Eclass 49 UTI’s – Pee them off.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) can be tricky to shift for some people, and may be a sign of other kidney or urinary tract disorders. So whilst you should get medical advice, especially in recurrent infections, Tissue Salts may improve symptoms, reduce the recurrence of infections, and help to treat other issues.
This week we will look at
- Questions and Tips
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Bladder neck weakness
- Urinary Incontinence
- And more
- The Clinical Science of Biochemic Medicine
- Gunther Heepen: Schuessler Tissue Salts – 12 Minerals for your Health
- Way to good Health Magazine
Questions and Tips
Firstly, let’s look at a few Questions, possible causes and some tips about Urinary Tract Infections.
Urinary Tract Infections occur in the ureters, urinary bladder and urethra, and these tubes can be breeding ground for recurring infections.[i]
Question: I have an UTI, should I take Antibiotics?
Antibiotics should be avoided during the early stages of bladder infections. If antibiotics are taken too frequently, or too early in the infection, the germs can become antibiotic resistant. If a more severe infection happens, the antibiotics won’t be effective.
Tip: For the first signs of bladder infection give
- No 9 Sodium Phosphate alternating with
- No 3 Ferrum Phos
Tip: For Chronic problems:
- No 11 Silica and/ or no 12 Calc Sulph
- Prescribe a Calc Sulph Sitz Bath – fill a bath to hip height when sitting in the bath. Add 20 tablets of no 12 Calc Sulph to the bath. Sit in the bath for 10 – 20 mins. Calc Sulph helps internally and externally through absorption through the skin to help the infection. Repeat 3-4 times per week.
Question: Does Sex Cause Bladder infection?
The Reason: An active Sex life can lead to risk of developing UTI, especially in women. Bacteria can enter the female urethra due to friction.
Tip: After sex, go to the toilet and urinate. Germs are flushed out when urinating. This prevents germs introduced by intercourse from getting into the urinary passages.
Question: Are Bladder infections more common in menopause?
The reason: Oestrogen levels decrease during menopause. The protective lactobacilli in the vagina also decrease. The vagina can become dryer making it easier for pathogens to reach the urethra and lodge there.
Tip: Treat according to symptoms and work with a naturopath or herbalist to treat the symptoms.
Question: Does Drinking water prevent or alleviate Bladder infections?
The reason: Whilst drinking lots of water to wash out pathogens may help as a precaution or in the early stages of an infection, this is not always the case. Water on its own won’t address the infection.
Tip: Uva Ursi or Bearberry tea taken early can kill the most common UTI pathogens and stop them multiplying, within a few days. They don’t lose effectiveness in recurring UTI’s.
Question: can bladder infections be caused by low backed clothing or bare midriff clothing?
Yes. The old wives tale to keep your kidneys warm is based on good reason.
The reason: The immune system gets weakened by clothing that makes us feel cold rather than warm. It irritates and weakens the immune system temporarily. This cooling of the body even for a few moments can be enough to stop the body fighting bacteria in the urinary tract. This can lead to a UTI – a common colde of the urinary passage!
Tip: wear clothes that keep the kidneys, urethra and bladder region warm.
Question: Does Wet swimwear encourage bladder infection?
The reason: Wet swimwear can become a breeding ground for bacteria, in combination with unhygienic toilets and a cooling body. This is worse when swimming in winter. Damp swimwear causes abdominal hypothermia. This reduces circulation and weakens the immune system. Bacteria now have an easy job to multiply in a damp environment.
Tip: take off wet swimwear immediately after swimming. Thoroughly dry the body and put on dry clothes.
Other Bladder issues
Urinary frequency can occur for many reasons.
- After urinary tract infections, this may happen for a short time because the neck of the bladder has become weakened causing more frequent desire to urinate.
- Prolapse of internal organs, especially in women because of pregnancies and childbirth.
- Stress leading to stress incontinence
- Physical strain, coughing laughing or sneezing places additional pressure on the bladder and may cause involuntary discharge on a weak bladder.
- In men, urinary incontinence often occurs after prostate surgery due to affected nerve supply or circulation becoming dysfunctional.
Treatment for Bladder weakness due to loss of elasticity
- Alternate No 1. Calc Fluor and No 5. Kali Phos
- If both minerals are not effective use No 20 Aluminum Sulfuricum. See them listed on page A26a of your Admin and Introduction book)
For men with nightly prostate related frequent urination[ii]
- No 3 Ferrum Phos – given as a “Hot 7” by dissolving 10 tablets in hot water and sipped slowly.
Pelvic floor exercises are important to strengthen the muscles and support Biochemic mineral treatment. (Remember to always treat the cause as well as provide the remedies).
Temperature increasing footbaths can help to stimulate blood circulation.
Foot baths dilate the small blood vessels and stimulate metabolism (absorption of nutrients and removal of waste products).
- Place 20 tablets (10 tablets for children) in a cup of hot water, forming a concentrate.
- Fill the footbath tub with foot bath with warm water, (33-35deg C) to a height above the ankles. Then add the concentrate.
- A foot bath lasts about 20 minutes and temperature rises to about 45 deg C (less if the water is too hot for your feet) Every 2-3 minutes take out one cupful of water and add one cupful of boiling water, and repeat over the 20-minute period. The water level remains stable.
- After the bath dry the feet and apply no 11 cream to protect the skin.
- Take a foot bath from Mon to Fri and rest on Saturday and Sunday. In most cases symptoms have improved, if not, repeat after 2 rest days.
Are you Pee’d off?
Some urinary tract infections can have a mental or emotional side to them. It may seem crude, but are they pissed off at someone or something? If so, that may be the cause and if so, needs addressing, to help stop the UTI’s recurring.
In the case of stress incontinence appropriate psychotherapy can be helpful. Emotional or mental conflict can cause recurring urinary tract infections. So as always, look for the cause… Develop a resource book of good practitioners to refer to if necessary.
Create an address book of good practitioners to refer to when your client needs help outside of your scope of practice.
How do you know who is a good practitioner?
- You have been to them yourself, had beneficial results, and would recommend them to someone else. You may consider making an appointment with the practitioner or organizing a meeting to discuss cross referring clients. For example, I have several Psychologists who refer their clients to me for bodywork as they know that Body Harmony works well with their treatment. I also have several Psychologists in my book for specific referrals.
- Trusted friends or colleagues have reported good experiences with the practitioner.
- Clients frequently refer to the practitioner as one of their personal practitioners.
Exercise 2 Testimonials
Train your clients to give you testimonials. When you have a successful case, ask if you can record their story. Use your voice recorder on your smart phone, or take a mini video on your smart phone.
Questions to ask
- What were you experiencing before you came for treatment?
- How do you feel after treatment? What difference has it made to your life?
- What would you say to someone thinking about having treatment?
Use the testimonials on your website, as examples (without names unless authorised) in your facebook posts, or in advertising about your programs.
Get in the habit of collecting referrals and use them where your potential clients will want proof that what you do could help them.
[i] Way to Good Health English Language Edition Sept/Oct 2014, Dr. Kaske
[ii] Way to Good Health English Language Edition Sept/Oct 2014, Gunther Heepen