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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Alka Seltzer
- Alkaline Diet
- Antibiotics, Cranberry Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cranberry
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cranberry, Vitamin C
- Apple Cider Vinegar, D-Mannose
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger Root Tablets
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Uva Ursi
- Avoid Alcohol, Drink Water
- Avoid Garlic and Citrus Avoid Backlighting Computer Monitors
- Avoid Spermicides
- Baking Soda
- Ball Stretch
- Bladder Infection Causes
- Chinese Herbs
- Citric Acid Supplements
- Club Soda
- Coconut Milk
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Cornsilk and Shave Grass Teas
- Cranberry for Prevention of UTI
- D-Mannose, Garlic, Alkaline Pills
- Dandelion Tea and Oregano Oil
- Dietary Changes
- General Feedback
- Golden Seal and Echinachea
- Goldenseal and Echinachea
- Grape Leaf Pickles
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Grapeseed Extract
- Group B Strep
- Hematuria Remedies
- Herbal Tea
- Himalayan Salt
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hygienic Practices
- Lime Juice for UTI Prevention
- Link to Drinking City Water
- Marshmallow Root Extract
- Multiple Remedies
- Olive Leaf
- Olive Leaf, Turmeric
- Oregano Oil
- Pilates and Chiropractic Treatments
- Plantain Tea
- Probiotic Suppository
- Remedies for Recurrent UTI
- Remedies Needed
- Rock Salt
- Sea Salt
- Sea Salt, Baking Soda and Cranberry Pills
- Ted's Remedies
- Treat According to Your Urinary pH
- Urinate After Sex
- Uva Ursi
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Water With Lime and Lemon
- Watermelon Seed Tea
- Watermelon, Baking Soda, Azo
- White Vinegar
12/22/2012: Chris from Waco, Texas, Usa: "Hello, my name is Chris & I'm a healthy 28yr. old male dealing with what I believe is a Bladder Infection. So this all started off like a month & a half ago. I was peeing a lot, burning when I peed, no discharge, lower back pain, lower abdomen pain & also a itch inside the penis. My family doctor did a urine sample on me & he said the sample came back with a bit of an infection, so he gave me a antibiotic called Bactrim, & said to take it for five days. Well, I did that & it was still lingering around, went back & this time he gave me Cipro & said to take it 2X's a day for 14 days. Well I did that & went back for a third visit, same thing, did another urine sample & said their seemed to be a little stubborn infection still their & gave me four pills of Zithromax & that worked for like five days then it came back.
My doctor was worried about Kidney & Bladder stones, so he sent me to a referral to get a CT Scan, also checked me below for anything else. Well a few weeks ago, I went to get my CT Scan on my kidneys & bladder, I came back clear but said I had a mild case of Diverticulitis (WOW). Well I went to to the Urologist Wed, he checked my testicles & penis, also did another urine sample & said the culture did not grow anything. I told him I had been drinking water & taking cranberry extract pills as well. The Urologist said it is probably just a stubborn case of Bladder issues that will probably have to heal over time, but I'm getting sick & tired of this issue & want my regular life back, if anybody has any answers, please send me a message or leave comments here.
P. S. I just want the itch to go away, please I need help ASAP!
12/22/2012: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Hi Chris, Many people on the low dose naltrexone Yahoo group report that it is effective for various bladder problems. You can read about it at www.ldninfo.org and can join the Yahoo group, whose address is on the LDN site and ask for input from people who have had success with this particular problem. Best wishes!"
12/23/2012: Carole from Pulborough, West Sussex, England replies: "Hi Chris, Have a look at 'mannose' which may help restore your bladder/urinary tract bacteria.
Having a bath with some apple cider vinegar can also help if there is any burning sensation.
I had a horrid cystitis problem last year - never experienced anything like it before! And in researching how to stop the problem from occuring, I discovered this product. It seems it is very safe to take long-term.
Best wishes. Carole"
02/05/2013: Dominic from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada replies: "Chris from Waco, Texas, Usa:
May I suggest you go see a good homeopathic doctor if your problem lingers.. there are some deeper issues not being addressed by your MD and the so-called specialists but a good homeopath WILL find it."
02/09/2013: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "I suggest trying pure cranberry juice. It worked for a serious chronic urinary tract infection for me when the antibiotics failed to. This treatment was prescribed for me by a urologist medical doctor. You drink one to three cups of pure cranbeery juice per day. My infection was gone in about 2 weeks using the cranberry juice....Oscar"
08/31/2012: Female28 from Houston, Texas, Usa: "Hello everyone, I am a 28 year old female, I developed some kind of rashes on my skin and they were really itchy then I had itching on my urethra too, I went to care now and there I was given some prednosine 60 mg for 5 days and I was diagnosed with urinary infection grou b strep. I was put on macrobid 100mg and after 10 days as soon as I finished my course I went back as my itching came back and the rashes on my skin was severe and I had clusters of bumps on my thighs, inner thighs and hands and arms neck. I am also getting slight pain in my lower back as well. The doctor did another round of urine and blood, and she said I was doing better with my uti as the blood in my urine reduced to 1 from 3 plus, and I was given doxy -cycl hycl 100mg, cephalexin 500 mg, triamcinolon. 1 cre fougera, I am fine with the rashes but my skin has turned into purple color and very dry and itching has reduced but not completely and I still feel pain in my lower back, and as soon I pee. I pee little bit more without my knowledge. I am really scared please help me out.
Is there anything else to do, I was also goin for yeast infection as macrobid killed all the good bacteria too."Replies
09/01/2012: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Dear Female28, For any urinary tract infection which of course includes the bladder: I highly recommend using REAL cranberry juice. The so called craberry juice coctails sold at most grocery stores contain very little cranberry juice.
I was prescribed this treatment by a urologist when ALL of the antibiotics had failed me. Within about one week of this cranberry juice treatment any and all symptoms of this infection that had been with me for at least 3 or 4 years disappeared and never returned.
The treatment is: drink one cup of real cranberry juice three times throughout each day on an empty stomach. You can read about it here and at other websites. This cranberry juice really does work wonders for a very many people:
08/21/2012: Jfrost231 from Hackettstown, New Jersey, United States: "Hi, 6-7 months ago I was diagnosed with a bladder infection and was put on Cipro for it. I thought I had been cured, but it came back like 3 months ago. So my doctor did an exam and he said I had cystitis because I was having pain during urination, that was my only problem, no other problems, no pain in my pelvis or anything, just pain while I pee. That's still the only problem that does not seem to go away no matter what I do and my mother is considering taking me to the gyno to see if they can figure it out. Anyway, the doctor also took a urine sample and it came up for some kind of bacteria, and when I was done taking the bactrim I had felt better, but I was still having pain during urination, though after another urine sample it came back negative for any bacteria. So then he put me on Augmentin, a penicillin and something else to finish off whatever I had. I felt even better when I was done with it, but still a little bit of pain was left.
Then I thought, hey, cystitis is the inflammation of the bladder, so my mom gave me an anti-inflammatory that she had been given recently and never took (she is a nurse, so she has experience with giving meds to patients for different things) and I'm still taking it but IM STILL HAVING SOME PAIN. I started thinking, what if it's not my bladder, what if it's my urethra that had something wrong with it? Or could it possibly be my cervix? I really don't know what's wrong with me. If anyone can give me an idea of what it sounds like I have, that would be awesome. And any remedies that would help fix it. Thank you."Replies
08/22/2012: Grateful For Earth Clinic from God Bless, The Us! replies: "Adelle Davis mentioned in her book, many moons ago, that magnesium helps with bladder infections. Also, would coconut oil help since it is antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial? Last, cayenne may help by fighting the infection to help stop the burning sensation.
Cipro has fluoride, I believe, which may deplete iodine in your body.
Hope this info is helpful and you are feeling better soon!"
08/23/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky replies: "Jfrost231, it is most likely infection. The antibiotics kill the bacteria and that explains the temporary relief, but they leave behind a fungal infection so you don't really gain anything. Try your doctor for some antifungal medication or go the natural route w/ herbs like Garlic, Oil of Oregano, Grapefruit seed Extract, or Olive Leaf Extract (kills bacterial and fungal). Drink 2 cups low sugar Cranberry juice daily. Take two grams amino acid Lysine daily to help kill viral type infection (which is known to piggy-back on some types of bacteria). Zinc @ 50mg daily will substantially boost immune system as well as stimulate healing."
08/23/2012: Plumhappy from Eugene, Oregon replies: "Your problem could be intersticial cystitis. If so, drinking the cranberry juice will only make it worse. IC is a cronic inflamation of the bladder and cause a great deal of pain and burning, depending on the person. My friend and I both deal with this and different foods are cuprits for both of us. Cut out all acidic food, including coffee, black and green tea and any citrus (incl. Ascorbic acid). You can research this on line for a list of foods. Hope this helps."
08/23/2012: Plumhappy from Eugene, Oregon replies: "Sorry I did not read your original post before I responded the first time. Besides eliminating offending acidic food, I have been taking MSM, as it is an antinflamitory. This has worked great for me. My friend is worse off and about twice a year goes to her urologist to have a treatment with DMSO, where they fill her bladder with it. You may find more online about this. She says it is painful but worth it. I would try the MSM first. They are a related product. I hope this helps you. Please stick to the diet. It is the only way to live with this problem. You will find some foods are worse for you than others.. But in order for you to find out which ones are your worst enemy, you have to be strict at eliminating all acidic food. When adding back foods to your diet, start with the ones with just a bit of acid in it such as mayonaise( it is made with vinegar). For me, I can use ACV but not citrus, odd, does not make sense to me but there it is. Also, soda pop is on the bad list for this."
08/23/2012: Plumhappy from Eugene, Oregon replies: "I forgot one thing. There is a product that my friend uses all the time. You can buy it at Wallgreen Drug Store and on line. I don't recall if you use it after or before consuming something acidic but she swears by it and always has some with her."
06/22/2012: Vtest : "Hi, I get frequest urine infections it might be sometimes yeast or uti.. I am so frustrated with these infections I was put on antibiotics everytime I visit my Dr. They are not able to say why this is happening so frequently..
From past 3 months when its time for my ovulation I get diarrhea and my stomach will be hurting when I have to use the bathroom and I get dischare during this time feels like some kind of infection it will be so irritating and this will last for about 7-10 days then again constipation.. This pattern is continuing to happen.. Not sure if I have any problem :-(
If you can suggest me something I will be really thankful to you!!
06/22/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "If you have an imbalance in the bacteria in your gut you could be prone to these infections.
Incorporate eating probiotic rich foods in your diet 5-6 times daily. Even 1 tablespoon each time is ok, it is just a way of pumping adequate amount of good bacteria to your body to get your body back in balance.
Kefir, kombucha, lacto-fermented veggies, sauerkraut are example of probiotic rich foods. You can learn to make them for cheap by reading recipes here at http://culturedfoodlife.com/
The more antibiotics you take, the more you are wiping out the good bacteria from your body which is causing your body to go into a repeated case of infection.
Also a good probiotic specifically for your issue is made by RenewLife company out of Canada. Google to find their info.
Additionally drinking UNsweetened cranberry juice in water several times daily and apple cider vinegar in water would be helpful for your healing.
Finally, avoid any/all sugars, white flour and processed foods from your diet.
06/22/2012: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Dear Tina from Houston, Myself and others are reporting dramatic results with 3 cups of pure cranberry juice per day for urinary tract infections of many types. This was at one time a well known treatment for such infections. It worked for me when all of the anti-biotics failed to do so and it worked very rapidly. Within 2 weeks all symptoms of a chronic infection that plagued me for years were gone....Oscar"
06/23/2012: Diane from Los Angeles, Ca. U.S. replies: "I was certain I had a urinary tract infection or yeast infection for months. Everytime I went to the Doctors I would be told I didn't have one. Yet I was up all night urinating and my side hurt and I felt terrible. Due to severe dehydration I lost the ability to sleep for days.
My doctor finally took blood tests and what I did have was H. Pylori! A bacterial infection of the stomach lining. Untreated it could have cause ulcers or even stomach cancer. The doctor told me that I had gotten H. Pylori due to food or water.
I was placed on antibiotics and I took them as I felt I had no choice. I still have to go back for another blood test to see if I'm clear. I still have some pain after I eat."
06/06/2012: Phillipa from London, England: "Hello Ted, just further to my earlier note to you. Urine test has come back today showing no infection. When bladder feels inflamed sea salt improves it. Why would this be if there is no infection. Does the sea salt help with inflammation. Perhaps there is a low level of infection. Thanks, Phillipa"Replies
06/09/2012: Miserable_in_bama from Oneonta, Alabama, United States replies: "buy some Uva Ursi, an herb that is wonderful for bladder and kidney problems. I've used it many times for bladder infections. Good luck and God bless you"
06/02/2012: Jfrost231 from Hackettstown, New Jersey, United States: "Hi, I'm a 16 year old female. I have a bladder infection, this is my second one I've had so far. I got one two months and went on the antibiotic Cipro for it. But this time I wanted to try some natural remedies, because of one, the antibiotics were very harsh on my body and I got bad side effects like nausea, head and body aches, I hear that antibiotics not only get rid of bad bacteria, but good bacteria too (which to me isn't good), and I'm currently on birth control pills for my periods and the antibiotics make it ineffective and make my periods more difficult to deal with.
So I've had the infection for 2 weeks I'd say, when I first felt that I had, I began drinking lots and lots of water. Then I came on this website and saw the remedy of Apple cider vinegar, I first put 2 tablespoons of it in water with some lemon juice, and I was also drinking unsweetened cranberry juice, I was drinking this mixture with the cranberry juice and water for about a week and still feeling the bladder infecton, then this past week I've been drinking the 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vider straight up 3 times a day, with water and cranberry juice throughout the day and felt a lot better, less pain, but I still noticed it. You should also know that since I had the infection, I was taking 2000 mg of vitamin c, a cranberry supplement, and echinacea, and this past week the same thing but with increased dosage of vitamin c.
My mother who is a nurse, told me that I could still be feeling pain because of a sore urethra, to be honest, I've never peed so much in my entire life like I have these past 2 weeks. So today, I reduced the amount of fluids I've been taking and drank 2 water bottles and cranberry juice, 1 I drank throughout that day that I had put 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and when I last urinated, it was a lot more painful. I'm not sure if it's because I was not drinking as many fluids and the fluids that I was drinking was high in acidity. So I don't really know what to do, do I have a sore urethra? Or do I still have the bladder infection? I don't know what else to try, I've also eaten foods with sea salt. Please, I don't know what else to do and my family can't really afford to take me to the doctor for this, ever since my parents divorced, money has been tight. Whatever advice you can give me will be helpful. Thank you.
06/03/2012: Genevieve from Yachats, Or replies: "Here's the answer to your prayers for relief from BLADDER INFECTION (cystitis):
BUY THESE HERBS:
- Juniper berries
- Yarrow flowers
- Uva ursi
MAKE THIS HERB MIXTURE:
- 1 1/2 tsp juniper berries
- 1 TBS yarrow flowers
- 1 TBS uva ursi
- 1 TBS cornsilk
MAKE THIS TEA:
- Boil 3 cups water.
- Add 1 TBS echinacea.
- Simmer 20 minutes.
- Pour over 1 1/2 tsp Herb Mixture.
- Cover and steep for 15 minutes.
- DRINK 1 cup each day for 10-14 days.
This is so simple that you might doubt its potency, but once I discovered how effective it is, I never worried about bladder infections again. The herbs aren't too expensive (certainly not even close to a doctor's visit), and they'll last a long time if you store them in a tight jar in a cool place. You'll probably feel a happy difference within 3 days, maybe even as soon as the next day.
A friend had a bladder infection for two months after a hospital stay, tried this tea, and was symptom free after only two days. But then he stopped the tea, the infection returned, and he went back to the doctor and was in pain and on drugs for four more months! So be sure to do the tea for a full 10-14 days.
Peace Love Joy & Harmony, Genevieve"
06/03/2012: Joyce from Dallas, Tx replies: "Julia, I recently had to deal with the same issue you are facing... I had a recurring UTI after three antibiotic prescriptions... I hate antibiotics but I was so desperate because ACV and Baking Soda didn't work... Also Ted's remedy of Sea Salt and Cranberry Juice didn't work for me either... What initially helped me right away, was 3 lemons squeezed in a 1. 5 liter of water sweetened with stevia and drunken throughout the day, everyday for a whole week... No coffee also... This took the pain away allowing me to urinate without pain and also allowing me to flush out the infection from my bladder... After a week of lemonade, the infection must have passed through on its own....
But I believe what has helped the UTI's from not recurring is the 12 Tissue Salts... Google the 12 Tissue Salts and start taking these tissue salts: #10 Natrum Phosphate also called Sodium Phosphate, #8 Magnesium Phosphate, #5 Potassium Chloride, also #4 Ferrum Phosphate... They are tiny dissolvable tablets taken under the tongue... These are natural tissue salts that are essential to our bodies... You can find them at some health food stores... A lot of people don't know about them... They are called Dr. Schusslers 12 tissue salts... You can also Google them right now to see what I'm talking about! They have worked wonders for me and my recurring UTI's and so many other ailments! Best Wishes!"
06/03/2012: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Try taking D-Mannose. The "bugs" attach to it in your bladder and you then pee them out. It works.
Here is a web-site that discusses how:
Dr. Jonathan Wright and the Tahoma Clinic are well known in the Pacific Northwest. Suzanne Somers interviewed Dr. Wright, along with some other ground breaking, forward thinking doctors in her awesome book "Breakthrough". He discussed d-mannose and bladder infections in depth there as well.
05/13/2012: Llrascal from San Antonio, Texas, Usa: "I have had a bladder infection since I had a hysterectomy 3 years ago. I have been given IV's and antibiotics. I also started getting a blue tinge on my moons of my fingers after the surgery have been to several doctors not one can seem to get to the problem except I have this infection. I should also tell you I have a plate in my neck that they found out I'm allergic to, they say it has to come out, I have been to cardiology, GYN, infectious Docs, one Doc said I might have too much metal, but whatever the problem is I can't get this infection gone. My oxygen level was 99% so they said that didn't seem to be the problem. I'm all but done with these doctors except to get this metal out of my body. As I have severe swelling around my plate. I'm telling you this so you have a better understanding of things. All my blood work looks good except my WBC. They did a major blood look that took 15 tubes. All I hear is psuedomonas. Thanks for any help. Cathy"Replies
05/14/2012: Steve from Las Vegas, Nevada replies: "Unsweetened cranberry juice is said to be helpful for bladder infections. I have used olive leaf extract capsules to heal all types of infections, it's one of the most powerful antibacterial herbs on the planet. I can almost guarantee if you take these as prescribed (2caps 3x/day) it will knock out the infection.
Health benefits of olive leaf:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces fats
- Reduces blood sugar
- Decreases fatigue
- Improves the immune system
- Purifies the body
- Fights parasites
- Fights viruses
- Fights fungus
- Fights bacteria
05/14/2012: Heather from Leicester replies: "Hi, continuous bladder infections can lead to or mean bladder cancer. Somewhere on this site there is a sea salt in water cure. Try looking under bladder ailments section."
05/14/2012: Kaz from Launceston, Tasmania replies: "Cranberry Juice..... My daughter's specialist suggested she drink this when she was getting regular bladder infections. There's something in cranberries that helps. Don't know if it will help, but give it a go!!"
05/14/2012: Bonnie from Riverside Ca., Cal. United States replies: "What helped me with my infection was cranberry sauce because it is concentrated."
05/14/2012: Zilverb from Seabrook, Tx - Texas, Usa replies: "For the bladder infection that the doctors could not cure, I took 1-tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar with mother in 1-cup of water three times a day and the bladder infection left. I do maintanence by taking one dose a day."
05/14/2012: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "You should try to stop eating gluten and see if this helps. I have a friend who's daughter had continuous bladder infections. She found out that gluten irritates the lining of her daughters bladder which then causes infection symptoms. http://www.celiac.com/articles/21636/1/Gluten-Sensitivity-and-Bladder-Disease/Page1.html Even if you get tested for a sensitivity through a regular doctor and it is negative it is still possible as the test's they use are not always accurate. I would try it. It really can't hurt but might make you feel better. I hope the metal plate issue is resolved as well. It sounds very painful. I wish you good health."
05/14/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "Try these suggestion. I am not a doctor, but went through a bout of ongoing bladder infections which finally got resolved. Below is everything I did...
1) Probiotic foods including suaerkrauet, kimchi, kombucha, kefir several times daily.
2) ACV Raw with mother 2 tablespoon in warm water 5-6 times daily.
3) Manuka honey 1 tablespoon 3-4 times daily.
4) Himalayan sea salt 2 tablespoon in 1/2 cup water. Mix and swallow. You may feel nauseus as you do this, don't smell, just gulp and swallow. I did this twice daily. If you have high blood pressure you may want to avoid vast amounts of sodium FYI.
5) Oil of oregano good quality supplements.
6) Olive leaf extract good quality supplements.
7) Renew life company in Canada makes a probiotic specific to these needs, please google, call them and they will guide you.
8) Cranberry sauce several times daily.
If this doesnt shift things please follow up with chiropracter or acupuncturist. Constant bladder infections do lead to cancer so don' take this lightly.
If you are open to energy healing, the most proficient healing protocol in my opinion and experience is 'pranic healing'. Google it, you can find folks who can do this on you long distance and it has helped me tremendously.
05/14/2012: Debra from Jacksonville, Los Angeles Ca Usa replies: "I used to get chronic bladder infections. They were always caused by one or a combination of three things: 1) caffeine 2) alcohol 3) vigorous sex. Hope this helps."
05/14/2012: Shannon from Ventura, Ca Usa replies: "Have the doctors looked into whether you have IC? It's a bladder condition that presents very much like a bladder infection. I thought I was getting bladder infections a lot, but then was diagnosed with IC, and told I probably never had bladder infections."
05/14/2012: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Dear all, The pure cranberry juice treatment worked for me for a chronic urinary tract infection when nothing else did. You take one cup of pure cranberry juice three times per day. This treatment was prescribed to me by a urologist when all of the antibiotics had failed. You need the real thing and NOT the so called cranberry juice cocktails. It cured my infection in about two weeks....Oscar"
05/15/2012: Shaniqua from Detroit, Mi replies: "Hello, I read your comment of chronic bladder infection and had to reply. Recently I had a kidney infection after chronic other infections. The weather here in Michigan is damp and moist and full of a lot of mold and fungus leading to health issues for many. I was cured in 2 days using Standard Process albaplex, arginex, and their cranberry complex. I took 2 of albaplex and 2 arginex and 1 cranberry complex every few hours and got relief within 3 dosages. Arginex is made of buckwheat And beet product and helps detox the kidneys and flush out the bladder when they are overloaded. Cranberry helps flush out the bacteria but you should not drink the juice unless it's pure and not loaded with sugar to feed infections. It is probable that diabetes plays a role in your chronic bladder infection as uncontrolled blood sugar feeds infection as well As a number of other issues but diabetes is very common. Good luck."
11/24/2011: Kimberley from Uk, London: "Wondering if anyone can help me! As no doctors can!
It dates back to when I was little, I began having discomforts with certain citrus fruits and anything too processed. I would get a bit of discomfort down below. Then I started getting my period 2x a month, my mother took me to a doctor and they put me on a birth controll pill that evened this out for me. By this age I was slightly anemic so I was taking iron supplements as well as eating all the right things. I soon came off the pill as I was a conscious teenager and I felt I was putting on weight. Stuff seemed to settle down but I still had to stay away from the certain fruits and foods.
Now I am going on to be 20 in a few days and about 10 months a go a lot of things started flaring up. It started with lower abdominal pain and bloating. I started going out with my partner 10 months ago, he is completly STi free and has had no problems down in his department.
Anyway as I go on...
Then I got a series of what the doctors called 'urine infections' although I always new this was not the case. The anti-biotics would seem to help me for 2-3 days and then the pain would come back. My urine had no 'fishy odour' it didn't sting and the only pain I could describe it as was a 'contraction'.
I was now getting these 'infections' every 2 weeks. It was now starting to affect my studies, I was lying down on the floor gulping down 1 litre bottles of water trying to flush everything out my system. the only thing that would relieve me would be squatting or very hot water baths. I was also feeling feverish and extreme tiredness as well as back pain.
The pain went on and on for months until one day I woke up at 5 am and I had to make myself go to A n E. They did a urine test detected a very week UTI and gave me MORE antibiotics. I saw a doctor and he was concerned which triggered me into thinking something else could be the matter here.
I have been on every anti-biotic known to man literally. The doctor then said I needed to be STI tested-which I knew was again not the case as I have always been cautious with this area. I got tested for the last time and everything was NEGATIVE, no STI's no YEAST infections, NOTHING. and as I said my partner is clean and been tested recently again too.
The thing is.. Before I have sex I am okay although bloating is an everyday thing for me, but after sex I get a 'uti'. example: I went to the doctor and 3 days after having sex once in between I end up in AGONY and had to go to A n E coming back with antibiotics and a UTI.
I have been recently having my period 2x a month again and I am on the cerazette pill, which I am now coming off as I am getting rashes, breast pain and sickness. I have seen 3 gyne's and nothing is abnormal. Saw a urineologist a week ago did a scan over organs etc, nothing abnormal.
I have doing everything, from holistic things to diet to pills. I have tried a wheat free and gluten diet which didn't make too much of a difference. I have like I said been on so many antibiotics it's a joke. I got told that my mother's spiritual friend picked up on a fault in my back as well as my knee.
I just need some help ANYTHING! From foods to help soothe or something I can go buy until someone will take me seriously and stop pumping pills into my body.... I can't cope with my uni work load I can't work, I can barely go a week without being in agony. I drink camomile tea, I stay away from junk and my diet is pretty good for a 19 year old student.
thank you, kimberleydavies1(at)hotmail.com"Replies
11/24/2011: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "Hi, Please look at renewlife probiotics. Absolutely the best for this type of symptoms. Call them and they will walk you through diff suggestions.
Please google lacto-fermented foods, and start incorporating these at all meals. Very easy to make and store, and very essential to good UTI health.
Include raw milk, raw yoghurt and raw cheeses into your diet if you are ok with dairy. Include kombucha and kefir (water, milk or coconut) into your diet daily. Include Apple Cider Vinegar 2-3 daily. Spirulina and Chorella are essential to good gut balance and use these daily too.
Within 2-3 months you should see relief, but do continue the lacto-fermented foods ongoing.
Also consider going to a chiropracter for a reset, and acupuncture in addition to consuming the above.
I hope this helps, T"
11/25/2011: D from Oz, Ks replies: "Have you read about coconut oil being helpful as it's antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral? Or have you read that magnesium may help with bladder infections according to Adele Davis?"
11/25/2011: Craig from Lubbock, Texas replies: "D-Mannose is a sugar that is missing one carbon molecule. It entraps the bad bacteria that is causing the UTI (urinary tract infection), preventing the bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract wall & you expell the bacteria out in your urine. My opinion it is best to use the powder form of D-Mannose instead of capsules. To treat UTI, take one teaspoon three times a day. For prevention, one teaspoon per day. Based on my personal experiences with friends & family it has been 100% effective... based on my web research around 90% effective."
11/27/2011: Stella from Havelock, Ontario, Canada replies: "The best thing I have found for bladder infections is, daily Liquid Lugol's Iodine (5%) I took one drop daily for a week, then kept adding another drop each week, until I was up to 8 drops daily. Since then, (June 2011) I have not had another infection and in 2010 I had several about one each month.
Bonnie in Canada"
06/29/2012: Erin H. from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma replies: "I have had this very same issue with getting a UTI after sex. It could be the next day or a few days later and it comes on very fast. I have used D-Mannose, antibiotics, etc, but nothing seems to help other than a diflucan. Do that tells me that it has to be yeast related. My husband and I read the other day that even sex changes the ph balance of the vaginal area. So, I have been on a candida killing mission for the last couple of weeks and I think I am starting to get a handle on it. I am eating raw garlic, smashing it and cutting it into pieces that I can swallow with water. I am taking candida remedy and also the probiotic too. I am taking 6 mg of Boron a day. I think one pill is 3 mg. I drink tons of water. I have Iordoral ordered and on its way. I am doing no sugar and no bread. So far, my white coating on my tongue seems to be clearing up, but not completely gone yet. My itchiness is going away. I know I have a long way to go, but at least I seem to be making progress. We have not had sex yet to see what will happen. We were wanting to get a handle on the immediate yeast problem before we tried again. I am thinking about adding Grapefruit seed extract, as what I have read, seems to be pretty potent too. But I have done tons of research and the two things that keep coming up are the raw garlic and the Iodoral. Oh, and I also take several tablespoons of coconut oil a day, too."
08/19/2011: Roxane from Manchester, Uk: "Hi, I have suffered from reccuring bladder infections for the past 9 years. They usually come out of nowhere and fast: pain in the lower stomach, need to urinate, hurts when I do, especially the last drops, and immediate feeling/pain to urinate again 2 seconds later.
I have gone through many courses of antibiotics treatments for them. I have even had 5 cystoscopies and urethral dilatations to supposedly solve the issue for good. My urologist keeps telling me that I'm part of this very unlucky part of the female population that will need this procedure every so often in my life.
But now I'm tired of it all. I have impeccable hygiene and do all the things you are supposed to do to ensure maximum cleanliness. I have also got a fairly healthy diet, making sure that I eat plenty of fiber to keep my diet in balance and have really reduced my carbs and dairy intake. I try not to over indulge too often but still want to live a little, I am only 30 years old after all!
I am really serious about finding a natural cure/remedy/help for this now but I am finding it really difficult because usually only antibiotics would help clear it off. I just dont want to have to become dependant to them or do any damage long term to my health.
I've tried cranberry juice, Uva Ursi, doesn't work for me. I've now found out about D-mannose which I started taking when my current infection started (7 days ago now) and it seemed to ease the pain a bit. The infection was still there but the urge to urinate wasn't as frequent. I was able to get on with it (and keep going to work) more easily. But 3 days later, it was still there so I ordered some wild oregano oil and a new supplement/natural antibiotic called Uribiotic (despite the hefty price! ) which I have been taking for 3 days now.
My routine today - still suffering a bit though - is: wake up, take D-mannose probiotics, breakfast take 1st Uribiotic, lunch with probiotics and take 2nd uribiotic, get home from work take another D-mannose with probiotics, dinner take uribiotics. I have also tried rubbing the wild oregano oil on my lower stomch when I was in pain one night.
I do feel better but it's not fully cleared yet and I am not sure what's done the trick. Could anyone advise if they've had the same symptoms and tried the above?
I'm just tired of feeling like this and not being able to lead a "normal" life. I wish there was something I could do to try help and prevent it or at least get rid of it fast and quick!
Thanks for reading my loooong statement. Hope it will help someone and that it will help me!"Replies
08/19/2011: Ti from Houston, Usa replies: "Hello, Sorry to hear about your recurring infections. Please google 'pranic healing'. Find someone in your neighborhood who can do this for you or learn to do it yourself. It is priceless and life changing.
Good luck, T"
08/19/2011: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "I noticed you tried cranberry juice. Was it pure cranberry juice or so called cranberry juice coctail ? Pure cranberry juice worked for me when all the antibiotics failed to be of any help. I was prescribed this treatment by a urologist: 1 cup of pure cranberry juice taken 3 times a day on an empty stomach. Once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once at night before I went to bed. That stuff sold in grocery stores will not work. It has very little cranberry juice in it and it also contains a lot of sugar. It worked for me with a chronic urinary tract infection when nothing else did. I wished to make sure you took that treatment as was prescribed to me before writing it off as a failed treatment. I was amazed by the results of this time honored treatment....Oscar"
08/19/2011: Jen from Bozeman, Mt replies: "I've only had two bladder infections my whole life and believe me that was about 3 to many for me. I do however have a friend who's 7 year old has gone through this very same thing all her life. She was told that she would be on antibiotics for the rest of her life basically. They wanted her to take a low dose daily. When my friend told me that I freaked. Not only is that terrible for her but for the entire population as bacteria is already fighting back by becoming immune to antibiotics. I told my friend to take her daughter to a naturopath who has pretty much solved the problem for about 10 months now. She has not had an infection and it was every three weeks that she would get one before. I know they took her off of gluten and dairy after her allergy tests were possitive for sensitivities to them. She also was put on a suppliment called kali mar. I've seen it in health food stores.
I would definately start drinking apple cider vinegar to keep your pH more alkaline. That is what is causing my friends little ones bladder issues is the low pH. She has had a more alkaline pH ever since she stopped the gluten and dairy. Good health to you. I hope you feel better soon:("
08/19/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "I'm sure all the strange things in modern food has a lot to do with the niggling and dangerous illnesses around these days, the body hasn't a clue what these things are and does its best to regain good health in spite of them. Even if it has to go into an inflamatory response, If anyone has the time to check out the imiediate health benifits of eating raw unprocessed food, it should act as a flag that something very basic is missing in the modern diet..
To my thinking the missing link is MSM, it is neccesary for cell health.. The moment you cook food it evaporates up into the stratosphere. And returns in the little known sulphur cycle. The plants hold it in their roots and then we cook the plant and blow it off again in the atmosphere without getting any. Its lost in all processed food. But this vital super antioxident is needed to stop the allergies damaging us, it mops the problems up before the cell damage occurs. So try some. Rats with 3% in their water lived 50% longer than the control group.. And those inoculated with human breast cancer cells fought the disease off for a time which in human years was calculated to be 11. Since we are all made of the same stuff its well worth it."
08/19/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Remember basic hygine? firstly. Always wipe the rear end after number twos, from front to back. A lot of females do it the wrong way because of the ease of their anatomony. Its not a nice subject and if not broached early, habit if done the wrong way is a hard one to break. Because the female Urethra is short its not a long way for a bug to get up into the bladder. A grapefruit a day should clear the condition over time.. and is good for weight loss as it takes more energy to digest one than it gives."
08/20/2011: Lover Of Truth from Bloomington, In replies: "I dealt with chronic urinary tract infection and prostatitis for years and was on 110 dollar bottle of antibiotics which the bacteria became resistant to anyway. My mother bought me a cranberry supplement that did more for me in two weeks than the doctors did the whole time. I did however had to make lifestyle changes to completely heal which meant little to no alcohol/ sugars which feeds the bacteria, take probiotics and other herbs like uva ursi, and incorporate yoga into my exercise routine. It took about two years to make a full recovery but am convinced without taking this route I would have never recovered and I would have suffered greatly waiting for conventional medicine to work. Thank God for "alternative medicine". Let food be your medicine right."
08/20/2011: Jjc from Boston, Ma replies: "Hi , I found a solution for my bladder infection with Olive Leaf and not taking so much Vit C. I found Vit C flaired it up. I was latter told to take a buffered C. Which makes sence but I did not know any better 10 years ago.
08/20/2011: Lisa from Frankfurt, Germany replies: "hello Rexane! In the past I had urinary track infection and could not emptied my bladder completely and had problem of frequent urination. My doctor prescribed me an antibiotic and I took and this antibiotic relieved my symptoms temporarily. I got infection again and I had to pee frequently especially at night. I searched in internet for natural home remedy and found that ACV and fennel seed could help me. I took two tbs mixed in one glass of water. Just after two or three hours I felt much better but after taking ACV I drank one liter water because less intake of water makes the infection worse. Moreover I ate one to two ts fennel seed for one week. This also helped me a lot, the urge to urinate frequently has been finished totally now I get satisfaction just in trip to bath. But I daily drink one to two litre water. I dont take ACV and fennel seed regularly but ocassionaly. Hope this helps you.Thanks.
06/26/2011: Jo from London, England: "Hello, hope everyone is well.
My mother (she is 74) is currently hospitalised after suffering a stroke and a heart attack about a month ago. Thankfully, she seems to slowly be making progress. However, a couple of weeks ago she suffered a big setback when she got a urine infection. During the course of treatment she received for the infection it was noted that when she used the toilet her bladder was not emptying properly and she was retaining a lot of urine in her bladder. Does anybody know of any natural remedies that might assist her with this problem. She is taking Warfarin so cannot take things like Cranberry juice. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you."
03/24/2011: T.t. from Brooklyn, Ny: "i have been struggling with re-occuring uti's for the past 3 weeks, I also have been suffering from bacterial vaginosis (for 8 years).... I am at my end ive tried everything and nothing works..... Please any help is better than none I dont know what to do anymore? Ive tried the water and peroxide remedy but I believe that it actually brought on the bv?"Replies
03/24/2011: Maria De Suecia from London, Uk replies: "Have you tried drinking Colloidal Silver before bedtime?"
03/25/2011: Tanya from Westminster, Calif. Usa replies: "Buy "D-mannose" powder (I use NOW brand at Mother's market.) 1/4 tsp, four times a day saved me. Good luck!"
09/14/2010: Lee from Wollongong, Nsw Australia: "Hi
I am looking at taking Apple Cider Vinegar & also have recently purchased some oregano oil. I keep getting recurring urinary tract infections & vaginal thrush & I am sick of using antibotics & creams, its just a vicious circle. I am also type 2 diabetic & have that under control. I have read on some sites on the web that you shouldnt take the oregano oil if you take 3 or more prescription drugs. I take Lipitor for cholestrol, Metformin & Zoloft. Is it safe to take the recommended dose as maintenance if I am on these medications?? If not, is there any other supplements that you can recommend for me to take to keep me from getting these annoying ailments as its so frustrating & now I'm turning towards natural remedies for relief. Your advice would be very much appreciated."Replies
09/15/2010: Jay from Toronto, Ont, Canada replies: "To Lee from Wollongong, Nsw Australia. You might want to try olive leaf extract."
09/15/2010: Elizabeth from Nashville, Tn replies: "It sounds like you may have systemic candida, which can make your life miserable. You need to treat it from the inside out. I would suggest making your own oregano oil capsules and taking them internally and inserting them vaginally. It is a very powerful antifungal and I get almost instant relief. Be cautious, however, since oregano oil is very potent and may sting.
1) Vaginally- Buy empty capsules, fill with carrier oil such as jojoba, coconut or vitamin E and add ONE to TWO Drops of 100% pure oregano oil from the bottle. Like I said, very strong stuff. You will feel some burning but that goes away within minutes. I usually do this at night. I repeat doses up to 3 days after symptoms cease. You may have to adjust your own doses to suit you.
2) Orally- Fill empty capsule 1/3 to 1/2 full of oregano oil and take with FULL glass of water. This will help with the yeast in your intestines and bladder and bladder infections. I would recommend taking this at night and a GOOD PROBIOTIC (at least 15 billion bacteria, I use 50 billion) in the morning (to replace good bacteria that oregano oil may kill off). I would keep this up indefinitely or until major improvement is seen.
Now, for bladder infections I HIGHLY recommend Uva Ursi capsules, which you can buy at any health food store. This herb is specifically used for bladder infections, has anti-fungal properties and is a natual diuretic. I love this stuff!! I haven't had a bladder infection for almost a year since I've been taking it *knock on wood*. I also ingest Coconut Oil on my toast or in my coffee every single morning. This helps with your overall immune system and is an antifungal also. And yummy to boot! Some people may be wary of boric acid for vaginal yeast and bv but I can swear by it. It has helped me tremendously, although I try not to use it unless I have to. You just have to do your own research and see what your instinct tells you. Sorry for the long post, but after alot of trial and error this is what works for me. Good Luck and God Bless!"
09/17/2010: Jules from Denver, Colorado replies: "I too suffered with this and found relief with grapefruit seed extract. 20 drops in tea with lemon and stevia, twice a day. Use it for yeast as well, but be sure to always dilute it with water or glycerin. Haven't found anything gse can't handle!!"
03/03/2011: Sp from Lavergne, Tn replies: "Hi Jules, Question, how long do you take grapefruit seed extract for UTIs to really get rid of it? I tried the ACV with water and also the grapefruit seed extract for my UTI. It helped lot. I did that for 5 days since the symptoms were gone. But a week later, the UTI came back."
[YEA] 01/15/2008: Beth from San Francisco, CA: "UTI and rock salt. I so did not believe this would work, but it did I was shocked."
[YEA] 08/23/2012: Darlene from Otto, Nc, Usa: "A couple of nights ago my 83 yr. old mother was complaining... Whenever she went to urinate she was burning very badly, and felt she had to go constantly. I looked up Ted's sea salt remedy and made her a glass (1tsp. Sea salt in glass warm water) to sip on before bed; the next morning she said there was no more burning, and she felt much better... And not having to constantly go to the bathroom. Thanks Ted! So thankful to have you and earth clinic."
[YEA] 11/27/2011: Kendra from Richland, Wa: "Hi Ted,
Just wanted to thank you for your site again. I forgot to vote "Yes" for the sea salt remedy for UTIs. Last January, my family was moving and everyone but me was on antibiotics for one ailment or another. I don't like to take antibiotics because I tend to get candida flare ups, so I started drinking pure, sugar-free cranberry juice like I normally do to make a UTI go away. Plus, I take one cranberry pill, probiotics, and pre-biotics on a daily basis at night.
Well, surprisingly the cranberry juice did not do the trick this time, so I found your site and read about the sea salt remedy. I think I took 1 tsp in one glass of warm water before bedtime. The next morning, things felt 85% better but not 100%, so I repeated the process the next night. Voila! It was gone and I didn't have to go get antibiotics. Now I throw a little bit (maybe 1/8 tsp) of sea salt into my water every night before I go to bed as a preventative measure. I don't use salt on my food, and I only use sea salt for cooking. I haven't had a UTI since even though there have been times (holidays, birthday parties) when I've eaten a lot of sugar. However, as I mentioned previously, I take acidophilus, a candida-eating probiotic, prebiotics, and cranberry pills every night along with my other natural supplements. I hope this info helps everyone! Oh, btw, I am a 40 year old female in good health. Thanks again.