For many women chronic UTI’s (urinary tract infections) can bring a plethora of head aches, stress and discomfort. A urinary tract infection, or UTI, occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract and cause inflammation. Symptoms can include urinary frequency with burning sensations. Older adults may suffer from unexplained incontinence, vague fatigue or significant changes in their behavior and mental status. They can become very confused, agitated, sleepy, paranoid, psychotic and can see things that aren’t there.
Many women become more susceptible to UTI’s during menopause because of changes in estrogen. Other women who are more apt to get UTI’s are women who were born with an abnormality of the urinary tract, women who have kidney or bladder stones, diabetics, women who have a catheter, and women in a nursing home.
I’m sharing this blog post because I have a family member who began suffering with chronic UTI’s after age 60. She tried natural remedies that didn’t work, so was forced to use antibiotics over and over. Most people don’t realize that frequent use of antibiotics can cause a myriad of problems, and some are quite dangerous. For starters, new studies show that after two cycles of antibiotic use, breast cancer risk increases. Here’s a great article about that from Dr. Axe.
Over use of antibiotics also leads to antibiotic resistance, which means that the bacteria become resistant to the antibiotic.
According to www.kidshealth.org “Antibiotic resistance is a widespread problem, and one that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls “one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.” Bacteria that were once highly responsive to antibiotics have become more and more resistant. Among those that are becoming harder to treat are pneumococcal infections (which cause pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and meningitis), skin infections, and tuberculosis.
In addition to antibiotic resistance, overusing antibiotics can lead to other problems. Antibiotics kill many different bacteria, even the good ones that help keep the body healthy. Sometimes taking antibiotics can cause a person to develop diarrhea due to a lack of good bacteria that help digest food properly. In some cases, bad bacteria, like Clostridium difficile (or C diff), may overgrow and cause infections.”
Antibiotic use also causes our gut flora to become imbalanced, which then damages the gut lining, which then leads to leaky gut syndrome, which can spiral into auto-immune issues and food sensitivities. Things like mood swings, irritability, insomnia, skin problems, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, joint pain are just a few of the symptoms that can arise from over-use of antibiotics. According to the Center For Disease Control antibiotics increase fatal diarrhea cases in children,
In 2000, the U.S. lost $35 billion because of premature deaths, hospital stays, and lost wages related to antibiotic-resistant infections, Tufts researchers found.
Another interesting thing about UTI’s is that older adults may suffer from unexplained incontinence, vague fatigue or significant changes their behavior and mental status.
“Older people can get markedly confused, agitated, or sleepy,” says Dr. Smith. “Sometimes they can see things that aren’t there, like bugs crawling on the ceiling. They can have false beliefs and become paranoid.”
With all of the risks involved with over-use of antibiotics I wanted to help my loved one get off the antibiotic train. I consulted with my doctor about what to do. He suggested a protocol that works like a charm for his patients that suffer from UTI’s. When my family member began this protocol we were both skeptical. She was in the middle of one and had already finished a round of antibiotics that didn’t seem to clear it up. After one dose she felt her symptoms clear up. And now it’s been 3 months of being on this protocol with no symptoms of infection at all. This is the longest she’s gone without any symptoms of infection in almost 10 years!
So what is this protocol?
The first thing you need to do is build up your good gut flora with a large dose of probiotics. Probiotics are one of the most important organisms for healing the body and boosting our immunity. They are extremely healing to any infection, inflammation, digestive issues, mental health illness, and neurological disorders. They also help replace and build the healthy flora that was killed off during antibiotic use.
In the acute phase of a UTI, we used a large dose of 90 billion for the first month of treatment. There are many good probiotics on the market, but this is the one we use from Ultimate Flora. Also, when you begin a probiotic, or increase your dose, you’ll notice some changes. There can be flu like symptoms due to detox and die off of bad bacteria in your body. There may be more gas, loose stools or harder stools for a short period of time. Don’t give up during this phase. It is extremely important that you use probiotics. If you want to try some Kevita (found in health food stores) or Kombucha (found in health food stores and WalMart) during the initial phase to help your elimination, those are great probiotic drinks that will give you even more benefits.
After the first month on a high dose of probiotics, we switched to a maintenance dose of 50 billion from Ultimate Flora. We use that dose daily from then on.
During acute infections:
- 1 teaspoon Cranberry concentrate
- 10 drops Unda 2
- 10 drops Unda 44
- 10 drops Unda 45
- Three times per day until symptoms are gone.
For daily maintenance:
- 1 teaspoon Cranberry Concentrate (find it HERE)
- 5 drops Unda 2 (find it HERE)
- 5 drops Unda 44 (find it HERE)
- 5 drops Unda 45 (find it HERE)
Once per day.
If symptoms of infection return go back to the Acute protocol.
Also, Read this blog post about the 5 things I recommend to ward off infection and keep your immunity strong.
I hope you find this protocol to be as life changing as us and so many others have. Send me a note to tell me of your success with this.