I’ve had problems with cystitis since 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 or at least, that’s what I’ve read.
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’ve quit drinking coffee, I’ve had less than one UTI per year. As of the time of this writing, I haven’t had a UTI in five 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 thinking and looking for answers. Eventually, the problem went away, 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?) and that slowly, my body overcame the infection and re-established a balanced ecology.
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.
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. A few years ago, about 2/3 of my hair fell out with no explanation. Just sayin’.
It’s icky to consider this, 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 fairly cheap. I’ve had success with it although I haven’t tried it as a cure for bladder parasites. I just started taking it today to see what happens in the final week of my cleanse.
I’ve been working with Iodized Sea Kelp this week to see if it helps with some of my cystitis symptoms that seem to be caused by intestinal parasites. I’ve read that the iodine in the Sea Kelp is able to get into the bladder and help control parasites that may have found their way up in there. This makes sense and the extra iodine in my diet wouldn’t hurt me anyway.
And finally, even if you don’t have parasites actually living in your bladder, swelling from other organs near the bladder like the lower intestines or the uterus may be putting pressure on your bladder. If you have a lot of gas or just swelling in the digestive organs, this could be the cause of your interstitial cystitis. If human parasites are the reason for this swelling, then getting rid of them should make your bladder less irritable.
If you have other girl problems like irregular or heavy periods, endometriosis, infertility, extreme cramps, heavy bleeding, etc., then 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.