Monday, August 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
- A strong urge to urinate
- A burning sensation with urination
- Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
- Flank or back pain
- Lower abdomen discomfort or pressure
- Blood in the urine (hematuria) or cloudy, unusual smelling urine
- Bacteria in the urine (bacteriuria)
Primarily, treatment should include disinfection and alkalinizaiton of the urinary tract. Many have heard of the use of cranberry juice for treatment of UTI and in a great number of cases this can be beneficial. Cranberry juice (the un-sweetened kind, not Ocean-Spray) and blueberry juice (un-sweetened) have anti-septic properties that can prevent the growth of bacteria in the urinary tract. More specifically, cranberry juice prevents the attachment of bacteria to the walls of the urinary tract. Freeze-dried cranberry capsules can also be taken as a supplement.
The use of probiotic supplements can also be benefical for keeping the bacteria in the urinary tract in check. If you experience re-current UTI's, include probiotics regularly in your routine. Avoid probiotics from commercial yogurt brands and they contain high amounts of sugar. Sugar, in any form will lead to an overgrowth of bacteria and perpetuate the infection.
Goldenseal and uva ursi are herbals that are commonly used to treat UTIs. Both herbs have great antiseptic qualites that can make management of UTI successful. They can be administered in a tea form, as a liquid tincture or encapsulated supplement.
Along with naturopathic treatments, I generally include some homeopathic support of UTI. Homepathics can be very gentle and still make a tremendous difference in terms of healing. Homeopathics are also a great choice for pregnant women expericience UTI, as they are gentle enough to take. Some helpful remedies include:
- Cantharis (sharp burning pain, intense urge to urinate)
- Staphysagria (continual burning, result of sexual intercourse)
- Apis (urinate frequently, but only small quantities are passed, stinging pain)
- Belladonna (urge to urinate is frequent and intense; bladder feels very sensitive)
Finally, do not overlook the importance of water and hydration. Start your day with a tall glass of water upon waking and continue to drink at least 2-3 liters of water throughout the day.
Lakeshore Wellness Center: Naturopathic Holistic Medicine and Acupuncture in Chicago.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Various feeding studies in animals have resulted in potentially pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, smaller brains, livers, and testicles, partial atrophy or increased density of the liver, odd shaped cell nuclei and other unexplained anomalies, false pregnancies and higher death rates.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
- Emerging research is showing that the consumption of sweet foods and drinks (even if artificially sweetened and non-caloric) increase our desire for sweets in general.
- In 2005, Sharon Fowler and her colleagues from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio presented eight years of research data that explored the link between obesity risk and soft drinks. According to the WebMD summary of the study:
Fowler’s team looked at seven to eight years of data on 1,550 Mexican-American and non-Hispanic white Americans aged 25 to 64.
Of the 622 study participants who were of normal weight at the beginning of the study, about a third became overweight or obese.
For each can of diet soft drink consumed each day, a person’s risk of obesity went up 41%.
- In 2008, researchers have found a correlation between consuming diet soda and METABOLIC SYNDROME. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes that include abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and elevated blood pressure.
The scientists gathered dietary information on more than 9,500 men and women ages 45 to 64 and tracked their health for nine years.
The risk for metabolic syndrome was 34 percent higher among those who drank one can of diet soda a day compared with those who drank none.
- I haven't even touched on the negative impact of artificial sweeteners (yes, splenda is included here as well!) (headaches, seizures, digestive problems, immune and nervous system disorders, ect.) or the fact that the phosphates in soda leech calcium from your bone and can lead to bone weakness and osteoporosis.
It's time....drop the artificial sweeteners and the diet products.
Lakeshore Wellness Center: Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture in Chicago.