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Why Your Uti Bugs Thrive On Cranberry!

Jan 15, 2008
If you are a long term sufferer from UTI and Cystitis, you'll already remember how cranberry at first appeared as a savior - the answer to all your prayers. Then, just when things were looking up - your UTI attack began to return - much, much worse than before!

Now why is that? What's going on. How do you avoid that happening again and again?

Well, e-coli (that notorious cause of most Cystitis / UTI and Bladder Infections) is known in medical circles as an adaptive bacterium, meaning that it is capable of adapting its nutritional requirements to its immediate environment. Then, because Cranberry makes urine acidic (rather than the normal neutral kind), you are effectively nourishing your e-coli whenever you drink Cranberry.

More than 5 years ago I began to religiously take cranberry every day, in the belief that it would reduce or eradicate my frequent UTI attacks. At first things improved, but then discovered that I still got just as many infections as previously.

Only when I began to do my own research did I realize that I had been wasting my time and money. I was foolishly following a widely-dispersed myth instead of searching out something that really worked (I did in the end though).

So why is cranberry so popular? Why do so many "experts" claim it works in reducing or curing UTI? Is its reputation wholly underserved, or only partly so? Here is a very basic version of the information I gleaned:

It is well-known (in scientific circles anyway) that the e-coli bug sticks like crazy to the walls of the urinary tract, where it sets up home and multiplies. It is also well known that Cranberry juice has a mildly anti-adhesive property. From these two unrelated facts everyone seems to have decided that if bacteria sticks and cranberry un-sticks, then cranberry must be particularly good for cystitis sufferers and UTI sufferers.

However, I also believe that if you compare its anti-adhesion properties against the damage that can be done in producing acidic urine in which e-coli thrives, then the benefits just don't outweigh the disadvantages, so cranberry fails miserably.

There's another problem too - cranberry prevents some antibiotics from working effectively. Antibiotics do their work by damaging the bacteria's cell walls. Adding cranberry-created hippuric acid to the urine just makes the bacteria to grow a thicker skin, and this makes the future use of that antibiotic less likely to succeed.

This is the reason that those UTI-sufferers who have been taking cranberry for years, frequently find that their physician's normal course of antibiotics is insufficient and the infection quickly returns. This problem is compounded by the modern doctors' unwillingness to prescribe more than the standard 1-week course of antibiotics, when really a month or more is needed.


Yes, it often does! Drinking cranberry results in your urine becoming more acidic, and that will - at first - attack and kill many of those bacterial cells.

So you will immediately feel better, and probably proclaim cranberry as the miracle you have been searching for (I know I did). But that was only a temporary respite.

The e-coli cells remaining, (always the stronger tougher ones), will quickly get used to their new environment, then start to reproduce and breed ever-stronger replications of themselves. Your next UTI attack will inevitably be worse than any previous one, and you'll label cranberry as a curse.

Now, all that I've said above does not happen to every cystitis or UTI-sufferer, but it certainly happened to me! After 20 years of occasional episodes, I discovered cranberry. I hated the juice, but taking cranberry tablets every day gave me four years of relief.

Then, right out of the blue, I had a really bad attack. I increased my cranberry intake - but to no avail. I had to visit my physician and get antibiotics. A few months later, I had another much more painful UTI, much worse than every before (I'll spare you all the gory details). It was only now that I accepted that cranberry was no longer the cure for UTI that I had once believed.

I began to look for another option. It took a while, but I eventually located a natural remedy for UTI which is staggering in its simplicity. No known side-effects, no reaction to other drugs, isn't actually absorbed by the body at all! And it can be used as a uti-preventative or as a highly effective UTI treatment.

It's called Mannose, or D-Mannose, or Waterfall D Mannose (sorry, I don't know why either). It is extracted from trees (just like the common aspirin), and I believe it offers a solution for many people for whom regular UTI's are part of everyday life. If you want to learn more about it, just follow the links in my final paragraph
About the Author
Dr Scott Scofield is a therapist who writes on mainstream and alternative medicine. To learn more on how to effectively treat cystitis and UTI , or if you want to learn about bladder infection symptoms, visit his blog now.
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