Dear Friends,

I hope you don’t mind potty talk because in this month’s newsletter I’d like to discuss Urinary Tract Infections; henceforth referred to as UTI’s. They are more common in women because of our anatomical configuration and shorter urethra, but men are certainly not immune.
You may be getting ready for work or shopping or perhaps a trip when the first symptoms appear. You might feel an uncomfortable twinge in the pelvic region or notice that your urine has become cloudy, bloody or odorous…. or you may be one of the “lucky” ones who feels like they’re peeing sandpaper. Sorry for that mental image…but if you’ve ever had a UTI you know that it’s no laughing matter.
So what do you do next??? If you visit your physician he/she will more than likely put you on a course of antibiotics and (if you are lucky) encourage you to drink more water and sugar-free cranberry or blueberry juice as well as stay away from sugar, caffeine and alcohol. This will probably cost about $150 for the appointment and prescription. But it’s doubtful that your physician will explain the possible side effects of antibiotics, or the likelihood that if you don’t drink enough water, the antibiotics may not work effectively. This means, making another appointment, another course of antibiotics and another $150. Since you haven’t been informed of the probability of a large-scale die-off of the friendly bacteria that inhabit your intestinal tract induced by antibiotic therapy, you probably won’t know how to avoid the subsequent condition called candida overgrowth. If the state of candida overgrowth is left unchecked, it can blossom into fibromyalgia. For more information on this, please read about it on the candida page of The Healing Path website.
I’m here to tell you that there is a better way! The Healing Path makes a tincture called Hepa-Health. The cost is $35 for a 4 oz bottle. It was developed for an array of liver, kidney, bladder and pancreatic problems ranging in severity from hepatitis to UTIs. It is made with bitter herbs Gentian, Blessed Thistle, Uva Ursi and Dandelion that have an astringent effect on the digestive and urinary tract. These herbs work as well as antibiotics and don’t interfere with the healthy flora in the urinary and digestive systems. If you have a history of UTIs, order a bottle of Hepa-Health from The Healing Path to have on hand; it will easily last ten years when stored in a cool dark place. At the first sign of a brewing infection, start taking the dose for an acute UTI (2 droppers full per 50 lbs of body weight three times daily for 10 days). If you have other disorders of the kidney, bladder, pancreas, liver or spleen, or if you have 4 or more UTIs per year, you may want to use the preventative dose of Hepa-Health (1 dropper full per 50 lbs of body weight two times daily).
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so remember to:
• Drink 8-10 glasses of water or non-caffeinated tea a day to keep a steady flow. Dehydration can allow bacteria to travel upstream.
• If you are a woman remember to wipe from front to back to prevent e coli bacteria from entering the urethra.
• Also holding your urine too long is not wise as it introduces bacteria to the bladder.
• Both men and women should wash genitals before having sex.
• As much as you may love a good bath, use the shower if you are fighting a UTI

Interestingly enough, spermacides can increase the risk of a UTI; as it kills sperm, it also kills friendly bacteria in the vagina and urinary tract.
If you are doing all of the above and find you are still getting UTIs, it might be time to consider the energetic aspect of this dilemma and ask yourself if you are holding on to resentment or allowing an aggravating situation to exist. A UTI is a metaphysical way of releasing anger. Who or what is causing you to be annoyed? They don’t call it being “pissed off” for nothing.

Love and Light, Lori Jacobs

Author's Bio: 

Lori Jacobs from The Healing Path is an herbalist and Master Healer dedicated to providing alternative therapies for hard to cure autoimmune disorders such as arthritis and alopecia areata (patchy baldness or total loss of body hair) & fibromyalgia hepatitis