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Comment from: Karen B. [Visitor]
I'm sorry about your Dad, Suzanne. It's so painful to see our parents getting older and unable to care for themselves.
Last month I had a urinary tract infection which I confirmed with a home test. Positive.
I then made an appointment with my doc for the following afternoon. In the meantime I got 100% cranberry juice and started drinking on ounce per hour . She re-tested me and the test was negative. I took the antibiotics anyway for 5 days (the full dose). After 4 days of being off the antibiotics I again noticed symptoms (positive home test again) and began the juice again. By the time my doc sent me in for a more conclusive lab test (2 days later) I had cured myself with the cranberry juice again and no evidence of infection showed up.
I now take cranberry juice every day and I have had no infection since. At this point I'm not going off the juice!
I take 2-3 ounces of pure cranberry juice mixed with a little agave nectar and then fill up the glass with ice and sparkling mineral water. I love it!
07/16/08 @ 16:33
Comment from: Suzanne [Member] Email
I have tried, but I have never managed to clear up a UTI with cranberry juice alone. However I have found it to be a great preventative measure. I now take cranberry capsules (available at health food stores and Walmart). I started my Dad on the cranberry capsules, and I hope he will take them for the rest of his life. He improves a little each day, but still does not have the strength to stand by himself.
07/17/08 @ 22:43
Comment from: Peppermint Twist (Edna) [Visitor]
Great blog, Suzanne. We in the holistic health community always hope that those in western medicine will be open to alternative medicine and incorporating it into their protocols. Well, in turn, we need to be open and acknowledge that, as you said, there is a time for doing all the preventive, natural, alternative things but there is also a time for realizing that western medicine (antibiotics, an allopathic approach, etc.) is called for. The best practitioners truly do take a holistic approach, focusing on prevention and natural therapies whenever possible, but acknowledging that sometimes you have to bring out the big guns. ...Not that preventive medicine and natural treatments aren't sometimes profoundly powerful and effective indeed, they are. But sometimes, in some situations, when those things don't work, other approaches are needed. As a wise teacher I once had told us would so often be the case in life: "Don't let people convince you that everything fits into the either/or paradigm. Because many times in life, it is really both/and".
07/18/08 @ 13:14
Comment from: m.giovanna.fiorentino [Visitor]
I do not love antibiotics, but if I need I have a full course of them till the symptoms have gone from some days. If you stop before recovery you could have to do a second course of a stronger or newer drug, with worse result for your body !
With a lot of drugs, as SSRI and other psychodrugs, it is also painful to stop them cold turkey. Helas old people need to be cared regarding a lot of issues and drugs are not the less critic.
Wishes for your parents Suzanne !
Maria Giovanna
07/19/08 @ 10:01
Comment from: Jane [Visitor]
Hi Suzanne,
Sorry to hear about your father. I hope that he is doing better and the your mother is coping well too. It's hard to stand by and watch your parents age. You'll be in my thoughts.
07/22/08 @ 13:42

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