The Helicobacter Foundation

I am compiling a bit of a list: Can you add to it?

  1. Ayatollah Khomeini; (Died from intestinal bleeding, most Iranians have HP).
  2. Lorne Greene; (Of Bonanza fame. Died from peptic ulcers and pneumonia complication, I only know what I saw on the cover of National Enquirer).
  3. James Joyce; (Family history of stomach cancer and died of a perforated ulcer as per your letter). Most people born before 1940 would have had HP as adults, especially in Ireland.
  4. George Bush; (At one time in the 60's had a duodenal ulcer; lots of men in the CIA have HP because they have lived overseas, particularly Latin America.)
  5. Pope John Paul II; (Had gastric bleeding in the 1980's. Most Poles have HP).
  6. Imelda Marcos; (Had gastritis and gastric bleeding during her N.Y. court case; most Filipinos have HP).
  7. Stonewall Jackson; (Was known as a terribly grumpy dyspeptic by his doctor!). HP infection rate was very high in USA before 1900.
  8. My great grandfather. (A Scott. Bled to death in hospital with a duodenal ulcer. Family blamed his fondness of citrus fruit!)
  9. My father in-law; (Gastric problems ever since WW2. Blamed army food! Better since treated for HP in 1993!)

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