Dr. Wright recommends SSKI for bladder infections. But the dosing is 10-15 drops every 3-4 hours while awake until the infection is gone. That might be too rough for your mother.
He has another idea that may interest you. I never had the opportunity to try this on my mother-in-law, who had a few of those downturns caused by urinary tract infections.
Clinical Tip 96 Beat bladder infections in 3 days or less, naturally
Nutrition & Healing October 2001
Approximately 90 percent of all bladder infections are caused by E. coli bacteria. And while most physicians will throw a prescription for antibiotics at you, you can eliminate this painful condition in just a few days-without putting your immune system at risk. (The E. coli I’m referring to here are normal inhabitants of all human and animal intestinal tracts. They and are not the same as the food-contaminating, deadly, mutant E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.) E. coli can “stick” to bladder walls and aren’t normally rinsed out of the bladder by urination, so they grow and proliferate, sometimes causing infection.
While the antibiotics will kill the bacteria and cure the infection, they also destroy other “friendly” bacteria living within the body. Continued use of antibiotics (a common treatment for recurring bladder infections) can disrupt the body’s normal microflora, which may eventually cause a breakdown in the natural infection-fighting properties of your immune system. Fortunately, natural medicine offers a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics for treating bladder and urinary tract infections.
The natural (and quite safe) “simple sugar” D-mannose has the ability to detach E. coli from the walls of the bladder without upsetting the balance of the friendly bacteria necessary for good health. After being loosened from bladder walls, the bacteria are then rinsed away by normal urination. The E. coli aren’t killed; they’re simply relocated- “from the inside to the outside” -and the infection is gone.
People who treat their own bladder infections with cranberry juice are, in fact, using a form of D-mannose therapy. Cranberry juice, as well as pineapple juice, contain more D-mannose than other foods. However, the amounts are too low to be significantly effective against serious infections.
For adults, 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful of D-mannose, dissolved in water and taken every 2 to 3 hours, will eliminate almost any bladder infection caused by E. coli. It also has the great advantage of tasting very good!
Despite being classified as a “simple sugar,” D-mannose is very safe. Very little of it is actually metabolized by the body. Large doses are washed away in the urine, and the amounts not excreted into the urine are so small that they do not affect blood sugar levels-even in diabetics.
Rediscovering a forgotten cure
Even the remaining 10 percent of bladder infections-ones not caused by E. coli-can be eliminated with an effective natural treatment …one discovered by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in the 1920s. I’m grateful to Dr. Richard Kunin of San Francisco for rediscovering this research and passing it along to all of us.
Remember when you were small and your mother put iodine on cuts and scrapes to “kill the germs?” Iodine and its molecular cousin “iodide” share this germ-killing property. The 1920s Mayo Clinic researchers found that by adding 5 parts per million (PPM) of iodide to urine, all the germs present were killed in approximately 15 minutes. To achieve a 5 PPM concentration takes approximately 15 drops of saturated solution of potassium iodide (SSKI). Taken orally every three to four hours, 15 drops of SSKI (dissolved in considerable water, as it tastes terrible) will eliminate any bladder infection in a day or two.
However, potassium iodide (SSKI) does have some potentially serious side effects. Iodine and iodides can leave a metallic taste in the mouth. They may also make all secretions more “loose,” so some people may develop runny, drippy noses after a few doses. (On the positive side, this effect makes potassium iodide useful for individuals with thick bronchial secretions.) In addition, prolonged use (several weeks to months) of the quantities noted above can inhibit thyroid gland function. Fortunately, thyroid suppression is exceptionally unlikely during a one to two (or at the most three) day treatment period, which is all that is needed to clear up a bladder infection. In the rare occasion that it does occur, thyroid inhibition can usually be reversed by stopping the iodide.
If there’s any suspicion of iodine or iodide allergy, SSKI (or any other form of iodine or iodide) should NEVER be used. It’s always wisest to use SSKI in cooperation with a physician knowledgeable and skilled in natural medicine. For a referral to one in your area, contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine at (800)532-3688 or www.acam.org.
While SSKI is a very effective treatment, D-mannose should always be tried first, as it has virtually no side effects and can be safely used for months to years for the few individuals with very frequent, recurrent infections, SSKI cannot.
Both D-mannose and SSKI are absorbed in the upper gastrointestinal tract, so they don’t interfere with the “friendly bacteria” of the lower gastrointestinal tract. Overall, D-mannose is far preferable to antibiotics, and despite its possible side effects, SSKI is almost always preferable to antibiotics.
D-mannose is available through the Tahoma Clinic Dispensary with which I am, of course affiliated, by calling (888)893-6878 or by visiting www.tahoma-clinic.com on the web. It is also available through compounding pharmacies, many natural food stores, and many health care practitioners. SSKI and other iodides are usually available only by prescription, although, under the 1995 “DSHEA” law, they can be sold as dietary supplements as long as no information at all is given about their uses.
For more information on this topic, be on the lookout for the upcoming booklet titled D-Mannose and Bladder Infection, by Lane Lenard Ph.D and me. This booklet will be available in natural food stores and compounding pharmacies in a month or two.