Solving the Interstitial Cystitis Puzzle: A Guide to Natural Healing, 2nd Edition


I overcame interstitial cystitis. You can, too. This book outlines my discovery and recovery from interstitial cystitis. I discovered I had an acid-alkali imbalance and this knowledge led me on my path to recovery. Without medications and painful medical procedures, I have regained my life naturally and holistically by following a few simple guidelines.
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I overcame interstitial cystitis. You can, too. This book outlines my discovery and recovery from interstitial cystitis. I discovered I had an acid-alkali imbalance and this knowledge led me on my path to recovery. Without medications and painful medical procedures, I have regained my life naturally and holistically by following a few simple guidelines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971086920
  • Publisher: Holistic Life Enterprises
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 633,390
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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"Until man can produce a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant and the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life." — Thomas A. Edison

The purpose of this book is to share with those individuals who are suffering from interstitial cystitis (IC) my discoveries and recovery from this painful dis-ease. Briefly, through my research, studies, and my own healing process with IC, it became apparent that I had an acid-alkali imbalance—, that a person with IC is in an acidic state.

"I believe that our differences arise out of our one major commonality, which in my opinion is this…

"IC patients have a toxic body.

"We are all toxic for different reasons and to different degrees, but I have found that IC patients have pretty much the epitome of the toxic body. The more severe the IC the more toxic and sick the rest of the body. IC patients often feel as if they are full of poison or on chemical overload. There is a feeling of too much acid in the system. (This is why antacids, baking soda and water, Prelief™, and Tummy Tamers are so helpful to many IC patients. They allow them to be able to eat and drink things they normally couldn’t tolerate, providing them some relief from the pain and burning.) The stomach, the intestines, the kidneys and bladder are all burning with acid. This is what IC felt like to me and to many other IC patients I have spoken to."

Reports from the medical community show that individuals with IC complain that acidic foods and beverages cause an exacerbation of symptoms, such as pain and burning in the bladder. It has also been reported by the medical community that taking alkalizing substances, such as baking soda as a supplement or Prelief™ sprinkled on food, diminishes IC symptoms. What this indicates to me is that persons with IC need to decrease the body’s acidity and increase alkalinity.

Most Americans are eating an inverted diet of 80% acid-forming foods and only 20% alkali-forming foods. In Dr. Susan Lark’s book The Chemistry of Success, she examined the Economic Research Service of the USDA statistics of the American diet. She added up the number of pounds of highly acid-forming foods that the average American eats per year with the average yearly intake of more alkali-forming foods. The ratio she discovered was 17:3 in favor of acid-forming foods. This highly acid-forming diet puts a great strain on the buffering systems of the body to neutralize all the acid that is produced by such a diet.

Dr. Lark states, "As we age, our ability to maintain a slightly alkaline balance in our cells and tissues diminishes. All too many factors in modern life, including the standard American diet, also affect acid-alkali balance in the body. Our diet is high in acidic and acid-creating foods, and the fast pace of life today increases acidity."

"Maintaining the cells and tissues of the body in their healthy, slightly alkaline state helps to prevent inflammation. In contrast, over acidity promotes the onset of painful and disabling inflammatory conditions as diverse as colds, sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis and interstitial cystitis."

"The body does not have an endless quantity of bicarbonate ions available to neutralize all irresponsible infringements on the law of alkaline-acid. The alkaline reserve is only a back-up system with limited quantity to keep you from constantly poisoning yourself with too much acid-forming food. When there is overindulgence in acid-forming foods (especially fried processed foods), the body sickens. In its marvelous wisdom, the body will make every possible effort to rebalance this transgression by expelling as quickly as possible, all the acid-forming residues. But when this alkaline reserve is depleted, death follows."

In this book, I will define interstitial cystitis and present demographics and the history of some acid-alkali studies. I will also review the anatomy of the bladder and briefly discuss some current treatments for IC. I will explain acid-alkali balance and how to measure your body’s pH. I will discuss the leaky gut syndrome (LGS) and its relationship to allergies and inflammatory conditions. I will also present the following topics relative to IC: liver flush, osteoporosis, hormones, sex, alkali-forming diet, alkaline water, meal suggestions, lifestyle alternatives, and supplements.

It was only a matter of few days before I started to feel better on the alkali-forming diet. Just like a diabetic checks their blood sugar levels and alters their diet I was able to monitor my own progress by measuring the pH of my urine and correcting my diet.

By changing to an alkali-forming diet/lifestyle, eliminating foods and environmental factors to which I was allergic, and addressing the leaky gut syndrome, I was able to gain control over my own healing process.

"Modern medicine teaches that pain means sickness. It does not recognize that pain is also the body’s way of informing us that we are doing something wrong. Pain can tell us that we are smoking too much, eating too much, or eating the wrong things."

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Table of Contents

Dedication 3
Acknowledgements 5
Disclaimer 7
Contents 9
Preface 15
Testimonial 21
Defining Interstitial Cystitis 31
Demographics 39
Foundation of Acid-Alkali Imbalance 43
Dr. Alexia Carrel, MD 45
Dr. Otto Warburg 45
Dr. Keichi Morishita, MD 46
Herman Aihara 46
Other Contributors 47
Anatomy of the Bladder 49
Current Medical Treatments 53
Understanding Acid-Alkali Balance and its Effect on Interstitial Cystitis 57
Introduction 59
Defining pH 62
Buffer Systems 66
Lifestyle 71
Allergies 71
Minerals 72
The Aging Process 72v Diet 72
Alkalinity and Mental Health 74
Summary 74
How to Measure your Body’s pH 77
Urine pH 79
Saliva pH 80v Leaky Gut Syndrome 83
What causes the LGS? 86
Clear® 86
Probiotics 87
Allergies 89
Rules to Follow While Doing MRT 98
The Liver 101
Responsibility of the Liver 104
The Benefits of Milk Thistle 105
Gallbladder / Liver Flush 107
How to do the gallbladder/liver flush: 110
Osteoporosis 111
Hormones 115
Sex 119
Starting an Alkalizing Program 123
Autonomic Nervous System 127
Calcium 128
Magnesium 131
Potassium 133
Sodium 135
Iron 136
Essential Fatty Acids 137
Daily Values for Everyone 139
Dietary Guidelines 143
Foods to Avoid or Limit 148
Stress and the Adrenal Glands 150
Pantothenic Acid 153
Yeast Infections (Candida albicans) 154
Protein 154
Supplements 155
For Interstitial Cystitis 155
Warnings and Precautions 156
For Inflammatory Conditions 158
Example of an alkali-forming day 159
Example of an acid-forming day 160
Alkaline Water 163
What Is Pure Water? 165
Ionized Alkaline Microwater 167
Alkaline Water Ionizer 167
Oxygen 169
How is Alkaline Water Different? 169
Potential Benefits of the Alkaline Water Component of Ionization 171
Potential Benefits of Acid Water Component of Ionization—Do Not Drink 172
Conclusion 175
Parallels 177
Acid Rain 178
Acid Air, Acid Rain 180
Viewing IC Holistically 181
Appendix A — Foods 185
Fruits 187
Vegetables 188
Grains 189
Beans 190
Other Starches 191
Nuts 192
Seeds 193
Meat 194
Animal Products 195
Oils 196
Sugars 197
Beverages 198
Condiments 199
Appendix B — Lifestyle Choices 201
Appendix C — Minerals 207
Calcium 209
Iron 209
Potassium 210
Magnesium 211
Sodium 212
Appendix D — Meal Suggestions 213
Breakfast 215
Lunch 216
Dinner 216
Snacks 217
Troublesome Foods 218
Appendix E — Resources & Suppliers 221
Appendix F — Supplements 229
Appendix G — Summary of My Regimen 233
Index 237
IC Diary 274
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