A Natural Approach to Getting Rid of Urinary Tract Infections

A Natural Approach to Getting Rid of Urinary Tract Infections

The return flight from Bandaranaike International Airport outside of Colombo Sri Lanka to New York City’s John F Kennedy Airport usually takes around eighteen hours. I’m feeling dead exhausted by the time I arrive and have found it very helpful to go upstate after the long ordeal to give my body a chance to recover.

A few days after my return, I found myself suffering from fever, chills and body aches. I spent almost the entire day in bed. I feared initially that I may have contracted Lymes disease, which is endemic in the northeastern part of the United States.

Within a few days, I began to experience painful burning sensations while urinating. My symptoms worsened very quickly. And I found myself in physical pain unlike anything I had ever experienced in my entire life.

I have on so many occasions successfully treated myself with various natural remedies for condition such as dysentery, strep throat, the drug-resistant staph infection MRSA and various other pathogens I’ve picked up along the way. But in this instance, I was already pretty far along and nothing I had done up to that point seemed to be making a difference.

I didn’t know anyone that I could turn to with an understanding of urinary tract infections for the answers. And the advice I did receive was, for the most part, not very helpful. What made the situation even worse is that I wasn’t thinking clearly.

I have for most of my life avoided any kind of modern-day allopathic medical intervention. I have gone for many years, and even decades without seeing a doctor. I haven’t needed to because I have, for the most part, stayed very healthy. But in this case, the pain was so bad, and I realized I was in serious trouble. I ended up going to a nearby urgent care clinic.

The physician who attended to me took a urine sample and then prescribed cephalexin which is a generic version of the antibiotic Keflex. The physician then referred me to a urologist who did a more thorough examination. The urologist prescribed another medication commonly referred to as Flomax that made it easier to pee.

I took the antibiotic for the recommended ten days. The pain and sensations of burning and other symptoms decreased dramatically while I was taking the antibiotic. And then those same symptoms returned just a few days after completing the course of antibiotics.

When I returned to the same urgent care facility, a different physician on duty prescribed another antibiotic which I don’t remember the name of. The second antibiotic barely had any effect. I was still experiencing frequent burning urination and enormous amounts of pain.

I returned to the urgent care clinic again. And this time the original physician gave me a new prescription of the antibiotic cephalexin. Once again, the symptoms of frequent burning urination and pain abated.

By this time, I was feeling a great deal of concern. I wasn’t sure if the antibiotic would fully eradicate the bacteria that were responsible for the urinary tract infection. And I had read a number of articles saying that many people continue to suffer reoccurring urinary tract infections because the antibiotics do not fully kill off the bacteria that embeds itself in the lining of the urinary tract. I began to read everything I could possibly find pertaining to holistic approaches for treating urinary tract infections.

I spent a number of years training with a traditional Native American doctor from the Kiowa Indian tribe. A big part of the training involves going out to fast alone in the mountains for four days and nights without food and water. I have for many years been returning to the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma. It’s through the many vision quests that I’ve developed the gifts that have enabled me to facilitate healing within the bodies and minds of others.

Yes, I know it is not advisable to go without food and water for such an extended period of time while one is having to contend with a urinary tract infection. But I have gone on the vision quest dozens of times over the years, and I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to go again. I was determined to do everything I possibly could to get that damn infection out of my body!

Cranberry juice is often recommended for urinary tract infections. I’ve heard other people say that cranberry juice also contains sugars that feed the bacteria that cause the infection. I started drinking lots of pure organic cranberry juice in the beginning, but I didn’t find that it was making any difference. Most of what’s available in the supermarkets in terms of cranberry juice is this garbage loaded with all kinds of additional sugar.

I continued to take the antibiotic right up to the night before I went to the mountain. I absolutely hated taking the antibiotic because I could feel it was making a mess of my digestive tract. But I took a specific probiotic that is meant to be taken in conjunction with the antibiotic to mitigate its harmful effects.

I started taking a supplement known as D-Mannose which is a simple sugar that has been proven effective in treating urinary tract infections. The bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections supposedly attaches themselves to the D-mannose and are then carried out of the body whenever you urinate.

I started taking lots of oil of oregano. The stuff taste vile, so I took it in capsule form. A friend once told me she watched under a microscope as the oil of oregano killed one of the common strains of bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections. I took lots of vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid. I drank lots of tea made from the herbs uva ursi and parsley leaf. I also started taking a product called Interfase Plus that works to dismantle the biofilm which is a film of bacteria that imbeds itself in the urinary tract. I took lots of probiotics to replenish the healthy intestinal flora. I was also drinking as much water as I possibly could to flush out my system up until the time I returned to the mountain.

I was in such horrible shape in late September and up until later part of October that I didn’t even know if I would be able to make it to the mountain. I was even considering canceling my trip to Oklahoma. But I didn’t want to miss out on the chance to see the elderly couple I’ve become friends who own that portion of the mountain since I never know how long they will be here on this Earth.

As my symptoms improved, I decided to go on to Oklahoma. And as I continued to get better, I decided that I would at least go to the mountain. My plan at that point was to go ahead with the fast. But I knew that I would have to discontinue the fast and come down from the mountain if my symptoms returned.

I was paying especially close attention each day of the fast. Thankfully, there was no sign of infection. Once again, I made it through another four days and nights on the mountain. I was so grateful to be able to complete another vision quest.

The symptoms of burning urination did return two days after I came off the mountain. I did not have a primary care physician since I had not been going to doctors for all these years. And so I had called ahead to schedule an appointment to see and establish a primary care physician a few days after I was to return to Northern Idaho.

By that time, I was showing a low level of infection in the urine sample. The physician strongly advised me to go back on the antibiotics. But I was so frustrated with the conventional modern-day approach to treatment and the antibiotics that I refused to put any more of that poison into my body.

There are numerous concerns about the use of antibiotics. All antibiotics have side effects ranging from mild to severe. For starters, antibiotics do a lot of collateral damage by wiping out the beneficial intestinal flora that lives in our digestive tract. The gut microbiome plays a crucial role in maintaining the healthy functions of our digestive and immune systems. Killing off the good bacteria can seriously compromise our immune system’s ability to fight off infections.

Common side effects associated with cephalexin (Keflex), the antibiotic I was prescribed are diarrhea, dizziness, tiredness, headache, bloating, feeling of fullness, abdominal cramping or pain, upset stomach, nausea and vomiting. On the severe end, antibiotic use can result in anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Common signs of anaphylaxis include vomiting, difficulty breathing and shock.  

Another cause for concern stems from the fact that bacteria are developing much greater resistance to the antibiotics that are designed to kill them. When the germs are not killed, they continue to grow. Infections caused by antibiotic resistant germs are difficult and, in some instances, impossible to treat. People are now dying all over the world because of infections that antibiotics can no longer treat effectively.

I resumed the natural remedies that I found to be so effective after coming off the mountain. The symptoms cleared up and have not returned. I have at the time of this writing been symptom-free for months now. I even made it through a second four day and night fast in the Wichita mountains since that time.

This whole ordeal left me feeling incredibly angry. And makes me see how horribly broken many aspects of our profit-driven medical/insurance system are. I so regret that I did not have someone knowledgeable about urinary tract infections who would have advised me when I needed these valuable insights most.

The attending physician after taking a urine sample spoke to me for about five to ten minutes for each of those urgent care visits and then prescribed an antibiotic. The second physician made a mistake by prescribing an ineffective antibiotic, and yet I still got charged for the visit. Every one of those visits cost me about $300. I could have saved $600 dollars if the original physician had told me to give him a call if the symptoms returned and I needed to refill the prescription.

The visit to the urologist cost me about $500. The visit to the primary care physician in Northern Idaho cost me $200. I got ripped off for a total of $1,600. I had a high insurance deductible, therefore I had to cover the medical expenses out of pocket. Had I known exactly what and how much to take of the specific supplements I mentioned, I could have saved all that money. And I would’ve been much better off.

…and speaking of profit-driven medical systems. I’m writing this post right in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. There are numerous accounts of people dying because they delayed seeking care out of fear of the medical bills. Some have died after refusing to go to the hospital because they feared they could not pay the bills. A large percentage of health insurance is provided by people’s employers. What’s going to happen now that more and more people are out of work? How many have been denied medical care because they are uninsured? And how many of these people have died?

In New York City, there has been a huge spike of people dying at home. On average, about twenty-five people die in their homes per day before the pandemic swept through the five boroughs. That number has jumped dramatically over the past few weeks with reports of upwards of two hundred people being found dead in their homes per day.

Urinary tract infections are not something to be taken lightly. Men who suffer repeated urinary tract infections have a higher risk of prostate cancer. If left untreated, urinary tract infections can cause far more serious complications if they continue to spread upwards to the kidneys. The bacteria that causes the infection can then spread to the bloodstream. That can in some instances progress to a condition known as septic shock. If you go into septic shock, your blood pressure drops to dangerously low levels and your body’s organs begin shutting down.

It appears that the antibiotics are effective in eradicating urinary tract infections for many people. And then I hear of many instances of people suffering from reoccurring urinary tract infections. Nurses and physicians I spoke with have confirmed this.

By law, I’m not allowed to prescribe, and I’m supposed to state that my comments are not a substitute for the advice of a qualified physician. My hope in writing this article is that I can possibly prevent someone else from having to go through the same unnecessary and horribly expensive ordeal that I went through.

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