nexium), omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), and pantoprazole (Protonix).
PPIs are typically prescribed to heal tissue damage of stomach ulcers by preventing further stomach acid damage to the ulcer. In theory, tissue damage and stomach ulcers will be more likely to heal if acid isn’t produced in the stomach.
However, the benefits of PPIs are conflicting when considering the potentially dangerous side effects. In addition to the increased risk of developing Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and inflammatory bowel conditions, more than 4-8 weeks of PPI use could cause the very condition it’s prescribed to treat: Damage to the mucus lining of the stomach, and more peptic ulcers. 
Mucosal Protective Agents:
These medicines are designed to protect the delicate mucus lining of the stomach from further acid damage, allowing the stomach ulcer to heal. Commonly prescribed mucosal protective agents include Misoprostol (Cytotec) and Sucralfate (Carafate), which are both designed to protect the stomach lining from damaging effects of NSAIDs if patients cannot stop taking them.
While these medications help protect the stomach lining from further damage, they do not heal existing peptic ulcers or stomach ulcers. 
These mainstream medical treatments may promote the body’s healing of peptic ulcers and stomach ulcers by temporarily decreasing digestive enzymes and stomach acid. However, they all have risks of potentially damaging long-term side effects that could severely reduce a patient’s quality of life. Because of these side effects, many patients suffering from stomach ulcers search for herbal medicine and other natural methods to support their digestive system and inflammatory response.
What Causes Stomach Ulcers? Traumas, Toxins, and Thoughts
While mainstream medicine admits certain infections and bacteria may contribute to the development of stomach ulcers, the medical field rarely considers natural treatments. At The Wellness Way, we know here are almost always several contributing factors to any dis-ease. Addressing them naturally can promote the body’s natural healing ability. The three categories of contributing factors, as delineated by the chiropractic field, are Traumas, Toxins, and Thoughts.
Traumas (Physical Stressors)
Traumas or physical stressors can be acute or chronic. Furthermore, physical traumas may set off a state of chronic stress within the body, causing an inflammatory reaction and the possible development of stomach ulcers. The physical response to trauma can cause a multitude of reactions to occur within the body as it fights for balance, suppressing a person’s natural defense to tissue damage in the digestive tract.
Examples of traumas that could contribute to peptic ulcers and stomach ulcers include the following:
- Poor Posture: Chronic subluxations in the spine can inhibit nerve and blood flow to the stomach and small intestine, leading to dis-ease.
- Hiatal Hernia: This type of hernia occurs when weakened muscle tissues allow the stomach to push through the diaphragm. Hiatal hernias can cause severe chest pressure and heartburn when food and acid leak into the esophagus, damaging the mucus lining of the stomach. 
- Pregnancy: Fetal pressure on the stomach and diaphragm contributes to acid reflux symptoms and stomach ulcer development during the third trimester due to acid disintegrating the stomach lining. 
- Underdeveloped Digestive System: Symptoms of gastroesophageal disease (or GERD) in babies appear early due to an underdeveloped digestive system, but the body corrects itself within the first year. GERD that continues past the age of 1 could contribute to other long-term health concerns later in life, including digestive function, peptic ulcer disease, and esophageal tissue damage. 
- Physical abuse
- Sexual assault/rape
- Car accidents
- Chronic illness or infection
- Abdominal Injury
Physical traumas and the potential of chiropractic care should not be underestimated when it comes to digestive health and stomach ulcers.
Researchers have found that chiropractic care and spinal manipulation can help calm the nervous system, taking the body out of flight-or-fight and allowing it to heal. 
Toxins (Biochemical Stressors)
Biochemical stressors in the body – known as toxins – can be natural or synthetic. Toxins that might contribute to an increased risk of peptic ulcers or stomach ulcers may include:
- Sugar – Eating overly processed food that is high in sugar and carbohydrate levels contributes to inflammation and gut dysbiosis and increases stomach acid, which can make stomach ulcers worse. Patients who implement a low or no-sugar nutritional plan are found to be more protected from the development of duodenal (small intestine) ulcers than patients who are not as cognizant of their daily sugar intake. 
- Smoking and Tobacco Use – The carcinogens and other toxins found in tobacco products impair muscle function while increasing stomach acid production. Patients who stopped smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco noticed improvements in stomach ulcer symptoms and are less likely to develop peptic ulcers again after treatment. 
- Pain Relievers (NSAIDs) and Antibiotics: Muscle relaxers, antibiotics, pain relievers, and blood pressure medications could damage the lining of the stomach and increase stomach acid production, leading to a stomach ulcer. 
- Magnesium Deficiency: Chronically low magnesium levels can weaken the esophageal sphincter over time. If this sphincter is weakened, it can’t prevent stomach acid from leaking into the esophagus and damaging healthy tissue. 
- Food allergies – Healthy foods can act like toxins if you’re allergic to them. Continuing to eat foods that cause a histamine response in the body can lead to chronic inflammation and may damage the stomach lining. 
- Gut dysbiosis – Intestinal dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bacteria) may also contribute to the development of stomach ulcers due to increased abdominal pressure and low stomach acid. Low levels of stomach acid can cause bacterial overgrowth and damage to delicate cells lining the stomach, which is a contributing factor to peptic ulcer development. 
Remember that most infections are opportunistic, meaning they are more likely to occur if the body is already compromised by an infection, inflammation, or chronic stress.
Thoughts (Emotional Stressors)
Emotional stress is a major contributing factor to stomach ulcers, causing physical and biochemical stressors that trigger inflammation and imbalance. When your nervous system is in fight-or-flight, your stomach doesn’t have the ability to repair through rest-and-digest.
Chronic emotional stress can come from the following sources:
- Relationship issues – Relationships sometimes become toxic and lead to chronic stress. Prolonged stress can lead to dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and contribute to gastrointestinal diseases, such as duodenal ulcers and stomach ulcers. 
- Financial stress – Financial struggles can lead to dysbiosis, chronic inflammation, and damage to healthy intestinal tissues due to the long-term effects of stress and cortisol.
- Watching the news – The news media rarely focuses on the positive events in the world. Regularly exposing yourself to bad news increases fear, worry, and overall stress, which sets off the nervous system.
- Feeling overwhelmed – Stress from significant life changes, like a recent marriage, a new baby, graduation, a divorce, or even moving to a new city can contribute to peptic or stomach ulcers due to lifestyle changes and chronic stress.
- Holding a grudge/pent-up anger – Holding a grudge creates stress in the body. Chronic stress may show up as inflammation, weight gain, and damage to the mucus lining of the stomach.
- A death in the family or a close friend – Grief is another form of severe stress that may create imbalances in the gut and overall digestive system.
- PTSD from Military Combat or PTSD from other causes. PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) can create a chronic sense of fight-or-flight in the body, creating digestive issues and increasing the risk of developing stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders. 
- Witnessing violence or a natural disaster – Being a witness to a mass shooting, murder, accident, or natural disaster is another potential cause of PTSD that may create chronic digestive imbalances.
The Wellness Way Understanding of Peptic Ulcers and Stomach Ulcers
At The Wellness Way, we dig deeper to solve the health challenges others can’t. We start with testing to see where there may be imbalances and then develop a personalized nutrition and supplement plan to promote healing throughout the body.
Important Tests for Assessing Your Digestive and Immune Health:
With peptic ulcers and stomach ulcers, it’s critical to provide stomach-friendly nutrients and supplements that are conducive to healthy digestive function while reducing the risk of further damage. Creating a safe digestive environment is crucial to support healing, with foods that won’t trigger inflammation or the overproduction of stomach acid. The main focus is supporting the stomach’s natural cell growth in the mucus lining, and lowering inflammation will reduce the risk of further damage to the gastrointestinal tract. Determining which foods are triggering the immune response and cutting them out is one of the crucial ways to allow the gut and stomach to heal.
Some recommended tests for digestive concerns at The Wellness Way may include:
Your testing strategy will depend on which ones your Wellness Way clinic considers most important for your health history and symptoms.
Dietary Changes for Those with Stomach Ulcers
First and foremost, any inflammation should be taken care of to support the digestive system’s ability to heal while allowing the nervous system to calm down. That means avoiding your food allergies and following a personalized nutrition program as recommended by your Wellness Way clinic. The following are some additional guidelines for inflammatory conditions and stomach ulcers:
- No sugar or processed foods – Both increase inflammation. These foods can also contribute to gut dysbiosis, potentially damaging healthy digestive cells. 
- Gluten-free, mostly grain-free foods – Gluten is known to aggravate the gut lining, contributing to chronic inflammation throughout the body. 
- Consume an overall low carbohydrate, non-inflammatory diet of organic whole foods – This helps to supply nutrients, antioxidants, and food for a healthy gut microbiome. In fact, non-inflammatory and high antioxidant herbs and spices have been shown to promote peptic ulcer healing. 
- Eat foods that will support gastrointestinal function: Fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and kombucha have probiotic effects that can fight harmful bacteria and inflammation to support healthy stomach acid levels. 
- Try a Low FODMAP diet – For some people, following a diet low in certain types of carbohydrates can help. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. These compounds are found in foods like wheat, legumes, fruit, and dairy products and include things like fructose, lactose, and sugar alcohols, among others. 
- Avoid inflammatory foods and beverages: The following foods and beverages should be avoided when restoring healthy stomach lining: Fried foods, alcohol, soda, hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, corn and wheat grains specifically, and spicy foods.
- Eat omega-3-rich foods – Wild-caught salmon, herring, sardines, walnuts, and ground flaxseeds provide omega-3s and help lower inflammation. 
- Add specific nutrient-dense foods: Add Liver/organ meats, sauerkraut, and microgreens for not only enhanced nutrition, but a potential reduction in gastric ulcer recurrence as well. 
- Follow a Personalized Nutrition Program based on your food allergy test results.
- Focus on antioxidants – Including things like turmeric, green tea, berries, dark chocolate, green leafy vegetables, and other foods rich in phytochemicals helps keep inflammation under control. 
Diet is paramount, but supplements can promote the body’s ability to heal damage within the digestive system.
Supplements For Supporting Digestive Health
Every patient is different, but some herbal remedies recommended at The Wellness Way for digestive imbalances may include the following:
- Albizia – The Albizia herb has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, which may support digestive function. 
- Chamomile, Papaya, or Ginger – These delicious herbs are known for their flavorful additions to cuisine, but they also have a soothing effect on the digestive tract when brewed as a tea before sleep. Chamomile specifically feeds the stomach lining to support the growth of healthy stomach cells, acting as a protective layer against damage and stomach ulcers. 
- Turmeric – Turmeric and its active constituent, curcumin, may protect the cells against oxidative stress, inflammation, and damage. 
- Licorice – Licorice root is often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to support digestive function and protect the lining of the stomach and esophagus from stomach acid damage. 
- Zinc – Zinc is a crucial mineral for supporting many physiological functions, including digestion: Adequate zinc levels are necessary for the body’s natural production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. 
- Aloe Vera – When consumed in liquid form, aloe vera has anti-inflammatory components that can soothe damaged tissues of the esophagus and stomach. It can also feed healthy stomach cells to support the delicate lining of the stomach against further damage. 
- B Complex– The B-complex vitamins, especially vitamin B6, may also support optimal health and functioning of many systems and biochemical reactions in the body, including energy production, brain, liver, and nerve cell function, and muscle tone within the GI tract.
- Probiotics – According to meta-analysis, probiotics like L. reuteri are critical for H. pylori treatment, which could promote the stomach’s healing of peptic ulcers. These and other probiotic strains can support the body’s ability to fight infections and inflammation. 
Lifestyle Changes and Complementary Therapies to Support Those with Stomach Ulcers
- Physical activity – Regular exercise provides a natural and healthy method for decreasing the occurrence of duodenal ulcers, specifically in men. 
- Determine stress-related triggers and adjust: When in stress mode, the body is in a state of “fight or flight.” This physiological state is the opposite of where we should be, which is within the “rest and digest” mode. Where is the main source of your stress? Reflect and devise a plan to help you remove the source of chronic stress and/or adjust your response to it. Adjusting the source of your stress and your behavior in response to stress will help support digestive function.
- Regular chiropractic care – Chiropractic care helps to improve blood flow and nerve flow while decreasing overall physical stress on the body. It also supports balance in the autonomic nervous system, which can be connected to the recurrence of stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders. 
- Acupuncture – Acupuncture has a beneficial effect on the reduction rate of the H. pylori bacteria that contributes to stomach ulcer development. Furthermore, studies have shown that acupuncture is a safe and effective pain management method for patients with gastric or peptic ulcers and gut dysbiosis. 
Be a well-informed patient! Here are some resources for learning more about stomach ulcers and other digestive conditions:
Educational Resources for Stomach Ulcers
Videos & Webinars Related to Digestive Health and Stomach Ulcers
Articles to Support Those with Peptic Ulcers and Stomach Ulcers
6 Most Common Digestive Issues that May Require a Doctor’s Consultation
Acid Reflux and GERD: Is Your Stomach Acid Too High or Too Low?
6 Ways to Increase Stomach Acid and Why You Need to
Is Ibuprofen Bad for You? What You Need to Know Before You Take it
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