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I had problems with cystitis starting when I was a little girl. When I was 4 years old, I wanted to be like my dad and so I tried lifting some of his weights. I ended up with a hernia from my weight-lifting escapade and I was misdiagnosed by doctors for 6 months. This supposedly predisposed me to cystitis.
I would get a urinary tract infection about every three months after my daughter was born. Doctors theorized about my problem. One doctor told me it had to do with sexual intercourse. Another told me I had “Reiter’s Syndrome”. Yet another told me I had fibromyalgia.
Once I realized that doctors were not going to help me solve my problem, I started looking more closely at my lifestyle.
I decided to stop drinking coffee.
It wasn’t uncommon for me to drink 3 pitchers of coffee a day at the time when I decided to quit. I had often wondered if coffee causes bladder irritation, but I was addicted. After months of bladder irritation, I was ready to quit drinking coffee despite my addiction. Since I quit drinking coffee, I stopped having UTI’s. As of the time of this writing, I haven’t had a UTI in ten years.
What’s interesting about coffee though is that coffee and parasites go together. Intestinal parasites thrive in an acidic environment and coffee definitely acidifies the body. And whenever I would feel “foggy headed” (a symptom of parasites and also a symptoms of bromine toxicity/iodine deficiency–read more about how I cured my own chronic interstitial cystitis here) I would just drink more coffee. That’s why I ended up drinking 3 pitchers of the stuff per day! I couldn’t help myself. Other symptoms of a parasite infection could have tipped me off (or tipped off my doctor, if any of them had known anything about parasites at all). Once, for about 3 months, I was afflicted with a strange health issue that locked up my joints. I couldn’t even pull up the blankets on my bed because my elbows hurt too badly. I went from running marathons to barely being able to walk up a hill very slowly. Of course, the doctor I went to told me I had fibromyalgia, but I’d noticed that drinking certain sports drinks that were filled with electrolytes would help just slightly. I ignored the diagnosis. I went home and worked with my electrolyte drinks. I kept walking and moving and thinking and looking for answers. Eventually, the problem went away, through much effort, hydration, and exercise, but now, I think it’s very likely that I had a proliferation of parasites (due to a recent move to high altitude perhaps and a change in my gut flora?). I think that slowly, my body adapted to the infection and re-established a balanced ecology that I could live with, at least for a period of time.
I’m compelled to wonder about Reiter’s Syndrome and parasites. This is a disease that apparently has no cure. Doctors claim that the disease is caused by bacteria, but the fact is, bacteria, viruses, and parasites all live as neighbors in the intestine. Is it possible that the bacteria that have been implicated actually destroy other, beneficial bacteria causing a proliferation of parasites in the intestines or other areas of the body? The only reason why I propose this theory and why I think it might deserve attention is because you can get rid of parasites, but doctors can’t offer you anything to get rid of the bacteria that causes Reiter’s Syndrome. I have no scientific proof about this, but the possibility is worth considering. In other words, you can (theoretically, if parasites are indeed the cause of your symptoms) cure yourself of Reiter’s Syndrome by doing a parasite cleanse. The easiest way to do a parasite cleanse is to purchase pyrantel pamoate online and follow the dosage instructions to do a 3 day, 1 dose per day cleanse once a month until you feel like the parasite problem is under control.
And just as an addendum to the thoughts on Reiter’s Syndrome, I want to add that I’ve noticed that alopecia areata is a symptom that a lot of Reiter’s Syndrome sufferers experience alongside the other unpleasant symptoms of their “disease”. Hair loss is another sign of parasite infection. Before I discovered my own problem with parasites about 8 years ago, about 2/3 of my hair fell out with no explanation. Just sayin’. (I do bi-annual parasite cleanses now and no longer suffer from any of these problems).
It’s icky to consider parasites, but did you know that certain worms crawl out of your ass and lay eggs and then “get lost” and crawl back up the “wrong hole”? Gross, I know, but true. Worms in the bladder can cause all kinds of havoc. You can imagine it, I’m sure. The presence of parasites could cause a UTI by destroying beneficial bacteria and then creating a space in the ecological environment for harmful bacteria. Your doctor won’t look for parasites in the bladder unless he or she is more open-minded than the average practitioner. Diagnostic tests for parasites are lacking or very poor so if you go to a doctor for a diagnosis, don’t expect for him/her to find anything. My acupuncturist (a woman who went to school to become an acupuncturist after struggling with unbearable cystitis for several years…acupuncture cured her, by the way) told me to take D-Mannose every day to prevent and treat UTI’s and cure interstitial cystitis. D-Mannose isn’t harmful to the body’s ecology like antibiotics are and the stuff is cheap. It worked well for me during that initial time period when I was having recurrent UTI’s. I no longer need to use it because I don’t have cystitis or chronic UTI’s anymore.
Iodine and Cystitis
Maybe you eat iodized salt and you think you’re getting enough iodine in your diet. But if you’re an American, it’s very unlikely that you’re getting the iodine that you need. I say that with confidence because the United States is the only country in the world that still allows farmers to us methyl bromide as an insecticide on crops. Bromine is used in swimming pools, it’s used as a fire retardant on children’s clothing and furnishings, and it’s in citrus drinks like Mountain Dew and Gatorade as Brominated Vegetable Oil. Bromine is also in commercial bread products made with white flour. Bromine competes with iodine in the body. And bromine can cause all kinds of problems including thyroid issues and obesity or unexplained weight gain. Iodine is a big topic and I talk about it in depth in an article I wrote about the very clear relationship between iodine deficiency and breast cancer and other reproductive cancers. Even if you don’t have cancer, please read this article so that you can understand the importance of iodine supplementation. Chances are, if you have cystitis, iodine deficiency and bromine toxicity play a role in it.
Iodine supplementation changes women’s lives. But one of the first things that you’ll probably notice when you start supplementing with iodine is the fact that your bladder initially becomes MORE irritable. Indeed, cystitis is one of the detox symptoms that happens as bromine is pushed out of the body by the iodine. Again, I recommend that you read my article about iodine and cancer to learn more about how to take iodine supplementation and what to expect during the detox process. If you suffer from brain fog or fibromyalgia or other health issues of any kind, iodine supplementation and a parasite cleanse is your starting block, but your cystitis may get worse initially. Once you’ve completed the detox though and you’re up to daily maintenance doses of Iodoral 50 mg, chances are your cystitis will be greatly improved.
I continue writing about cystitis and creative treatment options that are available to anyone at home in my article title What is cystitis? This article includes a list of cystitis cures that you can use to get on with your life when you doctor sends you home with no viable options for overcoming the problem.
Birth Injury and Cystitis
Last month (2020), I was hired to write a paper for doctors about birth injuries that can happen to mothers during labor. This paper was an educational piece explaining that women sometimes experience a variety of problems in their pelvic regions following the birth of their children. Apparently, this is news to a lot of doctors. And doctors are supposed to suggest surgery as the cure-all for birth injuries to the mother. But I would suggest instead that women consider using a Yoni Egg, visceral manipulation, or acupuncture to work with prolapsed organs (I talk more about acupuncture and visceral manipulation for organ prolapse in the What is cystitis? article.) rather than risking a surgical procedure. Also, any woman who is considering surgical repair needs to make sure that they do NOT have mesh installed in their organs. Watch the documentary The Bleeding Edge for more information about how the mesh and other medical devices destroy women’s lives rather than curing disease.
If you have other girl problems like irregular or heavy periods, endometriosis, infertility, extreme cramps, heavy bleeding, etc., then taking iodine supplements and doing a parasite cleanse with wormwood would be good for you, but I’ll save that information for the next article, Menstrual Problems and Parasites. Also, take a look at Treating Parasites to learn how to get rid of them.
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