Mastic gum side effects
Caroline

Espoo, Finland

#1087 Jan 2, 2012
Mastic gum may help your heart and liver. Human clinical trial shows significant improvements in markers for heart disease and liver damage. Researchers found significant decreases in total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and all the lipoproteins, as well as in the calculated ratio of total cholesterol to HDL-cholesterol (lower is better for this ratio). There were also significant decreases in the liver enzymes. On the other hand, there were no significant changes in glucose, HDL-cholesterol, or triglyceride levels. The authors concluded by discussing a possible reason why the observed cardioprotective and hepatoprotective effects of mastic might be related to each other. In brief, they suggested that mastic might act primarily on liver function in such a way as to modify lipoprotein metabolism, which plays an important role in cardiovascular health.

Since: Oct 11

Bridgetown, Barbados

#1088 Jan 2, 2012
Caroline wrote:
Mastic gum may help your heart and liver. Human clinical trial shows significant improvements in markers for heart disease and liver damage. Researchers found significant decreases in total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and all the lipoproteins, as well as in the calculated ratio of total cholesterol to HDL-cholesterol (lower is better for this ratio). There were also significant decreases in the liver enzymes. On the other hand, there were no significant changes in glucose, HDL-cholesterol, or triglyceride levels. The authors concluded by discussing a possible reason why the observed cardioprotective and hepatoprotective effects of mastic might be related to each other. In brief, they suggested that mastic might act primarily on liver function in such a way as to modify lipoprotein metabolism, which plays an important role in cardiovascular health.
Research is not always on point. Some of these research are shams. Mastic gum has damaged MY liver certainly not help it. It also left my kidneys in pain causing me to have an infection for months. Mastic gum damaged MY stomach causing malabsorption issues that I have to live with for the rest of my life unless God decides otherwise. Point me to these researchers so that I can give them MY story.
Sharon Glass

Pensacola, FL

#1089 Jan 2, 2012
KassyS wrote:
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Research is not always on point. Some of these research are shams. Mastic gum has damaged MY liver certainly not help it. It also left my kidneys in pain causing me to have an infection for months. Mastic gum damaged MY stomach causing malabsorption issues that I have to live with for the rest of my life unless God decides otherwise. Point me to these researchers so that I can give them MY story.
Kassy,have doctors confirmed that all of your problems came from the Mastic treatment? If so, how did they come to the decision that Mastic was the culprit?
kevin

Rose Hill, Mauritius

#1090 Jan 3, 2012
hello syb
Please tell me what herbs & steps you have followed
Ynot- Lily

Israel

#1091 Jan 3, 2012
KassyS wrote:
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Research is not always on point. Some of these research are shams. Mastic gum has damaged MY liver certainly not help it. It also left my kidneys in pain causing me to have an infection for months. Mastic gum damaged MY stomach causing malabsorption issues that I have to live with for the rest of my life unless God decides otherwise. Point me to these researchers so that I can give them MY story.
I don't understand how can it be that you are the only one that ever report it. I googled "liver damage + mastic gum" and all I got is his benefits for the liver or your note.
I've read your story... I don't understand what really happened to you.
Did you have liver disease? what kind? How did you test for kidney infection? how can you tell????
A more clear information will help.

I'm now 2+ months on mastic gum and it is only getting better. I don't feel anything strange from my kidney and liver... no pain no nothing.
And my stomach only improved

good day

Since: Oct 11

Bridgetown, Barbados

#1092 Jan 3, 2012
Sharon Glass wrote:
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Kassy,have doctors confirmed that all of your problems came from the Mastic treatment? If so, how did they come to the decision that Mastic was the culprit?
I DO NOT need doctors to confirm that. I maintain that I was fine before I took Mastic. I was in severe pain by the 13th day. It destroyed my stomach, harmed my liver and my kidneys. I had NO pain in my kidneys or liver region BEFORE using Mastic but the pains were there during mastic use and long after and they are still there. I am in pain daily. It may have worked for you with no adverse effects but it didn't for ME! So don't doubt MY story. I have nothing to gain by making things up here. I am merely putting my experience out there so that persons know that this can happen to them. The mastic damaged my stomach and made my gastritis worst. I am in pain every day. I feel pain at the top of my stomach even when I press on it, the area is very tender and hurts a lot. That never happened before mastic. I made a terrible mistake in using the product and when I think about it now it makes no sense to use something that is supposed to kill a bacteria on an empty stomach. That was the direction on the brand I used which was Jarrow's formula. I researched the brand you used and their direction said to use in between meals, which made better sense at least the stomach will not be that empty so perhaps because I used it on an empty stomach it damaged my stomach but it did damage my liver and created a kidney infection so even if I had taken it between meals the damage to the liver and kidneys would have happened. Not every treatment is for everyone. some persons here have severe reactions to antibiotics but I never had any adverse reactions to antibiotics but I will never doubt or discredit anyone here who claimed they had bad reactions to anti-biotics. So then why are people trying to doubt or discredit my real and terrible experience with mastic gum?

Since: Oct 11

Bridgetown, Barbados

#1093 Jan 3, 2012
Ynot- Lily wrote:
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I don't understand how can it be that you are the only one that ever report it. I googled "liver damage + mastic gum" and all I got is his benefits for the liver or your note.
I've read your story... I don't understand what really happened to you.
Did you have liver disease? what kind? How did you test for kidney infection? how can you tell????
A more clear information will help.
I'm now 2+ months on mastic gum and it is only getting better. I don't feel anything strange from my kidney and liver... no pain no nothing.
And my stomach only improved
good day
Urine test which showed protein in it confirmed the infection and it took months of medication to make it better and it still pops up from time to time. Due to the trauma caused my the bad reaction to mastic gum. Am happy it worked for you but don't try to tell me that mastic was not the culprit in my case. If it had gone the other way for you, then you would have wanted people to know your story. I have read of stories of others who used it and had bad reactions. One guy right on this forum complained of delayed gastric emptying as well. I have read on other blogs or forums where persons were left in worst situation after using mastic. Maybe not as bad as mine but they had adverse reactions none the less.
Ynot- Lily

Israel

#1094 Jan 3, 2012
KassyS wrote:
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Urine test which showed protein in it confirmed the infection and it took months of medication to make it better and it still pops up from time to time. Due to the trauma caused my the bad reaction to mastic gum. Am happy it worked for you but don't try to tell me that mastic was not the culprit in my case. If it had gone the other way for you, then you would have wanted people to know your story. I have read of stories of others who used it and had bad reactions. One guy right on this forum complained of delayed gastric emptying as well. I have read on other blogs or forums where persons were left in worst situation after using mastic. Maybe not as bad as mine but they had adverse reactions none the less.
Dear Kassy,

I don't doubt your story, just want to really know how you find out to check it myself.
I also had reaction to the mastic gum but it was 100% sure die-off (body ache, bitter taste, gas, pain ect. It also happend to me when I took garlic in capsules- KAYOLIC- so it wasn't new to me, and my condition just got better over time)
I detailed my story over the time here...
You could have bad reaction to stuff so I guess it sounds logical.
But what I wanted to know is, if mastic gum would have caused me bad reaction like yours (liver damage) I would feel it or is it just in tests?

Thank you.
Hope you feel better soon

Since: Oct 11

Bridgetown, Barbados

#1095 Jan 3, 2012
Ynot- Lily wrote:
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Dear Kassy,
I don't doubt your story, just want to really know how you find out to check it myself.
I also had reaction to the mastic gum but it was 100% sure die-off (body ache, bitter taste, gas, pain ect. It also happend to me when I took garlic in capsules- KAYOLIC- so it wasn't new to me, and my condition just got better over time)
I detailed my story over the time here...
You could have bad reaction to stuff so I guess it sounds logical.
But what I wanted to know is, if mastic gum would have caused me bad reaction like yours (liver damage) I would feel it or is it just in tests?
Thank you.
Hope you feel better soon
I actually FELT the PAIN in my liver and gallbladder during the period and the pain is still there just not as intense as before. My gallbladder especially was tender for months, it was severely inflamed from the traumatic impact of the mastic. Believe me when I tell you that the pain was SEVERE. It was nothing like I have ever felt before. Even to this day my stomach literally feels raw. I think my stomach would have had a chance if I had gone the antibiotic route again instead of the mastic. The mastic totally destroyed my stomach lining and the cells and created even more inflammation in my body leading to malabsorbtion. Trust me when I tell you the months leading up to taking mastic, my appetite was fine and healthy and I had no problems digesting my food, had regular bowel movements. I was just desperate to get rid of the h pylori but made the wrong choice with mastic. It just was not for me. My stomach feels as though someone took a shovel and scraped it out.

Since: Oct 11

Bridgetown, Barbados

#1096 Jan 3, 2012
Ynot- Lily wrote:
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Dear Kassy,
I don't doubt your story, just want to really know how you find out to check it myself.
I also had reaction to the mastic gum but it was 100% sure die-off (body ache, bitter taste, gas, pain ect. It also happend to me when I took garlic in capsules- KAYOLIC- so it wasn't new to me, and my condition just got better over time)
I detailed my story over the time here...
You could have bad reaction to stuff so I guess it sounds logical.
But what I wanted to know is, if mastic gum would have caused me bad reaction like yours (liver damage) I would feel it or is it just in tests?
Thank you.
Hope you feel better soon
So your stomach doesn't feel sored? You are not having pains at all anymore? I really wish the mastic did not have that effect on me. Believe me if it had not done that to me I will be praising it and recommending it just the same. I just want persons to make informed decisions because these herbal things usually do not come with a list of possible side effects unlike conventional meds.

Since: Oct 11

Bridgetown, Barbados

#1097 Jan 3, 2012
Ynot- Lily wrote:
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Dear Kassy,
I don't doubt your story, just want to really know how you find out to check it myself.
I also had reaction to the mastic gum but it was 100% sure die-off (body ache, bitter taste, gas, pain ect. It also happend to me when I took garlic in capsules- KAYOLIC- so it wasn't new to me, and my condition just got better over time)
I detailed my story over the time here...
You could have bad reaction to stuff so I guess it sounds logical.
But what I wanted to know is, if mastic gum would have caused me bad reaction like yours (liver damage) I would feel it or is it just in tests?
Thank you.
Hope you feel better soon
I forgot to mention that there was also physical pain in the kidneys as well. The doctor was doing an assessment and when she touched the kidney and liver areas it was painful and tender. Then pain now is not as intense as before but it is still there and flares up regularly.
Ynot- Lily

Israel

#1098 Jan 3, 2012
KassyS wrote:
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I forgot to mention that there was also physical pain in the kidneys as well. The doctor was doing an assessment and when she touched the kidney and liver areas it was painful and tender. Then pain now is not as intense as before but it is still there and flares up regularly.
I don't know about you but I'm having right-pain under my ribs for a long time and this is because of the ulcer. Did you consider you still have h.pylori and because you took mastic, it caused him to be more aggressive? I took antibiotic and though it did help for about a week, after that my infection got worse to the point I couldn't even work or function. I checked for pylori 7 times by breath test, all negetive.
BUT- I have him 100% sure. I had him 4 years agoo and got over him with antibiotic, after 2 years it came back and the doctors couldn't find him I tried everything over 2 years and nothing worked, just antibiotics (which later made it worse)so I knew it has to be him again.
When I started mastic gum my pain got so sever I felt like I'm going to die but I kept going because:
1. I had all (!) the die off that I found on the net.
2. my tongue look exactly like when I was on antibiotic, like detox.
3. nothing that I felt was new, just severe. I felt some pain in the right and left belly but it was just the colon..

And after 2 month (although I did lowered the dose to 500 after a month because the killing was too fast) I feel MUCH better. almost all gone. I can eat normally and my hair is better and my black circles around my eyes disappeared, and everyone say I got "my color" back.
so... maybe you should consider that you still have h.pylori, that does'nt show in the test.

Take care
Ynot- Lily

Israel

#1099 Jan 3, 2012
KassyS wrote:
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I actually FELT the PAIN in my liver and gallbladder during the period and the pain is still there just not as intense as before. My gallbladder especially was tender for months, it was severely inflamed from the traumatic impact of the mastic. Believe me when I tell you that the pain was SEVERE. It was nothing like I have ever felt before. Even to this day my stomach literally feels raw. I think my stomach would have had a chance if I had gone the antibiotic route again instead of the mastic. The mastic totally destroyed my stomach lining and the cells and created even more inflammation in my body leading to malabsorbtion. Trust me when I tell you the months leading up to taking mastic, my appetite was fine and healthy and I had no problems digesting my food, had regular bowel movements. I was just desperate to get rid of the h pylori but made the wrong choice with mastic. It just was not for me. My stomach feels as though someone took a shovel and scraped it out.
BTW, I did felt exactly like you say only it happened after antibiotic.
My pain was SEVERE as hell, I felt an actual hole in my right stomach, which I didn't had before the antibiotic... my ALL UPPER stomach was sore to touch and I had alot of pain. Also I suddenly had all kind of nausea episodes, my stomch made all kind of noises like you said "raw".
BTW I went to specialist who told me that when you have that sound it is probably some parasite (h.pylori include).
That is why I think you still have him....

Since: Oct 11

Bridgetown, Barbados

#1100 Jan 4, 2012
Ynot- Lily wrote:
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BTW, I did felt exactly like you say only it happened after antibiotic.
My pain was SEVERE as hell, I felt an actual hole in my right stomach, which I didn't had before the antibiotic... my ALL UPPER stomach was sore to touch and I had alot of pain. Also I suddenly had all kind of nausea episodes, my stomch made all kind of noises like you said "raw".
BTW I went to specialist who told me that when you have that sound it is probably some parasite (h.pylori include).
That is why I think you still have him....
I had an endoscopy so I don't have it. I had two blood tests before the endoscopy and they were both negative. The endoscopy included a biopsy and it was not there. Have you ever had an endoscopy? Perhaps my stomach was too thin for the mastic and that's why it had that effect I don't know. I had tried the antibiotic once in 2008 and never and tried cabbage juice which helped a lot with pain in 2009 but I had never tried until this year again to eradicate h pylori so maybe by then my stomach was too weak to take the mastic and that's why this happened. I had known of mastic for a long time but was very skeptical and scared of using it and this year I got desperate and decided to try it and it was horrible for me. If I had taken antibiotics again I would not have had those reactions to them, because I tolerate antibiotics very well. In fact even after the mastic episode a doctor still gave me triple therapy just in case it was still there and I had no severe reaction to them. So I made the worst decision in using mastic because it was way too harsh for my stomach. some people can tolerate it others can't. Glad you are doing better. How long have you had the ulcer for?
Smudge1

Auckland, New Zealand

#1101 Jan 4, 2012
Hi Kassy
I'm really sorry of all the problems you've been having. I am also surprised that the mastic gum gave you such a nasty reaction as it seems to have worked so well for so many people. I am also a little confused as you say you had 2 blood tests before the endoscopy and both were negative...but I understand that a blood test will always show up positive if you have ever suffered from pylori...even if you have managed to eradicate it? So I'm wondering whether you ever did actually have pylori in the first place..and if not, maybe that's why the mastic disagreed with you so badly...just a thought.
Mister Mister

Tel Aviv, Israel

#1102 Jan 4, 2012
Kassy...
Seems like you're a classic case of misdiagnosed for H Pylori, which is known to develop complete immunity from Antibiotics and is defined as a SUPER-BUG.
You also seem to confuse your reactions and the whole thing just seems to me as if you've still got the H Pylori, just not in the stomach, maybe in the liver, or the small intestine, or some place that the diagnosis CAN'T reach.
there are known cases as such.
Its only natural that your H Pylori became resistant to the antibiotics you've taken, and thus - it didn't eradicate it.

Mastic gum probably made it go violent again because you attacked it, but you should just keep attacking it until you get rid of it..
thats my 2 cents.
(i know people who were going through endoscopy for h pylori, and did all the diagnosis that they can do for it, but they didnt seee it - the triple therapy / mastic gum / other methods helped)
Ynot- Lily

Tel Aviv, Israel

#1103 Jan 4, 2012
KassyS wrote:
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I had an endoscopy so I don't have it. I had two blood tests before the endoscopy and they were both negative. The endoscopy included a biopsy and it was not there. Have you ever had an endoscopy? Perhaps my stomach was too thin for the mastic and that's why it had that effect I don't know. I had tried the antibiotic once in 2008 and never and tried cabbage juice which helped a lot with pain in 2009 but I had never tried until this year again to eradicate h pylori so maybe by then my stomach was too weak to take the mastic and that's why this happened. I had known of mastic for a long time but was very skeptical and scared of using it and this year I got desperate and decided to try it and it was horrible for me. If I had taken antibiotics again I would not have had those reactions to them, because I tolerate antibiotics very well. In fact even after the mastic episode a doctor still gave me triple therapy just in case it was still there and I had no severe reaction to them. So I made the worst decision in using mastic because it was way too harsh for my stomach. some people can tolerate it others can't. Glad you are doing better. How long have you had the ulcer for?
hi..

I had the ulcer for 2 years (now, I had it once before- 4 years ago).
I did endoscopy twice, both was a failure. Doctors took biopsy just for celiac... not for pylori and kept sending me to breath test lol.
I'm like the persone 2 notes above wondering how come your blood test came out negetive...have you done a breath test?

Your story is horrible and hope you feel better.. I'm doing blood test sunday just to be on the safe side lol :)
but I don't feel anything strange so I don't think it can hurt anyone's liver, you just had a bad luck and I'm sorry to hear that.

Have a nice day

Since: Oct 11

Bridgetown, Barbados

#1104 Jan 4, 2012
Ynot- Lily wrote:
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hi..
I had the ulcer for 2 years (now, I had it once before- 4 years ago).
I did endoscopy twice, both was a failure. Doctors took biopsy just for celiac... not for pylori and kept sending me to breath test lol.
I'm like the persone 2 notes above wondering how come your blood test came out negetive...have you done a breath test?
Your story is horrible and hope you feel better.. I'm doing blood test sunday just to be on the safe side lol :)
but I don't feel anything strange so I don't think it can hurt anyone's liver, you just had a bad luck and I'm sorry to hear that.
Have a nice day
So why didn't you demand that they test for h pylori at the endoscopy? You have to tell these doctors what to do at times. If one doesn't do what you ask then find another. I have learned that the hard way. Well from what I know about the blood test they say it may show up positive for several months or years even though it is not there. But in my case I actually knew it was there for a while still due to the way my stomach would feel and my stool were often soft and had this yellow color plus a metallic scent. When I took the mastic gum I did have a metallic bitter taste in my mouth for a while and I knew to expect that when the bug is being killed off. It's just that the mastic caused me too much pain and there was NO way I could have continued beyond day 13. I would have killed my self if I did that so I did the sensible thing and discontinued the mastic, but hey it still got rid of the bacteria after just 13 days so it goes to show that the mastic was powerful and potent. I also know of many people who tested positive for h pylori via blood took the antibiotics went for retest 3-6 months after and blood test was negative and they have not had a problem since. H pylori infections are very common in my country. I am trusting God to work a miracle in my body because I am really in a bad shape. I must admit maybe I waited too long to attack the h pylori again and during that time it thinned out my stomach and perhaps that's why the mastic had such a bad effect on my stomach. But why did it hurt my liver and kidneys? I guess I'll never know.
Sharon Glass

Pensacola, FL

#1105 Jan 4, 2012
H.Pylori is a natural bacteria in the body, until you get an abundance just like Candida etc. It is not one of your "good" bacterias, but if you have good bacteria more abundant than the bad, the H.Pylori cannot flourish. The way the blood test works is if you have an abundance of H.pylori, the count will be higher than normal, and that is how they diagnose you to begin with. Other test are available also. You shouldn't do a fecal test until you have been treated because you can get a false reading.

You actually need H.Pylori to balance out your good and your bad naturally, but not in abundance because that is when the trouble starts. H.pylori infections can be picked up on grocery carts or anything that a lot of people handle, especially the young and elderly. It is picked up through fecal material and when a person is infected with the "Super Bug" as someone stated earlier, you can pick it up. I am convinced I got it at a rest home where I did a Bible study every week because the elderly people were always having stomach issues and because of some of their conditions they were often not so clean.

Remember, the goal is not to kill all H.pylori forever, you just don't want it to be in abundance or it will kill all good stuff. I encourage everyone to take a good probiotic every day which will build up your good bacteria and keep your intestines and stomach nice and healthy. I have absolutely no stomach issues at all, and my regime is once a year 30 days of Mastic Gum (preventative) and probiotics every day.
Good luck everyone, I hope all of you have as much success as I have had. Sharon

Since: Oct 11

Bridgetown, Barbados

#1106 Jan 4, 2012
Smudge1 wrote:
Hi Kassy
I'm really sorry of all the problems you've been having. I am also surprised that the mastic gum gave you such a nasty reaction as it seems to have worked so well for so many people. I am also a little confused as you say you had 2 blood tests before the endoscopy and both were negative...but I understand that a blood test will always show up positive if you have ever suffered from pylori...even if you have managed to eradicate it? So I'm wondering whether you ever did actually have pylori in the first place..and if not, maybe that's why the mastic disagreed with you so badly...just a thought.
It doesn't always show positive. Perhaps it does for some people. But it my case and in many others that I know of , a few months after treatment their tests were negative. In my particular case I used the mastic gum in April and in May and June and I did the blood tests and they were both negative. I knew for sure it was gone because I had the metallic bitter taste in my mouth for a few days after the mastic gum. I had read from person's experience that this is a die off effect. It is just sad that the mastic hurt my stomach and liver and kidney's like that. Like I said it did good in eradicating the bug but left me with worst physical problems. As I told Ynot maybe I waited too long after the 1st treatment to deal with the bug again and by then my stomach was too sensitive to the mastic, but then again I never had that reaction to the antibiotics. So I just regret using mastic and think I should have gone for the quadruple therapy this time with the bismuth. Oh well, it has already happened.

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