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Never again a bladder infection

Never again a bladder infection

More than 50 percent of women suffer from cystitis at least once in their lives. Men are rarely affected at a young age. However, if you are in your sixties, a urinary tract infection will catch you as nearly as often as women. Antibiotics are usually used to treat bladder infections - with the result that the bladder infection disappears quickly, but often comes back just as quickly. The natural pathway that shuts down the causes is therefore much more useful in many cases.

Bladder infections are painful

Bladder infections usually become noticeable with a very annoying urinary urgency, which persists even when the bladder is empty and the urine comes out only in drops. This is accompanied by a burning sensation that first appears only when urinating, but later remains after the toilet. The more the bladder infection progresses, the more unpleasant the symptoms become. Now you may also experience abdominal pain, abdominal cramping and nausea. Also, the urine can stain reddish due to blood admixtures.

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Bladder infections caused by bacteria or fungi

Urinary tract infections are usually caused by bacteria, more rarely by fungi. They often come from their own intestinal or vaginal flora, get into the urethra and migrate in this way in the bladder. Of course, the healthy body has protective mechanisms so that the problematic germs just can not get into the urinary tract and also into the bladder. Only when these protective mechanisms are disturbed, the unwanted bacteria can colonize the mucous membranes of the urethra and the bladder. The problem is not the bacteria, but the weakened body's defenses. In the fight against the bacteria, the bladder wall swells and ignites. The stronger the inflammation becomes, the more vulnerable the bladder mucosa becomes and the higher the likelihood of bleeding.

Bladder infections: Possible complications

If the bladder infection is not cured carefully, it can lead to a chronic course and thus to further complications. This includes, for example, the death of bladder tissue, which can lead to bladder shrinkage. If the urethra is particularly affected, it may narrow over time in chronic inflammation.

If the bacteria do not stay in the bladder, but continue to rise above the ureters in the direction of the kidneys and colonize the renal pelvis there, the result can be a pyelonephritis. Now we speak of an upper urinary tract infection, while cystitis or urethritis are among the lower urinary tract infections.

In upper urinary tract infections there is now the risk that the bacteria spread through the bloodstream throughout the organism. This in turn can lead to sepsis ("blood poisoning") with fever and in extreme cases to organ failure with potentially fatal consequences.

It is this horror vision that immediately causes every doctor to rush to the antibiotic cabinet when a patient reports the typical burning sensation of urination or even just the blowing in the bladder region. If the patient is skeptical or even dares to ask for alternatives, the dangers are described to him in the darkest colors, so that he is already on the waiting list for a donor kidney without antibiotics.

In many cases, antibiotics actually improve the symptoms of bladder infections within just a few hours. If no improvement occurs, a different antibiotic must be tried, since in this case a resistance of the bacteria against the first prescribed.

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Cystitis: souvenir from the hospital

Such antimicrobial resistance is becoming more prevalent, especially in two groups of people: those who took antibiotics just prior to urinary tract infection, and those who contracted urinary tract infection during hospitalization (mostly due to a bladder catheter).

Incidentally, urinary tract infections account for 40 percent of so-called nosocomial infections (hospital infections). These are those infections in which you would never have come without a hospital stay. These include especially pneumonia, postoperative wound infections and the mentioned urinary tract infections.It is even known that 15 percent of all hospitalized with bladder catheter ingestion get a urinary tract infection. Of these 15 percent, 50,000 people die each year in the United States alone because the urinary tract infection causes sepsis that can no longer be treated as a result of resistant hospital germs.1,2

Bladder infection rarely stays alone

Back to the first uncomplicated bladder infection, which is treated by the family doctor with antibiotics. The symptoms disappear and everything could be beautiful - if the unpleasant burning, the urgency and the pain would not be back after a few weeks. If this happens twice within six months or three times within one year, then this is called recurring urinary tract infections. This is by no means a rare phenomenon. Fifty percent of patients with urinary tract infections experience another bladder infection within the same year.3

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Chronic cystitis

Unfortunately, it does not always last for just two bladder infections. Many patients suffer from urinary tract infections much more frequently - about every six weeks or even more frequently. Of course, these people also receive antibiotics for every single bladder infection. Another variant is prophylactic long-term therapy. The patient, or rather the patient, takes an antibiotic every day for six months, two years or even five years at bedtime - even though it is known that antibiotics are among the most important risk factors for the development of cystitis.

Also read: Prepare chronic bladder infection

Cystitis: Consequence of a disturbed vaginal flora

Antibiotics kill not only the unwanted bacteria in the urinary tract, but also the vaginal and intestinal flora. An intact intestinal flora, however, is the prerequisite for a functioning immune system. And this is exactly where the problem lies hidden from people with frequent bladder infections: their immune system is weakened.

Also, the condition of the vaginal flora is significantly involved in the susceptibility to urinary tract infections. While an intact vaginal flora prevents the establishment of pathogenic germs in the vagina and thus also reduces the risk of infection of the bladder, harmful bacteria can first develop in the vagina in disturbed vaginal flora and from there into the urinary tract.

Antibiotics thus aggravate the situation that has led to the development of cystitis or urinary tract infection, thus increasing the risk of recurring urinary tract infections.

Cystitis goes, fungal infection comes

Another serious disadvantage of antibiotic therapies is that in their connection in a few patients immediately a fungal infection is ready. The symptoms of the inflamed bladder are thus promptly superseded by the no less unpleasant symptoms of a vaginal fungus and the doctor treated replaces the antibiotic with an antimycotic (antifungals).

Bladder infections after sex

Often there is a striking relationship between the occurrence of cystitis and sexual intercourse - regardless of whether condoms are in use or not. The risk of having cystitis is said to be 60 times higher in the first 48 hours after sex.

The main reason here is that through sexual activities the bacteria from the intestine or vagina are much easier to get into the urethra and there - if the necessary conditions are met - lead to inflammation.4

Certain sex practices can promote the entry of gut bacteria into the urethra, which is why anal penetration should not be followed by vaginal penetration - at least not without interposing appropriate hygiene measures. It has also been shown that spermicides (chemical spermicidal gels, suppositories or creams used for contraception) may increase the risk of cystitis in susceptible women.

Such a situation is of course extremely stressful for affected women or couples, since almost every cuddle ends in a painful bladder infection and the suffering is correspondingly high. The prospect of rescue by vaccination is just right there...

Cystitis: the vaccine

The vaccine manufacturer promises that three tiny pussies will suffice and the bladder infection is thus once for all passé. How gladly do you accept the frequently reported vaccination reactions immediately after vaccination:

  • Swelling at the injection site
  • so badly aching arms or buttocks, that the arm can not be used or a sitting is impossible
  • Flu-like symptoms with nausea, fever and chills

Urinary tract infection vaccine often ineffective

Although there is the restriction that the vaccine in 5 percent of the vaccinated unfortunately God no effect, but who will be so unlucky and belonging to this minority? The reality looks a little bit different and some urologists are now even on the basis of their daily experience of the opinion that the vaccination in just over half of the vaccinated not as hoped strike.

Normally, a booster vaccination after one year is recommended. If there is a recurrence of cystitis before the end of a year, booster vaccination - sometimes with dubious results - is sometimes preferred. Whether permanent vaccinations can benefit the general condition - especially since the vaccine contains the usual poison arsenal of mercury (thiomersal) and aluminum as well as traces of highly toxic phenol - everyone may decide for themselves. However, it should be clear that the true cause of susceptibility to UTIs can not be eliminated with either vaccine or antibiotics.5

Cause is ignored

The true cause is known not only to be ignored by the patient, but also by the majority of allopathic therapists and therefore not resolved. Maybe the patient still gets the advice to drink a lot. However, this means that in most cases the prescribed "catalog of measures" is exhausted.

In cystitis a thoughtful therapy

An acute bladder infection is of course extremely unpleasant - no question. Also regarding the possible risks a cystitis should not be taken lightly. Therefore ALWAYS carry out a well thought out therapy.

Whether antibiotics should be part of such a therapy (to relieve very severe acute complaints), is to decide case by case individually. However, it can be said very clearly that antibiotics can NEVER be useful in the long term as a sole therapy.

In uncomplicated urinary tract infections, half of them would theoretically heal without medical treatment.6 But that would mean that the patient would first have to endure the annoying symptoms for a longer period of time (which not everyone is willing to do) and, of course, longer Work would stay away. Here, however, the question arises about the long-term goal:

  1. A susceptible person who experiences an infection several times a year, but who is able to work (but not healthy) again after two or three days of sickness thanks to antibiotics or
  2. a person who stays home for maybe one or two days in the event of an infection, and then strengthens and returns to work in a healthy state?

If you are more in favor of variant B, we will present below the possible causes of urinary tract infections as well as suitable measures that can be used in the holistic therapy of urinary tract infections. You will find that there are excellent natural ways to get rid of bladder infections once and for all.

The holistic therapy for urinary tract infections

As we have already explained above, it is not the pathogenic germs that are the main problem in the development of a urinary tract infection, but the disturbed body's own protective mechanisms. Consequently, it is of little use to constantly fight the bacteria - whether with antibiotics or with plant antibacterial agents - if nothing is done to strengthen the immune system until the natural barriers are rebuilt reliably. So, first of all, it's about finding out why the immune system is failing and why, as a result, the bacteria can ramp up the urinary tract without restraint.

1. acid-base balance

Our immune system and its performance are directly related to both the acid-base balance and gut health.

So it is not surprising if in some cases the cystitis already retires, if the acid-base balance is influenced to the effect that the urine in the course of the day again and again takes basic values.

Although patients with urinary tract infections are often advised to urine z. As to acidify with the sulfur-containing amino acid methionine, thereby complicating bacterial growth, but in practice just the opposite has proven to be often much more effective.

That is, a basic urine seems to offer bacteria a less favorable environment than an acidic urine.

Consequently, comprehensive deacidification is one of the basic measures to eradicate cystitis. Information on the performance of deacidification can be found, for example: B. here: Übersaeuerung or here: acids and bases

2. Intestinal rehabilitation

Each antibiotic intake damages the intestinal and vaginal flora and thus the mucous membranes.

Since both the intestinal and vaginal flora and the intestinal mucosa are parts of the immune system, it becomes clear why the immune system becomes weaker the more often antibiotics are prescribed.

However, the weaker the immune system becomes, the more likely it is to have recurring urinary tract infections or other infections.

As mentioned above, in some people already a single antibiotic therapy and already is a fungal infection to the site against the antifungals (anti-fungal agents) are prescribed.

Soon it seems from the vicious cycle cystitis - antibiotics - fungal infection - antifungals - cystitis - antibiotics, etc. no more escape.

Fungal infections are clearly noticeable in the vagina. However, if they affect the intestine, the symptoms are much more diffuse and can not be easily attributed to the intestine, such as. As fatigue, difficulty concentrating, cravings for sweets and skin problems.

Basically, therefore, that after each antibiotic therapy, the intestinal flora should be rehabilitated, as well as when frequent infections or other health problems show. How to perform a rehabilitation of the intestine is explained here: How does colon cleansing work?

3. High-nutrient-rich and base-excess diet

Of course, an immune system can only be successful and efficient if the diet is designed to be free of problematic substances (food additives in finished products) and at the same time rich in antioxidants and vital substances.

Information about the right, healthy diet can be found here: Basic nutrition or here: Antioxidants

In addition to these three measures, which in particular should be used prophylactically for the prevention of recurrent cystitis, the following measures are suitable for both acute and chronic cystitis:

Drink a lot

Drink at least two to three liters of fluid daily. At least half should be pure (non-carbonated) water. The other half may consist of blister tea. These should contain rinsing and / or antibacterial herbs, such as B. Horsetail, birch leaves, stinging nettle, goldenrod, etc. Frequent drinking flushes the bacteria from the bladder and relieves burning when urinating.

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To reduce the number of bacteria, a natural antibiotic is recommended, such as: For example, colloidal silver. Colloidal silver has the advantage that bacteria can not resist the colloidal silver and - at usual dosages - no side effects of silver are known. For example, if you have a bladder infection, take a teaspoon of a high-quality colloidal silver two to three times a day and leave it in the mouth for as long as possible so that the silver can already be absorbed through the oral mucosa. The intake should take place at least one hour apart from meals. Also, one should not drink at the same time to the silver intake.

D-mannose

D-mannose can be integrated into the treatment of cystitis as well as taken preventively. For then the vicious circle of constantly recurring cystitis can be broken.

D-mannose is a sugar species. However, it is not metabolized - such as table sugar or glucose - but excreted largely unchanged with the urine.

In the bladder, D-mannose binds those bacteria responsible for the bladder infection and ensures that they can now be flushed out of the body with the urine.

In contrast to conventional antibiotic therapies, the intake of D-mannose has no side effects, does not affect the intestinal flora and therefore favors no fungal infections following antibiotic therapy.

For more information on D-mannose and its effects on cystitis, see: D-mannose for cystitis works better than antibiotics

Bearberry leaf

Bearberry leaf tea has an antibacterial effect on the urinary tract and can prevent cystitis from breaking out when the tea is drunk at the first sign of it.

Cranberry juice or cranberry juice

In addition, daily drink about 300 ml cranberry nut or cranberry juice (diluted with enough water to drink the juice, at least 150 ml). Alternatively, you can also mix the cranberries into water or green smoothies in the form of cranberry powder. Cranberries contain substances (proanthocyanidins) that smooth the inner surface of the bladder and make it supple so that the harmful bacteria can no longer hold on to it.

An investigation7 published in June 2001 in the journal British Medical Journal The study revealed that only 16 percent of women who drank cranberry juice daily had recurrent cystitis in the months that followed. There were twice as many women in the control group. Since other foods such. B. Blueberries are rich in proanthocyanidins, they could have a similar mode of action.

Also proanthocyanidins in the form of OPC can be taken as a dietary supplement.

warmth

Provide warmth (hot foot baths, hot water bottle etc.). Also take precautionary measures to keep your feet warm and avoid cold park benches etc.

sugar waiver

Consist consistently on sugar! Alone, this measure can lead to a strengthening of the immune system and a rapid healing of cystitis.

Conversely, eating sugary foods and drinks can make bladder inflammation worse because sugar serves as a food for the pathogens. For this reason, diabetics particularly often suffer from bladder infections.

After sex to the toilet

If you prefer to have urinary tract infections after having sex, go to the bathroom as soon as possible after the sex, empty the bladder, and drink two large glasses of water to flush the bladder and possibly remove the bacteria that might have entered the urinary tract during transit,

Antibacterial foods

are z. As oregano, thyme, horseradish and nasturtium. The combination of the latter two gives a finished medicinal product that is successfully and prophylactically taken by many sufferers against bladder infections. Of course, both foods can also be integrated into the diet.

Also the Canadian goldenseal (Goldenseal) and the barberry On the one hand, bacteria can destroy bacteria and, on the other hand, prevent them from attaching themselves to the inner walls of the bladder.

According to the University of New Mexico For example, Canadian goldenseal contains an alkaloid called berberine, which behaves similarly to the proanthocyanidins discussed above. Berberine can also activate the white blood cells so that they fight infections faster.

Harmonize hormone levels

In menopausal women, estrogen and / or progesterone deficiency is often responsible for the susceptibility to cystitis, so even the use of hormone-containing vaginal gels can bring great success.

However, in the case of hormonal disorders, the reason why the organism was unable to find its own hormonal balance by its own means should be considered, so that in this case measures should be taken which can strengthen the body in its entirety in such a way that its Regulatory abilities are reactivated (see points 1 to 3 above).

Remove amalgam

Some people with chronic bladder infections report that their tendency to urinary tract infections has subsided following the removal of amalgam fillings and subsequent mercury discharge. You can find information on the correct discharge here: Remove Amalgam

acupuncture

A six-month acupuncture study with three groups of patients with urinary tract infections showed that 36 percent of the placebo group did not get cystitis during the study, compared to 85 percent in the acupuncture group.4

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If you want to integrate homeopathy in the therapy of your urinary tract infection, Cantharis (possibly in the D30) offers. Or ask your homeopath for a detailed medical history to find the right remedy for you.

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