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Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation

A wee Ray of Hope Magazine Cover. Article by Anna Sawkins.

We are proud to announce that we appeared in the recent Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation magazine “A Wee Ray of Hope”. The Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation, also known as the COB Foundation are a UK registered charity who provide information and support to sufferers of bladder problems, including Interstitial Cystitis, Bacterial Cystitis, Overactive Bladder and Urge Incontinence.

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COB Foundation Article - August 2012

D'Mannose for Bladder Infections

Anna Sawkins, Sweet Cures

Anyone at any age can experience the symptoms of cystitis, and will experience some or all of the following: pain, burning sensation, urgency to urinate, cloudy urine, smelly urine, blood in urine and fever.

Bladder infections can sometimes lead to serious complications, from kidney infections to scarring in the bladder. So it is always very important to seek medical advice and a diagnosis that you have cystitis and/or an over active bladder and to rule out other causes.

Most urine infections are due to bacteria that originate in your own bowel. After passing faeces bacteria sometimes travel to your urethra and into your bladder. It has been suggested that repeat attacks may be caused by dormant bacteria already present in bladder cells. Bacteria That Cause Urinary Tract Infections Invade Bladder Cells. (Hultgren Washington University School of Medicine: 2007, December 17) suggests that when women are between episodes of symptomatic infection, intracellular E. coli may be in dormant phases, living behind bio films.

This may be why repeat sufferers discover that antibiotics are not always the answer. E.Coli, the bacteria that causes most episodes of cystitis, rapidly builds up resistance to antibiotics.

E.Coli is useful to us but unfortunately E.Coli is also one of the most dangerous bugs we could have chosen to have a symbiotic relationship with. It is a fast mutator, since it multiplies at an enormous rate given the right conditions, (doubling the colony size approximately every 20 minutes in acidic urine) and it is 'opportunist', being non-fussy about where it lives and breeds.

It will happily breed on medical equipment, hands, in the mouth, the nose, on any mucous membrane, in hair, in the bladder, on "clean" towels, on handles, toilet seats, and in water filters etc.

It is also an unusually hardy bug. Abigail F. Weliver in Heat as a Microbial Agent, shows that the bacteria can withstand extended boiling. So, we know that Ecoli can thrive with or without oxygen, in almost any conditions, and other studies show that E.Coli can hibernate in freezing temperatures almost indefinitely.

E.Coli, furthermore, is equipped with fimbria (molecular hairs) that fit precisely into the mannose receptors in our body cells. That's how E.Coli has adapted to be able to attach to us. It's a bio-molecular attraction, and once it gets a grip of you, it is difficult to deal with.

Fortunately, there is a substance that E.Coli cannot become immune to. It's a natural substance called D-Mannose, and it works in a different way to antibiotics.

D-mannose is not a toxin designed to kill bacteria; it is an innocuous sugar, and a natural component of every cell in our bodies. Some people find that the best way to deal with E.Coli infections, is to provide a richer supply of mannose into the urine than the E.Coli can find in tissue cells. You can do that simply by taking a regular heaped teaspoonful of sweet tasting D-Mannose .

The D-Mannose passes almost completely into your urine within an hour of taking it, bio-actively filling up all the mannose receptors of any E.Coli present, and teasing off the E.Coli that are stuck to the bladder or urinary tract. In our opinion, It's simple, fool proof, incredibly effective, and doesn't have nasty side effects.

Here are some guidelines for recovery:

  • Don’t take acidifying preparations or drinks, acidic vitamin C, or orange juice.
  • Try to keep your urine slightly on the alkaline side (7.5 - 8). Some potassium citrate if not contraindicated or lemon barley perhaps. Take D'Mannose every three hours until you are well, and then gradually reduce dosage over the next few days.
  • Cut out sex, alcohol, red meat, coffee, and strong spices. Not forever, of course.
  • Try not to urinate for an hour after taking D-Mannose . You have to give it time to pass through your system into your urine, and then to work in your bladder.
  • Take a dose during the night. Often you can flush most of the bacteria away during the day, and the remaining bacteria proliferates in your acidifying urine while you are sleeping. Some people with cystitis need D-Mannose constantly present in their urine until the problem resolves. So if you are waking up more than once during the night, don't go back to bed without any D-Mannose until you are feeling that you are in control of the bacterial growth.
  • When bacterial involvement has been ruled out, please consider the importance of pH balance. Being too acidic (blood and urine) and dehydrated is generally considered conducive to poor health.
  • Take one teaspoon of D-Mannose each day and especially just before sleep.
  • Finally, attend to dysbiosis in the gut: take a quality Probiotic.
  • Keep your body's pH slightly alkaline.

When people focus fully on cleaning up their diet, alkalising their urine and repopulating the gut with probiotics, they generally see the debilitating symptoms decrease, then disappear.

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