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Recurring UTIs and Antibiotics: Stop the Cycle

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

October 15th, 2017  |  30 Comments

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Every aspiring homeopath (caring mom) must learn how to recognize each remedy's uses and characteristics, and how to differentiate between remedies.  

materia medica (Latin for “materials of medicine”) is the tool that helps one do this, and is, therefore, the most necessary book in your homeopathic library.  

This is my materia medica.

Uti and homeopathic solution

 

Last week, I mentioned that one of the problems I see repeatedly is antibiotic use leading to recurring infections.

This week, I focus on a recurring infection that is all too familiar to many women: The UTI-from-Hell that keeps coming back time after time.

Jean started getting recurring urinary tract infections in her twenties, soon after she got married, and she seemed to get another one almost every two months.

Over the first 6 months, the antibiotics cleared them up quickly. But, after three or four UTIs, the “mild” antibiotics stopped working and Jean had to resort to stronger drugs such as Cipro and Levaquin.

However, those antibiotics come with serious warnings from the FDA.

Within about a year, Jean developed pain in her legs and feet. It took years before she made the connection, even after meeting with her OBGYN, that this was called neuropathy and tendonitis.

If Jean (or her doctor) had read the warning labels on the insert, she (they) might have understood the cause of these conditions, but Jean trusted her doctor and his assumed attention to detail.

After all, these were the tools of his trade.

Fatigue, bloating, and yeast infections were merely the first conditions she suffered during that initial year and in fact, when she looked back, she concluded she hadn’t been well since her original UTI.

But her conclusion that it was the infection that set her up for chronic illness was wrong. She hadn’t been well since the treatment of that primary UTI. This is a common mistake when folks try to figure out what happened to their health.

But the thing that bothered Jean the most was the weight gain! She had always been naturally slim and never had to watch what she ate. After her repeated infections (and subsequent antibiotic use), she had to avoid many foods that caused uncomfortable bloating and a growing girth.

Plus, despite the fact that she was eating much less than she used to, she was gaining weight! And she couldn’t exercise much because of the tendon and nerve pain.

She felt old.

She felt gypped.

Her weight gain made her feel ashamed of her body.

At that point,  although Jean and her husband were hoping to start a family, she wasn’t sure she wanted to try for pregnancy because she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to handle being a mother due to the severity of her fatigue.

Jean’s health and emotional state were a mess.

Because of antibiotics.

If only Jean had been aware of natural, effective homeopathic medicines that have been known for centuries for their ability to uproot urinary tract infections without side effects and antibiotic fallout!

As I have said before, reserve the use of antibiotics for truly life-threatening conditions. (That is, if you don’t know what to do homeopathically.) And this isn’t just my opinion.

Read this:

“… Serious side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs generally outweigh the benefits for patients with acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options. For patients with these conditions, fluoroquinolones should be reserved for those who do not have alternative treatment options.”

Who said that?

The FDA!

For those who are not from the U.S., this is the ever powerful, Federal Food and Drug Administration.

That’s right … that quote is not from some alternative health site that the mainstream medical community might label as an outlier.

No. That statement was made by the FDA as they began to recognize that with strong antibiotics — such as Cipro and Levaquin that are regularly prescribed for UTIs — the risk of harm often outweighs the good.

Read their entire warning yourself: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm

Stunning, isn’t it?

But this is not new to homeopaths. We’ve known for over two centuries that drugs do harm. That at best, they kick the can down the road and at worst (and most commonly), cause new, unintended chronic illness.

This means there is a trade-off that is not only unintended, but undisclosed, long-term and even potentially life-altering.

As the words “alternative treatment options” from that article reverberate in our heads, you may be wondering how have I uprooted recurring UTIs without resorting to antibiotics?

Well, my favorite method is the Banerji protocol of Medorrhinum 200c, twice a day (in severe cases, every three hours). If there is a fever present, I add Pyrogenium 200c, once a day. And unlike with antibiotics, that protocol comes with no risk of ruptured tendons, neuropathy, muscle pain, or fatigue.

As is common in teaching these protocols, I must make it clear that this particular protocol is not the only one I use. There are others, which depend on the symptoms and circumstances. For example, if Jean had repeated UTIs as the result of intimate relations, we’d have to consider Staphasagria 200ck. Without the presence of fever, we’d likely add Cantharis 30c.

You get the idea. There’s a little more to this than just the remedies listed here. Which is why, of course, it requires a course for a more in-depth understanding of how to effectively address and treat the issue.

When concerned that an acute UTI may be more complicated or serious than you feel capable of handling, and as I have recommended repeatedly (including in podcasts), you can always drive to your local emergency room and sit in the parking lot while you wait for the remedy to act.

Bring a pack of cards or a good book along with your remedies, and relax. Listen to some music. You’ll have the peace of mind knowing you can allow the remedy to take effect while staying close to traditional medical assistance if needed.

P.S. I want nothing more than for you to be educated about “alternative treatment options” for many different infections. And that’s exactly what my new course, The Antibiotic Alternative, is designed to do. If you’re eager for me to teach you how to avoid antibiotic fallout for other infections by giving you practical, proven homeopathic protocols, please click here!

Owning this information might be one of the most important things you do for yourself and your family; for infections, as they present as well as protection from ubiquitous antibiotic fallout. 

 

 

 

 

I am a homeopath with a world wide practice working with families and individuals via Skype. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety s and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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30 thoughts on “Recurring UTIs and Antibiotics: Stop the Cycle”

  1. Ingrid says:

    Hi Joette! What do you do in her situation (several UTIs followed by antibiotics leading to prolonged weight gain and fatigue)? This is my story as well and I’m *still* not back to my previous energy level/weight/ability to digest foods without bloating. How does one recover from several rounds of antibiotics?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      There’s usually more to a case than just fatigue and weight gain after antibiotics. We often find food intollerances, bloating, constipation, hormonal disturbances such as menstrual irregularities etc. And we use these symptoms to put together a schedule of homeopathics to uproot the overall condition.

    2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I teach how to go about uprooting these conditions in my course, Good Gut Bad Gut.

  2. Kind, Like you says:

    I was excited to read this article, until I found the racist word you included. I hope you will consider going back and editing that word for something you really mean. Thank you!

    http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/12/30/242429836/why-being-gypped-hurts-the-roma-more-than-it-hurts-you

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The word was well chosen and if you find racism in it, I think you’re digging too deeply.

  3. Jutta Nosenzo says:

    Hi Joette,
    I am one of the people that you describe above. I was always very healthy until my second marriage when I started to get UTI’s every month. Eventually the antibiotics barely worked and I was prescribed Levaquin. I had a reaction after the second dose and my body has never been the same. I have since developed a leaky gut, SIBO and a host of other problems. My food sensitivities prevent me from eating anything other than 7 or 8 safe foods. I have tried homeopathy several times but had a reaction similar to the Levaquin reaction twice and now I am afraid to try it again. I am trying to overcome these conditions but it has been extremely difficult.
    thank you for your very valuable information!
    Jutta

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      If the condition worsened and remained that way, the homeopathic remedies you received were incorrect.

  4. Beth says:

    Joette, could you please do a post about neuropathy caused by past statin use, causing pain in the feet and legs?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Thanks, its a good idea and will add it to our list.

  5. JP says:

    Hello Jutta

    I am one of those levaquin people too and strangely, a homeopathic remedy (classical approach) also worsened my antibiotic poisoning symptom (tendon pain) and made me fearful to try it again even though I think it really might help with some issues.

  6. Sms Hasan says:

    .
    Hi,
    as you wrote – ” If there is a fever present, I add Pyrogenium 200c”, by this, did you mean Pyrogenium 200c is given after Medorrhinum 200c ( in Gap) or it’s to be taken with Medorrhinum 200c like many other Banerji Protocols (combination of two medicines at a time)?

    with regards,
    .

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      No, they’re not mixed but taken separately.

  7. Jennifer says:

    What about for kids? Do you recommend the same protocol and dosage? My daughter is 5 and her daily or said to watch for utis since she has a slight labial adhesion. Thankful she hasn’t had any yet just want to be prepared.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Generally speaking we use the same potencies and frequencies for any age.

  8. Kim says:

    Joette, is there a remedy that addresses a UTI that doesn’t have the classic burning and urgency symptoms? For instance a cramping feeling front and back (almost like menstrual cramps), a sense of fullness in the bladder (but not urgency), and twinges (not really pain) in the bladder? Medorrhinum was employed but the symptoms only continued to worsen. I don’t mean for you to “take a case”, I only bring it up because I’ve talked to other women who have had similar experiences with UTI’s.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      There are many medicines that are used for UTI’s. On this blog, I teach the remedies that will correct a large number of UTI’s but not all. Instead, I save more in depth teachings for my courses. As much as I would love to give readers all the answers here, it just isn’t the forum for such becuase of the depth and breadth of human health.

  9. JP says:

    So what happened to Jean, did her symptoms from the antibiotic improve by using homeopathy?

  10. Mary says:

    The protocol for repeated UTIs as a result of intimate relations, you say to add Catharis 30c when there is no fever. I thought I saw this before to add if fever was present. Was this a typo or am I mistaken? Thank you

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      If after intimate relations, the remedy is more often Staphasagria whether with fever or not. But to be clear, there are many ways to skin a cat and my goal is to give as many specific situations as I can.

  11. Shari Wood says:

    Will these remedies work with my cat? Will homeopaths work with animals?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I can’t say that they will “work” for your cat, but we use the exact same medicines, potencies, etc. for animals.

  12. Shari Wood says:

    Thank you!! Now to find a homeopath to work with my cat!!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I have worked with cats on SKYPE, should you be interested. If so, feel free to contact my office and Eileen will walk you through the process.

  13. Jeni Hogenson says:

    Hi Joette, is this a course that has a time deadline? My life is very busy right now, is this something I can do at my own pace? Thanks much!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The time deadline is in purchasing it, but we have plenty of folks who don’t get to their course many months or even years late. I know what you mean by having time crunches.

  14. Rachel McE says:

    Thanks for the info! Would you also suggest this remedy during pregnancy if all the symptoms of a UTI are present, but the urinalysis and culture come back clear of infection?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I can’t make a specific recommendation for you, but the circumstances you mention would not preclude their use.

  15. Cindy says:

    I am a new student and I only have the 100 remedy kit, how do I get the Medorrhinum ?

    What do you think of using Vitamin C and Demanose as following up preventive remedies ?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Simply click on the name fo the medicine in the blog and it will take you to the place where it can be purchased.
      Supplements and VItamins are ok meanwhile.

  16. Rachel McE says:

    Just found out that it’s not a “bladder” issue after all– pelvic floor dysfunction! Causing UTI symptoms. Working with a homeopath but will probably have to seek out some physical therapy as well. Looking through your articles– have been taking Mag Phos 6 but will give your “Mug Phos” protocol a try if things start spasm-ing again. Thanks so much for your info!

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