Disgusting Source of the Majority of Urinary Tract Infections

Disgusting Source of the Majority of Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect anywhere from 25%1 to 60%2,3 of women over the course of their lifetime. Research published in 2015, UTIs were responsible for 10.5 million doctor visits in the U.S. in 2007.4

A study5 published in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases in 2017 noted hospitalization rates for UTIs in the U.S. rose by 52% between 1998 and 2011 — a direct result of increasing antimicrobial resistance

According to this study, there were 400,000 UTI-related hospitalizations in 2011, with an estimated cost of $2.8 billion. The highest rates of increase were seen in women and older patients.

In the past, recurrent UTIs were thought to be caused by reinfection by the same pathogen,6 but recent research7,8,9 published in the Journal of Molecular Biology suggests this pattern has changed, and the reason why UTIs tend to have such a high recurrence rate in postmenopausal women is because the infection can be caused by several different pathogens.

According to the authors, the data uncovered via urine and bladder biopsies “suggest that diverse bacterial species and the adaptive immune response play important roles” in recurrent UTIs.

Pathogenic Mechanisms of UTIs

Women are more prone to urinary tract infections than men, in part because of their shorter urethras. Adult men have another factor going for them. The male prostate gland actually produces a bacterial growth inhibitor that is secreted directly into their urinary system.10

According to research11 published in 2015, several different pathogens can trigger a UTI; most commonly Escherichia coli (E.coli), Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, Enterococcus faecalis and Staphylococcus saprophyticus. Of these, about 80% to 90% are caused by E.coli,12,13 which is normally found in the intestinal tract.14

Problems only arise when this ordinary bacterium is present in high numbers in places where it shouldn’t be, like your urinary system. When E. coli gets into your urinary tract and multiplies, you experience the usual signs and symptoms of a UTI, such as:15

  • Burning with urination
  • Frequent urges to urinate
  • Lower abdominal pain or aching
  • Blood in your urine (sometimes, but not always)
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine

The reason your body cannot simply expel the E. coli through urination is because the bacteria are covered with tiny fingerlike projections called fimbria, made of an amino acid-sugar complex, a glycoprotein called lectin, which makes them sticky.

This stickiness allows the bacteria to adhere to the inner wall of your bladder and/or work their way upward toward your kidneys, at which point the situation can become quite serious.

Sepsis is another complication of untreated or unsuccessfully treated UTI (which can happen if the infection is caused by drug-resistant bacteria), which can be life-threatening. An infusion of intravenous vitamin C with hydrocortisone and thiamine has been shown to reduce mortality from sepsis nearly fivefold, but many health care professionals are still unaware of this revolutionary treatment.

In addition to the symptoms already mentioned, a UTI in an older individual can also result in sudden behavioral changes such as restlessness, agitation, lethargy or social withdrawal, mental confusion and even hallucinations and delirium.16

According to Dr. Amanda Smith, medical director at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute at the University of South Florida, symptoms of UTI in the elderly actually tend to be primarily behavioral,17 which can result in delayed diagnosis and treatment. So, doctors of elderly patients exhibiting these kinds of behavioral symptoms, especially when combined with low-grade fever, should have them checked for UTI.18

Recurrent UTIs Linked to Variety of Pathogens in Bladder Wall

What the Journal of Molecular Biology study discovered was those different types of bacteria form colonies deep in the tissue of the bladder wall, past the urothelium layer in many cases, making them very difficult to get rid of. As noted by Science Daily, which reported the Journal of Molecular Biology findings:19

“[F]or some postmenopausal women, UTIs recur so frequently that they become a chronic condition, requiring daily doses of increasingly powerful antibiotics as the infection-causing bacteria gradually become resistant to each new drug.

‘For older women, these infections can go on for tens of years,’ said Dr. Nicole De Nisco, assistant professor of biological sciences at UT Dallas and lead author of the study. ‘Eventually, a patient’s last resort might be removing the bladder’ …

To investigate the pathogenic mechanisms and immune responses related to recurring UTIs, De Nisco and her colleagues analyzed urine and biopsies from 14 postmenopausal women …

They found that in addition to the expected E. coli, bacteria in urine samples included Klebsiella pneumoniae and Enterococcus faecalis, while species in biopsied tissue included E. coli, Staphylococcus hominis and Bacillus firmus.

‘Our findings confirm that bacteria do form communities within the bladder wall of RUTI [recurrent UTI] patients, which was not previously known,’ De Nisco said. ‘This research is a critical step toward better understanding the mechanisms of recurring urinary tract infection and inflammation in postmenopausal women’ …

Future studies will focus on determining effective techniques to remove these bacteria and chronic inflammation from the bladder, finding new strategies to enhance immune system response, and pinpointing the various bacterial pathogens involved in RUTIs.”

Factory-farmed Chicken — The Leading Source of UTI Infections

Conventional wisdom has maintained UTIs are primarily caused by a transfer of naturally-occurring E. coli via sexual contact with an infected individual and/or the transfer of fecal bacteria from your anus to your urethra by poor personal hygiene. However, more recent studies have conclusively demonstrated that a majority of UTIs are actually caused by exposure to contaminated chicken.20

Importantly, factory-farmed chickens are the source of most antibiotic-resistant UTIs — a problem that can be traced back to the routine use of antibiotics for growth-promotion purposes, which has allowed resistance to develop. Drug-resistant E. coli strains from supermarket meat were matched to strains found in human E. coli infections as early as 2005.21

Research22,23 published in 2006 confirmed that humans could develop antibiotic resistance by eating poultry treated with antibiotics. Bacteria from conventional chicken, and those who ate such chicken, were found to be more prone to developing resistance against Synercid (generic names: quinupristin and dalfopristin24), a strong antibiotic used to treat vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium.25

In essence, eating antibiotic-treated chicken can cause you to develop resistance to the last lines of defense currently available in the modern medicine cabinet — a steep price for inexpensive meat! As reported by Infectious Control Today:26

“Laboratory tests showed that the bacteria isolated from patients and vegetarians had no pre-existing resistance to Synercid. Resistance was rare among antibiotic-free poultry, but a majority of bacterial isolates from conventional poultry samples were resistant.

After exposure to virginiamycin, E. faecium from conventional poultry and from patients who consumed poultry became resistant to Synercid more often than E. faecium from vegetarians or from antibiotic-free poultry.

Some of the resistance was attributed to a specific gene, and both the gene and resistance were associated with touching raw poultry meat and frequent poultry consumption.”

Genetic Matching Links UTIs to Contaminated Chicken

American, Canadian and European studies27,28,29 published in 2012 all confirmed close genetic matches between drug-resistant E. coli collected from human patients and those found on poultry (chicken and turkey).

More recently, a study30 published in the journal mBio in 2018 found 79.8% of chicken, pork and turkey samples purchased from large retail stores in Flagstaff, Arizona, were contaminated with E. coli. The researchers also tested blood and urine samples from people who visited a major medical center in the area, finding E. coli in 72.4% of those diagnosed with a UTI.

In particular, a strain of E. coli known as E. coli ST131 showed up in both the meat samples (particularly poultry) and the human UTI samples. Most of the E. coli in the poultry was a variety known as ST131-H22, which is known to thrive in birds. This specific strain was also found in the human UTI samples.

“Our results suggest that one ST131 sub lineage — ST131-H22 — has become established in poultry populations around the world and that meat may serve as a vehicle for human exposure and infection,” the researchers noted, adding that this E. coli lineage is just one of many that may be transmitted from poultry and other meat sources to people.

Make Sure Your Chicken and Eggs Are Organic and Free-Range

While findings such as these are a potent reminder to use caution when handling raw chicken and to cook poultry thoroughly, another option — and perhaps the most sensible and rational approach is to avoid factory-farmed chicken altogether.

It’s easily among the most contaminated foods in the U.S., as a recent lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing to address high rates of fecal bacteria on chicken can attest to. Factory-farmed chicken also has a weak nutritional profile compared to other protein sources, including pasture-raised chicken (which is also less likely to carry harmful contaminants).

For example, a study31,32,33 by the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA), which compared the nutrient value of pastured chickens with the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference values for CAFO chicken, found pasture-raised chickens contained:

  • 406.8% more vitamin E (1.86 IUs per 100 grams compared to 0.367 IUs)
  • About half the fats of CAFO chicken (saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated)
  • An average omega-3-to-6 ratio of 1-to-5, which is near ideal, compared to the USDA’s value of 1-to-1534

Considering the hazards associated with raw chicken, if you’re going to eat it, I recommend making sure it’s organic and free-range, pasture-raised. Ditto for eggs, as CAFO eggs are also far more prone to pathogenic contamination than organic pastured eggs.

Your best bet is to find a local source of organic, free-range eggs and chicken meat. The Cornucopia Institute’s egg report and scorecard ranks 136 egg producers according to 28 organic criteria, is an excellent resource if no local producers are available.

In June 2017, Cornucopia also began working on a chicken report and scorecard. Considering the egg report took six years to produce, it may still be a while before the chicken scorecard is ready. You can contribute to this report by following the simple instructions listed in their June 13 Action Alert.35

How to Treat a UTI at Home

As mentioned earlier, the fimbria (fingerlike projections) of E. coli are made of a sticky glycoprotein called lectin, which is why the bacteria are so hard to flush out. It’s not impossible however, even without an antibiotic. While antibiotics are typically the go-to treatment, you may be better off starting out with a D-mannose supplement.36

Mannose is produced by your cells and covers the internal lining of your urinary organs. The lectin on the bacteria’s fimbria binds to mannose, which is why the bacteria adhere to the walls of your urinary system.

When you take D-mannose, the E. coli adheres to the mannose present in your urine, which is then flushed out when you urinate. As the bacterial load on epithelial cells lessen, they’re more easily overtaken by agents of your immune system.

Infections caused by a bacterium other than E. coli may be eliminated by taking a saturated solution of potassium iodide (SSKI). Both of these treatments are recommended by Dr. Jonathan Wright, medical director of Tahoma Clinic in Tukwila, Washington, and the author of the book, “D-Mannose and Bladder Infection: The Natural Alternative to Antibiotics.”

For UTIs caused by bacteria or fungi other than E. coli, Wright suggests taking 15 drops of SSKI in water every three to four hours for two days (three days maximum).37 In order to know which of these treatments would work best, you’d need to perform a culture test to identify the bacteria responsible for your infection.

Alternatively, Wright suggests taking D-mannose first, and if significant improvement doesn’t occur, move on to SSKI. A culture test is also advisable to rule out a drug-resistant infection, as this will require close medical supervision to avoid serious complications.

UTI Prevention 101

Prevention is, of course, your best option, and as a woman, there are some specific hygiene steps you can take to maintain a healthy urinary tract:

Drink plenty of pure, filtered water every dayUrinate when you feel the need; don’t resist the urge to go
Wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from entering your urethraTake showers instead of tub baths; avoid hot tubs/Jacuzzis
Cleanse male and female genital areas prior to sexual intercourse

Clary Sage Oil -Benefits Are Priceless

Clary Sage Oil -Benefits Are Priceless

A close relative of the common garden sage, the Clary Sage is a perennial herb that grows from May to September.

When converted into an essential oil, Clary Sage provides outstanding benefits for your eyes, nervous system, digestion and kidneys. Although it doesn’t come cheap, it’s still worth using due to its many positive health effects.

What Is Clary Sage Oil?

Clary Sagel Oil is extracted by steam distillation from the buds and leaves of the Clary Sage plant whose scientific name is Salvia Sclarea. In the past was found in Southern France, Italy and Syria, but today is cultivated worldwide — mostly within European regions, including Central Europe, as well as England, Morocco, Russia and the United States.

Clary sage gets its name from the Latin word “clarus,” which means “clear.” It was referred to as “clear eyes” during the Middle Ages.

Clary sage oil is often used to help improve vision and to address related conditions, such as tired or strained eyes. The Clary Sage seeds are known among Germans as “muscatel sage,” due to their use as a flavor enhancer for muscatel wine.

Uses of Clary Sage Oil

Clary oil essential oil is added to soaps, detergents, creams, lotions and perfumes. In fact, it is the main component of Eau de Cologne, a simple perfume that originated in Cologne, Germany.

Apart from potentially treating eye health-related problems, Clary Sage oil is also used to help calm the nervous system, especially during times of stress, depression and insomnia. If you’re new to aromatherapy, I suggest trying out Clary Sage oil to experience its anxiety-fighting effects.

Clary sage oil also can help address menstrual issues (cramps and hot flashes), promote relaxation during childbirth and ease menopause symptoms. Other functions of Clary Sage oil include:

  • Aphrodisiac — While there are no prominent studies confirming it as an aphrodisiac, this is another well-known use of Clary Sage oil.
  • Painkiller — Clary sage essential oil can help relieve headaches, back pain, muscle stiffness and cramps.
  • Antiseptic — Oil of clary sage can be used to potentially cleanse wounds and may help protect the body during surgery and against other infections
  • Blood pressure regulator — It can help reduce blood pressure by relaxing the arteries, and may help decrease your risk of heart problems.
  • Hair treatment — Clary sage is believed to help stimulate hair growth. The essential oil can also help in limiting the sebum produced in scalp and aid in treating dandruff.
  • Skin health promoter — Clary sage oil can help regulate oil production and reduce inflammation that contributes to dermatitis
  • Ingredient in herbal products — It is found in many herbal personal care products like facial cleansers.
  • Ingredient in liqueur and food products — Clary sage oil is added to  muscatel wine and wine essences. It is also used as a natural additive in food products like frozen dairy desserts, baked goods, condiments and non-alcoholic beverages.

Composition of Clary Sage Oil

The chief components of Clary Sage Essential Oil are Sclareol, Alpha Terpineol, Geraniol, Linalyl Acetate, Linalool, Caryophyllene, Neryl Acetate and Germacrene-D. As the name suggests, Clary Sage oil was and still is primarily used as a cleanser for the eyes. It is supposed to brighten eyes, improve vision and protect loss of vision due to premature or normal aging. However, that is not where the health benefits stop; there are many other health benefits that aren’t as well known.

Benefits of Clary Sage Oil

Regular sage oil (Salvia officinalis) and Clary Sage oil possess similar therapeutic properties, but the former is often associated with adverse reactions.

Aroma therapists prefer Clary Sage oil, and consider it safer. Clary sage essential oil can help fight bacteria that may thrive in your digestive system, urinary tract and excretory system.

It exhibits moderate antibacterial activity against various strains of bacteria like Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella and Proteus mirabilis species,11 and potent anti fungal activity against strains of Candida, Aspergillus, Penicillium and Fusarium species

This essential oil can be particularly helpful for women because of its hormone-like components. In Europe, Clary Sage oil is employed to help ease menopausal discomfort, menstrual pain and regulate menstrual cycles.

Due to its esters, it can help relax muscular spasms and pains that may arise from stress and nervous tension.The oil from the Clary Sage plant may also provide the following benefits to your health:

  • Rubbed on the bottom of the feet for menopause/menstrual cramps **
  • Helps treat symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Assists in regulating blood pressure
  • Helps relax the bronchial tubes of asthma sufferers
  • Helps treat respiratory ailments like colds, bronchitis and sore throat
  • Works to support healthy digestion
  • Helps address acne and oily skin
  • Reduces your risk of inflammation and certain types of dermatitis
  • Improves memory and helps stimulate mental activity

How to Make Clary Sage Oil

In the production of the essential oil, Clary Sage herbs undergo steam distillation, and this process yields a colorless or pale yellowish-green oil, with a sweet, nutty and balsamic aroma. The composition of the oil may differ depending on what species of Salvia is used for the extraction.

How Does Clary Sage Oil Work?

Clary sage oil can be used topically and inhaled. It can also be ingested, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies it as generally safe for human consumption (GRAS) and approves it as an additive for foods. Below are some specific ways to enjoy Clary Sage oil benefits:

  • To soothe eye problems, soak a clean cloth in a mixture of warm water and a few drops of Clary Sage oil. Afterward, press over both eyes for 10 minutes.
  • Relieve anxiety and emotional tension by inhaling Clary Sage oil. Add a few drops to diffusers and burners.
  • Use the oil as a massage oil and rub on painful areas. This can also be used on women suffering from menstrual pains.
  • Add a few drops to your bath water to address pain and stress.
  • Apply topically as a moisturizer to regulate the production of sebum on your skin.

 Is Clary Sage Oil Safe?

As with other essential oils, Clary Sage oil should be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil and olive oil. Always make sure that you only use therapeutic grade essential oils, and consult a physician or an experienced aromatherapist before using the product internally.

In spite of Clary Sage’s benefits, it should never be used if you’re consuming alcohol or taking any narcotics. People with low blood pressure should also avoid using this herbal oil because of its hypotensive effects.

With its powerful sedative properties,Clary Sage oil can enhance the intoxicating and narcotic effects of alcohol and drugs.

Due to its estrogenic nature, Clary Sage essential oil may have a negative impact on people who need to regulate their estrogen levels. It is important for people with estrogen-induced conditions to avoid using it, and seek the advice of a healthcare professional.

While Clary Sage may have a beneficial effect for childbirth, it should be avoided by women during pregnancy because it stimulates menstrual flow. Infants and young children should also be kept away from essential oils due to their highly sensitive skin.

Clary Sage Oil Side Effects

To test if you have any sensitization to oil of Clary Sage, I suggest applying a drop of it on a small portion of your skin and observe for any adverse reactions for 24 hours. You may also do a skin patch test.

If you’re fit for use, control use of the oil, as large quantities can cause headaches and drowsiness. Some people experience euphoria upon use, which hinder their concentration. In some individuals, the effects of Clary Sage oil are comparable to those of cannabis. According to them, they end up feeling drugged when used in aromatherapy massage.

Never use Clary Sage oil directly on your eyes. Avoid ingesting or applying undiluted oils on your skin without the supervision of a qualified aromatherapist. Apart from consulting a knowledgeable professional, do your research prior to using Clary Sage oil as well as other essential oils.

Other Benefits: Clary Sage essential oil can be used to battle addiction (particularly drugs) and can stimulate a change in mentality towards a positive way of approaching life. Furthermore, it is anti-inflammatory in nature and can treat back aches and joint pain. In terms of skin care, it can help to regulate excess sebum production and prevent acne from forming. It also eases labor and reduces labor pains.

A Few Words of Caution: It can enhance the intoxicating effects of alcohol and other narcotics, since it is a relaxant and a sedative by nature. Heavy dosage can also cause headaches. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid using it, since there has not been enough research done on the transference of effects through breast milk to children.

Ileo-Cecal Valve

The Ileo-Cecal Valve Syndrome

 The Ileo-Cecal Valve was first given attention through the Chiropractic technique of Applied Kinesiology.  The founder of that technique, the late George Goodheart Jr. said in a lecture that if a doctor fixed the Ileo-Cecal valve and did not one other thing, he/she had done the patient the best service they could possibly do for them.

In medicine, the word syndrome means that a certain condition can manifest itself in many ways or symptoms.  The Ileo-Cecal Valve is just such a syndrome. Here are just a few of those symptoms:

  • Acute Debilitating Low Back Pain-(it’s the intestines, not the back)
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Pain around the heart
  • Headaches both Cluster and Migraine
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Hormonal Problems
  • Vision Problems
  • Digestion
  • Constipation
  • Low Energy
  • Nausea
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)

 What does it do?

The Ileo-Cecal Valve opens and closes (patency) and therefore has a two-fold purpose.

  1. It prevents the contents of the ileum (small intestine) from passing into the cecum before the digestive process has been completed.
  2. It serves as a barrier which prevents the bacteria-laden contents of the cecum from seeping back into the small intestine resulting in auto-intoxication –poisoning yourself

**This causes the Liver to not release toxins at its 100% capacity and because the liver is slow in releasing toxins, the entire lymphatic system backs up with no outlet of release

And to top it all off,he Ileo-Cecal valve is distinctive because it is the only site in the GI Tract which is used for Vitamin B12 and bile acid absorption

 Where is it located?

It is located approximately two inches to the right of the naval and two inches down. In the area of the appendix

What causes it to malfunction?

  • Everyday Stress
  • Poor Diet!
  • High Acid Blood pH
  • Candida
  • SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth)

Note that most every stressful thought creates stomach acid.  Therefore, the ileo-cecal valve syndrome falls under the mental aspects of illness because the truth of the matter is we can mentally control stress through how we choose to think.

How do I help prevent this syndrome and most importantly prevent you from having to adjust my valve every time that you see me (because it hurts like hell when you do it)?

  1. For starters, do everything you can to remove stress accumulated throughout the day. Here are four stress removers guaranteed to work!
  • Prayer (asking to be released from the prison of stress)
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Qigong

Take one day off weekly and dedicate that day to just enjoying yourself.  This is known as Sabbath.  My friend Wayne Muller wrote the book Sabbath – Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest because so many people do not allow themselves the time and the space to dump their stress and their worries by taking Sabbath.

  1. Eat your salads at the end of the meal as they do or used to do in Europe.  Since salad is raw and rough it takes longer to digest.  Therefore it blocks the flow of whatever you eat afterwards which is usually you main meal.  By eating it at the close of the meal the salad acts as a brush and comb and helps to easily push the bulk of what was eaten before through the digestive system.  Raw salads unless chewed very well, are direct irritants to people who are actively trying to heal their Ileo-Cecal valve.
  2. Adjust your own Ileo-Cecal valve the way that I have shown you or as outlined in the handouts that I have given you.  This should be done regularly–like everyday if need be.  Can also use ice pack over that area of the valve for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Use Edgar Cayces’  castor oil pack over the liver at bedtime.  Castor oil heals from the outside in and is known to alkalize a hot inflamed liver caused by over-acidity
  4. Work with a qualified practitioner who knows how to treat Candida and SIBO.

For additional information, contact me at [email protected]