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  1. How to Relieve Pain without Medications

    Pain Relief without MedicationsWhen you’re frequently in pain – from arthritis, a bad back, an old injury, or any other reason – you probably have a cabinet full of medications.

    So many, in fact, that sometimes you think it would be nice to be able to relieve pain without medications. Without having to swallow yet another pill, or keep a close schedule – or risk ending up in pain again.

    But you've probably been convinced, time and time again, that this is impossible. That you have to relieve your pain with prescribed drugs.

    That’s simply not true.

    There are ways to relieve pain without medication. And in this article, we’re going to explore several of them.

    The Best Ways to Relieve Pain without Medications

    The first technique is through relaxation. Tension in your muscles can make any pain worse. Staying relaxed not only prevents making pain worse, but can actually relieve pain, as well. There are a few relaxation techniques that can help relieve pain.

    The “Inhale-Tense Exhale-Release” Method

    At first it may seem counterproductive to tense your muscles when you’re trying to relax, but it really is easier to get your muscles to relax completely if you deliberately tense them first.

    Here’s how to do it…

    Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Make sure your body is supported so you can relax completely. Try to find somewhere that isn’t too noisy, or distracting.

    Once you’re comfortable, take a deep breath in.

    As you do so, tense up a muscle group, like your feet. Hold your breath, and keep the muscles in your feet tense for a second or two. Exhale, and release the tension in your feet.

    Take another breath, and tense up the next group of muscles. Move up, or down your body one muscle group a time. If you’ve just tensed your feet, tense up your calves now.

    Hold for a second or two, and release your breath and your muscles. Repeat this until you’ve tensed and released every muscle group in your body. Many people find this to be most effective starting at the feet and moving up, or the head and moving down.

    How to Use Rhythmic Breathing to Relieve Pain

    As with before, start in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Once you’re settled, take a slow breath in, then release a slow breath out. As you release your breath, let your body go limp.

    Some people find it helpful to count to themselves “in, one, two, three…out, one, two, three…” in order to find and keep a steady rhythm.

    Make sure not to breathe in too quickly – you don’t want to hyperventilate. And don’t breathe in too slowly – you don’t want to get out of breath.

    Instead, find the rhythm that works best for you. If you feel a body part resisting relaxation, focus on relaxing it on your exhale until it finally goes limp. Then go back to focusing on your whole body.

    Continue rhythmic breathing for up to 10 minutes. When it’s time to stop, count to 3, open your eyes, and resume breathing normally.

    Massaging the Pain Away

    The next technique is through massage. When it comes to relieving pain without medication – especially muscular or joint pain – massage can be a powerful tool.

    Depending on where you hurt, you can do this yourself, you can have a friend or caregiver massage you, or you can see a massage therapist.

    If you can reach your pain point, here’s how to do it…

    Using your bare hands, rub the site of the pain in a steady, circular motion. Try a little lotion, talcum powder, or massage oil to keep from pulling too hard on your skin. Only use as much pressure as feels good. If a deep tissue massage is a relief, then use more pressure. If that’s too much pressure, use less. It’s about what feels good to you.

    Also, massage can help you relax – and we've talked about how relaxation can help relieve pain!

    “Distract” Your Mind, Feel the Pain Disappear

    Next up is distraction. You may already be using this technique to relieve pain without medications and not even know it.

    If you've ever turned on music, or a television show, to help you deal with pain – that’s distraction.

    The key to distraction is to engage your mind on something unrelated to the pain. Movies, a crossword book, a logic puzzle. Anything that will have you thinking about and focused on something other than your pain.

    Try listening to music and tapping out the rhythm, or even turning up the volume (within reason, of course), as an extra distraction.

    Most people find distraction works best on sudden, short-term pain – pain that lasts 5-45 minutes. But don’t disregard it for longer term pain, either. As long as you’re comfortable, it’s working!

    An Ancient Chinese Pain-Relieving Ritual

    Of course, I’m talking about acupuncture. While you can’t do acupuncture yourself, it can be a worthwhile trip to help relieve pain without medications.

    Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese ritual where sterilized needles are inserted into your skin at very specific points. These points are believed to control pain sensation.

    It sounds scary, I know. But it’s completely painless – and can do wonders for relieving your pain.

    A skilled acupuncturist will know where, and how deeply, to place each needle to relieve your particular pain.

    When to Use Ice and Heat to Relieve Pain

    Remember when your mother or grandmother would bring you an ice pack or a heated towel? That was temperature therapy, and it’s been relieving pain without medication for generations.

    And it’s easy to know when to use which temperature.

    For stiff joints, tight muscles, sprains – and other short-term injuries – heat works better. But for anything swollen, red, inflamed, or sharp, sudden pains, ice works to numb your pain and reduce swelling.

    Often times, you can use a combination of ice and heat to numb the pain, reduce swelling, then ease it away. This works best when using ice or a cooling pack for about 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of heat.

    Here’s a quick overview on how to use each:

    Heat – use a heating pad, warming mitt, or microwave a damp towel for muscle pain. Heat helps relax the muscles, easing the tension, and relieving the pain. Be careful not to burn the skin, and only leave heat on for 20 minutes at a time.

    Ice – this can be as simple as ice cubes in a baggie, or a bag of frozen vegetables. Be sure to wrap your ice pack in a towel or use it over your clothing so you don’t get your skin too cold. Use ice when the pain is sharp, or caused by inflammation. The ice will help soothe the inflammation, which will help ease the pain. As with heat, take the ice off after 20 minutes.

    How to Get Lasting Relief in As Little As 45 Seconds

    When you need more relief than any of these can offer, reach for a natural topical pain reliever. Like Soothanol X2 or Arthritis Relief Cream.

    Both go to work within less than a minute, and provide relief lasting for hours. Both allow you to get the relief you need without taking another pill. Both use approved pain relieving active ingredients to knock out even your toughest pain.

    And both work to distract your mind from the pain, while providing a nearly instant soothing sensation.

    Soothanol X2 combines the warming relief of capsaicin and the cooling power of menthol into one topical pain reliever that works on two levels.

    Arthritis Relief Cream harnesses menthol, leaving out the capsaicin for people who find that warmth to be too intense.

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    So now you know how to relieve pain without medications. Try the methods above, and try topical pain relievers like Soothanol X2 and Arthritis Relief Cream.

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  2. Exposed: The Dangers of Weight Loss Pills

    Weight Loss Pill DangersOver the past few years, you've probably noticed weight loss pills becoming a lot more popular.

    And, of course – when you’re trying to lose weight – you want every tool available to you.

    But some weight loss pills can be more dangerous than they’re worth.

    Your goal is to get healthier – not make yourself sick!

    But just how sick can a weight loss pill make you?

    You’d be surprised…

    What Weight Loss Pills Are Supposed to Do…

    Generally speaking, weight loss pills work by interacting with your body to either help it lose weight, or to suppress your appetite so you eat less. Examples of how weight loss pills work include:

    • Enhancing the effect of insulin, which is a critical part of your metabolism
    • Blocking the absorption of fat during the digestion process
    • Raising your metabolism, so you burn more calories
    • Giving you stimulants, which also helps you burn calories
    • Targeting the hunger receptors in your brain, so you feel less hungry

    So in an ideal world, by taking weight loss pills, you would end up a thinner, healthier version of yourself. All thanks to your weight loss pill of choice.

    Unfortunately, the “healthier” part isn't guaranteed.

    What Weight Loss Pills Really Do…

    In fairness, many weight loss pills really do work. If you take them, you will lose weight. However, that probably won’t be their only effect on your body.

    See, supplements aren't regulated the same way pharmaceutical drugs are. In the case of weight loss pills, some manufacturers have taken advantage of that. There have been instances of manufacturers including dangerous ingredients and not listing them on the label. Other manufacturers have included prescription strength ingredients that weren't on the label.

    It’s why buying weight loss supplements from a company you can trust, like NorthStar Nutritionals, is so important.

    Because buying weight loss pills from companies you've never heard of is, quite simply, a gamble. Sure, the pills and drinks sold at the register of the convenience store are accessible and cheap, but you have no real way of knowing what you’re about to put in your body.

    But it’s not just weight loss pills with hidden ingredients that can have unwanted, dangerous side effects. And it’s not just prescription weight loss pills you need to look out for. Over-the-counter weight loss pills have been known to cause:

    • Agitation
    • Dizziness
    • Headache
    • Increased blood pressure
    • Insomnia
    • Irritability
    • Loose stools
    • Nervousness

    Think all of that might be worth it in order to fit into that smaller dress size, or to tighten your belt another notch or two? Weight loss pills have also been known to cause:

    • Liver damage
    • Kidney damage
    • Abnormal heart rhythm
    • Even heart attack, stroke, psychosis, and death

    And those are still side effects of over-the-counter weight loss pills. Not even prescriptions.

    The Healthy Alternative That Really IS Healthy

    So what are you supposed to do? Struggle along, seeing little, if any, movement on the scale?

    Not at all.

    Because we've developed an all-natural, safe weight loss supplement that works with your efforts, to enhance them up by up to 3 times.

    SlimSuccess is made up of 3 natural ingredients: saffron, a flower extract, and a fruit extract. That’s it.

    No stimulants. No stool softeners. Nothing unnatural or unhealthy that will damage your body, and counteract your efforts to get healthy.

    Instead, the SlimSuccess formula works by increasing the effectiveness of your own diet and exercise. In studies, people who walked 30 minutes a day, maintained a 2000 calorie/day diet, and took SlimSuccess lost up to 3x as much as people who relied solely upon diet and exercise alone. And more importantly, they all did it safely.

    Now, SlimSuccess isn't a magic pill. You still have to exercise, and watch what you eat. But you've now heard about the drawbacks of those products which claim to be “magic pills.”

    With SlimSuccess, you really can achieve your weight loss goals, and protect your health at the same time.

    In fact, we’re so confident that SlimSuccess is the weight loss tool you need that we've backed it by our Gold Standard Guarantee. If you aren't amazed by your weight loss – without any dangerous, or unwanted side effects – simply return your order and we’ll refund your entire purchase price.

    And if you order now, we’ll take an extra 30% off every bottle of SlimSuccess. Enter promo code WNSNR2AA at check out, and we’ll take the 30% off, automatically.

    Don’t be scared by the dangerous side effects of some weight loss pills. Instead, be smart, be healthy, and try a natural remedy, like SlimSuccess.

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  3. Natural Supplements vs. Pharmaceutical Drugs: Which is Better?

    Natural Supplements vs. Pharmaceutical DrugsNothing is more important than your health.

    Which is why the choice between natural supplements and pharmaceutical drugs is such a significant one.

    The debate between the natural supplements camp and the pharmaceuticals camp is contentious and murky, which doesn't make the decision any easier.

    Too often it seems both sides are trying to “win” rather than give you the information you need to make your own, educated decision.

    In this article, we’re going to take a step back, look at some hard numbers, and give you the tools to help you make up your own mind. Continue reading

  4. Stunning confession: CDC researcher admits to data tampering

    CDC researcher confesses to vaccine cover up

    I haven’t written to you much about childhood vaccines.

    There’s a reason for that. I feel they are a very personal choice. And as I’ve shared with you before, although I have my issues with the dozens of heavy-metal-laced vaccines we’re unloading on our children’s delicate and still-developing immune systems, I do understand that parents have some incredibly tough choices to make.

    But, regardless of your feelings about childhood vaccines, a recent shocking revelation about a potential link between the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine and autism will no doubt have your blood boiling. Continue reading

  5. Risky new sleeping pill puts us all in danger

    Here we go again.

    The FDA has approved yet another sleep drug. And this one could turn out to be the worst of the whole rotten lot.

    Ironically, the FDA rejected the very same drug last year because it had “concerns over patient safety.” Fast forward to a year later and, apparently, those concerns about Suvorexant (Belsomra) have somehow been magically lifted. Continue reading

  6. Total toothpaste has controversial chemical triclosan in it

    Safety alert: Popular toothpaste loaded with triclosan

     I’ve told you about the potential endocrine disruptor triclosan before. In fact, I’ve even warned you that this chemical is found in some toothpaste. But now a new report just released by Bloomberg News has put this highly controversial chemical front and center once again.

    Triclosan—commonly used in products marked as antibacterial—has been linked to thyroid problems, heart issues, developmental problems in animals, and cancer-cell growth. And, Bloomberg has revealed, millions of Americans are unknowingly putting it into their mouths every single day. Continue reading

  7. Common chemical threatens thyroid function and IQ level?

    Common chemical threatens thyroids and IQ’s

    It’s everywhere. And I really do mean EVERYWHERE.

    It’s in you, it’s in me, and it’s in everyone you know, or have ever known, for that matter. It affects the thyroid, a gland that helps regulate our hormones, those compounds that are responsible for controlling and regulating just about every single cell and organ in our bodies.

    And yet very few of us have ever even heard of this creepy, pervasive chemical.

    Perchlorate is nothing new. It’s a naturally occurring chemical. Or I should say it was naturally occurring until someone had the bright idea that we should start manufacturing massive quantities of it ourselves. And that decision could have dire long-term health consequences for all of us. Continue reading

  8. Blood thinner Pradaxa requires blood monitoring like Coumadin

    Ticking-time-bomb blood thinner could kill you

    No more blood tests!

    That whopper of a selling point has been used to pedal the blood-thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) since it hit the market in 2010. And boy has it worked.

    At least 850,000 prescriptions have been written for the drug since Big Pharma giant Boehringer Ingelheim first introduced us to their 30-billion-dollar baby.

    Despite its $300 bucks a month price tag, Pradaxa has sold like hotcakes, and if you… or someone you care about… has ever been on the old standby drug Coumadin (warfarin) it’s not hard to understand why.

    Coumadin users… who spend about $4 a month on their drug… are forced to make frequent trips to see their doctor, or a lab tech, to get their blood levels monitored. It’s not long before all that poking leaves them feeling like a black-and-blue pin cushion. Continue reading

  9. Another Big Pharma giant hops on the fish oil bandwagon

    Big Pharma’s back in the fish oil game

    Not so long ago mainstream medicine dismissed the value of fish oil supplements. Oh sure, they admitted that the omega-3s in fatty fish are good for you. But that’s where they drew the line. Fish oil supplements were purely unnecessary hokum… a waste of your money.

    But when they figured out a way to take natural “un-patentable” fish oil and slap a Big Pharma price tag on it, their tune changed really fast. Suddenly Big Pharma giant’s GlaxoSmithKline and Amarin were climbing up on the alternative medicine bandwagon to join us in singing the praises of fish oil. Continue reading

  10. ADHD drugs may double heart problems in kids

    Could your child’s ADHD drug stop his heart?

    That “THUNK!” you just heard was the other shoe dropping.

    A new Dutch study has confirmed that ADHD drugs could be dangerous, and even deadly, for your kids.

    Now if you’re thinking it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that feeding young children (or anyone for that matter) powerful stimulant drugs isn’t going to end well, I couldn’t agree more. But apparently what seems obvious to you and me, isn’t always so clear to those blinded by the shine of the Big Pharma alter where they worship.

    The enormous study, following 714,000 children in Denmark for an average of 9 and a half years, found that the ADHD pills they’re handing out like samples at the supermarket these days, could be putting your child’s or grandchild’s heart in grave danger. Continue reading

  11. Build the best defense against deadly CRE superbugs

    I first warned you about carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) well over a year ago. On the superbug block, these nasty bugs are the worst of the worst… a true devil among demons.

    Like other superbug bullies, CRE is resistant to antibiotics. But CRE isn’t only resistant to the run-of-the-mill antibiotics, this ugly bug laughs in the face of the “last-resort” drug carbapenem.

    Now you may never have heard of carbapenem before—it’s not exactly a household name—and good luck pronouncing it (much less enterobacteriaceai!). But this life-saving drug is the antibiotic that docs turn to when nothing else works. And for many with critical infections it can literally mean the difference between life and death. Continue reading

  12. Tell Big Pharma, “Quit cherry-picking data!”

    It’s a lesson we all should have learned at our mother’s knee, I know I did. Sure Sally hit you, but you pulled her hair first, didn’t you?

    Half-truths are NOT the same things as full truths.

    Yet half-truths are common practice for Big Pharma, Big Food, biotech giants, and, let’s face it, just researchers in general. And last time I checked, these guys gave up their Scooby-Doo Underoos for big boy pants long ago.

    But these Big Pharma clowns insist on ignoring that most basic of childhood lessons and instead cherry-pick the data they release to the public, giving us only half of the picture. Continue reading

  13. Will Afreeza have you “inhaling cancer”?

    It looks like MannKind Corporation might have a shiny new superstar on its hands. The drug company’s new darling, inhalable diabetes drug Afrezza, certainly looks like a blockbuster waiting to happen.

    It’s got it all, a novel new delivery system (“Look Ma, no needles!”), 25 million potential customers in the United States alone, and—best of all—a brand spanking new “APPROVED”stamp courtesy of the folks over at the Food and Drug Administration.

    You might even say Afrezzas future’s so bright MannKind has got to wear shades. Continue reading

  14. Dangerous ADHD drugs fed to more than 10,000 toddlers

    It’s nothing short of a horrifying disgrace.

    A new report has found that at least ten thousand toddlers—2 and 3-year-old babies—are being drugged with daily doses of powerful, addictive and dangerous stimulants. Drugs that fall into the same class as morphine, amphetamines and cocaine!

    I’m talking, of course, about so-called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall. Continue reading

  15. HPV virus rates plummet in UNvaccinated girls

    Big Pharma’s pals at the CDC released the results of a study last year showing that the HPV virus rates are plunging, essentially proving that unvaccinated girls are actually SAFER than vaccinated ones. Although you certainly couldn’t tell that from the giddy press release the CDC sent out to every news outlet and reporter from coast to coast.

    According to the CDC, their new study showed that the “HPV virus vaccine”is lowering HPV virus rates in teen girls and proves the vaccine is a success. Except the study doesn't do that at all. Continue reading

  16. Dangerous ADHD drugs fed to more than 10,000 toddlers

    The Gardasil HPV vaccine has allegedly killed several, may have maimed many more, and it doesn’t even WORK!

    But you’ve got to hand it to Big Pharma, they’ve never been one to let the facts get in the way of sales. So even after 31,000 young women (or their survivors) have reported Gardasil HPV vaccine reactions to the FDA, the drug pushers behind the so-called “HPV vaccine”have shifted their attention and their tactics.

    They’re now training their laser focus on your boys. Continue reading

  17. Shocking sleeping pill side effects force changes

    In case you’re keeping score, the FDA has been caught asleep at the wheel yet again. After ten years of being on the market, they’ve finally admitted that for more than 11 hours after taking Lunesta, the sleeping pill's side effects may severely impair a user’s memory, coordination and ability to perform everyday tasks. You know… tasks like driving a two-ton car down the same highway your child’s school bus takes.
  18. Statins and memory loss – Beware of the Statin Stupor

    If you’re on a statin… or are close to someone who is… I’m willing to bet that the results of a new study—published in the journal PLOS ONE—on statins and memory loss won’t surprise you all that much. That’s because memory problems are a common complaint from statin users. The good old Statin Stupor, as I like to call it. In fact, last year even the sleepy and slow FDA finally got around to forcing Big Pharma to add a side-effect warning to their statin drug labels alerting users that they could affect their cognitive function.
  19. Actos side effects: Dodge this deadly diabetes drug

    The potentially deadly side effects from prescription diabetes drug Actos is liable to cost you a heck of a lot more than just your copay. But the “bill” might not arrive for a couple of years. Oh, and instead of cash you could be paying for it with your life. Now this isn’t the first time you’ve seen me lose my cool over a potentially dangerous diabetes drug… far from it, in fact. But the inexcusable—not to mention immoral—actions of two drug companies… and the blood that appears to be on their hands… has me positively fuming once again. Let me back up just a bit to set the sickening stage. I started warning you about the diabetes drug Actos side effects years ago. It was around this same time of year way back in 2011 that the drug’s maker, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, sent out some pumped up, over-the-top news releases about new research showing that their star of the drug stable, Actos, wasn’t just good for diabetics, it was also good for anyone with elevated blood sugars. They claimed Actos may be able to keep you from ever becoming diabetic. In other words, we should start force feeding this stuff to pre-diabetics too.

    Actos linked to bladder cancer

    Think that’s a bad idea? With stroke, heart failure, trouble breathing, liver problems, bone fractures and cancer (!) eventually finding themselves onto the list of potential Actos side effects, you’re absolutely right it IS a bad idea. In fact, it may be one of the worst ideas EVER. That didn’t stop the New York Times and Time magazine from jumping right on the Actos bandwagon, devoting valuable editorial space to coverage of the drug. But while they were reporting on the “astounding” results showing that Actos “reduces your risk of diabetes by 72 percent!” they totally missed the HUGE elephant standing smack dab in the center of the room. (Or ignored it to tell a more sensational story…you pick.) These findings were based on what amounts to a difference of 35 people. Yes, they were actually proposing that millions of pre-diabetics start popping a potentially risky drug essentially based on 35 people. Click here to read the rest of the ridiculous story here on the NorthStar Blog. Now, skip forward in time a couple of months and the Actos story really started to crumble. As I reported to you at that time, a study analyzing adverse event reports had linked the drug (not for the first time) to bladder cancer in what researchers called a “definite risk.” But the study was soft pedaled, and the news made barely a blip in the American mainstream media. Outside of the United States, countries like France, Germany and India reacted to the shocking cancer news by banning the drug (what I would call a reasonable response). And what did the FDA do? They had the company bury a bladder cancer warning in the labeling insert. (Surprise, surprise.) But I’m willing to bet if you’re already taking this drug you’ve never even noticed that warning, because, let’s be honest, how many of us get out a magnifying glass and actually read all that tiny type? Heck, many doctors aren’t even aware of the cancer connection. Fewer still bother to mention Actos side effects to their patients when prescribing it. And that finally brings me to the news that has steam coming out of my ears today.

    Dangerous Actos side effects kept secret

    A jury has just awarded a bladder-cancer sufferer, and victim of Actos side effects, a huge sum of money for punitive damages, effectively ruling that Takeda Pharmaceuticals and their marketing partner Eli Lilly purposefully withheld vital—potentially life-saving—information about the drug’s cancer risks. And information wasn’t just withheld, files were actually destroyed in what I dare say any sane person would likely see as an attempt cover things up. In fact, the judge in the case said, “The breadth of Takeda leadership whose files have been lost, deleted or destroyed is, in and of itself, disturbing.” Not only did the companies know about the link between their superstar drug and bladder cancer, it would appear that they’ve known about it at least since 2000… eleven years before that weak warning limped its way into the drug’s literature! But that’s not the only thing those rats in suits may have been hiding. According to one brave whistleblower—a former employee of Takeda—the company was likely well aware of at least some of those other serious Actos side effects I mentioned earlier, too. And who knows how many people are now suffering with heart disease or cancer as a result. Or worse, have lost their battles. Sure, we all know that profits before people is practically a mantra in the halls of Big Pharma, but seeing just how far they’re willing to go in pursuit of the almighty dollar, somehow still has the power to shock and anger me. Click here for some advice on how to tackle diabetes without ever going near Actos, or any other potentially dangerous diabetes drug.
  20. Urinary tract infections / superbug threat continues to grow

    The superbug problem didn’t exactly sneak up on us. The writing has been on the wall for years. In fact, I first started warning Guide to Good Health readers about antibiotic resistance at least six years ago. Heck, even the mainstream media began to catch on a couple of years back. So, you’d think we’d be starting to get a handle on the issue by now. Sadly, that’s not the case. Not by a long shot, according to a recent study published in the journal Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control. According to researchers antibiotic resistant infections, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), are actually on the RISE. It’s yet another case of mainstream medicine doing too little and doing it too late. Instead of dialing back on their overprescribing, many docs’ reaction to the superbug news was to simply switch from their now mostly-useless go-to antibiotics to different antibiotics. And I’m sure you can guess what happened next. These bad bugs, many of them forms of E. coli, are now becoming resistant to even more commonly prescribed antibiotics. Urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infection here in the U.S., with about 8.1 million people visiting the doctor every year looking for some relief. But these misery-causing bugs are now not only resistant to most antibiotics in the penicillin and cephalosporin families, they’ve also become highly resistant to some of the most commonly used drugs for treating urinary infections Ciprofloxacin and Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole. The best way to deal with a urinary tract infection is, obviously, to not get one in the first place. I shared some specific advice on how to UTI-proof yourself a few years back, including some dietary guidelines and supplement tips. If you missed that issue, click here to catch up on the NorthStar Blog. And if you’re already suffering with one of these nasty infections, don’t turn to antibiotics first. They likely won’t knock out your infection anymore anyway, but they CAN destroy your good gut bugs, leaving you wide open for secondary infections.  Instead, consider giving D-mannose a try. D-mannose is the ingredient found in cranberries that naturally fights off infections. And while you may have heard some conflicting reports over the years about cranberries and UTIs, I can assure you that this powerhouse can knock out just about any bladder infection that’s caused by E. coli. You‘ll find D-mannose online and in most natural food stores. Drink a half to a full teaspoonful dissolved in water every half an hour or so for two days.  If you don’t see an improvement after forty-eight hours, THEN make an appointment to see your doc.

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