Your Natural Guide to Immediate Relief and Lasting Recovery from Interstitial Cystitis
Follow the 4-Steps Below for Long-Term Relief of IC Baldder Pain and Symptoms
Message from Destiny Rose (former IC sufferer and author of this website)
If you suffer from interstitial cystitis, my heart goes out to you. I know full well the sheer agony of endless days and nights of pain, not to mention the countless trips to the bathroom and the inability to lead anywhere near a normal life.
My symptoms started in 1996, after the birth of my son. I had a relatively severe case of IC for approximately 6 years. Then in 2002 I read Catherine Simone's book "Along The Healing Path" and followed the 4-step protocol outlined below.
Today I am completely symptom-free. I can eat anything I want, and do anything I want, without discomfort or pain. So there is hope! What worked for me may be different than what works for you, but I believe you have the best shot at healing if you approach it from a natural, holistic perspective, with the idea of detoxifying the body and then rebuilding the immune system.
I recommend you read all the information I've written on this page and the other pages of this website.
4 Steps to Recovery and Long-term Bladder Health
1. Read Catherine Simone's Book "Along the Healing Path"
2. Identify Your Allergens & Eat the Right Foods for You
3. Take Targeted Supplements to Reduce Pain, Inflammation & Rebuild Bladder Lining
4. Do a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis to Identify Hidden Toxicities & Detoxify Your Body of Heavy Metals
Scroll down to view information for each step! I also suggest you visit my Detailed Supplement Guide Summary after reading the material below so you can review the function of each targeted supplement.
Step 1. Read "Along the Healing Path - Recovering from Interstitial Cystitis"
Along the Healing Path by Catherine Simone
This excellent book, written by Catherine M. Simone, is a must read for anyone with Interstitial Cystitis. I can honestly say, if it weren't for this book I would not be in the place I am today, which is completely symptom-free. Catherine Simone had a very severe case of IC, which she healed using the methods described in her book.
"Along The Healing Path" is a holistic perspective of IC with information on various alternative treatments, herbs, and natural products. "Along The Healing Path" offers very helpful tips and vital information for IC sufferers “from one IC patient to another…”.
NEW IC DVD!!! - IC Hope - From one IC patient to another..
For those of you who want to have a supportive video by Catherine Simone, we recommend her new DVD called "IC Hope - From one IC patient to another..." The IC Hope DVD was created to provide the following:
- A candid and honest look at the suffering IC patients endure
- A way to understand and treat IC from a holistic perspective
- Insight into common root causes that can be identified through tests
- Something to show family and friends to help them understand IC better
You can check out Catherine Simone's other two books as well, To Wake in Tears: Understanding Interstitial Cystitis and Awakening Through the Tears: Interstitial Cystitis and the Mind/Body/Spirit Connection.
Customer Feedback from Reading "Along The Healing Path"
"I read your book 'Along the Healing Path' about 9 months ago and followed many of the suggestions regarding supplements and other things. I wanted to let you know that I have had great success... I am currently off of pain meds, and am asymptomatic... Thank you so much for giving me hope... I never though I would be without suffering.
- Namaste, Priya O. (Posted 3/20/2012)
"Thank you for all the information you provide on your website. Just one month ago I received the book I ordered, "Along The Healing Path". I have read and re-read it, followed what it had to say, and I am symptom-free for almost a week now....
- Sincerely, Sharyn B., Long Beach, CA
"Hi Destiny. I am writing you again to let you know that I received the book, "Along the Healing Path" that I had ordered in the mail today. For the first time in 2 years I have a feeling of hope that I may benefit from the contents of this book. I was really feeling hopeless being in pain all the time. I want to personally thank you on behalf of all men suffering from this terrible disease for developing your website. I'm sure it took a lot of time, research, thought and dedication to develop. It is very thorough and informative."
"So today is the day I begin my journey to what I hope is recovery (or at least relief) from IC. I hope months from now I can write you with a smile on my face and a lack of pain in my body! You've done a wonderful thing Andrea, to help those of us who suffer from IC have hope. God Bless You for that!
- Ron M., San Dimas, CA (Posted July 31, 2011)
"...I just wanted to let you know that I am well on my way to recovery. It's been about a year and a half and I am 90% better. I want to thank you for your encouragement.... The information that I've gained has helped tremendously, along with all the other measures I've taken. I'm living proof that you CAN get better!! Thank you for dedicating your career to helping women like me..."
- Theresa C., Austin, TX
"Your site is so informative. Using your info, I was able to recover completely from my IC bladder. Thank you!"
- Connie H., Mt. Pleasant, SC
Step 2. Identify Your Allergies and Eat the Right Foods
The first thing I did and what I encourage you to do is identify the foods that are causing you problems and eliminate them from your diet. For many of you it will seem like this will be most foods, but it is imperative that you do this so that your body has a chance to rest and heal. I did it the "laymans" way, just by noting how I felt after eating each food.
You may choose to seek professional help in identifying your allergies, but the true test is still how you feel a few minutes to several hours after eating each particular food or supplement.
For information on what foods to eat and what foods to avoid, visit our page Interstitial Cystitis Diet.
Acidic or spicy foods can often "trigger" bladder symptoms of IC. Prelief® dietary supplement takes the acid out of foods to make foods less acidic without affecting the taste. Consider it the same principle as taking the caffeine out of coffee or the lactose out of milk.
The studies and consensus are clear: Where IC symptoms are triggered by acid foods, studies confirm that nothing works on those foods as well as Prelief® with no drugs and no side effects.
Prelief® Safe Acid Reducer is a dietary supplement that is taken along with the offending food or drink. It has no negative side effects. Unlike other antacids and proton-pump inhibitors, Prelief doesn't affect your body's bacteria-killing protective stomach acid or your body's stomach acid pump. Prelief simply takes the acid out of food, when and as you eat that food.
Step 3. Take Targeted Supplements to:
A. Relieve Acute Pain
The Emergency Way to Relieving Pain Fast!
If you are having a painful flare-up right now try this fast and effective tip:
Use Baking Soda
Take one half of a teaspoon of baking soda and put it in a full glass of water. Stir, let sit a minute, and then drink it down. You can repeat this one more time later in the day, but do not exceed 1 teaspoon per day.
Baking soda is an extremely fast and effective way to alkalize your body. It works very quickly to relieve painful flare-ups.
You can use this tip when you are having painful flare-ups, however I would recommend the alkalizing supplements listed below for long term use, since doctors have not studied the long-term effects of consuming baking soda on a daily basis.
NEW! There is now available on the market all-natural baking soda which contains no added aluminum which regular brands add as an anti-caking agent. All-natural baking soda is ideal for people with chronic health conditions because it does not contribute to the toxic heavy metal load on the body.
Caution: Baking soda is not intended for long-term use. Do not use this therapy for more than 3 weeks at a time.
Take NutriBiotic® Grapefruit Seed Extract
NutriBiotic® Grapefruit Seed Extract is used internally as a support for a wide variety of conditions. NutriBiotic® Tablets contain Citricidal, which is a natural compound synthesized from the seed and pulp of certified organically grown grapefruit. This process converts the grapefruit bioflavanoids (polyphenolics) into an extremely potent compound that has been proven highly effective for numerous applications.
Grapefruit seed extract is a natural antibiotic and candida yeast fighter. Both bacteria and candida have been implicated as a possible cause of interstitial cystitis (IC).
NutriBiotic® Grapefruit Seed Extract is an extremely effective and inexpensive way to support normal bladder health functions.
Try Serrapeptase Proteolytic Enzymes
Serrapeptase is one supplement that is having tremendous results for inflammation and pain in all forms, but particularly for bacterial and non-bacterial cystitis.
This product's clinical studies and anecdotal evidence is so promising that we have included it in our support pack, and it is available to purchase separately as well. Serrapeptase digests non-living tissue, blood clots, arterial plaque and inflammation in all forms.
Besides reducing inflammation, serrapeptase helps in reduction of pain - physicians in Europe and Asia are using it as an alternative to salicilates (aspirin), ibuprofen and other NSAIDS.
B. Reduce Inflammation for Long-term Relief of Chronic Pain
Get Enough Essential Fatty Acids
For the long-term relief of painful flare-ups, you will likely need to take some additional measures. You may find that even when you eat completely "safe" foods, you may still get symptoms of burning and pain. This was also the case with me.
Research has shown that inflammatory conditions in the body are often a direct result of a deficiency of essential fatty acids. As a result, I started taking flax seed oil and fish oil capsules everyday.
Essential fatty acids are very important because they suppress the cytokines in the body that produce inflammation, especially interleuken-6 (IL-6).
You can try either flax or fish oil, but fish oil is recommended since a minority of people are unable to metabolize or break down the flax oil. You can try a fish oil which comes from the entire fish, or cod liver oil which is strictly from the liver. The disadvantage of cod liver oil is that the ratio of vitamin A to vitamin D can sometimes be too high, thereby deactivating the naturally occurring vitamin D which has so many health benefits.
It is best to take your fish oil one hour before bedtime, as the omega-3 fatty acids suppress cytokines that disturb sleep.
Try Omega-3D™ Fish Oil
There is an excellent liquid fish oil called Omega-3D™ from Nordic Naturals, which is molecularly distilled and guaranteed free of heavy metals, dioxins, and PCB'S. This is extremely important.
Omega-3D™ is a purified deep sea fish oil (from anchovies and sardines) and contains d-alpha tocopherol, rosemary extract, and additional vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). It comes in a great-tasting natural lemon flavor with no fishy taste or after-taste.
8 fluid ounces or 48 teaspoons per bottle
As another direct antidote to the pain of IC, I found that I was able to take a supplement called Activated Quercetin™ by Source Naturals, which is quercetin plus bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapples.
This seemed to help within a few hours, giving me several hours of relief at a time. But I had to keep taking it, because if I didn't the pain would come right back. Activated Quercetin™ is a unique bioflavonoid derived from plant sources.
In human cell culture studies, quercetin has been shown to inhibit histamine release. The bromelain enhances the effects of the quercetin, making it more bioavailable. Quercetin by itself without the bromelain is not as effective.
Some people find that the only way to relieve their pain is to take pain medication prescribed to them by their doctor. I say if it works for you in the short term, that's great. But these medications do nothing to heal the underlying cause of your condition, so it is best not to rely on them exclusively.
"I love the Activated Quercetin™. I took it for my bladder symptoms and found that it quickly helped my bladder and unexpectedly helped with other allergy and asthma symptoms as well."
- M. Scheer
C. Rebuild the Lining of Your Bladder
In order to experience permanent relief from painful flare-ups and food sensitivities, you will need to do something to help repair the lining of your bladder.
I did not begin to experience long-term relief from my symptoms until I tried a supplement called bovine colostrum. This is one of the recommendations also found in Catherine Simone's book, "Along the Healing Path - Recovering from Interstitial Cystitis".
The Healing Powers of Colostrum
Colostrum is the first food mothers produce for their young. It is packed with antibodies and immune factors, and also reduces inflammation. One of the most important things it did for me was that it slowly but surely relieved my severe food allergies.
It took about a year, but in that time my food allergies and chronically inflamed bladder were 90 percent improved. I started out by taking only one or two capsules a day, and by the end of that year was taking eight to ten capsules per day.
I feel strongly that colostrum was the supplement that was the most important in helping relieve my IC symptoms. In my opinion, I believe the colostrum is what healed the lining of my bladder as well, since colostrum has the documented ability to heal the lining of the digestive tract.
Today, I no longer need to take any quercetin or colostrum capsules, and I only take them if I feel like I am coming down with a cold or flu, or am fighting an infection.
According to the well-known naturopathic physician, Dr. Bernard Jensen, colostrum has a therapeutic role to play in heart health, blood sugar control, and immune health.
Bovine colostrum also has powerful antioxidant properties, helps reduce inflammation, and is a source of many vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids if it is unprocessed and in its original natural state.
Try Colostrum High IG™ by Symbiotics®
100% Pure Bovine Colostrum contains 90 known health-promoting components, including antibodies, immunoglobulins, antioxidants and growth factors that support the immune system and healthy cell function. You want to be sure to use colostrum that meets the highest purity standards which includes the herds being raised without the use of hormones, steroids or antibiotics.
Colostrum High IG by Symbiotics® guarantees a minimum 40% level of IgG Immunoglobulins. That’s 20 times the level in normal human colostrum! As the smallest immune factor, IgG readily leaves the circulation and enters tissues that larger molecules can’t penetrate. That makes Colostrum High IG an important consideration for those with GI tract stress and for athletes or others whose bodies are under physical stress. Increased immunoglobulin levels aid nutrient absorption. High IG is hormone, pesticide, antibiotic and rBST free.
High Quality Ingredients: Colostrum provides over 200 beneficial components including several growth factors, natural antibodies, immune factors (PRP's), soluble vitamins and minerals and other nutritional factors that promote health.
Use this product to help support a healthy immune system and a healthy bladder lining.
Save Money with Canadian Sourced Colostrum in Powder Form
If you're comfortable with ingesting colostrum in powder form, we suggest the Canadian Colostrum 12 oz (340 grams) jar, because it is very cost effective compared to purchasing the capsules. Also, the Canadian colostrum is equal to or better in immunoglobulin content than the native colostrum.
To purchase the powder form of Canadian Colostrum, please click here.
Suggested Use: Adult use - 1 teaspoon (1/2 scoop) once daily on an empty stomach with 8 oz. of water or place under the tongue for 30 seconds if desired.
Advanced use - 1 rounded scoop in water, milk or protein drink. May also be mixed with other foods or beverages. Take 30-45 minutes before exercise.
Another Favorite - BioActive Colostrum
BioActive Colostrum, which comes in a powder, is the finest biologically active colostrum available. 100% non-denatured, this native protein is never subjected to any heating or processing that would damage the full range of the original proteins or active peptides.
As nature intended, colostrum is designed to have contact with the oral mucosal surface before swallowing. As a consequence, this is the smoothest, best-tasting colostrum you will ever encounter.
According to the well-known naturopathic physician, Dr. Bernard Jensen, colostrum has a therapeutic role to play in heart health, blood sugar control, and immune health.
Bioactive Colostrum also has powerful antioxidant properties, helps reduce inflammation, and is a source of many vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids if it is unprocessed and in its original natural state.
Please note: The Bioactive Colostrum powder (2.1 oz) is not nearly as economical as the NZ Colostrum powder (12 oz), however some people may find it more palatable.
Organic Marshmallow Root & Leaf Tea
Marshmallow Root Tea is an herb that is highly recommended by Catherine Simone, author of “Along the Healing Path”. It is believed that marshmallow root tea provides a soothing coating to the bladder because of the mucilage found in the plant.
Recent studies have demonstrated that there is a component in marshmallow root that does effect the lining of the bladder in a positive way.
Many thousands of people with bladder problems attest to the near miraculous effects of this healing herb. The Marshmallow Root Tea I recommend is organic and contains 24 tea bags.
Scientific Name: Althaea officinali
Description: The herbal supplement is made from the dried root and the dried leaves combined as a tea.
Actions & Pharmacology: Marshmallow root relieves bladder and bowel irritation, functions as an anti-inflammatory, and soothes the lining of the bowel and bladder.
General Precautions: Marshmallow root tea is safe to use; some people may have an allergic reaction if they are sensitive to other herbs.
How Supplied: Marshmallow root is best prepared as a tea; it can be stored at room temperature and taken throughout the day.
Marshmallow Root Extract
As an alternative to the marshmallow root tea, there is also a Marshmallow Root Extract by Nature's Answer.
Nature's Answer alcohol-free extracts are produced using alcohol, water and natural extractants. All alcohol and extractants are then removed through their cold proprietary extraction process, yielding a Holistically Balanced™ standardized extract. Liquid extracts are absorbed faster than tablets or capsules, and are more potent than tinctures. Holistically Balanced™ guarantees that the constituents of the extract are in the same synergistic ratios as in the plant.
D. Reduce Urinary Frequency - Including Overnight!
At last! We have found an herb, a clinically studied extract of Angelica archangelica, which recent research has found to significantly improves the bladder’s ability to hold urine. In one study in Iceland, the participants taking Angelica archangelica with the most frequent nocturnal bathroom visits were able to reduce these visits by more than two times higher than the participants in the placebo group. As well, bladder capacity increased almost three times more in the angelica group.
Angelica archangelica has been used as a natural remedy for over 1,100 years. It is not to be confused with Angelica sinensis, the Chinese herb otherwise known as dong quai. Angelica archangelica works by targeting a specific pathway in the bladder that results in the production of leukotrienes. The production of leukotrienes result in inflammation, which damages bladder strength and the nerves that transmit bladder sensations. By reducing leukotrienes, angelica can stop the cycle of irritated nerves sending erroneous signals about the need to void. As well as improving bladder strength and capacity, this extract improves the ability to fully empty the bladder, leading to a more restful night’s sleep.
Angelica archangelica can be used by both men and women. It shows no hormonal effects or side effects, and is well tolerated. It does not have any sedative effects, so you can also take it during the day.
SagaPro® Bladder Health is a proprietary aqueous extract Angelica archangelica leaves, harvested from wild plants grown in the pure air and soil of iceland. SagaPro® is ideal for men and women looking for support of bladder strength and function. Participants in a recent clinical trial experienced support for healthy bladder function and reported improved sleep patterns as well.
Dosage: 1 tablet daily;may increase to 2 if desired. When starting to use SagaPro® it is recommended to take 2 tablets daily for the first 2 – 3 days.
E. Fight Bacterial Infections and Candida Yeast Infections
Both bacteria and candida yeast have been implicated in IC, even though for many people, urine tests for bacteria come out negative. It is thought that many cases of IC have “hidden” bacterial overload, and many people are put on low-dose antibiotics for many months at a time. This, of course, only serves to make any candida infections that are present in the body worse. The solution is to use natural antibiotic agents and natural anti-candida agents that will not harm the good flora in the digestive tract.
Nutribiotic® Grapefruit Seed Extract
Nutribiotic® Grapefruit Seed Extract is both a bacteria and a candida fighter, and will not harm the beneficial flora in your system. Grapefruit seed extract is taken from the pulp of the grapefruit.
Apparently it is such a strong fungicide that farmers in Florida have been known to use it on their farm equipment to ward of fungus and molds that might affect their crops.
SilverBiotics® Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver also can act as a antiseptic or anti-bacterial solution. It targets the so-called "bad" bacteria and candida yeast, and leaves the beneficial organisms untouched. Silver Biotics® is the only supplement in North America that is EPA approved.
Silver Biotics® is your first line of defense against harmful bacteria, yeast or viruses. It was proven to be 200-300% more effective than any other silver product. Silver Biotics™ is the most scientifically studied colloidal silver on the market.
It may also be helpful to eat plain unflavored yogurt from a good brand such as Stonyfield, and to eat raw unpasteurized sauerkraut (available at Whole Foods), which is teeming with beneficial bacteria.
F. Minimize Food Sensitivities
Use Activated Quercetin
Activated Quercetin™ is quercetin that has been activated with bromelain, and enzyme derived from the pineapple. Activated quercetin is considered to be a natural antihistamine and inflammation fighter. There are mast cells in the bladder, and mast cells secrete histamine, which why IC patients become sensitive to so many different foods and supplements. Activated Quercetin™ helps to fight this histamine reaction.
G. Balance the Immune System and Prevent Autoimmunity
Since IC is considered to be an autoimmune disease, it may be helpful to take specific immune-balancing supplements that are known to be effective in addressing autoimmune conditions. Most people with IC suffer from other disorders concurrently, such as fibromyalgia, IBS, inflammatory bowel diseases, and so on.
Try Natur-Leaf® Sterols and Sterolins
Natur-Leaf® is a laboratory premium tested blend of sterols and sterolins derived from pine bark. Sterols and sterolins have been shown in numerous clinical studies to modulate the over-active immune response encountered in people with autoimmune disease.
Natur-Leaf® is a quality product to promote a healthy inflammation and immune response in your body. It provides essential plant fats (sterols and sterolins, including beta-sitosterol), lacking in today's diets. Natur-Leaf® is derived from a proprietary blend of natural plant sprouts, African potato root, and tree bark (Pygeum africanum) imported from South Africa.
The sprouts are organically grown, carefully harvested, and freeze-dried for near-perfect preservation - without heat extraction! The sprouts are harvested at their peak and frozen the same day and freeze-dried immediately. The encapsulating and bottling is handled under pharmaceutical standards. Natur-Leaf® is packaged as carefully as prescription medicine. It contains vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients in addition to sterols and sterolins.
Alternatively Use Soy-Free Moducare® Sterols and Sterolins
For those who may be allergic to soy, an excellent alternative to Natur-Leaf is Moducare®. Moducare® has been extensively studied for it's effectiveness in modulating the immune system and preventing autoimmunity. Dr. Patrick Bouic, PhD, at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, has been researching the exact combination of sterols and sterolins found in Moducare® for over a decade. There has been extensive testing and clinical trials, including double-blind, placebo-controlled studies.
This research has shown Moducare® can increase natural killer cell activity, improve the activity of T-cells and may also be effective in the management of chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and seasonal allergies. Several studies on plant sterols and sterolins have been published in international medical journals.
Additional Immune Supporting Products
SilverBiotics® colloidal silver (featured above) and ImmunoPro® Non-Denatured Whey Protein Powder can also be used everyday as your natural solution to support your body's immune system. For more info or to order, please click here.
H. Alkalize Your Body
I achieved a 90 percent reduction in my interstitial bladder symptoms over an 18 month period using colostrum, and I eliminated most, if not all of my food allergies.
However, I wa still experiencing mild periodic flare-ups. This frustrated me since it didn't seem to matter how much colostrum I took, I still would have periodic flare-ups approximately every 3 months for about 3 - 4 days. It seemed I had reached a plateau in my healing, and I wasn't sure what steps to take next.
I did some more research and learned that people with chronically inflamed bladders are considered to be very acidic. Acidic bodies are toxic bodies, and excess acidity also causes symptoms of pain. When you start to alkalize your body, either by eating an alkaline diet (which most people with interstitial bladder symptoms patients cannot do) or by taking alkalizing supplements, your body starts to come back into balance and your symptoms slowly but surely begin to recede.
Alkalizing your body definitely begins to eliminate some of the burning sensations associated with painful flare-ups. In a German study on people with chronically inflamed bladder, the researchers found a substantial reduction in inflammation and pain after 3 months of taking alkalizing supplements.
Try Alkalizing Supplements
There are different types of alkalizing supplements on the market. There are alkalizing booster drops that are designed to boost the pH value of any drinking water, changing it into healthy alkaline water. The drops should contain the right ratio of potassium and sodium hydroxides to maintain the proper mineral ratio in the body.
The alkalizing drops are usually added to an 8-10 oz glass of water and you should drink at least 5 glasses a day. Booster drops can be taken with tea, coffee and juice, but not with carbonated or dairy beverages.
Besides balancing an overly acidic pH, alkalizing supplements can also replace important minerals that have been leached out of the bones and body tissues to counteract over-acidity.
People with a chronically inflamed bladder need to be very careful with what supplements they take into their bodies, since they are so very sensitive to many different agents including beneficial vitamins, minerals and other supplements.
With this in mind, the alkalizing supplement I recommend you try first are the alkaline booster drops. Drops composed of simple mineral salts with no added ingredients are very gentle and mild and not likely to adversely affect the sensitive bladder tissues..
Alkalizing buffering capsules can be taken if you have milder bladder symptoms or are not as sensitive to various ingredients. They work faster at regulating your body's pH, but are typically a stronger formula. It may be beneficial to start with the booster drops and then add the buffering capsules after a few weeks to accelerate improvement.
Try AlkaLife® Alkaline Booster Drops
AlkaLife® drops were invented by Sang Whang, a Korean scientist. He invented AlkaLife® to make alkaline water available to the general public at a low and reasonable cost.
It is designed to boost the pH value of any drinking water, changing it into healthy alkaline water. AlkaLife contains a patented ratio of potassium and sodium hydroxides to maintain the proper mineral ratio in the body.
The recommended use is 2 drops in an 8-10 oz glass of water and drinking 5 glasses a day. AlkaLife® can be taken with tea, coffee and juice, but not with carbonated or dairy beverages.
A 1.2 oz bottle contains approximately 600 drops.
VAXA® Buffer pH™ Capsules
Another very effective alkalizing supplement is VAXA® Buffer pH™.
Besides balancing an overly acidic pH, VAXA® Buffer pH™ also replaces minerals that have been drawn out of the body tissues to counteract over-acidity.
VAXA® Buffer pH™ buffers overly acidic residues and removes them safely from the body, while replacing important minerals that may have been leached out of the bones and tissues by an overly acidic diet and lifestyle.
The recommended starting dose is 3-5 capsules daily, depending on your level of acidity; this can then be reduced to a maintenance dose of 2 capsules daily after the first few days of monitoring your pH.
To order any of the supplements listed in this article, please click here.
My Opinion and Recommendations about Alkalizing Supplements
People with a chronically inflamed bladder need to be very careful with what supplements they take into their bodies, since they are so very sensitive to many different agents including beneficial vitamins, minerals and other supplements.
With this in mind, the alkalizing supplement I recommend you try first is the AlkaLife® Drops. These drops are composed of simple mineral salts with no added ingredients, so they are very gentle and mild and not likely to adversely affect the sensitive bladder tissues..
The Buffer pH™ capsules can be taken if you have milder bladder symptoms or are not as sensitive to various ingredients, such as aloe vera. It works faster at regulating your body's pH, but it is a stronger formula. It may be beneficial to start with the AlkaLife® Drops and then add the VAXA® Buffer pH™ after a few weeks to accelerate improvement.
Combination Support Packs
All of the above featured supplements can be purchased in the Comprehensive Interstitial Support Pack. For those on a budget who want the most important products to start with, you can purchase the Basic Interstitial Support Pack .
Use the Interstitial Support Packs to help:
- Relieve and Control Pain
- Reduce Inflammation
- Repair Bladder Lining
- Combat Autoimmune Reactions
- Reduce Allergic Reactions
- Fight Infections
- Alkalize Your Body
- Control Frequent Urination (Please Note: We have just recently added SagaPro® Bladder Health (not shown in photo) to our support pack for addressing bladder strength and frequency.)
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- Symbiotics Colostrum High IG Capsules
- Nutribiotic® GSE Tablets
- Activated Quercetin™
- AlkaLife® Drops
- Marshmallow Root & Leaf Tea
- SagaPro® Bladder Health (not shown in photos)
Basic Interstitial Support Pack
Success Stories using the Interstitial Support Packs
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"I have been taking the Basic Interstitial Support Pack since November of this year. I was in pain day and night with my bladder; it felt like I had to urinate all the time and it would burn and sting when I did urinate. I can not say it is all gone yet, but it is so very much improved. I still have to watch what I eat. I am also taking the Vaxa Buffer-pH+ capsules and bathing with the Evenbetternow Detox clay baths.
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"I have had IC for 14 yrs. After 13 yrs. the Elimiron no longer worked. I started with the Basic Interstitial Support Pack and after 3 days began feeling better. Now after 8 months on this protocol, I feel much better than when I was taking Elimiron. I still get occasional bladder infections. I went to my urologist and told him what I was taking. Much to my surprise he began asking me questions about the natural treatment plan. He also asked to copy the information I had showed him so he could tell other patients about the plan. I was SHOCKED because he is a Kaiser doctor."
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- Roberta P., Brooklyn, NY
"Since being diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis symptoms I chose to use natural supplements as an alternative to invasive procedures. I did a web search and found Evenbetternow and placed my order for the Interstitial Support Pack along with the book "Along the Healing Path" by Catherine Simone. After starting the supplements and following a strict diet I found relief from some of the pain. On a scale from 1 to 10 the pain level dropped to a 5 with in a couple of days.
Thank you EBN for your website and all the natural supplements.
Living Blessed and Blessing,"
- M. McMurry, Texas
"In June I ordered the Interstitial Basic Support Pack and I have been healthy all summer, so thank you!"
- Lesley Ann H., Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada
Step 4. Detoxify your Body of Heavy Metals and Chemicals
Eliminating your allergies and alkalizing your body will go a long way in ensuring a return to health. Not only will colostrum and alkalizing products assist you in these areas, but they are also gentle cleansers and detoxifiers as well.
As I said before, sick, tired and hurting bodies are toxic bodies. In fact, if there is one thing that people with interstitial cystitis have in common, it is that they have a toxic body.
In fact, according to Catherine Simone, the author of "Along the Healing Path", people with interstitial bladder pain/inflammation have pretty much the epitome of a toxic body. The more severe the symptoms, the more toxic and sick the rest of the body.
The symptoms of a severely toxic body are exactly the same symptoms experienced by people with chronically inflamed bladders, including chemical sensitivities and allergies, inflamed and irritated mucous membranes, digestive disturbances, lowered immune system, and mysterious muscle and joint pain.
Catherine Simone states in no uncertain terms that until the toxins that are causing these symptoms in the first place are removed from the body, nothing else you do is really going to have a beneficial healing effect, since the same environment that caused the immune system breakdown is still present.
To put it bluntly, adding supplements and other healing agents to a toxic body is like putting good oil in a crappy engine - the supplements simply can't work as well and won't be nearly as effective. As some people with chronic diseases have found, healing supplements may seem to work for a short time and then stop working altogether.
In my opinion, this may be why some people who have had a chronically inflamed bladder for years and seem to have very little improvement - all the good things they may be taking simply cannot work as well if the body environment is compromised.
So while I believe that taking colostrum and other supplements and using alkalizing products may definitely help over time for you like they did for me, I now firmly believe that detoxifying the body may further accelerate the healing process and reduce the time needed for healing. I found the best way for detoxifying the body of toxins is to bathe in sodium bentonite clay. This removes the contaminants from the surface tissue of the body out through the pores of the skin.
Remember, it took me approximately one year to go from being extremely sick to having mild, intermittent symptoms with periodic flareups, and then another six months to having no symptoms at all. I had not been using any detoxifying products since I had a difficult time taking anything internally, even good things like vitamins and herbs. If I had been taking clay baths, it probably would have shortened the recovery time.
A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is a simple, non-invasive screening test that can be used to find out if you have a heavy metal problem. This is especially useful if your program of supplements and lifestyle changes is not showing consistent positive results or is working a little more slowly than you would like. An HTMA test will help you find hidden toxicities, help you identify the source of exposure to heavy metals, and will suggest ways to balance the essential minerals and eliminate the toxic metals. It is important to note that may people get better through detoxification when all else has failed them.
An HTMA can give you the extra information needed to take additional control of your health. I recommend a hair tissue mineral analysis test once or twice a year as a way to receive information that you can use to fine-tune your program and hasten your return to health. For example, I myself tested extremely high for the essential mineral copper, which is a common finding for autoimmune diseases. Copper in the right amount is necessary for health, but it is toxic at high levels. I also discovered that I had toxic levels of mercury, arsenic and aluminum. I undertook a program of clay baths and an internal chelator called Body-Care™ Environmental Defense, and the toxic metals were slowly eliminated over several months. I believe it is the combination of proper diet, targeted supplements, finding hidden toxins and eliminating them that resulted in my return to normal symptom-free health.
Introducing The Comprehensive Hair Analysis by Trace Elements, Inc.
Each hair analysis contains a detailed 10-15 page report from the laboratory itself, which shows bar graph readings indicating high, low and reference range levels for toxic metals, essential minerals and significant mineral ratios. It also includes a metabolic profile, recommendations for diet and supplements based on individual results. Unlike some labs that test hair tissue analysis, Trace Elements, Inc. does not wash the hair at the lab. Washing the hair removes some of the loosely bound minerals and can reduce some mineral readings by 50 percent or more. The hair sample is prepared in their licensed clinical laboratory by using a series of chemical and high temperature digestive procedures. Testing is then performed using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results.
The comprehensive Hair Tissue Analysis report details graph results for 8 toxic heavy metals/elements, 15 nutritional minerals/elements, 15 additional elements, 7 significant mineral ratios, and 9 toxic metal ratios. Once you purchase the hair analysis, you will receive a hair sample kit with instructions on how to take the hair sample and an envelope to send the hair sample to the lab directly.
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Try Purified Bentonite Bathing Clay for Detoxifying Metals and Chemicals
Sodium bentonite clay can be a very simple and effective way to remove heavy metals and chemical contaminants from the surface tissue of the body.
When you mix bentonite clay with water, it creates a large negatively charged surface area. When the body is in a tub of warm water, the warm water opens up the pores of the skin, and the positively charged toxic particles are drawn through the pores of the skin, to be absorbed by the clay.
Most chemical and metal toxins have a positive charge, whereas the clay has a negative charge. Thus, the toxins cannot resist being drawn towards the clay. Bentonite clay has a great capacity for absorbing and adsorbing many times its own weight in toxins. In other words, clay baths have been shown to literally pull pollutants out through the skin, getting rid of many months and years of toxic accumulations.
It is important that you find a clay that has been purified, so it contains no mold, yeast, bacteria or fungus. Also, it helps to use a clay that mixes well and disperses easily with warm water to get maximum effectiveness. Some clays do not mix well in the tub, leaving you with a cumbersome and messy clean-up.
EBN® Detoxifying Clay is a simple, inexpensive, and extremely effective method of clearing the body of harmful metals, chemicals and other pollutants, all of which have been implicated in the breakdown of the immune system.
And the great thing about it is that it is not taken internally, so it will not irritate your already sensitive and inflamed bladder.
You can dump years worth of accumulated toxic metals and chemicals in a very short time, simply by taking a bath with this specially formulated clay!
Glutathione - Another Important Detoxifier
Glutathione is a short string of amino acids called a peptide. It is composed of three amino acids: glycine, glutamine and cysteine.
Glutathione is a major player in detoxifying the body of many toxic pollutants, including toxic metals and chemicals. Glutathione deficiency impairs the body's ability to get rid of toxins whether they are environmental or the by-products of cellular metabolism.
If we have low glutathione levels we slowly become toxic, storing away poisons in our tissues, organs, muscles and brain. We simply cannot detoxify effectively if our glutathione levels are too low, no matter what form of detoxification we undertake.
Glutathione is made by all the cells in the body, and is the body’s master antioxidant and detoxifying agent. In one review, almost 80% of people with chronic ailments were found to be deficient in glutathione. In fact, low levels of glutathione are involved in all disease states.
Why? – because the heavier the cumulative toxic burden on the body, the greater this depletes supplies of glutathione. For example: One molecule of mercury uses up one molecule of glutathione. Since all chronic, degenerative disorders are triggered, in part, by the toxic load, it is small wonder to see why glutathione levels are such an important marker.
Glutathione is a supplement that is extremely difficult to absorb. Most oral supplements are worthless, because the digestive tract destroys the nutrient before it can be absorbed.
Supplements such as NAC can help your body make more glutathione, but the effect is mild. This is why intravenous therapy was once considered to be the only therapy that really works. There is now new technology which allows one to absorb glutathione orally using liposomal technology. The glutathione survives the trip through your intestines because the glutathione is contained in microscopic little pouches called liposomes. Thus, the glutathione enters your bloodstream intact.
According to Dr. Marcus Laux, it is important to find an oral glutathione supplement that your body can truly absorb. According to Dr. Laux, liposomes were recently tested in rigorous scientific studies, and were found to have an amazing 90% absorption rate. That’s comparable to intravenous glutathione therapy, for a fraction of the cost.
A cell culture study was conducted on glutathione at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School by Gail Zeevalk, PhD. The study showed the neuro-protective nature of the glutathione from damage due to the known neuro-toxicants maneb (fungicide) and paraquat (herbicide).
Use LipoCeutical™ Glutathione
LipoCeutical (liposomal) Glutathione is the best product on the market that provides maximum absorption of glutathione into the body because of it's liposomal technology.
LipoCeutical™ Glutathione comes in the most important form which is called “reduced glutahione” (or GSH). Reduced glutathione (GSH) can support the body's natural detoxification processes. It’s also been found that an adequate level of GSH is the best biomarker for good health.
Use Sodium Edetate (EDTA) Oral Drops to Chelate Heavy Metals
EDTA is a chelating agent that can bind free metal ions that circulate in the blood stream. Traditional EDTA treatment for chelation has involved giving it to patients intraveneously. However, more recently, there has been a German-patented formula that utilizes a very dilute amount of EDTA (less than in a can of baked beans) so that no side effects are experienced and it can be used at home without doctor's supervision. The active ingredients in this formula set up shop in the gastrointestinal tract where through the Law of Isotonicity, metal ions are dumped into the bloodstream (over time) and then excreted safely out of the body through the urine and stool.
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