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Natural Health Blog - Latest Articles

Vaccines against UTI’s

A vaccine against Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) has been one of bioscience’s much sought-after dreams for quite a few years.

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Recovering from Muscle Fatigue after Exercise

If you’re embarking on a healthier lifestyle by going to the gym or preparing to run a marathon, you may already be experiencing some level of muscle fatigue.

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E.Coli overtaking MRSA & Clostridium for Super Status

‘E.coli is now killing more than twice as many people as MRSA and Clostridium difficile combined, so the price of any further inaction will be measured in human lives.’

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A Healthy Approach to Weight Loss

When we eat foods that raise blood glucose we get a boost of energy that is then frequently followed by a drop in energy levels or a low i.e. a tired feeling. Certain foods raise blood sugar fast and are considered to have a high GI.

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Trigonitis: Symptoms, diagnosis and non-invasive treatments

Trigonitis refers to cellular changes to the lower triangular region of the bladder wall, an area known as the vesical trigone. The cause is not known and medics will nearly always tell a patient that there is no cure. But I believe...

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Bioactive DMannose

What does Bioactive mean? Bioactive is another way of saying something is biologically available and active (causing changes) in the body...

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Lactose Intolerance

Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk, and products made from milk, such as yoghurts and cheeses. Lactose intolerance is a common digestive problem where the body is unable to properly digest lactose....

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Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 (also called Cholecalciferol) is one of five different forms of Vitamin D. Vitamin D3 and Vitamin D2 are considered important for human health...

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Leaky Gut

The small and large intestines, with the help of enzymes from the liver and pancreas and gall bladder, process food emerging from the stomach (by this time a sludge like substance known as chyme) into a form that creates available energy for the body to use, whilst also screening for and eliminating toxic substances from the body...

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Winter Colds and Flu

As winter draws in many people find they are more susceptible to colds and flu, and the colder months are known as ‘flu season’ in many countries. There are several theories as to why flu and colds may spread more readily in the colder months...

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Resistant Enterococcal Infections

Enterococci are part of the normal intestinal flora of humans and animals. We have a symbiotic and positive relationship with enterococci but they are increasingly seen as dangerous pathogens to humans and ones that pose serious risks since they have a natural resistance to major antibiotics...

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week

In this first World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the focus is on education and specifically on teaching us all how antibiotic resistance poses a serious threat to patient well-being...

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3 Popular Diets

There are literally thousands of weight loss diets to choose from today. It can be difficult to know which are worth trying and which are just passing fads. Which diet will be best suited to you? In this article, we review 3 of the most popular diets....

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Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is swelling in the mouth due to a build-up of pus, and is the result of a bacterial infection. The usual cause is a combination of poor dental hygiene and consumption of sugary/starchy foods that can lead teeth to decay, but other factors such as illness and certain treatments play a part...

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Blood in Urine

Blood in the urine (haematuria) can be an indicator of a number of health conditions. Sometimes blood is visible (macroscopic) and can be seen as a bright red colour in your urine, though it may also be brownish or reddish in colour...

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Arthritis

Arthritis describes pain experienced in terms of inflammation and stiffness in one or more joints. There are two main types of arthritis; Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis...

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Athlete's Foot

Unfortunately, despite or perhaps because of humans making the transition from living in caves to nice, centrally-heated houses, fungi still continues to be something we can’t quite escape. There are a plethora of fungal infections that attack the human body but one of the most common is Athlete’s foot.

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Pneumococcal Infections

Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae (S.pneumoniae). Infections vary in severity according to the particular strain of S.pneumoniae bacteria causing the infection and your general overall health.

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Respiratory Tract Infection

A respiratory tract infection affects the throat, airways, sinuses or lungs. It usually falls into one of two categories, according to where it is primarily located.

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High Cholesterol

What is Cholesterol? - Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in all cells in the body, and can also be found in certain foods (mainly eggs, dairy, and meat).

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Mouth Hygiene & Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers are oval or round inflamed sores that form in the mouth. They are usually found on the inside of the cheeks, lips or on the edge of the tongue. They can be red, white, grey or yellow in colour, usually with a red outer edge.

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The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Due to HFCS's rapid and largely unscrutinised introduction to so many of the foods that we eat, we are now consuming higher levels of fructose than ever before. But is as healthy as some people are led to believe?

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Pseudomembranous Trigonitis

Pseudomembranous Trigonitis is the term used to describe squamous metaplastic changes of the bladder trigone. Such changes are present in up to 40% of adult females (<5% in men) It was first described in 1905 by Heymann as “cystitis trigoni” (Advances in Urology Volume 2010)

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Honeymoon Cystitis

Honeymoon Cystitis... Doctors may have mentioned the term “honeymoon cystitis” to you and by that they mean inflammation or infection of the bladder caused by more frequent or vigorous sexual intercourse with a new partner or with a partner you see irregularly.

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What are Bladder Stones?

Urine can become concentrated, causing minerals to crystalise into hard masses in the bladder which are referred to as bladder stones.

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The Difference between Bladder and Kidney Infections

Discover the differences between bladder infections and kidney infections. There is a lot of crossover between symptoms of bladder infections and kidney infections such as...

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Cat Cystitis / Feline Cystitis

The following symptoms/behaviours can be indicative of your cat having Feline Urologic Syndrome (cystitis)...

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Sucrose, fructose, and glucose can contribute to obesity and rotten teeth...

Everyone knows that some sugars are bad for us. Sucrose, fructose, and glucose, whilst providing a fast energy boost, can contribute to obesity and diabetic problems, lead to rotten teeth, lower the immune system, and feed Candida.

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Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and your daily Probiotic

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus is such an ideal probiotic to use daily in that it has been proven to survive acid and bile in the stomach and therefore is able to stick to and colonize the gastrointestinal tracts of humans. It is known to produce an antimicrobial substance that is active against a variety of bacteria, including, among others, Escherichia coli, Salmonella and Clostridium.

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Bladder infections in the Elderly.

Bladder infections are known as cystitis or inflammation of the bladder. They are common in women and slightly less common in men. About 20% of all women get at least one bladder infection at some time in their lives. However, a man’s chance of getting cystitis increases as he ages due to in part to an increase in prostate size.

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Interstitial Cystitis - new hope from Newcastle

Interstitial Cystitis - new hope from Newcastle with COB foundation funding.

The symptoms of cystitis are shared by most sufferers - pain, urgency, passing water frequently and a burning sensation when passing urine. Usually there is a bacterial cause:

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What does probiotic mean?

Probiotic means “promoting life” and it is generally accepted that using good quality probiotics restore symbiosis in the gut and are an essential part of regaining balance after illness or antibiotic therapy.

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IBS Symptoms

Sweet Cures often hears that IBS ruins life on many levels. It is easy to see why this happens, partly due to the symptoms themselves and partly due to the unpredictability of the condition.

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Candida

DMannose will not make Candida worse, nor will it make it better (only in that if you are able to avoid antibiotics, you will also avoid the subsequent dysbiosis that often follows antibiotic therapy, allowing you to repopulate the gut with important bacteria (probiotics)) giving Candida “opposition”).

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Recurrent Bacterial infections and some possible Reasons.

Whilst recurrent bacterial infections are still rather lightly dismissed as insignificant, they actually create an extremely difficult situation for sufferers, mostly women, as the cycle of reinfection means time off work, school, college, increasing pain and psychological distress as further attacks can appear suddenly interrupting daily life from anywhere between days to months

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Fungi and Health

The adverse effects of some common fungi or mould on our health have been known for a long time. Learn how to identify and treat fungal infections.

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Cystitis in hot weather

Cystitis in hot weather... Well, it’s summer at last in Britain, but the weather rarely does things by halves here. One week we are flooded, and the next week we have a heatwave. But seriously, hot weather can cause or exasperate a number of health problems.

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Chickens and E-Coli

E-Coli is the most common cause of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). It has long been known that bacteria can move from the rectum to the vaginal area and make their way into the urethra causing infection.It was thought that the E-coli was originating in our own gut...

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Radiation Cystitis

Radiation cystitis is a potential complication of radiation therapy (when used to treat tumours in the lower abdomen/pelvic area such as radiation treatment for bladder cancer).Radiation Cystitis can cause symptoms that range from minor and temporary, to severe and chronic (long-term).....

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Healthy Teeth, Xylotene , Xylitol and D-Xylose

Xylotene is an advanced formulation produced by Sweet Cures and sold worldwide since 2005. It is a combination of two nutrient sugars, Xylitol and D-Xylose, both exactly as found in nature and produced for Sweet Cures , through traditional fermentation methods. Though both can be found in a range of fruit and vegetables, they are depleted by food processing/manufacturing....

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Lactobacillus Plantarum, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus & Probiotic Blend

Lactobacillus Plantarum is a species of bacteria which is commonly found in many fermented foods and is also naturally present in human saliva. It is one of many so-called ‘friendly’ bacteria, in that it is non-harmful and has several beneficial uses...

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Oregano Oil for Nail Fungus

Nails can become infected with fungus at the nail plate, bed or root. The fungus spreads over time leading to discolouration, thickening and crumbling at the nail edges and pain. Many people become embarrassed by the condition and therefore try to keep their feet or nails out of sight either by wearing closed shoes in hot weather or by covering nails with polishes and products......

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Glucose Blood Levels & Diabetrose

Glucose is usually used by the body’s cells as fuel that keeps us going. Glucose comes from the carbohydrates we eat and can also be produced by the liver. Glucose needs insulin (a hormone) to help it get into our cells so it can be used productively.....

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Catheter Care

It is really very important to try less invasive options before considering catheterisation and, if used, urethral catheters should be removed as soon as they are no longer necessary, given the virulence an intractability of CAUTI’s (Catheter associated UTIs) and the resultant cost in money and health....

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Healthy Bladder

It is essential to take good care of your bladder as once it becomes damaged, you can suffer from debilitating conditions such as incontinence: it is estimated that a third of people aged 30-70 years suffer problems with incontinence.....

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Urinary Catheterisation

A urinary catheter is a flexible tube used to drain urine from the bladder. Most catheters transfer urine to a drainage bag that can be emptied regularly but some can be inserted a few times a day (self-catheterisation) to empty urine straight into the toilet....

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Osteoporosis Diet for Healthy and Strong Bones

Eating a healthy balanced diet is essential for building strong, dense bones. Our bones grow in length until we reach our late teens. However, our bones continue to increase in density through to our late 20’s. “Bone turnover” or bone regeneration happens throughout our lives...

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Bacterial Prostatitis

The prostate is the gland that produces the fluid component of semen. It is about the size of a walnut and is located between the bladder and penis. The urethra runs from the bladder to penis through the prostate. The urethra allows urine to pass out of the body. Bacterial Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate...

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Interstitial Cystitis & Acupuncture

Actor Paul Orchard’s luck ran out soon after he played the part of Lucky in the movie Layer Cake alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig. He underwent a medical procedure that, although successful, left him with interstitial cystitis, where the bladder becomes inflamed.

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Urinary Tract Infections in Men

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are far less common in men than women. The incidence is particularly low in younger men. The major factors that increase risk of developing a UTI for men are...

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Candida and Antibiotic Overuse

Candida is a type of fungus, specifically, a yeast. There are different species of candida, some more harmful than others. Some cause common, highly unpleasant but fairly harmless infections such as genital candidiasis, oral thrush, nappy rash or nail infections. Some however can prove life-threatening to those who are immunocompromised such as cancer, diabetes, AIDs, kidney dialysis or transplant patients when candida spreads through the blood...

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Cranberry Juice for a UTI

The cranberry, native to North America, has long been hailed as a cure and preventative for urinary tract infections, but how much truth is there in this?

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Lactobacillus and Lowering Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a type of fat molecule. It is natural synthesised within our cells and is an essential component of our cell membranes. Cholesterol is essential for life, but too much of it can be very damaging to health as it can seriously increase your chances of developing potentially life threatening arterial disease.

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Weight Loss Aid - Diabetrose

The truth is that the modern diet locks us into a pattern of craving more sugar and carbohydrates than our body actually needs. When we eat sugar, it gives us a short-term boost in mood that is quickly replaced by a crash when glucose levels later drop. In order to feel better again, we crave sugar.

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Antibiotic Resistance poses a serious threat to the future of medicine

Antibiotics have played a pivotal role in medicine: bacterial infections that once would have been deadly have been treated swiftly, and routine operations carried out with significantly less risks but the effectiveness of antibiotics is now decreasing at an alarming rate as bacteria evolves naturally to become resistant to antibiotics.

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Heart Health

D-Ribose is a simple sugar with a lot of power. It is one of the building blocks for RNA (genetic material) and also the basis for production of adenosine triphosphate, otherwise known as ATP. ATP is the compound we use to supply energy to our skeletal muscle and heart. Every cell in the body uses ATP for processes such as respiration, digestion and tissue regeneration.

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Urethral Syndrome

Unlike a UTI, a urine culture test often shows little or no bacteria, which is why urethral syndrome is sometimes referred to as “symptomatic abacteriuria, sterile pyuria or urethral syndrome.” This syndrome is much more common in women than men and other than being more prone to developing this if you have experienced one or more UTIs in your life, it is harder to single out the specific cause.

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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fibromyalgia (FMS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are debilitating to their sufferers. The two syndromes are closely related in terms of extreme fatigue and overlapping symptoms and a number of people are diagnosed with both. In FMS, muscle pain is greater than the fatigue and in CFS, lack of energy is greater than pain...

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Increase your energy levels

It is vital for the body’s cells to make lots and lots of energy to help our heart beat, muscles contract and to send signals between the brain and nerves. Most of the energy we produce for this is from ATP (Adenosine triphosphate)...

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Streptococcus

Streptococcus is a type of bacteria. When streptococci multiply, they grow in chains. They get their name from “streptos” which is Greek for 'twisted chain'...

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Gum Disease

You may have heard of oregano oil's powers to treat a number of health conditions. One of the more common ailments that it can combat is gum disease....

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Strep Throat

Strep Throat, also known as Streptococcal Pharyngitis or Streptococcal Sore Throat is a term for a tender, scratchy or painful sore throat that is caused by Streptococcus Pyogenes bacteria, as opposed to being caused by viral infection......

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Oregano Oil: a natural Antibacterial

Oregano is a herb. There are many varieties of oregano species. The oil extracted from wild oregano grown in the Mediterranean known as “Origanum Vulgare” has, for centuries, had the status of a wonder herb due to its medicinal qualities.....

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