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Urinary Bladder Infection
UTI Causes & Risk Factors
Urinary bladder infection (or UTI for short) has become a major medical problem. Affecting over 13 million people each year in the United States alone, it is the most common infection in adult females (30:1 female:male ratio). In fact, it is a worldwide health problem.
From time to time, you may hear or read scientific reports allegedly showing that such-and-such vitamin doesn't work or may even be harmful to your health.
They are a perfect example of the existing, and often uninformed, prejudice against nutritional supplements.
I sincerely hope that you do not believe in such anti-vitamin nonsense discouraging their use.
This website is intended to help you - a bladder infection sufferer - become an informed patient who can manage her or his own care, ask the right questions, insist on adequate management and information, and seek an optimal health outcome.
Perhaps it will even help medical health professionals to appreciate and, hopefully, consider the nutritional and lifestyle-based approach as the alternative treatment option for urinary tract infections.
When it comes to urinary tract infection, you need to stay alert, ask questions, and ultimately rely on yourself for important healthcare decisions. By applying the outlined guidelines, you will be able to take better control of your urinary health, just as we all should do.
In most cases, about 80 percent in adults, urinary tract infection is caused by a variety of pathogens - infectious bacteria - normally present in the intestines, especially in the rectum (colon).
Nearly all infections of the lower urinary tract and bladder are caused by a few strains of E. coli bacteria, called uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC).
A variety of other Enterobacteriaceae and Gram-positive pathogens, includes:
- Staphylococcus saprophyticus - 5 to 15 per cent cases of urinary tract infections,
- Group B streptococcus - bacteria that can be found in the digestive tract, urinary tract, and genital area of adults,
- Chlamydia trachomatis - one of the most common cuases of bladder infection, especially urethritis,
- Mycoplasma hominis,
- Klebsiella pneumoniae,
- Enterococcus faecalis,
- Proteus mirabilis, or
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
They tend to remain limited to the urethra and reproductive system and, unlike E. coli, they are sexually transmitted.
Other possible causes of urinary tract infections include:
- yeast infection, especially if taking antibiotics for repeated infections,
- allergies - mainly from foods,
- stress and anxiety,
- heavy metal toxicity, and
- poor kidney function.
Sexually Transmitted Chlamydia Infection
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis. In women, the chlamydia organism infects cells of the lining of
- the cervix,
- rectum, and
Persons with chlamydia infections often have no symptoms. Consequently,
they may transmit the infection to other people without knowing it.
However, when the symptoms do occur, their type and severity will
depend on the site of the infection and the person's response to it.
Women who do have symptoms of chlamydia infection may notice:
- an increased vaginal discharge,
- irritation of the area around the vagina, or
- burning pain with urination.
To diagnose chlamydia, a special test must be done by a health professional.
Chlamydia infection is easily treated with an antibiotic medication.
However, if it is not detected and treated, chlamydia infection can
lead to complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, a condition
that signals the infection has spread to the uterus and fallopian tubes.
Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease include:
- lower abdominal pain,
- painful intercourse,
- irregular periods,
- spotting and
This serious condition requires prompt medical attention.
In pregnant women, chlamydia infection can be passed on to their newborn children, where it can cause:
- eye infections and
E. Coli Bacterial Infection
Various harmless strains of uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC) are normally
present in the body - but they do not belong in the urinary tract.
A picture of E.coli bacteria. An undated file photo from the USDA
The bacteria, however, have multiple little hairs called cilia that
function like little feet that allow them to climb from the skin around
the vagina, up the urinary tube, into the bladder.
If UPEC (E. coli) get into the bladder or the urethra (tube that
carries urine from the bladder), the body has ways of fighting them off
- including the obvious methods of simply flushing them out with the
urine. But these bacteria have evolved ways of anchoring themselves to
the cells of the urinary tract.
The invading E. coli bacteria take advantage of receptors naturally
found on the cells of the mucosal lining of the urinary tract.
Receptors are like molecular "docking bays" for substances which the
cells need for their normal growth and development.
Like pirates in an old movie, E. coli use "grappling hooks", called
type I pili, to first hook on to these receptors, and then to invade
(These pathogenic "grappling hooks" are composed of long, fibrous
chains of a molecular "glue" called adhesin).
Once inside the cell, E. coli can live and reproduce in safety,
shielded from many of the body's defensive immune responses.
In fact, they are so sophisticated that when the body detects that
cells have been infected and activates the cell suicide program to
destroy the bacteria, UPEC can actually flee the dying host cell before
it is flushed out, and look for new cells to invade!
Antibiotic Treatments: E. Coli Survival Rate
Uropathogenic E. coli return in as many as 30 percent of women
apparently cured by antibiotics!
Bacteria E. coli are able to survive antibiotic treatment for
bladder infections by reverting to an inactive state.
Within several days of antibiotic treatment, the number of bacteria
reproducing drop to zero. Not all the bacteria are killed, though.
About 3 percent of the bacteria may be still present in a dormant state after treatment with ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and about 7 percent may linger after treatment with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim/Septra).
Even after a month of antibiotic exposure, about 10 million of the original 1 billion bacteria may remain.
Antibiotic treatment does not successfully kill all the bacteria
participating in the infection and may, in fact, encourage many of the
bacteria to persist in a resting state.
Therefore, current standard drug treatments for bladder infections are not adequate and this phenomenon may account for many of the repeat urinary tract infections.
E. Coli: New Antibiotic-Resistant Strain
A newly identified, antibiotic-resistant strain of a common E. coli
bacterium is contributing to an increase in relatively hard-to-treat
bladder infections in women.
The analyzed strain, resistant to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, a
popular two-drug combination, shows a pattern of resistance to multiple
antibiotics and has genetic characteristics called "virulence factors"
that increase its ability to infect the urinary tract.
Not much is known about how new strains of bacteria that infect the
urinary tract arise and spread. There is also no evidence that the new
strain of E. coli is causing any increase in kidney infections or other
It could be that this organism has been around forever and has now
acquired resistance to several antibiotics. It could have been
introduced, perhaps through contaminated food.
E. Coli-Induced Repeated Bladder Infections
For women who are more prone to repeated infections, it can be a
painful and frustrating battle.
Most likely these are women over the age of 55 years or between the
ages of 25 and 29.
Those women are likely to continue having urinary tract infecions, who
have had three or more a year. Therefore, they can get another
infection within 18 months of the last one, or even more requently.
One possible factor behind recurrent urinary tract infection may be the
ability of bacteria to attach to cells lining the urinary tract.
The symptoms sometimes can be caused by chemical irritation such as
bath additives and washing powders; they may disappear if toiletries
and washing powder are changed.
Usually, the latest infection stems from a strain or type of bacteria
that is different from the infection before it, indicating a separate
Even when several urinary tract infections in a row are due to E. coli,
slight differences in the bacteria indicate distinct infections.
However, some women have recurrent symptoms suggestive of urinary tract
infection - but without infection being present. This condition is not
serious but can be troublesome.
Chronic or recurrent urinary tract infections should be treated thoroughly because of the chance of kidney infection (pyelonephritis).
Prostate Gland Infection or Inflammation (Prostatitis)
Severe symptoms of bladder infections can be caused by acute bacterial prostatitis, characterized by an inflammation of the prostate gland near the bottom of the bladder, close to the urethra.
Also repeated bladder infections can be associated with long-lasting or chronic prostatitis (CP) - the most common form of the disease, usually caused by detrimental bacteria.
Prostatitis affects 50 percent of men of all ages during their lifetimes. Its symptoms are similar to those of bladder infection.
Unfortunately, low-grade prostatitis is often missed on a doctor visit. Therefore, you may experience no symptoms or symptoms so sudden and severe that you have to seek emergency medical care.
However, if you are approaching age 50, you should also look for any of the following:
- a decrease in the force of your urine stream,
- difficulty in beginning urination,
- dribbling after you urinate, or a feeling that your bladder is not totally empty after you finish urinating.
These could also be symptoms of an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) causing the buildup of urine in the bladder, which increases the likelihood that pathogenic bacteria will grow and trigger an infection.
Urinary Self-Defense Systems Against Bacteria
Infection does not always occur when bacteria are introduced into the bladder because the urinary system is structured in a way that helps ward off infection.
A number of defense systems - natural safeguards - that protect the urinary tract against infection-causing bacteria includes:
- the flow of urine which functions as an antiseptic, helping to wash potentially harmful bacteria out of the body during normal urination. (Urine is normally sterile, that is, free of bacteria, viruses, and fungi!);
- the ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder) and bladder which are structurally designed to prevent urine from backing up toward the kidneys;
- the immune defenses in both sexes continuously fights bacteria and other harmful micro-invaders. In addition, immune system defenses and antibacterial substances in the mucous lining of the bladder eliminate many organisms;
- the vagina which is colonized - in normal fertile women - by lactobacilli, beneficial micro-organisms that maintain a highly acidic environment (low pH). Acid is hostile to other bacteria. Lactobacilli also produce hydrogen peroxide, which helps eliminate bacteria and reduces the ability of E. coli - the major bacterial culprit in urinary tract infections - to adhere to vaginal cells;
- the bladder lining - when bacteria infect the cells that line the bladder they, literally, sacrifice themselves and self-destruct (a process called apoptosis). In so doing, they fall away from the lining, carrying the bacteria with them. This process, sugested by some interesting research, eliminates about 90% of the E. coli;
- a possible natural antibiotic - identified by some researchers - called human beta-defensin-1 (HBD-1) which fights E. coli within the female urinary and reproductive tracts.
Urinary Bladder Infection: Common Risk Factors
There is a number of factors that increase the risk of developing urinary tract infection - some women are more prone to getting an infection than others:
The female urethra is shorter than the male's, allowing bacteria quick access to the bladder and this probably accounts for why women are more likely to develop urinary tract infection. In addition, a woman's urethral opening is near sources of bacteria from the anus and vagina.
Pregnant women, especially in the late stages of pregnancy, seem no more prone to an infection than other women; however, about 5 to 7 percent of pregnant women develop a urinary infection, probably due to previous infections before pregnancy, high sexual activity and diabetes, and also due to hormonal changes and shifts in the position of the urinary tract during pregnancy (the enlarged uterus continuously presses on the bladder).
PLEASE NOTE: Women who experience an untreated urinary tract infection during their third trimester of pregnancy are at greater risk of delivering a child who suffers from mental retardation or developmental delay.
Genitals must be kept dry and clean! Less than careful hygiene, especially after developing loose stools or diarrhea, is one of the most frequent causes of repeated urinary tract infections.
It is very easy to contaminate one's fingers when wiping oneself with toilet paper, and if those contaminated fingers come anywhere close to the opening of the urethra, there is a high likelihood of infection in predisposed
Only white unscented toilet paper should be used as many women react to the dyes and chemicals in the other toilet papers.
Unbleached toilet paper would be even better to reduce:
- any possible chlorine exposure and
- the environmental contamination that comes from the bleaching process.
Sexual Position 'from Behind'
Some women find that they are liable to develop an infection if, during sexual intercourse, their partner enters their vagina 'from behind'. This is simply because in this position it is more likely that bacteria from around the anus may be pushed forward towards the urethra.
Some women who use a diaphram are likely to develop a urinary tract infection. Also women whose partners use a condom with spermicidal foam also tend to have in the vagina growth of E. coli bacteria which may enter the urethra.
Frequent Intercourse: Honeymoon Cystitis
In some women, high sexual activity may traumatize the urethra, disrupting its lining and making it more susceptible to infection. This is frequently called honeymoon cystitis.
Older adults are at high risk for developing bladder infection (cystitis), with the incidence being as high as 33 out of 100 people.
What may place the elderly at increased risk for developing bladder infection is:
- lack of adequate fluids,
- bowel incontinence,
- decreased mobility or immobility, or
- placement in a nursing home (a stress factor).
In postmenopausal women usually vaginal tissues start to break down due to a decrease in estrogen levels; therefore, in general, the rate of urinary tract infections gradually increases with age.
Urinary tract infection also can be one of the risk factors for a urinary bladder problem such as incontinence - leakage of urine that interferes with some of your normal activities, often causing embarrassment or discomfort in social situations.
Incontinence, however, is not a disease, but rather a symptom of another medical condition involving the urinary system. Some causes, such as urinary tract infections, may be temporary. Others can be long-lasting, such as prostate enlargement (BPH) in men blocking the urethra or - as an effect of prostate surgery (prostatectomy).
Urinary incontinence can have a varying impact on peoples lives. In many cases it can be very distressing and embarrassing, often preventing one living a normal life. This embarrassment prevents many people seeking help. This is a pity as there are many things that can be done to help.
Failure to Completely Empty the Bladder
This failure is associated with such conditions, mainly obstructions, as:
- kidney stones,
- urethral strictures, or
- neurological diseases.
Urinary Tubes, Stents, or Catheters
An obstruction in the urinary tract that tends to increase the likelihood of infection can be due to:
- nephrostomy tubes (a tube inserted into the kidney to drain urine to the
abdominal surface), or
- ureteric stents (a wire tube fitted in the urethra to keep the passage
- urinary catheters (a small tube inserted into the bladder through the
urethra to drain urine) - a usual cause of urinary tract infection due to bacteria on the catheter, especially in the elderly or those who:
- lose bladder control, or
- are unconscious, or
- are critically ill (due to nervous system disorder).
Catheterization in males is more difficult and uncomfortable than in females because of the longer urethra.
Diabetic Bladder Disfunction
Diabetics are at a higher risk of a urinary tract infection due to the unfavourable metabolic changes, especially the elevated blood sugar levels, which suppress their immune system.
The incidence of the urologic complications of diabetes, such as autonomic neuropathy affecting the urinary bladder, ranges from 27 percent to 85 percent.
In addition to autonomic bladder dysfunction in diabetes, there is an increased incidence of asymptomatic and symptomatic bacteria, which can progress to kidney infection and kidney damage.
This increase in bladder infection in diabetes has been attributed to numerous etiologies, such as:
- incomplete bladder emptying,
- changes in bladder cell wall components, and
- immune dysfunctions in the urothelial cells.
However, there are very few published research studies which address either the clinical aspects of bladder dysfunction in the diabetics or the basic molecular and cellular aspects of the diabetic bladder.
Neurogenic Bladder: Spinal Cord Impairment (SCI)
Neurological conditions like paraplegia or quadriplegia - a spinal cord injury, also called spinal cord impairment (SCI) - usually result in neurogenic bladder - an unstable or atomic bladder, with no muscle tone.
Men with spinal cord injuries have lost, partial or complete, control over their bladder and sphincter due to the compromised nerve receptors that are responsible for:
- contracting and relaxing the muscles of the bladder and the sphincter, and
- registering feelings of pressure or release.
Due to this condition, most paraplegics and quadriplegics are exposed to the regular use of catheters and drugs. The more traditional cap and bag, with continual drainage, is falling from favor even though it is a safer system.
However, catheters often increase the risk of urinary tract injuries and repeated bladder infections - a common problem in people with spinal cord impairment.
Exposed to repeated or long-term courses of antibiotics, in time, they also develop resistance to drugs what makes maintaining healthy urinary tract for them even more difficult.
However, contrary to a popular belief and common medical practice, men with spinal cord injuries or spinal cord impairment do not have to:
- suffer from chronic bladder infections and
- be exposed to countless rounds of vicious antibiotics.
History of Childhood Urinary Tract Infections
A history of urinary tract infections or bladder infections in childhodd also poses a risk for recurrences in adult life.
Congenital Abnormality: Vesico-Ureteric Reflux
Abnormal structure of the bladder can be something that you are born with or that develops later in life. Vesico-ureteric reflux is a congenital abnormality of the urinary tract that some children are born with, in which urine flows back into the ureters or kidney during urination.
Suppressed Immune System: Chronic Illness
Urinary tract infections occur when the immune system is supressed or compromised due to chronic illness, such a diabetes, AIDS, and cancer.
People with certain blood types attract bacteria which attach to cells that line the urinary tract, causing recurrent urinary tract infections.
Urinary Tract Infection: Prevention: Health Tips
Bladder infections occur when microbes, mainly bacteria, get through the urethra into the bladder. This can happen by the way you wipe after going to the bathroom, or through sex.
Bladder infections can also be caused by a blockage of urine flow, which may occur in pregnant women or in men with an enlarged prostate.
- Practice good personal hygiene by keeping the genital area clean. Less than careful hygiene, especially after developing loose stools or diarrhea is one of the most frequent causes of recurrent bladder infections.
- Urinate when you feel the need. Do not resist the urge to urinate!
- Take showers> instead of tub baths.
- Use only white unscented and, preferably, unbleached toilet paper. You may react to the dyes and chemicals in the commercially available toilet papers. Unbleached toilet paper would be even better to reduce any possible chlorine exposure and the environmental contamination that comes from the bleaching process.
- Cleanse the genital area before sexual intercourse. Wash the vulva, penis, hands and/or dildo with soap and water prior to vaginal penetration. This will reduce the risk of introducing bowel bacteria into the vagina and urethra. If condoms are used during anal contact, be sure to change condoms.
- Avoid sexual intercourse 'from behind.'
Women In Particular
If you are a woman:
- Wipe from front to back after you go to the bathroom. It helps prevent bacteria around the anus from entering the vagina or urethra. It is very easy to contaminate one's fingers when wiping oneself with toilet paper, and if those contaminated fingers come anywhere close to the opening of the urethra, there is a high likelihood of infection, especially in predisposed individuals.
- Change sexual positions. Choose the position that causes less friction on the urethra.
- Lubricate adequatly during sexual intercourse. It will decrease urethral irritation.
- Urinate after sexual intercourse. Do a "flush technique" within ten (10) minutes, if possible. If not, drink 10-12 ounces of water immediately after intercourse. It will cause you to urinate later and help flush the bacteria out.
- Avoid wet or tight clothing. Wear loose pants.
- Do not wear a wet bathing suit for a long time.
- Avoid nylon underwear and Spandex clothing. They promote moistness and irritation of the meatus (urethral opening). Wear cotton underwear instead. It is less irritating and provides more ventilation than nylon.
- Use pantyhose with cotton crotches.
- Avoid chemicals such as feminine hygiene sprays, bubble baths, strong soaps and douches. They may irritate the urethra.
Men In Particular
If you are a man:
- Practice safe sex. Use condoms to prevent infections, especially transmitted through sexual contact.
- Always wash the penis gently pulling back the foreskin when bathing or taking shower.
PLEASE NOTE: An uncircumcised male has a higher chance of bladder infections only during the first year of life. This risk goes away after age one. Therefore, it is no longer true that circumcision leads to a significant decrease in the risk of bladder infections.
Uribiotic Formula: Herbal Antibiotic
Over the years, at Full of Health, we have learned that urinary tract infections can be addressed naturally. With the help of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory herbs, nutrients and phytonutrients, it is possible to get through both acute and chronic infections by:
- disinfecting the urinary tract (an antimicrobial action),
- inhibiting and preventing inflammation,
- enhancing the growth of some forms of beneficial bacteria within the body such as Bifidobacteria bifidus and Lactobacillus acidophilus,
- destroying some forms of detrimental fungi such as Candida albicans and Candida krusei.
By preventing bacterial cell division and breaking down the walls and cytoplasm of bacteria (in a similar fashion to some types of pharmaceutical antibiotics), Uribiotic Formula helps to inhibit the growth (or kill) many types of detrimental pathogenic bacteria including:
- Actinomyces naeslundii
- Bacillus anthracis (on the basis of its known ability to kill other species of Bacillus)
- Bacillus alvert
- Bacillus cereus
- Bacillus subtilis
- Brucella abortus
- Campylobacter jejuni
- Chlamydia pneumoniae
- Chlamydia trachomatis
- Citrobacter freundii, a species of motile, gram-negative Citrobacter - a genus of gram-negative coliform bacteria in the Enterobacteriaceae family. Citrobacter bacteria can be present in the intestines, feces, soil, water, urine, sewage and food; they are also the source of infant meningitis and sepsis.
Citrobacter freundii strains have inducible ampC genes encoding resistance to ampicillin and first-generation cephalosporins.
- Clostridium species (botulinum, tetani)
- Cornybacterium diphtheriae
- Enterobacter aerogenes, gram-negative aerobe, also known as Klebsiella mobilis or Klebsiella aerogenes (the latter at one time was used for several strains now known to belong to Klebsiella pneumoniae; now it is used primarily by researchers who believe that Enterobacter aerogenes should be transferred to Klebsiella)
- Enterococcus faecalis (gram-positive aerobe, former Group D streptococcus)
- Eschericia coli (E. coli, gram-negative aerobe)
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
- Haemophilus influenzae
- Klebsiella pneumoniae (gram-negative aerobe)
- Legionella pneumoniae
- Listeria monocytogenes
- Moraxella catarrhalis
- Mycobacterium smegmatis
- Mycobacterium tuberculosis
- Neisseria gonorrhoeae
- Neisseria memingitidis
- Pasteurella septica
- Pneumocystis carinii
- Propionibacterium acnes
- Proteus mirabilis (gram-negative aerobe)
- Proteus vulgaris (gram-negative aerobe)
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa (gram-negative aerobe)*
- Pseudomonas cepacia
- Salmonella enteridis
- Salmonella enteritidis
- Salmonella choleraesuis
- Salmonella paratyphi A
- Salmonella typhimurium
- Serratia marcescens (gram-negative aerobe)
- Shigella dysenteriae
- Shigella flexneri
- Shigella sonnei
- Staphylococcus aureus (gram-positive aerobe, responsible for "Golden Staph")**
- Staphylococcus saprophyticus (a gram-positive, coagulase-negative bacterium, recognized as a cause of urinary tract infections since the early 1970s)
- Streptococcus faecalis (now classified as Enterococcus faecalis)
- Streptococcus mutans (alpha-hemolytic Streptococcus), also known as Group A Streptococcus (GAS)
- Streptococcus pneumoniae (alpha-hemolytic Streptococcus), also known as Group A Streptococcus (GAS)
- Streptococcus pyogenes (beta-hemolytic Streptococcus), also known as Group B Streptococcus (GBS)
- Streptococcus sanguis (alpha-hemolytic Streptococcus), also known as Group A Streptococcus (GAS)
- Streptococcus viridans (alpha-hemolytic Streptococcus), also known as Group A Streptococcus (GAS)
- Streptomyces species
- Treponema pallidum
- Ureaplasma urealyticum - a species of detrimental ureaplasma bacteria, a genus of bacteria belonging to the family Mycoplasmataceae. Mycoplasma, also known as Asterococcus, is a genus of aerobic to facultatively anaerobic, gram-negative detrimental bacteria. Several species are pathogenic in humans, including Mycoplasma fermentans, Mycoplasma genitalum and Mycoplasma pneumoniae.
U. urealyticum - the phylogenetic cluster of M. pneumoniae, is part of the normal genital flora of both men and women. It is found in about 70 percent of sexually active humans. It is believed to be sexually transmitted and transmitted from mother to infant.
Ureaplasma urealyticum infection may cause urinary tract infections (UTIs), urinary tract/kidney stones (struvite stones), non-specific urethritis (NSU), nongonorrheal urethritis and prostatitis in men. It has also been noted as one of the infectious causes of sterile pyuria (pus in urine).
Penicillins are ineffective as U. urealyticum does not have a cell wall, which is the drug's main target.
- Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)
* PLEASE NOTE: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium found in soil, water, skin flora and most man-made environments. An opportunistic pathogen of immunocompromised individuals vulnerable to infections, it typically infects the pulmonary tract, urinary tract, burns, wounds, and also causes other blood infections.
P. aeruginosa is the third leading cause of hospital-acquired urinary tract infections, accounting for approximately 12 percent of all infections of this type. They are usually related to urinary tract catheterization, instrumentation or surgery.
It is a common cause of post-operative infection in radial keratotomy (RK) eye surgery patients and of "hot-tub rash" (dermatitis), caused by lack of proper periodic attention to water quality.
P. aeruginosa appears to be among the most adherent of common urinary pathogens to the bladder uroepithelium. An infection can occur via an ascending or descending route.
P. aeruginosa can also invade the bloodstream from the urinary tract. This route is the source of approximately 40 percent of P. aeruginosa infections.
P. aeruginosa can cause chronic opportunistic infections. These kinds of infections are a serious problem for medical care. Many patients, immunocompromised and the elderly in particular, often cannot be treated effectively with traditional antibiotic therapy.
As a highly relevant opportunistic pathogen, P. aeruginosa has low antibiotic susceptibility. It is naturally resistant to a large range of antibiotics and may demonstrate additional resistance after unsuccessful treatment.
Therefore, choosing an antibiotic should be guided according to laboratory sensitivities, rather than empirically. However, if antibiotics are started empirically - with some exceptions, given by injection only - then cultures should be obtained and, after having the culture results available, the choice of an antibiotic used should be carefully reviewed.
Thanks, Andrew, for your advice and support with my Pseudomonas [aeruginosa] bladder infection with your amazing product Uribiotic which stopped the infection and kept it away.
I've suffered from UTIs for 18 years since my spinal cord injury and now I'm infection free.
** PLEASE NOTE: In case of Staphylococcus aureus infections, Uribiotic Formula can be a part of a combined antibiotic therapy as it may enhance the effectiveness of pharmaceutical antibiotics for the UTI treatment.
Uribiotic Formula: An Immune Booster
An immune-boosting Uribiotic Formula helps to increase the natural safeguards - bodily defense systems that protect the urinary tract against pathogenic, infection-causing bacteria, such as:
- the flow of urine which functions as an antiseptic, helping to wash potentially harmful bacteria out of the body during normal urination. (Urine is normally sterile, that is, free of bacteria, viruses, and fungi!)
- the ureters (muscular ducts that propel urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder) and the bladder
- the immune defenses and antibacterial substances in the mucous lining of the bladder
- the bladder lining cells that, literally, sacrifice themselves and self-destruct to fight off detrimental bacteria (a process called apoptosis). In so doing, they fall away from the lining, carrying the bacteria with them. This process, suggested by some interesting research, eliminates about 90% of the E. coli
- the vagina which is colonized - in normal fertile women - by lactobacilli, beneficial micro-organisms that maintain a highly acidic environment (low pH). Lactobacilli also produce hydrogen peroxide, which helps eliminate bacteria and reduces the ability of E. coli to adhere to vaginal cells
- the so-called human beta-defensin-1 (HBD-1) which fights E. coli within the female urinary and reproductive tracts -.a possible natural antibiotic identified by some researchers
- the antibacterial actions of some secretions of the prostate gland probably for why men are less likely than women to develop urinary tract infection.
Uribiotic Formula: Health Benefits
It is so embarrassing to consult your doctor for the same reason (another infection!) and need to take another round of antibiotics. The truth is, however, that urinary tract infections CAN be successfully prevented, remedied and overcome naturally - without multiple rounds of prescription medications (antibiotics).
Health benefits of our proprietary Uribiotic Formula - a synergistic blend of 59 nutrients, phytonutrients (plant nutrients) and herbs thoroughly researched and put to the test - include:
- anti-edematous (decreasing edema and swelling), and
Formulated with care by a master formulator and manufactured according to the highest standards, this unique synergistic combination can help you deal with a bladder and/or even a kidney infection:
- effectively, and
- with no side effects.
Thousands of UTI sufferers around the world have proven the efficacy of this approach. And what is most important, there has not been a single reported harm done by taking the Uribiotic Formula.
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|9. Selenium (as Selenomethionine)
|10-60. PROPRIETARY BLEND:
|Grape (Vitis vinifera) Seed Extract (Std. to 95% Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins), Oregano (Origanum vulgare) Leaf 5:1 Extract, Saw Palmetto Berry (Serenoa repens) Extract (Std. to 25% Fatty Acids), Uva Ursi (Arctistaphylos uva-ursi) Leaf Extract (Std. to 20% Arbutin), Echinacea Extract [70% Echinacea angustifolia (Root), 30% Echinacea purpurea (Arial Parts)], Bee Propolis 2:1 Extract, Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) Root Powder, Corn Silk (Zea mays) Extract, Goldenseal Root Extract (Std. to 5% Berberine), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) Seed 4:1 Extract, Olive (Olea europaea) Leaf 4:1 Extract, Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) Root 10:1 Extract, Buchu (Barosma betulina) Short Leaf 4:1 Extract, Meadowsweet (Spirea ulmaria) Herb Powder, Caprylic Acid (as Sodium Caprylate), Garlic (Allium sativum) Bulb Powder, Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) Leaf Extract (Std. to 10% Asiaticoside), Purple Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) Rind Extract (Std. to 10% Mangostin), Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) Fruit 4:1 Extract, Cranberry (Vaccinum macrocarpon) Fruit Powder (90% Cranberry Solids), Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Stem Extract (Std. to 7% Silica), Onion (Allium cepa) Bulb Powder, Pau D'Arco (Tabebuia impetignosa) Bark 4:1 Extract, Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) Shoot Powder, Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) Root Extract (Std. to 0.5% Astragalosides ), Moringa (Moringa oleifera) Leaf 4:1 Extract, Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) Hull Powder, Calcium D-Glucarate, Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) Bud Powder, Green Cardamon (Elettaria cardamonum) Seed Powder, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, Pomegranate Fruit Extract (Std. to 40% Ellagic Acid), Rutin, Cayenne (Capsicum annum) Fruit Powder, Cinnamon Bark 4:1 Extract, Great Yellow Gentian (Gentiana lutea) Root Powder, Hesperidin, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Leaf Extract (Std. to 6% Carnosic Acid), Triphala (Terminalia bellirica, Terminalia chebula, Emblica officinalis) Fruit Powder, Eleutherococcus senticosus Root Extract (Std. to 0.8% Eleutherosides), Horse-Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) Fruit Extract (Std. to 20% Aescin), Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Seed Extract, Bromelain, Chlorophyll (as Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin), Papain, Vinpocetine, Trans-resveratrol, Vanadium (as Vanadyl Sulfate), BioPerine® Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) Fruit Extract, Lycopene, Boron (as Boron Citrate).
|Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose (Capsule), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Vegetarian Leucine.
|Manufactured in the USA with domestic and imported ingredients in a GMP-compliant facility.
BioPerine® is a registered trademark of Sabinsa Corporation.
|QUALITY & SAFETY
|As a dietary supplement, starting after breakfast, take 4 capsules 3 times daily in between meals, each time with 4 ounces (˝ cup) of purified room-temperature water, or as recommended by a qualified healthcare professional.
|If you are taking antidiabetic or thyroid medications, or have a gastrointestinal condition, consult with your healthcare practitioner before taking this product. Do not take this product if you are pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant.
|Discontinue use 2 weeks prior to elective surgery.
|Allergen free (Milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy).
The Mierzejewski Formula™
Formulated and distributed by Full of Health, Inc.
Lancaster, PA 17601
* This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
|Full of Health and Uribiotic are registered trademarks of Full of Health, Inc.
Unique, Natural and Astonishingly Effective
Our all-natural Uribiotic Formula is so astonishingly effective that it continues to amaze even the most skeptical people, including doctors.
For this reason, we have decided to go worldwide and share our experience with the public on the Internet to help men around the world to overcome and remedy urinary tract infection that can lead to dangerous complications, such as kidney infection.
Since 2004, we have been supplying with our proprietary Uribiotic Formula clients and customers in 34 countries: the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, Belgium, Mexico, Italy, Singapore, France, Russia, Croatia, Poland, Portugal, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, St. Lucia (West Indies), Norway, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Slovenia, Greece, Qatar, Jordan, Israel, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sri Lanka, India, Spain, China, and Chile.
With no doubt this unique supplement can be of great benefit to you. You have nothing to lose - and your urinary health to gain.
If necessary, it can be a part of a combined antibiotic therapy as Uribiotic Formula may even enhance the effectiveness of standard pharmaceutical antibiotics for the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs), especially in case of Staphylococcus aureus infections.
First Signs of Relief Within 24-48 Hours
Uribiotic Formula can cause an almost instant disappearance of
- the painful burning sensation when urinating,
- the need for frequent urination,
- the inability to empty the bladder completely even though you have the urge.
Uribiotic Formula can help to eliminate:
- the harmful bacteria from the inside of the urinary tract without disrupting the normal body functions.
Uribiotic Formula can help you prevent and remedy:
- both acute and repeated (chronic) urinary tract infections, and
- the need and dependence on antibiotics.
The results, however, may vary from person to person depending on the type of diagnosis (urine tests and/or symptoms), the type of bacteria, degree of severity of UTI (ranging from minor to serious), type of UTI (cystitis, urethritis, pyelonephritis), history of antibiotic intake (as this can be a cause of repeated UTIs), structural abnormalities, age, sex and other existing health conditions such as diabetes mellitus and/or any immuno-compromised state. Besides, about half of women with symptoms of a UTI actually have irritation of the urethra, vaginitis, candidiasis, interstitial cystitis, or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Some of these problems may also accompany or lead to UTIs.
Our Clients Write to Us:
October 10th, 2016
I'm pleased to let you know that URIBIOTIC killed pseudomonas bacteria* completely!
*Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium - the third leading cause of hospital-acquired urinary tract infections, accounting for approximately 12 percent of all infections of this type usually related to urinary tract catheterization, instrumentation or surgery.
P. aeruginosa appears to be among the most adherent of common urinary pathogens to the bladder uroepithelium. An infection can occur via an ascending or descending route. It can also invade the bloodstream from the urinary tract. This route is the source of approximately 40 percent of P. aeruginosa infections.
As a highly relevant opportunistic pathogen, P. aeruginosa has low antibiotic susceptibility. It is naturally resistant to a large range of antibiotics and may demonstrate additional resistance after unsuccessful treatment.
Hello Mr. Andrew Mierzejewski,
I am writing to thank you for all you have done for me. I had an E. coli infection ruining my life for 6 years. I had seen numerous doctors and been tested every way that the medical profession could think of.
It started on my 50th birthday when my health deteriorated rapidly within 2 hours. I was feeling fine, sitting in Northern Ontario contemplating my first 5 decades of life. I felt tired after eating lunch and thought I should take a nap. Within two hours I had a fever of 104. I was vomiting and shaking uncontrollably.
My wife called for an ambulance and I was rushed to the hospital in Bracebridge. Once there, I was diagnosed with a severe urinary tract infection. They prescribed Cipro and sent me on way. The strain of E.coli in me was resistant to that antibiotic and consequently I had another violent attack, and my second ride in an ambulance. The hospital experience was too extreme to go into here.
Eventually, I as put on Septra and sent home. It took a few weeks and all seemed well. Another drug was eventually prescribed, called Suprax. This was meant to be a safer alternative. I adjusted to what I considered my "new normal". Within the year, while away from home again, the symptoms came back but I knew how to control them better.
I went to a urologist who confirmed that the E.coli was back. We started the Suprax again. He didn't feel that the two infections were related, even though the E. coli strain was the same. After all the scopes and tests he wanted me to endure, he couldn't find the source. He sent me to an Infectious Disease specialist. This medical Triage team sent me for a battery of more tests and used a lot of my time. I went through an amazing amount of antibiotics. I was on Suprax for 3 years.
The final round of drugs was Ertapenem. The Doctor referred to it as "the bazooka of all antibiotics". Other doctors referred to it as "Javex, Draino and Bleach". I was thinking this would solve it. It was administered for 28 days through an IV drip once a day. 17 days later, all my symptoms were back and raging in a full on attack. I started my stash of Suprax immediately and got the infection under control. The infection specialist was stumped!
While on Suprax there weren't any issues with the infection - but I was taking antibiotics daily with no end in sight. If I stopped and did nothing, the infection would eventually kill me.
The team of doctors recommended a path of surgeries to remove infected parts and tissue to see if they could cut out where the infection was nested. That seemed rather extreme to me. You referred to it as "barbaric." It would only lead to a reduced state of living and a dependency on the medical industry.
Looking for another way through this, my wife found your site and I immediately began reading. Then, I ordered your Uribiotic. I also called you and you advised me. You guided me through the whole process. I used a larger than prescribed amount of supplements as directed by you. You also explained the diet I needed and what other supplements to use.
I stayed the course and did not waiver for 3 months. I called you many times to understand what was happening with me and, as time went by, you adjusted the prescription as needed. It was the first 3 months in years that I didn't take a pharmaceutical antibiotic!
After these 3 months, I couldn't believe that it was over, the infection was gone and not returning.
I waited a few months before writing this note of endorsement. I am amazed and thankful. I have changed my eating habits and added certain supplements to my way of life. I'm not as strict about the diet anymore but I am very strict about the amount of sugar that I will allow myself. My eating habits are much better now. I think I will be amazed for years to come. I never thought I would get through this.
When the specialists suggested the surgery route I said "No." I was going to use your method. They were very skeptical. I told the team of doctors about my recovery and they were astonished. One doctor, who has been practicing his specialty with infections for 27 years, said that I taught him something new!
I thank you. You are a treasure, Mr. Mierzejewski.
Let me start off by saying (and please keep in mind that I rarely submit feedbacks) that I had to send in this positive opinion on Uribiotic Formula and UT ProbioticsUltra. These two paired up equal excellence!
Where do I begin. After having a UTI on and off for way too long that I was never able to cure naturally (stayed away from antibiotics), didn't know what to do next. The infection travelled by body from head to toe. I'm talking strep sore throat almost every month before my monthly cycle, on and off burning sensation when urinating, occasional fevers and chills. On top of that indigestion issues such as belching, gas, low stomach acid, you name it. I could not live like this any longer.
I decided to search the web from top to bottom. Fell on the Uribiotic website and was intrigued by the product right away. I'm willing to invest, I thought. My health has been bad for too long, I said to myself.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Uribiotic and UT ProbioticsUltra have healed me from head to toe!
It has been only one week, but after a few days, my urine is clearer and the burning sensation has decreased by a lot. My strep throat/sore throat is totally gone. Indigestion issues have improved significantly.
Ladies, even my monthly cycle is a breeze!! No cramps!! I am sold and sad that I did not order more bottles. What was I thinking?!
All I can say is: give it a try!!
Dear Uribiotic Team,
I have had recurrent UTI's for the past few years and my doctor usually just gives me Bactrim, which clears it up within 3 days. While on vacation recently I got another one the first day of my trip and panicked because the pain always seems unbearable.
I was able to get another prescription for Bactrim, but after 2 doses (6 days) I felt even worse. Two weeks later and 2 courses of Cipro later I was at my wits end!
My doctor told me there weren't any bacteria in my urine so it could be something else like urethritis or interstitial cystitis. I didn't care what it was, I just wanted to get rid of it and prevent it from ever coming back.
In desperation I went online and researched as much as I could. I found your website and it has been a life-saver.
I started feeling better after the first couple days of taking the Uribiotic Formula, and after the second bottle I was back to normal.
I couldn't believe how fast it worked, and that there were no side effects, like with antibiotics.
Since then I've also started taking your D-Mannose and Probiotic formulas for prevention and I haven't had any UTI symptoms since.
Thank you so much for your very informative website and very effective natural products.
For years I have been plagued with UTI's. Each time trying to fight it off with baking soda, Alka-Seltzer, drinking lots of water and searching the web for natural remedies, only to end up at the dreaded Urgent Care to get antibiotics. Some of them even gave me bad side effects.
I found Uribiotic Formula on my last web search and I read some of the testimonials and thought I would give it a try.
I was amazed! It really, really worked. I didn't go on antibiotics and my infection was cured.
Thank you a million times over! What a freedom to be able to have a natural cure and not have to be on antibiotics...
This product really works and I would highly recommend it to anyone who suffers from UTI.
Hello, again, Full of Health Team!
I just got on to your website to order more URIBIOTIC... I am the "Katie B." from Denver, Colorado! My testimonial has been on your home page for over 2 years now.
I have been living in China for the past year and I just recently got a bladder infection for the first time in over 2 years!
You have no idea how comforting it has been to have the assurance of having your product in my medicine cabinet while living in such a foreign land with foreign doctors and hospitals.
I was quite scared when I got the bladder infection a couple of days ago, because I thought, "what if it just doesn't work this time and I have to go to a hospital in China?!"
But, have no fear… URIBIOTIC worked for me AGAIN!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMAZING PRODUCT!!!! I sing your praises every time I have sex -:)
Thank you and have a great weekend!
I got a severe bladder infection and also discovered I had an enlarged prostate. I was in bad pain when I often had to go to restroom. One night I was going every 30 minutes.
They put me on sulfa antibiotics and also wanted me to take Flowmax which I told them I would not take. I don't like taking antibiotics if I can help it.
They also did a CAT scan. I took the antibiotics for a few days but they did not help that much.
Until I got my order of Uribiotic in. I started taking it and, after a few days, noticed feeling a little better each day.
I started going to the bathroom about twice a night only. Then just once a night and now I never wake to go to the bathroom. My measured urine outflow in the morning became normal and with no pain.
I was also taking DP Extract for my enlarged prostate for about six weeks. I went to a specialist and he checked me and said that my prostate was normal. He said I don't need to come back.
Now everything is back to normal. I still take both Uribiotic and DP Extract.
I am very thankful for your help and advice, Andrew.
Problem solved! The infection is GONE! I just thought you might want to know this in case you get any customers notifying you that URIBIOTIC doesn't seem to be working.
I love your product and continue to rave and refer anyone I talk to about UTIs to your
THANK YOU FOR CREATING THIS PRODUCT!!!
Safe and Effective in Animals
I just wanted to say THANKS so much! I got the Uribiotic Formula and started the treatment. And my dog is doing so much better! No more blood in the urine or getting up at night having to go to the bathroom. She is happy and no more pain.
She have had bladder infections for more than 5 months and the vets had her on some very expensive antibiotics, including Baytril [Enrofloxacin]. And since she is 156 lb. you can imagine how much it cost me to have her on them.
But they were not curing her...
And since I started her on your product she is fantastic! Eating normal again and the life had come back to her body. Thanks so much!
I sent the links to the 2 vets that had seen her and recommended your product if they ever get a dog with a bladder infection resistant to all antibiotics.
Once more, thanks again so much!
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