Women only: Preventing UTIs with nutritional supplements

While it is more men who tend to develop kidney stones, women have the higher rates of urinary tract infections. Bladder infections affect one million Americans, 90 percent of these women, and are the most common cause of women seeking medical attention.

Your urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.

Symptoms include:

  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • A feeling to urinate constantly
  • The urge to urinate but cannot
  • Leaking urine
  • Urine that is cloudy, dark, or bloody.

A women’s urethra is shorter than a man’s, giving bacteria a shorter distance to reach the bladder. Another problem is that the urethra is located close to a woman’s rectum, where bacteria can easily move up the urethra and enter the bladder.

Not the most pleasant experience, although not as painful as kidney stones, bladder infections can be treated holistically with herbs and tinctures. Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing, Third Edition, the nutritional reference guide for alternative health care practitioners, describes a protocol of supplements to help control urinary tract infection and maintain healthy kidney function. Take the list along to show your doctor before starting any new protocol of supplements. It just may be that he or she will have learned something from you.

The list of supplements reads as follows:

  • Probiotics: acidophilus to replant friendly bacteria.
  • Coenzyme A: acts as an antioxidant and removes harmful substances from the body.
  • Vitamin B6, choline, and inositol: to reduce fluid retention.
  • Vitamin C with bioflavonoids: acidifies the urine, boosts immune system, and aids healing.
  • Calcium: for proper mineral balance.
  • Magnesium: for water absorption.
  • L-Arginine: for kidney disease.
  • L-Methionine: for improved kidney circulation.
  • Lecithin granules: for nephritis.
  • Multienzyme complex: for proper digestion.
  • Multimineral complex: corrects mineral depletion common with kidney disease.
  • Potassium: kidney stimulant.
  • Vitamin A: to heal urinary tract lining.
  • Vitamin B: complex: overall support and for nephritis.
  • Vitamin E: promotes immune function.
  • Zinc: An important inhibitor of crystallization and crystal growth.

Herbs and Foods for Bladder Health At the first sign of a bladder infection, drink unsweetened cranberry juice diluted with water and sweetened with the herb stevia.

Cranberries are used to prevent the buildup of bacteria on the walls of the bladder and help with healing inflammation. Drink it throughout the day or take cranberry capsules, but avoid commercial cranberry juice sweetened with sugar.

The herb Uva ursi is a bladder infection lifesaver, as is Buchu, especially when there is burning sensation with urination. Diuretic and germicidal in nature, these herbs will help flush the bladder and destroy the bacteria causing the infection. If you are prone to getting bladder infections, keep a bottle of Uva ursi capsules or extract on hand and take some at the first sign of infection.

Drink plenty of water and make some fresh celery and parsley juice to help flush the bladder. When you have a bladder infection, a seven-day detoxifying protocol will help to cleanse the bladder of infection and support the herbs you are taking. You will first need to eliminate refined foods such as sugar, white flour, alcohol, soda pop, and dairy products, which can slow down the healing process and feed inflammation. Replace them with lightly cooked vegetables, raw salads, whole grains, vegetarian protein and fresh vegetable juice.

If you catch the infection soon enough and support the healing with diet, herbs, and cranberry juice, you should not have to take antibiotics.

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Detoxing Your Body written by Delia Quigley via Diets in Review.


I quit! (LA Fitness)

I’m canceling my membership at LA Fitness. I’ve filled out the form and mailed it to their corporate HQ via certified mail.

I’m not quitting because of any particular bad experience. They’re just too far from my home and I don’t go. I have another free gym at my work that is good enough. I’m also contemplating joining the Y.

There are quite a few bad stories about canceling your LA Fitness membership. Here are some:


There’s even an e-how:

I opted for the snail mail method. My next payment would have occurred on October 5th. Nine days early should be early enough. We’ll see.

Update:  The cancellation went through without any problems.  They charged my credit card at the beginning of the month for the usual dues.  I waited a week, and the charge was refunded just like they said they would.  Easy-peasy!

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Healthy Homemade Tortillas are easier than you’d imagine and very tasty.  Recipe from http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/breads/healthy-homemade-tortillas/

A tip for the leftover tortillas:  Allow them to cool completely on the counter (in a tortilla warmer lined with paper towels) before putting them in a plastic bag in the freezer.


  • 3 cups Organic, Unbleached Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ⅓ cups Canola Oil
  • 1 cup Hot Water

Directions:   Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder with a whisk. Add the canola oil and mix with your fingers until all the oil is incorporated and the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add 1 cup of hot water and mix until a ball is formed. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for about 30 minutes. (I have also refrigerated it overnight).

Divide the dough into 12 balls and roll out one at a time on a floured surface. Brush off excess flour. Cook on a hot, ungreased griddle over medium-high heat. Turn the tortilla when brown blisters form on the first side. Stack the tortillas and serve warm.  Tortillas will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days with a paper towel in a closed plastic bag.


The “Evil Stepmother”

Sure, we’ve all seen the Disney movies with the evil stepmother.  She’s mean. She’s ugly. She’s greedy.  Who would ever want to be that kind of a person? Where is the father and why isn’t he stopping the evil stepmother from being so mean?

Let’s think about this.  Cinderella’s lovely, angelic mother dies.  Her father is heartbroken, she was the love of his life.  Her father doesn’t know how to raise a daughter much less run a house.  He finds a woman that can do this.  They may be in love or she may be just good enough.  They marry and all is well until the father has to get back to whatever it was he does to bring home the bacon.  He’s gone more than he’s home.  The stepmother has to take care of his child and his house and hardly gets a chance to feel like a woman.  So much responsibility that she has to carry on her shoulders alone.  She becomes resentful of all of this and doesn’t know how to handle it all while still keeping the house running smoothly.

Her darling partner, Cinderella’s father, should be there to help but he’s gallivanting around the English countryside doing whatever it is that he does.  He doesn’t write, he doesn’t send money, and he doesn’t father his child.  Overwhelmed by all this, the “evil stepmother” employs Cinderella to help out with the housework, take care of herself, and generally make ends meet.

The evil stepmother is the resentful stepmother that can’t control her resentment towards Cinderella’s absent father (her husband).  If only she could separate the father from the daughter.  If only the father could not hand off his own offspring.  If only the father could provide for his children and not marry someone just to have a caregiver for his daughter – hire a nanny instead.

Please don’t think I’m advocating that being an “evil stepmother” is justified.  The woman needs help and the father needs to make better life choices.

For anyone in danger of becoming an “evil stepmother”, some more information on Anger/Resentment (silent anger):

  • Underlying anger is caused by a perceived loss of control over factors affecting important values. The values in the above examples might be pride, getting someplace on time, someone you love, money, or being treated “fairly”–we are frustrated about not getting what we want or expect.
  • Remember that anger stems from fear and a sense of helplessness. Some important value or goal is threatened and you feel that you are losing control of the situation. You may not want to admit feeling hurt or fear.
  • With anger, we usually think we know what caused the problem. We have some target(s) for our anger. It may be the person criticizing you, the person who cut you off on the freeway, an attacker, your boss, or even yourself. With anger, we may hope that a burst of energy aimed at the threat will defeat it. Or we may hope that a burst of energy will break the barrier stopping us from meeting our goal.
  • Anger can be used constructively at times. It can give us energy we need to fight back if physically attacked. However, for most situations it merely clouds our judgement and creates extra stress. If anger prompts aggressive behavior toward other people, it can permanently harm relationships–especially with those we love. Prolonged or frequent resentment (mild anger) has been shown to be a significant cause of cardiovascular problems and heart attacks. It is the villain behind “type A” behavior.

For more information, see http://www.csulb.edu/~tstevens/b-anger.htm

A Glow Party

light play by s.kat130
One of the favorite weekend activities around here is to have what my kids call “a glow party.”  You gather all the LED-lit toys and gadgets you can find.  Then, you turn the light down low.  And, wiggle and dance and swing your lights every which way.
This party is in thanks to our neighbor.  She shared her leftover birthday party favors with the kids.  Everything in those bags glowed with efficient LED-lighting.

Welcome to my first post

I’m a total newbie at blogging, but here goes.

My goals for this blog are to share my experiences and thoughts as I continue to “grow-up.”  This is coming from someone who thought I’d be grown-up and married by the time I was 12 years old.  Turns out that finally getting your ears pierced does NOT make you all grown up with all the answers. 

I’ll be sharing recipes or links to favorite recipes, favorite movies, Kindle books I’m reading, photography, and various thoughts/tips on life and parenthood. 

I’m far from having it all figured out (even with my ears still pierced), but I’m enjoying the journey.