The Article Raises Alarm Bells, Recommends Reducing Reliance on Antibiotics
Conclusions in this Microbiology Research article about where things are headed are grim, and suggest that we need to reduce reliance on antibiotics to get this problem under control.
- “Transmissible resistance in Enterobacteriaceae is now emerging against colistin with the potential to rapidly spread. This development means that our drug of last resort for treating infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria is failing, and infection with these multidrug-resistant strains might, therefore, be untreatable with currently available antibiotics.”
- “We are facing a future in which combination therapy for UTI treatment will be routine, as resistance rates to single agents rise to unacceptable levels worldwide and untreatable UTIs present a real concern.”
- “To control this crisis in antimicrobial resistance, nonantibiotic approaches are crucial in providing a means of reducing symptoms without resorting to antibiotic use.”
Consumers Are Left To Manage Their Own UTIs Today
Paradoxically, the more complex that the urobiome and its’ associated testing and treatment options become, the more the consumer is left on their own to look for help in getting better.
Most doctors are sticking to FDA guidelines and only recommending antibiotics which is just makes things worse; some are also recommending Advanced DNA Testing and natural product alternatives.
Consider New DNA Testing
The article suggests that the traditional urine culture is no longer enough. Chronic UTI sufferers should seek out the Advanced DNA testing to get a more definitive report on all of the possible bacteria and fungi which may be causing their recurring symptoms. Take a look at a sample report here.
These tests which had been prohibitively expensive five years ago ($2500+) are now available to directly to consumers. A kit can be sent to your home for $199 and a report delivered to your email within 48 hours; learn more about MYUTI here.
Seek Alternatives To Antibiotics
The following items were mentioned in the article as effective in the fight against E. Coli infections, which are still the most difficult to treat:
- Vaginal Probiotics: “One of the key natural defense mechanisms against UTI is the presence of Lactobacillus in the vaginal and urethral areas”
- D-Mannose powder “Almost all uropathogenic strains of E. coli express type 1 fimbriae, which bind to mannose-like receptors.”
- Cranberry PAC’s “Cranberries contain fructose, which has been found to have a role in inhibiting the adherence of E. coli with type 1 fimbriae to urothelial cell receptors in vitro, and proanthocyanidin s(PAC’s), which affect adherence of P fimbriated E. coli.”
- Estrogen cream or insert: “Lack of estrogen in postmenopausal women also decreases Lactobacillus abundance in the urobiome…increasing the prevalence of infection and frequency of antibiotic treatment. Allowing such women access to estrogen therapy can aid in postmenopausal issues, including increasing Lactobacillus proliferation within the urogenital microbiome.”