Conditions, Cystitis, Interstitial Cystitis

Embedded Infections – The True Cause of Chronic UTIs?

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time because it is sooo important. Hopefully by now, many of you will have heard of ‘embedded’ or ‘intracelullar’ bladder infections but if not, please read on.

Recent research suggests, that many cases of chronic UTIs and in fact ‘interstitial cystitis’ may be down to infections having taken hold in the bladder by entering the bladder wall cells and/or hiding under biofilm structures. This allows the pathogens to evade antibiotics and indeed testing.

The great news is that it is treatable!

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IC Stories

How I kept Free of Chronic Cystitis for 6 Years

After recovering from chronic bladder pain and chronic UTIs around 6 years ago my bladder health has continuously improved and is now the best it has ever been.

Today I wanted to share a bit about my ongoing health journey and what I’ve been doing to keep my bladder healthy.

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I’m Back

It’s been a while since I’ve last posted a blog post, sent the bladder-help newsletter out or engaged with the Facebook page. I apologize for the radio silence!

I appreciate anyone still reading this blog and I thought I’d give a brief explanation on why I have been silent and what my plans are going forward.

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Interstitial Cystitis, Protocols

CBD Oil For Chronic (Bladder) Pain

CBD oil has gained more and more popularity with chronic illness sufferers in recent years and since it has been legalized in many US states and also in the UK, it is starting to be more readily available (I only just saw it today at Holland & Barrett in town!).

Since one of the symptoms of interstitial cystitis is pain, CBD oil is of potential use. There is much need for a safe and natural pain remedy, as the alternatives are rather risky long-term (e.g. opioids, ibuprofen).

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Health Articles

Tried and Tested: The 3 Day Juice Cleanse

In this installment of ‘Tried and Tested’ I’m sharing my experience with a 3 day juice cleanse (or detox, as some might call it). I went and consumed nothing but fresh juice for 3 days straight. And then I did it again 6 months later…

The juicing fad has been popular for quite a few years now and was just getting started when I first got into natural health because of my desperation with having a chronic disease (IC).

I’m sharing my experiences here to hopefully help you people out there make the right decisions when it comes to natural therapies. So let’s see how the juice cleanse worked for me…

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Interstitial Cystitis, Protocols

Physical Therapy For Interstitial Cystitis

As you might know from my previous post on the most effective natural therapies for interstitial cystitis, physical therapy is up there on the list of the top 3 most effective non-invasive and natural therapies.

As I know very little on the subject I thought it might be a good idea to get the view of an expert in the field. Therefore I got in touch with the  wonderful Nicole Cozean, author of the book The Interstitial Cystitis Solution Physiotherapist over at Pelvic Sanity, who was so kind to share her knowledge and experience with us!

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Interstitial Cystitis, Protocols

Acupuncture for Interstitial Cystitis and Pelvic Pain

Acupuncture has been used widely for chronic pain conditions for a long time and therefore lends itself as a potential therapy for interstitial cystitis and pelvic pain and I’m sure at least some of you have already tried it.

It seems to me that acupuncture is widely accepted these days by conventional practitioners, but as with any abstract therapy it remains controversial. In today’s post I’d like to take a closer look at what evidence we have for it.

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Interstitial Cystitis, Protocols

The Most Effective Natural Therapies For IC (According To Science)

Many IC sufferers I have spoken to are either interested in trying alternative natural therapies, or have already tried some.

There are a variety of natural therapies and remedies out there, and often it is hard to know what is effective. In my experience, this is highly individual. We do, however, have some data on what seems to help the most people.

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