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Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
By James P. Meschino, DC, MS

The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with
quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
In fact, one
of every two women develop a urinary tract infection during their lifetime, and 20-30 percent suffer recurrent urinary tract infections.1
Urinary tract infections are known to be the most common bacterial infection in humans in developed countries. In the U.S., UTIs account for nearly 7 million office visits and 1 million emergency-department visits per year, resulting in 100,000 hospitalizations.2

So, What Causes Urinary Tract Infections (and What Are the Risks)?
UTIs can be triggered by intercourse and other sexual activity, but are also common during pregnancy, in diabetics, and in patients with multiple sclerosis, history of kidney stones, stroke
and spinal cord injuries, and any condition that affects normal urine flow. (Use of a catheter and weakened immunity also greatly increase risk of urinary tract infections.)1
For pregnant women, urinary tract infections can pose an important risk to the mother and the fetus. Pediatric UTIs can also become quite serious. For most adults, urinary tract infections can be successfully treated with antibiotics, but in some cases, an infection can move up the urinary tract and infect the kidneys, which is very serious, and/or can spread into the bloodstream, causing life-threatening sepsis.2-3

What the Latest Research Says About Natural Prevention
Fortunately, a daily cranberry drink, or intake of cranberry capsules or tablets, has been shown to reduce the risk of recurrent urinary tract infections in a large meta-analysis study. In this 2017 study, data from 1,498 women indicated that daily cranberry intake reduced recurrent urinary tract infections by 23 percent, as presented by researchers from Tufts University, UCLA and Biofortis Research at the Experimental Biology 2017 event in Chicago. They stated that limited data from subgroup analysis suggested cranberry was more effective when taken in the form of a cranberry capsule or tablet, whereby you are most likely to get a more concentrated dosage of the medicinal ingredients.2
However, a recent study involving the consumption of a cranberry drink (250 ml/day) did show a 27 percent reduced risk of UTI recurrence in women who had been recently treated with antibiotics for a UTI.4

Clinical Takeaway
Over the years, it has been shown that certain ingredients in cranberry, and cranberry extract capsules and tablets, can reduce the ability of E. coli bacteria to adhere to the walls of the urinary tract. This makes it easier to eliminate these bacteria during urination.
So, the takeaway message is that if a patient is prone to UTIs, daily consumption of a cranberry drink or supplement may be a prudent way to help prevent the onset of future UTIs.
However, it's important to note that during an active urinary tract infection, cranberry products cannot be used as a substitute for antibiotic therapy, but can be taken concurrently with an antibiotic to help enhance the efficacy of the antibiotic treatment. It is also wise to consume a probiotic supplement concurrently with antibiotics to preserve the gut and vaginal microflora.

1.    Fu Z, Liska A, Talan D, Chung M. An updated meta-analysis of cranberry and recurrent urinary tract infections in women. ASEB J, April 
2017;31(1 suppl).
2.    Foxman B. Epidemiology of urinary tract infections: incidence, morbidity, and economic costs. Dis Mon
2003 Feb;49(2):53-70.
3.    "Your Guide to Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)."
4.    Niemean KM, Dicklin MR, Schild AL, et al. Cranberry beverage consumption reduces antibiotic use for clinical urinary tract infection in women with a recent history of urinary tract infection. FASEB J, 1 April 2017;31.
Dr. James P. Meschino, a graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, is director of nutritional therapies at the Canadian Integrative Cancer Immunotherapies Clinic in Toronto.

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• Get rid of pain relief patches. Place disposable heat bags to warm affected areas.
• Use your nose to breath in order to prevent the cold energy from entering your mouth.
• Sleep on your back in order to rest your bones. It can also reduce the impacts of the gravity.
• Use both sides of teeth simultaneously to chew food.
• Take a sunbath to raise your body energy.
• Do not eat food that is below your body temperature.
—坂井 学 (Selected from All Pains Will Be Gone When Your Body Is Warm!)



Pain Is A Bodily Process of Self-healing
Because of trauma, inappropriate postures, inappropriate habits, and mental pressure, our blood circulation becomes slower and injures the body. This is when our body activates its healing process to amend these damages. More specifically, there is an increase of a body hormone called “prostaglandin,” which helps adjust the inner balance of the body.The main function of prostaglandin is to improve blood circulation but also to cause inflammation.
Generally speaking, inflammation is followed by some symptoms, including redness, burning sensation, and swelling and pain. Therefore, it is considered as a bad sign and disfavored by most people. I believe the first expression that appears into most readers' minds when hearing the inflammation is: We need to find a way to decrease the inflammation!
Inflammation, indeed, makes people feel unconformable and even wonder if there is anything going wrong in their bodies. However, as a matter of fact inflammation is merely a natural phenomenon signaling the process of self-healing in a human body.

Pain Relief Patches Will Delay the Healing Process
So, what will happen if you use the pain relief patches during the bodily healing process? Pain relief patches will reduce the blood circulation and force those inflammation symptoms to stop. However, the healing process is still not finished at that time. It is like a road construction with an unfinished and uneven surface.
Taking a closer look at the ingredients of pain relief patches, you will mostly find Indomethacin, Felbinac, or Ketoprofen. These are powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relievers commonly seen in the prescribed pain relief patches. They are also the common ingredients that you will find these years in the over-the-counter products of the same kind.    
Once these ingredients enter your body through your skin, they will inhibit the functioning of prostaglandin and reduce the blood circulation. 
The pain relief heat patches have the same effects as described above. The reason why you feel the warming sensation after applying those heat patches is because of some stimulants, such as Capsaicin. Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers, and for topical use, it can only stimulate your skin and provide a warming sensation. It cannot, in fact, increase your blood flow. 

 Selected from 坂井 学—All Pains Will Be Gone When Your Body Is Warm!


"5 Worst Foods" for Your Skin—your pores cry at every bite of these foods!

"Skin" is one of the most important organ of human body, and it is also a reflection of your inner health. Therefore, when you overeat, or are deprived of sleep, your facial skin can darken immediately; on the other hand, if you have a balanced diet and exercise regularly, your skin will glow naturally. The following five types of foods are, according to the research, the five worst foods for your skin. See if your skin problems are caused by taking in too much of these foods.
1. Processed Foods
Canned food is an important invention that significantly extends the expiration date for food, and allows us to eat what we want in a blink of an eye. However, canned foods contain a great deal of artificial additives and preservatives, both of which can increase the sugar in your body, causing your skin to produce more oil and result in acne and pimples. Plus, the lack of fresh ingredients and nutrition in these preserved foods also leads to a dull complexion.
2. Caffeine
A lot of people start their days with a cup of coffee. Indeed, coffee helps refresh and energize our brain; it can also relieve constipation and reduce puffy eyes, making you feel more alert. Yet caffeine can also lead to dehydration and dry skin; more importantly, it gives you dull skin.
3. Sugar
People who have too much sugar intake should be prepared for getting a bunch of pimples and acne. If you want to improve your skin and body, please reduce your sugar intake. But if you are born with a sweet tooth, please eat some fresh fruit, dates, or coconut water instead to satisfy your desire for sweets. This will give you a better chance of improving your skin condition.
4. Potato Chips and Various Packaged Snacks
Potato chips and packaged snacks often contain a large amount of salt and preservatives, which can not only result in skin swelling, but also wrinkles and acne. Too much salt intake is one of the major causes for damaging your skin because it can destroy the balance of your body.
5. Fast Food
Spaghetti, pizza, and French fries are many people's favorite, but meanwhile, they also contain a great deal of carbohydrate, which can slow down your metabolism once it's accumulated in your body. This can not only make you gain weight but also increase the cholesterol in your blood. Your skin will therefore produce an extremely high volume of oil, which will further lead to more skin problems.
A lot of people believe that they can repair their damaged skin as long as they wash their faces frequently, or even spend a fortune on skincare products such as facial masks or toner. In fact, what our skin needs the most is self-repair rather than through the help of external additives. Therefore, if you want to keep your each and every pore fresh and clean, the most fundamental way is to change your diet; it will make you look young and pretty.
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