Extra information on bladder infections

When I first started looking for information on bladder infections, I was amazed at the huge amount of websites that were out there on the topic. However I quickly became frustrated with the number of them that briefly covered the symptoms and then said the only way to fix it was to visit your doctor for antibiotics.

I also found that a lot of the information on bladder infection felt really clinical to me. Like it was written by someone who had never had one. Which kind of made me feel even more like I was the only one was dealing with this problem over and over again. However the more I spoke with people in real life, I more I began to realise how much I had to share about what I had been learning.

Full disclosure: I'm a massive nerd. Although it's pretty embarrassing walking home from the library with a pile of books like "Yeast infections" and "Bladder Problems" it felt really good to be taking some control over what I understood about my own body.

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It's really important to me that I can provide information on bladder infections that is authentic and easy to understand. I believe understanding about our bodies and our health should be accessible to anyone who is interested.

But I don't know everything! I am not a doctor, or a naturopath or any kind of medical expert. I am just someone who used to suffer from painful, embarrassing bladder infections far too often. Now that I have worked out how to prevent them in myself I want to pass this information on bladder infections and their causes to others.

I keep reading and learning more information on bladder infections as I go. Below are some books I have enjoyed and would recommend:

Get It Out! Eliminating the Cause of Diverticulitis, Kidney Stones, Bladder Infections

by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer

This is a short, little book and doesn't take too long to get through. The authors are medical anthropologists who have written a couple of other books before this one. I really enjoyed reading this book and it did contain a fair amount about information on bladder infections. They went into detail about how a lot of our customs and beliefs as a society can lead to problems like bladder infections. For example, in our culture we value cleanliness and so if you go to a public bathroom and it is disgutingly dirty, we would probably rather hold on and feel uncomfortable rather than use it. (I'm sure we've all done that!) Long queues, long trips and not being allowed to take breaks - these things can lead us to hold on and wait. The gist of this book was to go when you need to go, and that goes for all bodily functions.

Read my interview with one of the authors of this book, Sydney Ross Singer here.

The Antibiotic Alternative: The Natural Guide to Fighting Infection and Maintaining a Healthy Immune System

by Cindy L.A. Jones PhD

This was a really interesting read, especially if you are wanting to know more about how to take care of yourself naturally. Fantastic amount of information about how bacteria operate, how antibiotic resistance occurs and annecdotes on the history of medicine. It is also full of great references to natural alternatives like aromatherapy and herbs. Amazingly in-depth and well researched, I will definitely be keeping this as a reference book for years to come.

Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About

by Kevin Trudeau

This book on the other hand was very big. I have to be honest - I didn't read the whole thing just skipped to the chapters that seemed to have information about bladder infections. The author is obviously very passionate about his ideas and this comes across loud and clear in his book - however not all of his statements are backed up by supporting evidence. Overall the book had interesting ideas and information about bladder infections but it felt very much like a conspiracy theory book - not to everyone's taste. He does go into a lot of detail about doctors and prescribing antibioitcs.

I am always looking for new and interesting information on bladder infection and health in general. If you have any websites, books or resources you can recommend I would love to hear about them. Please contact me here.