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    I have a bladder infection. It came on very suddenly and I am so incredibly uncomfortable! I left work and picked up some cranberry (100% cranberry, unsweetened) juice, lemon, and honey. I sweetened the juice with the honey and have been choking it down. I have been looking online and have seen some talk about the simple sugar D-mannose in powder form being used to treat uti and bladder infections. Has anyone tried this? Is takig the powder more effective than drinking this juice? (please say yes, lol) I really, really do not want to take antibiotics for this, but it is pretty unbearable! Any other suggestions? Thanks!

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    Pick up some grapefruit seed extract. It's anti microbial, viral, fungal etc. so it's good for infections. I used it for a yeast infection. I recommend the capsules over the liquid form as it tastes pretty disgusting. Two high doses (maybe 250mg) per day and you should be okay within a day or two. Probiotics would be good to take too. Even your bladder has bacteria in it, and NEEDS it.

    I haven't heard of this D-mannose stuff, but Mercola's site shows that it has probiotics and cranberry extract. I think you could probably get cranberry extract in capsule form too, which would help avoid the excess fructose.
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    • #3
      I think I will go today and get both of those, thanks.

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      • #4
        Ha, I'm choking down some unsweetened cranberry juice as we speak! I typically gravitate towards natural remedies and I hate taking antibiotics. But this is one instance when I bite the bullet and go on the antibiotics. It's only a 5-day course, and I'll drink plenty of kombucha and/or take probiotics afterwards. I heard kidney infections are unbelievably unbearable, and I personally am not taking the chance of getting one.

        Hope you find some relief soon!!! Fortunately, I don't have any other symptoms but a little pressure and a low-grade fever.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kkratz57 View Post
          Ha, I'm choking down some unsweetened cranberry juice as we speak! I typically gravitate towards natural remedies and I hate taking antibiotics. But this is one instance when I bite the bullet and go on the antibiotics. It's only a 5-day course, and I'll drink plenty of kombucha and/or take probiotics afterwards. I heard kidney infections are unbelievably unbearable, and I personally am not taking the chance of getting one.

          Hope you find some relief soon!!! Fortunately, I don't have any other symptoms but a little pressure and a low-grade fever.
          Feel better soon!!! I went to the health food store and got the D-Mannose and am taking a teaspoon in water every four hours. If its not considerably better by tomorrow morning I will go to the doctor. Ugh... and of course I am still choking down the cranberry juice :/

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          • #6
            My wife had UTIs and bladder infections from Oct last year until last month...round after round of antibiotics. i got fed up and read about apple cider vinegar, we used Braggs--w/the mother. 1 TBS with 1TBS of honey mixed in a little hot water and gulped every night for about a month now. All clean. She can't believe it.

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            • #7
              D-Mannose. Yes. Getcha some!
              I don't know how effective it is on a UTI that is already REALLY entrenched, but if you take it as soon as you feel it hit that stuff is gold.

              I'm on a powerful medication that causes dehydration and changes the Ph of the urine (that's how it is supposed to work unfortunately) in a way that makes one prone to UTI's, and at first I was feeling the twinges of UTI's regularly and having trouble combating them. I started taking it at the start of a UTI at double the recommended dose, and have taken it daily since... and not one UTI has arisen in the time I have been taking it. Despite the fact that the med I'm on "causes" them in almost everyone who takes it.

              Give it a try. It can only help.
              Last edited by cori93437; 09-17-2012, 03:24 PM.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by otzi View Post
                My wife had UTIs and bladder infections from Oct last year until last month...round after round of antibiotics. i got fed up and read about apple cider vinegar, we used Braggs--w/the mother. 1 TBS with 1TBS of honey mixed in a little hot water and gulped every night for about a month now. All clean. She can't believe it.
                Wow! If I had to suffer this for a year I would be homicidal by now! Your wife is a toughie!! If this doesn't show improvements I will definitely give it a try. The D-Mannose seems to be working though... After only a few doses the pain is much better, so I am hoping this will get rid of it

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                  D-Mannose. Yes. Getcha some!
                  I don't know how effective it is on a UTI that is already REALLY entrenched, but if you take it as soon as you feel it hit that stuff is gold.

                  I'm on a powerful medication that causes dehydration and changes the Ph of the urine (that's how it is supposed to work unfortunately) in a way that makes one prone to UTI's, and at first I was feeling the twinges of UTI's regularly and having trouble combating them. I started taking it at the start of a UTI at double the recommended dose, and have taken it daily since... and not one UTI has arisen in the time I have been taking it. Despite the fact that the med I'm on "causes" them in almost everyone who takes it.

                  Give it a try. It can only help.
                  Lol... at $30 for the powder I sure hope it helps! I think it is. After I read about the different options, this one made the most sense to me. I took a lot of antibiotics as a child and young adult and the few that I am not allergic to don't seem to work that well on me anymore. One of my best friends is a pharmacist and even she questioned me about some of the things my doctor would do, so I try to be as natural as possible now. Good luck to you I am very happy that you found relief! Thanks

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                  • #10
                    I heard kidney infections are unbelievably unbearable

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Tracycoope View Post
                      I heard kidney infections are unbelievably unbearable
                      I once had a bladder infection that I *thought* I had gotten all cleared up with the cranberry all natural method. A few days later, I spiked a fever of 105 and ended up in the hospital with a kidney infection. It had just crawled upstream and settled in. Not something to mess around with.

                      To the OP, if you are not better really soon, go for the nuclear option and worry about repopulating flora later.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                        I once had a bladder infection that I *thought* I had gotten all cleared up with the cranberry all natural method. A few days later, I spiked a fever of 105 and ended up in the hospital with a kidney infection. It had just crawled upstream and settled in. Not something to mess around with.

                        To the OP, if you are not better really soon, go for the nuclear option and worry about repopulating flora later.
                        I feel so much better today, but if I am not 100 percent by tomorrow I swear I will go to the doctor. Thanks... I definitely don't want a kidney infection!

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                        • #13
                          For anyone interested in the D-Mannose, this is the product that I have used/am using...
                          Amazon.com: Solaray D-Mannose with CranActin - 120 Capsules: Everything Else

                          When I got it initially and had a UTI at the time I took 2 capsules 3 times a day for 3-4 days... the UTI disappeared quickly, and I took the higher dose a couple of days after it was gone to be sure. While drinking loads of water too of course.

                          Since thin I have taken 1 capsule morning and evening and I have not had even a hint of a UTI in that time.
                          I have been prone to UTI's since I can remember... since puberty basically. And adding the medication I'm on wasn't helping things at all.
                          I plan to continue using this stuff as long as I'm on meds, and after that... it will always be in my medicine cabinet for UTI's.
                          It really works that well IMO.
                          I've been using for about... 7 months... and cleared up one UTI in that time (the reason I bought the product, it was my 3rd UTI since starting the meds) and I've had zero subsequent UTIs since staying on it.
                          Even in a normal year with out the meds in 7 months I would have likely had another 1-2 UTIs...
                          “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                          ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                          And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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                          • #14
                            Man, I totally forgot about this thread that I meant to update weeks ago. I took the D-Mannose about 4-6 teaspoons per day (a teaspoon every few hours or so) of the powder for about 4 days. It did work. The infection went away. I was pretty nervous about the possibility of it spreading to my kidneys, but it did not. I am not saying that everyone should go this route though... the kidneys are nothing to mess around with. I will also say that if it is an infection that you believe you have had for a few days already then just go to the doctor (not worth the risk). But I took a teaspoon of the powder and dissolved it in a small amount of hot water then poured that into my water bottle and just drank it normally. Once a day I also did this, but added honey to it and poured it into unsweetened cranberry juice. I think the combination of the cranberry, excess water, and D-Mannose knocked it out! I know the powder did play a big role because I have tried the cranberry juice and water without it and did not have success. Just thought I would let you all know how it turned out in case anyone has this issue

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                            • #15
                              D-mannose is amazing!. I first read about it years ago when my German Shepherd was dying from a kidney infection that stemmed from an injury to her pineal gland. Antibiotics were not working. D-mannose saved her and gave her many years of healthy life. The vet occasionally calls me to ask me about it for other patients. My major menopause symptom was a tendency to bladder infections. D-mannose always cured me, sometimes as little as one dose. It is the sugar in cranberries that downs' t allow bacteria to adhere to the wall of the bladder, to the ureter, the urethra, or to get a foothold in the kidneys.
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