Managing Interstitial Cystitis with HBOT

Interstitial cystitis is an inflammatory condition of the bladder, which may resolve or recur spontaneously. This results in an underlying mechanism of decreased immunity, or a weakening of immunity in the host. Bladder wall becomes inflamed and permeable to seepage through the wall, resulting in further inflammation. This inflammatory situation plus or minus scarring results in pain, frequent urination due to decreased bladder capacity, and eventual scarring of the wall. There also develops in some sufferers an allergy to circulating progesterone. This event is akin to auto-immune condition.

Foods to Avoid with Interstitial Cystitis:

  • Acidifying foods (meats like pork and ham, but also red meats and chicken)
  • Aged protein foods (yogurt, pickled herring, preserved and smoked meats, cheeses, yeasted breads, citrus fruits, juices and red wine)
  • Refined foods like carbohydrates in the forms of flour and sugar
  • Phenylalanine, tyrosine, tyramine, tryptophan
  • Cranberry and blueberry juice
  • Coffee, black tea, colas, chocolate, citrus fruits, tomatoes, spicy foods, soy sauce, and additives like artificial sweeteners

Foods to Eat with Interstitial Cystitis:

  • Garlic, onions, veggie drinks, watermelon juice, super foods like progeens, alfa juice, energy greens, and chlorella
  • Fish containing omega-3 fatty acids, but make sure to avoid predator fish like swordfish, tuna, bass, as they contain high amounts of mercury

Additional Management Options for Interstitial Cystitis:

These should focus on factors giving rise to the condition, from hormonal imbalance to possible underlying heavy metal overload. Correcting factors such as these will strengthen the immune system, prevent scarring, alkalinize the urine and food ingested. Also, avoid certain foods that create an acidic environment and may directly irritate the bladder. Lastly, make a point of ingesting certain super foods.

At Houston Wellness Clinic a balanced approach is undertaken, where, apart from HBOT, other factors are considered in the overall management of interstitial cystitis. These include establishing whether there is an underlying hormonal imbalance or abnormal antibody formation to the patient's own hormones, particularly progesterone, and less commonly, testosterone. The presence of significant heavy metal burden is ruled excluded; the immune system is strengthened, and underlying inflammation is reduced. Of great importance is implementing dietary changes and alkalizing the body as well as the ingestion of super foods. Also included is the exclusion of underlying infection such as Candida, which may have invaded the bladder wall. Bladder wall support is given to tone down the underlying inflammation and to reduce the degree of residual scarring.

Additional Management Methods for Interstitial Cystitis:

  • Alkalinize the urine with half a teaspoon Arm & Hammer Baking Soda in 8 ounces of water four times daily. Bob's Red Mill Aluminum Free Baking Soda is a good alternative.
  • Alkaline drops or one (1) calcium carbonate tab every 12 hours
  • Alkalinize foods
  • Alakalife Alkalinizing Drops (Calciblend Vaxa Buffer pH, also contains minerals)
  • AAD—Tucson Calciblend (Order from 1-877-398-2637)

To Strengthen Immune System in Cases of Interstitial Cystitis:

  • Probiotics (5-Lac)
  • Buchu (George's Tea)
  • Echinacea (Goldenseal)
  • Astragalus
  • Vitamin C
  • Lysine (1000 mgms)
  • Bromelain (1,500 mgms)
  • NK-Stimualtor (Immune-pure: Nutratose)
  • Licorice root extract
  • Nutribiotic (Grapefruit Extract—Tucson tab 3 times daily)
  • Serrapeptase

To Reduce Inflammation/Prevent Scarring in Interstitial Cystitis:

  • CoQ10
  • Vitamin A and E
  • Zinc
  • Fatty acid
  • Quercetin/curcumin/glucosamine sulfate/rutin/serrapeptase (activated Quercetin—Tucson: order from 1-877-562-6039)
  • Silver biotics

For Antioxidant Protection with Interstitial Cystitis:

  • Glutathione precursors
  • N-Acetyl-Cysteine
  • Vitamin C, E and A
  • Selenium plus general multi-vitamin/multi-mineral

To Detoxify Heavy Metals in Interstitial Cystitis:

  • Chelating agents (IV; Chelex; DMSO)
  • EBN clay baths (5 lb. Jar; Tucson)

To Support Bladder Wall in Interstital Cystitis:

  • Organic marshmallow root tea/marshmallow root extract (2 ml serving; 30 ml bottle)
  • Bovine colostrum to rebuild lining of bladder wall (powder-form; New Zealand Colostrum tablets)

To Complete a Hormone Profile for Interstitial Cystitis:

  • Estrogen (Estradiol, Estrone, Estriol) level
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • Pregnenolone
  • DHEA
  • Fasting cortisol (AM)
  • IgE antibodies to progesterone
  • Skin testing (sensitivity toserum progesterone)
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