UTIs don't always need meds
It's textbook mainstream medicine: At the first sign of a urinary tract infection, doctors dash off a prescription for antibiotics, even when there can be natural cure for UTI. Most mainstream docs do this so often they could probably accomplish it blindfolded.
Well, it's time to take that blindfold off and toss the faulty textbook into the trashcan -- because you don't always need an antibiotic to beat a UTI.
In many cases, your own immune system can be a natural cure for UTI and wipe out the infection without the help of drugs -- and a new study out of the Netherlands shows it works so often that many women can benefit from a wait-and-see approach rather than antibiotics at the first sign of trouble.
Of 176 Dutch women with UTI symptoms, 51 agreed to hold off on taking the drugs for up to a week to see what would happen. A week later, more than half -- 28, to be exact -- still hadn't touched the meds.
And of them, 20 (71 percent) said their symptoms had improved or even disappeared completely, according to the study in BMC Family Practice.
What I find interesting about this study is that it didn't test the antibiotics against a placebo. It tested drugs against the raw healing power of the human body -- and it more than held its own in the face of infection.
At the same time, I can't help but wonder how much more effective the drug-free natural cure for UTI would have been if the women in the study had been given a boost with some of the friendly bacteria known to fight the germs that cause urinary infections.
That's the approach I use in my own clinic, and it works so well that in most cases I don't need to prescribe antibiotics at all.
And I'm not the only one to find the natural approach works.
It's backed by science -- including research I told you about last year that found probiotic supplements work about as well as antibiotics in women with recurring urinary tract infections. (Read more about the study for free right here.)
Along with proven probiotic supplements, I often recommend cranberry as a natural cute for UTI -- both to prevent recurring infections and to fight them off when they do strike.
Just be sure you use pure cranberry extract or cranberry capsules, as many cranberry drinks contain little actual cranberry and loads of other juices (or, even worse, added sugars).