Urinary Health

  1. UTI can be treated without meds

    END painful UTIs with this drug-free attack plan

    How disappointing…

    I thought that mainstream medicine had finally… finally… gotten something right.

    There’s a new study claiming you can stop urinary tract infections without TOUCHING prescription drugs.

    Sounds good, right?

    I thought so too. I work with my own patients prone to these infections all the time, and I know of about half a dozen ways to effectively cut those risks without drugs.

    Yet the new study focused on exactly NONE of them!

    Don’t worry; I’ll give you a couple of the very best in a moment.

    First let’s look at what NOT to do, and that’s follow the advice of the new study and drink more water.

    And I’m talking about A LOT more water.

    The study claims knocking back those extra glasses will cut your UTIs in half.

    That’s about the benefit you could expect from taking preventive antibiotics… and since it’s not a drug, it sure sounds like a terrific option.

    But you have to drink a TON of water.

    The women in the study drank 8 extra glasses a day. That’s 48 additional ounces of fluid per day, on top of what they were already drinking, for a total of about 88 ounces a day.

    They must have been BURSTING at the seams!

    Here’s what I think will happen: Docs now have a “natural” cure they can point to instead of drugs, and many will urge their patients to try it.

    They’ll tell you all about this study and the amazing results, knowing full well that one of three things will happen:

    • You’ll never, ever be able to drink that much water in a day, especially if you’re on the smaller side;
    • You’ll drink that much water per day… for a little while… but not long enough to actually see any benefit;
    • You’ll pull it off… you’ll guzzle those gallons, see an amazing difference, and then quit anyway because it’s exhausting to drink that much water (and let’s not even get started on how often you’ll have to run for the toilet).

    Next thing you know, you’re on meds anyway.

    But you don’t have to choose between trying to knock back glass after glass of water or a lifetime supply of antibiotics.

    There are several better options out there, and I’m going to give you two of the best right now.

    The first is a time-tested ingredient many people already swear by: cranberry. Skip the juice and go right for the extract.

    The second doesn’t get nearly as much attention, but it should. D-mannose has proven in studies to be as effective as drugs at preventing recurring UTIs, but without the risks.

    You can take it on its own or combine it with cranberry for a powerful infection-fighting one-two punch.

  2. UTIs could be triggered by supermarket chicken germs

    The unexpected cause of UTIs… and how to STOP it!

    Ladies, you know how it goes.

    One day, everything is just fine. You feel great!

    Then, it hits you -- that telltale hint of pain that lets you know another agonizing battle with a urinary tract infection is coming.

    And this time, the source might surprise you.

    It’s your chicken dinner!

    Many UTIs are caused by the E. coli bacteria, a germ that’s commonly found in raw poultry, especially chicken.

    But for years, scientists have insisted that the germs on your retail rooster were a different kind of E. coli, incapable of causing urinary tract infections.

    Well... they were wrong!

    New research finds that those chicken germs are a lot more dangerous than we’ve been led to believe.

    An Arizona research team found THE SAME FORM of E. coli on 80 percent of supermarket chicken from major chains -- the same chicken often shipped regionally or nationwide.

    In other words, you might find it in your own local supermarket.

    The study also shows how quickly and easily this strain of bacteria makes the jump to humans, turning up in 72 percent of the UTI patients tested.

    This doesn’t mean that the chicken was the cause of the infection in all of those cases -- or even most of them -- because you can get E. coli from a number of places.

    But it’s certainly a suspect in at least some of those infections.

    Fortunately, you can fight back. There’s a surefire way to prevent these infections, and all you have to do is cook your meat to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which kills the germs.

    If you’ve been doing it for years, you might cook without a thermometer. You go by cooking time… the color of the meat… if the juices are clear… or just plain instinct.

    But if that’s how you do it, it might be time to buy a meat thermometer and double-check.

    These germs are getting stronger, tougher to treat, and harder to beat.

    And along with causing UTIs, E. coli can enter your bloodstream and cause infections elsewhere.

    Many of the germs in meats like chicken, turkey, beef, and pork can also cause other infections -- especially food poisoning, another condition that’s getting harder to beat and turning deadly in some cases.

    A decent food thermometer costs less than $10, and even a fancy one isn’t all that expensive these days. Consider it a small investment that could save you from major misery.

  3. Bacteria are all over your kitchen sponge

    The surprising source of sickening germs in your own home It just might be the dirtiest spot in your home, with more germs per square inch than anything else. And it's NOT where you'd expect it. It's not in your toilet. It's not under the sink. It's not in the basement, attic, or garage... and not even that weird spot...
  4. Incontinence linked to falls in older women

    Incontinence is more than just a nuisance. It’s a serious health problem that could increase your risks of falls, according to new research.
  5. New report recommends against drugs for incontinence

    Patch that leaky bladder is just MINUTES a day

    If you're not in your Golden Years just yet, you might be a little surprised by what many seniors consider to be the worst part of aging. It's not slowing down. It's not the creaky knees. It's not the graying hair (or no hair at all).

    It's not even the occasional senior moment, which can leave you wondering if it's the first sign of a slide down the slope of cognitive decline.

    No, many of my older patients tell me the ABSOLUTE worst part of all is the indignity of an aging bladder -- one that sends you running to the bathroom every hour, or one that leaks with no warning. Continue reading

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