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- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) -

General Information:

Wikipedia entry: 


Dementia symptoms are exacerbated when there is an infection.  Urinary tract infections (UTI) appear to be much more common than physicians or nursing home caretakers want to believe.  Those who wear adult diapers are especially prone to contracting UTIs since nursing home staff prefer to change them only when they become so saturated that they begin to leak or begin to emit such an obnoxious odor that the staff is inconvenienced.

Ideas, clues and leads.

The following is a list of ideas, clues and leads to pursue.  Some may turn out to be downright silly, yet others may have some merit.  The two I find most intriguing so far are bromelain and asparagus.  The problem with bromelain is that most of it may be broken down in the stomach by acid and other digestive chemicals before it can do much good.  "Enteric coated" products that resist stomach acids may work better, if you can find them.  As for asparagus, some people detest the stuff.  I happen to like it.  The commonly reported "remedy" for a UTI is "1 can per day for 3 days".  How big is a "can" of asparagus?  Well, a typical grocery store can is maybe 6 or 8 oz.  I could eat that much for 3 days.  I supposed fresh or frozen would be better, and I'll leave it up to you to determine how much you would have to eat.  You can also find asparagus supplements.  Don't know how effective these would be, but for those who can't stand asparagus, this might be a good option.

Goldenseal      Berberine
Oregon Grape    Berberine
Cranberry    16-24 oz per day or eqiv. in capsules (proantrocyanidins)
(acidifies urine)
Blueberry    or blueberry juice (acidifies urine)
Uva Ursi    (arbuoside, arbutin) - cranberry can interfere - baking soda helps
Diuretics    Hydrangea, parsely, dandeline leaves
Parseley seeds    help UTI
Horsetail    astringent/diuretic
Marshmallow    anti-inflammatory
Mullein    anti-inflammatory
Nasturtium    esp. seeds - natural antibiotic
Horseradish root    antibiotic & vitamin C
Vitamin C    5000mg/day -acidifies urine
Bromelain    capsules or 1 cup of pineapple
Baking soda    1 tsp per cup of water - neutralizes acidity
"Magic Mushrooms" (Chinese) - small amount ~1 gram??? Claimed to work well and fast.
Ural (Australia?)
Uriclense (Australia?)
Alka-Selzter - like baking soda
Cystex - OTC med w/ low-dose antibiotic - Walmart???
Oil of Oregano & garlic capsules - preventative
Asparagus - 1 can per day for 3 days.  Antibiotic
AZO Standard - OTC med?
Bactrim - Prescription sulfa drug.
Coreander - 2 tsp. in 1 cup of hot water
D-Manose "Clear Tract"?

Known sources:

Natural sources:


Bromelain and Trypsin

The clinical effect of proteolytic enzyme containing bromelain and trypsin on urinary tract infection evaluated by double blind method.
Mori S, Ojima Y, Hirose T, et al
Acta Obstet Gynaecol Jpn 1972;19:14753
PMID: 4587187

The above article from Japan is report by several on-line sources to say that the protein digesting enzymes, bromelain (from the pineapple plant) and trypsin may enhance the effectiveness of UTI antibiotics. It is said to report the results of a double-blind trial in which people with UTIs received antibiotics plus either bromelain/trypsin in combination (400 mg per day for two days) or a placebo. The urinary tract infections in 100% of those who received the enzymes cleared up, but only 46% of those given the placebo. The enzymes used in study were "enteric-coated" tablets. Enteric-coating prevents stomach acid from breaking down the bromelain. You may not be able to find bromelain products today that are enteric-coated, and it is not known if non-enteric coated tablets would be as effective.
Unfortunately, I can not locate the text of the original article or even the abstract, only the citation above.


How asparagus contains natural antibiotics to fight infections
By Daily Mail Reporter
UPDATED: 05:08 EST, 20 May 2011

In vitro antimicrobial activity of ten medicinal plants against clinical isolates of oral cancer cases.
Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob.
2011 May 20;10:21. doi: 10.1186/1476-0711-10-21.
Panghal M, Kaushal V, Yadav JP.

Department of Genetics, M. D. University, Rohtak-124001, Haryana, India.

Suppression of immune system in treated cancer patients may lead to secondary infections that obviate the need of antibiotics. In the present study, an attempt was made to understand the occurrence of secondary infections in immuno-suppressed patients along with herbal control of these infections with the following objectives to: (a) isolate the microbial species from the treated oral cancer patients along with the estimation of absolute neutrophile counts of patients (b) assess the in vitro antimicrobial activity medicinal plants against the above clinical isolates.

Blood and oral swab cultures were taken from 40 oral cancer patients undergoing treatment in the radiotherapy unit of Regional Cancer Institute, Pt. B.D.S. Health University,Rohtak, Haryana. Clinical isolates were identified by following general microbiological, staining and biochemical methods. The absolute neutrophile counts were done by following the standard methods. The medicinal plants selected for antimicrobial activity analysis were Asphodelus tenuifolius Cav., Asparagus racemosus Willd., Balanites aegyptiaca L., Cestrum diurnum L., Cordia dichotoma G. Forst, Eclipta alba L., Murraya koenigii (L.) Spreng. , Pedalium murex L., Ricinus communis L. and Trigonella foenum graecum L. The antimicrobial efficacy of medicinal plants was evaluated by modified Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method. MIC and MFC were investigated by serial two fold microbroth dilution method.

Prevalent bacterial pathogens isolated were Staphylococcus aureus (23.2%), Escherichia coli (15.62%), Staphylococcus epidermidis (12.5%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (9.37%), Klebsiella pneumonia (7.81%), Proteus mirabilis (3.6%), Proteus vulgaris (4.2%) and the fungal pathogens were Candida albicans (14.6%), Aspergillus fumigatus (9.37%). Out of 40 cases, 35 (87.5%) were observed as neutropenic. Eight medicinal plants (A. tenuifolius, A. racemosus, B. aegyptiaca, E. alba, M. koenigii, P. murex R. communis and T. foenum graecum) showed significant antimicrobial activity (P < .05) against most of the isolates. The MIC and MFC values were ranged from 31 to 500 μg/ml. P. aeruginosa was observed highest susceptible bacteria (46.6%) on the basis of susceptible index.

It can be concluded that treated oral cancer patients were neutropenic and prone to secondary infection of microbes. The medicinal plant can prove as effective antimicrobial agent to check the secondary infections in treated cancer patients.

PMID: 21599889 [PubMed]
PMCID: PMC3121585 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21599889
Full Text: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3121585/




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