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Bladder Infection (Cystitis), By Rich Easterling ND, PhD

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Urinary tract or bladder infections (cystitis) affect both men and women.  Medical literature says women with recurrent UTI’s or bladder infections, etc., can be counted on for 8-12 office visits per year.  The kidneys, ureters, bladder, penis, and urethra all play a part in filtering and expelling waste material (urine) from the body.  Cystitis (bladder infection), urethritis (an infection on the urethra), and acute pyelonephritis (a kidney infection) are common in women but when occurring in men may be a sign of more serious situations such as prostate problems.  Urethritis in the male is most often the result of sexual contact.   Generally conditions affecting the bladder, kidneys, or urethra are called urinary tract infections, or UTI’s and most of the time are concentrated in the bladder and urethra.

The highest percentage of UTI’s are caused by Escherichia Coli, a bacterium usually found in the intestines.  When out of normal balance or found in the urine “E Coli” can be dangerous.  Another cause of bladder problems may be due to Chlamydia.  In females bacteria introduced by fecal contamination or vaginal secretions gaining access to the bladder by traveling up through the urethra.  Because of the close proximity of the anus, vagina, and urethra, in females cystitis, pyelonephritis, and urethritis occur with much more frequency.  The short length of the female urethra is another factor that allows transmission of bacteria can reach the bladder by traveling up through the urethra or by moving from an infected prostate gland.  When occurring in males they may signal a problem of more serious nature such as prostatitis, while in women relatively speaking, they are more common.

In bladder infections frequent and even painful urination with an urgent need to empty the bladder are typical and emptying the bladder may not always bring relief.   Chem strips, Bayer N-Multistix or Reagent Strips are one way to monitor the urine and can be done at home.  With UTI’s the urine will often have a strong, unpleasant odor accompanied by cloudiness.   Abdominal pain and a painful burning sensation while urinating are common especially when children are infected.    There may be blood in the urine which is not always seen but is picked up on a “Chem Strip”.  Cystitis while an annoyance and inconvenience more than a serious health problem, if left untreated and is chronically recurring may lead to actual kidney infection and it’s accompanying difficulties.


  1.  Drink plenty of liquids.  NO tap or well water!   Drink at least one 8 oz. glass of pure water per hour over the time determined for you.   If you are unsure about water steam distilled is fine for cleansing period only.
  2. Eat or juice (always organic if possible) watermelon, parsley and celery which act as cleansers and natural diuretics unlike the dangerous pharmaceutical ones.
  3. Avoid citrus fruits while cleansing as they produce an alkaline ash through digestion which in turn produces alkaline urine that encourages bacterial growth.
  4. Stay away from alcohol, carbonated beverages of any kind, caffeine, coffee, chocolate, simple sugars, refined and processed foods.  No junk food of any type.   Chemicals in foods, drugs, impure water all encourage the problem while having an adverse effect on the bladder.
  5. Perform the 3 day cleanse avoiding the citrus.  Once the cleansing is done and infection handled subsequent cleansing may include citrus.
  6. Use the whey product or 2 acidophilus capsules with meals.   This is extremely important if you have used pharmaceutical antibiotics in the past.
  7. In acute situations or where UTI’s have become chronic (recurring) and especially if there is pain associated with cystitis, a twenty minute hot sitz bath may be helpful.   “Batherapy” a product that can be found in health food stores can be used of you can use one cup of vinegar (raw unpasteurized) to a shadow bath for sitz bathe once per day.   Females should allow the water to enter the vagina by positioning knees up and apart.  This may be alternated with a bath using garlic by using two cloves well crushed or a similar amount of juice (by using garlic expeller) or 1-2 teaspoons powder.
  8. An Acidophilus douche is recommended using 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon in 1 quart of warm pure water.  If the cystitis is associated with vaginitis this should be alternated with similar pure raw apple vinegar.
  9. Avoid excess iron as well as zinc supplements WHILE CLEANSING.  Iron is required by bacteria for growth and the body will try to store it in the spleen, liver, and bone marrow, in order to prevent further bacterial growth.
  10. When the urge to urinate comes, do not delay, empty ASAP.   It is a good practice to have breaks every few (2-3) hours when awake to void the urine.  “Voiding by the clock”.
  11. Cotton underwear, avoid nylon or other synthetics.
  12. After swimming dry off and get into dry clothes ASAP.  Do not stay in wet bathing suit.
  13. No “feminine hygiene sprays”, bubble baths, package douches, tampons, toilet paper or sanitary pads that contain fragrances.   The fragrance industry is big business but synthetic fragrances are dangerous, for numerous reasons and potentially cause for irritation and inflammation.
  14. If your UTI’s are recurring use sanitary pads rather than tampons.
  15. If using chem strips of other “finders” and bacteria is no longer found and painful urination continues, discontinue all soaps and get all natural soap from of from the health food stores.
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