Author: Jennifer Shipp

What is cystitis?

DISCLAIMER: CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR BEFORE DECIDING ON A TREATMENT PLAN FOR CYSTITIS OR ANY OTHER DISEASE. WE’VE INCLUDED LINKS BELOW TO PRODUCTS THAT HAVE A REPUTATION FOR BEING OF HIGH-QUALITY AND APPROPRIATE FOR HOLISTIC TREATMENT. THESE AFFILIATE LINKS HELP FUND THIS WEB SITE AND KEEP IT GOING. Cystitis is a swelling or inflammation of the bladder wall. According to popular medical web sites, the bladder can become inflamed for a variety of reasons: -infection -irritation -general inflammatory response in the body -stress -hormonal changes -other reasons that have not been acknowledge by modern medicine yet (like intestinal parasites–see my article Can Interstitial Cystitis be cured? for more information.) When cystitis is the result of a bacterial infection, it is referred to as a Urinary Tract Infection or UTI and it can be treated with antibiotics, D-Mannose powder, or herbs like Uva Ursi. D-mannose powder is just a sugar that keeps bacteria from binding to the walls of the bladder. This stuff can be a lifesaver for people who have chronic urinary tract infections that just aren’t responding to antibiotics. Taking 1 teaspoons of D-mannose powder per day is enough for many women to prevent urinary tract infections even when all else fails. The difference between cystitis and Urinary Tract Infection has to do with the presence of infectious organisms in the urine. Normally, urine is sterile. And if you don’t have an infection...

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Alternative Treatments, Lifestyle Changes, and Home Remedies for Cystitis

DISCLAIMER: CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR BEFORE DECIDING ON A TREATMENT PLAN FOR CYSTITIS OR ANY OTHER DISEASE. WE’VE INCLUDED LINKS BELOW TO PRODUCTS THAT HAVE A REPUTATION FOR BEING OF HIGH-QUALITY AND APPROPRIATE FOR HOLISTIC TREATMENT. THESE AFFILIATE LINKS HELP FUND THIS WEB SITE AND KEEP IT GOING. Cystitis is one of those diagnoses that people don’t like to talk about. Unfortunately, this works to our disadvantage. If we receive a taboo diagnosis (like cystitis or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, for example) with no known cause and no known cure you are most likely to learn about a cure through word-of-mouth (not your doctor). But if you don’t talk about what ails you, it’s less likely that someone you know will tell you how they cured cystitis. It took me many years to discover the root of my cystitis problems and it was not just one thing. It was combination of different problems. There was no magic pill or surgery for me and I can all but guarantee that there is no pill or surgery that will cure you either. That may sound like bad news, but it’s not. I say that with confidence because, if you begin by working on cystitis and you use some of the treatments I suggest in my series of articles about cystitis, your overall health will become better. You won’t just cure cystitis, you’ll cure other...

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Thinking Holistically about Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome are diagnoses that promise little help to patients in terms of treatment. Cystitis is roughly just a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. What causes interstitial cystitis is unknown and doctors agree that women’s symptoms vary greatly. According to the Interstitial Cystitis Association, the problem occurs in both men and women and affects 4 to 12 million people in the United States. That’s 3 to 6% of the population. The statistics indicate that women are more prone to being diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, but that may only be because men are more likely to receive a diagnosis of chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Doctors don’t have much to offer patients who receive this diagnosis, but if you’ve been told that you have chronic cystitis don’t give up hope yet. I received my first cystitis diagnosis about twenty years ago from a doctor who was irritated with me for showing up in his office without a urinary tract infection (UTI). I was very convinced that I had a UTI, but the tests showed otherwise. I wanted antibiotics, but he refused to give them to me. I went home with no relief from the irritation. Several doctors later, I was at least able to find drugs to relieve the bladder discomfort. This doctor told me about Cystex and AZO. Both drugs worked reasonably...

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What is a Healing Crisis? (aka Herxheimer Reaction or Die-Off Reaction)

Disclaimer: Consult with a doctor before deciding on a treatment plan for any disease. WE’VE INCLUDED LINKS BELOW TO PRODUCTS THAT HAVE A REPUTATION FOR BEING OF HIGH-QUALITY AND APPROPRIATE FOR HOLISTIC TREATMENT OF DISEASE. THESE AFFILIATE LINKS HELP FUND THIS WEB SITE AND KEEP IT GOING. We’ve been taught to believe that when our bodies feel good, we’re healthy and when our bodies feel bad, we’re sick, but this isn’t always the case.  A Healing Crisis, also known as a Detoxification Reaction or Herxheimer Reaction occurs when the body begins the natural process of healing itself. When toxins are released into the circulatory system by pathogens that are dying, rather than feeling better, a patient going through a Healing Crisis feels worse. That’s because the kidneys, skin, and digestive system can’t rid the body of the toxins fast enough, leaving them in circulation to cause nausea, fatigue, headaches, fever, and general malaise. Toxins that are released into circulation can come from a variety of different sources. A successful program designed to kill off invading pathogens in the body can lead to a Herxheimer Reaction when they die in vast numbers releasing endotoxins into the body.  When the body isn’t used to ridding itself of these endotoxins in large quantities, discomfort results. As the body gets healthier and becomes more accustomed to undertaking this process of detoxification, the Healing Crisis...

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