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Urinary Tract Infection
What All Pregnant Women Must Know

UTI Bladder Infection in Pregnancy: Safe, natural alternative cure

From time to time, you may hear or read scientific reports allegedly showing that such-and-such herb or 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-supplement nonsense discouraging their use.

Pregnant women, especially in the late stages of pregnancy, seem no more prone to a bladder infection (UTI) than other women.

However, women who experience an untreated urinary tract infection during their third trimester of pregnancy are at greater risk of delivering a child who may suffer from mental retardation and/or developmental delay.

This website is intended to allow you as an expectant mother to become an informed patient who can manage her own care, ask the right questions, insist on adequate management and information, and seek an optimal outcome for yourself.

Perhaps it will even help health practicioners who are giving care, obstetricians in particular, to appreciate and, hopefully, consider the alternative UTI treatment, more natural and lifestyle-based.

During pregnancy, there are normal changes in the urinary tract that contribute to an increased susceptibility to bladder infections, such as

  • the anatomical changes: the growing uterus causes
    • kidney enlargement and
    • compression of the ureters and bladder; and
  • the functional changes:
    • the bladder does not empty completely;
    • the urine is not as acidic and
    • it contains more sugars, protein, and hormones.

UTI in Pregnancy: The Third Trimester

Besides childhood development delays, a bladder infection during pregnancy can cause:

  • low birth weight
  • premature labor
  • pyelonephritis (when an ascending urinary tract infection has reached the pyelum (pelvis) of the kidneys), sometimes called urosepsis
  • kidney infection (nephritis).

UTI in Pregnancy: Types of Bladder Infections

1. Asymptomatic bacteriuria (a significant bacterial count, usually Ú105 or 106 organisms/mL, present in the urine of a person without symptoms): a silent infection often caused by bacteria present in the woman's system before pregnancy. This type of infection occurs in about 6-7 percent of all pregnant women during their first prenatal visit; it may have a role in preterm birth and may precede symptomatic urinary tract infection. If left untreated, a symptomatic bacteriuria (with symptoms) may lead to pyelonephritis - a kidney infection. (Up to 30 percent of mothers develop acute pyelonephritis if asymptomatic bacteriuria is untreated).

2. Acute urethritis or cystitis: urethral or bladder infection that causes symptoms including pain or burning with urination, frequent urination, feeling of needing to urinate, and fever.

3. Pyelonephritis: a kidney infection that causes symptoms including those of acute cystitis plus flank (back) pain. Pyelonephritis may lead to preterm labor, severe infection, and adult respiratory distress syndrome.

The most common microorganisms that cause bladder infection during pregnancy is uropathogenic Escherichia coli bacteria, E. coli for short, normally present in the vagina and rectal area.

Other organisms causing urinary tract infection may include:

  • group B streptococcus (GBS), and
  • sexually transmitted gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Diagnosis of bladder infection in pregnancy include urine testing and urine culture for bacteria. Most women are tested at the first prenatal visit and during pregnancy, if needed.

UTI in Pregnancy: E. coli Infections

Most infections of the lower urinary tract (85-90%) are due to a few strains of E. coli bacteria, called uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC).

If E. coli bacteria get into the bladder or the urethra, 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 the cell. Once inside the cell, E. coli can live and reproduce in safety, shielded from many of the body's defensive immune responses.

When faced with a potentially pathogenic germ like E.coli, conventional, pharmaceutically based medicine typically confronts the problem by throwing the most potent poisons it can find at the bugs - antibiotics.

While there is nothing essentially wrong with killing disease-causing bacteria, this approach does have some very serious drawbacks. Happily, antibiotic "bacteria-cide" is not the only possible avenue of attack. (Exactly how does this it will be explained later).

UTI in Pregnancy: Group B Streptococcus Infection

Group B streptococcus (GBS) are bacteria that can be found in the digestive tract, urinary tract, and genital area of adults. Although GBS infection usually causes no problems in healthy women before pregnancy, it can cause serious illness for the mother and baby during pregnancy and after delivery.

Group B streptococcus is a concern as one out of every four or five pregnant women carries GBS in her rectum or vagina.

In the pregnant mother, GBS can cause a urinary tract infection and lead to preterm labor and birth - premature babies are more susceptible to GBS infection than full-term babies.

Group B streptococcus diagnosed can be cultured from a mother's urine. Cultures are usually done between 35 and 37 weeks of pregnancy and may take a few days to complete. Cultures collected earlier in pregnancy do not accurately predict whether a mother will have GBS at delivery.

UTI in Pregnancy: 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
  • eye.

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. This serious condition requires prompt medical attention.

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
  • fever.

PLEASE NOTE : In pregnant women, chlamydia infection can be passed on to their newborn children, where it can cause:

  • eye infections and
  • pneumonia.

UTI in Pregnancy: Medical Diagnosis

urine sample is the only way to diagnose an infection.

Urinary Analysis (U/A)
This test is commonly performed in the doctor's office or in lab. It just takes a few minutes - a dipstick is placed in the urine sample and up to ten different substances can be detected.

If the U/A is normal, and the symptoms are mild, then you can probably wait for the next few days. To be sure, a doctor can send a urine culture to the lab (see below). Therefore, you should call your doctor's office after one or two days to check the results. If positive, do not wait and call the next day again to check the sensitivity of the antibiotics (see below).

If the U/A is positive for infection, and the symptoms are moderate to severe, probably a urine culture will be sent to the lab to confirm. A doctor will start an antibiotic treatment now to avoid allowing the infection to get worse.

If the U/A is positive, but the symptoms are mild, a doctor may not start an antibiotic treatment while the urine culture is being done (since a positive U/A does not necessarily mean there is an infection).

Microscopic Urinalysis ((U/A micro)
A doctor may also wait a few hours for the lab to run a microscopic urinalysis - a drop of urine is examined under a microscope - to help in the decision whether or not to start an antibiotic treatment while the urine culture is running.

Urine Culture
With no dobubt, urine culture is the most accurate test to determine for sure whether or not an infection is present.The lab puts the urine sample in an incubator. If any bacteria are in the sample, they will multiply and show up. However, it takes 24 to 48 hours for the bacteria to grow enough to be detected.

Antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST)
If only one type of bacteria grows in the culture, the lab will expose the bacteria to a variety of antibiotics to see to which ones the bacteria are sensitive. This usually takes one day after the culture is positive. It helps to decide which antibiotic is best for the infection.

UTI in Pregnancy: Doctors' Choices of Antibiotics

As urinary tract infections are extremely common, particularly in women, doctors in the United States write 2.45 million antibiotic prescriptions to treat them each year.

Almost all antibiotics will work for urinary tract infection. However, over the past 10 years, fewer doctors prescribe, for exapmle, a 10-day course of generic Bactrim or Septra, recommended by the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Bactrim and Septra
Septra and Bactrim are both brand names for a combination antibiotic called trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole are both compounds that block the internal production of folic acid (folate) needed by most bacteria to survive. These compounds, relatively safe for humans, are lethal to many bacteria.

Unfortunately, this inexpensive and quite effective, standard antibiotic for bladder infections is notorious for developing rash and allergies to it, frequently, life-threatening allergies. It is one of those famous sulfur drugs to which people have adverse reactions.

Other side effects have been reported in virtually every organ system in the body, including the kidneys. Sulfa drugs may precipitate in the urine, producing crystals that can cause bleeding, urinary obstruction, or kidney damage.

Generic Bactrim also tends to disrupt the intestinal bacteria more than other drugs, such as Macrobid, and cause stomach upset.

Keflex and Macrodantin
These alternatives to Septra and Bactrim are commonly used both for the active treatment and long-term prevention of urinary tract infections. They seem to be more effective and even safer than Septra, although each carries risks of its own.

As you can see, in prescribing antibiotics, the risks and benefits must be always balanced!

Cipro and Marcrobid
The majority of doctors opt for newer (and more expensive) antibiotics, such as Cipro (a type of fluoroquinolone) or an often-prescribed drug, generic Marcrobid.

An often-prescribed by obstetricians generic Marcrobid tends to have minimal negative effect on the intestine, as most of this drug is concentrated in the bladder.

This trend may be due to doctors, adopting a new drug, believing it is the better drug. Therefore, it runs counter to the formal recommendations for drugs to be used first, such Bactrim, in the treatment of urinary tract infections.

There are also differences between the medical specialties in prescribing antibiotics:

  • internists are most likely to prescribe fluoroquinolones, such as Cipro, and
  • obstetricians are most likely to prescribe nitrofurantoin, such as Marcrobid.

UTI in Pregnagncy: Limitations of the Antibiotics

Unfortunately, bacteria can survive after antibiotic treatment. For example, bladder infections caused by a common bacterium 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.

Although, within several days of antibiotic treatment, the number of bacteria reproducing drop to zero - NOT ALL the bacteria are killed.

For example, after treatment with ciprofloxacin

  • about 3 percent of the bacteria may be still present in a dormant state.

After treatment with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole

  • about 7 percent of the bacteria may still linger.

Even after a month of antibiotic exposure, about 10 million of the original 1 billion bacteria may remain.

It is a well-known fact that antibiotic treatments:

  • do 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 (in 15 percent of cases, bladder or kidney infections can become a recurring problem, or they can stop responding to the antibiotics).

UTI in Pregnancy: Drawbacks of the Antibiotics

Although routinely used, antibiotic treatments have many drawbacks, such as:

  • antibiotics successfully kill both the unwanted micro-organisms and wanted micro-organisms;
  • long-term or often repeated antibiotic use leads to major disturbance in normal body microflora, and sometimes to major disruption in health;
  • antibiotics, such as Bactrim, may cause stomach upset, rash, and allergic reactions;
  • many women to end up with nasty yeast infections; as the friendly bacteria are killed off along with the bad bacteria, the antibiotic insensitive yeast can then grow out of control.

Therefore, due to the hazards, especially of prolonged antibiotic therapy, the need for antibiotics used to clear up the infection, should be reduced, as ALL antibiotic therapies carry with them the risks of developing

  • antibiotic-resistant bacteria,
  • gastrointestinal problems, and
  • adverse effects, especially on the liver and kidneys.

UTI in Pregnancy: D-Mannose

Pathogenic E. coli bacteria's pili "grappling hooks" are composed of long, fibrous chains of molecular "glue" called adhesion. The effective binding of these adhesion molecules depends on the chemical attraction between them and the residues of a simple carbohydrate called D-Mannose on the cell surface receptors of the urinary tract host cells.

The chemical attraction between E. coli bacteria adhesions and D-Mannose is their strength - but it also provides a point of vulnerability. If you can interfere with the binding of adhesions to the D-Mannose residues in the receptors of your urinary tract cells, then you can also prevent pathogenic E. coli from getting a foothold for adherence and infection.

One way to do this is by using D-Mannose itself. When isolated urinary tract cells are "bathed" in D-Mannose, it acts as molecular "chaff." The bacterial adhesions bind to the D-Mannose in their environment - not to the D-Mannose residues on the cells. This gums up their pili and prevents them from hooking onto urinary tract cells.

The "molecular mechanism" of the action of D-mannose on E. coli is scientifically proven. There is no argument at all about this among researchers who have studied it. Tens of thousands of women working with natural medicine doctors have successfully applied this science to their own bladder infections.

Considerable circumstantial evidence, combined with common sense and several of clinical experience, makes a compelling case for the therapeutic value of D-mannose.

Laboratory Studies
In one laboratory study, for example, rats' urinary tracts were inoculated with E. coli. Within one day, those rats also given D-mannose were found to have significantly lower levels of bacteria in their urine.

In another study, administering a mannose-like substance (niethyl a-D-mannopyranoside) to E. coli-infected mice led to a 90 percent reduction in bacterial attachment to the urinary tract.

Research in humans shows that ingesting D-mannose significantly elevates blood mannose levels, a prerequisite if urinary levels are to rise.

Epidemiological Evidence
Perhaps the best available evidence, though, comes from the experience of people who have used it. Natural medicine-oriented physicians have been recommending D-mannose to people with bladder infection since the mid-1980s with great success.

In one case, a 5-year-old girl had almost continuous bladder infections for her entire life that had failed to respond to every antibiotic therapy her physicians tried (72 doctors in all!).

At the end of their rope, her doctors were now considering a kidney transplant, since her kidneys were starting to fail due to years of chronic infection.

Since urine culture showed her bladder infection was due to E. coli, she was started on D-mannose (1 tsp in a glass of water every 2-3 hours). Within 48 hours, her infection had vanished, and her kidneys were saved!

D-Mannose: Natural Antibiotic Alternative

Up to 90 percent of all E. coli urinary tract infections can be cured within 1 to 2 days with this simple sugar and a close cousin of glucose. Even more remarkably, D-mannose accomplishes this feat without killing a single bacterium! (Exactly how does this it was explained earlier).

Another, more natural way to eliminate E. coli infections from the urinary tract is to beat them at their own game.

If they are going to cause trouble, bacteria usually have to find a way to adhere (stick) to the body tissue they are infecting. In bladder infection, E. coli attach to cells lining the bladder and urinary tract using filmy, hair-like projections called fimbria on their cell walls.

At the tip of each fimbrium is a glycoprotein (a combination carbohydrate and protein) called a lectin that is programmed to bind to the first molecule of the sugar mannose that it encounters.

It turns out that molecules of mannose (produced inside urinary tract lining cells) naturally dot the surfaces of these cells. Here they act as "receptors," inviting the fimbria of E. coli to attach, and allowing them to bind to the tissue in a tight, Velcro-like grip.

If not for this attachment to the cell's mannose, any E. coli that had successfully ventured up the urethral river would be unable to stick to the slippery surface and would be washed right back out on the next tide of urination.

Tastes Good!
As a bonus, D-mannose actually tastes good. Where a "spoonful of sugar" helped the medicine go down in Mary Poppin's day, with D-mannose, a spoonful of sugar is the medicine.

Effective and Safe!
Because it is so effective and so benign, women (even pregnant women) who are susceptible to recurrent bladder infections, can safely take D-mannose as a preventive measure to head off future attacks.

Suitable for Children
D-mannose is also ideally suited for children with bladder infections. Because it tastes so good (it is a sugar, after all!), children actually enjoy taking it.

UTI in Pregnancy: Safe, natural alternative treatment for pregnant women.

Effective As Antibiotics
Although D-mannose is still virtually unknown to many practitioners of conventional medicine, many research reports have demonstrated its mode of action and effectiveness against E. coli, the microorganism that causes most bladder infections.

Moreover, several years of clinical experience have shown that it is just about as effective at curing bladder infections caused by E. coli as antibiotic drugs.

No Known Drawbacks
At first glance, D-mannose may sound too good to be true: a "medicine" that's highly effective, perfectly safe, pleasant to use and available without a doctor's prescription. Yet, it is true!

Unlike virtually any conventional medication, and many natural or alternative treatments as well, D-mannose has no known drawbacks.

Excellent Reported Success Rate
The response is uniformly excellent from urinary tract infection (UTI) sufferers and their caregivers alike.

For the great majority of bladder infections - over 85 percent - D-Mannose offers a safe, natural option with a simple, ingenious rationale, no known side-effects, and a great reported success rate. Therefore, many of our clients and customers have been reporting the successful results in using D-Mannose to rid themselves of infection.

Even those who had remained infected after having been subjected to a wide range of potent, side-effect-inducing antibiotics have successfully rid themselves of chronic or acute infections using supplemental D-Mannose.

d-Mannose MAX: Health Benefits Summary

As know perfectly well, not all D-Mannose products are created equal. Therefore, the results vary from "amazing"to "okay." In a nutshell, the main health benefits of our complex supplemental d-Mannose MAX, can be summarized as follows:

    • It supports healthy urogenital flora*
    • It does not affect “friendly” bacteria*
    • It delivers a naturally occurring sugar (mannose) with protective properties*
    • It does not interfere with normal blood sugar regulation which makes it suitable for diabetics*
    • It goes to work in your system quickly*
    • It supports the immune and urinary tract systems*

At Full of Health, we are sure that d-Mannose MAX will do as much for you as it has done for our clients, patients and customers. If thousands of women and men have benefited from it you can benefit as well.

d-Mannose MAX Powder
Non-Prescription E. Coli Remedy

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: One Scoop (5.6 grams/0.2 oz.)
Servings Per Container: 30 Vegetarian
Amount Per Vegetarian Serving:

  • Calories: 20
  • Total Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Vitamin C: 6.8 mg
  • Calcium: 76 mg
  • D-Mannose: 500 mg
  • Cranberry Juice Powder (Vaccinium macrocarpon): 500 mg
  • Olive (Olea Europea) Leaf Extract: 100 mg
  • FOS (Fructoooligosaccharide): 1,000 mg
  • Fibersol-2™ Brand** (digestion resistant maltodextrin): 1,000 mg
  • Proprietary Nondairy Probiotic Blend: 750 mg
    • Containing 4 Billion CFU/g of the following strains:
    • Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei,
    • Bifidobacterium breve, Streptococcus thermophilus,
    • Bifidobacterium longum.
  • Stevia Leaf Extact: 18 mg
Other Ingredients: Citric acid, Tricalcium phosphate, Natural wild berry flavor, Silica, Red beet powder (color), Natural mixed berry flavor.

**Fibersol-2™ fiber content is tested using AOAC method 2001.03
Fibersol-2™ is a trademark of Matsutani Chemical Industry Co., LTD.

Recommended Intake

I. For 24-Hour Relief:

  • Mix one (5.5 g) scoop in 1/2-1 glass of purified, lukewarm water and drink four (4) to six (6) times per day (every 2 to 3 hours).
By far the most frequent success with d-mannose MAX has been achieved by the women who have suffered single (non-recurrent) episodes of bladder infection. About 90 percent of the time, bladder infection which is caused by E. coli, will respond to d-Mannose MAX treatment with significant symptoms reduction within 24 hours. In almost 90 percent of such cases, it usually clears the infection in 1 to 3 days.

PLEASE NOTE: Even though symptoms are improved within 24 hours, d-Mannose MAX should be continued for 2 to 3 days after the last symptom is gone, just to "make sure."

II. For Prevention:
  • Mix one (5.5 g) scoop in 1/2-1 glass of purified, lukewarm water and drink once (1) or twice (2) a day.
Women prone to very frequent recurrent bladder infections that are not necessarily related to sexual intercourse can also often benefit from taking d-Mannose MAX preventively. To save expense, some women have been able to "taper down" their dosage and dose frequency.

III. For Honymoon Cystitis (UTIs Related to Sexual Intercourse):
  • Mix one (5.5 g) scoop in 1/2-1 glass of purified, lukewarm water and drink 1 hour prior to intercourse.
It is not uncommon for women to avoid sex because they get a bladder infection nearly "every time" they have intercourse. However, taking d-mannose MAX will mostly likely completely eliminate further infections.

IV. If Your Infection Persists

If you try a course of d-Mannose MAX and the infection persists do not just keep going on with d-Mannose MAX in hopes that it will eventually "kick in." Discontinue the use of it and consider taking other supplements.

Although up to 90 percent of bladder infections are caused by E. coli bacteria, the remaining 10 percent are caused by a variety of other Enterobacteriaceae and Gram-positive pathogens such as:
  • Staphylococcus saprophyticus - 5 to 15 percent 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 - the third leading cause of hospital-acquired urinary tract infections, accounting for approximately 12 percent of all infections, and usually related to urinary tract catheterization, instrumentation or surgery.
    Therefore, if a bladder infection treated with d-mannose MAX does not show significant improvement within 24 hours (about 10 percent of cases), it is likely that the infection is caused by some other pathogen or pathogens, more likely - Proteus mirabilis and/or Staphylococcus aureus responsible for "Golden Staph".

    When acute nephritis (kidney infection) is present - accompanied by high fever along with sudden retention of urine (a painful urge to pass urine but the inability to do so) - have your condition assessed immediately by your physician.

    In case of a "Golden Staph" infection, UT Probiotics Ultra Strength needs to be a part of a combined antibiotic therapy as it may enhance the effectiveness of pharmaceutical antibiotics for the UTI treatment.

    d-Mannose MAX
    Description of Nutrients

    • D-Mannose is a glyconutrient and has many helpful health benefits. Glyconutrients are vital because they are eight types of sugars (known as saccharides) that formulate crucial compounds within the body. Antibodies and digestive enzymes are glycoproteins that assist the body’s cells in communicating with each other, which is highly beneficial to health.*
      • D-mannose also removes “bad” bacteria by attachment and voiding.*
      • It’s absorbed eight times slower than glucose and, when ingested, is not converted to glycogen or stored in the liver but, rather, goes directly into the blood stream from the kidneys to the bladder. Therefore it does not interfere with blood sugar regulation.*
      • The bacterium displaced by Mannose is responsible for 80-90% of UTIs, whereas antibiotic treatment may cause an imbalance in the normal flora.*
    • Cranberry Juice Powder naturally contains Malic, Citric and Quinic Acids which are the active ingredients that acidify the urine and keep unwanted material from adhering to the cells that line the bladder wall.*
      • These acids also promote thorough cleansing of the urinary tract.*
    • Olive Leaf Powder works directly against unwanted materials by supporting your own protective cells (phagocytes) to ingest them without suppressing the immune system or damaging the body’s beneficial flora.*
      • Additionally, Oleuropein supports the immune system response and aids in detoxification.*
    • FOS (Fructooligosaccharide) & Fibersol-2™ are two types of soluble fibers that support balanced intestinal micro flora and because they are so soluble and less dense, they mix instantly and do not cause bloating or gas like other fiber products.*
      • They have been shown to support proper bowel function, regularity, fecal volume, beneficial intestinal micro flora popluations, healthy digestive tract, and supports cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar levels within normal ranges*
    • Proprietary Shelf Stable Non-Dairy Probiotic Blend contains 4 Billion CFU/g of the following strains:
      • Lactobacillus acidophilus,
      • Lactobacillus casei,
      • Bifidobacterium breve,
      • Streptococcus thermophilus,
      • Bifidobacterium longum.

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

    Selected References

    • Lenard, L., et al. D-Mannose: natural treatment for urinary tract infections. Vitamin Research News. 17(7), 2003. [D-mannose can cure more than 90% of all UTIs within 1 to 2 days. This is because 90% of UTIs are caused by Eschericia coli, the only bacteria against which mannose is effective].
    • Martinez JJ, Mulvey MA, Schilling JD, Pinkner JS, Hultgren SJ. Type 1 pilus-mediated bacterial invasion of bladder epithelial cells. EMBO J. 2000 Jun 15:19 (12):2803-12.
    • Sauer FG, Mulvey MA, Schilling JD, Martinez JJ, Hultgren SJ. Bacterial Pili: molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis. Curr Opin Microbiol. 2000 Feb; 3 (1):65-72.
    • Wright JV. D-Mannose for bladder and kidney infections Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients. 1999 Jul; 192:96-8.
    • Toyota S, Fukushi Y, Katoh S, Orikasa S, Suzuki Y. Anti-bacterial defense of the urinary bladder. Role of mannose in urine. Nippon Hinyokika Gakkai Zasshi. 1989 Dec; 80 (12):1816-23.

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    UTI in Pregnancy: Supplemental Probiotics

    It is well known that pharmaceutical antibiotic treatments:

    • successfully kill both the unwanted micro-organisms and wanted (beneficial) micro-organisms;
    • lead to major disturbance in normal body microflora, and sometimes to major disruption in health;
    • may cause stomach upset, rash, and allergic reactions (e.g. Bactrim);
    • in women usually lead to nasty yeast infections caused by Canadia albicans; as the friendly probiotic bacteria are killed off along with the bad bacteria, the antibiotic insensitive yeast can then grow out of control.

    Therefore, due to the hazards, especially of prolonged antibiotic therapy, the need for antibiotics used to clear up the infection, should be reduced, as ALL antibiotic therapies carry with them the risks of developing:

    • antibiotic-resistant bacteria,
    • gastrointestinal problems, and
    • adverse effects, especially in the liver and kidneys.

    Antibiotics Versus Probiotics

    We all know, more or less, what antibiotics are, but we still don't know exactly what probiotics are, when they should be used, and who needs them. Let's clear up a little bit of the confusion.

    The term "probiotic" is used to describe the beneficial bacteria that inhabit the human intestinal tract. The word is derived from Greek and literally means "for life."

    Probiotics are found in fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and kefir. Many of these foods rich in probiotics are still of great importance to the diets of most of the people in the world.

    Scientists, however, have found a way to freeze-dry these beneficial bacteria and put them in capsules. The specific microorganisms found in these capsules are usually lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, which are the major probiotics found in the human intestinal tract.

    According to clinical research, probiotics promote proper "gut flora" and stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and systemic immunity. Therefore, they offer many health benefits.

    One of the best-documented applications of probiotic supplements is in the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). As the efficacy of probiotic supplements is based solely on the number of live organisms present, successful results are attained by taking the minimum of 50 billion viable bacteria per day.

    Ultra Strength Probiotic Bacteria Complex

    Like everything else, not all supplemental probiotics are created equal. Therefore, the results can vary from "amazing" to just "okay."

    Health benefits of UT Probiotics Ultra Strength, multiple-strain probiotic supplement can be summarized as follows:

    Don't be fooled by very low-priced dietary supplements. Many are made from cheap, unhealthy synthetic ingredients.

    • It offers urologic support.
    • It offers immune system support.
    • It is suitable for individuals who are lactose intolerant.
    • It demonstrates normalizing digestion (by adhering to the cells of the intestinal wall without damaging it).
    • It supports regularity.

    Here are the key factors that make UT Probiotics Ultra Strength different from other probiotic formulas:

    • It is non-dairy and multi-strain to best mimic normal human flora.
    • It contains 9 species of microorganisms from non-dairy sources. Because each strain has an affinity for a different part of the digestive tract, and a unique mechanism of action, a product that delivers multiple strains is preferable to single strain products.
    • It is guaranteed to contain 52.5 billion CFUs of microorganisms in each vegetarian capsule.
    • It contains added Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a soluble fiber and prebiotic that selectively supports the proliferation of intestinal probiotics for digestive tract health.
    • It is safe for daily use.
    • It is both acid-resistant and bile acid-resistant as it remains alive at a pH range of 3.0 - 7.0.
    • It is capable of reaching their site of action within the gastrointestinal tract by surviving:
      • the acid environment of the stomach (where pH can fall to below 3),
      • the actions of bile acids present in the intestines which can destroy many microorganisms.
    • It can survive then transit through the stomach, especially when it is consumed with other food.

    UT Probiotics Ultra Strength
    Specialty Non-dairy Probiotic
    Urinary Tract Support*

    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size: One Capsule
    Capsules Per Container: 30 Vegetarian
    Amount Per Serving:

      Ultra Strength Probiotic Bacteria Complex... 52.5 Billion CFU
      • Lactobacillus acidophilus
      • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
      • Bifidobacterium longum
      • Bifidobacterium bifidum
      • Bifidobacterium lactis
      • Lactobacillus casei
      • Bifidobacterium breve
      • Streptococcus thermophilus
      • Lactobacillus salivarius

      Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)... 25 mg

    Other ingredients: vegetable cellulose (capsule), rice maltodextrin, vegetable stearate.

    UT ProbioticsUltra is vegetarian and free of citrus, corn, gluten and added yeast.

    Recommended Use: As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule three times daily with meals, preferably with breakfast, lunch and dinner/supper.

    PLEASE NOTE: If you have a history of taking antibiotics due to repeated UTIs you must take probiotics for at least 3 consecutive months. This is the minimum time needed to restore and re-establish the body beneficial microflora damaged and killed by pharmaceutical antibiotics.

    UT Probiotics Ultra Strength
    Description of Nutrients*

    I. Lactobacilli (L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. casei, L. salivarius) are located in the small intestine and produce lactic acid. Many strains of bacteria from the Lactobacillus family have been shown to support urogenital and vaginal health, regularity, production of the lactase enzymes and protect the gut lining from unwanted materials.

    L. acidophilus helps to inhibit some types of detrimental bacteria by:

    • stimulating the production of endogenous antibiotics (Bacteriocins),
    • lowering bodily pH,
    • stimulating the production of organic acids such as lactic acid and acetic acid,
    • competing with detrimental bacteria for nutrients deconjugating bile acids.

    L. acidophilus can inhibit such detrimental bacteria as:

    • E. coli
    • H. pylori
    • Klebsiella pneumoniae
    • Listeria monocytogenes
    • Salmonella
    • Shigella dysenteriae
    • Shigella sonnei
    • Staphylococcus aureus

    L. acidophilus primarily colonizing the small intestine helps:

    • alleviate constipation in up to 90% of people afflicted with chronic constipation cure some cases of diarrhea by re-establisheing the flora of the intestine eliminate flatulence,
    • prevent gastric ulcers by inhibiting detrimental bacteria Helicobacter pylori implicated in gastric ulcers,
    • eliminate intestinal parasites,
    • alleviate some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
    • increase the absorption and bioavailability of dietary iron,
    • facilitate the production of vitamin K within the intestines.

    PLEASE NOTE: Garlic is known to stimulate the growth of L. acidophilus. Therefore, the function of L. acidophilus can be enhanced by supplemental garlic present in UTI Uribiotic Formula.

    Substances that interfere with L. acidophilus:

    • microorganisms such as Candida albicans (detrimental yeasts) may kill L. acidophilus,
    • pharmaceutical antibiotics; however, supplemental L. acidophilus can re-establish the endogenous L. acidophilus that are "killed" by antibiotics,
    • recreational drugs such as alcohol (ethanol) may destroy L. acidophilus.

    L. rhamnosus helps to accelerate the removal from the body of detrimental bacteria: single-celled microscopic organisms that are capable of exerting toxic effects on the body.

    As L. rhamnosus adheres to the cells of the intestinal wall without damaging it, it helps:

    • reverse intestinal permeability,
    • alleviate colitis and Crohn's disease,
    • prevent and treat diarrhea.

    II. L. salivarius is a strain of beneficial bacterial that has been shown to resist low pH conditions. It has also been shown to support immune system function by modulating certain cytokines (IL-10 and IL-12). In vitro studies have shown that L. salivarius strongly adheres to human epithelia cell lines. This interaction with the mucosa demonstrates its support of the intestinal immune system.

    III. Bifidobacteria (B. lactis, B. breve, B. longum, B. bifidum) are located in the colon and produce lactic and acetic acids, making the gut a very inhospitable place for unwanted materials. Bifidobacteria have been shown to promote regularity.

    IV. Streptococcus thermophilus is also a lactic acid producer, which lines the gut wall to provide a barrier from unwanted materials, promotes regularity and produces the lactase enzyme.

    V. Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are considered a soluble fiber and prebiotic, which supports the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestinal tract.

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

    Probiotics and UTI (References)
    Lactobacillus rhamnosis and UTIs (Research)
    Peer-Reviewed Professional Journals

    • Reid, G., et al. Oral use of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and L. fermentum RC-14 significantly alters vaginal flora: randomized, placebo-controlled trial in 64 healthy women. FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 35(2):131-134, 2003.

      Lawson Health Research Institute, Canadian Research and Development Center for Probiotics, London, ON, Canada.

      Urogenital infections afflict an estimated one billion people each year. The size of this problem and the increased prevalence of multi-drug resistant pathogens make it imperative that alternative remedies be found. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of 64 healthy women given daily oral capsules of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus fermentum RC-14 for 60 days showed no adverse effects. Microscopy analysis showed restoration from asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis microflora to a normal lactobacilli colonized microflora in 37% women during lactobacilli treatment compared to 13% on placebo (P=0.02). Lactobacilli were detected in more women in the lactobacilli-treated group than in the placebo group at 28 day (P=0.08) and 60 day (P=0.05) test points. Culture findings confirmed a significant increase in vaginal lactobacilli at day 28 and 60, a significant depletion in yeast at day 28 and a significant reduction in coliforms at day 28, 60 and 90 for lactobacilli-treated subjects versus controls. The combination of probiotic L. rhamnosus GR-1 and L. fermentum RC-14 is not only safe for daily use in healthy women, but it can reduce colonization of the vagina by potential pathogenic bacteria and yeast.

    Lactobacillus acidophilus and UTIs (Research)
    Laypersons' Publications

    • Batchelder, H. J. Probiotics for intestinal health. MotherNature.com Health Journal News & Views. 3(15), 2000.

      Lactobacillus acidophilus (powder) inserted into the vagina may reduce the recurrence of urinary tract infections.

    • Hudson, T. Naturopath Tori Hudson on treating chronic urinary tract infections. MotherNature.com Health Journal News & Views. 3(12), 2000.

      Recurring urinary tract infections can cause the depletion of Lactobacillus acidophilus. Lactobacillus acidophilus may help to prevent or treat UTIs by maintaining the acid environment of the vagina (in women). It may also inhibit the colonization of E. coli in the bladder and may interfere with the ability of E. coli to adhere to the lining of the bladder. Pharmaceutical antibiotics used in the treatment of UTIs can cause the depletion of Lactobacillus acidophilus.

    Lactobacillus acidophilus and E. coli (Research)
    Peer-Reviewed Professional Journals

    • Nader de Macías, M. E., et al. Prevention of infections produced by Escherichia coli and Listeria monocytogenes by feeding milk fermented with lactobacilli. J. Food Protection. 56:401-405, 1993.

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