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Some questions have come up about swimming pools and Jacuzzis and
several persons with IC state they can exacerbate their symptoms.
Most pools have large amounts of chlorine in them to keep the bacterial count
down. In one hour the body will absorb approximately two cups of pool water
along with the chlorine through the skin. Chlorine, once it is
absorbed into the body is relatively soluble in water and reacts with the water
to form hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and hydrochloric acid (HCl). These acids then
add to the body's acid load causing an increase in IC symptoms. While
getting alkalized you might try just short stays in the water maybe not longer
than 5-10 minutes. You can also try sipping on a vegetable drink to
increase your alkaline elements to help neutralize the effect of swimming in a
pool treated with chlorine. Cl2 + H20 =
HCl + HOCl
- There was a twelve hour seminar I attended conducted by Dr. Tom Morter
on his continued studies on the benefits of alkalization and healing August
28,2001 . It was a twelve hour seminar using BEST or BioEnergetic
Synchronization Technique which is a chiropractic technique developed my Dr.
Morter to help balance the bodies energies. If you are interested you
can go to www.Morter.com and find
more seminars under Event Schedules.
- Here are some supplements for inflammation that might be helpful.
Remember to evaluate them one at a time and be aware of allergic
reactions. Just try one at a time, and if you find one useful, take as
directed on the label.
- MSM is an FDA-approved treatment for interstitial cystitis.
Suggested dosage 250mg to 750mg taken three times a day with meals.
- Colloidal Silver reduces or eliminates bacterial and viral infections
and thereby reduces inflammation. Available in dropper bottles (5 to 10
ppm are probably optimal.) Take two full droppers every two to four hours
for an acute infection, decreasing to every six to eight hours as symptoms begin
- Quercetin, a natural substance found in high amounts in onions,
is known to be highly effective in lowering inflammation. Quercetin is
better absorbed if taken in combination with bromelain, which increases
absorption and tissue concentration. Take 300 to 600mg once or twice a day,
or better yet eat your raw onions! (Quercetin can
interfere with estrogen production and reduce menstrual flow. It should be
used cautiously by menstruating women.)
- Curcumin (Turmeric) is an ethnic spice used in India and Indonesia and
used in Chinese and Indian medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent for
centuries. Suggested dosages are 400 to 600mg three times a day taken on
an empty stomach. It is often formulated with bromelain to enhance its
absorption. Look for recipes that call for turmeric to increase
your intake of this spice.
- Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Since ginger can reduce pain and fever,
it is an
alternative to aspirin, which is very acid-forming. Dosages are 500mg to 1000mg per day. You can also make fresh
ginger tea by washing and slicing fresh organic ginger into your alkaline water and
boiling until you have the strength of tea you want. Try
this instead of coffee. Consider food recipes that use fresh ginger, but
don't over cook.
- Essential Fatty Acids, EFA, are fats that our bodies do not produce
and that we must obtain through our diet. They consist of two types of
special fats called Linolenic Acid (Omega-3 family) and Linoleic Acid (Omega-6
family). Most Americans do pretty good in the Omega-6 fats in fact we do too
good. The following fats are considered Omega-6 fats: sunflower oil,
safflower oil, sesame oil and corn oil. Other sources of Omega-6 fats
are fats found in animal products such as: animal meats and poultry, milk, eggs, squid
and warm water fish. The problem with animal meat, milk and eggs etc. is
that they contain arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid causes an
inflammatory response in the body. Too much animal products will
increase inflammation which is what we do not want in IC. Most
Americans eat 20 to 30 times more Omega-6 fats than Omega-3 fats. The
ratio of Omega-6 fats to Omega-3 fats needs to be 1:1. Otherwise we
are going to promote more inflammation in the body. We need to
decrease our Omega-6 fats (just like we need to decrease our acidity) and
increase our Omega-3 fats which will help promote healing. What we
need to do is increase Omega-3 fats that help decrease inflammation.
These Omega-3 fats are: flaxseed oil, canola oil, walnut oil, pumpkin oil or
pumpkin seeds (unsalted) and cold water fish such as tuna, salmon, trout,
mackerel, herring, sardines, anchovies, blue fin. Start decreasing
your Omega-6 fats (sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, sesame oil, and
animal products including dairy.)
Take the following EFA dosages: 1 or 2 tablespoons of raw flax seed oil (do not cook
with this oil); fish oil capsules can be taken 1 or 2 capsules once or
twice a day or two to three servings a week of the cold water fish, along with borage seed oil, 2 to 4 capsules per day. All of these
fats need to be taken during the day to obtain your essential fatty
acids. I take something called Total EFATM,
which is a mixture of all the essential fatty acids and take one or two
tablespoon a day for convenience. I pour the EFA supplement in a few
ounces of good organic lemonade and don't find it distasteful taken this
way. You can find these EFA in your local health food store. It is critical
that these fats are consumed every day to help decrease your bladder
- Food Allergies manifest as bladder pain in persons with IC and you
need to determine your intolerances.
The following lab is a good lab that will test for over 200 foods and food
additives. The test has an accuracy of 78%, which is much higher than
scratch test (30%) or Rast (5-10%) testing. The latter two are the two
most common food allergy tests employed by doctors.
The Food Intolerance Test tests for over 200 foods and food
additive allergies and requires only a single tube of blood. Your family
doctor, providing he or she is open minded, can have this test done for you.
The first step is to contact, or to have your doctor contact:
1701 Golf Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: (847) 640-1377
The laboratory will send the necessary tube for a blood
sample and instructions for your doctor. The blood can then be shipped directly
to the lab where the test is to be performed. Biotrition Laboratory will send
you the results of your food intolerance test within a few days of receiving
your blood sample.