Natural Solutions for Urinary Tract Infections, Bladder Pain and Vaginal Infections

The October 2013 newsletter discusses effective ‘natural’ solutions for treating urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder pain and vaginal infections. Researchers are looking at a bacterial based vaccine and also a natural sugar to treat the distressing symptoms of burning urinary pain and frequency. Others have developed a probiotic solution for vaginal infections.

For many women, repeated antibiotics have become the go-to treatment for recurrent UTIs. Promoting effective alternatives to antibiotics will help avoid the dangers of repeated antibiotic use. In his book Beyond Antibiotics, Michael Schmidt discusses dangers such as

  • Wide-spectrum antibiotics disturbing the normal ecology of the intestine
  • The development of resistant species of microorganisms
  • Promoting overgrowth of candida with suppression of the normal flora
  • Immune suppression: evidence indicates those treated with antibiotics have more repeat infections when compared with non-treated people
  • Contribution to cancer:  a National Cancer Institute study found that the incidence of breast cancer doubled among women who took more than 25 antibiotic prescriptions or took antibiotics for more than 500 days over 17 years

Vaccine for recurrent urinary tract infections

Recurrent urinary tract infections (RUTIs) are relatively common in the 50 – 60% of women who develop this type of infection. A Spanish study favours the use of a bacterial-based vaccine called Uromune® containing an inactivated bacterial cell suspension of selected strains of Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus vulgaris, and Enterococcus faecalis.

Used for a period of 6 months the therapeutic vaccine was an effective strategy to reduce frequency, duration, severity, and costs of RUTIs.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3536982

Urinary tract infection relief with a spoonful of sugar

A natural remedy for UTI’s comes in the form of D-mannose (a sugar). Like cranberry, D-mannose affects adhesion of E. coli to the urinary tract and can be used in the treatment and prevention of UTIs in both children and adults. Mannose is a “six-carbon-sugar” like the better-known substances glucose and fructose. Clients with bladder pain and recurrent UTI’s have been impressed with its ability to prevent and overcome their symptoms. To date no effective trails have been published and currently awaiting the results from this study (link below) that aims to evaluate D-mannose’s efficacy in the treatment and prophylaxis of recurrent UTIs.

http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01808755

Manage vaginal infections with a probiotic solution

Clinical documented vaginal probiotic preparations have emerged as a promising way to restore and maintain a healthy and balanced vaginal flora, prevent vaginal infections and treat symptoms hereof. Bifodan has created a unique technology platform for innovative probiotic solutions improving vaginal health. The patented EcoVag® probiotic is based on several unique probiotic strains originating from women with a healthy vaginal flora. Review the company and their over the counter product range.

http://www.ecovag.com/ECOVAG_PRODUCTS-135.aspx